small details

May 2nd, 2017

Hm.

Across the street, friends Josh Elms and Ryan Falck sported red scarves and carried small Soviet flags as they prepared to march in support of workers’ rights.

Yes, I know… some protesters will be more radical than others, but… Here’s to The Soviet America?
I suppose it precludes bringing out the Mao Posters.

Ironically enough, the Soviet flag might be a symbol of Russian nationalism… and we see herein

Hundreds of thousands showed up in the Russian capital to celebrate International Workers’ Day, according to state-run media. In Red Square, people waved Soviet and Russian flags, as well as banners supporting President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. “Decent work, wages, and life” is a common theme at the gatherings.

Sure.  The Communist Party is probably useful to Putin’s managed government.
The current occupant in the White House frequently cited, though I suppose recent bombings fray the point, as “Putin’s puppet”.  The protests in part a support for the occupant in the White House?

It is a different May Day parade that happened last night than the one portrayed in the 1950s in Harvey Kurtzman’s Humbug — barricaded street, a handful of Communist troopers in an empty street marching behind sign saying “Unity”.

the legacy of ee cummings

April 29th, 2017

Sure.  There are probably more important things in these articles in the liberal magazine Mother Jones to engage in, but I’m struck by something…

Item #1:  A year earlier, the 39-year-old (who prefers to spell his name without capital letters) had been driving a bus in Atlanta. Then his life took a hard left turn.

Wow.  That’s how much a radical this guy is.  He refuses to use capital letters.  FIGHT THE POWER!  That’ll show the fascist bastards in the White House and the neo-liberal enablers in the Democratic Party.

Hm.

Item #2:  That morning, after protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members were dragged out of the hearing room

The theory continues that at least some of the upsurge in reports of nazi swastika graffiti, per Southern Poverty Law Center, are political comments against the current governance.  Say what you will — the Jeff Sessions dis-ruptors… adding to the confusion.  It does lead to an amusing scene possibility — klan robes and ironic klan robes fighting it out?  Who can tell who’s fighting who?

taking stock

April 25th, 2017

100 down…

Somewhere between a few and an eternity to go.  Depends on if he’s impeached or suffers an unfortunate death in the next day or two, or the other way declares himself Dictator for Life and finds seemingly sci fi solutions to limitations on human longevity through hidden “Infrastructure” funding.

More likely, I suppose, 1361 to go, or 2822.

Hans Solo, Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, Darth Vader, “Them”

April 17th, 2017

Jon Ossoff, Democrat of Georgia, attempts to get to 50 percent plus one in tomorrow’s special election for a Congressional seat once held by Newt Gingrich.

It’s worthwhile looking at the ad that the group supporting the Republican Party, in their drive to keep Ossoff to 50 percent minus one, has running.

All right.  A attack on this young turk’s lack of experience.  Perhaps the credence, or suggestion, of resume enhancement.  Fair enough.  Beyond that, though…

Embarrassing footage from his very recent college experience where he goofed about with friends and pretended to be Hans Solo.

The slam on the Billy Joel “Georgetown Girls” routine — “Here’s Jon Ossoff and his friends making fun of Georgetown’s female students” (“female” said with a striking inflection) is striking in that you’d have to be pretty darned politically correct to object to this one.

And we end with a shirtless Jon Ossoff in a Darth Vader helmet dancing and prancing and…

All I can say is that if George W Bush went to Yale in an era of social media video…

Skip to this attack ad — most of which is fair enough for attack ad fodder– but/ and I’m struck by one thing:  what’s with the evil looking security footage of Jon Ossoff entering the building at second 7?  (The hand shuffling 100 dollars bills at second 23 is also pretty hilarious — like, surely the perfect way to dramatize “his campaign is funded by out of state donors” — if also a good way to dramatize if his campaign were funded by in state donors.)

And this is a pretty subtle ad… the black blocks running wild and then “Jon Ossoff is one of them”.  (Michael Moore puts in an appearance at second 22.)

making up new words

April 13th, 2017

From the end of a largely uninteresting and banal New Yorker article on the evolution of Stephen Colbert at his CBS gig, and broader and narrower pitfalls and implications therein.

(Emily Nussbaum, “Authority Always Wins: Stephen Colbert’s New Role)…

Colbert bantered, gamely but tamely, with Sarandon, who had suggested to him, in an appearance a year ago, that Trump might trigger a “revolution.” He asked what she’d meant. Bricks through the windows, perhaps? But when she dismissed this—“You’re watching the wrong movie,” she star-splained—Colbert didn’t dig deeper, let alone express his opinion or show any emotion.

STAR-SPLAINED?
STAR-SPLAINED?!!!?

All right.  I know, appreciate, and understand the premises of “man-splain” and “white-splain”,

… and appreciate any number of attitudes thereof depending on situation…  (Sooner or later, there comes an immediate rebuff — “Talk to the Hand”…)

but…

Can we please, for the love of Gawd have a moratorium on creating new words out of the corrupted suffix “splain” with adjective / subject as prefix?

Is this writer trying to become the originator of a new terminology?

There is no “star-splain”.  I don’t think there’s even a hetero-splain, as of yet.

Or, maybe can go the other way and start throwing the term every which way.

Creep-splain.
Damned-splain.
Narc-splain.
Nerd-splain.

All very annoying and aggravating to be on the receiving end.

But… Hitler loved the Arts.

April 12th, 2017

Hm.

When I think of the Nationalist Socialist regime of Adolf Hitler, I do not think of a drastic cut-back on federal funding of the “Arts”.  Granted, maybe we do at some points in the sphere land on the age old question “Yes.  But is it Art?”

— I’m sure Leni Riefenstahl was pretty well funded, and if you go ahead and charge “That’s Propaganda, not Art” — well… I find it difficult to imagine that the Arts being funded by Winston Churchill during that famed World War 2 mis-quote being bandied about included much questioning military operations —

At least there’s a whole mass of beautific structures being thrown out there.  A Wagner opera here and there.  (Or, as so happens, as things got defined as decadent and destructive to the moral fibre of Germany… Italian figures such as Verdi… apparently.)

Speaking of which, Mussolini’s Fasci was quite good at paying Ezra Pound for new writings.  And, sure, this would be by definition the worst output of Ezra Pound…

Totalitarian Russia liked its artists… those that advanced the state cause, of course, uplift the proletariat.

It is amusing to consider, in the argument against Trump’s cutting of federal funding of the Arts — the very notion of “The Arts” as a bullwark to stop Trump…

The federal government is giving arts grants for things like that? Wait, tell me again why you want to cut the NEA out, Mr. President? There was a great New Yorker cartoon years ago showing an artist painting a portrait of a businessman, with the words “FUC YOU” written on the bottom. All it lacked was the K. The artist turned to the businessman with his hand out, and asked for a donation to help him finish the painting.

It is that idea from one thing that considers itself “The Arts” that the very presence of the man in the White House shows a failure of “The Arts” to permeate the culture, and what is needed is to get more…

… er… “Piss Christ” out there, to make the people think.

fortress America and the big defense…

April 8th, 2017

Well.  As some major newspaper op ed writer out there had it, as interpreted by the liberal anti-war op ed writer Normon Solomon, “The way Donald Trump needs to prove / assert his independence from Russian is by bombing everything.”

Regardless of one’s opinions on air-strikes on Syria, and on to a “very disappointed” Vladimir Putin —

The sidebar in the newspaper features the “split” Republican Party — with Senator John McCain, Arizona praising the thing and Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky damning the thing.
And the Democratic reaction is a quote, favorable, from Chuck Schumer, New York.  2 responses from various Republicans, one Democratic response.  The “Leader”, such as he is.  But then again, Bernie’s not a Democrat.

Meaning, the balance of forces that allowed guys like this to be taken somewhat seriously in some semi-bi- or non – partisan fashion through the past two administrations, but pulled ashunder at the dawning of Trump, is slightly re-balanced.