fragments of an attempted writing.

2 for Tuesday.

1.  Two olfactory irritations - that the police can now invade your property in the event they smell something they think might be illegal, and the start of chemlawn season.  My next door neighbor has a yard that is almost as crappy as mine.  He mows once every 2-3 weeks in summer, I mow once every 4-5, and let me tell you, in Memphis, that means very high grass.  Our neighborhood is quickly moving from questionable to nobody's asking the question anymore - it's not like a chemlawned lawn impresses anybody here, let alone does anyone on my street give a damn if you have dandelions or not.  Anyway, neighbor dude gets chemlawn.  Why?  His grass is 8 inches high half the summer.

We live in a world where police can invade my home for smelling weed outside my door, and my neighbor can invade my home with the smell of his lawn chemicals.  Not nice, world, not nice at all.

2.  Obama was in Memphis yesterday to give the commencement address at a "thriving" high school in a "bad" neighborhood.  Here is a bit of his speech:

That’s why I came here today – because if success can happen here at Booker T. Washington, it can happen anywhere in Memphis. It can happen throughout Tennessee. And it can happen all across America. 

Translation: if you ass-backwards, dimwitted, poor dumbshits from crack whore homes (Obama spoke of his single parent childhood, of course) who speak a dialect of Ebonics that is the purist form of Ebonics found anywhere can be taught to show up to an institution most days and get almost mediocre scores on dumbed down standardized tests, then any idiot anywhere can do it.  Yeah for people everywhere!

The local paper's headline today was INSPIRATION.  Uh, yeah, being told that if you are able to achieve something then it is a sign that absolutely everyone else everywhere else is able to do that same thing - that is really inspiring.  That would make me want to get up in the morning and work towards something.  Does Obomber ever listen to himself speak?  What a condescending bourgeois liberal prick.

Oh, and this part was fun too:

 We live in a new world. Believe or not, when you’re looking to get a job, you’re not just competing against people in Nashville or Atlanta, but in places like Beijing and Mumbai. That’s some tough competition. And you need to be prepared for it. As a country, we need all of our young people to be ready – to earn those high school diplomas, to earn those college diplomas, to get certified in a trade or profession. 

He left out the part where he tells them that their high school diploma is worthless, and that the local colleges that most of them are going to are worthless unless you major in one of the few majors which might result in decent wages down the line.  He also forgot to mention that one reason Memphis kids will likely be competing against folks in Beijing and Mumbai is that after the neo-liberals (such as those which completely control government in TN, not to mention all of Obomber's Goldman Sachs friends who he handed the U.S. economy to) finish shock doctrining the American economy, there will be plenty of $4 a day jobs in Memphis competing against those $4 a day jobs in other part of the world.

At least one line here is reasonable.  Obomber says that the kids need to earn their college "diplomas."  Last I checked "real" colleges offered degrees.  My old bartending school offered a diploma.  I think some beauty colleges offer diplomas too.  Take that you Beijing suckers!  Someday these kids are going to have a wage slave job barely making it by way of pouring Colt 45 at a Memphis bar or putting weaves in at Nappi by Nature, all the while thinking about those poor bastards in Mumbai who wished they could live the good Memphis life.


  1. LOL! I'm at the opposite end of the political spectrum (more or less) from you, yet I agree 100%.

    Why do liberals ALWAYS condescend? Why are they always so damned patronizing?

  2. I'm supposed to be at the opposite end from Owen, too, but that is getting harder and harder to maintain. Somehow the hard-left rhetoric that seemed so crazy two or three decades ago seems a lot more like common sense now.

    Have I changed that much, or is it the world itself that has changed? I don't know.

  3. Chris and Diane, if it makes you feel better I just sent this to my brother, and my comment to him was "I don't agree with the political ideology, but his conclusions are spot on. I think that's a sign I've moved so far to the fringe that left/right distinctions no longer matter."

    In any event, well said, Owen.

  4. I don't even own a lawnmower.

    I liked how Obama kept falling out of dialect. He starts off self-consciously dropping his Gs, and by mid thought he is back to talking like the bourgeois bastard he is. Maybe it was all the coke and booze, but at least Bush was able to deliver that ruse convincingly.

  5. The bald Mexican18 May, 2011 05:06

    I disagree with the real substance of this post. Really, I think Oakland, CA has the purest Ebonics. After all, wasn't that the place where the term "Ebonics" was invented. Play on, playa.

    (Although New Orleans "Ebonics" is a close second, but may be too idiosyncratic to be considered.)

    And I do agree with the politics of this blog, and am probably a little more to the left. College is a scam, fuck the bourgeoisie, and all that.

  6. David,

    so far to the fringe that left/right distinctions no longer matter

    I thought that way for a while, but I don't think that's radical enough. What I have slowly and reluctantly come to understand is that there is a deep difference between "traditional" (which I remain) and "conservative" (which I used to be). You can try to salvage the word "conservative" by pretending that it primarily refers to the tradition of Burke, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, etc, but in the real world to be on the Right is to serve the interests of that "finance capitalism" that Richard Weaver so loathed.

    Conservatism, with its militarism, imperialism, and rapacious global capitalism, is the enemy of the traditionalist. Those of us who were fooled into thinking that "the Right" and "tradition" were the same thing (or were even in any way related) have been played, big time.


    You got that right: Oaktown rules.

  7. Chris, that may be right. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that the Republican/Democrat dichotomy -- "is big government the problem or is big business the problem?" -- is a silly question. Centralized power in the hands of a few is the problem, and it doesn't really make a difference where it is centralized.

    One could argue that at least the government is accountable to the people, but I don't agree with that as our government is currently run. Fundamentally, we have an oligarchical system rather than a true democracy.


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