Take Him Out!
by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
I see from the Lew Rockwell Blog that Lawrence Vance is in a huff again and has his winter shorts all tied up in knots; this, in turn, has caused me to get my undies all bunched up in my buns. Mr. Lawrence is upset because some guys named Rick Warren and Sean Hannity said that "we" should "take out" the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Well, I'm sorry, Mr. Vance, maybe Rick Warren and Sean Hannity are somebody in your neighborhood, but over here in Asia, they are unknown. Mr. Warren and Mr. Hannity themselves might think they are hot stuff in some third world country, but over here in a country that actually has a real economy, they are nobody. Who cares what those clowns say? If they want to take the president of Iran out, I say, by all means please do! But I seriously doubt that the president of Iran has the time to spend on those guys.
That Warren and Hannity actually think that we should "take out" the president of Iran shows you just how full of themselves these dolts are. This kind of reminds me of the self-centered, excessively bloated, egotistical ten-year-olds that Dr. Walter Block has to deal with. But that's another story....
Come to think of it, maybe it's not.
I do have to admit that I have seen Hannity before (on Youtube). I couldn't watch it for more than a few minutes. I mean, if I want to watch immature little kids arguing, I'll just go and pick up my son from Kindergarten, thank you. People like Warren and Hannity, (throw in the Peanut-Gallery that Dr. Block has had to correspond with), are examples of one of the biggest reasons why the USA is in the mess it's in. Make no mistake about it, the United States is one messed up place. Trust me, you don't want to go there if you don't have to. I wrote three years ago, that America was Bankrupt. At that time, people jumped all over me. No one's jumping on me now.
Take the bailout of the banks (please!), soon-to-be bailout of automakers, as well as the entire mess that is today's United States and you have a photo of a place going down the crapper; and in this photo, you will find one common denominator: Generally speaking, unfortunately, my fellow Americans, we come from a nation that has way more than its fair share of idiot megalomaniacs dominating the airwaves. These people have no manners nor courtesy, formality, respect, or grace. People like Hannity and Warren are as disgrace to civility. My guess is that they were brought up under rocks.
And they are on TV no less? You would never see these kinds of savages hosting a supposedly intelligent talk show on Japanese TV, nor on Chinese TV.
Two morons like these cannot, by themselves, do much damage. But what happens to average Slats Grobnik when he sees this kind of behavior on TV all the time and begins to think that this is normal? You'll have a bunch of very confused natives foaming at the mouth and their testosterone levels skyrocketing (inverse to their intelligence level). This kind of savagery becomes contagious and is damaging to civil discourse and civil behavior all around.
Throw that in with the collapse of the American education system — just witness the self-serving twits that Dr. Block has to deal with — and you have prime seats on the deck of the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
Yes, people like Hannity are conceited boors. But Mr. Vance, trust me, he is an absolute nobody — a zero. Hal Boedeker, the "TV Guy" writes that, when Hannity had Sarah Palin on the show, he had his second biggest ratings ever with 4.92 million viewers. He also adds, "In the 25-to-54 age group — the one most important to news advertisers — "Hannity & Colmes" (had) 1.39 million"
In the 25-to-54 age group, Hannity only gets 1.39 million!? That's so lame. My FM radio show, on the dog station in Tokyo, gets 900,000 to 1 million listeners a day and we don't usually have any famous guests on. We are radio; Hannity is nationwide TV and when he has a very popular person as a guest he can only get 1.39 million viewers? What a joke! Slap me when I stop laughing or when he does get a decent number.
Yeah, my show gets 1 million listeners a day... You know what? Who cares? I am very rarely recognized in public; and I like it that way... I suspect that jerks like Hannity have some sort of psychological screw-up that makes them attention hounds. Guys like him command attention 24/7. Can you imagine what it would be like to be married to a self-centered little brat like Hannity? I shudder the thought... Nah, nah, nah! I bet I have more groupies than Hannity does!
The joke gets even more absurd in China where polite, intelligent, humorous, humble guys like Rei Chingung host China's most prestigious business show. Rei's TV show has about a hundred times more viewers than Hannity. Daily, Rei's TV show has between 200 to 400 million viewers.
Yeah, but who cares about China or Japan, right?
But back to my initial reason for writing this dirge: Mr. Vance, what's your problem? So what if these clowns want to "take out" the president of Iran? Let them.
This reminds me of the time I took former WBA Heavyweight Champion Tony "TNT" Tubbs. I was walking along one early morning in Tokyo when I saw these two huge guys walking towards me. I was near Tokyo Dome so I thought these were sumo guys. As they got closer, I saw that they were foreigners. Closer still, I recognized one of them as Tony Tubbs who was about to get clobbered by Mike Tyson in a few days.
"I'm gonna try," he answered.
I then asked Tony to give me his autograph, which he did. Then he asked me where a health food store was.
"A health food store open in Tokyo at 7:00 in the morning? Are you crazy?" I thought. "The only health food stores around here would probably be in the Ginza," I answered.
"Alright. How do I get there?" he mumbled.
And that's the story, Mr. Vance. See? So what's your problem with "taking people out?" After all, that morning I "took" Tony "TNT" Tubbs.... to the train station.
So let's cheer Warren and Hannity as they "take out" the president of Iran. Hopefully they can all have a nice romantic dinner together, maybe a movie; and then after that, who knows? Maybe Hannity will get lucky. (If you know what I mean. Wink.)
December 6, 2008
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers [send him mail] was born and raised in the USA and moved to Japan in 1984. He is the president of a mass-media production company and also runs a talent agency in Japan. He is now the Producer/Director/Co-host of Good Morning Garage, the most popular FM radio morning show in Tokyo. His book, Schizophrenic in Japan, went on sale in 2005.
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