Well, yes, bit of a bummer about Angel getting cancelled, but at least The WB gave enough notice for Joss Whedon & Co. to come up with an actual series ending. Unless you liked that cliffhanger in the final episode of Twin Peaks, in which case, I may have to shoot you, just on G.P.
The series finale should have Joss Dialogue. This is a Good Thing.
Giles: Buffy couldn't kill you, because she's a hero. She's not like us.
Even if it sometimes doesn't make sense out of context.
Yes, this is the pre-coffee syntax. Shut up.
So, I wrote in Michele's comments a few days back:
Since it seems to be the Word of the Day, best response to all this I've read was a comment at Making Light: You are not responsible for your actions in someone else's dream.
Which in this context means that if someone wants to accuse you of believing X, thinking Y and hating Z because of how you're planning to vote. . . ain't much you can say to 'em.
And while I'm here, about that little de-linking fracas I started about a year back? That was exceptionally childish of me, and I apologize.
Only, you know, badly edited (is there a term for when you rewrite a phrase or sentence, but fail to remove all the original bits?), and without the links. And I may have been wrong about reading that quote at Making Light -- could'a been Electrolite, or a discussion linked from one of them -- and I think I got the quote wrong to boot.
These are just some of the many, many reasons I usually refrain from posting comments elsewhere.
Luckily, no one there seems to have noticed that X, Y and Z can just as easily be replaced with conservative/right-wing charges against liberals/leftists. And that sort of "putting the other person on the defensive by accusing them of holding views that they never expressed" stuff just bores me to tears at this point. Luckily, don't get that sort of thing here much anymore.
Well, it bores me to tears when people do it to me. Seeing people on the left do it to Michele in her comments. . . no, wait, that bores me too.
Did I mention that, "Grow the fuck up" is me motto for the year?
Well, it bears repeating.
Update: And, as usual, I fail to explain why I'm babbling about the material in the entry. Common failing. I have a degerative brain disease.
Michele pubicly announced her de-linking of. . . someone I'm not going to link, as that rather defeats the entire purpose, for his repeated use of "nigger" or variations thereof in an entry. Oliver, demonstrating the keen insight that keeps me from bothering to read him on a regular basis, touches on the issue in an entry titled "Hate."
Mind you, I can almost understand the reactions, given the provocation:
I am sick and tired of listening to the niggers whine. You've had 300 years to make a go of life in this country, and you've fucked up every chance ever handed to you. Got-Dam! Don't call me a racist. ADMIT THE GODDAM FACTS.
I heard a lot of old, racist red-necks say when I was a boy, "You can take the nigger out of the jungle, but you'll never get the jungle out of the nigger."
I hated hearing such talk when I was young. But I believe that they were right, after watching history for the past 40 years of my life. Nobody who ever lived in this world EVER had as much gelt handed to them by the government as "African Americans" have and nobody has EVER pissed away their opportunities so badly. That's a fact.
Besides, how many "African Americans" ever saw Africa in their fucking lives, anyway? You don't like it here? Go back to Africa. Live with no health care, corrupt dictators, rampant AIDS and nothing but a tin roof over your head. Give up your welfare checks, your VCRs and the "racist" society that you live in now. Go back to Africa, thumb your nose at me and tell how much better life is in "the homeland."
And, as I said, I'm not linking the source; Michele and Oliver do, if you're curious.
But I don't think that's hate. Ignance, yes. Not the sort of thing anyone with a dollop of social skills would say publicly, definitely. Then again, I wouldn't expect a Senator to start complaining about how tired Americans are of having homosexuality shoved down their throats, either.
Obviously, I'd rather not deal with ignant folk. But at this point, I'd much rather they be explicit in they ignance than keep it bottled up. No one is that good an actor or actress, though, and the ignance is going to seep out anyway. May as well get it out in the open, so folks with more patience than I can have a go at discussing it, rather than saying one thing and privately believing something else.
Because you're really not fooling anybody.