Could our fascination with idiots be a good sign?

Herbert London writes in The Washington Times, in a column entitled “Dumb, dumber, dumbest“, that America is going through a revolution in “dumbing down” via the moronic TV shows a lot of us watch.

A lot of people have written that the high ratings that can be garnered by shows like Paris Hilton’s, Anna Nicole Smith’s, Ozzy’s, et al, offers proof positive that we as a television audience are getting dumber.

Whenever I hear people talking about how sad it is that shows like these get high ratings, I must disagree. If severe emotional trauma cases like Smith and Osbourne were an example of run-of-the-mill behavior, the ratings going in would be dismal. Nobody wants to watch a show about “regular” people, for the same reason nobody on the highway slows down and gawks at a car and driver that are functioning normally.

The time to worry is when these shows get poor ratings right out of the gate, for it will mean that the behavior featured therein has become the norm. When and if that happens, then it will be time to start worrying.

As London points out in his column, we’ve always liked things that are stupid… The Three Stooges, etc. But it’s never been based in reality, until recently.

Perhaps a better explanation is that, in today’s “self esteem is of utmost importance” society, it makes us feel better about ourselves to see that there are people dumber than we are. Like Rodney Dangerfield said, “If you want to look thin, hang out with fat people.”

We can find those “fat people” every day on our televisions.

(I won’t point out to viewers who watch morons to raise their self esteem that most of those “morons” make more money in a month than most of us do in ten years. That could damage the self esteem…so I didn’t just say that.)

A conservative Thanksgiving

There is so much for us to be thankful for, but for the conservatives who enjoy a good laugh, this has been a truly bountiful year.

We give thanks for the hypocritical left. The “share the wealth” caring nurturers who live in gated communities, whine about fossil-fuel pollution, think that public schools are just dandy, and then drive their kids to Montessori in an SUV. Thanks as well go to staunch environmentalists who will drive a kumquat-powered hybrid car halfway across the country to picket a company that manufactures aerosol hairspray, but think nothing of burning 150,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to emergency global summit meetings on ozone depletion.

We give thanks for those feminists who champion the cause of women’s rights, while their grandkids are in the backyard playing balloon toss with one of their old breast implants.

We give thanks for those who expose illogic, namely the illogical. The unwise who teach our children that the killing of the unborn is a “choice,” and then expect the kids who are born to grow up with enough of a conscience left to care about saving turtle eggs, whales and rain forests. Mark my words: If that were a whale’s stereo keeping the radical pro-choice advocate awake at night, a turtle egg in front of them in the “10 items or less” line with 37 things, and a rain forest repossessing their car, they wouldn’t give a flying Birkenstock about animals or the environment, either.

We give thanks for Michael Moore, fighter against all forms of corporate greed, except book-publishing companies, movie theaters and all-you-can-eat buffets. Moore’s special in that he has the audacity to urge people to give money to his corporation to see or read his latest attempts at making us hate corporations. To any good hypocritical liberal, the “corporate greed” vehicle must always turn around just before it gets to their corporation. Good left-wingers always make sure their philosophical house is built at the end of a cul-de-sac.

We give thanks for attorneys everywhere for their contribution to the field of science, because they have single-handedly revised Newton’s Third Law to read, “for every action, there must be an equal but opposite lawsuit.”

We give thanks for FOX News. There is one downside, however. If their “information combined with sex appeal” approach keeps raking in the ratings, don’t be surprised if you soon see Peter Jennings in lip-gloss and a push-up bra.

Lastly, and most seriously, we give thanks for those brave souls in the military. Those yappy ingrates you hear in constant criticism are the likes of Susan Sarandon and Barbra Streisand. We give thanks for your fighting for their right to yammer away in dissent, and also for putting up with the frustration of knowing that those same ingrates will hide behind you when trouble starts.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

"Turn your back on Bush"… and the rest of us too, please

There’s a move afoot for Bush haters to protest at the inauguration in January by anonymously lining the motorcade route and, when Bush passes by, turning their backs on him. The group is called “Turn your back on Bush“.

The group has developed what one can tell by reading their website they think is a cutting edge new protest technique.

“The Bush administration has been successful at keeping protesters away from major events in the last few years by closing off areas around events and using questionable legal strategies to outlaw public dissent. We can use these obstacles to develop new tactics. On Inauguration day, we don’t need banners, we don’t need signs, we just need people. We’re calling on people to attend inauguration without protest signs, shirts or stickers. Once through security and at the procession, at a given signal, we’ll all turn our backs on Bush’s motorcade and continue through his speech and swearing in. A simple, clear and coherent message.”

Actually, if they stay facing the other way, the world may be better off. Have you seen some of these people? Some of these groups contain so many Zeroes that they give Pearl Harbor veterans nasty flashbacks.

The perpetual nastiness of the anti Bush bunch means that the inauguration could contain more surprises than Paris Hilton’s strep culture. The protester turnout could be much higher this year, due to several factors– the war in Iraq, heated domestic issues, Kerry losing, combined with a continuing hangover from the year 2000 swan song for Al Gore’s sanity.

That being said, this will probably end up being a non issue, despite what the website says. Protest organizers tend to sound a lot like tin-pot dictators. “You will swim in rivers of dimpled chads, feel the wrath of mother nature, and be buried in ‘You can’t hug your kids with nuclear arms’ bumper stickers!” Then, at event time, only a few dozen show up– some only because they were promised a pint of Yukon Jack or some other such trivial payment accepted as legitimate currency by employees of the left’s largest corporations: “Rent a Mob” and its election year subsidiary, “Lease a Voter.”

“Turn your back on Bush”… and the rest of us too, please

There’s a move afoot for Bush haters to protest at the inauguration in January by anonymously lining the motorcade route and, when Bush passes by, turning their backs on him. The group is called “Turn your back on Bush“.

The group has developed what one can tell by reading their website they think is a cutting edge new protest technique.

“The Bush administration has been successful at keeping protesters away from major events in the last few years by closing off areas around events and using questionable legal strategies to outlaw public dissent. We can use these obstacles to develop new tactics. On Inauguration day, we don’t need banners, we don’t need signs, we just need people. We’re calling on people to attend inauguration without protest signs, shirts or stickers. Once through security and at the procession, at a given signal, we’ll all turn our backs on Bush’s motorcade and continue through his speech and swearing in. A simple, clear and coherent message.”

Actually, if they stay facing the other way, the world may be better off. Have you seen some of these people? Some of these groups contain so many Zeroes that they give Pearl Harbor veterans nasty flashbacks.

The perpetual nastiness of the anti Bush bunch means that the inauguration could contain more surprises than Paris Hilton’s strep culture. The protester turnout could be much higher this year, due to several factors– the war in Iraq, heated domestic issues, Kerry losing, combined with a continuing hangover from the year 2000 swan song for Al Gore’s sanity.

That being said, this will probably end up being a non issue, despite what the website says. Protest organizers tend to sound a lot like tin-pot dictators. “You will swim in rivers of dimpled chads, feel the wrath of mother nature, and be buried in ‘You can’t hug your kids with nuclear arms’ bumper stickers!” Then, at event time, only a few dozen show up– some only because they were promised a pint of Yukon Jack or some other such trivial payment accepted as legitimate currency by employees of the left’s largest corporations: “Rent a Mob” and its election year subsidiary, “Lease a Voter.”

Dan Rather to step down in frustration after his inability to take down a president with nothing but Photoshop software

If you haven’t heard, Dan Rather announced that he will step down from the CBS anchor desk in March of 2005.

Recent problems have no doubt contributed to this decision. Rather’s biggest blunder of late was when CBS News used forged documents to provide phony validity to a presupposition – CBS’s version of basketball’s “triple double.” This sank CBS and Rather even further into the depths of irrelevancy and declining ratings … but I guess that’s why they’re called “anchors.”

What was the cause of this career demise? Many may say an increasing liberal bias caused Rather to slip so quickly that even the most skilled of media paramedics were unable to chest-paddle him back to life. That was partially the case, but the final nail went into the coffin when aging anchors and producers demonstrated an abject inability to understand modern technologies, such as the miracles that can be produced (like fake National Guard documents) by just one agenda-driven person with Microsoft Word and Photoshop.

We’ll miss Dan. With no more of his “Texanisms,” we’ll be, as Rather may say, “as frustrated as a perverted farmhand with an electric cow milker during a power outage.” With no more Rather to offer comic relief, we’ll be “as stressed as the high heels on Kirstie Alley’s pumps.”

Farewell, Dan. Courage.

A reader responds to my Rice column

Clarence G. from Ohio writes in response to my column on the left’s racism toward Dr. Condoleeza Rice:

Good Morning – Mr. Powers:

I discovered your column amongst the many relevant selections at BlackElectorate.com. Once I finished your article, I was compelled to try and encourage you to continue, while giving you some positive feedback.

I am an African American male, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. My naval career lasted three years, seven months and twenty-eight days before being discharged. During that time I encountered a number of instances of either being or perceived as a “successful minority.”

Part of it is the acculturation of so many white Americans worshipping at the altar of what I call – “Soundbite America.” The other group of is described profoundly by Issac Asimov: “The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant threat winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Alas, Mr. Powers, let me give you a sports scenario that illustrates the mindset of the type of individual that sees Dr. Rice as “Aunt Jemina” and Colin Powell as a “Uncle Tom.” In 1973, Atlanta Braves home-run slugger, Hank Aaron came within one home-run of Babe Ruth’s record for
home-runs in a career. Aaron did break Ruth’s record, along with the U.S. Postal record for (a non-politician) receiving the most mail – 930,000 letters. Most of the letters werey hate mail and you are quite aware that black people think it is against their religion to write.

Since, Ron Artest and the National Basketball Association has enthralled “Soundbite America,” allow me to share the saga of Lew Alcindor a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As a freshman at UCLA in the fall of 1967, the Alcindor-led freshmen defeated the NCAA champion varsity team.
Alcindor was subsequently shown making a reverse dunk on the cover of Time magazine – within a week to ten days – the Alcindor Rule was passed. No more dunking for TEN years.

Excellent points. This is why this tripe directed at Rice needs to be addressed now, so we don’t end up with what ten years from now will be known as the “Condoleeza Rice rule.” Time to slam dunk these racists!

CNN goes FOX hunting with unloaded rifle

CNN has hired former CBS News executive Jonathan Klein to run its operation. “Former CBS News executive”? Yeah, that’s what it’ll take to get all those FOX viewers to switch over. More big city liberal news swagger.

If this is how CNN plans to fix things and increase ratings, I’d say FOX News is safe. Hiring a former CBS News executive to steal FOX viewers is like a NASCAR driver, noticing that he’s a lap down, scrapping his car and jumping on a pack mule.

Racist cartoonist can draw everything except an honest conclusion

All these cartoonists who have been bashing Dr. Condoleeza Rice by drawing her with exaggerated features worthy of hanging on the walls at any early 20th century minstrel show, are now defending themselves from their critics.

One of these cartoonists with an argument emptier than Paris Hilton’s Cat Scan is named Jeff Danziger. Danziger drew a cartoon that portrayed Rice as the black maid “Prissy” in “Gone With The Wind.”

Danziger told CNSNews.com that “it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s black.”

Okay, if it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s black, then Mr. Danziger should be able to point to cartoons he’s created in which he’s taken a white person and portrayed them in a cartoon as a subservient plantation era black character, or vice versa. Of course it has something to do with the fact she’s black.

The test to be applied is simple: If Rice was white, would these cartoonists be using those references? Of course not. In addition, if these cartoonists were conservatives, and drawing a successful and intelligent black woman like some corn bread weilding Mammy, they’d be fired.