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War, Goldberg, gym, discount, insomnia

- Due to technical difficulties and circumstantial factors, World War Livingroom is currently suspended. After the repair of my current digital camera or the acquisition of a new one, and the disposition of several major freelance assignments, it will resume with the German invasion of Poland.

- JONAH: the sad thing about his appearance on the Daily Show last night is that, bad as he was, that's the best he can do – an audience not entirely hostile and a host who clearly didn't read the book, and he still sounded like a dimwit. He made his usual fatuous comments: the New Republic's having praised Mussolini is a colossal irrelevance, as almost ever big magazine praised him early on (he was Forbes' Man of the Year in 1934), and Jonah's own magazine has a long history of praising people like Suharto, Pinochet and the Shah of Iran. His ludicrous claim that self-identifying as a progressive (since some progressives in the past were racist) should set off as many alarm bells as self-identifying as a fascist; should we hold self-identifying as a conservative to the same standards, since some conservatives – many, in fact – have also been racist? It couldn't be more obvious at this point that the entire basis of Jonah's book is based on the mistaking of what is superficial for what is essential, and that's why any serious reader of any political stripe should consider him a laughingstock.

- I went to the gym again yesterday, to much better effect insofar as I was actually able to work out, and to avoid the pointless orientation class by just not going to it. I am a bit sore today, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be given my slack activities of the last year or so.

- There is a Mexican restaurant not far from my house that offers a 10% discount to military service personnel. They also offer a 10% discount for all AT&T employees. So apparently, serving at arms and defending your country at the risk of death is exactly as valuable as working across the street.

- I'm seriously at a loss about my ongoing insomnia. After a few weeks' break, it's back to those haunted, driving-around-at-3-AM, not-caring-if-I-live-or-die levels of sleeplessness. I literally did not sleep a wink last night, and today I look, feel, and sound like a jumbo variety family pack of shit. I'm as real as tomorrow's headlines!

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steve_hicken
Jan. 17th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I think the writers' strike is a better excuse for the lacuna in livingroomwar activities.
doraphilia
Jan. 17th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think keeping up gym-going will help with the insomnia.

What about american idol!??!! I only watch to understand your posts!
ludickid
Jan. 17th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I thought AI was a bit dull last night -- no crazies on the level of James the Tour Guide -- but then the early audition rounds are always a bore. It's not until a few weeks in, when you have your set number and they start eliminating people, that they really kick into high gear.

I'll tell you this much, though -- that farmboy would be my instant favorite if he could sing better. He's handsome and charming as hell in that slick nu-country way, and I can really see the audience taking to him. Except he wasn't a very good singer.
ounceofreason
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I just watched the Daily Show clip, and.. wow. I've gotta feel bad for poor Jonah there, he's way outclassed. It's like the time when Jon Stewart spanked Tucker Carlson on Crossfire, except that Jonah is nowhere near as "important."

Ahh well. I'm sure "Libertarian Totalitarianism" will do better.
shekb
Jan. 17th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Jonah gets so frustrated at being mocked and called on his bullshit, since he was clearly expecting....??
andyaxel
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
>>>German invasion of Poland.

Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that kraut & kielbasa play heavily into this re-enactment?
yuriverse
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
If you'd gotten to the German invasion of Poland, you could claim you're covering the Phony War phase and justify your enforced break that way. Still, maybe just call this "The Calm Before Te Storm" or something.
corrigami
Jan. 17th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I would forgo the gym and just go for Mexican three times a week for thirty minutes.
blue_straggler
Jan. 18th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Dude, sorry about the insomnia. Hope you get feeling better. More exercise and less caffeine usually does it for me. That, and Fight Club.
flying_blind
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Jonah Goldberg can't possibly be as stupid as the things he says: he'd forget how to walk, and maybe even how to shit. I think he's trolling. He wants the book to be attacked, because he's marketing it mainly to people who don't read (actual readers won't buy it because even a few brief excerpts are sufficient to demonstrate to the wise its worthlessness.)

He'll rake in a bundle selling books to people who'll buy it only because it's being attacked by the librul media, and then he'll rake in another bundle selling himself as a speaker to groups of his buyer-non-readers, and after he gives the speech (consisting largely of re-phrased excerpts from the book) there'll be a reception where he'll sell still more copies of the book (at full price and with no bookstore getting a percentage) to the non-reading friends his earlier non-readers shall have brought to the event. It's like an Amway scheme for dumbass verbiage!

*This is not a wholly original observation on my part, of course. Fame:
"It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck only at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends."
—Samuel Johnson
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