Filth for The Filth (or: Was I Right or Was I Right?)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-12-11 05:41

This sub-filth, lower even than Slayer, has just performed for, and been embraced by, The Filth. There are those who, fresh from predicting The Filth's defeat in the recent election, dispute my depiction of contemporary America as "Airhead America" and a global cataclysm as imminent. I hereby rest my case (note: this excrement has received over 900 million hits):

Meanwhile, "official" Objectivism is silent on the submergence of the civilized world in faeces, and wonders why Objectivism languishes.

Thank Galt there are still heroes like Freddy on this earth.


Kyle

Richard Goode's picture

Smiling

I gotta ask...

Kyle Jacob Biodrowski's picture

Richard Goode, are you a fan of Ministry?

Americon

Richard Goode's picture

It's all about the motherfucking oil
Regardless of the flag upon its soil
In a blood bath we pad our fucking greed
The price is high to maintain liberty

It's all about ... ART.

So Obama wants to look hip and cool...

Kyle Jacob Biodrowski's picture

I don't think this is so much a problem as what it implies. It implies that a politician's musical preferences (read: non-presidential traits) determine their popularity and, thus, their potential to be reelected (or forgiven for incompetence, maliciousness, etc.)

Yep, your personality, looks, musical tastes, "coolness" determine whether you're a viable presidential candidate. That's terrifying. Though, this isn't new. A good portion of the voting population voted for JFK because he was handsome and charismatic, well, perhaps not exclusively for those reasons, but these traits undoubtedly contributed to his popularity.

It's likely that, today, a politician's "coolness" determines his popularity more so than in the past.

Also, Linz, if that's your opinion on "Gangnam Style", what do you think about this Evil:

This just appeared in the Guardian...

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What are the chances?

David Cameron's X Factor gaffe – and other fibs politicians tell to look cool

"David Cameron has an unlikely taste in music – he's the first Tory PM to dig the Smiths, for instance – but we rarely thought he was making much of it up. Until Monday, that is. Speaking to reporters in Westminster, the prime minister let it be known that he had once voted for Will Young on The X Factor: "because my daughter made me". Which is all very eclectic (80s indie and early-00s talent-show crap on the same iPod!) but it is also demonstrably false. Will Young won Pop Idol (not The X Factor) in 2002, at which point Nancy Gwen Cameron – née 2004 – was but a pair of X chromosomes lurking deep inside mama and papa Cameron. Whoops.

Still, let's look at the positives: for politicians worth their salt, this is a badge of honour. Cameron joins an illustrious list of suits to have tried, and failed, to get down with the kids. Gordon Brown memorably told a men's mag that he was a fan of the indie band, Arctic Monkeys. Pressed on his favourite song, however, Brown was unable to think of anything to say, beyond the astute observation that "they are very loud".

Not that Brown's predecessor Tony Blair – who had after all once fronted the student group Ugly Rumours – fared any better. In the early 00s, an Asian television host asked Tony Blair if he listened to bhangra. Blair looked awkward, and mumbled something about it always being on in the house – despite its absence from the charts and mainstream music stations. A likely story.

John McCain, former Republican presidential nominee, got into a similar pickle over his professed television preferences. "We like the reruns of Seinfeld," he said in 2008. "I really like Curb Your Enthusiasm. I kind of like Dexter, too, although it certainly has a macabre side to it. I'll tell you that [wife] Cindy likes Big Love — I haven't watched it much, but she enjoys that. And I like The Wire a lot, too. That's a great show."

That's quite a lot of TV, particularly for someone as busy as a presidential candidate. Did he really have time to watch all that? Er, no, it later transpired. He just reads the scripts – "because obviously with my schedule and such, I don't get a chance to watch them on a regular basis." Sure, John. Sure.

Linz...

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...don't get mad at me (I'm not playing gotcha I just thought this was ironic) but when I watched the newsclip which shows Bruce Springsteen loving it up with Obama I couldn't help remembering when Reagan applauded Bruce Springsteen during his 1984 re-election campaign because he mistakenly mistook (as did many Americans) his song "Born in the USA" to be a patriotic song, whereas it was in fact the exact opposite.

From Wikipedia:

"The campaign press immediately expressed skepticism that Reagan knew anything about Springsteen, and asked what his favorite Springsteen song was; "Born to Run" was the response from staffers. Johnny Carson then joked on The Tonight Show, "If you believe that, I've got a couple of tickets to the Mondale-Ferraro inaugural ball I'd like to sell you."

During a September 21 concert in Pittsburgh, Springsteen responded negatively by introducing his song "Johnny 99", a song about an unemployed auto worker who turns to murder, "The President was mentioning my name the other day, and I kinda got to wondering what his favorite album musta been. I don't think it was the Nebraska album. I don't think he's been listening to this one."

A few days after that, presidential challenger Walter Mondale said, "Bruce Springsteen may have been born to run but he wasn't born yesterday," and then claimed to have been endorsed by Springsteen. Springsteen manager Jon Landau denied any such endorsement, and the Mondale campaign issued a correction.

With "Born in the U.S.A." Springsteen was wildly misunderstood, at least for a short period. With these sound bites from Reagan and other conservatives praising the song and Springsteen, himself, it seemed as though they'd missed the point entirely. Springsteen was lamenting the loss of a true sense of national pride. The working class no longer had a say in the foreign policy or decisions made by the government as a whole. The reverberating chorus of "Born in the U.S.A." was a cry of longing, of sorrow. It was a hollow cry of patriotism that once was, but now ceased to exist.

In Springsteen’s own words, the song "Born in the U.S.A." is about "a working-class man" [in the midst of a] "spiritual crisis, in which man is left lost...It's like he has nothing left to tie him into society anymore. He's isolated from the government. Isolated from his family...to the point where nothing makes sense." Springsteen promotes the fact that the endless search for truth is the true American way. He was frightened by the government continually rationalizing the Vietnam War.

Journalist Brian Doherty has written: "The song’s lyrics are about a shell-shocked vet with 'no place to run, nowhere to go.' But who’s to say Reagan wasn’t right to insist the song was an upper? When I hear those notes and that drumbeat, and the Boss’ best arena-stentorian, shout-groan vocals come over the speakers, I feel like I’m hearing the national anthem."

Meme of the Week

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At least this version ridicules a dictator

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