Friday, September 16, 2005

Friday Afternoon Stuff

Rule #1 of the Midwestern Highways: Never get pulled over in Indiana with out-of-state plates and drugs in the car. It's not going to end up a swell time if you've got something to hide.

Apparently this guy had prior knowledge of Rule #1 and tried to outsmart the Hoosier Police: "A Kansas man faces drug charges, accused by police of trying to distract a drug dog by throwing dog biscuits out of his car window...

Police said Kim was uncooperative, nervous and vomiting. When a drug dog arrived at the scene, police said Kim tossed debris and dog biscuits toward the dog in an apparent attempt to distract the K-9...

Officials said they uncovered about 75 grams of marijuana hidden in the vehicle and that Kim also had marijuana in his system."

When you take a shot at being a genius, sometimes you fail even if you're armed with the smartest ideas in the hopper. Oh Jong Kim, you flew too close to the sun on the wings of the reefer.

Now, some other shit:

1. There's a new book out called The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping With Chicks. Sounds fucking lovely -- this article is surprisingly well-written. I don't know why I said "surprisingly" there, but it is.

2. This guy here could probably pen a new book called The Chess Teacher's Guide to Inappropriately Touching Students, then immediately follow that up The New Inmate's Guide to Nasty Prison Rape. Both are due out in the winter, via Random House.

3. Donnie, as your best man, I will do everything in my power to make sure this happens: "Eleven men from a New York City-area wedding party — including the groom, his father, his new father-in-law and his best man — spent the night in jail after a boozy brawl with another bridal party, report New York newspapers." Seriously, read this story, it's off the charts.

4. Only in Florida. Only in Florida. Wow.

5. Last week the Ace Cowboy got off to a slow start to the season, going 7-9 for the week (but 2-1 in my best bets). Let's try to pick that percentage up with some road teams and ' are my weekly football picks:

JETS -6 over the Dolphins
*Ravens -4 over the TITANS
TEXANS +6 over the Steelers
*Jaguars +9 over the COLTS
*BEARS +2 over the Lions
BENGALS -3 over the Vikings
EAGLES -13.5 over the 49ers
Bills +2.5 over the BUCS
PANTHERS +3 over the Pats
SEAHAWKS pick'em over the Falcons
CARDINALS -1 over the Rams
PACKERS -6.5 over the Browns
Chargers +3 over the BRONCOS
Chiefs -1.5 over the RAIDERS
Giants -3 over the SAINTS
COWBOYS -6 over the Redskins

*Best Bets

Slack Song of the Day: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band absolutely rocked Langerado fest when we were down there. And I'm in the mood for some hot DDBB beats right now, so here's a nice cover of Bill Withers' Use Me Up from July 28th, 2005 in Rochester. Enjoy, and if you like what you hear, the rest of the show can be streamed here.


At 1:55 PM, Blogger The Letter D said...

I guess the confederate flag is about heritage after all. Heritage of cross-burning, Klansman, and lynchings, that is.

Even notice whenever someone starts out a sentence with "I'm not racist" what follows inevitably is?

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I smell a comments section full of tension and uncomfort right now!

There are so many degrees of racism, though...that story is just horrible, that isn't a joke. That's ugly.

But let me ask you as one of this blog's only black readers (I'm guessing that's true): Do the occasional casually racist remarks bother you? Does it bother you when people who claim to be liberals and race-conscious are really just hypocrites when they make those kinds of jokes? And if so, get the fuck outta here.

I'm genuinely interested in your answer, though I apologize for putting you on the spot.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

On a lighter, less racially-charged note and in relation to chicks smacking lips, check out this article that was emailed to me this morning with the subject of "There is a God".

At 2:15 PM, Blogger The Letter D said...

I don't get offended by the remarks. I've read your site long enough that to know they're not intended to be racist or a reflection of your thoughts.

To be honest, I'd rather have people wear t-shirts like that if that's how they really feel because that way I know where they stand. Plus, since this guy got clocked it seems these shirts are pretty much self-correcting.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Nice, Matty, but I'm gonna go with conclusion #2 -- more are reporting it than trying it. No idea why I say that, I just do.

Sweet, D. I looove black peeeeople. I am Mr. Black People. You diffused that quickly, although I think we're due for a good race riot one of these days. Those are fun.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger ethan said...

do you think the jags can really put up 27 on indy? the colts will pretty much always score at least 28 (i say 35 this week) and i don't see the jags putting up more than 24.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Jags win outright. Heard it here first. 27-23.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger The Letter D said...

Yeah, we're cool.

On the other hand, "Jason Mulgrew doesn't care about black people."

At 3:04 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

No way Ace, they have a black QB.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

And here's a good question. What's up with the lack of black centers in the NFL:

At 3:43 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

It's always nice to see a heartwarming story like that come out about the town I live in. If I'm not mistaken, that was the same high school that wouldn't let the lesbian put her picture in the yearbook because she wore the wrong outfit.

I saw that article about the girl on girl book earlier today. It was long, but I found myself reading the whole thing. Strange.

THe Jags do well against the Colts for some reason, even in Indy, so I wouldn't be surprised if they win it, even with a black QB (who by the way really needs to have a good year so he doesn't end up labeled a bust). Also, the Cowboys had a black center a few years ago.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

The more important question is, who the hell reads CBS Sportsline?

At 3:48 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

Ray Donaldson, took me a minute.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

After ESPN and SI, sometimes, on a friday, desperate times...

At 5:13 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

And, for the record, I love Byron. He was actually better than he looked last year due to a tough defensive schedule. He should have a very good year.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Sheeet! I missed the whole race debate and female bi-sexuality banter. My two favorite subjects. Just because I had to take care of my baby.

Sacrifices. Crap.

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

I'm not so convinced about the Confederate flag - and by extension the Confederacy - being all bad. As somebody who lives in a state that only a couple of years ago removed it from our flag, I know and have engaged a lot of people who feel an attachment to that flag for reasons that are not entirely bigoted.

Certainly there is a large amount of denial by many of these people about the role of slavery in the states withdrawing from the Union, but the bigger issue there is old school federalism. Essentially the south was ready to peacefully take their toys (including the inevitably doomed slavery) and go home and the feds weren't having it and decided to force them into compliance. Surely there is a bit of pride to be had in a group of people who were willing to fight for their way of life in the face of a government that they felt was corrupt - even if part of it was hugely wrongheaded. Nobody's perfect.

As for the occasional racist remark, I wouldn't care if you were a dyed in the wool racist Ace. I was raised in the deep south where true racists were a dime a dozen. One thing that I've learned from my upbringing is that you can be a lot worse than a racist, and that those who would pretend like they are devoid of irrational prejudice are those who would be inhuman if they weren't bullshitting you.

The defining moment of my childhood was my grandmother's death. My grandmother was essentially my mother and raised me, with the help of my dad, until age 13. We had her funeral way down in the backwoods of south Georgia, a good 200 miles from where we currently lived, on a Thursday afternoon. The only one of my friends that showed up was a white one who had the unquestionably most racist father in the neighborhood - no small feat. That same father took him out of school and made the 200 mile drive to Hawkinsville Ga. through a torrential downpour to pay respect to my grandmother. None of my other friends showed up.

Love is a funny thing.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger MDS said...

Rashid, do you see the Confederate flag as in any way different from the swastika? Would you object to the grandson of someone who fought in Hitler's army flying the swastika in an attempt to show pride in his heritage? American Civil War memorials generally memorialize those who fought both for the North and for the South. Do you believe the Holocaust museum should also have memorials to the brave German men who fought for what they believed in even though what they believed in was the extermination of all Jews?

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Oh good! I’m not entirely too late.

I give you credit for your open mindedness Rashid and your willingness to be the bigger person. But the way that I see it, relinquishing attachment to the confederate flag (for whatever reason) is a small price for the south to pay.

If I were a black person in this country, I would probably be at least a little pissed off. The way I see it, this country owes black people of African decent big time. I don’t know about monetary restitution, but I know it’s been discussed. That’s the point that I usually stop thinking about the subject because it’s too complicated for me. But I’m not one of those people that automatically roles my eyes when the topic comes up.

I do know, however, that the rest of you are probably right that everyone is at least a little bit racist. I probably am too. But I don’t want to be. Deep down I know that social generalizations are for the stupid and lazy. Of course, they can also be really funny (no I haven’t forgotten my “Tom Cruise” is gay tirade from a few months back.)

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

Good question MDS.

First a tangential note on symbolism: The Swastika thing way more complex than the stars and bars for me as the Swastika has a variety of meanings that predate the Third Reich by maybe thousands of years. It's a Buddhist symbol but before the Nazis came to power it was widely used in the west as a symbol of luck. It's sad that its original meaning has been lost.

Anyhow, my point on the Confederate flag is that people act like it simply stands for a bunch of backwards ass southerners fighting to preserve slavery. At best that's an oversimplification, and I'm sure that the same thing is true (on some level) of the generalizations attached to the Nazi flag. I feel like painting the people who fought under either of these flags so one-dimensionally is to ignore the faults of the opposing forces in these conflicts. This is something that I don't think does anybody any good.

I personally don't have a problem with people flying either flag for whatever reason. I'm sure that just like those who fly the stars and bars, many of the people who fly the Nazi flag probably do hold the sterotypical views associated with the symbols, but as long as they aren't threatening or harming anybody I don't see any reason to stop them.

As a matter of fact, I thnk that trying to suppress those ideas as opposed to allowing them to be present in their boiled and festering glory only works to reinforce them.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger ethan said...

great answer rashid. that was good shit.

as to the comparison between the swastika and confederate flag - that's not really all that relevant/fair, is it? sure they're both symbols, but while germany was trying to exterminate races and take over the world the south was simply trying to become they're own small country (with no expectations of extermination or (really) expansion) and keep the (obviously retarded) way of life they already had.

i don't like the symbols, and clearly don't think either has a place in public schools, but comaring nazi germany to the southern rebels is a bit much for me.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger MDS said...

Ethan, could you please explain why you think fighting to enslave blacks is morally superior to fighting to kill Jews?

Rashid, you're of course correct that people should have the legal right to fly the swastika, the Confederate flag, or any other symbol they want. But where I differ from you is where you say it's understandable that people would have pride that their forefathers fought for the South. I don't know for sure, but I've heard that my great-grandfather was involved with the Klan. Why should I be proud of that? It's despicable and I and all of my great-grandfather's living descendants agree on that. None of us would show up at a Klan rally, put on white sheets, and say, "We're just here to support our heritage."

At 10:22 AM, Blogger ethan said...

mds - because killing jews and world domination was the primary tenet of the germans, and like rashid already explained, enslaving blacks was not the primary tenet of the conferderates - preserving their bass-acwards way of life was.

also, i'm not defending either of these ideologies - just saying that comparing hitler's rule to that of robert e. lee's is a bit extreme.

by your logic, you must think the american flag is garbage too since there was slavery in the north from the 1770's to 1860's, and blacks and women couldn't vote until 40+ years ago. i would imagine you would disagree with this statement, since none of those things are/were the main tenents of the united states.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger ethan said...

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At 10:27 AM, Blogger ethan said...

also, mds, you must think the american revolution was awful as well, since those rebels fought to have their own way of life. and that life included slavery.

At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

The thing for me MDS is that whether you are proud or not of any part of your family history isn't a function of how you should feel but one of how you do feel. If, after a bit of due dilligence, you still find reason to be proud of your Klansman ancestor then I say be proud. Conversely, if - as seems to be the case - you find a reason to be ashamed, then I say be ashamed. I think that the expression of either of these viewpoints works toward creating a more thoughful observer.

There are lots of people who are proud of lots of misguded things here in the US. But things relating to race, gender, and religion are the big topics and many other types of bigoty - while equally absent of reason and equally damaging in some cases - are perfectly acceptable. In the end they all seem to come down to some mixture of ignorance and socialization.

The way I see it, the less aggregate number of people that a person is bigoted against, the more rich and fulfilling that person can expect their life to be. But hey, some people would rather have a monoculture, and that's ok too.

Strangely enough, I've seen that they can live together. Though for the capitalist, I don't think that there is a luxury of choice on the matter.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger MDS said...

Ethan, where you and I disagree is on what the primary goal of the Confederacy was. I'm sure both of us have taken our share of history classes and read our share of books, and we've come to different conclusions. Fine.

Rashid, I agree with everything you said except "and that's ok too." It's not OK to exclude people from your culture based on the color of their skin (or any other reason beyond their control). Intelligent people like you should be speaking out against intolerance, not tolerating intolerance.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger ethan said...

clearly every reader here thinks intolerance is terrible.

but let's say person A supports non-violent intolerance and wants to have a society, however big or small, with those you share their views. basically, person A wants to impose his "poor" morals on another group of people.

sounds dumb, right? well, replace "intolerance" with "tolerance" and you have exactly what mds is suggesting. isn't it person A's right to believe whatever they want (predicated on non-violence obviously), however moronic it seems to us? i'm all for trying to convince people through logical arguments that your/my/our views are better, but trying to impose one's morals on another is tricky business. it's their right to not share your code of morals, isn't it? (assuming of course, neither code involves violence)

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Last one left in here just shut off the lights, willya?


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