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by RIP RENSE

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Random Thoughts at the end of 2002. . .
1/1/03

      
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Maybe this coming year will be the year that everyone stops yelling "Wooooooooo!" to indicate approval.
        *Probably not.
        *Maybe this coming year will be the year that Michael Jackson entirely jumps species.
        *If I were a goofy dictator with a bad Elvis pompidour, tyrannizing my starving Third World country, and the biggest superpower on the planet had called me "evil," I would rev up my nuclear weapons program, too.
        *Rumsfeld talking about fighting both Iraq and Korea reminds me of the Cowardly Lion saying "I'll fight' em with one paw tied behind my baaaack!"
        *Tortilla and potato chips are still leading the salty snack race, although puffed snacks are enjoying a newfound popularity.
       *I wonder how much of the $31.5 million that lottery winner is giving to the Church of God will go to save dying mothers and children in Africa.
        *Best lyric of the year: "Universe at play inside our DNA/ You're a billion years old today," from "Rising Sun," by George Harrison.
        *Worst lyric of the year: "Babayyy baby baby baby," from almost every other song.
        *The economy can tank all it wants---this administration's popularity will remain. People don't vote their pocketbooks when they are afraid of a terrorist attack.
        *The government excels at keeping people afraid of a terrorist attack.
        *Maybe this coming year will be the year that everyone stops saying "tank."
        *Probably not.   
        *The acting in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, except for Ian McKellan and Christopher Lee, has all the depth of a "Hallmark Hall of Fame."
        *Why does music always sound better when it rains?
        *Best Blow Struck in the War on Terrorism: McDonald's closes 175 franchises in the Middle East and Latin America!
         *That's 175 fewer reasons for the rest of the world to hate us.
        *The synthesized noises used in "action" films are the ugliest and most deeply disturbing sounds to enter human ears since Krakatoa and Hiroshima. Maybe worse.
        *If I were a goofy dictator with a Groucho Marx moustache, tyrannizing my starving Third World country, and the biggest superpower on earth was planning to wipe me out, I would play lots of games, too.
        *"Misunderstanding all you see."
        *At least the World Series was good.
        *Condoleeza Rice as presidential material is very clever thinking. Another puppet, and get the black and women vote, too.
        *Rice might be smart, but I wouldn't leeza condo from her.
        *Bet she's never heard that one before.
        *Al Gore was too earnest to survive. The press doesn't understand earnestness anymore.
        *Concience-less, amoral capitalistic exploitation of society is a vast and underestimated tyranny.
        *Somehow, I think the absence of Chick Hearn has something to do with the Lakers' losing streak.
        *The new Laker play-by-play guy doesn't do enough play-by-play.
       *Human cloning is hardly surprising, given that cloning is the prevailing trend in movies, books, and popular music.
        *I don't ever recall such truculence and bellicosity from this government.
        *I don't ever recall such truculence and bellicosity from any government outside of Kruschev's Russia and Mao's China.
        *Movie previews look like the inside of a psychotic's head.
        *Nicole Kidman still looks good with a big putty nose.
        *Best Blow Struck in the War on Animal Cruelty: McDonald's closes 175 franchises in the Middle East and Latin America!
        *I'm really tired of pundits.
        *There is a difference between cynicism and nastiness.
        *Why do 90 percent of movie previews begin with that gravel-voiced jerk saying, "In a world. . ."?
        *How long, I wonder, before people realize how silly they sound when they say, "That said. . ."
        *Out-of-control conservatism is fascism. Out-of-control liberalism is runaway compassion.
        *Recorded music has not been loud for years. It is well into the realm of physical assault.
        *"The Quiet American," which will be nominated for nothing, was easily the best picture of the year. Fine storytelling, complex psycholigical undercurrents, great acting, important history lesson.
        *Is anyone else bothered by all the sickeningly amplified noises of lip-smacking during kissing scenes?
        *Any time you hear a pop culture mogul say "We're just giving the people what they want," it's a lie. They are giving the people what they will respond to, which is different.
        *Why do people keep sending money to multi-millionaire televangelists?
        *Best new refreshment: boba tea.
       *I understand all that stuff about Saddam Hussein's "Baby Milk Factory" once allegedly housing chemical weapons, but I don't think this justifies airport security goons groping pregnant women's breasts.
        *The pulsing bass from passing vehicles is a weapon of terror.
        *What's so implausible about humans being the result of genetic engineering by long-gone extra-terrestrials?
        *I mean, look at Rudy Giuliani.
        *Giuliani is making a bundle by giving speeches about 9/11. Something like $100 grand a pop. Does no one else find this colossally obscene?
        *I'm awfully tired of seeing crosses in close proximity to Old Glories.
       *Every elected official who has voted down light-rail citywide transit in L.A. in the last 40 years---instead suggesting more freeways and buses---should be brought up on charges of manslaughter and mayhem.
        *Look for Dr. Laura to start a whole new career as a born-again Nice Person.
        *"The Prisoner" is still the most creative television series ever made.
        *Best Blow Struck Against Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Artherosclerosis: McDonald's closes 175 franchises in the Middle East and Latin America!
        *Antibiotics are so nasty that sometimes you'd just rather stay sick.
        *The recent Bond movie embodied pretty much everything objectionable about modern society: vapidity, venality, egomania, sex-obsession, hypertrophic violence, environmental destruction, lowbrow innuendo.
        *The audiences loved it.
        *Does anything say self-importance better than cigarette smoking?
        *Maybe this coming year will be the year that people stop saying "(fill in the blank) rocks!"
        *Probably not.
        *Dr. Phil is wrong.
        *There used to be a time when the United States did not export awful popular culture all over the world.
        *"Keep your head upon your neck, it's not too late for that/ even though the winds of change have blown away your hat."
        *Somehow, I don't think anyone will ever be nostalgic for 2002.
        *David Letterman is still funny.

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