Britney Spears vs. A Platoon of Lesbians: The New Face of National Security?

The Bush administration believes we have a new weapon to fight terrorism–Britney Spears music. Robert R. Reilly, former director of the Voice of America thinks that broadcasting ideas would be more effective:

Some, of course, suspect that the United States is consciously attempting to subvert the morals of Arab youth. Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes told columnist Cal Thomas in December that our “view of freedom is sometimes seen as licentiousness. . . . And that is only exacerbated by the movies and the television and some of the music and the lyrics that they see exported from America.” Especially, Hughes might have added, since the BBG, on which she sits as an ex officio member, promotes this very image.

Becoming a caricature of ourselves is bad policy and bad public diplomacy. The job of U.S. international broadcasting is to present, before we are attacked, what much of the world saw only after Sept. 11 — the sacrifice, bravery and piety of the American people — as part of a complete picture. By presenting this aspect of our culture, we might even prevent the miscalculations of those who believe they should attack the United States or can do so with impunity because we are a weak, irreligious, morally corrupt country.

We need radio broadcasting in the “war of ideas,” but it has to deal in ideas to be effective. The “MTV message” is something that commercial broadcasting can do and would do better than government-funded radio. Government broadcasting is needed when the United States must communicate a message to a key audience that that audience otherwise would not hear.

Music may have a role in this kind of broadcast mission, but only if it is part of a larger, idea-based strategy. Where are the ideas that will help us win this war, and why are they not being deployed by all available means to the places that most need to hear them? Isn’t it time to change our tune?

Apparently we must be open to new ways to fight, including use of Britney Spears, in case the enemy develops new tactics, such as a platoon of lesbians:

Yesterday, during hearings on the State Department’s 2008 budget, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) slammed the U.S. military’s ban on gay servicemembers, saying the Pentagon “seems more afraid of gay people than they are [of] terrorists,” and that if the terrorists were smart, “they’d get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad.”

Who will be the first candidate to challenge the Republicans on the lesbian gap faced by the US military?

Quote of the Day: “Thank God For Victoria’s Secrets’ New Underwear Line”

Anyway, thank God for Victoria’s Secrets’ new underwear line!”

Britney Spears, who has been photographed several times recently revealing that she was not wearing any underwear. Britney Spears topped Yahoo’s list for most searched person for the fifth time in the last six years.

Bush Twins Asked to Leave Argentina Following Drunk and Nude Antics

After days of stories of drunk partying coming out of Argentina, including allegations that the Bush twins have been running nude in the halls of their hotel, US embassy officials have “strongly suggested” that they leave the country.

Obviously the twins will fit in much better back in the United States, where the top news is that Britney Spears is now upstaging Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in flashing her private parts without panties, along with showing a need for increased support above the waist. From various reports, Paris sounds jealous, and Lindsay was mad enough to hit Paris.

With fun like that awaiting them at home, I’m surprised the Bush twins aren’t rushing back, at least to make sure that their nude Argentina videos make the internet before the rumored Jessica Simpson sex tapes make it on line.

Whenever you question how it is that the American voters reelected George Bush in 2004 despite all the evidence of his failures, keep in mind that this post, and not all that political stuff you read, is all the average American voter is really thinking about.

Exit Polls and the Britney Factor

It’s the first time after 5:00, when the keepers of the exit polls were to be set free, that I’ve had a chance to check on line. Not surprisingly there are rumored reports of the exit polls everywhere. Different sites are offering contradictory reports, which doesn’t matter much since they aren’t all that accurate any ways in close races. All reports from liberal blogs with results show enough wins to take the Senate even if they disagree on the specifics. If I had more time at present I’d check the conservative sites and see if they have the same rumors. Regardless, we should have some real results in a couple of hours. (Update: There’s getting to be more consistency among the unsubstantiated rumors at least. Most sites now spreading rumors that Democrats winning all the key battlegrounds except Ford is narrowly behind. If true, this would give the Democrats the Senate.)

Update: Reportedly exit polls are showing corruption is the number one issue for voters, which wouldn’t be good for Republicans. Of course after 2004 the number one issue was moral values until they reexamined and found that it wasn’t. Reportedly Democrats are optimistic and Republicans are fearful, but it doesn’t take exit polls to suggest that.

The only hard news we have so far tonight is that Britney Spears (photo here) is divorcing Kevin Federline and wants the kids. The question is which Britney this is. If this was the Britney who guest starred on Will and Grace (“I’m not who you think I am. My real name is Peg. And I’m a hardcore lesbian. I’m into leather play, butch white girls, skunkin’, pullin’ the blinds, and poodle balling. Whatever you got, I’ll eat it, snort it, or ride it, baby.”) it might suggest a moral backlash favoring the Republicans. However as this is the real Britney, who once said “we should just trust our president in every decision he makes,” I suggest this is a bad omen for Republicans and they will do poorly tonight. Sure it’s meaningless, but so are those rumored exit polls.

While I hope the rumored exit polls are true, the only winner I’m willing to project so far is Kevin Federline. Congratulations, Kevin.

The New Puritanicalism

It seems that everywhere I look this week people are using attacks on sex to replace true political discourse. Earlier this week Pamela Leavey and Ginny Cotts of The Democratic Daily used the fact that I have incluced magazine covers such as the Harper’s Bazaar cover of Britney Spears above in blog posts on popular culture and the media as some sort of “justification” for their defense of Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism and for preventing me from condemning Gibson’s anti-Semitism when I was a writer on that blog. At the time I thought it was a totally irrational and irrelevant argument. Apparently I missed something. Pamela and Ginny have turned out to be trend setters as a new Puritanicalism has become the “in technique” of character assassination being used by Republicans.

One prominent example was George Allen quoting sexually graphic passages from Jim Webb’s novels. These included passages such as this one from Lost Soldiers:

“A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy’s penis in his mouth.”

This book is clearly shocking to Republicans, except to John McCain, who Publishers Weekly reports endorsed the book: “Webb (Fields of Fire) is no stranger to the bestseller lists; endorsements from heavy hitters like Sen. John McCain will help put him there once again.” Hotline reports McCain also had a blurb on the back cover of the book. Presumably this will be the main issue in the 2008 race should McCain enter it.

Maureen Dowd sums up the Virginia race by writing, “So the Old Dominion race now comes down to one guy denying he’s a racist and the other denying he’s a sexist, and the supposed sexist attacking the supposed racist as a sexist.” She notes the change in Republican political strategy:

The Republicans’ usual trick — having Dick Cheney terrify women into thinking that terrorists will kill their children if they vote for girly Democrats — isn’t flying this year, so now the G.O.P. is resorting to more personal, and goofy, attacks.

Republicans have also launched commercials against Harold Ford accusing him of attending “parties with lingerie-clad Playboy Playmates while he also films political ads in a church.” One of the ads ends with a scantily clad woman saying, “Harold, call me!”

Fortunately the Democrats are on top of these attacks. It might have taken the party five years to respond to the false Republican claims of keeping the country safe after 9/11, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is firm in their defense on this one. They sent out the following talking points:

  • In 1981, Vice President Dick Cheney’s wife Lynne wrote a book called Sisters, which featured a lesbian love affair, brothels and attempted rapes. In 1988, Lynne Cheney wrote about a Republican vice president who dies of a heart attack while having sex with his mistress.
  • Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich co-wrote a thriller called 1945, featuring such titillations as biting foreplay, “pouting sex kitten,” “exotic mistress” and “after-bout inhalation.” At one point, the mistress of the president’s chief of staff sits “athwart” her lover’s chest and hisses that he must tell her a secret “or I will make you do terrible things.”
  • In 1996, former Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby wrote The Apprentice, a novel that includes references to bestiality, pedophilia and rape.
  • In 1999, former GOP Governor William Weld said of his book, Big Ugly, “I think of the theme of this book is sex and money meets the great outdoors.” Weld’s thriller included sex, bribery and murder.
  • This week, it was discovered that a Republican statewide candidate in Texas, Susan Combs, wrote a romance novel “full of steamy sex scenes.” The book’s heroine is “a freckle-faced brunette” who is drawn to “the gray-eyed bodyguard” and his “powerful, strong arms,” and desires him to “fill the aching void at her center,” where a “deep heaviness throbbed in her belly.”

Personally I find it a relief to find that those Republicans aren’t all that Puritanical after all. As for America, all I can say is that the Britney Spears cover above is the number one search engine hit on this blog. Make that not just America but the world as this picture regularly receives hits from virtually everywhere, including those countries where women are expected to wear burkas and this type of cover would never be allowed. Review of search engine hits also confirms that America is still trying to figure out what Britney Spears meant by “poodle balling” on her appearance on Will and Grace. Of course such searches receive an exaggerated prominence as they are popular searches for a unique term, while there are hundreds of variations of searches for various political issues, with each individual one having a relatively low percentage of hits.

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that The Democratic Daily repeated their attack with a rather hypocritical post in which any sexual reference in a book by a Democratic politician is acceptable as while any sexual reference or photo in my posts on popular culture, the media, or what drives the blogoshere is somehow not acceptable. You cannot have it both ways, but somehow Pamela believes she is the judge of when it is right and when it is not right to report on matters involving sex.

It is also worth repeating that these attacks from The Democratic Daily remain a warped response to my criticism of their defense of anti-Semitic comments. Pamela Leavey never complained about any of these posts in the past, but suddently she thought that raising these personal attacks on me would distract from the support given to anti-Semitism on her blog. As she has no defense for her actions, she is playing the Republican attack game.

The Award For Best Nipple Slip Goes To. . .

It looks like the NBC censors missed this nipple slip at the Emmys last night, with Mindy Kaling receiving this “award.” How high are those fines if CBS does turn them in? Does it matter that you can’t see a thing without watching in slow motion–as is done (over and over) in the clip linked to above?

Update (Blatant Blog Whoring Department): This post has sure brought in a lot of new readers. I hope you aren’t too disappointed that you have to go to anther site to see the actual nipple slip (which really does not show hardly anything). I hate to have you all leave disappointed. There are far hotter pictures than the nipple slip here. For example, check out this picture of Heidi and Jenna from Survivor, or the nude covers by Britney Spears and Demi Moore (scroll down past Snow White).

Emmy Night

The Emmy Awards are coming up tonight. Even though it was greater during the Sorkin years, I’m rooting for The West Wing to go out with some major awards. Its a shame that the Lauren Graham Rule didn’t do enough. Some deserving shows and individuals are not going to be recognized tonight.

I’ve already reposted some of my old blog posts on Gilmore Girls and several science fiction shows. To get in the mood for the Emmys I’ll add some other old television posts, including The West Wing, 24, and Alias, below the fold.

UPDATE: Alan Alda wins as Arnold Vinick


Americans Know Their Pop Culture

As someone who goes to Walt Disney World virtually every year I see nothing wrong with the fact that 77% of Americans can identify two of Snow White’s dwarfs. I even have many of their autographs. I am bothered, but not surprised, that only 24% could identify two Supreme Court justices. This is one of the results of a Zogby Poll on popular culture released yesterday. Perhaps they are confused by the fact that the last two Supreme Court justices were appointed by Dopey.
Maybe we can understand why 73% could identify the Three Stooges while only 42% could identify the three branches of government considering that the leaders of each branch might be seen as a contemporary version of the Three Stooges. I do not find ths poll surprising considering that one of my posts from The Democratic Daily which received the most hits was on Britney Spears and poodle balling following her appearance on Will and Grace (This is reprinted under the fold, along with the nude Britney Spears magazine cover in an attempt at blatant blog whoring to increase search engine hits). Is George Bush bucking this trend, or putting on an act, by reading Camus?

I am a great believer in cultural literacy, but this should include both true culture as well as pop culture. It appears that I’m in the minority by being more familiar with the Iliad and Odyssey than Homer Simpson. I also differ from the majority in knowing that Mercury is the closest planet to the sun while also knowing that Krypton was the birth place of Superman (along with being familiar with Vulcan, Barsoom, Caprica, Gallifrey, Tralfamadore, and Bajor).

While knowledge of pop culture is fine this must not replace knowledge of history, science, literature, and current events. Such ignorance leads to a population which does not understand when the government is violating the principles this country was founded on. This explains a country in which many believe Saddam had WMD before the war or was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Lack of understanding of science (as well as the separation of church and state) allows Americans to be conned by arguments supporting the teaching of intelligent design in the schools.

More Distancing Themselves From Mel Gibson

There’s more signs that people are distancing themselves from Mel Gibson after his recent anti-Semitic tirade. Disney and ABC previously cancelled plans to air his planned miniseries on the Holocaust but planned to continue to distribute his movie Apocalypto. Now there are reports that Disney is looking for a new distributor for Gibson’s latest movie. Out in California, Tom McClintock, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor plans to stop using a fund-raising letter written by Gibson.

I’ll repost my earlier stories on Mel Gibson, including those which were found objectionable for criticizing Gibson at The Democratic Daily, plus a round-up of comments from around the blogosphere, under the fold. (more…)