Monday, December 31, 2007
Why the hell does the Mainstream Media (dreaded MSM) think that post-Christmas sales are so frigging HOT? Seriously! Why?
Did any of them even BOTHER to do any kind of post-Christmas shopping? Every time I do, the stores don't have anything that I want! All I find are the useless stuff that nobody wants to buy that the stores are desperate to get rid of.
Look, if you want me to shop after Christmas for anything other than food, then GIVE ME STUFF I'M WILLING TO BUY!
How hard is that, huh?
One more thing... for those of you who missed out on "THE BIG NEWS" these past two weeks, I'll be letting everyone know on 1/1 here on this blog site. So be patient, have another drink, and enjoy the end of 2007.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
As if the water problem would be going away! Guess what jerkoffs: the water's STILL getting bled from Lake Lanier! We STILL have a SERIOUS water issue on our hands! That didn't go away just because we got a couple of inches of rain! We need to get this kind of rain for a month straight before we can consider ourselves out of the woods.
Just wondering here... if bloggers are TRULY in support of the writer's strike in Hollywood, why are they still blogging? Seriously. Why? If you really want to show your support for the striking writers all you have to do is stop blogging. If anyone asks just tell them you're showing your support. It's sort of like the fraudulent "gas-out" campaigns. You say you're pissed about the price of gasoline but you'll still keep driving. That's not support. That's hypocrisy.
Speaking of the writer's strike... have you noticed the TIMING of it all? The writer's strike is happening during the dreaded "long hiatus", when shows normally take a break from everything from November to February. It's like when the players unions for professional sports go on strike at the END of the season, AFTER the players make the bulk of their money.
Oh, one more thing on this... I will say that the Writer's Strike will probably be doing me a lot of good... because now I get to watch more movies on DVD and play City of Heroes! Plus it gives my video recorders a break for a while!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
The Truth Behind the Humbug
- a holiday special by David Matthews 2
I recently posted a little sign in front of my cubicle at my bill-paying job that simply said:
That’s it. Amidst all of the decorations in my workspace, most of which were put up by other people, I had that simple sign on white paper and black ink.
And depending on what kind of day people were having, they either agreed with me, or else they were upset that I DARED to post that sign amidst their half-assed and crudely-made snow people down the cubicle corridors and their crude cubicle decorations. Very few people really asked me if I was serious about the sentiment. (I wasn’t, as I had my own decorations and miniature tree in the cubicle.) They were either agreeing with the statement or else they were pissed off about it.
So I have to wonder… do folks REALLY know what is behind that infamous statement?
I don’t think they do.
Okay, first off, NOBODY ever says “Bah humbug” in the Charles Dickens classic story “A Christmas Carol”! It’s either dismissive “Bah!” or else it’s “Humbug!” or it’s the two standalone exclamations one after the next, but they’re never seen together in the same sentence.
Second, does anyone know what “humbug” means? Humbug is an old archaic word for “hoax” or “joke”. In East-India, it means “to deceive” or “to cheat”. In
P.T. Barnum considered himself to be the master of “humbug”, providing elaborate displays of fakery which would leave the audience wanting more. No doubt the same can be said about the alphabet soup media today.
So which definition of “humbug” would apply to Ebenezer Scrooge’s view of Christmas? A hoax or joke? If so, it would be the biggest in the world.
More likely, though, it would be either as a deception or else an annoyance.
That brings us to Scrooge himself. Why would someone be so bitter about the season? Nobody really asks that question. It’s just considered a crime against society for someone like him to be bitter and uncharitable.
Some people would go so far as to say that it was GREED that made Scrooge the man that he was. Yes he was miserly in nature, but this was actually a common trait for those who spent some time with next to nothing. To say that a love of money made him bitter and cruel would be to speak from sheer ignorance not only of the man but also of the story.
So let’s look at Scrooge’s life again. And I mean REALLY look at his life!
This is a man who spent his early years bitter and alone! He was banished by his father to a boarding school for the simple crime of being born! He had no mother, as she died giving birth to him, and the only person who ever really cared about him was his older sister Fan. SHE was the one that kept hope alive - and no doubt gave a few nudges here and there - that their father would change his mind and let him come home. He gets to spend ONE Christmas time at home, and then it’s off to Fezziwig’s for the apprenticeship.
Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of apprenticeship, it’s not like the internships of today. And it certainly is NOT like the kind of apprenticeship that you see in Donald Trump’s reality TV series where that person gets to work on a super-special multi-billion dollar project and then go on tours talking about how GREAT Trump is and what his TV series is like. Apprentices didn’t just learn there, they actually LIVED there as well! And we’re not talking posh living quarters. Usually it was space in a storeroom or basement. If they were lucky, they could rent a room nearby.
In other words, there really WAS NO HOME for Scrooge to go to when he was growing up! He essentially had no kind of parenting. He had books as a child and business as a teenager. While everyone else would be able to go home for Christmas, he had to stay in the boarding school by himself. It was only during his apprenticeship that he ever really acquired some modicum of appreciation of the season.
According to the story, Ebenezer Scrooge only had ONE girlfriend in his life. Just ONE! A woman that he desperately wanted to marry, but only as long as he can make sure they would be financially secure, which was a social necessity in those days. And she forces him to choose between her and business, which was the ONLY THING that he ever knew in his entire life! And when does she force him to make this choice? ON CHRISTMAS!
Oh, it gets better… his lovely older sister dies on Christmas, and later on so does his only friend and business partner Jacob Marley.
Okay, so let’s sum it up here… this is a person that has had plenty of bad experiences connected to Christmas. He lost his one girlfriend, he lost the only family member who ever cared for him, and he lost his best friend in the whole world, and all on CHRISTMAS.
And you actually expect this man to be merry and charitable for the season? You should be lucky that he didn’t turn out to be another Jack the Ripper or Sweeny Todd.
This is a man who was the embodiment of the Industrial Revolution, and of the Industrial Society itself, which was what Dickens was truly condemning in the story. Scrooge was MADE for this society: cold, calculated, and mercenary to the core. Indeed, he was essentially GROOMED for it.
But what Scrooge considered to be “humbug”… or fake… was NOT Christmas. Rather, what he saw as a hoax or a fake were the acts of charity and humanity of the season! He saw Christmas as being nothing more than pretentiousness. THAT was what he was really condemning! The poor and the despondent had services to turn to in the forms of workhouses, debtor’s prisons, and orphanages. That was how society handled things at the time, and that’s what Scrooge praised. He just couldn’t understand how for most of the year this would be the rule and then at Christmas somehow there should be an exception to it.
He saw the gathering of his nephew’s friends as pretentious friends, because that was how he remembered holiday celebrations to be. He had a dispassionate view of his employee’s plight at this time of the year because HE was raised that way. In fact I would dare say that he was probably even jealous of Bob Cratchit, because the man HAD a family and people who loved him regardless of how little money they had.
And yet, he also discovers that there is even a modicum of love for HIM after all that he says and does at this time of the year. That’s why he asked the Ghost of Christmas Present to let them linger a while longer at his nephew’s party. It’s the realization that he still matters to people! He is shown acts of charity and kindness from even those who have nothing else left to give. It’s not all pretentiousness like he dismissed it all as.
And finally, what turns his life around? It’s not death, a fact that even he has to make obvious, but rather it is that for all that he has done for business, that he would die UNLOVED. What little care and concern for him by those he knew was gone by the time of his death. Those in business, whom he considered to be his friends, and the only real things that he grew up with that seemed to matter to him, would ignore his passing and only attend his funeral if it was catered. They would leave his estate open to whomever would pillage it, and he would be missed by nobody. THAT was what he truly feared. He is given an opportunity to change this fate for himself and for others if he simply embraces what little kindness he is given today and repays it in kind.
“Humbug”, my friends, is not for the season, but for the sentiment.
We face a season full of annoyances and fakery. The stress related to holiday travel is a humbug. So are the obsessive demands of the stores for us to shop at all costs and spend money like there is no tomorrow. That too is a humbug. And, most certainly, the people who ask us to be happy and merry and charitable when we cannot truly feel it at this time… people like Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the mercenary jackals at Fox News and all of the other people who INSIST, if not DEMAND, that you say MERRY CHRISTMAS at this time of the year and encourage others to literally SHOVE the holiday spirit down our collective gullets. THEY are humbugs in pretty much every definition of the word!
That’s not to say that there isn’t some genuine holiday spirit out there, but more often than not, it is drowned out by our personal demands to make the season memorable each and every year. Some people can decorate their entire property with enough holiday lights to be mistaken for
So the next time you see or hear the words “bah humbug”, understand the significance of the saying. It’s not the season that is being rejected with the saying, but rather the pretentiousness associated to it.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
First we have Britney, who seems to make one questionable or bad mistake after the next. She has quickie marriages, she has bad marriages, she pops out a couple of tax deductions, then she ditches her bad marriage, parties it up, gives us a half-assed comeback, and loses her kids in the process.
Now there's her baby sister, Jaime Lynn. You know... the GOOD Spears. The good, wholesome, sweet and innocent Spears. Some might even say that she was the anti-Britney.
Operative word here being "WAS". She's now pregnant at age 16.
What do they have in common? They were both groomed for fame by their mother. You know, the one who was supposed to have a book coming out talking about good parenting.
Okay, first of all, I have an issue with ANY PARENT that intentionally grooms their child for stardom, much less try to create some kind of cult-like following based on their children. And that is what Mama Spears did with her daughters. And it was even more so with Britney! Remember the magazine and the doll collection?
It's one thing to be devoted to your child and encourage them to be the best they can be. Look at Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods. But it's another thing when Mommy and/or Daddy decide to pick up the second hat of manager or agent. That's when the parent STOPS being a parent and instead becomes a pimp.
It's a harsh word to hear, I know, but that is essentially what many of these so-called parents have become! They have become PIMPS!
Look at the E! Channel series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians". You have "Mama K" managing her older daughters (including, of course, celebutant Kim) and having them get into trouble and then trying to keep the bad news away from step-dad Bruce Jenner, AKA "BRUCE". It seems like there is just one train wreck after another in that family, and most of it has to do with keeping things away from "BRUCE", who is supposed to be the parent of the family since "Mama K" is busy being the manager of Kim's celebutant career.
And they talk about learning LESSONS here? Hey, here's a really good lesson that somehow got lost in the mix: Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be CELEBUTANTS! (Apologies to Willie Nelson.)
And it's not like it is a new thing anyway. I mean, come on guys, do you REALLY think that Michael Jackson was the product of GOOD PARENTING? Seriously!
The short of it is this: children NEED parents! And they need parents to actually BE PARENTS! They don't need parents to be managers or agents or spokespeople to their budding financial empire. And it doesn't matter if that stardom is one of TV and movies, modeling, beauty pageants, music, or sports. Being a business manager and being a parent are two separate activities that simply are not good when put together.
And by the way, the same thing applies to spouses, but at least with that you're screwing up an ADULT life, not the lives of CHILDREN!
Mama Spears needs to shelve that book deal, give back whatever advance she was given for it, and actually be a MOTHER to her daughters and let someone else be the manager and/or agent and/or merchandising genius. If she wants to know why Britney isn't supposedly speaking with her and why Jamie Lynn got knocked up, all she has to do is look back at how they were brought up, and figure out WHO was supposed to be responsible for that part! And she better have some tissues ready, because it's going to be a Made-For-Lifetime Moment when she figures it out!
(Sorry guys, but I'm NOT going to make it easy on you anytime soon! You HAVE to listen!)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
What you need to do is go to ShockNet Radio and tune in to the "American Heathen®" program on Friday Night. I'll be doing my weekly "News Pundit Report" segment at 9:15pm EST and I'll make the announcement then.
This is the big one guys, the one that I've been hinting at for a while now.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Brutally Honest Audio Rant: Final Rant for 2007 and Final Unacceptable Truth
(Computer – Introduction)
(Music intro – “American Idiot Remix” – by Green Day and David Matthews 2)
Good evening and welcome to this week’s Brutally Honest Rant. I’m David Matthews 2, writer of the weekly online column Brutally Honest.
And welcome to the LAST Brutally Honest Rant of 2007. It’s hard to believe that we’ve made it through another whole year. Most of the time it seems like it takes forever to get to this point, and then suddenly we’re here. That’s just how it all works out sometimes.
Anyway, this is it until January, and while I was prepared to make this HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT about next year… unfortunately I can’t right now. We had a few things pop up, not to mention a huge winter storm that really hosed things for a certain part of the country.
BUT here’s what I’m going to do. While the Brutally Honest Command Center will be down for the holiday season, I’ll still be doing my regular segments over at ShockNetRadio.com every Friday Night. So what you guys need to do is you tune in every Friday Night at 9:15pm Eastern Time for the News Pundit Report and once we get the details finalized, I’ll make the announcement then. And of course I’ll post it on the blog site, but I think you’d rather want to HEAR it instead of reading it.
NOW… I’m going to try to get a few last words in on a variety of subjects, so bear with me on this.
First, by the time the Brutally Honest Command Center is back up and running in January 2008, we will already be in the middle of the REAL Presidential Election season. Everything up until the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary has been nothing but theoretical HORSECRAP.
I mean it! Everything that has been going on in 2007 regarding each and EVERY single one of the wannabes has been pretty much no different that a political version of a FANTASY LEAGUE. All of these polls? That and a buck and some change will get you a cup of coffee. It’s only really good for bragging rights, and even that is still nothing more than mindless theoretical crap.
But once the caucuses and primaries start up, THAT is when the REAL game-playing begins!
I want to bring up a few names of people who were supposed to be these populist system-changing mavericks in their days: Howard Dean, Pat Buchannan, John McCain… in their time they were supposed to be these hell-raisers that were going to shake things up in the election! That’s what the hype was at first. And it was even more so for Howard Dean because that was really when the Internet took off as a campaign tool! What happened? They each fizzled after the first caucuses and primaries.
You know why? Because all of the people who claimed that they WANTED to vote for the mavericks COWERED OUT! They either didn’t vote, or they threw their vote away and voted for the “SAFE” candidate… the one that they believed that their party needed to win in the November election.
Listen, people, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! This is pretty much one of the FEW CHANCES that you will EVER GET to actually vote for the kind of candidate that YOU WANT in that party! The kind of candidate that stands up for what YOU believe in.
You know, I once believed that you couldn’t really throw your vote away, but I was wrong! YOU CAN throw your vote away if you betray yourself and you betray what you believe in! And that is what a lot of voters do! THEY THROW THEIR VOTES AWAY by choosing the “SAFE” candidate. Or else they don’t vote, thinking that their vote would be wasted anyway.
And I’m going to tell you this right now, and this comes from YEARS of watching the political system at work, the two “SAFE” candidates right now are Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Rodham-Clinton! THOSE are the people that the party bosses and their friends in the special interest groups want on the November ticket! Those are the people that are getting endless press time, but for much different reasons. FoxNews wants Hillary to be the Democratic candidate and CNN wants Rudy to be the GOP Candidate. And if you think about it, it all makes perfect sense why they’re doing it that way.
Now, if you don’t like it… if you don’t think that either of them reflect what you believe in, then these primaries and caucuses are really your ONLY CHANCE within the party to let them know it! If you don’t take part now and vote according to YOUR beliefs and according to YOUR ideas, then you really have no excuse when the November elections come.
Think about that… but think too long about it, because the primaries and caucuses have been bumped up so early on in the year that they’ll be on you before you know it!
There have been several shootings not only this past year but also right now, almost back-to-back. And while the media – especially the cable news media, because they have nothing better to do – sift through every single bit of minutia and pretend to offer some kind of explanation as to whey these guy flipped out and went on their homicide-suicide sprees, there’s something that you need to keep in mind: these things DID NOT simply happen in a vacuum.
Neither the 19-year old who opened fire in a mall nor the 24-year old who murdered four people at a missionary dorm and a megachurch decided out of the blue to throw their lives away like that. They planned and orchestrated their attacks because something PRODDED them to! Something in their lives snapped, and just like the people who used to “go postal” in the 1980’s, they felt that the system screwed them over, so they struck back. This is going to sound crazy to most of you… but in their minds, they saw this as a form of revenge, or even – in some twisted manner – self-defense.
The 19-year old who opened fire in a crowded shopping mall had a messed-up life. He was living in a room in someone else’s home, brought in like a stray puppy. He lost his job AND he lost his girlfriend all in just the span of a week. Not exactly the kind of warm and fuzzy view of adult life that you see on MTV, is it? And the weapon he used? He didn’t BUY it like the anti-gun people would try to spin it to be. Nobody would GIVE him a weapon like that. HE HAD TO STEAL IT! He stole it from his stepfather; from the home that he was kicked out of.
And the 24-year old? Here’s someone who spent his life in a strict religious family, being brought up all of his life to believe that his religion is the only thing that matters in this screwed-up world. He tried to play by the rules. He tried to follow what he was told his life was supposed to be about and he gets SCREWED OVER. He sees hypocrisy and self-righteousness and outright FRAUD dressed up as FAITH, and THAT gets promoted. THAT gets advanced. THAT brings in the money and the fame. Ted Haggard gets forgiven for his hypocrisy. His own brother attends Oral Roberts University, which is right now weathering charges of corruption, abuse of university resources, and allegations of fooling around with underage boys.
And here was this shooter, supposedly following “the rules”, and what happens? He gets kicked out of the missionary – his supposed end-all-be-all in life – because he apparently didn’t fit the mold of the “perfect people”. The ones he saw that were hypocrites. He was bitter, and that was even before he turned his anger into something worse.
Now I’m not EXCUSING their actions, folks, nor am I condoning them. I’m just pointing it out so you can understand it all.
This is something that the air-fluffed ego-driven media will refuse to do. This is something that the political and religious leaders don’t want you to dwell about, because it takes the power of these tragedies away from them. Even now the bible-thumpers are using this latest tragedy as their literal smoking gun to claim that they are supposedly being “PERSECUTED”. Trust me, I could spend two whole hours talking about that subject alone... and, you know, I may just do that in 2008.
Anyway, the point is this. These things are happening because too many people and too many institutions are letting us down. In short, there’s something Rotten in Denmark, and it’s going to continue to stink up the place until something substantive is done to fix it.
Okay… now… the last point I want to make tonight…
All this year I was giving you a series of “Unacceptable Truths”. Things that are painfully true, but we the people, in general, simply REFUSE to recognize it as such. For instance, what I just talked about just a moment ago was one of those “Unacceptable Truths”. Saturation by the media is not the same as information. These tragedies simply don’t happen out of the blue, and that they are all a symptom of a much LARGER problem that we refuse to deal with. There are plenty of these “Unacceptable Truths” that I’ve been bringing out this year. Some deal with politics, others with taxes, and still more with religion and the media.
But through it all, there was one that I was DYING to get out. One that I was DYING to bring up and expose and really talk about… but I wanted it to count. And what better time than now… at the VERY LAST audio rant for 2007… to wrap up this whole series called “Unacceptable Truths” to bring you the final, and probably biggest, unacceptable truth.
So here it is folks:
FREEDOM is an INDIVIDUAL CONCEPT!
Let’s get brutally honest here folks… you CANNOT tell a whole group of people that they are free without being able to tell that to each and every individual in that group. You can’t give freedom to a whole group of people without giving that freedom to each individual in it!
Think about the whole thing with slavery. We fight a bloody Civil War over it… and for a few other issues of course… but it’s over and the slaves as a group were free. Or… at least they were on paper. As a GROUP, they were supposedly free, but not on an INDIVIDUAL basis. As individuals, they were still subject to blatant restrictions and discrimination. Segmented and pushed aside and zoned away into little out-of-the-way districts. Oh you can work, provided it’s the same kind of work that you would have been doing beforehand. Advancement? Well that’s only for so far. Education? You’ll take what we give you and you’ll like it. As a GROUP, African-Americans were free. But as individuals, they sure as hell weren’t. And it would take almost an entire CENTURY after the Civil War before people began to realize that difference and fight to make significant changes to that effect.
This is where the civil rights struggle fails. It starts off where it needs to be… on an INDIVIDUAL basis. A woman arrested for not giving up her seat on a bus. A man refused service because he showed up in “the wrong” diner. A child wanting to attend a school closer to where she lived. INDIVIDUAL rights. INDIVIDUAL freedoms. But once the argument goes into any kind of GROUP discussion, that’s when they start losing it.
Race, gender, sexual orientation, age… as long as the argument is on an INDIVIDUAL level, then you have strength. But as soon as you turn it into a GROUP thing, then all discussion of rights goes down the toilet. Now you’re not fighting for freedom. You’re fighting for POWER… and usually for yourself, not for others.
Freedom of religion. The SECOND freedom specifically mentioned in the First Amendment (the first being the prohibition of Congress from passing any kind of law RESPECITNG the establishment of religion). What people don’t realize is that freedom of religion is NOT about the freedom of churches or about the freedom of religious institutions, but rather it is about the freedom of INDIVIDUALS to believe how they wish. It’s the freedom of INDIVIDUALS to decide if they want to follow Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Mormonism, or to follow their own beliefs, whether those are based on any of those religions, or none at all. It is an INDIVIDUAL concept!
Freedom of speech – to say what you want. The freedom of the press – to print what you want. The freedom from unwarranted searches and seizures. The prohibition against forced self-incrimination. The freedom of association – to hang around with whomever you wish. These are all INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS!
So now the $64,000 question is this: why is it an UNACCEPTABLE TRUTH? After all, this is what our country’s founding fathers WANTED for us, isn’t it? Freedom?
And the answer to that is simple: the reason why we REFUSE to accept the fact that freedom is an INDIVIDUAL concept is because we have been thoroughly surrounded in and indoctrinated into a groupthink mentality! We have been taught to believe – without question – that the GROUP is more important than the individual.
We have been conditioned like Pavlovian DOGS to accept that “family values” and “public decency” trump the freedom of speech. That is what they used to impose dictatorial censorship rules on radio and television and even the movies. The “Legion of Decency”, the Comstock Acts, the Meese Commission… and now of course the FCC, all of which telling us all that the freedom of speech is IRRELEVANT compared to the DEMANDS of the GROUP!
We have been BRAINWASHED to accept that the DOMINANT religion gets to decide what laws get enacted and enforced. That’s why they have been running around telling you that the Separation of Church and State NEVER EXISTED, even though the language is CLEARLY THERE if you bother to actually READ EVERY SINGLE WORD in the First Amendment and not read the neo-con Cliff Notes. And when their own hypocrisy in these matters are exposed, not only are there actually NO CHARGES filed for violating the very laws they champion, but they categorically REFUSE to get rid of the laws they weasel out of, claiming that society NEEDS those laws or else we will all degrade into anarchy.
We have been PROGRAMMED to accept that some communal sense of “property values” override our freedom of association. Zoning laws and so-called “Covenant neighborhoods” dictate to us what can go on in our homes. Eminent Domain is invoked anytime some developer lusts for property, telling you that YOUR property is subject to forfeiture at any time for some mythical “collective gain”. You can lose your property at any time even on the mere SUSPICION that it was involved in some political “war on” hoax such as the fraudulent “War on Drugs” or “War on DUI” or “War on Sex”. And once gone, you can’t get it back, because it gets auctioned off “for the good of society”.
We are DELUGED with groupthink from the moment we are born until the moment we die. We are taught to see ourselves NOT as individuals, but as part of the greater collective whole.
And where does that lead us? To people who can’t think for themselves. To people who have to EMERSE themselves into whatever collectivist program they are a part of just so they can feel like they actually MATTER. To people who will wait in line for a day-and-a-half just so they can be the first one in the store on the day after Thanksgiving so they can buy that so-called “IT” present. To people who actually cannot tell you the difference between DEMOCRACY and FREEDOM. To people who believe that their end-all-be-all purpose in this world is to be a breeding machine and bring into this world as many babies as possible. To people who will sacrifice honor, integrity, morals, even their very SOULS just to sustain the group when it has done wrong. To people who think that supporting a sports team is more important than getting an education. And it leads to people who end up being so marginalized, so shunned from the rest of the groupthink, that they convince themselves that the only way that they can actually matter in this world is to do something so shocking, so reprehensible, and so unforgivable that they will be damned in the history books, and that their actions would be used as the justification for even MORE groupthink!
I wasn’t kidding when I said that this was the BIGGEST unacceptable truth there is! This pretty much encompasses a whole bunch of social ills. And ALL of them can be resolved in a matter of time if we simply accept this truth and recognize that we CANNOT claim to support freedom if we first do not support the INDIVIDUAL.
John Stewart Mill said it best when he said that “Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.” But perhaps it was a World War II correspondent and 1930’s writer named John Dos Passos that pretty much summed up this unacceptable truth quite well. He said that “Individuality is freedom lived”.
Now if we were to use that as an indication of the amount of freedom we enjoy in the United States, then it’s safe to say that we would ALL be in some serious trouble.
(Computer – some final fun stuff)
(Fade Music In – “Mythodea” by Vangelis)
Well my friends that does it for 2007. I would like to thank each and every person who has sounded off over on the Brutally Honest blog page, either in support or criticism of the things I’ve said this past year. Also thank you to everyone on the Brutally Honest transcript list. Unfortunately, because of the various things I have in store for 2008, I won’t be able to continue doing transcripts, so thank you for those of you who have been on the list for all this time. I know some of you have been there since I was doing online radio, and trust me when I say that you’ll really like what I have in store for next year.
For everyone else, thank you for an interesting year! Thank you for listening or for reading my rants, and I hope you will come back next year!
Brutally Honest is a Get Brutal production; all opinions expressed are those of the commentator, and may or may not be shared by the online provider. This is David Matthews 2 saying good night, have a GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON and I’ll see everyone in 2008!
(Computer – Ending/“End of Recording”)
[End of program]
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Brutally Honest Audio Rant: Updates on Past Issues
(Computer – Introduction)
(Music intro – “American Idiot Remix” – by Green Day and David Matthews 2)
Good evening and welcome to this week’s Brutally Honest Rant. I’m David Matthews 2, writer of the weekly online column Brutally Honest.
For those of who you don’t yet know, next week will be the last audio rant for 2007. Hopefully by then I should have something memorable to announce, but if not, I’ll still have something good to wrap up the year. This coming Sunday will also be the last Brutally Honest column for the year. Again, this just a little something that I do every year to wrap things up.
Anyway, tonight I’ve got some updates on some of the things that I’ve talked about over the past year. Two of the things are recent, but this first one is something that was brought up back in April and has just come back into the spotlight in the past week or so. Matter of fact, you may have heard about it…
That’s right… DON IMUS is back on the air.
Or… at least a radio personality that LOOKS like Don Imus, and has a voice that SOUNDS like Don Imus, but is it REALLY Don Imus?
There are some folks who say that it isn’t. Or at least not the Don Imus that inspired future shock jocks like Howard Stern, Opie and Anthony, and the Regular Guys.
Now, for those of you who don’t really remember what I was talking about… Don Imus was railroaded out of a job by a cabal of liberal moralists led by the self-righteous Al Sharpton. Sharpton heard Imus echo a comment by his producer describing the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s”. He didn’t like that description, so he got his moralist war machine fired up and he FORCED MSNBC to drop the video simulcast of Imus in the Morning. Then he turned to CBS and FORCED them to cancel his show in a blatant violation of the contract they signed with him. Imus apologized profusely for the comment that he himself didn’t even create, he just echoed from his producer! But that wasn’t enough for Sharpton. Sharpton and his liberal moralist war machine wanted BLOOD… preferably that of Imus or of his career. And it was only AFTER Imus was fired from CBS… again in BLATANT VIOLATION of his contract… did Sharpton consider the apology sufficient.
Now… since Sharpton set the bar on Imus, I wonder if HE would be willing to be held to the SAME STANDARD. Probably not. Most moralists consider themselves to be above reproach anyway. But I digress.
Anyway, Imus sued CBS... and rightly so… then they settled and he got invited to go back on the air. But with some changes of course. A few new diverse people on on-air staff, and of course a softer, kindler, gentler Imus… and with a 30-second censor delay JUST in case the OLD Imus comes back.
Now, I haven’t heard the “new” Imus, and I never really was into hearing the OLD Imus, but in truth, I’m really not surprised that this milquetoast pretender is on the airwaves!
I’ve seen this before! Many of the people who were INSPIRED by the old Imus… Opie and Anthony, the Regular Guys… they ALL faced the wrath of the moralist censors, and when they were ALLOWED back on the air, they were effectively CASTRATED. They were neutered! They SUCKED!
You see, THIS is what happens to free speech when it is put in the hands of moralists. It gets CASTRATED! It gets diluted. And when you have someone who makes his or her career saying things that OFFEND people and SHOCKS them and you take all that away in the name of “decency” or “family values”, you get a very BLAND and BORING program!
Now if Don Imus wants to spend his last remaining years being more or less a cheap carbon copy of Paul Harvey, then that’s his choice. But CBS not only did Imus a disservice when they violated the terms of their contract, but they also did their own LISTENERS a disservice by not backing Imus and by not taking ON the moralists and fighting them as they were OBLIGATED by that contract to do. THEY MADE Imus into radio milquetoast, which of course is what the big radio conglomerates want in the first place. Bland, neutral, plain… BORING.
Listen, free speech is MEANT to offend! It’s MEANT to shock and be obscene and piss people off! That is what it is FOR! It is not for mainstream pabulum. Pabulum doesn’t need protection.
Over on ShockNetRadio.com, my good friend RJ Evans has a certain sound clip that he LOVES to use on his radio show. It is the sound of someone puking their guts out, and it is not a quick sound clip either. And every time he uses it, it pisses off some of his listeners. But what they really don’t understand is that every time THEY get pissed off by it, it just encourages him to use it more and more!
You see, as long as you get OFFENDED by something, you give that thought or that word POWER. This is the power that moralists tap into to control you and to control others! But if you CHOOSE to not get OFFENDED, then you take that power AWAY from the word, and thus you take that power AWAY from the moralists. You want to shut down people like Al Sharpton? THAT’S how you do it!
Okay, next up…
We have an update on the MySpace manipulator. This was from the “Cyberspace Destroyers” rant back on my birthday.
Quick recap: 13-year old Megan Meier suffered from some severe social problems. ADD, depression, a victim of bullying so severe that she was forced to change schools. She meets what she believes to be a male teen friend who really gushes about her and builds up her confidence for about a month or so. Then, suddenly, he turns on her and starts insulting her and degrading her and telling her the world would be better if she wasn’t in it anymore. Public comments get posted about her. Other people start ganging up on her. Shortly after that exchange, she hung herself.
Parents wanted to know who this cruel young man was, but it turned out it was actually the creation of a neighbor’s sick mind. A FEMALE neighbor who created the fictional identity because she wanted to know what Megan was saying about her own daughter.
Well the county prosecutor was ready to wash their hands clean of this, as did everyone else in government, until Megan’s parents went public; then suddenly they wanted to reconsider, especially after the news of this sick, disgusting hoax reached the Internet and bloggers discovered who this neighbor was and started giving HER a taste of her own medicine. Turns out, though, that was just a little delaying tactic. The county prosecutors have once again washed their hands clean of this matter, but not before getting a few more key elements out in the open.
According to the neighbor herself, she didn’t create the fictional profile. She got her 18-year old employee to do that! Yes, that’s right, she didn’t act on her own! She had OTHER PEOPLE doing her bidding!
Oh, and the 18-year old employee in question? Well, he wasn’t available for the prosecutors to provide any kind of information on this matter because he’s being treated for psychological problems caused BY it.
Well isn’t that just CONVENIENT! Blame the manipulated suicide of a young girl with personal problems on someone who conveniently develops psychological problems of his own.
All of this is SUPPOSED to exonerate the woman in question. But in truth what this little revelation does is it further exposes the depths of EVIL surrounding this woman!
Prior to this little nugget of information coming out, it could be easily argued that this woman was simply acting as just another hyperactive and terribly flawed parental caretaker whose zealotry for family protection exceeded common sense. But in truth, what this exposes is a cruel, cold, and calculated master manipulator. A mastermind, to use the City of Villains terminology. Someone who uses other people to do their bidding so that they can come out innocent.
And what a viscous circle was woven here! A whole bunch of people who conspire to bring down a fragile teenager, with the one person connected to all of them somehow guilt-free. Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this picture?
I sincerely hope that Megan Meier’s parents sue that woman in civil court for wrongful death, and go after EVERYONE connected to it, including the company she works for, including the employee she manipulated into doing her bidding, and including everyone else in the area associated with it. I’m sure that once all of the pieces of this puzzle are laid out and all of the players are exposed that the civil court will show to Megan’s parents the kind of justice they have been so far denied by the legal system.
By the way, I got some pretty good feedback from folks who were somewhat surprised by my own admission of similar problems when I was a teenager. Bear in mind that back then I wasn’t the six-foot-three behemoth that I am today. And people suffering from personal problems, never mind depression, don’t usually come out and admit to it. That is especially true when you’re a teenager, and even more so when you’ve been tormented by others long enough to know that even the tiniest flaw can be blown up and magnified into something it isn’t.
Okay, finally tonight a follow-up to last week’s rant about the HOLIDAY season.
You know, I rag on the neo-cons about their obsession over the religious aspects of this time of the year, but they didn’t start this so-called “culture war” on their own. Sure they’re arrogant, ego-driven, self-righteous, self-centered, and quick to shove their beliefs down our collective gullets on a whim and for a quick buck. But most of them – with the obvious exception to the Fox News contingent – are not that way normally. Most of the people I talk to that are quick to start impersonating a bible-thumping minister over what is supposedly “THE REASON” for this HOLIDAY season are otherwise NORMAL people. But someone or something pushed their buttons.
Let’s get brutally honest here… we are ALL guilty of seeing this HOLIDAY season through our own exclusive filters, and for many of us, those filters are based on our religious beliefs. If you’re a Christian, you will probably only see Christmas. That’s it! And that’s all some Christians ever WANT to see at this time of the year.
Tonight, as I’m speaking, is the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish celebration of this HOLIDAY season. Of course it doesn’t keep the same date every year… just like a few certain CHRISTIAN celebrations that will go unmentioned… *AHEM* EASTER!… because it’s based on the JEWISH calendar, not on the Anglo-Saxon CHRISTIAN calendar. Yet another reason why this is called the HOLIDAY season. But for bigoted Christians, they will NEVER EVER see this as a part of THEIR celebrations! They’ll fight for the Ten Commandments, but they won’t recognize Chanukah as part of the whole HOLIDAY season. It’s Christmas or NOTHING!
And yeah, neo-cons and other conservatives are guilty of pushing our buttons on this. But they’re not the only ones doing so!
Liberals are also guilty of pushing our Yuletide buttons, and sometimes for no good reason whatsoever!
For instance, okay, keeping the Nativity scene out of Town Hall is a good fight. Practicing the separation of Church and State instead of talking about it is a noble cause. But banning all references to Christmas itself? Barring ALL Christmas carols, even the secular ones? Shutting down Santa and Rudolph and Frosty too? No, that’s not a good cause!
Listen, there has been a very delicate balance built up with Christmas making it both secular AND religious. The LAST thing that liberals need right now is to get rid of the baby along with the bathwater. You’re not going to win trying to get rid of all things Christmas. That just pisses off way too many people.
Let people enjoy Christmas. Keep it secular in the government realm, but otherwise let the people enjoy it amongst themselves within their own religious filters.
Oh, and by the way, LAY OFF THE “HO HO HO” THING! Liberals in Australia told Santas that they couldn’t say “Ho Ho Ho” because it was deemed OFFENSEIVE! For whom? Farmers? The Jolly Green Giant?
Look, let me spell it out for you so that even a certain former Texas governor can understand it… you fight for and keep the secular celebration of Christmas going and you keep many of the masses on your side. Not all of them, but certainly enough to keep the neo-cons in line. But the minute you start going after Christmas in and of itself, then those masses will go RUNNING IN DROVES over to the neo-cons. And then good luck ever getting the support of the masses for anything else you need.
Remember, the name of the game here is BALANCE.
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By the way, something for you to think about… did it ever occur you why Chanukah has gone on pretty much unobserved compared to Christmas?
Think about it! Christmas has all of these songs and images and celebrations and TV specials… and Chanukah has an Adam Sadler movie and only one song. And a rather cheesy song to boot!
Now imagine how the Jewish faith would have looked if they didn’t spend a few hundred years getting persecuted at every turn. They probably would have had the courage to be creative as well and come up with more songs and more celebrations and made it more festive instead of having to keep things amongst themselves.
If they weren’t being hounded out and hunted down and forced to keep their faith secret, they probably could have turned Chanukah into something just as festive as Christmas. And it probably would have been more commercialized as well. After all, Christmas only comes once. Chanukah has eight days of gift-buying.
That, in and of itself, probably would have eliminated the need for the stores to practice Christmas Creep.
Brutally Honest is a Get Brutal production; all opinions expressed are those of the commentator, and may or may not be shared by the online provider. This is David Matthews 2 saying good night, and I’ll speak with you soon!
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
This coming weekend - December 9th - will be the LAST column for the year. Of course it will be the annual Brutally Honest Awards for 2007. No big surprise there.
The following Wednesday - December 12th - will be the LAST audio rant for 2007. And it will sadly also mean the last time I'll be able to post the transcripts of my rants in the blog site, because the things that I have in mind for 2008 will not allow me to post transcripts. Sorry guys, but you'll have to actually LISTEN to hear what I have to say next year!
Mind you, I'll still be doing my part over at Shocknet Radio as the News Pundit every Friday night at 9:15pm Eastern Time, but the rest of the time I'll be pretty much in holiday mode.
So enjoy the last stuff while you can because 2008 will be a whole new game!