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January 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Books | January 23, 2009 |

Pink already did an admirable job of reviewing this title, so I’ll just give my guarded nod of admiration. As I’ve stated many times, I think everybody’s an idiot. Most debate involves pointing at fringe groups and the outrageous crap they say and do and believe. There are bad guys on both sides. For every pro-lifer waving a placard with Little Caesar’s smeared on it shouting about baby-killing, there’s a feminist demanding that college men falsely accused of and detained for rape could stand to learn the thoughtful lesson. For every bomb the brown people commie kicker throw, there’s countless peaceniks admiring the decisions of Trotsky and Lenin. For every person trying to put the Ten Commandments on the blackboard and creationism in textbooks, there are assholes trying to outlaw dodgeball and suspend students for bringing in Birthday Cupcakes. For every Fred Phelps and Sean Hannity, there’s a Gloria Steinem or Andrea Dworkin.

The thesis of his book is two fold, and I agree wholeheartedly with the second. The first is that Marty Beckerman is a funny fucking guy — we’ll get to that. The second is how about we think for ourselves? I like that. It’s a delicate balance, and Beckerman isn’t offering any solutions. He’s pulling a Bill Maher, pointing at the floor shitters and sneering, “Look at them shittin’ the floor!” My political leanings are a little more Libertarian. I think we should return rights back to the states, allow them to legalize and de-legalize what they care to, and then allow people to move accordingly. I don’t think anyone should be forced to accept others beliefs, and should be allowed to live among like minded people. I’ve never done an illegal drug in my life but I think it should be legalized. I don’t support political correctness. I don’t support hate speech either.

Beckerman’s pretty convinced that he’s Tucker Max, hilarious and wise and sexy to everyone. And while he hits a lot, he misses far more. Some of his jokes are clunkers. Most of the book is him making purposefully offensive remarks in order to get a rise out of people. And trust me, I can relate. I do it all the time, mostly to rile up the coloreds and bitches. And since it’s supposed to be a humorous discourse, I’m not expecting any glaring insights. It’s how Republicans feel watching Fox News. Cringeworthy, but ultimately I agree with Beckerman.

It’s easily worth a perusal, and you’ll get a chuckle. Me, I don’t have a sense of humor, so I don’t know. At least the book was free. (Thanks, Disinformation! While I can’t agree with all of your crazy ass political conspiratorilizing, I think at least you’re one of them few continually entertaining and honest outlets for current affairs.)

[Publisher’s Note: The views expressed are solely those of the author/speaker and do not reflect the views of the State of Pajiba, the Attorney General of Pajiba or those of any other state or state official. Especially the politically offensive crack about “colored and bitches.” Unless you thought it was funny, in which case, we own 100 percent of Brian Prisco, and his remarks may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of the State of Pajiba. We’re so going to get in trouble for that, Prisco.]

This review is part of the Cannonball Read series. Details are here and the growing number of participants and their blogs are here.

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Books | January 23, 2009 |

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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