Wednesday, July 30, 2008

are references to nascar dads racist?

plot summary from imdb about the new flick Swing Voter.

"Kevin Costner stars as Bud Johnson, an apathetic, beer slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, except for the one bright spot in his mundane existence, his precocious, over achieving twelve-year old daughter, Molly. She takes care of them both, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the presidential election coming down to one vote, her dads.

Suddenly, Bud Johnson, the nobody, becomes the voice for everybody when the world realizes that his vote will be the one that elects the next president. Politicians invade the small town of Texico, New Mexico and its unwitting inhabitants, waging war for Bud's vote."

other than the fact that the bud johnson s of the usa did decide the election, is this movie about a nascar dad racist???

if so how?

lovable loser??

Monday, July 14, 2008

The New Yorker: racist?

Following up on Ms. AB's racist campaign coffee, I present the recent brouhaha over the cover of The New Yorker depicting the Obamas as a Muslim and an armed radical, respectively:



Now, the Obama campaign has denounced the cover as offensive and racist, but it seems pretty clear to me that The New Yorker is satirizing the way Obama opponents misrepresent Barack and Michelle—what's being attacked is the absurdity of American fears of a black president. Am I wrong? Is that too much critical thought to expect from the average American magazine-reader?

Thanks to Drs. Brock and Tucker, who each alerted me to the scandal.

Friday, July 11, 2008

racist coffee?

these two political blends are both available at my local farmer's market.