So… *cough* How’s it going? Good?
Yeah, it’s October now. And what happened to September? Four words: Sims Social on Facebook.
I am so ashamed. But damn hell, that’s an addictive game. And for those of you who pay close attention, you might remember that I used to be a big Sims player (back during the “Sims 1″ days… I can’t abide the later incarnations). And now there’s a Facebook app/game and omg, I cannot stop playing it. HALP.
It’s a lame excuse, I know. BUT, you’ll be happy to hear that I still have had opinions during the last month. And a few of them I might actually remember. And I feel ready to share them here. You know, instead of NOT posting and going back to Facebook for another round of training up my cooking skill.
Okay, let’s talk about Lady Gaga’s latest single, “You and I”. It’s a great song. I’ve loved it ever since I got the album back when it was released. Very catchy. HOWEVER, for some ungodly reason, radio stations have “local” edits of the song that replace the quintessential “Nebraska” in the song with some other location name. Usually a location near the radio station for obvious reasons. Both the stations I listen to here in Reno have chosen to play local edits. One, inexplicably, is playing the Denver edit. Which… huh? Not even remotely close to Reno. Not to mention Denver is TWO syllables and to properly replace Nebraska in the song, there should be THREE syllables.
The OTHER station, the one I like to listen to the most (except in the mornings, because in the mornings the first station has Kidd Kraddick and I love that show), has an even WORSE edit. Oh, it’s more local alright. It’s the Nevada edit. This wouldn’t be a problem if someone had schooled Lady Gaga on the proper pronunciation of Nevada. No, instead she sings, “Ne-vah-dah” which is VERY VERY WRONG. You’ve heard me talk about this before. Just because I can’t find the exact post doesn’t mean anything. Talk to anyone who lives in this godforsaken state. Mispronouncing it is like nails on chalkboard. It’s “Nev-aah-dah”! Dangit! So now imagine hearing it mispronounced IN SONG on the radio just about every hour on the hour. Especially the bit where she goes, “Nev-vah-dah, Ne-vah-da, Ne-vah-da, I LOVE YOU!” It seriously comes THIS close to inciting me to violence. MAKE IT STOP.
The whole bit with Hank Williams Jr. comparing Obama to Hitler seriously made my eyes roll so hard I gave myself a headache. For one thing: not at all surprised. In this era of Fox (Faux) News, soundbites and competitive politics, people glom onto any boneheaded notion as long as it makes them feel better about their own choices.
But my major issue here is the blatant IGNORANCE (which, sadly, also not surprising) being displayed here. Maybe Hank Williams Jr. and a lot of his likeminded conservative friends didn’t pay too close of attention to History and Social Studies in school. This is when anyone who wants to appear as educated would try to find out the differences between Facism, Socialism and yes, Communism. Yes, there are small similarities. Communism is like Socialism gone crazy. Facism is just plain crazy. To bring it back to Hitler, his Nazi party while claiming to be Socialist and perhaps starting from a place of interest for the common good, obviously morphed into something much larger and uglier than that. Initially anti-big business, the Nazi party became very invested in business and business in it. The lower class found nothing for them in the Nazi party, as it spoke more to the middle and upper classes. Most scholars agree that the Nazi party was on the extreme right of political spectrum. That’s conservative, yo. Just like communism is on the extreme left of the political spectrum. Extremes? Are not a good idea. I don’t care what side of the spectrum they’re on. Also worth noting: the Nazi party was decidedly anti-Marxist and had no tolerance for Communism. It was the Reds, after all, that invaded Berlin and precipitated Hitler’s suicide.
So you can see, why claiming a left-leaning politician such as Obama is in any way like Hitler is pretty laughable. After all, can you imagine Hitler championing universal health care for the people? I don’t think so. He was too busy trying to figure out sneaky ways to exterminate the Jews.
Check this out: http://ask.yahoo.com/20050920.html and this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism and this: http://www.miller-mccune.com/politics/nazis-and-health-care-3483/ and then make up your OWN mind.
Wow, I got heavy on you there for a minute didn’t I? Sorry, just another one of my pet peeves. Let’s lighten this up a little bit, shall we? Let’s talk TV.
Recently, Netflix has finally gotten their head out of their rear section and put Breaking Bad up on instant streaming. I’ve been wanting to give this show a try for a long time now but I (wisely) figured I shouldn’t just hop in mid-stream. So Kile and I started it up one night. And OH DEAR LORD, we cannot stop watching it. We are almost loathe to watch anything else right now.
We just finished the second season tonight (I think we started watching late last week? We’ve been rather obsessed) and I’m already nervous about what we’ll do when the third season is over. Because that’s as far as the Netflix shows go. I guess season 4 is showing now? Actually, I think the season finale is on this Sunday. This doesn’t help me a whole bunch unless maybe Hulu Plus or something has the other season 4 episodes.
See? OBSESSED. This show is so good. Sure, it’s about meth and all that but its also so much more than that. The characters? Are incredible. It’s horrifying and fascinating and funny and touching and just simply awesome. Why haven’t we been watching this all along? Actually, no. If we had been watching this all along, we would have had to wait days, weeks and sometimes months in between episodes. That would have sucked in a royal way.
If you haven’t watched the show and you have Netflix streaming do yourself a favor and go check it out. You can thank me later after you’ve watched about 20 episodes.
Okay, I’m about ready to wrap this thing up. I just wanted to share that I’m so excited. We’re having our first cold “storm” of the season and it has me all kinds of psyched for winter. I’m so ready for it this year. Shoot, you all know I’m ready for it every year. But stepping outside today and feeling the COLD in the air… that was simply fantastic. And I’m so ready for a lot more of that.
Adios, Summer. Don’t let the door hit ya.