Archive for October, 2010

I don’t miss Fox

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Honestly, this pissing match between Cablevision and Fox really doesn’t matter to me.

For starters, Cablevision – I really don’t see the need to set the startup channel on the box (which I have set to Disney for my children) to be changed to the ALERT message automatically.  Being woken up the day the BS starts by a confused 6 year old who doesn’t know what it means is a little disconcerting.

As for Fox, I get it – you want more money. Here’s a thought, do more to earn it.  I don’t follow sports, the Fox shows I watch aren’t anything that I cannot view elsewhere or wait for the DVD release to see, and the nightly news can be seen on any other channel.  For years I’ve seen Fox get some really great shows cancelled.  Firefly.  Terminator.  Dollhouse.  Family Guy.  Drive. Tru Calling.  I could go on and on.  This whole mess is almost poetic.  After all these years of Fox cancelling my favorite shows, they’ve finally gotten themselves cancelled!

Fox has a few hits right now,  plus MLB, and decided to play their hand to get more money out of Cablevision.  They’ve even cut off Hulu feeds of their shows to folks who use Optimum Online.

It’s stupid, it’s childish, it will backfire, and in the end – i’ve got 299 other channels, DVR, Netflix Instant, Hulu, and oh yeah – THE WORLD OUTSIDE.  Who cares about fox?  I don’t.

Happy Columbus Day!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Back when I was a wee lad in school, over the course of a couple years, Christopher Columbus transformed from the man single handedly responsible for the discovery of the American continents, to a man who was single handedly responsible for the slave trade and genocide…

Essentially, Columbus’s job was to sail west and find new trade routes to the “Indies,” thus when he came upon the American continents, he referred to them as Indians, much to the chagrin of modern intellectuals who if they COULD – would go correct his vocabulary and hopefully get split from stem to stern by a disinterested Conquistador.

See folks, back in the late 1400s, Spain just finished booting out the Moors after a good century of battle and were hell bent on conquering new territory and spreading Christianity. When Columbus came upon a new land which lacked Christians or Spanish rule – the inevitable happened… those with superior numbers and weapons won.

Was he genocidal? Hardly. Mass murderer? Nope. Did he open the door for a whole lot of killing? Sure, but are we throwing Lincoln under the bus for “single handedly” starting the Civil War? Seriously.

Many things have changed since President Harrison made the decision to celebrate Columbus Day in 1892, but one thing that hasn’t is the seemingly endless need to revise history. Heroes become murderers, murderers become heroes, and another 100 years down the line the cycle repeats. When I start to see Columbus on more shirts than Che Guevara, then I’ll think the ‘mass murderer’ line more seriously.