Quote Of The Day: World Champion San Francisco Giants Edition

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The quote comes from Kevin Bumgarner, the father of MVP Madison:

“I tell Madison, Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the pigeon, and sometimes you’re the statue.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Since Madbum is from North Carolina, I’m sure his father is familiar with the dubious folk wisdom about getting shat on by a bird being good luck. Not my experience, but maybe it explains Madison’s phenomenal pitching. Ya never know.

A few more pictures from SFGate after the break, I cannot help myself.

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Malaka Of The Week: Rita Cook

A little known fact about me is that I used to give tours in New Orleans. I was quite good at it too. It helps being a ham. One of the places I used to take my groups was St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 right outside the Quarter. Something I used to urge my people NOT TO DO was this:

Marie Laveau Tomb - Plaque

That’s the reputed tomb of Marie Laveau, the reputed Voodoo Queen. The Xs are supposed to bring you good luck/juju  or some such shit. I call it desecrating someone’s tomb, but some clueless malakas provide instructions on how to do it. One of them is a hack travel writer by the name of Rita Cook and that is why she is malaka of the week.

Ms. Cook wrote an allegedly “unsponsored” travel piece at Satan’s Botoxed Handmaiden’s joint, the Huffington Post. In between plugging Lexus, she doled out some largely vapid travel tips except for this one:

Instructions:
To be done at St. Louis Cemetery #1 at the foot of a tomb. Draw an X on a piece of paper with a red pen or marker and place the paper on the gravestone marker. Kick your right foot backward three times. Kick the grave three times with your right foot. Knock three times. Turn to the right three times. Bow. Put your right hand on the X and make a wish. Give your offering. (Your offering can be three to five pennies.)

Ms. Cook issues a pro forma disclaimer telling people they shouldn’t do this. I’m not buying it. It’s the old don’t do as I say, do as I do thing, which may have inspired Cole Porter to “do that voodoo that you do so well” or maybe not. I just felt like quoting Cole…

The rest of the article is an ode to Lexus and a compendium of  kitschy New Orleans tourist cliches; at least she didn’t spell it N’Awlins. (Only the late Frank Davis could get away with that without relentless mockery.)  I don’t know about you, but I’m more interested in offbeat stuff when I travel, not in learning how I can drive a Lexus to the nearest allegedly haunted house.

My second favorite meaningless disclaimer comes at the end of the article:

NOTE: This author does not and will never take any money from any automotive brand or destination/restaurant/activity, etc. in exchange for coverage – the views are strictly the authors opinion.

If that’s true, Ms. Cook is not only a malaka, she’s a fool. I, for one, don’t buy it for a second. If she were writing a genuine unsponsored travel piece, it wouldn’t center around the glories of the red Lexus hatchback she just happened to be driving around the Quarter.  Get out the car and walk, lady. You might see something other than touristy cliches. You will not, however, run into Lestat or Lasher…

Here’s the deal: I may enjoy horror movies but I don’t believe in ghosts, haunted houses, or things that go bump in the night. I’m tired of people coming to New Orleans to get drunk and puke in the gutter on Bourbon Street, and of those who think our culture revolves around Voodoo. There are people who practice Voodoo as  a religion but not many and it’s not as central to our history as hacks like Ms. Cook or the makers of AHS: Coven would have you believe. (Btw, the desecration of tombs in the cemetery long predates AHS or Cook’s malakatude. That’s not on them but she perpetuates it while pretending to criticize the defacement. Guess that makes her two defaced.) Most people don’t know that the majority of African-Americans here are Catholics and not Voodoo-ites or even Baptists.

This post was suggested to me by my friends and fellow Spanksters, David and Brett whose critters have been featured in guest catblogging. Brett is a buggy driver/tour guide with a passion for historical accuracy. She called out Ms. Cook on her malakatude on Twitter.  She, in turn, issued a kinda sorta apology for the piece and promised to make changes. I suspect that’s when she inserted the disclaimer without a difference. I’m not sure, I never saw the piece in its original form. I tend to avoid Satan’s Botoxed Handmaiden’s joint like Dracula avoids mirrors or garlic.

Ms. Cook is currently on a trip to Crete. I hope she doesn’t call them Cretins. They don’t like it. Also, try not to mention Zorba the Greek. He’s a fictional character who was played by a Mexican-Irish actor. I suspect Ms. Cook cannot help herself, manipulating touristy cliches in between plugging products is what she does. And that is why she is malaka of the week.

Finally, the Freak Show recap will be posted at some point on All Hallows’ Eve. I was busy rooting for a certain team in the World Series last night and we won. It was written, it’s an odd year.

Let’s circle back to the legend of Marie Laveau:

Longing For The Sacred Heart Of…Jeb?

From Album 5

So, maybe not a groundswell, but at least some on the commentariat are suggesting that the other Bush is, if not Mr. Right, Mr. Right-Enough/If-You-Squint-He-Kind-Of-Looks-Like-A-Daddy-Hero figure…this despite the fact that his self-identified Steely-Eyed-Rocket-Man moment was actually more Operation Stumblebum and his total cave/fold to the wingnuts during the extended obscenity over Terry Schiavo was something they’ll now go to great lengths to ignore if not forget.

But the real tell here is the lengths they’ll go to in ignoring the fact that a significant element of the Republican Party is, well, bugfuck insane — and has been ever since they began feeding at the trough of myths ladled out by Ronaldus Magnus. Oh, and they also ignore the very real fact that the present occupant of the White House IS in fact pretty close if not spot-on with regards to their fondest hopes. Moderate, not particularly partisan, a proponent of an agenda they agree with…well, except for the fact that he’s a Democrat. Which must be a particularly egregious sin in their eyes.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Bride Of Frankenstein

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I’ve had this golden age horror film classic on my mind since watching Jessica Lange sing Gods and Monsters in AHS: Freak Show last week. That Lana del Rey song title made me think of the 1998 film of the same title, which is about James Whale who directed Bride Of Frankenstein. Welcome to the way my mind works, you poor bastards.

In many ways, the Universal Frankenstein trilogy represents the apogee of the 1930’s studio system. The war lessened the studios hold on the industry and it was all downhill from there. The studio also cheapened the series by having Frank meet a bunch of other scary dudes. They should have stopped with 1939’s Son Of Frankenstein.

The film itself is remarkable; full of chills, thrills, and great characters. I remember getting nightmares from Dr. Pretorious’ jarred “creations” the first time I saw the movie as a wee lad. I didn’t scare easily but that seriously creeped me out. Now I do the creeping out…

Here’s one of a multitude of poster variations. This beloved film has been re-released many times:

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Wednesday Night Music: The Neighborhood

Some of our readers in an alternate internet universe have requested a few more stand alone music posts. Like Ray Davies, I give the people what they want.

My Los Lobos bender continues unabated. I’ve had this song in my head for days so it’s time to unleash it on the world:

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Today In Responsible Gun Ownership: Jose Canseco Edition

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Former American League MVP Jose Canseco is a legendary meathead. From turning his team mates on to steroids, to damaging his career by pitching in a game to satisfy his huge ego, to various brushes with the law, Jose has an established track record of severe malakatude.

The latest Jose sighting involves that whole Second Amendment thing:

Las Vegas Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon told the Associated Press that officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting at Canseco’s home just after 5:30 p.m. ET. Canseco told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it discharged and shot a finger in his left hand, according to Reddon.

Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, told the Los Angeles Times that doctors said they’ll have to either amputate or perform reconstructive surgery and warned that Canseco will never have full use of his hand again.

“I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string,” she told the newspaper.

Knight told the Times that Canseco had been to the shooting range recently, so there was still a round left in the gun’s chamber.

Canseco, a six-time All-Star, made his career with the Oakland Athletics in the 1980s and played for several other teams before retiring in 2001.

Apparently, it will be awhile until Jose is able to flip anyone off with both hands, but at least he’s clean.

Unlike the dude in the Bash Brothers poster, Jose talks loudly and carries a small stick…

That concludes today’s episode of tasteless comedy theatre.

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Son Of Schmilsson

Since it’s All Hallows’ Eve on Friday, my regular features this week are going to be vaguely horrific. Make that marginally horrific.

Harry Nilsson was on top of the world when he recorded Son Of Schmilsson. Its predecessor, Nilsson Schmilsson, was the biggest hit of his career. RCA hoped that Harry would stick to the formula. He did not. He delivered an album that was every bit as artistically successful but it lacked an obvious smash hit single such as Without You. Instead, it was 39 minutes of whimsy and quirkiness. I like it more than Nilsson Schmilsson, but the public did not even though it peaked at #12.

In 1972, the public was less burnt out by vampires. I know I was. I used to do a killer imitation of Dwight Frye as Mr. Renfield in the 1931 Dracula, but now I have vampire fatigue.  As Bela would surely say if he were still alive and undead,  I no longer vant to drink your blood. That’s why this cover worked so well instead of feeling tired and cliched as it would in the post-Twilight and True Blood universe. Fuck you, Vampire Bill…

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The Hail Mary Ad

This has nothing to do with religion except for those people who think football is one. It’s a world class collision of malakatude, sports, and political desperation. Former RNC Jefe and senior Dubya adviser Ed Gillespie is running for the Senate in Virginia. Things are not going well for him since he’s running against popular incumbent Mark Warner who was a very effective Governor from 2002-2006.

With flop sweat glistening on his brow, Gillespie is throwing the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass:

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Media Reports Media are Horrible as if Media are Not Involved

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Let’s Invest in Everything But the Newsroom!

Why would a good newspaper be the future of newspapers? 

Wrapports LLC announced a plan Tuesday to launch Sun Times Network as a separate brand, conceived by Michael Ferro Jr., chairman of Wrapports. “Michael Ferro will become chairman of the board of the Sun Times Network and spearhead this aggressive digital push,” Wrapports CEO Timothy P. Knight said in a statement. “He deserves great credit for that leadership and for this innovation which begins an exciting new chapter for the Sun-Times brand.”

Set for this Friday, the launch will coincide with plans disclosed here last week for the company to sell all of its suburban publications — including six dailies and 32 Pioneer Press weeklies — to Tribune Publishing, parent company of the Chicago Tribune. That will leave the much smaller Wrapports with only the daily Sun-Times and the free weekly Reader.

In addition to material aggregated and curated from local sources in each market, the network will provide “national exposure to the paper’s award-winning entertainment, sports and political coverage,” according to a company statement. Insiders said that would include content of national interest from such Sun-Times writers as movie columnist Richard Roeper, TV critic Lori Rackl, celebrity columnist Bill Zwecker, Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet and sports columnists Rick Telander and Rick Morrissey.

There are already syndication services available which would do that.

As to syndicating the columnists, here’s what you’d be getting from Bill Zwecker: 

Since Diana DeGarmo first captured national attention by being runner-up to Fantasia Barrino on the third season of “American idol,” the singer and actress has gone on to Broadway success in such shows as “9 to 5,” “Hairspray” and “Brooklyn: The Musical.” DeGarmo also starred on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera and now is touring in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” — co-starring with her husband, Ace Young, a fellow “Idol” alum whom she met while doing “Hair.” Young famously proposed to DeGarmo on the season 11 finale of “Idol.”

News your “hip” grandmother can use! The entire country is crying out for that!

And just how much is being spent to share this wonderousness with the world?

FOURTEEN MILLION FUCKING DOLLARS.

Wrapports said the new company was being funded in part by a $14 million investment from Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, founder of the wireless phone company Digicel. CEO of Sun Times Network will be Tim Landon, co-founder of CareerBuilder.com and Cars.com.

Career Builder and Cars.com are both sites that succeeded because at the time there was nothing like them. There are about a billion things like every Sun-Times columnist out there, but hey, let’s sink 14 million smackers we could be using to produce and sell the paper we already own into it!

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Nice Job Breaking It, Wingnuts: Halloween Edition

Way to freak out the schoolkids: 

A WTNH report from last week said that Newington schools do not want students bringing their costumes to school on Halloween.

Why? Because, as parents explained, “they got letters from the principals stating that since not everyone celebrates Halloween, it should not be celebrated.”

Some parents thought this was a silly bit of political correctness, and the story took off over the weekend. The Daily Caller ran a piece on it titled “Elementary Schools Ban Halloween Because Maybe Somebody Could Get Offended.”

William Collins, the superintendent of Newington Public Schools, sent a letter to parents yesterday[PDF] clearing things up. He says the controversy was a misunderstanding and he wasn’t going to comment on this in the first place, except that they started receiving “threatening and hateful phone calls and emails from national extremist groups.”

Those groups, natch, set their flying monkeys on the school without questioning whether the Daily Caller, a shitshow on its best day, might be taking out of context a fairly minor change to Halloween festivities: 

Is America I should not have to worry about other people’s feelings if they don’t like it get the hell out of this country

bad enough Christmas, now Hallowe’en, too. so sad. what’s next, the damn Tooth Fairy?

The Muslims dress in Costumes EVERYDAY! Let the kids have fun damn it!

Yes, but schools should not teach kids what to think. They should teach them how to learn, memorize, do math skills, and write. Now our schools are teaching humanist doctrine, trying to make disciples for progressivism. That is why so many are home-schooling if they can.

The jokes, they write themselves.

Why do these people have to fuck up every holiday? First the defensive Christmas horseshit, and now whining about goddamn Halloween, which last I checked the Christianists were supposed to hate because it promoted devil worship. Can’t there be one day off work where we all eat chocolate and chill out?

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Boardwalk Empire Thread: 13 Stops Closer To Downtown

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Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter is a protege of David Chase and was one of the mainstays of the Sopranos writing staff and production team. To call The Sopranos series finale cryptic is an understatement. Winter chose another path to conclude 5 seasons of his series. Here’s a link to an interview he gave Alan Sepinwall about the rise and fall of Nucky Thompson. Warning: it contains spoilers up the wazoo so you should only read it if you’ve seen El Dorado.

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Headline Of The Day: Diseased Minds Edition

It comes from a piece at Salon by Gabriel Arana:

GOP’s public health hypocrisy: If Obama were Reagan, he wouldn’t mention Ebola until 2017

The drums are beating on the right for action now on the so called Ebola crisis. First, any crisis is in Western African, not here. Second, the methods proposed by them: travel bans, automatic quarantines are, in a word stupid, and the latter are already being crawfished on by Cuomo and Christie.

The fantasy that the Obama administration is lollygagging is once again being driven by historical amnesia and the current fixation on instant action. In the public health sphere, instant action will rarely be the right thing to do and can cause all sorts of problems. Besides, actions involving science and medicine should not be driven by people who say, “I’m not a scientist” when asked about climate change.

The point of Arana’s piece is that the slow federal response to AIDS was driven by prejudice and stigmatization of its victims. St Ronnie could not bring himself to mention AIDS until 3 years after it exploded, and only then because a fellow old time movie star, Rock Hudson, was afflicted.

It’s time for everyone to take a chill pill and stop hyperventilating over this so called crisis. It’s only a crisis in West African and a travel ban would destroy attempts to smother the Ebola baby in the crib as it were. I’ll give Dr. Anthony Fauci the last word. The good doctor uttered them in the McCain zone in response to a question from Charlie Rose:

ROSE: Do these quarantines go against science? Because you have always insisted we should start with the science.

FAUCI: Well, first of all, the most important thing is to protect the American people. And, as you said, you got to base your decision and your policy on scientific evidence and scientific principles. What we are taking about health care workers coming back, they are at different levels of risk depending on their experience. And you tailor the kinds of monitoring, passively, actively, direct, according to that kind of risk. The idea of a blanket quarantine for people who come back could possibly have a negative consequence of essentially disincentivizing people from wanting to go there. The reason that’s important, Charlie, is because the best way to protect Americans is to stop the epidemic in Africa. And we need those health care workers to do that. To put them in position when they come back that, no matter what, automatically, they’re under quarantine can actually have unintended consequences. And that’s reason why we’re concerned about that.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Mouldy Oldies edition

Morning, everyone! Well, the Freeperati are currently freaking about about Ebola in New York in pretty much the same way they freaked out over Ebola in Dallas, so I’m not even going to mess with it. Just read last week’s “Obsession” and substitute the city names.

This is a good chance for me to go through some older stuff, though – so let’s jump in the Wayback Machine!

We’ll start with well, they DO all look alike……

Ferguson is now a free speech zone
The Verge ^ | August 14, 2014 | T.C. Sottek and Matt Stroud

Posted on ‎8‎/‎14‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎20‎:‎17‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet

“They’re simply doing what Americans do in hard times.”In your neighborhood, do people shoot an innocent woman in the head, burn down a convenience store and loot & pilfer a Wal-Mart and dozens of other businesses when something angers you?
1 posted on 8‎/‎14‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎20‎:‎17‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The deceased, Michael Brown.>
3 posted on 8‎/‎14‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎25‎:‎44‎ ‎PM by kabar
About 20 “white privilege” posts later, we get:
To: kabar

That picture is NOT the guy who was shot.

22 posted on 8‎/‎14‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎52‎:‎35‎ ‎PM by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)

But “kabar” doubles down – and uses The Stupidest Man On The Internet for a reference:
To: Gabz
BREAKING: Ferguson’s Michael Brown PICTURED WITH A GUN – Flashing Gang Signs According to Gateway Pundit, it is. Jim Hoft lives in St Louis and claims that it is Michael Brown. So how do you know that it is NOT Michael Brown? Is the picture below Michael Brown?
31 posted on 8‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ ‎12‎:‎00‎:‎06‎ ‎AM by kabar
To: kabar

From everything I have read today, the person in your original picture is Michael Brown – but NOT the same one who was shot.

As to this picture, I have no idea who either is and really don’t care.

I am not defending the thug in your original picture, nor am I defending the MB who was shot. I come from 3 generations of NYPD, and until shown otherwise in a particular situation I lean to defending LEO’s.

A retired LEO friend of mine, on another forum, pulled that picture(your first one) after it having been proven to him it it was not the same person. He also apologized for not having done his own due diligence in ascertaining the veracity of the photo he shared.

42 posted on 8‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ ‎12‎:‎22‎:‎19‎ ‎AM by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)

“kabar” gets all petulant and shit:
To: Gabz
A retired LEO friend of mine, on another forum, pulled that picture(your first one) after it having been proven to him it it was not the same person. He also apologized for not having done his own due diligence in ascertaining the veracity of the photo he shared. I guess I will have to see the same proof your friend saw. Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit has been following this story very closely since he lives in St Louis. He has contacts that provide him information. Hoft has yet to pull the picture down from his site.
50 posted on 8‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ ‎12‎:‎36‎:‎59‎ ‎AM by kabar
Actually, he pulled it pretty quickly, but not before being widely mocked for it.
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That is not Michael Brown. That is a punk named Jodah Cain, who killed his grandmother in 2013:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2450654/Boy-17-suspected-killing-71-year-old-great-grandmother-help-cousin.html

You should have the mods pull your post.

86 posted on 8‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ ‎5‎:‎55‎:‎16‎ ‎AM by Conscience of a Conservative

Guess what?
He doesn’t.
Still there as of today.
More old stuff after the thingy.

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Malaka Of The Week: Blackface Ray Rice Costume Dude

We’ve had this discussion many times before here at First Draft: SOME THINGS ARE NOT FUNNY. Not everyone gets it and that’s why Blackface Ray Rice Costume Dude is malaka of the week. I don’t even know where this bozo and his family lives but they’re a perfect storm of malakatude. I stumbled on these images on the Twitter feed of Bomani Jones:

Now that you’re gobsmacked and horrified, the freak parade continues after the break. American Horror Story ain’t got nothin’ on these folks.

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On the ‘Unintended’ Consequences of Personhood, North Dakota Edition

These people are cruel and also liars, or they are grotesquely stupid, and in either case should not be making decisions for anyone: 

The single-sentence measure would be the nation’s first to amend a state constitution and require the “inalienable right to life” at “any stage of development.” Supporters say it’s meant to protect the state’s current abortion laws from judicial activism. Those opposed believe the intent is to outlaw abortion altogether and say the vague wording could affect birth control, end-of-life care plans and in vitro fertilization.

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Butcher said the measure’s vague language is meant to “camouflage” its real intent to bar abortions and also could potentially affect end-of-life care plans and cause problems for infertile couples seeking to use in vitro fertilization.

“That absolutely is not the intent,” said Janne Myrdal, who heads ND Choose Life, a group supporting the measure. “The intent is to protect laws that are on the books already. The opposition is blatantly lying and trying to put fear in peoples’ minds.”

But Dr. Steffen Christensen, who founded North Dakota’s only in vitro fertilization clinic in Fargo 20 years ago, said he will close the clinic if the measure passes. His attorneys have told him doctors and workers are at risk of legal action “if there is a loss of an embryo.”

“We are covered for malpractice but criminal charges? We’re on our own,” he said. “Sooner or later, someone would try to make an example of us.”

North Decoder has a pretty great rundown on why this ballot measure and the rationales of its supporters are utter horseshit.

The uninformed and misguided actress in the video reads from a script which claims Measure 1 was put on the ballot “to protect the laws we already have.”  This is false. An amendment to the state constitution that is unconstitutional under the federal constitution, is still unconstitutional. These laws — or some of them — were declared unconstitutional because they violate the federal constitution. The idea that a state can adopt a state constitutional amendment in order to shield its federally unconstituional laws from being stricken…  is false. And it’s not just normal false false.  This assertion made by ND Choose Life is also a lie about our neighbors in North Dakota. It is a lie that pretends to explain why Measure 1 was put on the ballot. It was not put on the ballot “to protect the laws we already have” because, as a matter of fact and of law, it could not possibly “protect the laws we already have” if those laws violate the federal constitution (which they do).

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On Losing Your Identity and #Gamergate

GamerGate and its bullshit makes the NYT: 

These players are so concerned about the fragility of big-budget video games in the face of cultural analysis and criticism that they circulated an online petition last year calling for the website GameSpot to fire a critic, Carolyn Petit, for daring to complain that Grand Theft Auto V “has little room for women except to portray them as strippers, prostitutes, long-suffering wives, humorless girlfriends and goofy, new-age feminists that we’re meant to laugh at.” (There were no such demands for the heads of male critics — including me, writing in The New York Times — who said pretty much the same thing.)

To me, these anti-intellectual players, who want games to be “just games” and want criticism of them to be devoid of things like political and social context, are almost as worrisome as the horrifying, and criminal, actions of the harassers.

It’s been hard for me to wrap my head around this because it’s so predictable and sad, and infuriating, and difficult to explain. I mean, not, not really, when you’ve been around angry white geekboys your whole life, but to the Normals this seems like anthropology. Who are these strange creatures and why do they interact with their environment in this way?

There’s a bizarre comfort to being a picked-on underdog in such a minor way. Like back in the 90s when we were the only ones who understood the Internet. It was like having a secret language, like belonging to something when all the traditional, celebrated ways of belonging (cheerleading, jock stuff, honor society) rejected us. This, this geek thing, this Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, video-game thing, made us special.

It wasn’t that this was the only thing left to us after the cool kids took all the good stuff, oh no. It was that we knew something others didn’t. It was that we didn’t even WANT your mainstream culture. It wasn’t cool enough for us. We told ourselves this over and over and over.

(My first couple of boyfriends from this world were real shitheads, if you’re wondering.)

And this was it, okay. Trying to explain dork culture prior to the Internet is like trying to explain the loneliest, saddest thing there is: You like wrote letters to other people who watched what you watched, who loved what you loved. You had to buy magazines. Conventions happened because there was no other way to communicate. Everybody in the world could have loved what you loved but there was no way of knowing it. If the six people who lived on your block weren’t into your stuff it was incredibly isolating.

So you take what used to make you special, what felt like the only thing you have, and suddenly everyone’s into it. Everyone knows about it. Everyone has opinions about it. Pretty girls, who wouldn’t look at you twice, they think they can have what you have! They think they can speak your secret language! But if they can, then what makes you special? If the jocks and the cheerleaders can play games, too, what have you got?

What story can you tell yourself now to make yourself special? If being a gamer is something anyone can be, while being lots of other things, what are you?

I don’t mean to sound sympathetic to these douchebags, by the way. I have zero patience for pasty nerds with entitlement complexes and personality disorders. I’ve backed out of game-dates with Mr. A specifically because if I have to sit next to one more B.O.-reeking mouthbreather who hasn’t washed his hair in a week who’s going to be angry at me for not remembering all 12,000 rules to Seven Wonders I will lose it. I’m not saying any of these guys are right. But I think there’s something going on here nobody’s quite nailed.

Maybe I’m not explaining it right. Why shouldn’t you take joy in so many people discovering what you love? Why shouldn’t you rejoice that now you can sit next to the pretty girls and jocks in the cafeteria of life because you can at least talk Diablo with them? Why shouldn’t games be open to all of us, and every opinion about games be valid?

This is a cousin to the demographic freakouts and the stupid War on Christmas bullshit and the way everybody loses their shit when somebody says Santa might not be white. Like on its face, who gives a fuck if some girl wants to play your games? If some girl wants to write about your games? If somebody you think is a Chipster meatstick wants to call himself a gamer?

Who does it threaten?

Only those who want to keep one thing, one secret thing, in their secret hearts, and not let anybody else in. Only those with nothing else to feel special about.

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Sunday Morning Video: Little Feat Rockpalast Live

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Here’s one of my all-time favorite live bands from a 1977 appearance on German teevee. The opening medley of Skin It Back and Fat Man In The Bathtub is to die for and there are few things in the world as much fun as listening to Lowell George and Paul Barrere trade guitar licks:

Weekend Question Thread

Most memorable thing you’ve seen at a rock concert?

Saw Neil Young in concert several times, and Bob Dylan (who is almost impossible to understand, even more so than usual), and a very, very, very undergraduate-drunk Dave Grohl, but probably the most indelible thing to me is Leonard Cohen, a few years back. I was in the very back row of the very last section but I felt like I was on stage with him:


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Scott Walker’s new jobs plan: Buy more ad time

(Sorry I was late on this. Flight didn’t get back until late yesterday and I owed my lovely wife an actual dinner with drinks. — Doc)

Apparently his good deeds and great movement of Wisconsin in a positive direction has led him to an insurmountable lead in the polling of… uh… Wait… We’re fucking tied?

Walker’s answer to everything has always been, when he’s in trouble, throw cash and obfuscation at it. According to a Washington Post article today, he has moved into the Oliver Twist realm in dealing with the Republican Governors Association By asking “Please, sir, more…” Despite the deep pockets of donors like the Koch brothers, Walker claims he’s being outspent in advertising by Democrat Mary Burke to the tune of about $500,000. The Walker campaign is now asking for an additional $1 million from the group to slather on more ads, probably like this gem.

If you live in Wisconsin, near Wisconsin or have a sense of Wisconsin, you’ve seen that ad at some point. The ads out here remind me of the Richard Pryor movie, “Brewster’s Millions,” where to spend $30 million in 30 days, Pryor runs for mayor of New York. One character in the movie notes that he’s on every channel all day. He even bought airtime in all 50 states in case New Yorkers were on vacation. If this thing was really about “getting out our message” (codespeak for bludgeoning people to death with the same commercial until we all give up), he should be winning in a landslide, because, trust me on this, he’s gotten that message out.

However, it’s NOT that we didn’t hear him or we didn’t understand him. It’s that we DISAGREE with him. Unlike the governor with the Homer-Simpson-sized brain, most of us are capable of doing all three things at the same time. I’m just stunned more people AREN’T disagreeing with him, as I noted last week.

The funniest part of this whole article is the suspicion noted by some that Chris Christie is deliberately underfunding Walker, as both men have eyes on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. If true, it shows how truly shallow politics are. If not true, it shows how truly shallow politics are. In either case, it’s funny as hell.

Think about it for a minute: The Republicans are desperate to prop up Scott Walker so he can win a race by even the slimmest of margins against a political neophyte so he can carry their banner into battle on the national stage? That’s like spending all your money on fine-tuning your jalopy’s stereo system so that you’re totally ready to take a cross-country drive.

I’m still pondering a “Band on the Run” approach to life these days, but watching Walker squirm is making these last few days of hope really fun.

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