Daily Archives: 10/25/2011

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine opens mouth, inserts foot, surprises nobody.

In a story recounted on Blabbermouth.net, Megadeth founder and mainstay Dave Mustaine has felt the need to share his thoughts on the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests currently occupying the thoughts of many Americans, global financial instabililty and to explain just why President Barack Obama is so bad for America (pro-tip, Dave – absurd, unthinking patriotism is the last refuge of the easily-led).

This gentleman, Dave Mustaine, is the least of your problems.

Apparently, peacefully protest the banking institutions and financial sector big-wigs who have so completely capsized the economies of the world is a bad thing.  Nobody should be doing it – it’s just not American (well, I’m not American, so my continual dismay at the parlous financial state of the planet, austerity measures and public service cuts across the globe is okay, then?  Cool.  Hurray for being a lily-livered European!).

The protesters shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, the City of London, or anywhere else that banking ne’er-do-wells hang-out because heck – it costs the police money to train and deploy their officers to pepper-spray innocent people demonstrating against innately corrupt and autonomous systems.  Don’t these people exercising their right to free assembly and protest realise what they’re doing?  They’re costing the taxpayers money!  The outrage!

Image via the Daily Telegraph. Who probably don't hold with the likes of Dave Mustaine at all...

I mean, it’s not as though anybody who pays their taxes to a government ever got so ticked off at a government’s misdeeds that they decided to do something positive about their anger and went out to loudly disparage a politician or two!  That would NEVER happen. Of course the only people who ever protest against inequity are jobless, homeless, tent-dwelling, weed-smoking hipsters who can be summarily dismissed because they don’t speak for the rest of us – hey, as they’re worse than useless anyway, why not just let the police break out the hardware and tear gas the bloody hippies into submission, so that they can’t make a lot of fuss and noise and upset those sensitive financial sector types as they go to work, unsung heroes that they are.

And the President certainly shouldn’t be encouraging people to protest against arrogant swine who don’t care that they brought the economies of the world to their metaphorical knees just so long as they can have a nice Mercedes in the drive and someone else to drive it.

Never mind that he hasn’t actually done any of that.  Some rabble-rousing Tea Party shock jock said that he did, so it must have happened.   It couldn’t be some ratings-starved half-wit drumming up controversy just to stir the flames of irrational hatred which arise at the mere idea of Barack Obama being the president of the USA.

Given that Obama, his administration, the Democratic party and nobody at all haven’t been directly encouraging teens to skip school and head to NYC to protest against the financial sector at all, and that this belief is so asinine as to be barely worth discussing seriously in an on-line forum, Dave Mustaine’s argument falls apart with another fallacy – that the banks, traders and brokers of the world are perfectly capable of sorting out the mess that they’ve caused if people would only give them some space and an opportunity to get things straight.

The moment that they thought people were looking the other way, distracted perhaps by wars or natural disasters, the financial sector went back to awarding themselves appallingly indulgent, unearned bonuses and being the vile, overly self-regarding delusionists that we always knew they were.  Given the opportunity to do nothing, guess what?  Wall Street will do nothing.  They are human after all, and if we give them the opportunity to evade responsibility and behave like idiots then they will.  Somewhat like Rock Musicians in that regard, eh, Dave?

Have the banks made lasting efforts to put their houses in order? No.  Do they show any sign at all of wanting to do that? No. Would they engage in absurd misdirection if they thought it would take the heat off them for a second or two? (Look! Over there, everybody! Kim Kardashian’s doing something!)

Peace sells, eh, Dave?

Words fail me.  If Mustaine had something to say about internet music piracy, something that he knows about, has a stake in, has something to impart to me on,  then I’d probably listen.  When it comes to his thoughts on anything other than whether Judas Priest are better than Iron Maiden forgive me for wanting some substance with his ill-advised public utterances.

I’m not the guy who says that celebrities have no business in voicing their opinions and that I don’t want to listen to them trying – a celebrity is, after all, only a version of me with nicer hair and far more opinions about wine than I will ever have.  Of course they should be allowed to speak publicly about what grieves them.   That’s why we have blogs, Dave – so that swell folks can witter and the world can continue on apace…

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In which Fluffrick outs himself as a Tom Cruise fan. Sort of.

I get it, I get it – he’s not to everyone’s taste. Leaping on sofas.  Having certain beliefs.  Being a little bit intense. Tom Cruise has had what you might call a ‘rum couple of years’.

I come here not to bury him, but Instead to tell you that I have a lot of time for him.  Or his on-screen persona. If I were to get hyper-analytical about the private people behind the celluloid projection, there’s a damn good chance that I’d never see another film at the cinema.  Tom Cruise is someone that I’ve just always quite liked.

Perhaps this is generational.  I grew up in the seventies and eighties, so I was at the perfect age to see flicks like “Risky Business”, “Top Gun” and “The Colour of Money” – films which helped build the Tom Cruise persona to the point where he became a Movie Star who was almost a sure thing at the box office.

He took chances and made films – “Born on the Fourth of July”, “Interview With The Vampire”, latterly “Magnolia” – which did interesting things with his image and with the way that we view him.   He was certainly a movie star throughout much of the 80’s and 90’s, but at some point he decided to be unafraid to play unsympathetic characters, which saw him take on a straight-out villainous role in “Collateral”, which ranks amongst the best work that he’s done.

When he’s in his unapologetic movie star garb, he’s managed to make some of my favourite films – We’ve mentioned “Top Gun” previously, but I really enjoyed “The Firm” when it opened back in the early nineties for his part in making a John Grisham adaptation somewhat more exciting than a story essentially driven by photocopying and filing needed to be.  You’ve got to hand it to an actor who can make you root for a junior solicitor.  That, my friends, is talent.

To bring us to the actual reason for this post – Cruise and his “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” co-stars are on the cover of this month’s issue of “Empire” magazine, viz:

Look! It's Simon Pegg in 'significantly more bad-ass than you' non-shocker...

The movie’s out on December 26th and has the added benefit – if you don’t count Brad Bird directing as reason enough to go and see it – of having a six minute precursor to “The Dark Knight Rises” attached to the Imax prints.

Imminent, plunging-to-one's-doom death? All in a day's work...

Tom Cruise – he’s still got it.  How so?  Author Lee Child agreed to the casting of Cruise as his hero Jack Reacher even though he’s, how shall we say, not exactly a physical match for the resourceful lone wanderer from the books.  If he can convince an author – someone presumably fairly protective of their character, down to the physical resemblance of the fellow – that a 5’7″ fellow can play a 6’5″ former military policeman then I think it behoves us all to cut him slack.



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