Friday, August 17, 2012

Quote of the Day, Jr.

"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."

-- Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello

I've never been a big Rage fan. Their stuff started out being damn potent but eventually devolved into silly cliché, mostly because Zach de la Rocha's an obnoxious jackass -- and while I agree with some of their politics I absolutely don't agree with all of them.

That said, this goes to what I wrote about a couple of days ago: Paul Lynde was more "Gen X" than Paul Ryan is.


ZIRGAR said...

This comment from MauryCompson over at the Gawker article is hilarious:

"A spokesman for Mr. Ryan responded, 'Mr. Ryan appreciates the band's right to exercise its First Amendment right to free speech. This is what makes America the greatest country in the world. Senator Ryan was under the mistaken impression that the "machine" in the band's name was a life support machine. He understands now that this is not true. He apologizes for any confusion this might have caused.'"

pea said...

I've always thought Morello was a bit of a simpering Firebaggy douche. But the quote is still funny.

Jim said...

Also makes me think of how Ryan loves to drop Ayn Rands' name all the time and how she's "required reading". He displays his ignorance just like with Rage by usurping Rands' objectivism to gain political traction. Rand herself described anyone who would do just that as "scum".

kanye said...

Yeah...I can't at all imagine how a guy like Ryan might feel some affinity for a band who spends a full quarter of their stage show, preaching, exactly how each and every member of the audience should be living their lives.

It's mystifying.

Mitch Miller said...

It is kinda strange how an avowed capitalist would admire a bunch of avowed socialists....hmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said... must never have seen some suburban white boy driving by in his parent bought sports car, blasting rap music.

I do think its funny how Chez implies its okay for him to listen to rage...but he doesn't...because he is too cool for it.

We should go full on meta and Chez do a write up a post about how Hipsters are annoying and completely different than Gen-X slackers how...I guess slacked for better reason. "Yeah we were slackers...but damn MEANT something then!"

Chez said...

Next time try proofreading, oh anonymous troll.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Chez. English is not my first language. I tend to make wrongs like that.

I do enjoy white people. I find you folks very fascinating since I moved here. Absorbing culture, especially minority culture by a dominate one is been done for a very long time. What is truly fascinating in my view is that generally the absorber (I get I am using bad terms here so let me go on please) get so angry when it gets pointed out to them.

I think my point still stands. Paul Ryan listening to music and not even getting the lyrics is no different than what most people, white, black, asian tend to do.

I don't understand why Americans love to label and separate themselves. Baby boomer I think I understand (cause it was birthrate right?). I do not get what Gen X, hipster, and the like really mean cause they all look the same to me.

I also do understand how you guys complicate football so much.