In another amusing display of unnecessary religious idiocy, the spiritual and financial vampires at the Trinity Broadcasting Network are producing a Christian-themed version of “American Idol” with the glorious title of “Gifted.” That’s right, it will feature many performances of easy-to-digest, amply clothed, cheap-sounding, sugarcoated gospel music by pure virgin singers who will compete against each other for a recording contract to produce more easy-to-digest, cheap-sounding, sugarcoated gospel music. Those with critical thinking skills or independent religious viewpoints need not apply.
This is a fairly well-known fact by now, but it’s still fun to read about. Michael Moore is infamous for massaging data, rearranging video clips, and pulling questionable information from the Internet in order to make a convincing case against whatever target he’s after. He just can’t be trusted to give us the raw facts, because there’s a good chance they have been skewed in one way or another to fit his agenda. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to find out that Moore edited out a bit of an interview with rep. Mark Kennedy, who gave Moore an answer he wasn’t expecting. The scene is much funnier without his answer, but it also changes the scene in a way that makes Moore look like the blowhard he can be. Take him with a grain of salt, folks.
I am stunned. There is actually a company which will beam your personal message into space (for a fee, of course) as a kind of voicemail to the Great Beyond. People are actually using this service as a way to “say goodbye” to loved ones who have died. Some are gaining “closure” by broadcasting their one-minute message into space. This is so ludicrous, I almost don’t know what to say (almost). We’re dealing with radio waves, people…they travel through space for eons. Why would you send a voicemail to a dead relative with radio waves? Is Heaven on a planet on the other side of the universe? That’s where your message is going, so I hope someone is there to receive it. And has the technology to make the waves audible. And understands your language. And… I do understand the emotional side, and the need to have one last word with someone who has died, but this just seems silly. (On a side note, it’s interesting to see how many people perceive God and Heaven as far away, in another physical place “up there,” separate from us. It’s no wonder so many people feel detached from God and their dearly departed.)
Are you aware of how much data the marketing folks have collected about your kids? They have a complete profile of them, and are using it in sinister ways. This story is a real eye-opener, but I don’t think people really care enough about their kids’ privacy to make any changes. We’re Americans, dammit, and as long as it doesn’t affect our shopping time or interrupt the ball game, let those marketing folks do whatever they want.
Anyone who watches television can tell you that sitcom dads (and those in most commercials) are bumbling, incompetent morons who rely on their wives and smart-assed, borderline hateful kids to keep them in line. I noticed this 10 years ago and even spent a few months documenting every instance I saw, just for fun (yes, I was bored). This guy wrote a great commentary about this pointless phenomenon. It’s true, and there is no reason for it anymore. Yes, I know there was bound to be a backlash after all the years of sitcom dads in the 50’s and 60’s being know-it-alls while the moms were obedient kitchen-dwellers…but the stuff we’ve been seeing in the past few years borders on the abusive. Stereotypes against women are wrong, and so are stereotypes against men. We’re not all clueless idiots who can’t function without a woman around to correct us, thank you very much, and we resent that kind of blanket portrayal on television. It’s time to move on.
In their latest absurd effort to scare the living hell out of us and never give us a worry-free moment (without providing any specific details as to why), the Bush folks actually tried to convince us that portable beer coolers are the new tools of terror. That’s right…a beer cooler near you could be housing a nuclear device that will level the entire city. Then again, maybe not. But it MIGHT!! It’s the silliest hunk of terror-related bullshit to come out of this administration yet.
A new survey from Japan finds that its kids are addicted to their cell phones nowadays, so much that some can’t even sleep without it close by. I’m sure it’s not just in Japan…most kids I see walking around are clutching a cell phone or yakking on one. I must admit that I like having one handy, but when it becomes an addiction and I can’t function without one nearby, an intervention may be necessary.
Oh my GOD. The Bible Diet?? Are these people kidding? I know they’re not, but still…it sounds like a very bad joke. But they’re completely serious. “We’re going to teach you how to eat like they did in the Garden of Eden!” The trouble is, the details of this diet appear to be identical to those of many vegan diets already in print. So the religious angle is purely a gimmick to make people feel like they are participating in some sort of God-sanctioned health plan. These people sure know how to market to a gullible demographic.
Another sign that people really just need to relax a little… When a T.V. show in Australia manages to depict a slice of reality that some people can’t handle (a girl with two mothers), people freak out as if they’ve never heard of such a thing. Look…we’re not dealing with scenes of steamy lesbian sex and home fertilization with a turkey baster. We’re talking about the very real situation where a child has two parents of the same sex. Whether or not your narrow little mind can fathom it, this happens all the time and it’s real. The kids turn out fine. Grow up and deal with it.