Daily Archives: May 22, 2009

Why Lambert lost to Allen (or, There’s NO escape from ‘American Idol’)

Adam Lambert, left, pretends to be happy that competitor Kris Allen, with his mouth wide open, beat him during the season finale of “American Idol” in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Goddess help me, I’m actually writing about “American Idol.”

I don’t even watch the show. I don’t even watch TV.

I caught “American Idol” no more than once or twice (maybe three times) more than five or six years ago.

That was in 2002 or 2003, I believe, because it was when the major television network “news” organizations acted as fucking cheerleaders for the unelected Bush regime’s Vietraq War in 2003 — instead of acting as critical journalists — that I stopped watching television, not nearly out of protest as much as out of total disgust.

But you hear about “American Idol” whether you watch it or not, because it is considered “news,” and the big “news” this past week was that probably-gay Goth-looking Adam Lambert was expected to win in the season finale of “American Idol” but squeaky-clean Kris Allen won instead.

It was just demographics, methinks.

The 27-year-old Lambert is from San Diego, while  the 23-year-old Allen is from Arkansas. This is Lambert:

Adam Lambert, American Idol Season 8

And this is Allen:

Kris Allen, American Idol

My guess is that more red-staters watch vapid, mind-wasting television than do blue-staters (I mean, I question the IQ of just about anyone who watches a lot of television these days) and that they found that Allen resembles them much, much more than does Lambert, so they cast their votes for Allen.

Sure, Lambert’s probable homosexuality was a factor, as he himself has stated, apparently; but that’s because to most of the bad-TV-gorging red-staters, homosexuality (or another form of non-heterosexuality) is tantamount to satanism, while Allen (who, hell, might also be gay, who knows?) is seen as a squeaky clean Christian boy. (He is heterosexually married before the age of 25, after all, while Lambert is suspiciously single.)

Maybe, given the clear divisions between the Lambert camp and the Allen camp, next season “American Idol” can split into two shows: “Red-State American Idol” and “Blue-State American Idol.”

(I shouldn’t give them ideas…)

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That’s so fucking cute that I have lost my capacity to think critically!

FILE - In this May 11, 2009 file photo, soldiers from the U.S. ...

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The caption for this photo from The Associated Press reads: “In this May 11, 2009 file photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Spc. Zachary Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, far left, was wearing ‘I love NY’ boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members…. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American soldiers have more than their military might and training on their side in the war in Afghanistan. Some have pink underwear.” Har har!

So apparently the little tale of the U.S. soldier in his pink boxer shorts in Afghanistan is supposed to be so fucking disarmingly cute that we don’t even think of thinking of asking such questions as: “Why in the fuck are we in Afghanistan anyway?”

I am no expert on Afghanistan. Let me state that straight up. My guess is that we don’t absolutely have to be there, that Afghanistan is yet another example of “national security interests” actually amounting to private business interests, such as how Iraq was a “national security threat” that just coinky-dinkily turned out to be just a great no-bid-contract opportunity for Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton Corp. 

But regardless of whether the U.S. should even be in Afghanistan or not, the pink boxer shorts story is so sickeningly syrupy that I want to vomit.

Is the little story of Boyd in his boxers not meant as a distraction?

The “transparent” Obama adminstration has blocked the release of images of U.S. soldiers abusing detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we do get to see the guffaw-inducing, perhaps even heartwarming image of a U.S. soldier in his skivvies?

I guess that I just have to take it on faith that the whole thing wasn’t orchestrated for the publicity.

But is this supposed to be a cutesy little human interest story that makes us Americans OK with perpetual warfare?

Because that’s sure the fuck what it feels like.

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Prop 8 decision to come Tuesday!

Really this time!

This is straight (so to speak…) from the California Supreme Court’s website: The court’s decision on whether to uphold or strike down Proposition Hate — er, Proposition 8 — is to be handed down at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

A year ago this month, the California Supreme Court, by 4-3, ruled that same-sex marriage must be allowed in California under the state Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights for all Californians.

The haters, most of them “Christo”fascists, then pushed Prop 8 — with millions of dollars from Utah (yes, the Mormons [and, to a lesser extent, the Catholicks] declared war upon us non-heterosexuals here in California) — to write discrimination against non-heterosexuals into the state’s Constitution.

Prop 8 narrowly passed on November 4 (52 percent to 48 percent) and immediately was legally challenged in the state Supreme Court, which agreed to decide whether Prop 8 passes constitutional muster and, if it does, whether or not the same-sex marriages legally performed in California from June 2008 to early November are still valid.

I give it at least a 90-percent chance that the court will rule that those same-sex marriages already performed (which the Sacramento Bee’s website states number more than 18,000) will remain legally valid and about a 60-40 chance that the court will strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional.

But Tuesday will be interesting, regardless of which way the court’s decision goes; the court has had to decide whether to stick with its original decision a year ago this month to uphold equal human and civil rights for California’s non-heterosexuals or to overturn the decision of a slim majority of California’s voters to discriminate against non-heterosexuals.

Equal human and civil rights for any minority group should never be left up to a fucking vote.

The Declaration of Independence declared:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

“All … are created equal.” Heterosexuals are not more equal than non-heterosexuals, to borrow from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

“Unalienable rights.” That refers to rights that may not be taken away by any means.

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” You know, liberty, a synonym for freedom, which the wingnuts can’t shut the fuck up about but which they wish to deny to non-heterosexuals and other historically oppressed minority groups. (The wingnuts say they’re “pro-life” too…)

These “truths” are “self-evident.”

There’s no argument: Those who wish to deny equal human and civil rights to non-heterosexuals violate the spirit of liberty — true liberty, not the faux “liberty” of the Repugnicans and other assorted wingnuts — with which the nation was founded.

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