Thursday, September 6, 2007

X Marx the Spot

I guess that I'm a Communist.

On Tuesday, I criticized Jamie of Eye of Polyphemus:

So now the one-eyed guy criticizes Rupert Murdoch?


Then on Wednesday, I happened to make the following observation:

[Alexei's] thesis is getting legs. While I refuse to directly link to anything associated with Harvey Levin, I have to admit that it was TMZ that broke the story.

So, guess which network is airing the new TMZ on TV. Ray Ray knows: is bringing their craziness to TV this fall. Of course on FOX.

But Pober has the true word on the merger of Marxism and Capitalism:

Some dude is going to auction a lock of Che Guevara's hair. This is weird news.

Pober then continues:

But, I'm really blogging about this because I think that it's really cool to have Che's picture on my blog. It says "I'm a rebel."

I really don't know anything about Che other than the fact that the CIA had him whacked in some jungle. I bet the guy had chicks all over him.

Well, he had Johnny Depp all over him:

As Americans we have this undying need to support the under-dog or maybe being a country of "revolutionaries" ourselves we find a bond or kindship with. It doesn't matter if we have the facts or not, its just a feeling thing.

Seeing Johnny Depp on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with a Che Guevara medallion around his neck could misguide and misdirect a ton of people. Look around at the celebraties that just have no clue and blindly wear shirts, hats, and who knows what else with Che's likeness on them.

Incidentally, I'm assuming that the "celebraties" spelling is intentional. I like it.

But, if I'm a Communist because I think Rupert Murdoch's latest show is worthless, then I must be cool because Che was a Communist too. I need to get myself a beanie - I mean, a beret - and get some pictures taken.

So let's see what Humberto Fontova has to say about my cool friend Che:

Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the mainstream media celebrate Che as a saint and a sex symbol - a selfless martyr with a love of humanity second only to Jesus Christ's.

But their ideas about Che - Fidel Castro's henchman whose face adorns hipsters' T-shirts, posters, and ad campaigns - are based on a murderous communist regime's outright lies.

As Humberto Fontova reveals in this myth-shattering book, Che was actually a bloodthirsty executioner, a military bumbler, a coward, and a hypocrite. This biographical account proves it's no exaggeration to state that Che - who was captured and killed nearly forty years ago - was the godfather of modern terrorism.

Fontova then says that his book includes the following:

How Che longed to destroy New York City with nuclear missiles. (So why does Angelina Jolie sport a Che tattoo, while denouncing violence as a U.N. ambassador of goodwill?

How Che promoted book burning and signed death warrants for authors who disagreed with him. (So why did Jean Paul Sartre praise him as a "perfect" man, and why did Time Magazine name him one of the 100 most influential people of the century?)

How Che made amazingly racist statements about blacks. (So why do Jesse Jackson, Jay-Z, and Mike Tyson say nice things about him?)

How Che persecuted gays, long-haired rock and roll fans, and religious people. (So why do Carlos Santana, Madonna and Johnny Depp think he's so cool?)

How Che, the devoted Communist, loved material wealth and private luxuries. (So why do the mainstream media still depict him as an ascetic?)

Paul Berman of Slate also thinks that my buddy is uncool:

The cult of Ernesto Che Guevara is an episode in the moral callousness of our time....Che presided over the Cuban Revolution's first firing squads. He founded Cuba's "labor camp" system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims....In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for "two, three, many Vietnams," he also spoke about martyrdom and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: "Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …"— and so on. He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale.

Interesting reading.

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