Well, my inner defeatist has triumphed over my better intentions. Considering I have nothing to add in terms of half-enlightened commentary to this ongoing circus - and have chosen to sit back and enjoy/mock the Spectacle - I will therefore no longer be maintaining this blog.
I'd like to thank my partners in crime who have contributed to the site throughout the year - Montag, BDR, Mike and CultureGhost.
-- and it's not some dead dude who wore a funny hat. [Kilkenny]
The protagonist from the movie V for Vendetta, known for wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, begs to differ:
[T]ruth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.
Is there any ground at all between ineffectual protests against entrenched power and killing the high chancellor, dying, and having your protege blow up parliament? I'm up for a 5th of November beer. (It's a start, right?)
Californians, like always, continue to pave the roads with good intentions:
Simmons, a 67-year-old San Clemente retiree, has invested $200 to file a proposed ballot initiative that would make it a crime for politicians or the mass media to twist the truth to influence an election or affect public employment.
Simmon's initiative proposes a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for members of the public trust who intentionally deceive in providing "material facts" to sway the public.
"If we could just get the people who serve in the public trust to tell us the truth, I think there's enough collective wisdom in the hearts and minds of Americans to do what's right," he said.
This is so absurd that if it did manage to get on the November 2010 ballot I just might vote for it, you know, for kicks. Sure, my standing policy is to vote No on Everything - but just imagine the giant clusterfuck that would ensue if this thing were to pass (which it wouldn't).
California would have its very own Ministry of Truth.
All cable news channels would be outlawed.
The fines collected by the state would solve the budget crisis within three fiscal quarters.
Political discourse would devolve into an endless argument over what is or is not true, leading to the ultimate realization that there is no such thing as objective truth.
The postmodernist in me would love to see this happen. But no, we'll be forced to vote on stupid bond measures while the state continues to sink into the ocean.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The artist who designed the famous Barack Obama
''HOPE'' poster has admitted he didn't use the Associated Press photo
he originally said his work was based on but instead used a picture the
news organization has claimed was his source.
a Los Angeles-based street artist with a long, often proud history of
breaking rules, said in a statement Friday that he was wrong about
which photo he used and that he tried to hide his error. It was not
immediately clear whether he would drop his lawsuit against the AP over
the use of the photo.
''In an attempt to conceal my mistake, I
submitted false images and deleted other images,'' said Fairey, who has
been involved in countersuits with the AP, which has alleged copyright
infringement. ''I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment, and I
take full responsibility for my actions, which were mine alone.''