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I've Finally Started Watching 'Girls'...

Feb 9, 2013 12:44 PM PT

About a year ago I work/watched Lena Dunham's debut film "Tiny Furniture" when someone else streamed it from my TV. Wasn't too impressed, so I was pretty ambivalent about her HBO series "Girls." Then came her Obama campaign ad, which meant that every conservative on Twitter instantly became an expert on Dunham's looks, her moral character, the ins and outs of her sex life, etc.

The contrarian in me hates that—the herd bullying, the kneejerk hate of someone you've never met or studied in any meaningful way just so you can fit in with people you like. So I figured I'd eventually watch the show, just to see whether she was actually a hateful partisan like a young, hipster Sam Mendes, depicting a nihilistic, depraved reality to stick it to all the people she hates.

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License to Kill

Feb 9, 2013 11:44 AM PT

I'm quite certain that the media is just working on its strong condemnation of a "toxic atmosphere" in which murder is celebrated and deranged persons celebrate "Second Amendment Solutions" and also toxic talking heads on extremist partisan news networks who suggest that we have to take the concerns of serial killers seriously and thereby send the message that if you want your political beliefs to triumph you should probably shoot 3-6 people to death.

 

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The Making of another Martyr or Mumia

Feb 9, 2013 9:52 AM PT

In response to The Black Community's Dichotomy on Gun Violence:

What's particularly concerning is guys like Ab-Soul start to gin up this following for Dorner, so if Dorner is killed by police in a shootout situation, every black activist will be out there saying the police used excessive force. The three people he allegedly killed are forgotten by everyone if not become part of some conspiracy theory. If Dorner goes to jail, he gets the Tookie Williams or Mumia Abu Jamal treatment from the black community. 

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Hip-Hop Artist to L.A. Shooting Suspect: 'This Was A Necessary Evil...God Bless You Sir'

Feb 8, 2013 8:45 PM PT

Ab-Soul, a California Interscope Records Hip Hop artist, made remarks on his Instagram page Friday night expressing his support for Christopher Dorner —  a former Navy reservist who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008. Dorner  is now suspected of fatally shooting three people and injuring two others in an act of revenge. :

As the manhunt continued as far north as the San Bernardino Mountains, late Thursday, Interscope Records rapper Ab-Soul posted a photo defending the fugitive on his Instagram page, quoting Dorner’s 11,400-word manifesto, in which he outlines plans to kill law enforcement officers and their family members.

“This was a necessary evil,” Ab-Soul posted, quoting Dorner’s manifesto, and adding his own comment: “God Bless You Sir.”

So far, the post has received more than 3,200 likes and 500 comments, many supporting the statements.

One commenter calling themselves Popsapien referred to Dorner as “The BLACK RAMBO” and another, Gnodiaz replied: “Everyone else [is] misinformed idiots. He killed officers as a statement because the system he worked in was corrupt and they discharged him [from] attempting to reveal how corrupt it was.”

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The Greatest Car Dealership Website Ever. EVER.

Feb 8, 2013 2:16 PM PT

There... there are no words. (UPDATE: Click with caution if you are prone to epilepsy.)

As seen on TV—it's got gifs! It's got music! Cats wearing military helmets! A no-horse-meat guarantee! A .com domain for a UK business! A mosaic of the owner's face composed of images of happy customers! Repurposed political cartoons and promotional stills from Titanic! "Play stupid game!" Take a very difficult quiz!

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Occupy Green Arrow

Feb 8, 2013 1:50 PM PT

The CW network has a show called "Arrow" that is meant to be the grim, gritty, relatively "realistic" version of long-running DC Comics superhero Green Arrow.  Nobody calls the new guy "Green Arrow," even though he does indeed dress in green.  Actually, no character in the show ever calls him "Arrow," either.  He's known throughout his fictional city as "The Hood," because he wears a hood.  Kudos to the screenwriters for that bit of realism; that's exactly the moniker he'd end up saddled with in the real world.  But this must be measured against the unrealism of his sparse costume somehow concealing his identity, even from people who know him intimately.  (What's the least realistic thing about Superman: his amazing powers, or his magic disguise eyeglasses?)

It's generally fun to watch.  There is some great action choreography - the stunt guys put a good deal of effort into making it seem plausible that a guy with a bow and arrow could take on armies of gun thugs.  The lead actor apparently has a clause in his contract requiring him to work out shirtless at least once per episode, while unattractive women have evidently been banned from the city by municipal order.  The guy who used to play Harry Dresden in "The Dresden Files" is in it, which makes me nostalgic for "The Dresden Files."

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