Friday, February 18, 2011

Oh Canada

Justin Bieber (for some reason) got interviewed in Rolling Stone: 

Asked if he wanted to become an American citizen, Bieber made clear his love for Canada -- and its health care system.
"You guys are evil," he told the magazine, out on February 18th. "Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."

BADA-BING, the kid nails it.  

And somehow, even the Huffington Post headlines the article: 

Justin Bieber On Health Care: U.S. System 'Evil'

I mean, yeah, technically he did say that, but that's not the message.  When I saw that headline, I thought oh shit, that little fucker's career is gonna tank.  And since I'm one of the 0.75 percent that reads past the headline in this country, I read it and it's a totally different sentiment about the simplicity of living in a compassionate country, versus living in a consumer/capitalist/apathetic country. 

And you know the average fuckhead is gonna glance at that and say, "No, Suzie, you can't listen to that CD because that boy said the US is evil." 

Do I care if retarded illiterate fuckheads are preventing their snotty asshole children from listening to Justin Bieber albums?  No.  But it shouldn't be because of this. 


ThatBuddha said...

Sorry if that formatting is weird. I pasted it from an email I sent to a friend of mine.

And I know he said a lot of dipshitty things about abortion, but what does this kid know about abortion? He's probably never been to first base.

And besides all that, fuck that kid. But his comment about health care was TRUTH.

Twinky P* said...

Why do I know this little shit's name?

snark said...

Well, it's been "cool" to have a hate on for Bieber in my daughters middle school since September so....

The snarks will be in Canada for the President's Day weekend! Although I hope to not have to avail ourselves of the fine medical system if you know what I mean.

We're driving to Montreal to visit Mrs. snark's cousin and her family. Apparently they've got an ice fishing excursion planned for us. Just hope there's a heater and some booze involved. Maybe catch a monster like these guys! Dude!

Twinky P* said...

So, I read today that Steve Benen's friend, a congressional aid on the Hill, believes that the pukes will shut down the govt in 2 weeks. My office has a few older ladies, and a young girl, preggie, on food stamps. As a public service, I go tell them that if they're dependent on any fed aid, they'd better plan for losing it indefinitely in a couple weeks. The young preggie kid looks confused and says "well, I don't think about politics, alla them parties are the same." Mmmmkay. I tell another chick who supposedly is liberal and she's all "they're not going to do it! it'd be political suicide, they'll go a day and stop it" and I said "well, when they did it in the '90s, it lasted for weeks, people's direct deposits didn't go in, checks bounced..." "It'll never happen." And when I said that I wouldn't be able to make my mortgage payment because I get part of my money from my ex's military pension that wouldn't come, she goes "oh well." The other one just growled at me for bringing up politics.

I've discovered this week that with this new brand of milk of human kindness, I'm lactose intolerant. Probably for the best if I lose the house, I guess. I'll never be able to sell it anyhow, and it's the only thing keeping me in the US now. I'm just sick of fighting a losing game. And I can't watch what's happening in WI, because I saw what happened in Texas during the redistricting a decade ago. The GOP will win because the game's rigged.

ThatBuddha said...

Jesus that was a big fish.

Yeah, I'd be fine with ditching this place and moving to Canada, France, wherever. You're right, Twink, the game is rigged and I don't know what it's gonna take for anything to change. It fucking pisses me off, but it's one of those things I have so little control over, it's barely worth fretting over. Unless I think about it too much.

I'm envious of my friend in Germany. She's between jobs, trying to make a career change after years of working as a psychologist for the United Nations. She wants to start her own practice, and she has the ability to do that because she doesn't have to worry about health care.

It's the policy of this country to not give a shit about our own people, who always seem to be "everyone but me".

Marc Maron said something the other day about performing at a comedy club inside the Mall of America. He said the Mall made him wonder what this country is really about. We like to say we're all about democracy, but really that's just a shell we use to cover our true core, which is consumer/capitalism run amok.

We're not meant to be happy or cared for. We're meant to be miserable and disappointed so we'll keep buying stuff to try to fill the void inside us all.

On the other hand, we all know this the "culture" that's sold to us every day. This culture is not designed to make us feel very good. It may be possible to reject all of that and instead, make our own little culture out of the people we love. We can't affect the nation, but we can forge a little tribe of sanity and compassion in the middle of madness.

Of course none of that will help me unload my house in a dogshit economy, or keep my medication flowing if I get laid off.

I dunno. I'm pretty sick of it all too. In the end, all we can do is control what it means to us. Stay in the moment, focus on the little things.

Twinky P* said...

Little things like that fookin' squirrel that dug up my just planted peas? I'd like to chuck that critter in a wood chipper. Funny how gardening isn't quite as fun when you might have to live on the proceeds. Fucking humans. I hope it all goes to shit and we wipe each other out. The planet deserves to be asploded.

Speaking of which, have you heard anything about Battle: Los Angeles? Death and destruction is always soothing when I'm in this kind of mood. Wishful thinking, I guess.

Twinky P* said...

And right on cue, the House passes a ban on fed funding for Planned Parenthood. My daughter didn't need the minimal health care they provided anyhow.

Seven of Six said...

...versus living in a consumer/capitalist/apathetic country.

Oh... "ThatBuddha", Nail on head!

Probably for the best if I lose the house, I guess. I'll never be able to sell it anyhow, and it's the only thing keeping me in the US now.

I've been depressed for months over the same issue... and having to live in shit state like AZ... sure, it would be great, if there wasn't so many stupid, bigoted, conservatives. My house ain't worth crap... it's becoming a burden to care for.

And right on cue, the House passes a ban on fed funding for Planned Parenthood.

That is so fucked... and still not a job created!

Speaking of which, have you heard anything about Battle: Los Angeles?

The boy is raving about this movie... we can't wait to see alien occupation and destruction.

Seven of Six said...

And snark... what a "MONSTER!" Beautiful fish, and the guy puts it back... that thing would have fed my family for months! But you could tell she was full of eggs. They get all fat around the bottom.

Twinky P* said...

And, they put the poison pill in the budget, which means government shutdown March 4. They've got their talking points in place, Obama's determined to create chaos. Yay!

ThatBuddha said...

Whenever I hear "poison pill" it makes me think of the cokehead in DIE HARD trying to negotiate with Hans Gruber.

Twinky P* said...

And now guys like that are running the country. There is no justice, is there?

Seven of Six said...

LOL! I loved those lines... "Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash."
"Hey, sprechen ze talk?"
"Hans, Bubi, I'm your white knight!"
"Business is business. You use a gun, I use a fountain pen. What's the difference?"

Woo-Hoo... we're gonna have a shutdown! Fuck'em all!
Had a discussion with my neighbor the other day about immigration... I mentioned the poem on the Statue of Liberty... she interrupts me, "Oh we got that from the French..." I said yes, but the poem was written by an Jewish American female poet. She got all pissy with me after I threw the facts in her face and she walked off.
Good gawd, people are ignorant!!

Twinky P* said...

Well, if it's shut down, gold oughta go sky high, and I have some to sell. Prolly the best time to do it and I can last a while. Certainly don't want to jack up my credit card. I think it might be good for people to actually see what the GOP is proposing. Shit, the media won't report it. Let 'em feel it.