Archive for February, 2014

the future is in the past

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Camels.  They are out of place in the book of Genesis.  (“Biblical Archeology” Magazine will have to figure out how the camels died on Noah’s Arc.)

Thousands of years from now, there will confusion about by the technological anachronisms propagated from the work of Steampunkers.

Dave Berg fudges the record on Leno.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Dave Berg, former producer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, tries to up Jay Leno’s legacy by insisting…

He brought in the politicians.

Our grand experiment began with Jimmy Carter, whose candor was a change from Hollywood guests who were often little more than self-promoters. Carter didn’t hesitate to admit to Leno he almost lost his presidential bid in 1976 after telling Playboy that he, a strong Christian, had “lust” in his heart. Carter turned out to be a big draw, so we forged ahead.

This is curious.  Jimmy Carter, I see, was on Jay Leno in February of 1993.  This is, indeed, before Al Gore made his appearance on David Letterman — on CBS later that autumn.  But it is hard to see this “forging ahead” at “full speed ahead”.

By 2000, the major presidential candidates in the primary and general elections were making regular stops on Leno and, to a lesser extent, Letterman, who had followed our lead. “The Daily Show,” picking up steam with new host Jon Stewart, was on the same path. Politicians saw late-night as an opportunity to come across as a regular guy in a way news shows did not afford them.

Interesting.  Bob Dole announced his presidential bid on Letterman in 1995.  Basically.  He would do so officially a little later.  It was noted through the magazine news-weeklies (either Time or Newsweek) as a harbinger of the zeitgeist of politicians making their way into pop culture venues.  By the time we get into the 2000s there’s two good reasons for politicians to gravitate toward Leno: ratings winner, and he’s safer.  (Leno was never going to get into a feud with Sarah Palin).    But by this point, everyone’s on everyone, and, sorry Dave Berg.

I tend to think Letterman revitalized his show slightly for a while by bringing political figures for something a tad harder hitting than Leno (somehow sliding into having political opinions).  But this was brief.

… Then again, I don’t know that Ron Paul ever did Letterman, so maybe that counts for something.

vulgarity… same as it ever was.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In critiquing the crashness of current popular culture, I sometimes think people don’t give enough credit for the crashness of previous generations.  Take this editorial from the National Review… “Triumph of the Vulgarians“:

(The two most rebellious comedians in my youth were Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld — because they kept it clean or, in Seinfeld’s case, at least kept it suggestive.)

Sure, sure… Cosby… but something about the Seinfeld show and the “suggestive” as opposed to his statement on “nobody watches Miley Cyrus twerk and asks ‘What is she getting at'”…  Had to hedge there, I see…

Sigh.

Just about every other month, Donald Wildmon would put out a full page ad on the back of the Sunday comics section, which greatly rejiggered the comics pages and shrunk everything.  It was annoying, even if reading Wildmon rave outrage at the latest televised offenses was somewhat amusing.  Wildmon knew what he’s seeing… and he knows what “Master of Your Domain” and “Sponge-worthy” means.

Meanwhile, I saw something odd when I briefly caught a minute of the 700 Club.  Currently conservative activist and former star of the show Cheers John Ratzinberger.  Or, Cliff Clavin.  The show host propping up stills from that television show repeatedly, and… I remember an episode which consisted of … erm… Sam and Rebecca trying to have sex, but getting entangled with conflicting psychological advice from Frasier and Lilith.

I think it’s the reason my 6th CCD teacher (the one we had for a few weeks before an absolute nutcase stepped in the breach)  was absolutely horrified by Cheers.

Not that everything is great.  I don’t know how you navigate a child through the popular culture, but it strikes me that nothing is on a downward cliff, so much as right at a plateau.  I honestly don’t know what the difference, in terms of crashness not aesthetics, between Miley Cyrus’s performance and Madonna’s “writhing around in a chopped off wedding dress”.

To a great extent, indicators suggest things are “okay”.  Bullying, for instance, is down.  And that one seems to be something coming out of “political correctness”, ie: quit being mean to gays.  Which brings us to something a little odd…

Putin explains the reason for an “American Style School Shooting“, a tragic event that occurred in Russia, and…

Meanwhile, Putin took a slightly different tack, lamenting the lack of cultural education of Russia’s youth. “The new generation … needs to be raised with good artistic taste and the ability to understand and value the theatrical, dramatic and musical arts,” he stated. “And if this was done as it should be in our country, maybe there would not be tragedies like the tragedy in Moscow today.”

Hm.  The thing is a little odd, because as of right now, this is an isolated event.  Not enough Checkov?  I suppose I should just be glad Putin didn’t blame it on Pussy Riot.

Rand Paul wooing voters still angry about Monica.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Rand Paul is partying like it’s 1999!

Or, probably 1998.

In recent weeks, one Republican after another has come forward to rebut the Democratic claim that the GOP is waging a “war on women.” The responses have ranged from homey (Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers responding to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address by noting that she’d given birth just eight weeks earlier) to creepy (former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee saying Democrats think women can’t control their “libidos.”) But perhaps most puzzling has been the tack taken by Rand Paul, who in interview after interview after interview has accused Democrats of “hypocrisy” for claiming to support women’s rights while giving Bill Clinton a pass for his “predatory” behavior towards Monica Lewinsky.

The pundit-ocracy is speaking.

What Rand Paul needs to stop doing.

Apparently there’s a whole treasure trove of new materials from the Clinton era about the whole brohauhau about Monica Lewinsky.  A right wing blog news source has had a field day publishing a bunch of stuff.

The funny thing about it is… none of it is all that much interesting.

(And check out that photoraph down a ways on the NYT piece of Rand Paul WALKING RIGHT AT YOU.  It needs to be printed in 3D, to give you the total effect of Rand Paul WALKING RIGHT AT YOU.)

You know… when Ron Paul voted for impeachment… he took the opportunity to explain his vote as … erm… War.  What is it good for?  Though, he didn’t follow up on it for Bush.  But Rand Paul isn’t Ron Paul, and Rand Paul needs to somehow appeal to 60 something year old conservative activists in Iowa, and repeating Monica is sexier than repeating Benghazi over and over again.

you know who hated kennedy?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

One of the comment queries that I see from time to time leading to this blog runs along the lines of “Larouche views on FDR”.  I honestly think my blog post which simply posted excerpts from the Larouche book The Case of Walter Lippmann is amongst the most important items in my “Larouche Challenge” categories, as clearly it has cleared the air for a smattering of people googling about to find out Larouche’s historic views on FDR from when he was specifically targetting the far right as they differ sharply from post 1982 or thereabouts when he’s come to find some strategic use for Roosevelt.

I kind of think such a page, a bit more extensive, would be useful to put up on the “laroucheplanet” page (not much updated though it is, having fulfilled much of its perceived obligation in getting a bunch of information out there), as well as… it seems about time to put up a bunch of quotations on where stands Larouche on Kennedy.  Because, you know… what do we have here?

John Sigerson, who directed the concert, said that the concert hoped to expand people’s awareness of the importance of the arts in a classical sense, by reminding people of the high social, moral and innovative standards embodied in the leadership of President Kennedy.

AND…

From A note from Margaret Fairchild:
Long live Mozart and JFK!

Poppy cock.  Feel free to jump to the index page of the Walter Kippmann… looking up Kennedy, and just plucking out a random page number… 40
“the global pattern of the Knnedy administration period is waves of destablizations, tampering in foreign elections and other typically Rockefellar antics”

An interesting note in the review of this big concert, consisting of “mostly NEC students and Boston freelancers, with a smattering of Schiller Institute members”.  I like this one:

In the low-lying portions, he was not helped by the Schiller Institute’s campaign to lower modern pitch to 432 Hz in accord with Verdi’s dictum.

Ba de dum.

A bit of criticism found here.  And naming names.
The current lack of leadership from Cardinal Sean O’Malley.  Specifically, Cardinal Sean has erred by allowing a recognized cult (The Schiller Institute) to co-sponsor an event with the archdiocese in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
If you said (d) you are correct.  Maybe you researched the Schiller Institute before answering (d).  If so good for you, it is far more than the Cardinal and his advisors did.
Yes, those LaRouche automatons.  You know them standing in front of your local post office.  They have eager smiles and glassed over eyes. They have a cardtable full of sundry conspiracy literature with large pictures of President Obama and President Bush with Hitler mustaches to attract your attention.  You can find out lots of information about cults and the LaRouche cult online.
So you think the mantle of credibility laid upon the disciples of Lyndon LaRouche is no big deal.  Sure there is something to be said for the fact that most Bostonians will be watching Tom Brady this Sunday afternoon instead of swooning over the symphonic strains of Mozart in the South End.  However, you can bet that this event will be rebroadcast all over the world on various LaRouche websites and maybe even on the Cardinal’s vanity television station.   I believe that Boston is the second diocese (possibly archdiocese) to be taken in by Lyndon LaRouche and the Schiller Institute with this Kennedy concert scam.  Shame on any pastor who lets these creeps into the sanctuary.  I hope this brief blog post will prompt a mea culpa from Cardinal Sean, but I doubt it.  Apologize to his sheep- no way.  It is easier to use his cadre of public relations professionals to explain away this ugly omission in leadership.

ITEM NUMBER TWO:  CAN KESHA ROGERS BE STOPPED?

So.  Texas Elections calendarEarly voting for the statewide Democratic primary begins on February 18 and Election Day is Tuesday, March 4.
LaRouche activist Kesha Rogers is also running as a Democrat for some unknown reason.
The reasons are pretty well known, and I’ll get to them in a minute.

From a  blog I always end up linking when I get back to Kesha Rogers:

One candidate should come with glaring spotlights and screaming klaxons, to warn everyone in her path to stay the hell away. I speak of course of the LaRouche nutball Kesha Rogers, who for the last two elections managed to get herself and her message of impeaching President Obama nominated in CD22. That’s mortifying to say the least, but in the end neither nomination had any effect on anything. Nominating her for the Senate – even allowing her to slip into the runoff – would make all of us a laughingstock on a national scale with the force to knock Chris Christie out of the news cycle and with the potential to administer real damage to Wendy Davis’ campaign.

Actually, don’t kid yourself.  It’d be a headache if she were in the run-off, but how long did anyone remember the last Texas Senate run-off semi-embarrassing candidate from 2 years ago?  Grady Yarbrough.  It will be a drag on the ticket if she gets into the general election, and you don’t want her to get into the run-off, but don’t

Also nobody remembers the Larouchie who was the Democratic nominee for US Senator in Wyoming in 2000.

OuchWe only need to recall the failed challenge by the much more seasoned and credible Ken Paxton in 2011, at a time when Straus’ grip on power was far more tenuous than today, to realize that Democrats David Alameel or Kesha Rogers have a better chance of defeating US Senator John Cornyn in November than Turner has of vanquishing Straus in a battle for the speakership.

Hm…  Commentary and a half.

And even though I’m obviously more qualified than Democrat hopefuls Harry Kim, Kesha Rogers, Maxey Marie Scherr (fake name?), Michael “Fjet” Fjetland (super fake name), and David M. Alameel, and could very easily give Cornyn a run for his money, don’t worry. I’m in no danger of becoming a senator.
Campaigning where?  1300 Freedom Radio and a Danny Super Foods parking lot.  She sure is campaigning where the Democratic votes aren’t.  And talking before Tea Party groups.  It is where some money is, and that’s the purpose of her run.  See too here… All in the Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll results!
Interesting about this one.
On the day President Barack Obama was to give his sixth State of the Union address, there were two people in New Braunfels calling for his impeachment — before he embroils the United States in thermonuclear war.
Bill Roberts and Ema Reuter of the LaRouche PAC — that’s for onetime perennial presidential candidate and Libertarian Linden LaRouche — and supporters of “LaRouche Democrat” for U.S. Senate Kesha Rogers,  stood near the sidewalk behind the county tax office in the cold for hours handing out campaign literature — bookended by “Impeach Obama” posters that depict the president with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache.
Shouldn’t Bill Roberts be running for something in his home state of Michigan?
Apparently Diane Sare gets to stick in New Jersey.  She’s one up on Bill Roberts in the hierarchy.
On our latest episode, we sit for a chat with Diane Sare, 2013 candidate for governor of New Jersey, activist, and a member of the Larouche PAC. We discuss the latest tirade in New Jersey with Chris Christie’s traffic blockade, the core principles of the Larouche PAC, and Mrs. Sare’s economic and political philosophies.

Q and A Time.  Where does Kesha Rogers stand on Abortion?  Er… she’s for Impeachment.

ITEM NUMBER THREE:
And again and again and again…Rogers was in the area for an interview with 1300 Freedom Radio and a meet and greet at Danny’s Super Foods, 2003 Western Ave., West Orange. – See more at: http://www.orangeleader.com/local/x1186906827/Rogers-U-S-Senate-hopeful-meets-with-Orange-residents#sthash.cSZxDNNP.dpuf
Rogers was in the area for an interview with 1300 Freedom Radio and a meet and greet at Danny’s Super Foods, 2003 Western Ave., West Orange. – See more at: http://www.orangeleader.com/local/x1186906827/Rogers-U-S-Senate-hopeful-meets-with-Orange-residents#sthash.cSZxDNNP.dpuf
Rogers was in the area for an interview with 1300 Freedom Radio and a meet and greet at Danny’s Super Foods, 2003 Western Ave., West Orange. – See more at: http://www.orangeleader.com/local/x1186906827/Rogers-U-S-Senate-hopeful-meets-with-Orange-residents#sthash.cSZxDNNP.dpuf
Rogers was in the area for an interview with 1300 Freedom Radio and a meet and greet at Danny’s Super Foods, 2003 Western Ave., West Orange. – See more at: http://www.orangeleader.com/local/x1186906827/Rogers-U-S-Senate-hopeful-meets-with-Orange-residents#sthash.cSZxDNNP.dpuf
Rogers was in the area for an interview with 1300 Freedom Radio and a meet and greet at Danny’s Super Foods, 2003 Western Ave., West Orange. – See more at: http://www.orangeleader.com/local/x1186906827/Rogers-U-S-Senate-hopeful-meets-with-Orange-residents#sthash.cSZxDNNP.dpuf

At the February 3, 2014 LPAC Policy Committee meeting with guests from around the world, Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche makes a chilling prediction that due to the US deliberately provoking Russia into a response, a thermo nuclear mutual extermination will be kicked off in March 2014.
LaRouche also predicts the official declaration by the Queen will happen in March.

Mark your calendars?
Leafing through the latest Press TV appearances by Bill Jones; there’s Syria and some coverage to align roughly with this “Nuclear Threat”  to Russia and “Russia to Retaliate” line.  Bill Jones is More Putin than Putin.
Historical Perspective.  Larouche sits along and debates with… The Nation of Islam?  (Just out of prison at the time.)

The fascist content of that revolution, the qualifications of the LaRouche movement to lead the fight against it, and the consequences of failing to defeat it, were the subject of a series of keynote presentations and panels, followed by a session devoted to open discussion
by members of the audience with the panelists.Opening keynote speech is by Lyndon LaRouche, following him is Health Minister Abdul Alim Muhammad of the Nation of Islam speaking on behalf of Minister Louis Farrakhan, and there is a short question and answer period after. Questions are about free trade, to Mr. Muhammad about the NOI statement that white people are devils, can we create a better music education system, why the founding fathers allowed slavery to continue, and what role does sense perception play in education.

Today we get this fight from the 9/11 Truth Movement … seems to be about Tarpley here.
 Somewhere along the fight for Glass Steagall, Lyndon Larouche goes to rehashing his “Monica Lewinsky was a British Agent” line to diss current Republican efforts at impeaching Obama.  So we get this from the “Irish Brigade” blog.

In light of Lyndon LaRouche’s remarks about former President Bill Clinton during the Monday, Jan. 27, policy committee dialogue, it is worthwhile to once again review the actual strategic context for the Republican impeachment hoax against the President. The strategic consequences of the Clinton impeachment are still reverberating in profound ways today.

So long as there’s a personality split between Clinton and Obama, there will be a way to claim to be siding with Clinton and making meat out of it.
INSULT-A-PALOOZA

political image users

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

This is kind of amusing.

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden is defending fundraising websites set up by the Republican campaign committee he oversees that critics say mislead voters into thinking they’re actually donating to Democrats.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which Walden chairs, has set up 16 websites that use flattering photos of Democratic incumbents and in many cases the same typography and colors they use on their own campaign sites – as well as web addresses that use the names of the Democrats.

In smaller type under the candidates’ names, the sites describe how they’re raising money to defeat those candidates.

And Greg Walden and the Republicans are not particularly fooling anyone with this rationale:

NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said the committee didn’t intend to deceive anyone and that the fuss was much ado about nothing.

“I think we give voters credit for being able to read a website and come to the conclusion that they are negative attacks on Democratic candidates,” she said.

Visuals are at times everything in politics — there’s a famous example of a critical news piece from one of the networks which juxtaposed Reagan’s glowing ads with his record, where Reagan’s political operatives than thanked the network for what was a positive piece for them is pushing the visuals forward again.  So here is the irony of this use of positive smiling pictures of your political opponents for, in part, reasons of fooling…

Time Magazine, which posted a story on the websites Wednesday, described it as similar to a “spoofing” telemarketing scam and quoted Kathy Kiley of the Sunlight Foundation as saying:

“If it were a consumer product we were talking about it would be illegal—or at least you’d get the better business bureau all over you…It’s just another example of how un-transparent and shady the system of funding political campaigns has become.”

The alternative, and what we see is typical, is use of the unflattering pictures imaginable of your opponent, set up against horror music for dramatic effect.  And you know what?  This gets a lot of derision from the same people critical of the Republican use of the smiling positive images.

Damned if you do; damned if you don’t, and the only honest method of campaigning is to go to the negative image.  Kind of ironic.

Superbowl Sunday television watching

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

An entire nation sat on the couch after the halftime, the Seahawks leading 22 to 0, and so thinking “Let’s see if Peyton Manning can pull something off here”.

Percy Harvin scores a touchdown on the opening kick-off of the half.  The score is 29 to 0.

An entire nation is thinking, “Let’s just click it over to the Animal Planet and watch the continuous loop of the Puppy Bowl.”

why is a and f falling flat right now?

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

A sign that the Revolution Will Not be covered in the Old Media.  There is this anti- Abercrombie and Fitch activism out there, at time vaguely and at other times specifically left-wing in nature, centered around the various repercussions of their elitist market value … starting with the CEO line of…

“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and lots of friends.”

And so it is… curious in its exclusivity.  Basically we’re selling prestige for rich white Suburbanites.

And on to why they don’t stock women’s clothing above a small size (because “fat chicks” aren’t cool)… and how they can easily slide into insensitivity on some of their apparel– the “ironic racist” t-shirts, ala this controversy.
None of this permeates this NY Times article on how the company’s sales are down.  Instead a hodgepodge of things that make sense in my world and things that… are from another world than mine.

Sales are down across the shelves of many traditional teenage apparel retailers, and some analysts and others suggest that it’s not just a tired fashion sense causing the slump. The competition for teenage dollars, at a time of high unemployment within that age group, spans from more stores to shop in to more tempting technology.

And sometimes phones loaded with apps or a game box trump the latest in jeans.

Good, good, good… and… now bad.

“It’s enough to make you think the teen is going to be walking around naked,” said John D. Morris, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets. “What happened to them?”

What?  If they’re walking around naked maybe they’re just following some of the store’s ads… Unless, of course…

“You can buy a plaid shirt at Abercrombie that’s like $70,” said Daniela Donayre, 17, standing in a Topshop in Manhattan. “Or I can go to Forever 21 and buy the same shirt for $20.”

Har de har har.  Then there’s the problem with celebrity trend-setters shifting their trends on an increased pace.

“Today, if you saw that Justin Bieber got arrested drag-racing,” Mr. McClintock said, “and you saw in the picture that he had on a cool red shirt, then you can go online and find that cool red shirt and have it delivered to you in two days from some boutique in Los Angeles.

“Ten years ago, teens were dependent on going to Abercrombie & Fitch and buying from the select items that Mike Jeffries, the C.E.O., thought would be popular nine months ago.”

Har de har har.