22 June 2005

Reality Bitchslap

On the one hand we have Molly Ivins' June 16th column:

"Big Bird is not in favor of affirmative action. Bert and Ernie are not gay. Miss Piggy is not a feminist. "The Three Tenors," "Antiques Roadshow," "Masterpiece Theater," "Wall Street Week" and nature programs do not have a political agenda. "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" is biased in favor of boring, old, white guys who appear on painfully well-balanced panels. "Washington Week in Review" is a showcase for "Inside the Beltway," conventional wisdom, power-parroting, political-geekhead, Establishment journalism -- there is nothing liberal about it."

On the other we have Wanda's exasperated rant in "A Fish Called Wanda":

"Aristotle was not Belgian, the principle of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself', and the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up."

I think we now have a new paradigm in metaphors for the seeming detachment of the right from reality.

11 June 2005

When it rains, there's a rainbow; and all of the colors are black

This has been posted many places and I probably ought to propagate it further. We have here the blog of a 16-year-old kid whose reward for coming out to his parents has been to get thrown into a "boot camp"-style program in order to make him stop being gay.

I will have more to say about it later. For the moment, he can speak for himself.