Sunday, February 05, 2006

Rolling Stone Has Gone Too Far

A couple of years ago I became a subscriber to Rolling Stone magazine. I enjoy reading about Rock music, and they have good charts at the back of every magazine. Recently the magazine has become too liberal for me, and story after story rips on President Bush as well as other leading Republicans. A few weeks ago they even ran a story on how marijuana is not a drug, and the Bush administration is just wasting our money fighting drugs. This weeks magazine has gone too far for me. While I am not a fan of "all or nothing" people, I am a very spiritual man, who has a deep faith in Jesus. The cover of the magazine showed notorious rapper Kanye West as Jesus Christ, and the story was even titled "The Passion of Kanye West". Comparing a thug like Kanye to Jesus is just a little far. While I am not going to burn things down like the Muslims are doing over the cartoon of Muhammad, I do feel that the magazine have become too one-sided. To couple the sainting of Kanye , the magazine also spent more than 9 pages ripping on one of my favorite Senators-Sam Brownback from Kansas. The article on him was titled "God's Senator, Inside the War Room of the Religious Right". The article states that Senator Brownback wishes to "turn American into a theocracy" , and spends page after page demonizing Brownback for such things as censoring what his children watch on television. I don't think I will renew my subscription..

29 Comments:

At 2/05/2006 09:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TC: I am a bit stunned that you subscribed to this in the first place, but maybe it was a good break from politics. I highly recommend The Economist and the Weekly Standard, btw.

 
At 2/05/2006 09:39:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Kanye pushes the envelope a little too far for me as well. He's just so daggone arrogant! I'm all for feeling good about one's self but just downright arrogance is unattractive to me. Humility is much more becoming. And exactly how is Gold Digger an ode to women? I like the song. The beat is good, the lyrics are catchy. I just don't see how it's supposed to be a "good" message about women.

Then again, I'm an old folk so what do I know...

I don't subscribe to the magazine. I read in an article a couple weeks ago that the article was going to say something like he thinks he's like Jesus because he gives up his life for our enjoyment. Is that the way the article reads?

 
At 2/05/2006 09:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rolling Stone's whole reason for being in business is to push the envelope. That's how they make money.

In addition, they are totally at odds with conservatives on almost every issue. As far as Rolling Stone is concerned there is no such thing as bad publicity.

If they can get under the skin of conservatives they look at it as if they are doing their job(s) well.

Ignore it and move on.

 
At 2/05/2006 10:06:00 PM, Anonymous anonfactor said...

TC--

I know what you mean. A couple of years ago I subscribed to the Playboy Channel.

Recently, this cable channel has shown too much porn for my tastes. I don't think I am going to renew my sibscription.

 
At 2/05/2006 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

I'll make up for it by buying a couple of subscriptions.

Get used to more and more publications ripping on Bushy and your other favorite politicians. Republicans own the country, and the country is heading down the crapper.

Coincidence?? I think not.

 
At 2/05/2006 10:33:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Willis,

Heading down the crapper? Not quite... I'd much rather be here than in any other country! Wouldn't you?

I personally believe the reasons our country is currently experiencing many problems are the same old basics: greed and disrespect.

When you only think of yourself, have no respect for the old and no respect for the young you are bound to fail. The young you disrespect will return the favor as you get old.

The only survivors are those who do what is right and fair. It's the unfortunate human cycle. It's not the product of Mr. Bush. He is at least trying to do what he thinks is right.

Whether or not you agree with what he thinks is right, you can't blame the greed of millions on him.

 
At 2/05/2006 10:48:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone as well, but didn't renew my subscription probably right around the time TC was born. When they stopped running P.J. O'Rourke columns as often as they used to, that was the final straw for me.

 
At 2/05/2006 11:38:00 PM, Anonymous nasuna said...

I just watched the real Rolling Stones during the half time show of the Super Bowl. Have they already missed the opportunity to retire gracefully?

 
At 2/06/2006 12:18:00 AM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

TC:

Senator Brownback reminds me of James Young. I'm sure James will take that as a compliment, but I don't think you'd agree...

 
At 2/06/2006 01:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like GQ. Great articles.

 
At 2/06/2006 01:56:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Everyone does what they think is right. And as for greed, that's what capitalism is based on!! You can't diss greed while supporting a capitalist society.

I can and will blame Bush for what's going on in this country today. He took years of economic prosperity under Clinton, and our economy has floundered since. He's taken us to war for dubious purposes, and likely lied to get us there. He is subverting justice and the constitution by saying, in effect, "I can do what I want because I'm president." He's increased the national debt dramatically, by not vetoing a single bill at all, and showing no economic sense. He's ruined our reputation abroad, and strengthened our enemies.

 
At 2/06/2006 06:39:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

nasuna,

nah... they're like old wine, they just keep getting better...

You gotta give them credit. How many of us will work at a job that long?!!! Geez, I'm 20 years younger than Mick and there's no way I could get up there and bounce around like he does. They'd have to call a tow truck to get my lifeless body off the stage after about 3 minutes of that!

 
At 2/06/2006 08:51:00 AM, Anonymous ZB said...

"I am not going to burn things down like the Muslims are doing over the cartoon of Muhammad, I do feel that the magazine have become too one-sided."

Don't you think that's a little unfair. Couldn't you say "like the Muslim extremists" or "some Mulsims" rather than blaming a whole religion for the actions of some of the most out-of-control?

 
At 2/06/2006 09:02:00 AM, Blogger Elle said...

zb, TC's statement about Muslims, as wide-reaching and problematic as it may be, is actually modest when compared to some conservatives--go look at how lashawn barber, in her post about RS's Kanye cover, is ranting against "Islamofascists." She notes that "killing is all you know how to do. You are gutless and psychotic. A religion of peace, indeed."

I'm willing to bet TC made a sweeping generality in a fit of anger. LaShawn, however, makes a living at that. And if you call her on it--well, you're just a non-Christian, liberal, brainwashee who hasn't seen the light!!

 
At 2/06/2006 09:11:00 AM, Blogger Elle said...

Don't like the tone of my last post--it sounds both apologetic and smug--as if i agree with generalizations and as if i'm omnipotent enough to read TC's mind and comment on his motivation.

so, an apology to ZB and TC, but i hope you understood my point.

 
At 2/06/2006 09:16:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

VC, I don't know enough about Brownback to comment about your comparison. However, I assume that anything written about a Christian conservative in Rolling Stone is likely to be a caricature. Since I am so frequently the object of caricature and slander here and elsewhere (so much easier than refuting argument, after all), I'll just assume that that is what you mean.

 
At 2/06/2006 09:51:00 AM, Anonymous Freddie said...

Jonah Goldberg has a very good essay this Kanye thing:
http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200602030809.asp

 
At 2/06/2006 10:30:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

I see Willis is still living in fantasyland.

TC,

you think Rolling Stone changed recently? I think you should look back a few decades in their reporting and see what you think again.

 
At 2/06/2006 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Actually, VC, I think Brownback is fairly articulate.

 
At 2/06/2006 12:16:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Nova scout, the only appropriate response to your last comment is not something that I'm going to post on a teen's website. That's a pretty bold statement for someone whose entire philosophy seems to boil down to "I hate Conservatives and Christians, but fear their justified response, so I'll just slander them while hiding anonymously."

 
At 2/06/2006 01:09:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

nova scout doesn't like Conservatives and Christians?

Where'd that come from???

 
At 2/06/2006 01:17:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Huh?

and feel free to post whatever you wish on here jim..

you already did a post on your blog titled "when good teenagers go bad" -about myself

 
At 2/06/2006 03:26:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Socut said...

James: did I post something I don't know about? Your comment is baffling.

The only thing I posted was my view that Brownback is an articulate fellow. Why does that type me as "hating" conservatives?


I think you missed a few points about me along the way. I knew that you had appointed yourself to be the gatekeeper of who's conservative and who isn't, but I seem to recall having declined your offer to fill that position, at least for me. If others wnat you to do that work, get a written consent and confine your operations to evaluating their conservative bona fides (although I'm puzzled as to why anyone should cede that job to you).

Are you accusing me of self-loathing or are you saying that members of the Anglican Communion (my church is one of the conservative ones these days) aren't Christians? This seems to be a big expansion of your gatekeeper role into the realm of theology. As much as I'm dubious about your skills at weeding out the politically unfaithful, I REALLY have doubts about your sorting out Christians. You might want to ask them over at your day job to load you up with a little more work.

I guess I really have no idea what you're saying or why you're saying it. Either I'm too thick to figure it out or you're unable to explain it. In either event, I recommend not trying.

 
At 2/06/2006 04:00:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

ZB:

Unfortunately, very few muslim moderates exist. Islam is completely maladaptive and contrary to peaceful existence in the modern world, even moreso than Christianity is.

Sugar-coating it by calling them extremists is intellectually dishonest.

 
At 2/07/2006 10:39:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

TC, I never meant to suggest that you would censor me. Far from it. My reticence was self-censorship, i.e., not desiring to respond to nova scout's personal attack in kind.

As for you, nova scout/socut, I am "articulate" enough to recognize an insult. VC compared me to Brownback; you responded "Actually, VC, I think Brownback is fairly articulate." As for your other accusations, they are both inaccurate, and beneath contempt.

 
At 2/07/2006 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

You need to relax, James. I hope you don't oeprate motor vehicles or other machinery when you're in those moods. Friendly advice from a conservative Christian.

 
At 2/07/2006 03:22:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Very cute, nova scout, insult me, and then dismiss my rejoinder as a "mood."

No wonder you cower in anonymity. It allows you these childish games.

 
At 2/07/2006 03:37:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

BTW, James, how did you latch on (with a certainty sufficient to publish) to the delusion that I hate Christians (or anyone else for that matter)? If you come to my church in March, June, September or December, you'll find me assisting with communion.

Of course, you would be welcome.

 
At 9/19/2007 05:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you and Michelle Malkin would make wonderful little soldiers for the right. Of course their lives would be ruined, like yours has been, but . . . who are you ? You are sick. Brownback doesn't believe in evolution. Where did all those dinosaur bones come from that they found in Kansas?

 

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