Category Archives: culture

Barbarians at the Gate

Did you know that London is burning? Didn’t think so.

Looters claim, “We’ve got no jobs. This is payback” Yet, they break windows wearing designer sneakers and coordinate their anarchy on I-Phones. This is not materialistic poverty. It’s moral poverty.

Watch as a man with a bloody nose is helped off the ground. His “rescuers” proceed to steal from his backpack.

Get the latest coverage at the Telegraph UK web site because you’re not going to get it on American T.V.

H/T for video: Small Dead Animals

Crap

A few days ago the wee one had trouble going to sleep. By the time I did the soothing mother thing and headed downstairs, it was past my bed time. Since I wanted little Miss to fall asleep, I stayed downstairs and turned on the t.v. Not interested in the news, I surfed and came across Freaky Friday (the new one with Lindsay Lohan) on ABC Family.

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The movie was o.k. but the crap that passes for original programming on ABC Family is appalling. The commercials for ABC Family shows like Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth made me think, “This passes for family entertainment in 2011?” For instance, the four main characters on “Pretty Little Liars” look like high class call girls. All these shows and the product commercials are geared toward teenagers.

And please don’t tell me I’m am old fuddy. I call ’em like I see ’em. This stuff is crap.

p.s. A few years back I wrote a small rant on the worst show on t.v. Even with one of the main stars gone, it’s still dragging on.

When Does It End?

Victor Davis Hanson wrote a brilliant essay about contemporary American redistributive culture, The Metaphysics of Contemporary Theft. He starts off by relating two thefts on his farm and one in his neighborhood. None of the thefts were due to hunger or desperation but to, “Hey, this is an opportunity to make some extra cash.”

 The welfare state has eliminated material poverty and grown the entitlement mentality. This entitlement mentality is not confined to those within the welfare system but has also become part of the larger culture. There was a phrase in the essay that jumped out at me:

a culture of grievance and complaint, all embedded in a contempt for federal law

Hanson was discussing the mindset surrounding the issues of “open borders, unassimilated illegal immigrants, [and] ethnic and tribal chauvinism predicated on racial solidarity.” My husband, who is a federal law enforcement officer, contacts folks who have broken the rules where he works. The biggest complainers are those from the professional class, usually aging Baby Boomers, who do not think the rules apply to them. All this is part of a larger Me, Me, Me attitude fully embedded in American culture and, unfortunately, I don’t think it is going to end.

H/T about the VDH article: Small Dead Animals

 

Celebrate!

On this May 26, 2011, let us celebrate the birthday of John Wayne (1907) and the end of the Oprah Winfrey show. 

Such polar opposites.

The diametric difference between these two folks is nicely explained in this scene from Boondock Saints II (WARNING: Lots of Explicit Language):

Audit

Audit tshirtI know a family who have eleven kids. Two of the kids are out of the house and one is in college. Their youngest is just over a year old. Granted, in today’s culture, having eleven kids makes most folks eye’s bug out and…federal agencies…

Today, the husband had to take the day off from work because the IRS was auditing him. The reason? One person could not have THAT many children to claim as a deduction. He had to bring birth certificates and other documents as proof.

What a waste of taxpayer money, a loss to the employer in missed work and one less holiday/personal day for the husband. Have other people experienced this? I don’t think Tim Geithner had to…

More Than Meets the Eye

schroederI always liked the Peanuts comic strip and Hubby loves them, too. And who DOESN’T adore the Charlie Brown Christmas Special?!? Now it looks like Peanut’s creator, Charles Schulz, added a hidden depth to the strip. It seems Schroeder’s Beethoven obsession crafted the rhythm of the story telling.

When Schroeder pounded on his piano, his eyes clenched in a trance, the notes floating above his head were no random ink spots dropped into the key of G. Schulz carefully chose each snatch of music he drew and transcribed the notes from the score. More than an illustration, the music was a soundtrack to the strip, introducing the characters’ state of emotion, prompting one of them to ask a question or punctuating an interaction.

The whole thing is explained at the “Schulz’s Beethoven: Schroeder’s Muse,” an exhibition at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. Read the whole article at the NYT site.

Finally, there’s a reason to visit California.

H/T: The Deacon’s Bench

Bailout Culture

monopolyguyWhere’s my bailout?

Every week, a different American-based industry: financial, auto, universities (are they an industry?) and now porn (they need a HAND?), asks Congress this same question. How can screw-up companies get away with a government rescue?

Sometime screw-ups happen to us through no fault of our own. Sometimes we need to take the blame for screw-ups. But we, as individuals, have come to expect a bailout when we screw up.

Where am I going with this?

I started thinking about the bailout culture when I saw a bailout connection between three of my current, fave reality t.v. shows.

Show #1: Clean House, Style Network

The Clean House crew help out a family/couple/individual with cleaning out the MASSIVE clutter that swamped the home. When I say MASSIVE, I mean MASSIVE. You wonder how one family/couple/person could collect so much crap that it’s impossible to walk through each room. The crew collects the items, sells it at a yard sale, and whatever cash is collected goes toward remodeling some of the rooms. The remodeling is pretty cool.

Screw-up: Sloth

Bailout/Reward: MASSIVE clutter is gone, new furniture, remodeled 2-3 rooms

Show #2: How Clean is Your Home, BBC America

Kim and Aggie are two British neat freaks out to clean up the UK (and now they are in the US). They help family/couple/individual clean their DISGUSTING abode. One episode featured an American woman, in her late-20s, who owned one cat. JUST ONE CAT. There was cat crap and throwup EVERYWHERE. She never cleaned her place in THREE YEARS. There was even cat crap on her bed. She explained that she grew up on a farm, so the crap didn’t bother her. Be amazed how a room can be transformed by JUST CLEANING IT.

Screw-up: Sloth (again!)

Bailout/Reward: Professional cleaning crew do their thing for the ENTIRE house. The cleaning operation would cost thousands.

Show #3: Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, BBC America

I’ve written about this show. Basically, UK’s top-chef/restaurateur Gordon Ramsay helps out an eatery (usually) on the verge of closing. The owner (usually) doesn’t know the first thing about running a restaurant. Gordon uses his expertise  and well-worn phrasology to get the place back on track.

Screw-up: Ignorance

Bailout/Reward: A place, which should have closed due to incompetance due to owner ignorance, receives a FREE consultant (tops in his field) and, in the US version, the eatery receives a remodel and new sign.

Now that I think about it…I’ll convince Hubby to let the house go to pot. Clean House is looking for the messiest home in the country. We could get some new furniture… I don’t really want to work for it.