Icky Chicks

March 12, 2006

I hate celebrities who suffer under the delusion that a modicum of fame means that their liberal political opinions are eagerly sought after by the world at large (sadly, nowadays this means that I hate a LOT of celebrities). I also hate country music (not just a lot of it, ALL of it). Both of these antipathies are conveniently combined in Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, who during a London concert in 2003 pontificated, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” Oh Natalie, Natalie, didn’t your mother teach you that shamelessly pandering to the anti-American sentiments of a foreign audience is naughty, and liable to result in fans using your CDs as kindling?

Now the Dixie Chicks are coming out with a new album, entitled DESPERATELY SEEKING PUBLICITY … um, I mean TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME, which includes a “controversial” new song penned by Maines called “Not Ready To Make Nice”, commenting on the brouhaha caused by her previous outburst. Here is a sample of the lyrics:

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

Parts of this hackneyed tripe-fest sound like they were machine-translated from Serbo-Croatian (“Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should”), despite the fact that Maines had the help of a co-writer, Dan Wilson, formerly of Semisonic. God only knows what she would have produced on her own; I’m guessing it would have gone something like this:

Bush bad
Me not like
Want to run him over
With my trike
Pay attention to me me me me me me me
Man I could go for some pork rinds right about now
Bush bad


Meeting the Hollywood-Mandated Minimum Baldwin Requirement (MBR)

February 18, 2006

Don’t you love it when someone’s own argument disproves their case? I just think it’s downright decent when sophists do all the real work for you!

Case in point: Baldwin Clone #273-A (the “Alec” model) asserts that Dick Cheney is a terrorist. Of course, if this were true, then The Alec-Baldwin would now be cooling his heels (and most likely charging his testicles) in a dank basement somewhere, nervously awaiting his inevitable beheading. So the fact that this hasn’t happened, and won’t, both disproves the assertion, and shows up the vapid faux-courageous posturing that all Hollywood “liberals” love to indulge, so long as there is not the proverbial ice-cube’s chance of any repercussion save for further doting upon by an adoring MSM.

The Alec-Baldwin then goes on to claim that Cheney “terrorizes … innocent citizens here at home”. OK, show of hands: are you terrorized by Dick Cheney? Do you know anyone who is? I mean, beyond those who cultivate a paranoid victimhood because it looks great on their mental resume and boosts their sense of relevance and self-importance, but who in truth face nothing more fearful from the government than a reduced grant and the prospect of actually having to earn a wage commensurate with the value of their “work”? And, of course, beyond those with actual terrorist intent — and can’t we all agree that they should be made to feel at least a little bit nervous?


The Dreyfuss Affair

February 18, 2006

The headlines trumpet, “Actor Richard Dreyfuss Calls For Bush Impeachment”.

Er, isn’t the real news in fact, “Actor Richard Dreyfuss Still Alive”?

Such “brave” Bush-bashing statements are certainly effective for turning the approving gaze of the MSM towards actors whose moribund careers certainly aren’t getting them mentioned — or paid. Why anyone should care to know, or pay particular attention to, what an actor — any actor, let alone one whom most people couldn’t pick out of a lineup — has to say about foreign policy, the law, or government — that is, any more than they do what their next-door neighbor or the mailman has to say — is a perennial mystery. But neither does it reflect well on the MSM’s estimation of the intelligence of its audience that they consider such transparently self-serving, publicity-seeking pronouncements newsworthy (so long, of course, as they dutifully echo and support the agenda of the MSM).