Sunday, October 15, 2017
Allow me to be provincial for a bit.
The first game of any kind my Dad took me to was in 1963. It was the University of Nebraska football team playing South Dakota State in Lincoln. The Huskers won that game 58-7 (some things you just dont forget) and I as a little kid began an emotional relationship with a sports team that I cannot abandon no matter what. Oh theres other teams I came to become fans of, The Chicago Bears, The Golden State Warriors, the Oakland A's, the San Francisco Giants, the Minnesota Twins, the Niners, Nebrasketball, the Cubs when they sucked (pre-Ricketts), but no team anyplace has the effect the University of Nebraska football team has on me. I went there to school, I have had my heart broken by them, Ive celebrated 5 national titles with them, and Ive watched them win or lose for 55 years.
But last night in Lincoln was beyond heart breaking.THE Ohio State University brought a team full of future NFL players to town and were 24 point favorites. In Lincoln. 24 point faves. A point spread that lopsided has not been installed for game in Lincoln since 1957. I refused to believe it. We dont fucking lose at night in Lincoln (though I had witnessed that happen just 7 days ago when Wisconsin battered us into submission).
I entered the old gray stadium full of hope. Within 3 minutes of the start of the game, the hope left me and I hoped for at least a close game.
Nebraska was destroyed in Lincoln on October 14,2017 by a football team from THE Ohio State University who was bigger, faster, and better coached than anything we have in Lincoln. By far. It was childs play. It was men vs boys. It was the Breeders Cup vs a claiming race. It was intelligence against Trumpers. It was a disparity in talent the world hasnt seen since Trump ran against Hillary. Thus, my hope.
People who are Nebraska fans are loyal to the end, as you can tell by the above picture of the stands after halftime. Well I am anyway because I stayed until my ill advised decision to wear shorts to a game where the temps dipped into the 40's won out with less than 4 minutes to go.
Nebraska fans have sold out that stadium every game since 1962. Wink wink. But the mass exodus last night was unprecedented. And the anger was unprecedented. The sight of the "Greatest Fans In College Football" abandoning ship so early pained me. You see, I believe in loyalty. I believe in all that. Oh I understand fair weather fans who would rather go drink than watch a dismantling of their favorite team. I get it. You arent that emotionally invested like some of us. You only like it when things are good. The tough times make you leave. I get it.
But last night, at my age when life things are wayyyyy more important than football, I had doubts. The Nebraska football team, one of the top 10 teams of all time in number of wins, is bad. Very bad. Not mediocre. Bad.
That make me sad. The future is uncertain. They already fired the Athletic Director. The football coach, Mike Riley, is a nice man, a good coach at programs who need teaching, but is he out of his league here? The last coach was a screaming, foul mouthed, temper tantrum throwing asshole who finally got sent packing but won 9 games every year. Should he have been fired after all? Fuck yes, probably 4 years earlier than he was. But we at Nebraska hire against form. Bo Pelini was an embarrassing child and Mike Riley is the guy everybody wants to live next door.
Somewhere in the middle is the answer. Being October, I feel a Frost coming on.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Trust me on this. I'm no rap fan, I'm not the demo, I hate the n bombs and the misogyny and the
But this, whoa. I give Eminem props. This fuckin guy has balls.
While NFL players are about to kowtow to a tinpot dictator and stand for an anthem that was written when their ancestors were owned by miscreants, this rapper risks it all by telling his fans you're either with me or you're with Trump and if you're with Trump, fuck you.
I'm not running out to buy any Marshall Mathers CD's (see Im obviously old I said CD) any time soon but this guy's courage is admirable.
So while California burns, and Puerto Rico starves, and Las Vegas reels, and Green Berets die in Niger, the President of the United States tweets about an ESPN host, and football players kneeling, and ratings, and gets called a fucking moron by his own Secretary of State for wanting to increase nukes tenfold cuz little boys like to play war, a courageous rapper calls him out.
Oh, Trumps base wont care. They are just learning that Eminem is white. They will get their marching orders from Fox News and Breitbart to decide what to say. Wife beater, druggie, white trash. Those are the insults coming.
So if a line in the sand has been drawn by a rapper. Fine. It takes somebody to draw it. I'm ready to stand with Marshall Mathers. Just dont expect me to listen to Slim Shady.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Iron Mike Ditka. Hall of Fame tight end. Super Bowl winning coach and legendary knucklehead.
Despite being a Chicago Bears fan since I was a little kid in the 1960s (and they sucked so this is no bandwagon) I never gave Ditka credit for that one year when he followed Buddy Ryans defense and followed the Bears to a Super Bowl win. Nope, it wasnt that knothead who won the Super Bowl, it was Buddy Ryan. Everything else the lunkhead Ditka did in his career was a fucking disaster. He constantly lost playoff games he should have won once Buddy Ryan moved on to Philly. He ruined the New Orleans Saints after taking over that franchise as the Savior from Chicago. But boy did he fool those dumb Bears fans. Idolized Iron Mike. Cooch Ditka he won us a Sooper Bowl. He da man. Da Bears. You Bears fans do realized SNL was making fun of you, right?
But lets face it. Mike Ditka is a lamebrain. Ditka is a rich dumb brickhead who forgets from where he comes. But like most narcissists used to having their ass kissed by dumb people, Ditka allows the unwashed to kiss his ring. The ring Buddy Ryan got him.
Political Ditka is an even bigger rockhead. In tghe late 1980s when NFL players had some balls and actually went on strike, Iron Mike lashed out at his players for not crossing the picket line. Iron Mike's daddy was a welder in the 1930s and 1940s and I assume a union member. But once Mike makes some money its all about Mike, a proud NFL Players Union member. Hey you scabs, lets play some football.
It really is all about Mike. His nitwit 7th inning stretch singing at a Cubs game should have been an embarrassment that made Chicago hate his guts but no, Cooch Ditka won us a Sooper Bowl. He's been arrested for DUI, called a heckling San Francisco fan a "fag", let a clown like the Refrigerator Perry score a Super Bowl touchdown and not legendary Bear Walter Payton, traded every draft pick he had in New Orleans to get marijuana enthusiast Ricky Williams to barely play for him, and once was thinking of running for the United States Senate seat against Barack Obama. There is no doubt in Ditka's cement head he wold have beaten Obama and spared the country from 8 years of President Blackenstein. He said that in 2012 when Obama was kicking human statue Mittens Romney's ass.
But as clueless as Mike Ditka is, nobody thought that the most overrated football coach of all time was this clueless.
Ironhead Mike Ditka stated last night, in public, out loud, "All of a sudden, it's become a big deal now, about oppression.There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I'm not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody. ... If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort into yourself, I think you can accomplish anything."
Huh? No oppression since 1917? Well of course not at least as far as rich white guys goes. But Jim Crow and the NAACP and the Browns in Topeka and Emmett Till might disagree. Ditka is such a boulderhead he sees nothing but himself. Like that other overrated bully, Bobby Knight, Ditka has turned into that cranky racist uncle that about 32% of your family will never admit is a moron.
But he is a moron. Until Bears fans who cant forget dat Cooch Mike won us a Sooper Bowl, admit it, Ditka will continue to be a blowhard who never has to answer to his idiocy. Christ, the Bears fired the jackass n 1989 cuz once Buddy left, he sucked the life out of them.
Get over it, Ditka worshipers. It was 32 years ago he stumbled into a win. He's been stumbling his whole life. Its about time somebody let him fall.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Lets get this straight. Jemele Hill dont take shit from nobody. She is the host of a show on ESPN along with Michael Smith that actually discusses subjects deeper than who oughta be starting quarterback for the fucking Chicago Bears.
You may remember Jemele Hill as the person calling the White Supremacist In Chief a white supremacist via twitter which pissed off the white supremacist so much he sent his hillbilly spokes hick out to demand her firing. But Jemele survived. Wow I guess the truth will set you free. Right?
Today ESPN, one of the foulest networks of all time, suspended her for two weeks for stating more facts. Jerry Jones, the plastic faced owner of the deplorable Dallas Cowboys, bellowed that any player who "disrespected the flag" would not be allowed to play. Hill stated via twitter that Jones had put a lot of players in a tough position and that perhaps boycotting the Cowboys sponsors may be an option to combat this forced patriotism. She didnt call for a boycott but put it out there.
Considering a lot of the sponsors of that despicable Cowboys organization are also sponsors on ESPN, the worldwide leader in cowardice, the network sat Jemele Hill down for two weeks.
Now think what you will about kneeling during the anthem, or whatever, but forcing someone to show "respect" doesnt work. Trust me on this. I went to Catholic School for 12 years and was forced to show "respect" for an antiquated sexist organization for many years until the "respect" became disdain and eventually became open hostility. Your forcing of young black men to stand during a song about bombs and warfare aint no different than your forced conversion of slaves to your Jesus.
So fuck you ESPN and Jerry Jones. While the cost of allowing allegedly free Americans to express themselves is $0 and the cost of allowing a phony white haired Puritan phony to stage a walkout to impress morons is millions of dollars, America doesnt disappoint by choosing the expensive option. Whether it be sacrificing lives for a lie, or suppressing the minorities from voting, or catering to a fascist prick like Trump, this country needs to grow up fast.
We are losing it. An Aryan run autocracy may be the goal of the wealthy, but that aint gonna work well either.
Today we should all be Jemele Hill.
Like Bill Maher aptly said "Mike Pence looks like the guy who chased the Von Trapp Family into the Alps". Yeah he does, and he would have, because Mike Pence is a shameless phony with a fake Christian faith that excuses his bigoted hateful views.
Yesterday's stunt, in which Pence flew at taxpayer expense from Las Vegas to Indianapolis and then back to California was so utterly phony and staged that only 32% of America is dumb enough to fall for it. If youve been under a rock, or have no interest in the NFL (me either) and do not know what Pence attempted to pull off, here's a timeline.
Mike Pence goes to Las Vegas to shed fake tears over the massacre of American citizens by a 2nd Amendment enthusiast. He praises the police which in this case is 100% warranted. He pretends to care about the hundreds of victims of a man who loved the 2nd Amendment. The hundreds of victims whose lives have been shattered by a
Mike Pence flies to Indianapolis to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the San Francisco 49ers. Peyton Manning is getting his jersey retired, hoo boy, all Colts fans get big stiffies over Peyton Manning. He got them a Super Bowl trophy by beating the Chicago Bears which cuz it was the Bears shouldnt even count. Mike Pence knows that the 49ers are the team that started this whole
Mike Pence tells reporters to stay in the press van, I wont be long. Mike Pence and Mother stand during the anthem, hands over hearts,waiting for half the 49ers to kneel. They do, again
Mike Pence and mother leave the game. They will NOT subject themselves to this disrespect. Mike Pence tweets this. Donald Trump, not the center of attention gets mad and tweets yeah that was my great idea, for Pence to leave if the Niners kneeled. Mike Pence tweets some more, no totally spontaneous, not planned.
Mike Pence rides to airport in taxpayer funded limos, with taxpayer funded Secret Service to the airport where he flies to California, at taxpayer expense, to raise money at a 6:30 pm pre planned fundraiser.
This stunt cost taxpayers over a million dollars, if not more. Now if you actually believe that Mike Pence's publicity stunt was real, well then go get an MRI because you are really in danger of forgetting to breathe.
Look, I cant argue this any longer. The kneeling has nothing to so with troops or flags or nation or fucking jerking off to the 2nd Amendment. It has to do with unequal treatment. Period. If you suffer from white privilege and succumb to the bullshit out of Trump's mouth and the stunts of an Aryan Supremacist like Mike Pence, well then good for you. You are lost. You are the 1933 Germans who allowed the Nazis to take over.
But to the rest of us, this kind of propaganda is right out of 1930s Germany.
What Mike Pence did yesterday is simple. He flew, at taxpayers expense, to wink at a 32% base of white voters who hate blacks. Yeah, Clem, we are with you. We hate them also. Watch. They disrespect our flag and veterans and are not like you. See, we are patriots. They are not. We will putr a stop to them and return power to you. Wink wink.
Mike Pence may have well worn a Colts jersey with the N word on the back.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there
Well he got there. Tom Petty died and part of me went with him. Like John and George, like Jim and Jimi, like Roy and Del, like Waylon and Johnny, like Kurt and Layne, like Warren and David, like Leon and Greg, the death of yet another rock star has bummed me out like Ive lost a relative.
Tom Petty first came into my life when I saw him on Midnight Special or something back in the mid 70s. Hey, who is this guy? Hes the 2nd coming of Roger McGuinn and the Byrds. Breakdown was the song. And that began a long stretch of music from a man with something relevant to say. When he tells the whole wide world to shove it, or makes Stevie Nicks actually listenable during Stop Draggin My Heart Around. sings in the greatest supergroup ever, sings about the good girl who loves Elvis and Jesus, just rocks out in a bizarre fashion, or lays it out there that 0, Tom Petty never let me down. Never. But the song that hit me hardest and still makes me lose a connection to the horrible reality of the world is the one about Learning to Fly.
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
No shit, Tom. Thanks man.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Just when you think the Son of a Bitch In Chief cannot sink any lower, well ya know it happens.
His disgraceful tweets about the people of Puerto Rico wanting "everything done for them" and his battle with the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, calling her "nasty' (wow what is it about women willing to stand up to his bullshit) and playing golf while a 21st century epidemic of cholera threatens American citizens has sent the bar to be POTUS so low, whats next, a rabid raccoon being nominated by the Republican base?
Trump is such a fucking embarrassment by now, only the most racist idiots among us can possible support him. Thus I have no qualms about refuding to "understand" these morons. Fuck off, Trumpers. Your support of a man who ignores a crisis because the Americans involved aint white abhors me. And thats what it is. And you fucking know it.
The pictures above are of one person who expects everything to be done for them and the other picture is of the Mayor of San Juan.
When will this end? It will end. Oh you Trumpers, this is going to end and not well. History is going to judge every one of you.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Lets not lose focus on why this started happening. American Police kill numerous people a year, many justified, but many just because they can. For whatever reason an unarmed person is gunned down by jittery cops the fact remains a great disproportionate number of these dead folks are black, Hispanic or mentally ill. Selling loose cigarettes which got a man choked to death on tape kind of started this sudden realization that hey, cops kill guys on tape and it means nothing. Juries or cops themselves will not do a damned thing about cops shooting people in the back or killing men with conceal and carry permits reaching for their wallets after being ordered to do just that.. Christ, after a cop makes the ultimate error, killing someone because they are "in fear for their life". and gets acquitted by juries of their peers (scared white people), they get freaking rehired. Cops can shoot deaf Hispanic men and though to be fair, no action has yet been taken, who really expects these cops to have any consequences whatsoever.
This is why Colin Kaepernick kneeled and pissed off white America. Not about the flag, not about the country, its about police getting away with murder, mostly the murder of minorities. Colin Kaepernick now faces more consequences for an act of courage than Betty Shelby faced for killing Terence Crutcher. And now the White Supremacist in Chief weighs in at his Friday night
Today at NFL games all over it will be interesting to see how many of the players, coaches and fans take a knee to tell the Grifter in Chief to go fuck himself. Its not about the hundreds of unarmed minorities and poor whites
The fact a white President attempts to interfere in private industry to get black men and women fired and blackballed because his fragile ego is offended is deplorable. The cheering by his cultists is deplorable. The whole fact this regime exists is deplorable. But of course SHE tried to warn us but what do chicks know, right?
So today, please kneel. I am so happy that conservative Christians took the lead today by kneeling all morning to protest the Speech Oppressor in Chief. Wait what? It was to worship a God that condones racism, sexism and personally interfered to put a thrice married con artist into the Oval Office to keep white privilege intact. Oh well, they may think that, but I'm taking it as fuck off to an Orange blob of scum.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Vietnam. If you werent around when that war raged on you dont know nuthin about division. Oh we have division now between dummies and non dummies and white supremacists and normal people but thats not what went on back then. Ken Burns latest is a must. His past documentaries have been fascinating and this one should be just as great. Burns may be the James Patterson or Thomas Kincaid of documentarians but you cannot deny his passion or attention to detail. His Baseball doc and his Jazz doc were the ones I looked forward to for years and neither disappointed. Vietnam wont either.
Vietnam was the event that "radicalized" me. Before 1968 I cared about baseball. The 64 Series with Bob Gibson, the 65 Series when my Twins lost, the 67 American League pennant race when my Twins lost on the final day. That was it. That was my list of what I cared about. Then came 1968.
1968 I was in 6th grade. I was oblivious to what was going on. I remember LBJ quitting on a Sunday night and my grandma expressing surprise. I remember Bobby Kennedy coming into a presidential race I knew nothing about. I remember MLK being assassinated and Bobby Kennedy going into a black neighborhood and telling them what had happened, an act of courage and compassion that has never been duplicated in politics. But Vietnam? That was just a war far away and one we had to win. Just like WW2, the war my father fought in. Hell yes I was for the war, why wouldnt I be? I was a kid raised on WW2 movies and TV shows.
One day Sister Julie asked us in class who supported the Vietnam War. Now in a suburban Catholic school in 1968 Sister Julie was different. She played guitar for chrissakes and was young. In retrospect of course she was asking the question for a reason. The hands that went up were almost unanimous in a hell yea we support the war. One girl openly gasped at the support. "what why?" she gasped..."oh noooo you guys" she wailed. 1968.
I went home that night and talked to my parents about what happened. How could that girl be against the war? And then my Mom said something I cant forget. "Im not for the war" HUH?? Mom what? Dad chimed in with the same answer. So I began to research as much as a kid could.
Welcome to liberalism. Welcome to radicalization. Welcome to realizing that young people were being sent to their deaths for lies. And hey, I learned other than WW2, thats how ALL of America's wars worked. Lies.
Then Bobby Kennedy was killed, Hubert Humphrey won the nomination at the Chicago convention. My Republican mom was appalled at the chaos. My Democratic Dad's political hero was called horrible names and my Democratic Dad's political anti-hero Richard Nixon won the presidency. I was sickened.
Vietnam became my nightmare. What in the fuck were we doing there? I argued thru 8th grade and 9th grade about this atrocity. To be honest I knew just thissssss much more than anybody else. And I let em know. Thus my 4 year fight through a Jesuit high school. I became a pariah in that school. Known as the guy most likely to firebomb the place, it was a struggle. And it was all cuz of Vietnam.
I knew I'd never be forced to go there so that wasnt a problem. I could hide out in college for years if I had to because I was white and had that opportunity. Not to mention my Dad saying with my lousy eyesight and bad attitude I'd never make it past the draft board. But the draft ended and it didnt affect my hatred of that war at all. I still think it was America's initial road to irrelevance. Bad choices doubled down on lead to more bad choices and wow, have we made some horrible choices since 1975 when we officially lost.
Presidents have come and gone since then. The first Vietnam era guy was Bill Clinton, who used his intelligence to avoid being sent to that crapfest. George W Bush used his connections to avoid being sent there, Barack Obama was 10, and finally Donald Trump used his bone spurs and connections to avoid it. Vietnam vets dont win elections. John Kerry and John McCain prove that fact. Christ, even Mitt Romney was laying on French beaches pushing Planet Kolob nonsense during that trying time.
Vietnam was a huge failure. Watch the series. If you still believe it was a "noble cause" well good for you. Have fun at your Trump rallies.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Mother is a movie that got an F from its audience and 69% on Rotten Tomatoes which means 69% of critics are still afraid of saying a movie that sparks controversy is a piece of shit. But I will. This movie is a piece of shit, perhaps the biggest piece of digital trash Ive ever seen and Im old. By the way, the hammer over the head metaphors from director Darren
The film stars Aranofsky's main squeeze, Jennifer Lawrence, as the wife of a famous poet played by Javier Bardem who seems to have lost his creativity. They live all alone in the country in a beautiful garden like setting. Two fans show up, played by Ed Harris and Michele Pfeiffer who pretty much take over the house and do whatever the hell they want while Bardem takes care of them like a Father. When Pfeiffer
This shitfest goes on for two hours with over the top chaos and more than enough of close ups of Lawrence's cherubic face as she screams and looks on in horror as the
I cannot stress enough how offensive this landfill of a movie is. Oh I dont mean I was offended as a Christian, cuz I'm truly not one of them, I was offended as a human being with a working mind. This constant water torture of a metaphorical beating gets so bad I kept thinking that Aronofsky himself was going to pop up onscreen and ask did ya get that? Huh? Huh?
Jesus Fucking Christ I get it!! You dont like people or phony Christianity. But like when Bill Maher or Sam Harris or anybody else starts telling people of faith how goddamned stupid they are, I have to say ENOUGH! Bullying sucks no matter what side of the fence you are on. This movie is a two hour bullyfest. Its the worst movie I have seen in my lifetime and my first theater movie was Mary Poppins thus admitting how old I am.
STOP! The worst movie of the 21st century has been released.
IT is a movie breaking box office records the last two weeks with its scary clown theme. The children who run around and try and stop the scary clown who eats children every 27 years is to be quite frank, boring as all shit. I didnt care if any of the kids got eaten or not by the time this exercise in futility hit the two hour mark. I just didnt care.
IT has fine acting from kids. They were all very talented with no material to work with. So I did like that, but acting school shouldnt last over 2 hours.
As I was leaving the theater I then tried to make IT, like Mother, a metaphor beating me over the head. All I could come up with is that the clown was a metaphor for Donald Trump. A scary clown intent on dividing and instilling fear. If you think of IT like that from the start, it may be only slightly dull. But I wont be doing that because I have no intention of seeing IT ever again.
Tonight I'm going to watch Ken Burns' Vietnam documentary to cheer the fuck up.....Did I mention Mother is absolutely atrocious???
Monday, September 11, 2017
1) Charlie Rose interviewed a nationalist white supremacist last night on 60 Minutes like he was sort of political wise man and not the fringe neo Nazi he is. Steve Bannon is quite simply the obnoxious drunk who is one step ahead of everyone else at the table and when he's not he simply blows the smarter person off by calling them a leftist or a commie or biased. You can allow that to happen, Charlie, or you can punch back and call Bannon what he is. Rose didnt do that and didnt even respond to the age old tactic of 'woe is me call me an anti-semite or a bigot if you wish" ok fine you are anti semitic bigot.
Bannon bloviated on and on about going to war for a Presidential puppet of a Russian dictator, about "limousine liberals", the irrelevancy of Nazis and white supremacists, and controlling the borders like we did in the 19th century. We heard nothing from Rose. Nothing when the proselytizing know it all Bannon denied Russian collusion, nothing about the hypocrisy of "limousine liberals" spewing forth from the loud mouth of a former Goldman Sachs executive, nothing about the "irrelevant" white nationalists who have made Bannon who he is by having Breitbart read to them, and asking how we controlled borders in the 19th century by letting white Europeans in willy nilly and bring Africans in against their will. Bannon is full of shit except if he can bring ratings to 60 Minutes by catering to his 19th century views.
2) No other country on earth would allow rebels who failed miserably in an attempt to overthrow a government to put up statues and monuments honoring a band of traitors. No other country on earth would allow monuments to people intent on owning human beings as slaves. None. Yet here we are, in 2017, still arguing with a bunch of slavery apologists over their stupid "heritage". Sorry dog, your "heritage" of genocide and lynchings and oppression and murder and exploitation of an entire race of humans doesnt go anywhere. Fuck your heritage. There are no statues of Goebbels or Goering in Germany because some governments understand not all history is "heritage". But not ours. When you get a loudmouth goon from Queens and elect him with the help of these genocide advocates your "heritage" is safe. Never in my life have I seen more nitwits "proud" of being traitors. Whether its the Traitor in Chief or Bubba from the gas station the simple fact is you support traitors. Not to mention losers. Christ if you want to supports losers just become a Atlanta Falcons fan.
3) A local incident occurred earlier in a small town in Iowa called Creston in which 5 white dimbulbs posed in a cornfield wearing white hoods, carrying guns and holding a Confederate flag.. The five have been thrown off the football team and suspended from school. One of the families was horrified and publicly apologized. Yet it seems this blatant act of youthful stupidity at best, and outright racism and threats at worst, has actually caused "debate". There is talk of lawsuits. Yeah, lawsuits. Lawsuits against the school by families of the local Klan Kids who are horrified not by their darling little Nazis actions, but by their tough little fascist babies being thrown off the football team.
Oh yeah. Did I mention their quarterback is black? This is now acceptable behavior in America. It's just free speech and "economic anxiety". Right? Watch out in Creston for the Dodge Challengers.
4) I own a black T shirt that simply says "Resist". Being a friendly sort who regularly is verbally engaged by people wanting to talk, usually about the sports teams I am putting forth on t shirts and ball caps. (Yes I am an elderly white man who dresses like a 15 year old) The Resist T shirt has brought two reaction. A local hotel clerk in Colorado simply said to me "I hate that guy too" and a gas station rest room companion in Nebraska simply said "cool shirt". So theres hope. Keep resisting and dont be afraid to show it. It not that bad to let others know you cannot assume that because I am a white male, have plenty of gray hair, and look like a Biker for Trump, that you can talk all conservative to me without any blowback. It wont happen. I wont be obnoxious about my disdain for the Louse in Chief, but I wont nod my head and try to get away from your bullshit either. Lets all be that way and back it up by voting these assholes out in 2018. Wearing a t shirt and staying home wont work. Get involved. Stand up for yourself. Thank you.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
1) While driving the rental SUV around the mountains trying to not drive off the freakin road and avoiding helmetless bikers on our latest road trip thru Kansas and Colorado the Sirius XM began to hyperventilate about the death of Walter Becker, a founding member of Steely Dan at the age of 67. Now 67 is too goddamn close to me for comfort but despite my thoughts of my gradually diminishing mortality I really thought backwards. In 1972 I was running around the hood in Omaha (yeah we have one) at 5 in the morning 7 days a week delivering newspapers. I, of course, was totally oblivious to the "danger" I was in. But what I remember about driving around at that time of day was listening to the AM radio and hearing this for the first time.. Do It Again was one of those WOW, what is this music moments for me. This song was unlike anything I'd ever heard. No it didnt change my life or anything but it made me realize there was a new alternative for rock music and the insipid lyrics of the time (though in retrospect the lyrics of 1972 were freakin Shakespeare compared to the idiocy of 1980s hair metal). Walter Becker joins the long list of rockers who have gone away. Rest in peace man. You were one of the great ones.
PS--Hey Nineteen came out when I was in my early 20s and made me realize what an old soul I really was. The lyrics of that song by a couple of guys in their late 20s spoke to me. Yeah I really didn't want to know anybody who didnt know who Aretha Franklin was either. Still don't.
2) This hurricane epidemic makes me crazy. I saw a tweet about I cant hear you deny climate change over this loud noise these hurricanes are making. Denying this scientific fact is like denying a round earth or that Trump is a narcissistic creep any longer. I have no time for you. So why does the "fake News media" keep putting these climate change deniers on the air with equality? These people are either stupid or so in bed with the corporate money changers that what happens after they are dead and buried doesn't matter, which makes them even more dangerous than the ignorant. To deny this phenomenon is horribly irresponsible. When some well off white man who lives in a gated community told me that this not normal heat wave and the hurricane influx was not climate change but "summer" and "hurricane season" I had to walk away shakin my damn head. Of course to upset this man's comfortableness would be the greatest sin of all. So the "fake news" should stop this false equivalency of climate change scientists and self absorbed deniers before that "fake news" idiocy comes around to include me.
3) Both of my Senators voted against hurricane relief for victims of Harvey, Two of 17 Republican opportunists appealing to people not affected by hurricanes. If tornadoes suddenly wiped out half of the Midwest and displaced millions of Plains States small government freaks I doubt seriously if Ben Sasse (Weirdo-Ne) and Debbie Fischer (Who?-Ne) would have voted no (though Im sure hypocritical assholes like Ted Cruz (Canadian-Tx) and John Cornyn (Miscreant-Tx) wild have). Sasse blathered on about reducing the debt and taking money from foreign aid while accusing Chuck Schumer (Fuck You Trump-NY) of writing the "Art of the Steal" .
Again, America, I warn you about this man. Sasse is nothing more than Trump with a goofy smile and a strange sense of humor. He professes his disdain for Trump which gets him a lot of positive press. He only disdains Trump's style of scorching the earth with his lack of human decency. He supports Trump 95% of the time with his votes. So Sasse is nothing more than a new kind of Trump. Dont be fooled.
Our other Senator, a back benching nobody named Deb Fischer (Invisible-Ne), voted no because she was told to and was trying to protect her re-election chances in 2018 by appealing to the aforementioned small government rural voters who would be first in line for subsidies and Medicaid but have no use for the suffering of "urban" citizens. So there ya go. Both of my Senators are an embarrassment to not only their nation, but to humanity. As usual.
3) Look, I voted FOR Hillary Clinton last November, I didnt vote AGAINST the Creep in Chief. I believe Hillary would have made a perfectly acceptable corporate hack President, just as her husband and POTUS 44 was. I can live with that. Its better for America. We wouldn't be saddled for a generation with a folksy Scalia like Neil Gorsuch (Silent Killer-Scotus) had Hillary won. Oh wait she did win. Fuck you with your bullshit about get over it and Trump would have campaigned differently had it been a popular vote election like 100% of all other democracies in the world. Can we invade ourselves for fraudulent elections?
But Hillary, please stop blaming Bernie Sanders for your
4) Donald Trump needs to go. Not because of the illegal acts, the espionage, the total lack of any sense of how government works, the meanness, the grudge against a black man making a joke about your joke of a TV show, the apportionment of unqualified idiots to key positions, the tweets, the coming indictments, the fact he has made the world a more dangerous place, the diminishing power of the United States, the condoning of white supremacy, and the collusion with an enemy. You need to go because you are incest obsessed predator. Makes me shiver this man exists, much less runs the free world.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Just like our President (shudder) I like to take time to think about something before I speak about it. So after days of thought and contemplation I now have something profound to say about Donald Trump.
Just fucking resign you low rent grifting belly crawling motherfucker!
I'll tell you something and Ive posted that picture above before in honoring my Dad. Nothing and I mean nothing makes my blood boil more than seeing that picture of my father in Germany in 1945 risking his fucking life to defeat the dark forces of Nazism and fascism only to witness those racist crackers play dress up and march around chanting their racist slogans and getting into fights and killing a young woman who only wanted to do good. That pisses me off so much I cannot even describe it. THEN when the President of the United States, a truly despicable human being even before Tuesday, strays off the prepared remarks to become himself as he always does, and defend Nazis and Klansmen and White Scumacists and homophobes and misogynists and trailer trash Confederates and creeps and thugs and privileged white punks looking for the latest trend to get attention in between Call of Duty competitions, I think of my Dad and it makes me crazy.
The President of the United States has made it abundantly clear to anybody of not the same mindset of who and what he is. He is a con artist. He is a racist. He is a Nazi apologist. He is a white supremacist. He is everything most of us knew. He is a dumpster fire of humanity who needs to be removed from office either through resignation (which I am sure is coming) or through invocation of the 25th Amendment which of course will never be done by his White Supremacist Republican minions intent on destroying government. Impeachment would take courage and we know that the United States House of Representative is one of the most disgusting groups of people on Earth. This band of wimps and weaklings and outright mental cases (yes I mean you Steve King and Louie Gohmert) lacks any kind of moral leadership to take action against this intolerant asshole in the White House who again, lost an election by 3 million votes to a woman, Yeah Yeah, I'll get over it as soon as these doughy white hooligans get over the losers they worship, The Traitors from the South and the fucking Nazis.
That statement. That 12 minute meltdown on Tuesday was absolutely the most disgraceful 12 minutes of a Presidency perhaps ever. Trump, again, off the cuff, trying to show he's the smartest person in the room, yammering on about fake news and alt right and being all pissed off its a woman yelling questions at him and talking about fine people on both sides and blaming the victims for getting in the way of a car before getting in a plug for his winery. Just disgraceful. Absolutely embarrassing for any American with an ounce of moral decency to watch that world wide statement from a bullying gangster who somehow was elected to be the President of the United States.
We all know now that Trump knows who his base is. Its about 30% of America (or 76% of Republicans), a group of chickenshit racist white people so used to white privilege that equality looks like oppression to them. A band of people who simply refuse to accept anything outside their bubble of advantage. The dog whistles have always been there. But the dog whistles have become outright regular loud shrill whistles now since a couple of years ago when this false prophet came forth and spoke to them in their preferred language. Dumb.
This man is a miscreant. I prefer to think the vast majority of Americans are decent. I mean look at the money raised to help the victims of that madman with the Dodge Charger last Saturday (amazing how the Nazi in Chief takes no time at all to denounce a similar event in Barcelona yet never acknowledges his own terrorism). The vast majority of Americans look with pride at the generation of people who stood up and sacrificed their lives to defeat the very thing that now stinks up our society. I saw an old man at a ballgame last week in a wheelchair throw out a first pitch who was a World War II vet;. The crowd stood and cheered. He was representing my late father and I stood and cheered. What did that man think when he saw those brain dead creeps walking around with a Swastika flag last weekend?
That generation is leaving us quickly. Who will be around in 10 years to remind us of the evil of this philosophy? I shudder at the thought of these young clueless nitwits not being checked by those of us who had fathers and mothers and uncles and aunts who did their part to defeat this horrible doctrine of evil. Earlier this week some contrarian attempted to argue with me that Nazis were not right wing but left wing because they were "National Socialists". Ok genius. After starting to argue about spending a national economy into prosperity by gearing up for war which of course would make Saint Reagan a Nazi I simply quit and walked away. No time for that. You are either an opponent of white supremacy and Nazis or you are one. Period.
Someplace there are millions upon millions of men and women who spent 4 years of their life fighting Nazis and Japanese imperialists who are looking at us from afar saying what in the holy fuck is wrong with you lamebrains. Come on people, stop this nonsense now. 1933 Germany stood by silently as a group of thugs took over. Are we them?
I think not. Stay strong and speak up. Silence is approval. You stay quiet, you condone this.
Get rid of the Fascist in Chief. Then we can work on getting rid of the Closet Case in Chief.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Im not sure what I expected out of Kathryn Bigelow's latest film, Detroit, but what I got was another classic edge of the seat thriller. Bigelow, who specializes in films like The Hurt Locker, which was the tensest movie I'd seen in many years and Zero Dark Thirty, another film of controversy that featured hair raising magnitude, tackles another controversial subject, the 1967 Detroit riots.
The Detroit riots began after years of a burning fuse that finally ran out of space and the bomb went off in July of 1967. The first 45 minutes of the movie involve cops killing people and the people looting the stores and the chaos in the streets. Quite frankly its rather slow and cliche' and I began to wonder when something was going to happen.
And then BOOM!. The next 45 minutes will have you shaking your damn head and cringing as the police home invade the Algiers Hotel, kill a man for running away, and round up the remaining people partying for a long road of torture and brutality. Facing the wall with their hands in the air, the people caught up in this craziness are subjected to beatings and mock executions as the standard police psycho attempts to either get the name of a "shooter" or just be a dick. Then something goes terribly wrong and the "game" becomes real.
Three people were murdered at that hotel on that night and the cops were indicted.
The remaining 45 minutes change from the scariness of what the hell will happen to these people at the hotel to what will happen to the cops who murdered the 3 people. The trial.
Defended by a sleazy lawyer, Jim Halpert, the witnesses are again subjected to another type of brutality. The unfair court system which favors white authority because it's run by white authority. No spoilers here on what happens but you'd have to be a Charlottesville White Supremacist to be dumb enough to not know.
This film, like most Bigelow films, has its detractors, those sticklers who get pissed because the movie isnt 6 hours long and tell a story that the critics feel is more important. The torture in Zero Dark Thirty, the Peoples Tribunal in this one. But Bigelow is a filmmaker, one of the best working today. This movies isnt Zero Dark Thirty or even The Hurt Locker, but its the 2nd best movie of the year behind Dunkirk.
If you want to see a movie, not a history lesson, that may make you want to learn more about the Algiers Hotel murders, by all means see this movie. It'll piss you off and it'll make you despair when you realize nothing has changed in 50 years. But the most important reason to see this movie is to give it money, and then they then may make more movies like this. Something that will whet your appetite to learn more about neglected American history and neglected American heroes.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Yeah. Hate and violence on "many" sides.
Donald Trump is a fucking disgrace to this nation for emboldening these belly crawling snakes to crawl from the swamps and declare that they have small dicks.
I am so tired that I cannot keep up right now. I am watching a man so blinded by his own ego and controlled by a Nazi and a Russian that he actually attempts to blame all sides for a white nationalist riot? A group of khaki wearing punks carrying tiki torches and chanting obscene racist chants attack a group of protesters and come back the next day dressed as riot police with their Star Wars shields and selfie sticks and home made pepper gas I assume they made with their wrung out underwear and attack again? And the President of the United States blames "many sides"?
Fuck Donald Trump. Period. How much longer can this go on?
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I was an idealistic teenager in 1973 when the Watergate hearings dominated the summer. I hated Nixon, absolutely hated the man. He was a paranoid liar who made me crazy. And then he was gone in 1974 and was I happy. My hatred went away and I realized that Nixon was a sad figure with really bad people fueling his paranoia. The real assholes were the Haldemans, the Ehrlichmans, the Mitchells, the Segrettis, the Liddys and the Agnews. And with the benefit of hindsight, Nixon was a fucking progressive compared to these backwards thinking brain deads who dominate the Republican Congress nowadays.
The last 48 hours have seen the meltdown of a fucking lunatic who is putting this nation into grave danger. How much longer can this orange pile of goop be allowed to continue?
Monday morning started with the Pervert in Chief posing for pictures with the White House interns, many of whom Im sure he was scoping out for future dating privileges. There were two black guys, the rest were white boys and girls, over a hundred of these dimbulbs standing there next to the Statutory Rapist in Chief. When a female reporter hollered at the Traitor In Chief a question about the Attorney General, Trump began making faces and hilarity ensued. The cute lil interns all laughed (they better, Im sure the tape was watched) and Trump told yet another female to "be quiet".
Monday afternoon featured the Swine in Chief speaking in front of a group of "victims" of Obamacare. More like zombies as they stood behind the Imbecile In Chief as he implored the Congress to repeal Obamacare because after all it was championed by that black guy he wants to erase from the history books. The black guy who joked about his stupid show and made him run. The zombies in back, with their unblinking eyes and the goofy stares, had no idea they were being used by a man perfectly willing to fuck them over also. I am really not sure why anyone would stand there and listen to soulless vessel of Satan tell them yeah you losers will be out in the cold with no health care plan also. Losers!\
Monday evening the The Evil Doer in Chief went to the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, a place where a bunch of scarf wearing homophobic adults try and entertain a group of young boys by building fires and handing out badges ad nauseum. The Cult Leader in Chief began his speech by stating who wants to listen to politics and then began to talk of nothing but how great he was, how much he won by, how repealing Obamacare was essential, how much he won by, how everybody hates him, fake news blah blah blah. And then the Lout in Chief gizzed up the puberty battered boys by implying his buddy bought a yacht and had a lot of orgies on it, Very interesting times, Yeah get it , Trump's buddy screwed a lot of babes on that boat and yep Trump probably did to. Wink wink! But getting a group of young children to actually boo a former Presidents name and a former Secretary of State's name may have been the lowest of the lows and there are literally hundreds of low moments in this Creep in Chief's reign. Great example for your future Trump Youth.
Tuesday evening The Hustler in Chief flew on our dime off to blue collar heaven. Youngstown,Ohio for yet another rally in front of his cultists who did not disappoint. As the Con Artist in Chief rolled his eyes and swiveled his bloated head and claimed he was "presidential" and joked about putting his blimpish head on Mount Rushmore (though from the reaction not sure the dopes who went got it) and claimed he won every precinct in Youngstown. Well no, Liar in Chief you in fact lost every precinct in Youngstown but who gives a shit about facts anymore? Huh? The massive handjob that the Degenerate in Chief got from these inarticulate losers was enough to make him tweet about "records" being broken in attendance. Hey Hallucinogenic in Chief, the arena only holds 7.000 idiots at a time so the only "record" you may have broken is the Lowest Collective IQ in an arena at one time.
But Wednesday morning was an even lower moment than getting a bunch of glorified nerds to boo a former President. The Bigot in Chief blindsided everybody by declaring that transgendered human beings will not be allowed to service in the military. In an attempt to cater to his stupid base and to his stupid Tea Party assholes in Congress, the Fiend in Chief attempted to turn back time by tweeting a discriminatory policy so backwards that even a one celled Senator like Joni Ernst (Cackler-Ia) went huh what? This cruel desperate attempt to get funding for his fucking border wall had turned this Maniac in Chief into more than a Dickens villain, he is a danger to this country and its people.
While the Draft Dodger in Chief was avoiding STD's (I'm beginning to think unsuccessfully since untreated syphilis seems to be eating his sick mind) transgender soldiers have been defending this pig's right to be the pig he is. The transgender soldier has every bit as much right to serve their country as anyone else, something the Trump family has no idea about.
So I long for 1973. Maybe the one time when the "Good Old Days" weren't so bad after all.
Monday, July 24, 2017
British soldiers are bombarded with leaflets urging surrender courtesy of the advancing enemy in a small town in France in 1940. The gunfire begins and they run like hell. All are cut down except one who with the help of French defenders backed up to what turns to be the English Channel. This is the beginning of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and it only gets increasingly tense from there.
Now most people know the ending of this historic event of World War 2 but nonetheless this movie is breathtakingly tense. Combined with Hans Zimmer's musical score and the triangle of out of sequence stories this film will have you saying I have seen the best movie of 2017 and I'm not sure anything will overtake it.
The dialogue is almost non existent and when someone does speak the words are often overshadowed by the noise of dive bombers and explosions and the chaos of warfare. But I tell you that you will feel it and know exactly what is going on.
300,000 British and French soldiers are trapped on the beach of Dunkirk as the advancing Germans threaten to wipe the entire British Army out of the war. The British naval vessels are too large to pick anyone up, the Germans are picking them off from the air and their only hope is to have civilians sail over from Britain in their pleasure crafts to evacuate the trapped soldiers.
Mark Rylance plays an older man who takes his sons and heads for France to so his part. This is one story. Picking up a shell shocked Brit along the way only contributes to the difficulty of this mission.
Tom Hardy flies his Spitfire into action to take on the German bombers and fighter planes that are sinking ships and killing men on the beach. Hardy has only a limited amount of fuel and one mate to take on the Germans. The ticking clock in the soundtrack that hits you whenever the Spitfire is onscreen only adds to the edge of your seat tenseness.
And will newcomer Fionn Whitehead and his mates, including Harry Styles, survive sinking ships and increasing paranoia to get home?
This is great moviemaking. Nolan has done this kind of time warp stuff before with Inception and Interstellar but this time it seems so real because it was. I could be persuaded this is Nolan's best effort and I idolize Inception.
Look, there a few directors that hit a home run everytime. Fincher, Bigelow, and Nolan seem to do that. Dunkirk is a fantastic movie pure and simple.
I can imagine this film winning an Oscar without one acting nomination. The film itself is the star. Kudos to Nolan for that.
Paul McCartney hit the stage about 20 minutes late which is a hell of an improvement from the other two times Ive seen him. The show is basically the same but who gives a damn. The guy is THE legend. He's a Beatle for chrissakes and that is all that matters. To see Paul McCartney is to see history. The man, fairly or not, started it all. See him while you can cuz lets face it, people are leaving us everyday and it sucks. I missed Chris Cornell 3 days before the demons got him and I'll never get that chance back.
Paul hit the stage and that famous note from the beginning of Hard Days Night rang out and it was on. Almost 3 hours of hits, near hits, new songs, speed bumps, Wings stuff, Beatles stuff, Quarrymen stuff, a short rendition of Foxy Lady, exploding fireworks during Live and Let Die, acoustic versions of Blackbird, And I Love Her, Yesterday, oh my god it was wonderful, again.
Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are the only two individuals I will see every single time I get a chance. McCartney satisfies my longing for my youth because he plays songs I know from the time I was 7 until now. He plays them the same way each time and sometimes thats what I want. Dylan is just Dylan. He may honky tonk his way through Tangled Up In Blue and thats fine with me cuz he's Dylan and he's earned that right. But Paul is Paul. A pleasant man with a longing to please. His voice is 75 years old and it shows on rare occasions. It cracks every now and then and it does not matter because he is who he is. Oh yes you can argue if you wish that it aint the same as 1964 or 1968 or 1972 or 1976 and its old and tired. Yeah if you are old and tired. I dont care if its not 1973 any longer and Band on the Run is being played for the millionth time, I still feel like a kid again. I dont care if its not 1967 any longer and Paul attempts a rendition of Being for the Benefit of Mister Kite that doesnt even make sense. It here and now and its Paul McCartney and I will like being alive and seeing and hearing it.
As stated before, I have seen him 3 times now. Being from flyover country we dont get to see him that often. So when we get a chance, its a must.
Max's Mom had never seen him before. She loved every second of it and knowing someone else is experiencing what I experienced the first time I was in the presence of greatness is mind boggling good. I mean when I saw Paul do A Day In The Life in Kansas City a few years back I honestly felt this right here is THE best moment of my musical life. I was almost in tears. Knowing John was gone but Paul was still here was just about too much. Im sure Max's Mom had that same feeling at some point.
Highlights for me
1) The last 10 minutes when Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End are playing. Thats the pinnacle. Period
2) Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five..yes you have to put up with that snoozer Valentine but its worth it. Its my favorite Wings song
3) Being for The Benefit of Mister Kite...yeah it was weird and awkward but dammit he took that chance and it worked in my head
4) The piano songs......Maybe Im Amazed, The Fool on the Hill, Lady Madonna, Let it Be, Live and Let Die and Hey Jude
5) Love Me Do...I never ever listen to that song, but when its live I love it
6) Band on the Run...McCartneys ultimate voice challenge and he did it well
7) the entire rest of it....
NONE cuz he's Paul McCartney
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1) Sean Spicer is out. I mean out. He aint dead, he just finally had enough proving even a lapdog like Spicer has his limits. The appointment of an anti-Trump hedge fund creep to run the White House communications department because the moron in chief likes him on TV sent Spicer into a tizzy. Out he goes, apparently with a mini-fridge used by low level staffers without meal privileges under his arm. So stop with the praise for this liar finally standing up. The weasel lied for 6 months, got skewered by Melissa McCarthy, lied some more, and lied some more before the hillbilly Sarah Huckleberry took over for good. Spicer isnt a stand up guy, he's a thin skinned little man just like his boss. So fuck Sean Spicer. Good riddance.
2) Trump apologists are a funny lot. Not haha funny, none of them could ad lib a fart as Groucho used to say, but funny as in self delusion. The time line of this whole Russia meeting involving Junior and a bunch of collaborators like Jared and Manafort is fascinating. To Trumpers it goes a little like this.
a) there was no meeting with Russians
b) yeah there was a meeting with Russians but it was about adoption and the Traitor in Chief was in Florida
c) there were only 4 people at this meeting
d) no 5
e) no 6
f) no 7
g) no 8
h) Why didnt the Secret Service stop the Russians implying the Bitch in Chief was there in the building
i) yeah there was a meeting with Russians and Junior said via email he loved it cuz of the potential Hillary dirt
j) yeah so what if there was a meeting with Russians
k) ok so we met about dirt on the opposition, everybody does it
l) big deal, collusion isnt illegal anyway
k) it was Obama's fault
l) alls fair in love and treason
Yeah, a real "funny" lot
3) This whole health care deal is a fucking disgrace. The Republicans in the Senate are so content on winning they dont give a rats ass about throwing 32 million of their fellow citizens into the streets of poverty regarding health care. Dont forget they made goddamned sure they exempted themselves from this debacle. These immoral miscreants are so beholden to their donors and getting them more tax breaks that they have lost complete perspective on life. Oh I know none of them care because they know with every fiber of their devilish being that the red state Republicans who live in the dying towns and long for the 1950s will vote for them anyway no matter what they do to them. Take away my health care and give tax breaks to your donors? At least you are not a Demoncrat. Take away Medicaid so granny gets booted from the nursing home or the nursing home shuts down? Well at least you aint one of the libtards. This is rural madness. As usual. We have one of those here running in 2018. Her name is Deb Fischer and she is a as worthless as using logic on Trump. In other words, a shoo in.
4) The police shooting in Minneapolis of an Australian woman who had actually called 911 is another example of inept people being given a gun and told to enforce the law. Many in white America make judgement solely on the color of the cop and the color of the shootee. Philando Castile was shot because he reached for his ID and was a licensed gun owner. NO it was cuz he was black. Eric Garner was choked to death for selling smokes. Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by an Oklahoma police firing squad. The list is endless of cop shootings of unarmed black men and women and the subsequent acquittals of white cops. There is hope, however, since two cops who shot and killed a 6 year old boy in Louisiana were convicted of manslaughter. Oh wait. What was the difference there? The cops were black and the kid was white. Very different. I wonder what will happen to the black cop in Minneapolis who shot the white Australian woman? We shall see.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Ive never seen Iron Maiden live, Until last night in Lincoln. Now Bruce Dickinson's screeching vocals are something you either appreciate or you dont and I do but I went in wondering if his vocal talent had diminished over the years. It hasnt. At 58 years old Dickinson can still holler with anybody on earth and win and his sprinting around the stage made me jealous with me recovering from a busted leg and all.
Iron Maiden rocks. Period. The guitar interaction alone is worth the price of admission and the drumming of Niko McBrain on the largest drum set Ive ever seen keeps it all going. But Dickinson's vocals, even with the crappiest sound mix ever in the Vault, were amazing. Relying heavily on the latest album Book of Souls, the classics were generally ignored. We did get Dickinson in a military uniform waving the Union Jack during The Trooper and we did get Fear of The Dark and Iron Maiden before the encore of The Number of the Beast with a crowd chanting 6 6 6 at the appropriate times. The Book of Souls Tour is short on classics, damn I wanted No Prayer For the Dying or Run To The Hills, but it was long on musicianship. Screw those keyboards and horns, this was pure British metal and it was jolly good.
Swedish weirdos Ghost opened the show with a 45 minute set of Iron Maiden inspired lyrics and surprisingly melodic metal. Fronted by a masked skeleton pope hatted "Pope Emeritus II" and driven by masked demons on guitars, a keyboardist you could barely hear and a hard working drummer banging his skins like a 19th century blacksmith, Ghost won over the crowd quickly with Square Hammer, a I hate to say it, catchy little tune that had my foot tapping. This continued virtually the entire set until a growling song put an end to it. I hate growling songs, they are so uhhhhh American. Stop growling. It sucks.
I once had a coworker who loved Ghost, saw them numerous times, paid for VIP tickets, showed me videos and pictures ad nauseum. I dismissed her as a 20 year old chick with bad taste. Uhh I was wrong.
Now about the crowd. Never have I been around a nicer group of white trash, and I include myself in that description. Maybe because we are all now old and lack the energy to be an asshole. Oh there were some stereotypes living up to the moment, like the guy who was manhandled by the cops when he started a fight on the floor or the couple wearing t shirts for some shit band called Cradle of Filth that proclaimed "Jesus is a Cunt" and "Fuck Off" but all in all it was decent crowd of 8,000 or so.
Hey go big or go home? Both bands went big. And loud. My ears are still ringing.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Well there we are, America. All alone, ignored by the world, isolated, no friends, other bullies licking their chops at the opportunity, and all because of that lonely loser "elected" last by a substantial minority of greedheads, hillbillies, racists, and dopes.
Donald F Trump took the United States on a lonely path of obsolescence this last week when attended the
Trump began his week in Poland in front of a crowd of so called dignitaries and a group of hired, or rather coerced, group of non English speaking charlatans who chanted "Don-alt Trump" whenever directed to by a Polish thumb breaker. Trump spoke eloquently on how being crushed in two directions by Russians and Nazis must have been "tough". Wonder if he got permission from his Russian and Nazi "advisors"? It was during this scripted by Stephen Miller (Goose Stepper-NC) that the Whitey in Chief uttered the 14 words that give Trumpers a gigantic stiffy. "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." Well he didnt really say that verbatim , Miller and Bannon arent that dumb, but thats what Trumpers all over the world heard. Bark Bark whistle whistle! Trump then got lost on a stage. Somebody get the nurse, Gramps is wandering again..
Trump then took America on a journey To Hamburg, where he was forced to meet the actual POTUS45, one Vladimir Putin. Attended by only 6 people, this meet and greet featured Russian puppet Trump, Greedy Sell Out Russian opportunist Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a couple of translators and of course President Vlad. Trump allegedly asked Putin about Russian hacking of the election, with permission I assume, and of course Putin denied it and there my friends is all our beloved Puppet In Chief needed. It didnt happen or rather hey I dont know, it could have been a 400 lb guy on a bed somewhere. What else happend in that 2 1/2 hours is beyond me as US officials left outside attempted to break up the "meeting" and even sent Melania in to try and stop Trump from handing over the nuclear codes.
The implications of this are truly frightening. Trump trusts a Russian dictator over his own intelligence agencies, Or rather it is in his own selfish interests to "trust" the country that made sure he "won" the election. Wow what will we find out in the coming months that will shock us to our shoes, except of course the Trumpers who openly would collude with the enemy to make themselves feel powerful for once in their miserable lives. What else was "discussed" in that meeting?
Yet the moment that should truly disturb any true patriot would be the moment Putin, one who doesnt yell Fake News all the time when he hears something he doesnt like but instead is so lucky that the offending journalists end up dead, points at the press ans asks if these are the ones who insult you to which our Stooge In Chief said yes. Open the floodgates folks. Here come more death threats from the Trumpers to CNN or MSNBC or sick little children. I've always believed America had a substantial number of authoritarians, people mostly on the right, who cheer police brutality and riot police beating protesters and dead journalists, but I never knew it was so many. The coming to power of this tool of Russia has allowed these slithering creeps to crawl out from the darkness. When will anyone do something?
Trump, after getting his marching orders and pee tape threats from his handler, moved on to other things. Like being ignored. These
When Trump and his crime family left Europe the G19 all sighed in relief that the Patsy in Chief was gone. Now to get down to real business. Intelligent, detailed and nefarious discussions on how to divide the world's wealth among themselves rather than some bloated clown in a red hat pushed around by his Nazi advisers . Europe had enough of that shit 75 years ago. You could sense the relief of Angela Merkel as she realized the weight of the past being lifted off her shoulders as the American wannabe tyrant waddles away.
We must do something to rid ourselves of this incompetent fool, America. Unfortunately its up to a crowd of collaborators called the GOP Congress that has the power. Journalists, buckle up and get this done, fake news or not. As Press Hillbilly Spokeswoman Sarah Huckleberry says, ya'll gotta fight fire with fire, y'all.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
For the hundredth time it needs to be said, and its not fake news, that this man, Donald Trump, is a disgrace to the United States of America. Not only as President (shudder) but as an American citizen, and lastly as a human being. And now it's time to say this. If you still think this man is funny, or right about his classlessness, or an effective leader, or you just like him cuz he pisses off "libtards" well then you are also a disgrace to this nation and to your humanity. I wouldnt say you are all stupid, though woo, watching you Trumpers speak out loud on television doesnt help your IQ case much, but you do have a choice. You're either just plain dumb, or you're just a plain old bitter asshole. Your choice MAGA maniacs.
The pundits who proclaim that Trump's tweeting is just a diversionary tactic to take the attention off his Russian problems are incorrect. Oh that may be whats happening but its not because Trumpski has some sort of grand plan, its because his tweeting is who he is. A raunchy man child bent on revenge over every slight he's every received or thought he'd received. He is, after all, a pretend billionaire from Queens who moved to Manhattan living off Daddy's slum lord money and immediately was rejected a low rent and crass, which of course he is. His desire to be accepted by the very people he insults and trashes and lies about like a coward on Twitter is simply a primal lash out from a yucky Queens commoner who never will be welcomed by the Bloombergs, the Hamptons crowd, the Broadway crowd or the Hollywood types he pretends to loathe.
His appeal to the rich greedheads is easy to understand. They just want money. Lots and lots of money. If you are poor or middle class or hurting, tough shit, you should have just inherited money like they did. But the appeal to the poor white people is just baffling. Maybe not so baffling a year ago when their naivete may have kicked in and they thought this crass barroom brawler was on their side and was going to stop the browns and the blacks and the women from taking their 19th century jobs away when it was really just progress and greedy corporations ready to cut them loose. But now, after this repugnant pig has proved time after time its all about winning, no matter who gets hurt the support is just self destructive. And this complicit Republican Congress and its using this vulgar clown to dismantle government and enrich even further their stingy donors and thus enrich themselves is also ignored by these people who apparently have let their racism and every other ism take control of their sour minds.
Trumps personal tweets about a morning cable TV show started a storm of real outrage from decent people and a lot of phony outrage from his conniving Congressional conspirators. These Congressional pricks feigned their disappointment and within one day began to conspire to remove 50 million people from the health care rolls. See Ben Sasse (Dangerous-Ne). This soft talking goof wants to repeal the ACA NOW and not even replace it. Instead he proposes holding hearings in DC the entire month of August which of course he knows will never happen. And the vile POTUS jumped onboard that scheme because after all, Winning.
Trump is a gross mysogynistic monster. Ryan is a misanthropic monster. McConnell is an ungrateful monster. Thats why resistance to this pseudo fascist regime must continue. I know we all are tired of all of this shit and cant wait for 2018 when perhaps this can come to an end by cock blocking this Russian controlled sexual predator with one branch of government but we have to keep the energy alive. We have to fight.
Maybe the Russian thing will get him. Maybe his entire grifter family will go down for their obvious attempt to raid the Treasury and make themselves even more wealthy. From Donnie Junior's low minor league attempts to emulate his smutty father on twitter, to Eric's lame ass attempts to dehumanize his scuzzy father's opponents, to Ivanka's blatant attempts to pimp her Goodwill bound line of whatevers, to Jared's meddling into all sorts of things over his dumb ass to mask his real goal to become his debt ridden grungy father in law, to Barron's upcoming signing by Arsenal, this trailer park dime store billionaire brood of degenerates will never stop. They will not stop shoveling unearned money into the rental truck until they are stopped. The Congress wont stop them, hell they have their own rental over there, so its up to us.
Call your corrupt traitorous Congressional critter and leave them messages until the voice mail is full. Keep hammering. This country, and perhaps the world, is in deep shit.
Meanwhile, enjoy the "billionaire" hayseeds tweets about women and their bleeding. Could Canada grow a pair and just invade us?
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Enough about this Republican plot to give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the poor children. These motherfuckers have proven to be subhuman creeps bent on destroying the nation, get rich doing it, and still get re-elected by cult members indoctrinated by Fox News, right wing radio and their own bigotry. For now, fuck em all.
Television is great nowadays. Its so damn good that you dont have enough time to watch it all. But 3 shows out there are so dominated by women who soar far above everyone else that they are not to be missed.
House of Cards (Netflix) is getting a bad rap because the crazy scenarios dont seem so crazy any longer. It is a compelling show that has just gotten better as far as I am concerned. But one person has stepped up and taken over the show even as Kevin Spacey's Francis Underwood has grown a bit stale. Robin Wright has gained control of this show every bit as much as Claire Underwood has gained control of the country. Now I have not seen this entire season yet because I dont binge anything except crap that makes me fat or drunk, but from what I've seen thus far, Robin Wright deserves every Emmy she's ever received. Oh wait, she's never got one? Christ on a cracker thats insane. Well at least that orange pile of melted bronze, Donald F Trump, has none either. Robin Wright is absolutely the reason to watch this show. You cannot stop both hating her guts, and wishing she was real. If women werent their own worst enemies in the voting booth, Claire Underwood would already be running the show.
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) is the tale of Mike Pence's America. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, the Hulu series studies what would happen if a theocratic maniac, like Mike Pence, ever came to power and put the broads in their place. Elizabeth Moss dominates this show mostly out of the fact she's in virtually every scene and she's damn good at it. Never once will you scream less Moss, more Joseph Fiennes. Moss plays the role of the Handmaiden with a sadness and a sense of rebellion that you cant stop watching. She's the anti-Claire Underwood, powerless yet yearning to be free. I did see the entire series and thought it got better and better and cannot wait for the next set of episodes. I'm going to break my rule here and say, not scream, less Moss and more Alexis Beidel. Her character disappears halfway through the season and made me wonder what happened because I refused to admit she may be dead. But since Beidel has been made a regular for next session, this show may even get better with age.
Orange Is The New Black has dropped on Netflix and I have seen a few of them. This show has been so up and down with me I often wonder why I stick with it. I mean I swear to Christ that when Piper and Alex or that fucking Brook is onscreen I lose all interest in not only the show but in life itself. Those characters are a gigantic snooze. But when the remainder of the cast is onscreen it really is a fascinating study in women characters. I love the backstories, I love the characters, I love the fact the inmates are all scholars. On the other hand I hate that horrid opening song and I despise Piper, Alex and that fucking Brook. Bit I still watch because of Tasty and Red and Caputo and Crazy Eyes and Diaz and Morello and Nicky and Cindy and Yoga and Pennsatucky and Sophia and Boo and Judy and those two meth heads and the whatever happened to Lori Petty. So I will eventually find out if this riot takes up the whole season. I still want more. Even if do catch a short nap every now and then.
But before I go, lets me hail one woman who has dominated a great show for years and that is Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland. Danes has carried that show for 6 seasons now and shows no sign of letting go of her crown. She has two Emmys for Homeland and each is well deserved. Not to mention Danes has the unique ability to say the word fuck as naturally as a DeNiro, a Pesci or a Pacino. From the first time I heard her exclaim about the Pakistani Spy Agency "I dont trust those fuckers" Claire Danes has a spot in the fuck Hall of Fame. And that is a great honor. Claire, you're fuckin great!