....LMB: "Re-Enactment"....

September 10, 2003

And now, a presentation by Very Very Happy Recent History of International Relations Analogy Theater:

"Hey, Dave, I think I smell gas coming from that house."

"Really? I don't."

"Yeah, definitely gas. We need to go in there."

"Dude, that's somebody's house. We can't just break in there. We should call the cops."

"Dave, you pussy! I'm going in! You can screw yourself."


[Smash! Crash! Shatter-tinkle-CRUNCH!]

"Hey, Roger, you okay in there? I'm still not smelling any gas."

"Screw you! It's in here! I'll find it!"


[Time passes. Flames shoot out of front window.]

"Um...Roger? Is that flame from the gas?"

"No. That...um...that was me. Hey! Listen. You have to come in here and help me put this fire out."

"What? Why?"

"It's your duty. I know we had some disagreements in the past, but you must now acknowledge your responsibility for what has happened here, and you must now help in the long and dangerous process of putting out this fire that I started while doing something which you advised me not to do."

"Um...have you found gas in there yet?"

"I'll get back to you on that one."


Although personally, I it works better if you change "house" to "jewelry store", and after the line "Screw you! It's in here! I'll find it!", add "maybe it's back here, near this box of diamonds..."

Posted by Jake at 08:19 AM | TrackBack (0)

ah, collective passivity: the chosen fragrance of the bourgeois... they wear it so well but wonder aloud why their scent mixed with the "successful" stench of money coated with the blood of the innocent doesn't attract or is conducive to a life of bliss. they are freakin tiresome, just totally draining.

Posted by: paula at September 10, 2003 04:23 PM

ah, collective passivity: the chosen fragrance of the bourgeois... they wear it so well but wonder aloud why their scent mixed with the "successful" stench of money coated with the blood of the innocent doesn't attract or is conducive to a life of bliss. they are freakin tiresome, just totally draining.

Posted by: paula at September 10, 2003 04:27 PM

Was I too vague? This scene was supposed to be an analogy for Bush's war on Iraq. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.

Posted by: Jake at September 10, 2003 05:46 PM

hmmm, maybe i should have explained my comments a little better....idiot home invader is bush and idiot friend/onlooker is the passive american public sector (bourgeois class or a part of the wannabees),according to your skit and how i grasped it, i could have included many other entities as well but invariably chose not to do so. okay, that aforementioned onlooker group being so self-involved and provincial and aloof are often obsessed with their "me" status, point blank - "i'm not getting laid or asked to be laid with the "right" type of people, i'm not producing MENSA gifted super-bionic children with mindalteringingly good looks , and i'm not receiving the so deserved astounding sum of money a year for the shitty and sell out work i produce." thus i was airing my disgust at the passivity/values of the onlooker group, i personally can't and won't roll like that. later..

Posted by: paula at September 11, 2003 02:30 PM

I really like this. I'm going to put something similar on my blog...either write my own version or just post yours, but I'll provide a link to give you credit. (Last time I tried linking to you, the permalink didn't work, by the way).

Good work.

Posted by: Hylo Bates at September 12, 2003 01:36 AM


This script isn't mine, I just reprinted it from the Very Very Happy weblog. Give him the credit, not me.


Posted by: Jake at September 12, 2003 08:17 AM

Paula, you are a tool.

Posted by: JDC at September 14, 2003 12:58 PM
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And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

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The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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