Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Friday, March 28, 2003  

High Standards Department: "We can live by a higher standard. Indeed we must because, well, we are the good guys. And what makes the good guys good is being better than the bad guys. If that sounds too simplistic to you, all I can say is: shame on you." -- Jonah Goldberg

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:23 AM

Just Taking Up Space Department: For you web loggers and online journalers, the Brunching Shuttlecocks offers a tool to help you through those occassional dry spells, The Apathetic Online Journal Entry Generator

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:24 AM

Wednesday, March 26, 2003  

Booray For Hollywood! Department: From Rod Dreher, in the Corner:

Jay Leno had a good crack tonight about Hollywood's standards. To get the joke, you have to know that Roman Polanski, who won the Oscar the other night for Best Director, couldn't be there to accept it because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Anyway, Leno remarked that he was driving around listening to an L.A. talk radio host going on about how weird it was that Mel Gibson is building his own Catholic parish. The deejay said that Mel must have lost his mind.

"Don’t you love this town?" said Leno. "You drug an underage girl, you rape her, you flee the country, you get an Oscar. But you build a church, and it’s 'What are you, nuts?!?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:28 AM

Tuesday, March 25, 2003  

And Now For Something Completely Different Department: Ladies and Gentlemen, . . . well, I suspect the ladies might not be as interested in this, but I'll include them in the interests of diversity and all that . . . I give you . . .

The world's first Jet-Powered Beer Cooler.

Leave it to a Kiwi to come up with a way of cooling beer that puts out more than 125 dBA.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 3:54 PM

Monday, March 24, 2003  

Big Fat Goose-Egg Department: Somebody came here looking for "the good things about abortions." As a public service, here they are, The Good Things About Abortions:

1. Nothing.
2. Nada.
3. Zilch.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:32 PM

Passion vs. Moral Authority Department: James Lileks has some observations about how some people (BBC reporters, in this case) manage to confuse passion with moral authority.

It’s one of the interminable resonances of the class of ‘68, an echo that pings forever around their dusty skulls: passion and conviction are the hallmarks of the anti-establishment conscience, its most potent source of moral authority. Nevermind the specifics; never mind that a fellow might passionately, sincerely believe that Bush gets transfusions from cloned Jewish patriarchs from the 7th century. If it’s not true in the literal sense, his passion surely demonstrates how the idea is a metaphorical certainty for millions. And therefore we should do whatever we can to accommodate this view. (Don’t piss them off! Draft an amendment to the UN cloning guidelines that specifically prohibits cloning rabbis.)

This only works in one direction, however.
For so many, it's all about how it feels, thus you get lyrics that blubber "It can't be wrong when it feels so right," and movie heros who advise "Trust your feelings, Luke." They forget, or else they never were told that "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure."

P.S. In Lilek's aforementioned Bleat, he mentions a lovely portmanteau word coined inadvertently by a BBC reporter who was talking about the Oscars:
Two words must have appeared in her brain simultaneously: frivolity and privileged.

And so she said of the actors who declined to appear:

?They fear the ceremony will appear friviledge.?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:01 AM
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