Friday, February 26, 2016

Just another reminder of how far down the rabbit hole we have fallen.

Courtesy of US Uncut:

Idiocracy has been a long-cherished sci-fi satire in cult circles, telling the tale of two people who wake up from a cryogenic sleep to find that the country has become a wasteland of anti-intellectualism. 

Now, ten years later, the co-writer of the cult comedy classic, Etan Cohen, thinks that the movie is satire no longer, marveling that his movie has gone from fiction to non-fiction. On Twitter today, Cohen used his movie to perfectly sum up our current political climate. 
 Speaking with The Hill, he quipped that “I thought the worst thing that would come was everyone wearing Crocs.” Cohen’s jokes come from a place of disenchanted exhaustion. Many voters are sharing in this exhaustion during an election season where a reality show host who gloated recently “I love the poorly educated!” is a frontrunner for President of the United States of America.

I have only watched this movie once because I thought it was a little too stupid, and unbelievable. But now I'm actually afraid to watch and see how accurately it reflects our current reality.

I swear the next person who says "Americans are smart" in my vicinity is going to get punched in the nose.


  1. Anonymous4:10 AM

    idocracy, the movie intro...enjoy!


  2. What would be different if Trump were not in the race? All I've heard from the GOP for a couple of decades is fear, love of the rich, love of guns, distrust of foreigners, and contempt for the poor. Fueled by the likes of Limbaugh et. al, we have reached the point we've been moving toward for a long time.

    1. Anonymous5:28 AM

      I thought we'd hit rock bottom with Dubya.
      Was I ever wrong.

  3. Anonymous4:41 AM

    I have been thinking about this film since Sarah in 2008 because I had just watched it with my sons. I'm going to watch the entire thing again. I watched clips online yesterday after I saw the tweet on Huffpo. I immediately thought of Trump as president after I watched the state of the union speech clip. His fans at his rallies are just like the congress in the clip.

  4. Anonymous5:05 AM

    o/t, sort of -- Gryphen, just a heads up: the NY Times has an opinion piece about women in politics and the double standard of appearance, with a headline: "Sarah Palin's Mustache."

    1. Anonymous9:11 AM

  5. Anonymous5:13 AM

    I know you are joking but with the current rethuglican front runner routinely using that type of talk, you might want to reconsider.

    Thank you for listening to clown kids again last night and everything else you do.


  6. Anonymous5:46 AM

    Gryphen, where is your sense of decency?

    There have been two mass shootings - exceptional American-style! - in the last two days. This in no time for introspective commentary about the human condition or even questions about why we - and by 'we' I mean douchebag conservatives - put gun ownership rights above all other rights in this country!

    Please, please, please, I begs you, for the sake of the children, stop blogging and start praying! According to top firearms industry lobbyists in Washington and across this great country, the victims and their families desperately need your prayers, no matter how pointless and meaningless they are.

    Thank you.

    1. Anonymous6:10 AM

      Wait a minute, what do you mean prayer is "pointless and useless"?? So when Tebow is praying' hard for a team win, it's pointless??

      Well, I suppose if you're right, it would explain all those millions of people starving, dying or having some terrible tragedy in their lives whose prayers don't seem to be answered. Or maybe he is just too busy helping lottery winners and sports teams.

      I think we're on our own, get involved and vote!


    2. I asked a Jesuit priest if he believed in the efficacy of prayer. He was drinking coffee at the time and laughed so hard he spewed coffee all over me.

      Pray if you must, "I begs you" (5:46), but don't expect rational people to do so. There is nobody "up there". Or, is your post a satire?
      Suspect it is, on re-reading it. Good one!

  7. Anonymous6:23 AM

    Okay. Donald.👿

  8. Anonymous6:34 AM

    Truly terrifying.
    The movie was very funny once. Not anymore. It is truly terrifying to me.

  9. Anonymous6:37 AM

    Speaking of rabbit holes, here's tortured proof that The Screechy Wretch(tm) will be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016 as the ultimate compromise candidate arising from an irretrievably deadlocked convention.

    If this braniac-bespectacled chucklehead can envision the resurrection of his comically horrible failed proto-candidacy, it's obvious that God is opening all kinds of doors, windows, and septic tank portals for conservative politicians, great and small. But mostly small.


  10. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Oh come on it is a great movie and it's coming true before our eyes.

  11. Anonymous8:44 AM

    OH YES! FUNNY "BATSHIT">“my-party-has-gone-batshit-crazy

  12. Anonymous8:57 AM

    The details are just WOW.

  13. Anonymous9:06 AM

    I haven't seen this movie, but I am reminded of an issue of Mad Magazine in the early '60s, predicting that in time Americans would become obese people with tiny useless legs and overdeveloped thumbs from using the TV remote. They needed little carts to get from room to room.

  14. Anonymous10:40 AM

    Can someone please tell me when exactly does the Republican Party have to finally take responsibility for unleashing these lunatics on the American people? I mean they gave us Sarah Palin and now this? After years of pandering to uneducated, racist, gun-loving, women hating, born again and again and again asshats, the Republican Party is finally reaping their reward – Donald Trump. And they don’t seem very happy with their harvest.

    I saw an interview with a gay, black Republican congressman from Georgia who is supporting Rubio. I think that makes him a unicorn. But anyway… The reporter pointed out that Rubio doesn’t recognize the congressman’s relationship with his same-sex partner. The congressman responded by saying that was ok because neither did his mother. Now if that ain’t the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Well it was, at least until I watched that debate.

    Watching the debate I actually found myself agreeing with Donald on a few things. Rubio is a fool and Cruz is a liar. The problem is… Donald Trump is an asshole. And that was the Republican debate in a nutshell – an asshole standing between a fool and a liar.

    And then there was crazy. I’m speaking, of course, about Ben Carson. Seriously now. What does picking a Supreme Court Justice have to do with fruit salad? He hardly has a thing to say all night, poor dear, and then ends with some bit about his healing hands. Good Lord, he spent most of the night with his hands in his pockets doing God only knows what. Why is he even there? Oh that’s right. So the Republican Party can pretend it’s the party of diversity.

    And then there was Kasich. Bless his heart.

    Anyway, back to the fool, the liar and the asshole. That is the best and the brightest in the Republican Party? Trump, Rubio and Cruz? If this group of idiots actually had an intelligent thought among them, it would die of loneliness. Maybe if we allow open carry at the next debate, they’ll all accidentally shoot one another and put us out of our misery. These fools couldn’t empty piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

    People, you get what you vote for and if you vote Republican that is what you get. A fool. A liar. An asshole. Or that guy who was off camera most of the night asking politly to be attacked… Because that is the most any black man could ask for from the Republican Party.

    And then there was Kasich. Bless his heart.

    If you think I’m just being mean. So be it. But if you don’t believe me about Rubio being a fool, research his connections to the Koch brothers. And if you don’t think Ted Cruz is a liar, research his Senate involvement with immigration reform. And if you don’t think Trump is an asshole, read any book he’s ever written.

    Listen. I think the right choice is Hillary. Some of you think it’s Bernie. Can we all at least agree that when the time comes we’ll get ourselves, our family members and our friends off our asses and out to the polls to vote for the Democratic nominee regardless of who it is? Because there are three words in the English language that we can never, ever allow to be spoken: President Donald Trump. I mean it. Really.

  15. Anonymous4:05 PM

    It's got electrolytes!

    At what point does the parody start parodying itself?

  16. Anonymous7:57 AM

    It is time for Americans to hold media, Hollywood, apple and all the likes accountable for the destruction of human civility, hate and the hateful disconnected society that they created to make a buck off of a bright eyed kid and their stupid parents.


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