Did You Support the Writer’s Strike?

If you found yourself on the side of the strikers, if the move industry’s anti-piracy measures strike you as draconic, or if you just like web musicals that are awesome in the traditional sense then you owe a blood debt to yourself:  Check out Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

Its a pretty easy way to put a little action behind a political position.

(ps they should probably add a paypal link)

Fat Princess: I’m Not Offended (And Neither Are You)

Not to be outdone by nintendo’s awesomogyny (mysiogyny that’s totally rad cause its in video game form), Sony has delivered a subtle fuck you to positive body images (Feministing).  Shakespear’s Sister has had a little back and forth with Jim Sterling of Destructoid:

Finally, the brilliant Jim Sterling of Destructoid manages to exemplify the perfect, hilarious irony of most of the responses to my original post:

Even worse is a writer at Shakesville, who took time out of doing her husband’s laundry to write this: “Congrats on your awesome new game, Sony. I’m positively thrilled to see such unyielding dedication to creating a new generation of fat-hating, heteronormative assholes.” As you can see, she uses “words” like “heteronormative” to sound clever and informed, a tactic which invariably fails and makes one look presumptuous and pretentious. … Word to the wise: Sarcastic fat girls don’t go to the prom!

Genius. If there’s one way to counter my charge that this game will reinforce fat-hating and heteronormativity, it’s to mock me for being fat and note I “took time out of doing [my] husband’s laundry” to write the post. Boy, was I ever wrong, huh? Consider me sufficiently chastened!

I decided to take a look at Jim’s article.  One line stood out:

It should be no secret to anybody that I’m a fat guy myself, and I’m certainly not offended by this game.

Its true.  He is fat.  What’s intriguing though, is this idea that because he’s not offended, no other fat people ought to be.  It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to imagine counter examples to this kind of argument.  But its one we see again and again.  So let’s recognize it for what it is, a rhetorical trick to strip the targeted group of people of a legitimate voice.  “After all”, the argument intones, “if I’m not offended and I’m [in the group], no one [from the group] should be offended either”.

UPDATE:

Ben Silverman, Douchebag extraordinaire of Yahoo, weighs in:

Sony has yet to issue an official response, although Joystiq did receive a particularly informative update from James Green, Fat Princess’ lead art director, who clued gamers in on the origins of the game:

“Does it make it better or worse that the concept artist (who designed the look, characters, everything) is a girl?”

Hmmm…hope the game’s detractors don’t mind eating a bit of crow.

Ben continues the magical logic of the “not offended exception”: since a girl did it, its ok.

Good Reads 07-27

Today’s Good Reads are brought to you by the letter COOKIE:

Been arguing with people who think free market health care will solve everything?  This is a caustic counterpoint (The Unapologetic Mexican).

Bloggernista exhorts us all to stand up for Gay rights and fight hard come November.

It is a deeply compassionate wisdom which invites us to remember that because the world is so violent we have the fire to change it.  It always always pays to remember that (docstrangelove).

CNN misleadingly quotes A pro-eugenics racist in a column on race and Barack Obama (Hatewatch).

Newscat clues us on in the dribbling insanity passing for opinion at the Wall Street Journal (hint: major Bush worship is still very much in fashion, but comparing him to batman?!  WTF?!!)

McCain’s Shopping for an Image

If John McCain is trying to make his image more “common folksy”, why is he wearing a suit while grocery shopping?  (via WhiteNoiseInsanity).

Is Karl Rove Above the Law?

Karl Rove skipped out on a subpoena.  Will he be held accountable for breaking the law?  From a Brave New Films advisory (emphasis mine):

LOS ANGELES – A coalition of organizations has launched a new campaign urging the House Judiciary Committee to hold Karl Rove in contempt and send him to jail.  In a clear violation of the law, Rove has refused to comply with a Congressional subpoena calling on him to testify under oath about his involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  Brave New Films, The Nation magazine, Campaign for America’s Future, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Progress Now Action and CREDO Mobile will host a press conference in Washington DC next Tuesday, prior to delivering a petition to the House Judiciary Committee urging committee members to “let Rove know he can’t decide which subpoenas he obeys and which he ignores.”

The online petition, created by Brave New Films and housed at SendRoveToJail.com, has amassed almost 100,000 names in less than six days.  The website also includes a short YouTube video outlining Rove’s involvement in the Siegelman case and making the case for holding Rove accountable.

http://sendrovetojail.com

“Karl Rove is not above the law,” said Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films.  “Rove’s refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena makes a mockery of the justice system.  Even former high government officials like Rove are accountable to the law. Rove needs learn that we live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.”

“Karl Rove has built a career out of bending the law, but now he seems to feel entitled simply to break it,” says Michael Kieschnick, President of CREDO Mobile.  “We expect the House Judiciary Committee to agree that Karl Rove is in contempt and should be sent to jail if he persists in his flagrant disregard for the laws of this country.”

This isn’t civil disobedience.  This isn’t an unjust law.  Rove is acting above the law to cover up deeper crimes committed by the Bush administration.

Karl Rove should go to jail.

The Evidence Against Diebold

I saw this a while back.  The press doesn’t seem to be picking it up.  Evidence of tampering, the ex-McCain advisor says.  In a country that elects its leadership, that is really up there on the list of severe crimes.

And no one will do a damn thing about it.

I know I’ll feel confident casting my ballot in the fall.

Lebanon is Fucked

This makes my stomach churn.  Via XX Factor, Mona Charen at the Politico writes:

Smadar wrote later, “I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades.” As police began to arrive, Kuntar and the others dragged Danny and 4-year-old Einat down to the beach. With Einat watching, Kuntar shot Danny in the head and then threw his body into the surf. Kuntar then repeatedly smashed Einat’s head against a rock with his rifle butt, killing her, too. Yael did not survive the attack either. In an effort to keep the baby from crying and betraying their hiding place, Smadar had accidentally suffocated her.

He was recently released in the prisoner exchange.

This week, Kuntar, dressed in fatigues and sporting a Hitlerian mustache and haircut, walked down a red carpet arrayed for him in Beirut. The government closed all offices and declared a national day of celebration. Tens of thousands of Lebanese cheered, waved flags, threw confetti, and set off fireworks as Hezbollah staged a rally to celebrate their “victory” over Israel. Mahmoud Abbas, the “moderate” leader of the Palestinian Authority, sent “blessings to Samir Kuntar’s family.” PA spokesman Ahmad Abdul Rahman sent “warm blessings to Hezbollah … on the return of the heroes of freedom … headed by the great Samir Kuntar.”

Vile.

Mona asks at the start, “What can you say about a people who welcome a child murderer as a hero?”.

That might be an unfair question.  A better question would be what can you say about a culture that welcomes a child murderer as a hero?  And the answer is, that culture is fucked.  Perhaps even worse than fucked.  Because our own culture is fucked in the way our wars kill massive numbers of children, in the way blood is spilt daily, and we only react to news of whats happening to our own soldiers.  But this…  Imagine if the US threw a national holiday for a soldier accused of shooting an Iraqi man and beating his 4 year old daughter to death.

Violence might become necessary in the gravest situations, but worship of violence will always be the deepest kind of civil disease society can inflict upon itself.