Praise to David Cross for his caustic open letter to Dan "Larry the Cable Guy" Whitney:
You are very mistaken if you think that I don't know your audience. Hell, I could've been heckled by the parents of some of the very people that come see you now... I grew up in Roswell, Georgia... I cut my teeth in the south and my first road gigs ever were in Augusta, Charleston, Baton Rouge, and Louisville. I remember them very well, specifically because of the audience. I remember thinking (occasionally, not all the time) "what a bunch of dumb redneck, easily entertained, ignorant motherfuckers. I can't believe the stupid shit they think is funny." So, yes, I do know your audience, and they suck. And they're simple. And please don't mistake this as coming from a place of bitterness because I didn't "make it" there or, I'm not as successful as you because that's not it at all. Since I was a kid I've always been a little over sensitive to the glorification and rewarding of dumb. The "salt of the earth, regular, every day folk" (or lowest common denominator) who see the world, and the people like me in it, as on some sort of secular mission to take away their flag lapels and plaster-of-paris jesus television adornments strike me as childishly paranoid. But perhaps the funniest (oddest) thing in your book is you taking me to task for being P.C. Have you heard my act?!
(Especially psyched to read that Cross was taping a segment for Wonder Showzen, which must return soon and not be watched by anyone interested in FCC regulation of cable.)
Praise to Municide (via Brian at KRON, via Jackson at SFist), the acid new blog about our wonderful bus-and-light-rail system. Looking forward to much digital brutality. Municide is "like suicide, but slower." Click reload to see the assortment of fun slogans in the title bar.
Praise to Joshua Kirley of the Phat Phree for a brilliant solution to spice up football's most predictable play, the Point After Touchdown. It's the best sports-related idea since George Carlin suggested an NBA shot be worth 25 points if it goes in off an opponent's head.
Have a tremendous weekend. Take Tampa Bay and give the points.