I’m Spartacus!

(not pictured – Spartacus)

From Dr. Zaius via Samurai Frog:

Shakesville is under attack! A denial-of-service attack! In a show of support for Shakesville, Blue Gal is invoking the ancient ritualistic tradition of “I Am Spartacus!” (You have to do it people, it’s in your contract, page 62, paragraph 3.)

This all started as a reaction to an announcement from Shakespeare’s Sister that she was bowing out of the Edwards campaign to protect him from the hateful spew from the right-wing troglodytes. Driftglass started an “I’m Spartacus” dance craze that swept the nation. Still don’t get it? YouTube to the rescue. Long live concertive control!

Ann Who?

So, it appears that Ann Coulter is bubbling up all over the place again. I’m assuming you already know the details. Even if you don’t, the details aren’t really related to the point I’m trying to make.

People get angry — people get very angry at the things she says.

Okay, sure, she says some heinous things. But isn’t that her purpose, to provoke outrage?

What else does she have?

Ann is like the sensationalist news stories we obsessively follow and decry. In the media soup, Ann Coulter is the equivalent of a cop shooting his wife and children.

She keeps popping up in our culture because of a need for people to feel outrage.

Do any conservatives actually think she is any kind of worthwhile advocate for their views and values? If a conservative does like Coulter, is it for any reason other than she makes people (or as Ann would say, “liberals”) angry?

So what do you do? How do you respond?

Probably the first step is to not get angry. That’s really her only power over you and I. In her particular case, I believe ignoring her is the best course of action.

But before you get to the ignoring, check out this post of mine. She sounds pretty funny with a James Brown backbeat.

I Answer The Questions Of Our Next President

When Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein, the befezzed, potential future president of the United States offers his interviewing services, you jump on it like a monkey jumping on another monkey, right?

Here are his interview questions, and my answers.

1) Who were your childhood heroes? And why did you look up to them?

I used to read lots of comics when I was a kid and loved Spider-Man, but I don’t think I ever got into the mindset where I would find the heroes in comics to be heroes to look up to.

I liked various music, television and movies, but really didn’t have any heroes there, either. I loved Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, but didn’t really associate them with Jim Henson at the time (who I’d probably consider a hero of mine now, at least).

I was also relatively oblivious to the events of the day as well, so no heroes on the national or world stage existed for me, either.

I guess my brother would probably be, for me, the person most fitting the words ‘childhood hero’.

He’s seven years older than me. I always looked up to him. Whether it was reading his old comics or listening to an old mixtape he made, things that were in some way connected to him carried a greater meaning, and emotional impact.

I still remember when I was about seven or eight, he let me tag along on a walk to a convenience store with him and his friends. The store was probably no more than a mile from our house, but it seemed like a hundred to me. It probably wasn’t that big a deal to him, but to me it was like a big adventure that I felt happy to be part of.

I can’t really pin down why I looked up to him so much. That’s just the way it was, I guess.

2) What is one film and one book you would recommend that everyone see and read and why?

Book: Interventions, by Noam Chomsky
I’m picking the most recent political book by linguist and activist, Noam Chomsky. I’m honestly not that familiar with his work in linguistics, but I have read virtually all his political books. In my opinion, Chomsky is a profoundly thoughtful and articulate critic of the United States, focusing primarily on its role in world affairs. I first read one of his books, Towards A New Cold War, about ten years ago, and it completely shook me to my core. Some people feel his writings are pessimistic, or overly critical of the US. I don’t really feel that way. I think he is doing something he believes in, and is trying to effect positive change in the best way he knows how. He’s trying to make the world a better place. I think the more people (particularly, Americans) are aware of his writings, the less likely wars like Iraq and Vietnam will be started and perpetuated.

Movie: Defending Your Life, by Albert Brooks
Something about this movie and its portrayal of an afterlife really clicked with me. There’s no concept of a hell, or really even an omnipresent supreme being. It’s all about fear. Did fear rule your life on Earth? Fear is seen as the cause of the majority of our worldly problems. Fear is what keeps people from moving on into their next stage of existence (I like this concept more than one of some kind of lazy-ass heavenly paradise). Fear is what keeps people from using the full potential of their brains (people on Earth use only 3% of their brains).

All my life I have struggled with fear and uncertainty, as I’m sure many people do. This movie does a lot of great things. Among them, it de-religifies spirituality and encourages one to take chances and work through doubt. Plus, you can eat all you want of the finest foods in the afterlife without gaining a pound.

3) Which, if any, countries outside the USA have you visited?

I’ve been to a resort in Cozumel, which perhaps technically can’t be considered Mexico d