The new robust streaming service has allowed me to watch football on TV. True: I have the game on with no sound and continue my reading using iPods and an alternate digital device. True: my reading has slipped a little. But it only took a couple of weeks before I remembered why I gave up watching football and discovered a few new reasons to hate it.Continue reading “Ban Football!”
Throwing the Long Bomb In the End Zone
Gary bounced from college to college, from the Ivy League to relative obscurity in West Texas. He could always find a new school because he played football and he was good at his game. But Gary also loved to study mass destruction, warfare, and the slaughter of innocents.
Don DeLillo’s early novel, End Zone, somewhat heavy-handedly makes the metaphorical connection between the controlled violence of football and the blood and bone violence of modern warfare, especially as being established in Indo-China (although mentioned only once). Is it a read-out of the playbook or the details of a thermo-nuclear attack plan? Is it the play-by-play of the football game or is it a scenario of the escalating destruction of a winless war of destruction?
Right-Wing Machismo: Fake or Myth?
Here is the transcript of a spot-on observation by Bill Maher from his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher (if you are an HBO subscriber, you can see the video). The original posting is at the Daily Kos.Continue reading “Right-Wing Machismo: Fake or Myth?”