Yesterday, I ended up hearing a Michael Savage rant about how the Chinese hackers were going to disable all the U.S. computers (even those on aircraft carriers and nuclear subs, evidently) and launch a first-strike. Wow! I now know which end of the dial I need to turn to for entertainment. I'm wondering at this point if the whole theme wasn't stolen from the plot of one of those old teen thrillers (was it "War Games") where the teenage hacker ends up starting a nuclear war. To assauge doubters like myself, Michael had some self-proclaimed expert assure us that Michael's scenario was "completely possible."
On a lighter note (hmmm, does it get any lighter than that?), I ventured over to Wikipedia to look at the entry for Michael Savage. It turns out his real name is Weiner (much more appropriate, don't you think) and that he's a Jew from the Bronx who did homeopathy, alternative medicine, and sang the praises of marijuana, and once worked for Timothy Leary (of kool-aid experiment fame). He was also apparently great buddies with Ginsberg (the openly gay, beat poet), who Michael was constantly pestering (it appears that Michael wanted nude pictures to take home). Is it just me, or is there something wrong with this picture? When Mr. Whiner, er Savage, wanted to leave his little corner of liberal academia for a cushy radio spot, did he suddenly have a conversion after finding out that conservative hate radio paid more?
I guess that this is the kind of individual that capitalism needs: People who see a growing need and rush to fill it. On the other hand, I hope we don't see another Larry Craig sort of meltdown with Michael "sodomizing" (Savage's favorite word) some fellow family values conservative in a Berkeley bathroom. Michael's hatred of homosexuals, after all, borders on the obsessive--there are some major Freudian forces at work there. Hopefully, Michael can keep up the "savage" facade. Our true-believing Republican brethren can only withstand so much, after all.