Saturday, May 30, 2009

get your personal bullshit off my lawn: an op-ed

Over the past couple of months a girl named Sasha Grey has been doing a number of interviews to promote a new movie she is starring in called "The Girlfriend Experience". Though Ms. Greys interviews have all been somewhat hostile or uneasy and that is no doubt due to her day job as a porn star. No matter who the interviewer or host or "journalist" is, they all feel the need to pester her about what she does for a living and why she does it. Everyone from AOTS to Tyra Banks to the Insider who even had an on-air "intervention" with a tv plastic surgeon. (wtf?) It almost seems that each one is sent a memo of predisposed notions they should have when interviewing her, including,

"shes a whore"

"shes just doing it for money"

"all porn stars do it out of desperation or as a stepping stone into something else"

"automatically assume her parents and/or family are ashamed."

"shes a role model and should act like it"

Two of these we will address now. First, the money. IF her pursuit was just monetary then thats the way it is. Though Sasha Grey has stated many times that she loves what she does. She feels sex is as natural as child birth so why be ashamed of it. WHY that should affect or bother anyone else is quizzical because across every walk of life someone is just doing a job for money. There are thousands of college kids who when asked say, "I gotta go to school to get a good job so I can make lots of money." They don't even know what that job is half the time AFTER they've already graduated and they dont much care so long as it pays well. Or you have people in jobs currently who when asked state, "Man I gotta work hard (or) kiss my bosses ass so I can get a promotion so I can make more money." So which of the two are the worse person, the one who hates his "normal" job but does it anyway in the hopes of more money, OR the girl who gets paid to do something she legitimately loves?

Next is the worst one, the role model. Now its no question that our nation was founded by puritans, yet despite that we are the most free nation in the world, though we still have the horrible habit of trying to empart our personal beliefs and hang-ups on other people. One of the most common and tired ways of doing this is the role model argument. Which is to guilt trip someone into thinking they should be ashamed because they are a role model and some little kid somewhere will look up to them and follow in their footsteps.

The real question is, WHY would Sasha Grey be a role model? Furthermore, why is every woman above the age of 17 with any publicity AUTOMATICALLY a role model for every little girl in the world? How dumb does a little girl have to be where she, out of ALL the women in her life or the women she sees on TV, picks an adult entertainment star as a role model? Now if the little girl does decide that, thats OK, thats not a problem, the problem lies in people assuming that to make sure those little girls don't do things or take jobs they themselves don't like, they should just do away with all the possible role models who are doing said things and jobs.

Little Susie Smith has a homemaker mom so why cant she be susie's role model? Janice Cline has an aunt who's a doctor so why can't the aunt be Janice's? Becky Billings sadly has no women in her family but her pediatrician and her teacher are women AND she watches alot of Rachel Ray. Soo why is it that Sasha Grey has to do something else with her life because any of these girls might try to do what she does.

People might take an interest in something because someone they like does it, but everyone, EVERYONE actually does something because they like it themselves. I'd be hard pressed to believe any doctor, or lawyer or professional wrestler or porn star got into their job hating it from day one but stuck with it because some celebrity did it before them. And if you happen to find someone who did well then you just found a really, really, really stupid person who is incapable of making their own life choices and were doomed from the start.

The same goes for guys. A wise man once said, "the world needs ditch-diggers too." Now is the ditch-digger a bad person because his lowly job isn't something anyone else should aspire to be? Furthermore is the ditch-digger responsible for every kid he meets who may one day become a ditch-digger too? A parent runs up to the ditch-digger yelling, "Goddamnit my son met you once and you made him laugh and told him how you love your job and love to be outside and now he's a ditch-digger! He should've gone to college and gotten a degree so he could make lots of MONEY."

Friday, May 29, 2009

comcast hopes your rich and stupid

In the past members of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers have done our best to keep you abreast of all the bullshit Comcast has tried to pull.

When Comcast began blocking customers for using torrents and p2p networks,

when Comcast outwardly lied about doing the blocking,

when Comcast stated it would move to charging customers for how much they download (including any streaming media making your xbox360 even MORE expensive),

when Comcast came out against Net Neutrality,

When Comcast HIRED people to sit in on the Stanford FCC hearings to make it look like no one really cared about net neutrality.

When Comcast proved their creepy internet stalking techniques by addressing a customer directly for complaining about comcast in his fucking BLOG

When Comcast began deliberately slowing down heavy users speed and placing invisible data caps on their supposed "unlimited internet"

When Comcast pretended to become friends with Bittorrent just so they could impose more limits on "heavy users"

We informed you of all of it. Well here we are again. No sooner are we in our new home, than one the greatest villains of all time rear their ugly, 3-tiered, hellhound heads.

A news story has come out that Comcast will be offering a new, 100mbps service sometime in the future. Currently Comcast offers a 50mbps service that runs around 190 bucks a month, meaning logically the new service at double the speed will cost a whole lot more.

"WOW!" says the layman consumer, "Thats alot isnt it? I can download oodles more stuff with that kinda speed! Boy howdy I can't wait to get that!"
But wait, ignorant shopper! You forget that no matter what speed you pay for, Comcast loves to slow down or even block the traffic of heavy users. So you may THINK that because you have a 100mbps connection you can now download the entire 50gb series of The Sopranos in a matter of minutes, that much traffic will get your connection slowed down or interrupted.

So basically what Comcast is now offering is to take your 200 and something dollars and for that money they will let you think your getting a super fast speed, but in reality your just paying to have them slow or end your internet service. Its called a double-edged sword, but most importantly its called ANOTHER reason why Comcast sucks it haaaaaarrrd.

Tally-ho! and what-not.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

nothing gold can stay

Its the last days of springtime and as we head into summer one thing remains constant. THE NEW FALL LINES ARE DEBUTED! XD

Though their name leaves something to be desired, Acne knows clothes. Here is an outfit from their new Pop Classics collection due out this fall. I know the photo says its their Lanvin collab but its mislabeled.

Not to be outdone, Mishka NYC has debuted their new fall line and though it follows their usual color patterns that 2nd shirt from the right is badass.

CassettePlaya's fall line Believe in Flesh + Metal is a throwback and alot less colorful than previous lines which works for it.

Lastly this one isnt so much a fall line as it is just badass. Raf Simons is collabing with Fred Perry to mark their 100th Anniversary and is debuting a "collection" (though really just a specific outfit) once worn by Fred Perry himself in 1947. The shoes alone are worth it, but I assure all members that THIS is what I'll be wearing to the annual summit this year.

Yes there are literally thousands of other lines but only these are of interest so if something was forgotten that you feel just has to be mentioned, hit that little pencil icon down there and do something about it. Tally-ho and so on.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Official Wii Peripheral of the V.P.A.R.

WiiSpray Teaser from Martin Lihs on Vimeo.

blah blah blah: an op-ed.


Its bad enough that the state is broke off its ass. And its not like "hold out until your next paycheck" broke. It's "move back home and get a new number so creditors can't find you" broke. The state is just under 25 BILLION dollars in the hole and every attempt to get that money from someplace is fought off by some legislator or some state senator or some local mayor and so the problem just isn't getting fixed. Now how did this problem come about? Well the easy answer is you. The people of California. The state has always been a lover of ballot initiatives. It CREAMS over them. Each year the ballot is dripping with them by the dozens sometimes and most are so convoluted and packed with hidden shit that new ballot initiatives are put on the ballot to negate previous ballot initiatives. Sometimes in the same goddamn election! So many times commercials have run, or flyers gone out saying, "Vote No on 1A, Yes on 1B, Yes on 2C, No on 3X, Half fill in the No box for 4E, and Don't vote at all for 5W...for a better California."

Now the average voter in California votes for two things on average. Lower my taxes and give me more shit. And finally after decades of this and the state hanging by a thread doing it, it took a national financial crisis to send the poorly built state budget in a tailspin straight into the shitter. Now that alone should make all Californians embarrassed, that your state now is worth less than Louisiana.

But "NO" said California. "We have yet to embarrass ourselves!" In such a crisis you would think the state would try to find new ways to earn some money, like ooooh saaaay for example, MARRIAGE LICENSES. "Oh No." says California. "We must stick to our values and even if it breaks us, we shall not waiver!" And so it goes, as today The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 for no other reason than, "We think the majority has the right to fuck up the state as much as it likes." So the supposed "Progressive State" has now been surpassed in this area by Iowa. Yes you read that right, I typed IOWA.

Embarrassed doesn't begiiin to describe the self loathing all Californians and its elected representatives should feel. The state is broke, homophobic, and will ineptly try to fix the problem the same way it broke it, with MORE BALLOT INITIATIVES.

Given these new events the Vice Presidential Action Rangers will be moving its headquarters to a new facility located in Micronesia. A snorkel will now come with every new membership.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

from the archives

Iam8-bit is completely badass. Though lately their website keeps getting flagged by firefox. But its not a website anyways. Its an art gallery showing of video game characters painted by artists. Instead of posting millions of pics of the work showcased I'm going to just showcase their flyers which are themselves papercraft! XD Try them out. XP

Saturday, May 23, 2009

and now for something awesome

here are some deck designs that, though none have been named the official deck of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers, they are still pretty badass.

heres one by t19

this one is by weplay. love the neon.

LOVE this one by alphanumeric

heres some that were made for the "where the wild things are" release

Doodah and their signature naked chicks.

i like this one by papermonster more than the plain brown one.

tara mcpherson never disappoints.

neither does david foote.

or tokidoki ^_^

but the one i was surprised by both its very existence and by how much i want it is

this one by louis vuitton that comes in its own LV case. hmm. go figure.


omg omg omg omg omg omg omg *runs around in circles* >_< !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *passes out*

so yea, im excited.

and now for something awesome

I love this cartoon. It reminds me of all the times I had to explain to older or lame people WHY I still like video games and t-shirts and comic books and how NO it isn't stupid to go to a theme park for your honeymoon and how YES i think golf is the devil and how NO cartoons are not just for small children and how YES following a band on tour is a legitimate vacation, and YES a tattoo can count as a birthday present, and NO a rave isn't just about drugs, and NO playing drums isnt a waste of time, etc etc etc.

so it begins...

hmmm my first post what should it saaay...

well this is the new blog to update and inform all Vice Presidential Action Rangers.

This once started out as a myspace group but myspace offers little in that department so here it is.

The myspace group won't be abandoned but a majority of new posts will be here, some posts will be in both spots and some group activities will be referenced there as well.

I plan on reposting some things from there but mostly this will be new stuff. Though features such as "Official Items" will of course be continued.

As for this blog, a custom layout is in the works and a banner that will be much more badass I assure you. so here we go! XD