Thursday, March 15, 2007

KMSU Pledge Drive

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Dylan, the Devil, and the Two Popes

Pope Bennedict XVI has written a book reflecting on his predecessor, John Paul II: My Beloved Predecessor and has written about a 1997 event in which John Paul appeared onstage with Bob Dylan. Apparently Bennedict was not very pleased about this event and attempted to dissuade John Paul from doing it.

This CNN article excerpts his book:
"There was reason to be skeptical -- I was, and in a certain sense I still am -- to doubt if it was really right to let these types of prophets intervene," Benedict writes, only mentioning Dylan among the stars who appeared.

Bennedict's comments should not come as much of a surprise. His election to the position of Pope could end up to be the biggest disaster for the Catholic Church since the platform of non-involvement during the Holocaust. Bennedict wants to turn back the clock fifty years and return the Church to pre-Vatican II days.

From The Times online:
Pope Benedict has said that rock music is the work of Satan and last year he cancelled the fundraising Christmas pop concert at the Vatican, which under John Paul II had run for 13 years. He may have been wary of a repeat of the 2003 concert, when Lauryn Hill called on Church leaders to “repent” over sexual abuse by clergy, or 2005, when Daniela Mercury, the Brazilian singer, was dropped from the show in case she promoted the use of condoms to prevent Aids.

These kinds of platforms are simply going to make the church more irrelevant than it already is and only speed up the inevitable destruction of Catholicism and Christianity.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Another One for Women's History Month

Since March is Women's History Month, and having just posted a blog on Paris Hilton, here is some news on another woman doing her best to set feminism back 100 years: Ann Coulter.

Below is a clip of Coulter speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, making reference to Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards.

Something that is remarkable, when you think about it, is that Coulter and Hilton are actually quite the same. Both came to the public's attention because of their physical beauty, not by any actual accomplishment, and they have stayed there based on periodically saying and doing outrageous things. Although both have produced books, CDs, and other media, it has been their public activities such as using the word "faggot" or flashing their genitals that have kept them in the public eye. Neither one of these women have really added anything to the culture and each keeps its press hounds, be it paparazzi or Fox News, baited with the occasional quote or flash. Both have earned harsh critics but the public apparently eats up what they say and do, although I am curious what a Coulter-blackout might reveal. Although most people would associate Hilton with mindlessness, Coulter's rants are just as vapid as Hilton's feuds with other female celebrities, her books are as superficial as Hilton's music release, and her attempts to stay in the public eye are looking just as desperate and pathetic.

Here is a response to Coulter from musician Henry Rollins:

Saturday, March 03, 2007

A Week Without Paris is Like a Week Without Gonorrhea

MSNBC is reporting a very interesting experiment by the Associated Press. They attempted a week long black out of news about Paris Hilton. As it turned out, no one cared. No one even really noticed.

For better or worse, the public is largely an open receptacle for news outlets. They will consume what is placed in front of them, regardless of what it is and take most it at face value. It is the responsibility of the news outlets to navigate through the occurrences of the day and identify what is in the public's interest and what is just filler. Unfortunately, a lot of time and space that could have been spent on more interesting and more important news items has been dedicated to to socialites and entertainers who spend more time in rehab than they do producing the work that they are suppose to be famous for in the first place.

Now let's go for a two week long Hilton black out, then a six week black out, then a two month black out, and work our way up until the only time we have to hear, read, or see anything about Hilton is when she puts out another sex tape.