A couple of weeks ago, I went to Blockbuster to rent a Wii game. I’m a Netflix guy (and getting more addicted to their instant movie collection – PARALLAX VIEW!) but Netflix doesn’t rent video games. More’s the pity. In the days of Gamecube, it was almost impossible to find a decent game IN STOCK let alone actually sitting on the shelf to rent. Now many copies of the pre-Wii Zelda did they stock? One. Nintendo is now kick serious ass which is borne out by their shelf space…AND the fact that they’ve got four copies of Smash Bros. AND that one of them was available. This is unheard of. Completely unprecedented. So, in just a few minutes I’m going to glory in favor of the Wii gods and have a Larry-free night.
One thing, though. If you get a chance, check out Monday Countdown on MSNBC. It has Olbermann’s first Special Comment (“The Specialest Comment” as the caption said). Edward R. Murrow has always been a hero of mine. When Murrow decided to expose the lies and hypocrisy of McCarthy a drunken, a-moral scumbag who robbed Americans of the livelihood and, in some cases, lives simply because for his own sad power grab, he risked everything and CBS backed him up despite the real possibility of the destruction of the network. It’s overblown to see an insignificant little pool of piss like Larry Sinclair as McCarthy but the paradigm is similar. Sinclair, too, believes (possibly honestly, but I doubt it) that he has America’s best interests at heart. Sinclair, too, claims to have evidence which he never lets anyone see. Sinclair, too, wants to destroy reputations of the honest and the innocent. The main difference, of course, is that McCarthy had actual power. In the age of the internet and the power of lies you don’t need power. You only need a computer and a dozen or so hard-core adherents born from the splatter of your diabetic shit.
Am I just as grandiose as Sinclair is in my battle to stuff him back into the outhouse he sprung from? Does he matter? Am I taking this too seriously? I don’t know. I do know that when I heard the words of Murrow tonight I almost wept because they are the words that we, as Americans should have our children recite every day – not some mindless, meaningless Pledge of Allegiance.
We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men— not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.
This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
I’ll say it again – Sinclair does not care about America. If he did, he would have defended it by now instead of whispering like a coward and manipulating the feeble minded. So, once more, fuck you and the evil and disgrace that you bring upon yourself, Mr. Sinclair. I do not wish violence upon you. My wish for you is that when the time comes for your death, that not one person deigns to lower themselves to come to your funeral. I hope that you die alone.
Ok. That’s done.
Now, if I stay up too late it’ll be cause Smash Bros. is the best game ever engineered.