Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Fat, Stupid, Overachieving, Skanky Leaders of Tomorrow

As we age and slowly fill in the boxes on the list of things we'll never do or be ("piano prodigy" - check, "Tae Kwon Do Champ" - check) and our peers inch their way up various ladders, periodically letting the world know of their successes through alumni letters and Times wedding announcements, more and more we find ourselves closer to the top of that awful bell curve. Then, once and a while, a report comes in about the next generation. (CNN)

They're too hefty. They're too rude. They can't spell or converse worth a damn. They're overstressed and underloved. Not only do these reports cancel out some of the achievements and sexual experience our younger competitors collect in middle school, but knowing that you weren't even close to fat in sixth grade - no matter how much chocolate milk you drank - gives you the schenfreude-fueled confidence to face another day of 401k-free existence.

Thank you Children of America - you truly are our greatest resource. Stay young. Stay slutty. Stay stupid. Stay gold.

Friday, August 18, 2006

You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Just as fringe culture has more-or-less effectively bankrupted the terms "queer," "fag," and "n*gger" through ironic usage, so is the South-of-14th Squad hard at work PoMo-ing the lynch mob into irrelevance. Click to witness:

Omaha, Nebraska, 1919

Manhattan, New York, 2006

Good work, girls. Maybe in 90 years or so, we'll have moved your lot to the bottom of the scrum.

Fingers crossed.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I am Mexican

A la Gawker's obsession of the day:

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Earthquake Virgin Economics

At 11:10pm (just three minutes ago) a recently naturalized Californian friend called while celebrating her first, true West-Coast earthquake (a respectable 4.4.) She was most excited about the prospects of her newly purchased shelves collapsing and crushing her two Manhattan-born cats, which would have saved her $1,000 (her condo required a $500 deposit for each feline.)

The New Yorker inside doesn't die easy.

Future Perfect

Sep 5, 2009 5:46 EDT

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) - Christopher E. Hitchens, the celebrated journalist, essayist and literary critic whose over 30-year career spanned styles, continents and political ideologies, died today during a combined Allied air strike on a reported insurgent stronghold on the outskirts of the city. He was 60.

Hitchens, whose well-read works ranged from tabloid-like coverage of American culture to almost academic books on the nature of politics and religion, was in the region at an American Air Force base in neighboring Kuwait as part of his "Glorious War Tour" while promoting his most recent book Regan: Grace in Crisis.

After emigrating from his native England, where he received a degree at Oxford University, to the United States in 1981, Hitchens worked for a wide variety of publications including The Nation, The Independent, Spy, Vanity Fair and Shock. Hitchen's style and focus was almost unavoidably political and inflammatory, usually consisting of reasoned, if inordinately impassioned attacks on various ideologies (fascism, liberalism, Islamism) or public figures (Noam Chomsky, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Henry Kissinger). In one of political literature's more discussed sea changes, Hitchens, once a liberal Trotskyite, publicly converted to a personalized form of neoconservatism in response to various grievances with the foreign policies of the first Clinton administration. His altered stance was only hardened after the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001.

Recent months had seen him softening his position on liberalism and openly supporting President Clinton's current campaign in Iran.

During this, his third trip to the region in as many months, Hitchens had been seen enjoying his free time in the company of pilots and loading crews of the 4404th Air Expeditionary Wing stationed here at Ali Al Salem Air Base. It appears that last night Hitchens managed to convince the crew of a B52-H to take him on board for it night mission over the pockmarked edges of Iran's former capital.

While details remain unconfirmed, it appears, through a released night-vision photo, that Hitchens climbed atop one of the larger conventional warheads in the B52-H's bomb bay only seconds before the crew released its payload on target. The Air Force has launched a full investigation and an unnamed Defense Department official stated on the condition of anonymity that he expects the crew to face disciplinary charges calling the incident, "an egregious lapse in battlefield judgment."

Hitchens is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, their daughter Antonia, and two other children, Alexander and Sophia, from a pervious marriage.