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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 9/11/14


RELM_buttonKobayashi Maru: Brand New Dan Bidondi Tape: Gun-Grabbin’ Senator Part 2; Obama’s Plan for ISIS and Syria is a No Win Situation; The Middle East Conundrum; Domestic Chez Goes to PTA; Remembering 9/11 and Replaying it on Television; Michael Moore is Disappointed in Obama; The New U2 Album Reviewed; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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  • The participation of both parents in the education of their child a divorce situation can be REALLY difficult but so important. I’m going through that now with my 11 year old daughter who started in the gifted program last year and is struggling to adjust to the pace. Every year I have to make sure the school or my ex has not overwritten my contact information because the schools act like they’re not capable of retaining data on two equally important contacts for a child. I have to make sure the Teacher knows me and is going to communicate with both of us on everything. That way my daughter can’t play us against one another (even the best kid in the world does this in a divorce situation), the teacher understands the fact that the child is probably going back and forth between parents during the school year, and neither of the parents can be “blamed” when things go wrong (if they go wrong). I sincerely hope that your experience is smoother than my own.

    Bob, I love Achtung Baby too. One of my favorites of all time as well.

    As Americans, we have the luxury of talking about stupid shit in the news. Basically it’s what I like to call a “Problem of Abundance”, also known as “First World Problems”. Just enough Americans live relatively peaceful and uneventful lives and that allows us to either ignore or pass judgement upon those among us who don’t get to live that kind of life (i.e., Ferguson). Unfortunately it will remain this way until enough Americans will reach the pain threshold where we’ll stop being distracted by the Kardashians and will start wanting the News to actually be news. That’s my two cents.

    I don’t get the EmoProg psychology either. Maybe it’s driven by a naivete about what can be accomplished by a Democratic President. They don’t expect anything of a Republican President but they expect everything from a Democratic President. I think what Moore said was so fucking offensive. I can’t wait for what the history books actually say. They will look at the facts, Bob’s recent economic articles being the perfect example, and I’m calling it now–he’ll be judged as one of our best Presidents. I hope Moore lives to see how History does view him so we can rub his face in it.

    Awwwwgust Twwentty-forth Pwovdux Roid Eyelund….Bob your imitation of him is absolutely fucking hilarious…….I’m gonna get in trouble at work because you made me laugh so damn hard…tears….omg

  • WhittakerWalt

    I want to hear more about the Bill of Writs.

  • ranger11

    I pegged Bob for a Joshua Tree-type person. Achtung Baby! Great stuff. Their toughest album. And their best. A grunge era U2.

  • muselet

    Chez Pazienza attending a PTA meeting. I feel like I’ve slipped into a particularly bizarre alternate universe.

    Bob, you’re right about ISIS being the Kobayashi Maru Scenario. There is no way to win, however that word is defined. The best the US can possibly do is provide support—logistical and tactical—to local and regional militaries and let them do the bulk of the fighting. As a bonus, John McCain and Lindsey Graham would both blow strokes on live television (“Must-See TV!”) if anyone seriously suggested doing anything like that.

    ISIS is not an existential threat to the US. At the moment, they are not interested in, nor do they have the capacity for, coming after the US (sure, they’ll capture and horribly kill any American they can in order to look badass, but ISIS is emphatically not coming to kill us in our beds). Treating ISIS as an adversary—taking these medievalist motherfuckers seriously, you should pardon my Anglo-Saxon—is giving the group credibility and status they simply don’t deserve. When John Kerry talked about reducing terrorism to a nuisance, I imagine this is what he had in mind.

    If the US must do something, and I hate to say this, then let it be highly-targeted assassination of the ISIS leadership. Well, that and, as Charlie Pierce just this morning, acknowledging what the president said:

    Moreover, even while declaring that American power will be used to protect American interests abroad, the president told the other countries in the region, the ones whose wealthy citizens bribe the barbarians to cause trouble elsewhere but leave them alone, that it’s time for their skin to be put in the game, that the military of the United States is not composed of mall cops for the oil-sodden, theocratic Machiavellis of the region.

    At the moment, ISIS is fighting a regional fight. Let’s support the region and go from there.

    I downloaded the U2 album yesterday morning and haven’t had a chance to listen yet (it’s been a crazy week), but I’m eagerly anticipating having an hour to myself to listen and ponder.

    Thirteen years ago, I sat and stared at the TV, watching those planes hit the World Trade Center over and over and over as if the movie was going to end differently this time, listened to Peter Jennings calmly (what else?) tryi to make sense of it all. Thirteen years ago, I couldn’t turn away. Now, I wouldn’t watch that footage again for love or money. I don’t want to relive that stunned numbness, or that sense that everything was going to go very wrong, very soon (a sense that ramped up dramatically three days later with George W Bush decided to yell into a bullhorn), or especially the nation going frothing-at-the-mouth mad.

    The less said about Michael Moore, the better. He can be an effective polemicist when he bothers to care, but he also disregards inconvenient facts (including linear time, in the case of Roger and Me). I’ve seen a couple of his films and bits and pieces of others, and have always come away with a feeling that his slovenly appearance (okay, fine, yes, every director dresses like a duck hunter would dress if camo came in black, but still) reflects a sloppy mind. That he’s *disappointed in Obama* makes me give bonus points to Barack Obama.

    Bob, you bought into it because it’s easy to be a cynic—almost as easy as being a political purist—and damned hard to be a realist. At one point or another, we all fall into that trap.

    Dan Bidondi’s theme music is—wait for it—”Broadcast News Medium,” a loop included in Garage Band. Somehow, I don’t think Apple will be using the fact that Dan Bidondi uses Garage Band in its advertising.

    I laughed until I cried when I heard Bidondi say the date. No matter how serious he thinks he is, he just can’t pull it off.

    I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on television, but I stand by my diagnosis: Dan Bidondi has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. He’s not stupid, he’s suffered brain injury.

    Caption for the attached: “Domestic Chez” Pazienza and unidentified parent enter a PTA meeting.


    • Victor_the_Crab

      The Bob & Chez Show is not the same without your weekly review of it. 🙂

      • muselet

        Aw, shucks.

        Like I said a couple of weeks back, Bob and Chez are the ones who do the work. I just sit back, often with an adult beverage of some description, and riff. Sometimes at great length.

        Your comments bring clarity as well, and are much appreciated.


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  • JohnC80

    He’s disappointed in Obama? Moore was the dude that told liberals in Michigan not to vote in 2010 and they didn’t. So he’s part of the reason we’re stuck with this state government who’s working hard trying to turn Michigan into Mississippi of the north. And he supposed be helping us out here but I haven’t seen him since early 2013 few weeks after Snyder turned us into a right to work state and bringing back the financial emergency manager law despite the fact people voted to repeal it.

    • Victor_the_Crab

      That, unto itself, is why Michael Moore needs to seriously STFU. With allies like him, who needs adversaries?

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Listening to Dan Bidondi talking to that Rhode Island senator is like George Costanza trying, for weeks, to come up with a comeback to give to a guy who insulted him.