Wednesday swag

16 Sep

{+} The Awl, which has been killing it of late and damn well better be in your RSS feed, brings it yet again with an exploration of the myriad race issues of the day. The author argues that it’s not as big an issue as most are making it seem, and also happily includes a swipe at joke-of-a-human-being Glenn Beck:

An attempt to understand and explain Glenn Beck in particular is a dead end. To explain his actions would mean he has a motive. He does not. Beck’s not a racist. He’s an anarchist. He’s that boyfriend you had and hated because he exists only to criticize and play devil’s advocate. The image of Obama as the Joker from The Dark Knight has been taken up as a badge of the Beckian right’s battle against what it perceives as seeping socialism. But the irony is that nobody could be more like that Joker character than Beck himself. In the film, the Joker says, “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just… do things.” And of him, Alfred says, “Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Now, is there anyone on the national platform that that describes more than Glenn Beck, a man who bills himself as a comedian?

Right on. Just read the whole thing, OK? At least the first page; the second will very likely make you angry (at least, I hope it will).

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{+} For those of you who don’t consider yourself kneejerk liberals but abhorred basically each and every policy, decision and public appearance from President Bush, so much so that you wondered if maybe you in fact were a kneejerk liberal, which would be a bummer because you’ve always prided yourself on your abilities to see opposing viewpoints, but you keep disagreeing and you can’t deny it, so now you’re all ‘oh shit, I’m a biased as everyone else’…well, it turns out that, politics aside, according to the Census Bureau facts President Bush was an objectively terrible President. Huzzah! You aren’t necessarily a pansy-assed hippie (well, I’m not; you might be), but rather an objective analyst of Presidential decision-making. Kudos all around. Fantastic work, everyone (except you, President Bush. Not cool.)

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One Response to “Wednesday swag”

  1. RandBall's Stu September 17, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    For the record, I can explain Glenn Beck quite easily: he’s Stephen Colbert if Stephen Colbert wasn’t in on the joke.

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