Burn In Hell You Piece Of Shit!

It’s official. He’s finally dead, forty years too late. Charles Manson should have been decomposing before I graduated from high school. I hope whatever killed him was slow and extremely painful.

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The Most Famous Speech Ever

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

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Boo-Hoo For Barack

If you don’t want to put yourself thru that, here’s the voxplaination:

Clad in white tuxedos, the trio appeals to a lost love, whom they think about at night while staring forlornly at a framed photograph: “Every night I turn the TV on and cry,” they sing. “I say why / I feel we’re all gonna die!”

The hook reveals the punchline. “Come back, Barack,” the group croons in harmony. “We didn’t know just what we had / now things are looking bad / like really bad, like real real bad, like nuclear bad.”

Over a montage of the group singing on music video sets that feel ripped straight from the ‘90s, mixed with images of the 44th president enjoying life after the presidency, the group sings about the Constitutional impediments to his return, about their anxiety about the future of the country, and about watching Barack and Michelle from afar. “Maybe Michelle could run,” they sing. “No, let’s not put Michelle through that. I mean, if she wanted to?”

The song showcases the trio’s pipes — especially Chance’s — but also taps into worries that, as the song puts it, the institutions of American democracy have suffered a unique blow since the Trump administration took power in January.

But it also pokes subtle fun at the way so many people have had a crash course in American government over the past year. Did most Americans — or at least most of the Americans on Twitter — know what the 25th Amendment even was last Thanksgiving? How many people were experts in the finer points of laws about disclosing connections to foreign powers, or even of the interaction between various branches of our own government? That’s not even counting the things we’ve learned about the capabilities of technology to disseminate false information, or about how foreign governments can weaponize social media against us.

I was wrong. I thought that by now I would be tired of watching snowflakes melt.

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Last Normal Weekend Before…..

….Black Friday Open Thread!

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Pre-Turkey Friday Open Thread

Took Mom out Christmas tree shopping. She wore me out.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

If you own any stock in Al Franken you should have sold it yesterday.

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From the Department of You Can’t Make This Shit Up:

Students triggered by Steve Martin’s ‘King Tut’ on ‘SNL’

Comedian Steve Martin’s rendition of “King Tut” is triggering social justice warriors at Reed College because they see it as a form of cultural appropriation.

The song, originally performed on “Saturday Night Live,” actually criticizes the commercialization and trivialization of Egyptian history and presents a caricature of the Treasures of Tutankhamun traveling exhibit that toured seven United States cities from 1976 to 1979.

However, the context to the SNL skit eludes students who are upset. They are now calling the song a form of “blackface.”

The video and song was brought to students’ attention when it was played in a humanities class at Reed to spur discussion. Students became so worked up over the video, however, that they have demanded the course be made optional until alternative coursework can be created.

The group primarily upset about the video being played in class, Reedies Against Racism, is comparing Martin’s comedic song to the use of the N-word. The Atlantic spoke to members of Reedies Against Racism to get a better idea as to why they are upset about the King Tut song from 1978.

One member of Reedies Against Racism told the Atlantic the song is “like somebody … making a song just littered with the N-word everywhere.” She went on to say that the Egyptian clothing that the backup dancers wear is racist as well. “The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface,” she said.

If you could see me right now you would know that I am banging my head on my desk.

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