Archive for the ‘Disney’ Category

What Doesn’t Belong Week

Sunday, November 15th, 2009


Since I didn’t start What Doesn’t Belong? Week until Tuesday, I figure I owe the good citizens of Mitchieville one last picture. Surprisingly, this one last picture looks like the rest of the pictures I posted this week. But it’s not the same. It is not the same at all. It’s not even close. A world of difference.

The first thing I noticed about this picture was the chick on the far right who’s digging her bony elbow into the hunchback brunette in the second row, well, the bony elbow girl is wearing a Canadian Tuxedo™ – jean pants and jean jacket, and most likely a shirt purchased from Levis Strauss. It’s just an observation, and another chance to use the phrase *Canadian Tuxedo*. It has nothing to do with the thread of this post.

Usually when you see a picture of a gaggle of girls, there are at least a few pretty ones in said gaggle. Not in this picture. These kids must be on some sort of retreat. If I had to guess, I’d say they’re at Camp Couchaminga, celebrating that they are all survivors of fetal alcohol syndrome. The retreat gives them a chance to talk to councillors, and other kids who survived being born to a mother with a drinkie drinkie problem. Well The Mayor thinks that’s just super. You go girls. Just because momma was a slug doesn’t mean you have to be a slug. Sure, you’ll never be as happy or popular as the pretty girls, but you have something they never will - a built in excuse for future failure. And that’s got to be worth something.

I do believe this post was in poor taste and will no doubt cost Mitchieville over 6% of its regular readers.

Oh, right, What Doesn’t Belong?

Five Guys In A Limo

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

In the YouTube clip below, Hollywood voice-over legend Don LaFontaine (who died earlier this week) and 4 of his voice-over pals have a little fun on their way to some awards show I’ve never heard of.    Lot’s fun, and safe for the kids too!

More about Don LaFontaine and his career can be found here.


Disney Fingerprints Visitors — Liberals Hide Under Beds

Monday, March 24th, 2008


painting by Ron English

Boing Boing: Walt Disney World fingerprints visitors by Cory Doctorow

Disney is now fingerprinting visitors to Walt Disney World as part of its ticket-fraud prevention scheme. They’re not being very transparent about it, either: there are no signs posted about the data collection or retention, and Disney’s official line is that they’re not collecting fingerprints, just mathematical representations of same.
Now that our national immune system has begun to attack us in a terrible anaphylactic spasm — indiscriminate NSA wiretaps, meaningless TSA security theater, secret aviation rules and no-fly lists, “free speech zones,” suspension of habeas corpus and all the rest — it’s absolutely irresponsible to gather this kind of information and leave it where the savage toddlers of the national security apparat might find it and wreak havoc with it.

For me, the worst part of this is that it conditions us to get used to being treated like crooks. If you were asked for a fingerprint when you bought a doughnut, you’d rightly leave the store. Why should an amusement park get a walk?

Maybe it’s because the local doughnut shop gets a tiny fraction of the crowds that Disney gets? Try thinking, Mr. Doctorow.

On the other hand, if some lunatic entered one of Disney’s parks and started blasting his nine millimeter, Doctorow would be screaming about the lax security and corporate America’s greed and callousness.

I know most of the liberal nation prefers privacy over any form of life, but some perspective is in order. It is significantly more frightening to have some wack job trying to harm me (or my family) than a machine recording my fingerprint to be placed in some database that no one gives a fuck about until a crime occurs.

Also important is the fact that Disney isn’t the government; it’s a private entity and can (within reason and within the law) make whatever rules it wishes. If you don’t like Disney’s policies, you’re free not to go there. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through their parks DAILY. Disney has a huge obligation in making sure all of its parks are uber-safe. I admit that I am not thrilled with any security at all, which tends to delay things and can be an overall pain in the arse. Yet, I blame the bastard elements who storm schools, universities, and malls.

Not Disney.

~ Sisyphus, cross-posted at The Sisyphus Files.