Daily Archives: October 21, 2010

I’m not a bigot, but…

Whenever you hear something like that, buckle up because you can be sure you’re about to hear some crazy shit.  Juan Williams said words to that effect and followed by knocking it out of the park:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country,” he said. “But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

What?  He couldn’t even insert the obligatory ‘Hey, I even have Muslim friends!’

What a douche.  If the guy can’t even see the hypocrisy of his position he truly deserves his job at Fox.  How in the world can he reconcile his position and not give every bigoted white person over the past 150 years a pass for ‘getting worried’ or ‘nervous’ around black people?

Now, I think it would have been refreshing and a worthwhile conversation if Juan said something like:  ‘I mean, look Bill, you know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country.  I’ve opposed bigotry my whole career.  Yet, I’ll admit, if I see people who are in Muslim garb prejudice gets the better of me sometimes and I get worried and nervous.’

That would create a really good opportunity to discuss prejudice and bigotry and how it’s not a simple on/off switch with people.  It’d be nice to hear a discussion about the mechanisms of bigotry and how someone like Williams could be a bigot and anti-bigot at the same time.

But, no.  Let’s just feed prejudice and allow people to rationalize their irrational beliefs.

Good job, Juan.  Your parents must be so proud.

That sound you hear is Sir Humphrey spinning in his grave.

It’s a good think poor Sir Humphrey has moved on given this news from across the pond.

As many as 500,000 public sector jobs will be lost and the state pension age will be raised to 66 four years earlier than planned.Departments will face an average 19 percent budget cut under the plan. One of the hardest hit will be the foreign office, which will face a 24 percent cut, likely leading to the firing of hundreds of London-based diplomats.

To see how things used to work may I recommend this episode from Yes, Prime Minister.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is by far the best series to describe government out there.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Zombies…it’s been awhile

Feels like it’s been too long since I’ve had some zombie news to write about but today, consider the dry spell officially over.

I was cruising through my ‘on demand’ section of cable and came across ‘Zombie Roadkill‘ which is an amazing 6 part mini-series (and when I say ‘mini’ I mean it, each installment is about 4 minutes long) about various roadkill victims which rise from the dead seeking revenge.  It’s got that Evil Dead over the top, campy humor (which makes sense since Sam Rami was involved) and Thomas Hayden Church stars as a tougher than nails Park Ranger.

And in my book, any film that stars a zombie squirrel that rips out your eyes and then inserts one of them into its own socket is worth watching:

 

Freddie Kruger was a wussy!

 

Amazingly, for a 24 minute series, it looks like they made another 5-10 minutes of special features and behind the scenes stuff.  All of which you can see here.

Here’s the trailer:

And the Thomas Hayden Church ‘PSA’