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  • fuwalda says:

    This guy’s funny. Why did he rent a George Cloony movie if he obviously hates him?

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Yeah, I often wonder about people who rent movies they know they’re going to hate. What’s the point? Is it really worth it just to have some material for a scathing user review on the IMDb?

  • fuwalda says:

    I mean, I’ve never seen that movie because it didn’t interest me. I didn’t avoid it because of politics or any animosity toward Clooney, who I generally like and whose political beliefs I probably share. I just didn’t think it looked like an entertaining movie. So I can’t understand why somebody who already hates Clooney and who disagrees with him politically would actively see this movie and then complain about it afterward. Oh wait, I guess that’s why he saw it.

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Political films and propaganda

Okay, another completely absurd review from the Internet Movie Database with regards to The Ides of March. I’m sharing this one not only because it’s barely literate and nonsensical, but also because I think that in a weird way, it kind of explains why Ides was a pretty good film.

Political trash and half baked propaganda, 31 March 2012

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  • fuwalda says:

    As somebody who was laid off twice, this is an issue close to my heart, and I sympathize with anybody who finds his or her self in that situation. Speaking from personal experience, the period where I feared that I might lose my job was the absolute worst of losing my job. At least after I got laid off I had some sense of closure, and the hope of a new beginning.

    This situation is especially disheartening because you work in a field that is culturally importantly, and vital to our society. Good luck, bro.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Thanks. Not sure why I decided to rant on that. I mean, I think my job is safe for the time being, as I’m doing a lot here right now. It’s just strange to see this “Fuck educators!” sentiment around the country right now. Are people really so selfish that they’d see the state’s higher education system hobbled for a generation rather than, say, increase the taxes on businesses by 1%?

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Politics Are Stupid

If I can get political for a second, it seems every week there’s fresh news about how the system of higher education in Nevada is being rapidly dismantled and, essentially, going down the shitter. Since I work within the system of higher education in Nevada, I am–as you might understand–concerned for my personal welfare. At the moment, I feel extremely lucky to have a job, though I don’t feel confident that I’ll have one here a year from now, and let me tell you, that’s a pretty crappy place to be.

Congratulations, Republicans. You’ve managed to put educators and educational support staff into the same crap-filled boat as the rest of the country. Mission accomplished, I guess. You really nailed us, and I guess none of your kids plan on attending state school, so you can enjoy your victory.

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  • fuwalda says:

    This was an epic blog post.

    And that movie just seemed dumb to me. Too high concept. And a concept that makes no sense at that. But I’m sure Gervais was funny. He always is.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    heh. Well, lately I’ve got the patience for about one post a week, so I’ve got to get everything out at once.

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Tax Cuts, Ricky Gervais, and DCU Online

Nevada is in bad shape economically–as is most of the nation, but Nevada is as bad if not worse than anywhere. A couple of years ago, all untenured employees at the university where I work were asked to take a pay cut for the next two years. The understanding is that, hopefully, in fiscal year 2011 our salaries will bounce back to their original figures (though God only knows, really).

Because of the dire economic conditions, we all took one for the team–I mean, what can you do? That said, if my salary returns to where it should be next July, I’d be insulted as hell if the administration attempted to make it out to be a raise, wouldn’t you?

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  • lily says:

    Yeah, the ad is ridiculous. I don’t think it deserves any more explanation. Politics is disgusting.

  • fuwalda says:

    I’m curious about the casting process for this commercial. Did all of these Asian actors really come in to play an evil Chinese guy who is supposed to symbolize everything that is wrong with both our society and China in general?

    Work’s work, I guess. It says a lot about America that our xenophobic propaganda is produced by the free market instead of by the government, like in, say, China.

    Anyway, I think this guy seems like a cool professor.

  • Anna says:

    i liked his evil laugh at the end.

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Is it just me?

After sitting through an entire voting season of advertisements for Sharron Angle that literally demonized all illegal immigrants in an attempt to smear Harry Reid as soft (“an illegal immigrant’s best friend”) on these devious Mexicans who are ostensibly attempting to undermine our country one border crossing at a time (by the way, Nevada doesn’t even share a border with Mexico, but let’s not go there), I thought I had absorbed as much fear mongering as I possibly could this fall. Then I saw this advertisement run on CNN this morning.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I was all impressed with your post’s title, until I watched that Daily Show clip and realized you stole it from them. Heh.

    And, yeah, this wasn’t a great piece. It seemed to lack bite and focus. And, all things considered, Obama’s comment was absolutely nothing. It wasn’t the least bit of a retraction to my ears.

    And, yeah, they should build their little building wherever they buy or rent land, so long as they follow whatever zoning laws dictate where that particular kind of real estate property can be erected. I find it hard to get worked up over a real estate deal, which is all this is. Call me over when they actually start construction and bring in the bulldozers and stuff, if only because bulldozers are cool.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    heh. I didn’t mean to try to take credit for that title. The problem is that I can’t embed Comedy Central clips in the blog, so you’ve got to follow the link to discover that ripped it off.

    Yeah, this is just the thing–if you’re the sort of person who would get all worked up about this, you’re probably not voting for somebody like Harry Reid anyway.

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Mosque-Erade

Harry ReidI feel somewhat compelled to mention this, since I live in Nevada now and Harry Reid recently remarked (sort of) about this mosque that’s slated to be erected in the vicinity of Ground Zero in New York City. His statement was fairly mild, but it feels like a bit of needless politicking, regardless. Give your supporters a little more credit for not being so easily whipped up into emotional hysteria over an issue for which the precedent is clearly spelled out in the United States Constitution.

I like you, Harry, and even if you weren’t running against the maniacal Sharron Angle, I’d still vote for you. But this ain’t your business.

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Born in the U.S.A.

This is political and probably has no place on this blog.

On tonight’s “Daily Show”, Jon Stewart took on the alleged movement to eliminate or modify jus soli in the United States.

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