Teh Squeaky Wheel
It’s Levitating Tire Tuesday, GN!!1!
Guess we won’t be planning any travel to Mexico after Sven’s comment from yesterday; criminy.
I’d like to think that Jussie will face some serious consequences for his fakey-pretend bias crime, but 1) gay, 2) black, and 3) showbiz. Meanwhile, anti-Semitism in NYC is on the rise, but fark those people…amirite? (‘Cause they secretly rule the world with their weather machine and Jooooo gold; just ask Ilhan Omar, her supporters and her pals.)
Which all adds up to fractured, wacky, madcap, slapstick, dingaling hilarity:
OK, now THAT was funny.
Suicide attempt by Smollett in 3,2,1…
Saw last night that Smollett appears to be doubling down in light of recent revelations about “the incident”.
What an asshole; hope his career winds-up with a chalk line around it.
What’s the next step in his victimhood? I think a suicide attempt is likely and the reason for it will be that no one believes him any longer. At which point, how can anyone continue to say mean things about him knowing the fragile shape he’s in?
You may be right, Sven; after all, he’s already a known “drama queen”. 👿
I’m thinking that underneath that wooden deck, there’s a cat reaching up and holding the panda in place.
Happy Tuesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!
I woke up to a flurry of emails from the mother of my favorite students. It seems their supervising teacher evaluated the students’ work output for the last 20 school days and gave them credit for zero attendance. In an independent study environment, attendance is based on both time spent working (as logged by the course software) and the amount of work completed. The students are given a list of assignments at the beginning of the learning period and are to work on those assignments, only. The kids send screenshots of the assignments they complete, but I get the feeling they are not the assignments they are supposed to be working on. Over the course of last week, one of them spent a grand total of 30 minutes on his listed math assignments. Mom is furious -- at the school. There is supposed to be an adult learning coach sitting with the kids, making sure they are on task, doing their work, and answering their questions. Dad is home, on disability, and I don’t think he’s capable of it.
Was watching AXS TV -- the Big Interview with Dan Rather as he interviews Gene Simmons. A short part below on loving America:
You can find the whole thing online -- it’s worth the 45 minutes. A short transcript of another part below:
I take your point. But to those who would say, “Listen, if rock and roll is dead--” do you think rock and roll is dead?
It is f-- the nail has finally been put into the coffin, yes. And that’s because I’ll play a-- short game with you. From 1958, for 25 or 30 years after that-- let’s give it 30 years. T-- 1958, for 30 years, makes it 1988. Okay? From then until 1988, oh, name 100 bands, even hundreds of bands that have become iconic. Well, let’s see. Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, you can-- on and on--
The list is long.
Motown, The Supremes, and in blues, in country and western. It just-- amazing. From 1988, that includes, by the way, U2 and Madonna, Michael Jackson and all that pop stuff. From 1988 until today, give me ten or one iconic superstar that’s gonna stand the test of time.
Because they recorded two records. Okay. So maybe I’ll give you Nirvana. So that’s one.
Can’t think of another.
How about that.
But I was unprepared for this test.
But nobody is. Because they’ll go, “Oh, one of the pop girls,” but they’re terrific. I love Brittany Spears and Rihanna. They’re all terrific. Stand the test of time? I say no. Iconic? Not a chance. On the-- on par with Beatles, Elvis, Motown, all that stuff? No. And that’s because there used to be a process and structure is everything. If there’s a structure, it’s logic and then it’s competition just like Mother Nature. And who decides who reaches the top? The people. Of the people, for the people, by the people--
So when they were buying records, buying albums.
The people voted--
--with their dollar. That’s right.
Well, as I understand it, you’re basically saying that not just rock and roll, but the music business, and in many ways, the entertainment business has been murdered? Is that too strong a word?
Oh, it’s been murdered all right. Not by-- not by outside forces, foreign powers. We killed rock and roll.
That’s an interesting take on things.