Archive for the 'On the Ground' Category

hats r us

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Noted: an internet ad for a “Vietnam War 50th Anniversary” cap.

Get one before 2024 (or is it 2025?) when the hat is no longer accurate for the moment…

Also advertising: Israel.  Or a travel company for a trip package to Israel.  The ad is just of a hot young woman in a bikini lying on a surf board.  Don’t quite know if the nation is trying to knock some objections some “bros” may have in touring Israel, or if it’s just an automatic filing.

what’s playing in the neighborhood

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

I see in the top fold of either this town or the neighboring town’s weekly newspaper that some organization with the word “Liberty”, or “Freedom”, or “Patriotic” or a combination thereof has a tour of barnyard screenings of a documentary celebrating the trials of triumphs of the Bundy lead Malheur National Wildlife revolt, with some emphasis on the man who was shot as martyr.  (Looking up terms on google, I don’t believe it’s the film that was on PBS, but who knows?)

Sounds moderately interesting in that “interested in what you’re interested” kind of manner — how kitsch, rightwing propaganda of a hazy cause projected against a giant barn…  I could go, but the problem sits that I’m just afraid I’d see my high school yearbook editor there putting on the show who’d then want to sign me up for her newsletter… or something like that.

Actually not dissimilar from my disinclination years back to see the Youth Socialist Party (or some name like that) and a library room showing of “Ten Days that Shook the World”, the John Reed documentary on the Bolshevik Revolution.  Looks interesting enough, but… they’d think they have a recruit to Trotskyism.  (In passing, caught a glimpse of a hero worship frame-shot of Lenin and Trotsky storming into the screen.)

radio radio…

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Appreciating the odd shifts of “Classic Rock” / “Album Oriented Rock” radio playlists, on what is considered “classic” now.  It’s not so much the idea that some 90s (for lack of a better term) “Nu Metal” slides through in the “what the demographic that was listening to Led Zeppelin at the time was listening to now” manner — that’s understandable enough.  It’s the sudden appearance of Twisted Sister — “We’re Not Going to Take It”, and Dio — “Rainbow in the Dark”, or… the music that was just passe at the time finds its way… sliding back into the mix.  Back in the day, you had Dio used as a punchline — playing at the South Park dance — the joke being, of course:  of no interest or use to the hep kids of South Park.

Beyond it… Rock appears to be dead.  For the Millionth Time. Or at least the variant thrown to whatever geo-socio-demographic this is fragmented down toward.

peaches 2

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

A bumper sticker.  “Who Is John Galt?”  By it is another bumper sticker.  “Impeach the Asshole”.  (Or… something of the ilk.  Not the Trump identified “ITMFAA”).

It’s an interesting query, because we have the sticker id-ed as belonging to a Libertarian, whether he slides in as a “socially liberal Republican” (definition of s-l term probably shifted since the overall phrase was coined) type, and one who’d just as soon swallow up a de-regulatory parts of Trump with the tax-cut the bottom line for some form of support, or he views him as just as socialistic as all his predecessors, I don’t know.

It could be a bumper sticker message left over from previous administrations, and one in perpetuity, until and probably past the day a Libertarian gets elected… a message for the overall disaffected.

He’s (and probably a he) probably not at any Impeachment march today.

overheard oversmeared

Friday, January 5th, 2018

“Well, finally Trump did something good.  California likes its pot, but he doesn’t like the pot, and neither do I.”

So says random elderly woman somewhere or other, voicing her support for the policy advancements of Jeff Sessions– which, as I’ve suggested — is the priorities that allows him to ignore any humiliations from the part of Trump.

Also it seems she’s somewhat representative of with her demographics’ politics, but no one else’s.

A different perspective:

“It’s … anti-statism, I say.  What works in Oregon doesn’t necessarily work for another country.”

Odd phrasing, may or not give away sympathizer of the Free Cascadia secession Movement.

the matter of Trump Man

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

For the second time, I see the guy in a Trump t-shirt and a Trump cap.  What’s funny is it’s a different Trump t-shirt and different Trump cap, indicating he has a whole wardrobe of such stuff.

I don’t know how much I should be impressed at a statement of defiance in a hostile environment in and about Portland.  Or, I don’t know to what degree I should find him a boob.  I found people in Obama shirts and paraphenilia circa 2008 / 2009 to be boobs, and that was a president I largely approve.  (Just don’t think id-ing with a politico is a good statement.)  So.  Given the twin ills, do I fine him boobish or double boobish?

the fas

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Yellow stickers, black font — a particular font, calling you “Phonies” and directing you to look up some name on youtube to find out why everyone secretly hates you.  Posted in swarths about.  They’ll eventually be peeled off, and then sometime when whoever runs around in the dead of night putting them up manages to save enough money, skimping off pizza I suppose, there will be another round of this with… something.

I know the font and coloring from earlier encounters with the font and coloring.  This is what counts for White Nationalist activity.  Send for more of this material at some PO Box in Idaho.  But I’m struggling for an explanation to something — in the past, when these have surfaced about, they’ve not been so coy.  They stated what the stickers are about.  This one wants you, the by-passer passing the thing, to think “Why are you calling me a phony?  I need to look this up on youtube, by golly!”  to be… shocked… in some positive polarization manner one way or the other by the hate message.


Who, What, Why, and what does this have to do with Trump or the city’s “Police State”?

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

I don’t get it.  Here’s the latest that the flyer political activist leaf-letter has slotted in the free news boxes of your Tribunes, Mercury, WW, Epoch Times…:


Who are they trashing and why are they trashing them with such an odd aspersion against Russians?

they’re out there. and good for them

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“My aunt… watches Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy religiously.  Every single day.

And Dancing with the Stars.

She has a spread-sheet, where she’s kept track of every contestant over the past 15 years…

… who won and who lost and with what…

So someone looked over and saw she had her laptop out, and asked ‘What are you up to?’, and she showed her, and…

they responded with ‘ew… uh… okay’

Everybody needs a hobby, I guess.”

plastered about

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Saw the piece of sticker slogan.

“Pizza Gate is Real”.

Is this a medium for fake news?

Is this sincere or ironic?

If the former, does it do more harm to the cause than good?  If latter, does it do more good to the cause than harm?