A measured discussion on the state of our current political discourse

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A segregated lunch counter? Seriously? 

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(via flickr)

Which one of these two is your Rosa Parks? 
Why didn’t they use the Berkeley Student Protests of the 60s? It is local, and decidedly more relevant. No, they equate the right of suburban runaways to sun themselves in the upper Haight with the struggle of the descendants of slaves to get equal rights.

All righty then.

(Maybe the licensing fees for this photo were too unreasonably high?)
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(via here)

Is your dog named Miles? How about Coltrane?

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Antoine Dodson is one of the most problematic people to ever exist. Is he kind of minstrely? There are issues around homophobia- especially within the black community; whether or not one is laughing with him, or at him; Is he is wisely exploiting his moment of fame, or being portrayed as a buffoon? I don’t know. He did some heroic shit, I’ll let him figure out how to handle his 15 minutes, but seriously America, why dress up your fucking dog in the first place?

Cognitive Dissonance

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The most often repeated story explaining cognitive dissonance is the about the authors of When Prophecy Fails. “The authors infiltrated a group that was expecting the imminent end of the world on a certain date. When that prediction failed, the movement did not disintegrate, but grew instead. By sharing cult beliefs with others, they gained acceptance and thus reduced their own dissonance”.

Sounds familiar right? 

The Tea Party wants to “Take America Back” a grim sentiment if you’re a minority (of any kind- take America back to when, and how many amendments and which ones are you planning on repealing in order to get to your Nirvana? ) – and they think that the Socialist Muslim Kenyan President with Anti-Colonial* views wants to redistribute wealth.  We already redistribute wealth. Whether by Reganomics or the Bush Tax Cuts, wealth is constantly being redistributed, except the only direction it’s moving is Upward. 

The share of income accruing to America’s wealthiest 1 percent rose from 9 percent in 1974 to a tidy 23.5 percent in 2007. (WaPo).

Instead of Joe the Plumbers being happy that his taxes were lowered after the election, they recruited Mamma Grizzlies, and have made their “movement” even larger. These people held a march on Washington to benefit the richest 1% of the country. They literally crashed the servers of the Chamber of Commerce (with donations!!??11!!) because Glen Beck told them that JP Morgan Chase and Rolls-Royce were on their side. 

But hey, if the richest people on the planet (who mostly reside on the coasts), can convince the fattest people on the planet to march for anything besides more chips, then they deserve their place atop the pyramid. 

*why the sympathy for Colonial powers, don’t they know America was a colonial subject? Isn’t that what the Boston Tea Party was all about? Oh, yeah, right, cognitive dissonance.. got it.

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[In Reno] The casinos are filled with what appeared to be a lot of drug addicts, senior citizens, obese trailer-trash, and ugly, broke tourists. A very unsavory lot they were smoking cheap cigarettes, drinking watered down cocktails, playing video poker at a nickel a game and…wait a minute…… I can smoke indoors; where the fuck are my cigarettes?…. 

J Greco’s take on Burning Man, as only he can do… full of haterade, and acute observations.

Our self-involved circle jerk continues

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“One could say, exaggerating only slightly, that the hipster moment did not produce artists, but tattoo artists, who gained an entire generation’s arms, sternums, napes, ankles, and lower backs as their canvas. It did not produce photographers, but snapshot and party photographers: Last Night’s Party, Terry Richardson, the Cobra Snake. It did not produce painters, but graphic designers. It did not yield a great literature, but it made good use of fonts. And hipsterism did not make an avant-garde; it made communities of early adopters.” (ny mag)

Interesting 5,000 word article about “hipsters” seeks to put to an end the discussion about what is a hipster. Fittingly though this treatise which declaims and praises hipsters is very similar to another much larger discussion that is vogue right now about the Tea Party.  As the hipster aesthetic has mainstreamed and permeated even the most sterile environment (the Hot Topic in Bloomington IL, for example)so have  the paradoxical Tea Party ideals of “Medicare benefits, disproportionate federal spending on rural districts, and no taxes”.