There has got to be meaning to this juxtaposition :
James Brown, the hardest working man in show business who took shit from nobody and represented the emerging black powered pop culture revolution. He dies on Christmas day.
Gerald Ford, the man who had to clean Richard Nixon's shit while nurturing the emerging white supremacist neo-con movement introduced by his presidency. He dies the day after Christmas.
James Brown, no matter how fucked up his situation, he always seemed to be able to overcome through hard work and determination. His foibles? Pardonnable because even though he was superhumanly talented, his shortcomings and humble beginning just made him more like us.
Gerald Ford, on the other hand, never seemed to break a sweat. His photographs in the White House make it look like he is more like a vacationer than a president; just passing time before his time to go. And his biggest foible? Pardoning Nixon, and letting him skip free from the consequences of his corrupt actions. read more »
Coined and defined by Comedy Central's political commentator Stephen Colbert as "truth that comes from the gut, not books," the word truthiness best sums up 2006, according to an online survey by the Springfield dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.
Once derided by Colbert as the "word police" and a bunch of "wordinistas," the folks at Merriam-Webster fully embrace his peculiar term, even if it can't be found in the pages of their dictionary.
"We're at a point where what constitutes truth is a question on a lot of people's minds, and truth has become up for grabs," said John Morse, Merriam-Webster's president. "Truthiness is a playful way for us to think about a very important issue."
And there you have it.
Here's a YouTube video a friend made and put way too much time into. I've been in the car with this guy. It can be pretty exciting, but it's okay...he's a doctor (almost).