Friday, October 28, 2011

10/28/11 - This Week in Head Explode



Kill Em All


October 22, 2011 at 5:08 AM



Kill 'Em All and Let God Sort 'Em Out

by JOHN ESKOW

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/21/kill-em-all-and-let-god-sort-em-out/


Look, I enjoy killing as much as the next guy. Not one but two of my favorite movies are actually called The Killers–the great original film noir, based on a Hemingway story, and Don Siegal's '60s remake, featuring Ronald Reagan as a vicious crime boss who slaps the hell out of Angie Dickinson–and which opens with Lee Marvin executing a blind man in cold blood. I'm an American, and as D.H. Lawrence said, "The essential American soul is cold, isolate, stoic, and a killer." We may have lost most of the stoicism, but if anything we've grown colder and more isolated since Lawrence's day–and when it comes to killing? Count us in!

But the killing that presses our aesthetic pleasure-buttons, in movies and books, is mostly the raw, spontaneous kind. When murder becomes a primary instrument of foreign policy, to be casually plotted in public by the likes of Hillary Clinton and Wolf Blitzer, it takes all the fun out of it. And to hear Barack Obama say, as he's done ad nauseum, that Bin Laden, Khaddafy, and countless others should be "killed or captured"–nod, wink, repeat–is truly bizarre: the professor as mob boss, Jimmy Stewart in the James Cagney role.

Blitzer started casually discussing the merits of the U.S. murdering Khaddafy a few months back, and I found that bizarre as well–if only because we'd already murdered the guy's baby daughter, and even the mob frowns on infanticide. But then again, Blitzer is, in his pathetic way, an insider, and he knows what our government knows: in the oldest of mob-movie cliches, "dead men tell no tales." Like Obama and Bush, he doesn't want to see Khaddafy in a witness chair. So he morphs from Wolf Blitzer, ultimate nerd, to Wolf Blitzer, cold-eyed killer.

Instead of wearing their sedate, I'm-important suits, they should all be sporting those nitwit T-shirts that say "Kill 'Em All And Let God Sort 'Em Out." Because that phrase has gone from a Soldier of Fortune boast to official U.S. policy.

By drone, by bomb, by bullet. By soldier, by contractor, by proxy. The guilty and the innocent. With "bi-partisan" support. From Lumumba to Allende to today's news-flash, the blood-trail grows longer and darker.

One of the survivors of the Warsaw ghetto under the Nazis made a point I have never forgotten. She knew they were killing Jews in secret every night: everyone knew it. But one morning she woke up and saw Jews hanging from lamp-posts in the street. And what terrified her, she said–what made her realize that the end was truly near–was that "they weren't even bothering to hide it any more."

In the old days–like the mob–at least we tried to hide our political murders. What does it say about this cold and isolated country, in the 21st century, that now we celebrate them?

John Eskow is a writer and musician. He wrote or co-wrote the movies Air America, The Mask of Zorro, and Pink Cadillac, as well as the novel Smokestack Lightning.
A Fellow Named Ray and a Cat Named Matt

October 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

So, at the beginning of October, I took a weekend trip to Philly to see Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs, and then Matt Nathanson the next night.

Ray was a solid show. Nice crowd, amazing atmosphere. Sexy raspy voice. Ray dresses like he's Amish, but I think that's just because he's trying too hard to be cool by being anti-fashion. He really draws you into his songs, and it's reminiscent of the the time I saw M. Ward in concert. It's just hypnotizing and relaxing.

Matt Nathanson's show was fantastic. Matt's shows are always part music, part comedy. He's just got this quirky, humble attitude. He's not trying too hard to fit into the industry, he just is who he is, and I like that. His Celine Dion impression left everyone bursting with laughter. He and his guitarist rocked a Simon and Garfunkel cover. They did their own rendition of "Blister in the Sun." Matt's songs are much different from his original singer/songwriter style back in the day, but I don't think it's in a bad way. His songs are tighter, some of them more radio-friendly, yet I don't ever feel like they're lacking substance or musicality, and I like his experimentation with other styles and the addition of songs with some guest singers.

After the show, he stayed over 2 hrs while people waited in line to meet him and take pictures and stuff. I had met him once before, and when I told him it was back in 2004, he was taken aback. "Whoa, 2004? Really?" He signed my poster which he said was awesome because, "It glows in the fucking dark." and told me the first girl he ever made out with was named Alyssa. How does a gal respond to that? Hot damn.

We were one of the last ones at the venue, it was raining, and everyone had stolen all the cabs, so we popped into the only bar in the area, right next to the venue to have a drink while waiting on a cab to make its way across town. It was there that we met Matt's band, as well as Vanessa Carlton's violinist (Vanessa was Matt's opening act). They were super sweethearts. At one point I may have called the adorable Jewish keyboardist an anti-Semite and threatened to take his job as Matt's keyboardist.

Anyway, 'twas good times.
Favorite Snacks?

October 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

What are your favorite things to eat when you get a snack attack?

I love Gala apples with some natural PB.
Weekend Shenanigoats?

October 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

What's on tap for this weekend y'all? I was supposed to be hanging out all weekend with the legendary Saison, but we had to cancel because our lives got busy. Very "suckish" as the kids say.

I just got promoted to crew chief/manager of my project. Quite the honor in our company, since there aren't a lot of lasses who get promoted as such, and definitely not as young as I am. I didn't even sleep with anyone! I just worked hard and stuff! What a world! Only bad thing is that I'm starting to not like my job as much. Too many spreadsheets, too many phone calls, so little sleep.

Tonight I'm going to go to dinner, relax, have a drink, and listen to a band that's playing in town.

I think tomorrow I'm going to chop, split, and stack wood for the winter.

I also have to get a few things for my Halloween costume.

And since it's supposed to be kind of sunny and 60 degrees, I'm sure a walk or two will be in order.

Someone's weekend has to be more interesting than mine. So, do tell.

McDonald's Employee and Convicted Killer Beats Women with Metal Rod

October 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM


I'm sure by now you've all gotten wind of this but nonetheless, here's a link to some decent coverage.

In a scary confrontation filmed by a diner, a cashier at a McDonald's in Manhattan can be seen beating two female customers with a metal rod after the duo jumped the counter during a dispute early yesterday morning.

As seen in the above video, Rayon McIntosh, 31, repeatedly struck the women while they were on the ground behind the counter at the McDonald's, which is across from the famed West 4th Street basketball courts in Greenwich Village.

According to a felony criminal complaint filed against McIntosh, one woman suffered a "fractured skull requiring surgery" and a broken bone in her arm during the assault. The second woman suffered "substantial pain and a laceration," the complaint notes.

McIntosh is facing two felony assault counts and a criminal possession of a weapon charge. The women, who hurtled the counter during a dispute over their food order, have been hit with menacing, disorderly conduct, and trespass counts. One woman can be seen on the video slapping McIntosh in the face.


http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/mcdonalds/mcdonalds-beating-video-075836

Watch the video in the article above if you get the chance. It's pretty clear they physically attacked him first and he was acting in self defense. But does that make it okay? I'd say he went way, way too far. Nonetheless, I have no sympathy for those women whatsoever. None. They shouted insults at him and slapped him just for doing his job. Then they jumped over the counter intent on doing further harm. Looks like they picked the wrong dude to fuck with. Karma's a bitch.

I need to stop following the news. bleh It feels like I'm cheating on my mental diet.










Friday, October 21, 2011

10/21/11 - This Week in Head Explode


Unit 731: The Horrors of the Asian Auschwitz
October 15, 2011 at 5:25 PM


Through the practice of lethal human experimentation, the unit is thought to have been responsible for the death of up to 200,000 civilians and military personnel – the vast majority Chinese and Korean nationals.

In the sprawling six kilometer-square complex in the city of Harbin (now part of Northeast China) those behind the sickening 'research' developed some of the most cruel and sadistic experiments ever to be conducted on human victims. These included vivisection, amputations, germ warfare tests, explosive weapons testing, and much more.

Organs were removed from test subjects while they were still alive so that decomposition would not alter the results as was feared might happen.

The brains behind the unit, Shiro Ishii, lived in peace and quiet to the ripe old age of 67, when he died of throat cancer. The United States felt that the research into germ warfare was too valuable to lose and so cut a deal with the Japanese.

By granting immunity to Ishii and the other scientists working under him, the US wanted to ensure that no other nation would lay its hands on their research into bio-warfare. However, the Soviets did glean a certain amount of information after prosecuting 12 leaders and scientists from Unit 731 in war crimes trials held in 1949.

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com...t-731?image=14

I find it sad that the US actually honoured the immunity deal with Shiro Ishii and put him on on government payroll.. Considering all the regime changes the CIA has helped orchestrate you'd think they'd be able to stomach breaking a deal with at least the ringleader.

On the flip-side considering the US didn't sign the Geneva Accord on biological weapons till 1975 at least they weren't breaking it as the Soviets were.




A Pet Peeve: "My People..."
October 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM
I greatly dislike it when an upper middle class African American from Sacramento who was born in 1992, privately educated, drives a BMW paid for by mommy and daddy and raised in a McMansion talks about how hard life is because they're black. And moreover, how great black people are because "We built this country!" To which you respond, "Uh, you were born in 1992, you didn't build jack shit" and they in turn respond "Well, my people built this country. Do you have any idea what my people have gone through?"

Actually, yeah, I do. It doesn't change the fact that you personally are a pain in the ass self pitying 19 year old who has contributed nothing of value to society, endured absolutely no major hardship whatsoever and has jack shit to complain about.

Edit: video related. I love this fucking guy.

Army vet stands ground against police at occupy wall street
October 18, 2011 at 5:00 AM
That's what we've got here.

Wynia on Exiled
October 18, 2011 at 4:03 AM
I had a weird series of dreams about these barbarians in an Arabic culture in the desert, and if you don't follow their god, or worship their idols or whatever, you're tossed out to survive on your own. And you think, my god, I'm going to die out here, and that's when you run into all the other people that were tossed out on their own because they didn't fit. The idea of the song was very much to me that if you don't give in to that anger and bitterness and that depression, but instead you carve and squeeze the fat from the land and you pull people together, you can come back and take over. And I think in a lot of ways it's sort of a mobilization song...you know, don't just sit back and feel pathetic. Love who you are."


http://blog.headexplode.net/2011/10/story-behind-floaters-exiled.html



This has always been one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands and never has it been more immediately relevant to our time. Sharing is caring. Hug








Skrillex
October 20, 2011 at 1:13 AM
This kid is blowin shit up on the youtube machine.



Some of his tracks have gotten between 15 and 30 million views, which is beyond insane for an electronic producer, especially one fairly new. Just insane.




The most awesome God damned force in the whole godless world.
October 19, 2011 at 7:31 AM
Any thoughts on the mainstream media's irresponsible blackout of the Occupy Wall Street movement? Now it's too big to ignore but for way too long it went beneath the radar of corporate news. Olbermann blasted the shit out of the MSM's farcical lack of coverage not long ago.

Why isn't any major news outlet covering this? Do we have the crowd shots by any chance? Where you can see the dimensions? That one, that's the one. If that's a tea party protest in front of Wall Street about Ben Bernacke putting stimulus funds into it, it's the lead story on every network newscast. How is that disconnect possible in this country today with so many different outlets and so many different ways of transmitting news?"


It's kind of amazing Network was made in 1976 and gets more relevant with each passing year.

"We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true!"




Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Story Behind Floater's "Exiled"


"People have a tendency when they're outcast to become really angry and bitter, and that's justified. And what that song addresses, in a lot of ways, is when you start becoming angry and bitter--it's because you feel like that. I think the danger in that sense of being the black sheep is that you feel like you're the only one. Especially when you're really young, I think that's really common where you just feel like an alien and you don't really belong anywhere on Earth, or something."

"And when you least expect it, there ends up being a whole clan of people, and where it came from is that feeling. The individual members of the band definitely feel like that...all alone. And as a band in the music business, we totally feel like that. "Floater" is what we're about as people. We can't get on MTV or the radio or anything. And that's not necessarily for lack of, I don't know, people thinking that we're any good or anything like that, but primarily because we're just sort of exiles in the land of popular culture. And I think a lot of people feel like that, but what you start to discover is..."

"Say you're a musician and you can't seem to feel like anyone is ever paying any attention. One day you look out and there's a crowd of people, and they all totally identify with you. And all those people identify with you because they all feel the same way, and there's a kind of cult... I mean, people like to call it Gen-X or the underground, or indie or punk rock or whatever, but it's essentially the cult of the minority. It's the outcasts. There's a tendency to feel like you're the only one, but you're not."

"I had a weird series of dreams about these barbarians in an Arabic culture in the desert, and if you don't follow their god, or worship their idols or whatever, you're tossed out to survive on your own. And you think, my god, I'm going to die out here, and that's when you run into all the other people that were tossed out on their own because they didn't fit. The idea of the song was very much to me that if you don't give in to that anger and bitterness and that depression, but instead you carve and squeeze the fat from the land and you pull people together, you can come back and take over. And I think in a lot of ways it's sort of a mobilization song...you know, don't just sit back and feel pathetic. Love who you are."

-Robert Wynia

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Friday, October 14, 2011

10/14/11 - This Week in Head Explode


Mental Dieting
October 13, 2011 at 5:35 AM

The most important of all factors in your life is the mental diet on which you live. It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life. It is the thoughts you allow yourself to think, the subjects that you allow your mind to dwell upon, which make you and your surroundings what they are. As they days, so shall they strength be. Everything in your life today the state of your body, whether healthy or sick, the state of your fortune, whether prosperous or impoverished, the state of your home, whether happy or the reverse, the present condition of every phase of your life in fact-is entirely conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which you have entertained in the past, by the habitual tone of your past thinking. And the condition of your life tomorrow, and next week, and next year, will be entirely conditioned by the thoughts and feelings which you choose to entertain from now onwards.


http://vst.cape.com/~rch/fox.html

The Seven Day Mental Diet was published in 1935. I found out about it in 2007 and thought it was a great idea. But for whatever reason, it just sort of sat around on the ideas shelf for a long time, gathering dust. I saw it as a "nice to do" rather than a "must do."Recently that has changed. I am going to spend the next 7 days mentally dieting as strictly as I possibly can.

I'll update this thread here and there to let anyone who cares know how it is going. Rock Party hard.
Gegard Mousasi is pretty fucking ill
October 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM
This dude has been on my radar for some time now. He's an extremely good striker who is also a Judo black belt. He moves like water both standing and grappling. Take this fight for example. Journeyman Steve Mensing was hopelessly outmatched here. So much so that this almost isn't worth watching except to see how amazingly well Mousasi moved on the ground after surgically dissecting his opponent on the feet. Great hip movement. Some of the best I've ever seen from a 205 pounder. He has a bit of a padded record from fighting a bunch of bums early in his career but you see that constantly in boxing so I say get over it already.



There's been a lot of speculation as to how he would do in the UFC. I have to say, as big a fan of his as I am, right now the 205 lb. division in the UFC is the deepest it has ever been. There are SO many guys in contention. Even the second tier guys are still way better than pretty much anything you'll find in Strikeforce or Dream. The UFC also has some of the best wrestlers at 205 and wrestling seemed to be a bit of an achilles heel in his loss vs. King Mo. The fight was incredibly boring; so much it I don't even really think it's worth posting. It almost reminded me of a Matt Lindland victory; lots of lay-and-pray. But Mousasi is obviously a very intelligent fighter and amazing athlete. I expect him to get way better as time goes on. At 26, he's got probably another 10 years in him.


The fight that really blew me away was this complete domination of Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Babalu is a BAD motherfucker with notable wins over Chael Sonnen and Mauricio Rua, just to name a few. Very experienced, very tough and very well rounded. And Mousasi walked through him like he was nothing. Impressive to say the least.






ATTN: knavefuck
October 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM
Did you get that PM I sent you? Do you know how to check PMs with this software? The PM tab is right under the banner.
I talked to Victory
October 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM
In case y'all were wondering if he was kidnapped by ninjas, worry not. He is in the middle of some loldrama with his ISP and only has a cell phone for accessing the interwebs. But he'll be back.

They always come back. afro
Overeem vs. Lesnar
October 10, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Who will win this matchup between two steroid-fueled behemoths? One gigantic dude is afraid of getting hit and the other gigantic dude is pretty slow, clumsy and uncoordinated at grappling.

I'll go out on a limb and say that Lesner will take the big slow dude down and submit him.



Friday, October 7, 2011

10/7/11 - This Week in Head Explode



Earth's True Shape Revealed for the First Time
October 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM


After two years in orbit, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) is nearing the end of its planned life span in February, producing the most accurate map ever of the so-called geoid -- an Earth-encompassing spirit level and global reference surface. An unused supply of xeon fuel will allow the mission to be extended until at least the end of 2012.

Markedly different from a simple sphere or ellipsoid, the geoid is the mathematically 'true' shape of Earth. It represents a motionless global ocean but takes into account the effects of the Earth's rotation, weight difference resulting from the position of mountains and ocean trenches, and uneven mass distribution and density variations in the planet's interior.


http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/04/earths-true-shape-revealed-for-1st-time.html

Pretty good, pretty neat.
You know, there were some really good pop songs in the 80's.
October 6, 2011 at 7:04 AM
In A Big Country - Big Country


Always really liked this song. I just found out recently that the lead singer committed suicide.


Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday


Fucking great track. Always loved it and I dig Aimme Mann.


Oingo Boingo - Stay


I was a huge Boingo fan growing up. I was pretty obsessed. I'm amazed at how well most of their work still sounds fresh to my ears. Danny Elfman looks especially insane in this video. The guitar work always sounded so awesome to me.

It seems like music in the 70's and 80's and even the 90's was more melodic. For some reason a lot of 80's pop songs seemed to have a more "mature" feel to them, like the songs were better developed. I wonder if this was because it was still believed by labels that only the best music would sell? Pop music these days doesn't seem as melodic to me, a lot of it has become really jagged sounding, annoying and immature. I can't explain it very well. I think it might have to do with the fact that once labels realized that it wasn't necessary to only release the "best" bands and that the quantity of units sold wasn't equal to the quality of the music, things changed. The formula now is only based on what sells - plain and simple. And what sells tends to be different from what you think would sell. See: LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Kesha, etc.
Talkin' bout blogging, son
October 5, 2011 at 6:41 PM
Blogs, eh?

Head Explode has a blog. I'm currently using it as a place to publish stray thoughts that are too big to fit into a traditional forum thread. How bout y'all? Do you blog? Have you blogged? Will you blog again anytime soon? Would you be willing to contribute to the blog here at Head Explode? Huh? Well would you?!

Pic unrelated.

Darkside
Chomsky on Education
October 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM
Looks like a new topic is needed here, so here's an interview with Noam Chomsky concerning education.


What's the purpose of education in current society? Say, in the United States.

Well, we know the clichés about what it's supposed to be.

Yeah, I'm not asking that. What's the real purpose?

A lot of the purpose is just training for obedience and conformity. Actually, there has been a substantial movement since the 1960s in this direction. The 1960s were very frightening to elites. Liberal, right wing, whoever, they didn't like the fact that too many people were just becoming too independent. The literature focuses on the crazy fringe, which existed of course. But what really worried them was not the crazy fringe, but the mainstream of the activism, which was civilizing the country. It was raising questions that were difficult and unpleasant. You know, war, sexism, all sorts of things. But the real problem is people were just becoming too independent. And in fact, it was so overwhelming that they couldn't even keep quiet about it.

I mean, we've talked about this before, but there's a very important book which everyone should read, the first publication of the Trilateral Commission, the liberal internationalist elite of Europe, the United States and Japan. And that's the liberal side. And they were worried about what they called excessive democracy. Groups of people who were usually passive and apathetic were beginning to enter the political arena, press their own demands...too much pressure on the state. We have to have more, what they called, moderation in democracy.


http://www.zcommunications.org/chomsky-sessions-3-education-and-economics-part-i-by-noam-chomsky



Is Dr. Laura Racist?
October 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM
New article

"Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic and all you hear is 'nigger, nigger, nigger.' I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing, but when black people say it, it's very affectionate."


http://blog.headexplode.net/2011/10/is-dr-laura-racist.html

Your thoughts?


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Is Dr. Laura Racist?

Not long ago, Laura Schlessinger, Sirius XM radio's "Dr. Laura," found herself the unwitting center of a race relations jökulhlaup. Over the course of a 3 minute conversation with caller Nita Hanson (pseudonym "Jade"), Laura used the n-word no less than 11 times. Many were offended by this ill mannered tirade and Laura eventually issued the following apology:

"I was attempting to articulate a philosophical point, and I articulated the n-word all the way out. More than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again—that was wrong."


The Original Conversation



Laura Schlessinger Is an Unpleasant Twat
I don't like Dr. Laura. I don't find her informative or entertaining. In fact, I find her simple, ill informed and an intolerable bore. I don't listen to her show or see a reason for it to exist. Schlessinger calling herself "Dr. Laura" in the first place is its own conceit, one bordering on intellectual dishonesty. Even Michael Alan Wiener, better known to some as conservative firebrand Michael Savage, isn't a pretentious enough prick to refer to himself in the third person as "Dr. Savage." Laura is neither a psychologist nor a psychiatrist; her PhD was in a field of study providing little if any authority to give advice to troubled couples. And yet I question whether she should have to apologize for this particular debacle. Or at least, for the least offensive part of it.

Stereotypes, Ignorance and Stupidity
The friend of the caller's husband is an ignoramus whose thinking is influenced by whatever stereotypes he has of other races. His curiosity seems to stem from confusion; I postulate his contact with other races is limited at best. This woman contradicts the ignorant friend's appreciation of who and what a black person is. His questions describe an attempt—quite a feeble, naive and clumsy one, from the sound of it—to process sensory input contradictory to his unstated false premise, "race a is defined by qualities x, y and z not exhibited by races b, c, d etc." Assuming one woman is fit to speak on behalf of all Afro-Americans is stupid. Assuming there is a singular black perspective makes about as much sense as assuming there is a singular white perspective. With all of that said, I find this man passive in his ignorance. Is it racist? Undeniably. But is it hateful? Jade didn't get that far. She instead recapitulated their casual use of the n-word, something Schlessinger excused as simple confusion over a supposedly ill defined double standard.

"Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic and all you hear is 'nigger, nigger, nigger.' I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing, but when black people say it, it's very affectionate."

There doesn't seem to be a lot to get; group a is using an appropriation of the word as a term of endearment or for comedic effect. Group b is using it an expression of contempt, hostility or at the very least, disdain.



The n-word is like the word motherfucker; it can be used invectively in an expression of great disrespect, or affectionately as an expression of familiarity.

1. "Eat shit and die, motherfucker!"
2. "Hey motherfucker! I haven't seen you in ages. How you been?"

Context clues are a large part of discerning either word's intended use. Nuance is also a non-negligible indication of the speaker's esteem for the one being addressed as a nigger or motherfucker. Intelligent people don't struggle to grasp which of the statements above is intended as an expression of disrespect and which is intended as an endearing display of familiarity; here I exclude Dr. Laura.

Double Standards, Context Clues and Irrationality
From this writer's perspective, Laura was, in her own ham fisted way, attempting to denounce Rock et al.'s flippant use of the n-word, thereby illustrating—however bumblingly—how double standards contribute to continued ignorance. More specifically, Jade's husband's friend's passive racism. Jade's initial response was appropriate. Racism is offensive. Laura's casual disregard for the ignoramus' use of the n-word is appalling, as is her feeble attempt to excuse it. Jade's response to Laura's HBO excerpt however is not an appropriately leveled emotional reaction. If her disbelief at Laura's merely speaking aloud a slur is any indication, she is irrationally reacting to Laura simply saying the word "nigger." As though this in and of itself constituted a malicious attempt to stigmatize.

Laura was quoting someone else who was using the n-word, and doing so to illustrate how her fellow simpletons, i.e., the ignoramus friend, are easily confused by double standards. I am put off by her contrarian instinct to defend both her own stupid confusion and others' but don't arrive at Jade's apparent conclusion, that anyone who speaks the n-word aloud, regardless of the context in which it arises, has something to apologize for. Reductio ad absurdum, reading a passage from Mein Kampf with an intonation of disgust doesn't make you an anti-semite. By the same rationale, disdainfully referencing Chris Rock et al.'s casual predilection towards using the n-word every other sentence for comedic effect is even less hateful. Dr. Laura might be a racist; her use of the n-word in her discourse however is not innately racist.

Baneful Ignorance Ignored
The main thing I actually find genuinely appalling about Laura's tirade is the conclusion she nonchalantly draws about Jade and other so called hyper sensitives, that being the solution to marry within their own race. This shifting the burden of responsibility—advocating conformist surrender to ignorance as a means of avoiding discrimination—is far more offensive than anything preceding it. It actually bothers me quite a bit that this receives considerably less attention than her dropping of the n-bomb. Had Jade stayed on the phone a few minutes longer, she could have easily made a cogent argument that Schlessinger is in fact an ignorant simpleton with no qualifications to give advice over the radio for a living. But instead she harps endlessly on the n-word, even clinging desperately to the infallibility of her unstated premise.

"You said nigger. Is it okay to say that word? Is it ever okay to say that word?...But you're not black, they're not black, my husband is white...I can't believe someone like you is on the radio, spewing out the nigger word. You said 'nigger, nigger, nigger.' I hope everybody heard it. So what makes it—...I know what it means and I know it came from a white person. And I know the white person made it bad!"

Talk about fumbling the ball in an open field.

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