Thursday, September 30, 2010
"I'm an American veteran and I'm one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.
I've been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way..."
"My husband and I have joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives but quite frankly, it's starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we're headed again."
"Quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly. Is this my new reality?"
(Dig in America.)
Eh,...actually I've been living on mac'n cheese, and beans, and franks for about a year now. Amazing the many ways you can cook these things. There's a few websites that help the downsized adjust to eating trash as opposed to food.
I always thought what an irony it was for me personally. That I came out of being homeless on the same day as Obama took the Oath of Office. Where now millions have lost their homes, and taken my place on the streets during his first two years.
No he didn't cause the collapse, but he hasn't done enough to help it's victims either. He insists on working with the system as is. Unlike Roosevelt who said "fuck this", and wrote new rules.
Well about 40 years of underfunding education here in the land of the free has resulted in a lower average I.Q.
I remember when they started making it difficult for folks to get a higher education back in the 1970. New York's City College which gave the country generations of scholars, politicians, and artists shut their doors to the working class.
It 'was' a tuition free institution, and was the route into the middle class for white ethnics. However that changed with the demographics of the city. Just when the student body began to get too brown, and black,...oops. The fees came in.
A coincidence of course.
Anyway multiply that by 40 years, and 50 states, and here we are. Not just the color angle, but a class knifing as well.
Maybe we should let somebody invade, and occupy us. Then they'll flood our basic services,..like education, with trillions of yen, and euros to nation build us 'back' to a civilized level.
A sort of "Mouse that Roared" in reverse.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Not only is this the 50th anniversary of the "Fintstones", but the wonks have just found an earth-like planet out there.
Not bad for a dreary Wednesday.
The happy planet circles Gliese 581 which is a dwarf star. That is about one-third the strength of our sun, and is 20 light years away. We can't see it with the naked eye, but the folks there can see us just fine.
There's six other balls of rock in that system, but only one in the sweet zone. Not too hot, not to bleeping cold. Odds are it's crawling with things that would like to make friends, conquer, put us in a zoo, or eat us.
So maybe we should just leave'em the hell alone.
As for the "Flinstones" like some of you I was there opening night,..same for "Star Trek", but that's another post. Anyway I nearly didn't watch. I thought it was going to be just another bland sitcom about the 1950's suburbs that my family wasn't allowed to live in.
If it weren't for our old pal Jim Crow I would have grown up in Levittown Long Island. Unfortunately "No Niggers" need apply. They didn't tell my dad that...exactly, but it came down to the same thing.
Such was life in apartheid America so I wasn't interested in yet another "Burbcom". Imagine my happy surprise when it turned out to be a cartoon! A "Creationist" one at that. What with humans, and T-Rex's running around together.
Ah,..life was good for us post war kiddies!
Cheap comic books'n movies, keds, plastic backyard wading pools, cowboy hats, and Depression, and WW2 era Daddy's that didn't take shit from anybody. ...well yeah there was that Jim Crow thing, but Dad, and his pals was working on that.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Longtime Democratic incumbent Nita Lowey's Republican challenger this fall is a Christian conservative author, and activist whose writings have frowned on inter-racial marriage, touted the benefits of studies linking race to IQ and said parents need to teach their kids "appropriate ethnic boundaries" for marriage and socializing.
Jim Russell, who's challenging Lowey in a repeat after trying to take her on in 2008, made the statements in an essay called "The Western Contribution to World History," which was published in a 2001 - 2002 edition of the Occidental Quarterly, and had also been featured on infamous former politician and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's website.
In the essay, Russell also praised T.S. Eliot and psychology professor Kevin MacDonald for looking to limit the proliferation of Jews. MacDonald, who's served on the advisory board of the Occidental Quarterly, has been criticized as an anti-Semite who's pushed the theory that Jews are essentially practicing group-think to outperform non-Jews.
The more notable passages from the essay include:
* “(T.S.) Eliot described some conditions for an optimal society: ‘The population should be homogeneous. . . . What is still more important is unity of religious background; and reasons of race and culture combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable.
"There must be a proper balance between urban and rural, industrial and agricultural development. And a spirit of excessive tolerance is to be deprecated."
“While liberals and universalists constantly yammer about “bringing us all together”, and how “diversity is our strength,” it may be suggested that the biological function of human language and culture is just the opposite, that is, to keep discrete groups apart.”
"The current of misdirected altruism that permeates contemporary Western society is dangerous when it is divorced from biological reality."
(Article stolen from Politico.)
("The Good Old Days.)
The both interesting, and scary reality of these xenophobic times is that it brings all sorts of ugly truths to the surface.
Seems there are 'still' plenty of Americans that long for the good old days when darkies knew their place,..and 'stayed' there. Jews watched their 'every' step, and the white man was king.
I'm sort of describing pre-WW2 America in this. There's a longing among many, more than we thought, for this "happy" bygone era, and a wish to bring back as much of it as possible. I'm curious to see how this latest cycle of nativism will play out.
Watch ya backs comrades.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This is a war time Japanese animation depicting the evil west as a Bing Crosby in black face spider. Japan is see here as a virtuous, and brave lady bug.
Interesting style, and the singing is swell!
Imperial Japanese Navy short. Shown in their movies houses during the war.
In the past 18 months or so the Barbie Corporation found out that there were more than just White folks in the U.S.,..or U.K. for that matter. Imagine that. Where the heck did all them Colored folks come from?!
Eh, it's a long story, but suffice to say we're here, and like to play with dolls like everybody else.
This being the case Barbie has thrown itself into the racial wood-chipper to make a few bucks,..'more' than a few as it turns out.
So far they're doing it right. That is they're not just tinting white Barbie brown, and calling it a day.
These guys are doing a serious factory retooling, and grinding out Kinky headed, Thick Lipped, Sistahs like I see everyday on the block,...and about frigging time too.
Btw, some of you locals may remember another "Black Barbie" on Brooklyn Cable Access TV,.."BCAT". A show woman named "Black Barbie" had a public access tv show in which she gave Bush the business, as well as telling stories about the sexual habits of local politicians.
Barbie was a,..ahem, Sex Worker, and knew what she was talking about,..the gal was hilarious! Youngsters would sometimes call in live trying to be sexy wise guys, but she always put them in their place.
"Respect Women ya little shits!"
She'd then lecture them on safe sex, and personal hygiene. Two things she said that boys seem "particularly ignorant" about.
Naturally they eventually canceled her show.
Hummm 'might' have had something to do with her outing a certain District Attorney as call girl, and Lap Dance Bar fan.
To my knowledge Barbie Corp. has no plans to issue the likeness of our hero,..but I'm hopeful.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I came upon this cute tit-bit about our Republic tonight. I used to know this I think. 'may have been mentioned in some lecture or or other at school,..but like so much I've forgotten about it.
...from Yahoo Newz.
"It is the most dramatic event in Louisiana history that has been so little recognized," said Sam Hyde, director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University.
"We have been lost to all the Cajuns and the debauchery of New Orleans, but it is a unique event that had a lasting effect on this area and others."
(The Bonnie Blue, also used later by Confederates.)
In the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 1810, 75 armed rebels slipped into the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge, and in what was described as a "sharp and bloody firefight," subdued the garrison.
They lowered the Spanish flag and raised the Bonnie Blue Flag — a single white star on a blue field — that had been adopted for the new nation they called West Florida.
Three days later the rebels signed a declaration of independence and set up a government for the new nation that historians say included about 4,000 people.
The republic was one of three nations that joined with the United States as it expanded west during the 19th century. The others were the republics of Texas and California.
West Florida achieved its goal — annexation by the United States — 74 days after independence, said archivist Betty Tucker of Zachary, La.
Historians generally agree the republic included 8 Louisiana parishes still known as the Florida Parishes, and those completed what became the state of Louisiana in 1812.
(14 Star flag of the early Republic.)
This being still such a young nation I'm always glad when some weirdness of our founding turns up. Makes for a more interesting story. Like for example there were actually "14" original colonies, the fourteenth being the lost state of Franklyn.
Franklyn was eventually eaten by Tennessee. Just as New York State tried to eat Vermont. However that one didn't pan out too well for the Crooks in Albany. Vermont handed their butts to them on a plate.
...sliced, and steaming.
This was one of them post Independence border wars that they mostly never told us about at school. ...that stuff was kind'a like what happened in Africa in the 1960's when the Brits, and French skipped out.
So we shouldn't feel all that superior to them folks over there.
...but I digress.
Did yo know that Washington was in fact the "7th" President of the United States, some guy named Peyton Randolph was elected first,..all true.
There was a Congress 'before' there was an Executive. So Uncle George had six predecessors before him when he got the job.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"Dammit I don't want to lose the 'whole' Democratic Party!" Sez the boss in the new book "Obama's Wars" by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame. President Obama knows he's losing his base, and wants to salvage what he can.
Apparently he actually wants 'out' of the "Graveyard of Empires", aka Afghanistan. However his generals think otherwise.
From the book.
One of the more dramatic quotes from Woodwards’s book is President Obama’s statement in an October 2009 meeting about his planned duration for the war in Afghanistan, a statement directed at Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
"I'm not doing 10 years," said Obama. "I'm not doing long-term nation-building. I am not spending a trillion dollars."
Good grief they whacked the Kennedy's for less over Vietnam. Things are more interesting in D.C. than I thought.
Greetings! It's come to the attention of the Peoples New Sydneyland Central Committee that some comrades have had difficulty tuning in to our Glorious Blog.
How say you. Lets have a head count.
Can you hear me now.
At the moment we seem to have comrades viewing in India, Brazil, and the Ukraine. Perhaps they're blocking us in the Gringo Republic of Arizona, and perhaps the Jesusland States.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This is so typical of us. I saw the same madness on my block.
Watch video immediately above,..click'n enlarge on lower right.
Bleeping tornado tears the crap out of everything insight. Widows blown in, wreckage flying through the air, but Brooklyn maniacs are still happily driving their cars, walking around, and riding their bikes.
...note the genius walking his dog towards the end.
Storm? What storm?
However KFC runs out of chicken, and there's a riot.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
These are some proposed new bank notes for our land of the free.
Assuming the 20%+ of unemployed Americans ever get jobs again this is what their dough may look like. We're almost 100 years overdue for a major overhaul of our currency. There's all sorts of noises that we'll finally get one soon.
The "Teabaggers" want Ronny Reagan on the $50. dollar bill. Many would love to see Joe Lewis, aka the "Brown Bomber" on the new $25. bill. The Feds are also thinking of issuing a $200. bank note as well. Makes sense what with prices being what they are.
I'd like to see Chief "Crazy Horse" on that one. ($200. dollar bill) He's already on stamps, and his great mountain memorial will soon rival Mount Rushmore.
They're already changing the coins. The nickles, and quarters regularly change with regional symbols.
They keep trying out dollar coins, but they suck. No one likes them because they're small, and always bland. ...also the 'phony' gold plating wears off too fast.
Unattractive, and or boring small dollar coins confront folks with proof that the dough is nearly worthless. They already know this, but would rather not have it rubbed in their faces.
There must be a way of abolishing this whole ancient, and evil wealth/poverty/money cycle. After all those anarcho/socialist/space guys on "Star Trek",tm, seem to have pulled off that trick okay.
I mean I've watched every episode, and all the movies. Even number five which got boos from a Trekkie audience. Heck they even threw stuff at the screen it was so bad,...but they stayed for the whole movie. ...as did I. Even stood in the damned snow waiting to get in!
Trekkers can put up with almost any sort of dreary shit from the writers,...except for Start Trek Five,...don't get me started.
("Star Trek V",...good grief had these guys no shame!)
Anyway these future space folks never had a Galactic Depression. I never saw homeless Vulcan's, or garbage on the streets of Indus V. No dog shit in front of Star Fleet Headquarters neither. Sure dogs might be extinct by then, but you gets the point.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Well there I was minding my own damned business as we all should. When out'a nowhere gawd sent tornado's to blow the hell out of us,..so to speak. The Emerald City, aka New York experienced several twisters, and near twisters late in the afternoon.
Imagine my surprise as I was awakened from my medicated stupor by my windows rattling like crazy, and the afternoon sky black as the hearts in the Republican party.
What the fuck,...sez I as the building shudders, debris fly's by my brittle, darkened windows, and the terrified talking head on tv goes bug eyed, and generally induces mass panic by saying we're under attack by gawd's vengeance against secular humanist sodomite loving, left of center New York!
No that wasn't me,..I have nicer digs. However you gets the picture. Tornado's are becoming more regular in this part of the country thanks to planetary heating warming the oceans, and seriously screwing up the winds.
I've read that London is starting to have the same problem. You guys may be using your tube stations for a different sort of Blitz soon. Watch ya backs comrades.
On the up side gawd favored my block again as there was no serious damage, other than folks wetting themselves, and branches in the street. Also my floors got wet as rain shot horizontally through the portals my cute hovel.
Me I was in the closet. Just like old times,..ahem. No not that one I mean the hallway closet riding out this latest end of the world.
They say out in California one should stand in your doorway in an earthquake. ??? Out in the mid-western tornado alleys they say get into your bathroom, and lay down in your tub.
That at least makes a bit more sense than that doorway thing. The Emerald City doesn't have a safety tradition for extreme weather yet. Usually when shit happens we ignore it, and go about our business. Blizzards, hurricanes, tremors? Bleep it I'm busy.
I think this tornado this is finally something we may have to pay attention to. I mean what with these things able to pick up houses, cars truck, buses, and even trains, and hurl them sometimes for miles.
Yep, I'm impressed.
So comrades time to consider how to live your life on a 'slightly' more hostile planet. I mean wow this was 'worse' than being on a stalled "D" train in the Bronx, that, and almost as bad as the prices for tickets at the new Yankee Stadium,...greedy bastards.
(Folks in Montana watching tornado in their backyard.)
(..they seemed real calm about the whole deal.)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
(No offense to J.C. it's some of his fans that are the problem.)
The far right candidate of the Delaware Republican party, Christine O'Donnell, has won the primary for the Senate. Defeating the moderate Republican traditionalist Mike Castle.
Pundits are saying that the Reps have unleashed radical movement they can no longer control. November 2010, and the November 2012 elections may see radical right candidates running for national office.
Depending on the stupidity of the American voters in these upcoming contests. We may either see drastic change to the very far racialist right or the final end of the Republican party as we've known it.
Given this country I'd say a bit of both.
I mean with so many of them Tea folks being so nuts that even traditionally stupid Americans may not vote for them. For heaven sakes that O'Donnell gal founded an organization to stop people from masturbating.
The only real fun the unemployed still have.
Apparently jerking off makes Jesus upset. That, and she wants to abolish Medicare, and Social Security.
As for this radical right movement. These guys are politically gambling the farm on appealing to as usual, white fear, and rage. The numbers say it all. By mid century this will no longer be a White country.
So no surprise that the Tea Party is 98% white, middle aged or elderly. This is why they say they, "...want their country back."
Thing is according to the Census the rest of us are out-fucking, which is to say out-babying them like crazy.
The Tea party is now clearly seen as the expected reaction to the on going ethnic shift in our beloved nation. The election of Obama, by a multi-class, race, and orientation coalition is the first unmistakable sign that the daze of the old hegemony are over.
America is re-making itself again,..that's what we do.
Anyway me, I'm not worried. That movement doesn't appeal to people under 30 so has no legs. That, and the biological fact that the "We want our Country Back" crowd will be gone in 10/20 years or so.
Yeah so will I, but so what I'm having a ball watching these guys go nuts.
The United States of American is becoming Brown. ...like me.
Don't worry we'll be far nicer to you than you were to us,...mostly.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Beware Friday the 13th falls on a Monday this month. Sneaky bastard. Don't date any black cats, so to speak, or drink any Lime Ricky's till sundown. Then of course it'll all be cool. Other than that it's a fine early fall day in the Emerald City.
I mean besides the rain, wind, and religious riots.
Btw some Chinese navy ships paid us a visit. They looked neat. I was especially happy that the comrades just came to say hi, and buy trinkets. Trinkets that were very likely made in Shanghai.
I'm not complaining. I'd rather run into these guys on the subway than have them off the coast lobbing missiles at us.
In checking out PRC naval design their older stuff is standard old Soviet format, but some of their newer ships seem to follow French designs. Interesting.
Like I sez just another swell day in da Land of da somewhat Free.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
No I'm not upset or raging. This is a 'good' sign. I'm enjoying things I like again. Yeah I know I'm sort'a a pacifist, in a way kind'a. Still I got this jones for WW2 flying machines. What can I say,..they don't call us baby boomers for nothing.
Wait, yeah, yeah I know war is bad. WW2 was awful. Gimme a break it was in all the papers. I'm just talking model kits, and cool videos.
See back in the day, a good part of a century ago, my aunties would get me model kits of these things, and it stuck.
I Still love building kits, and lately I am again. That is when I can afford it.
You won't believe it, but kits that went for a buck or two in the old days will now go for $20 to $60 dollars today. Plastic is a petroleum by product so surprise the hobby has gone upscale.
Anyway I'm fine, swell. Now if I start posting that 'end of the world' mayhem again,...well.
The Indian press got pissed when our hero's up there were depicted as sacred beings. Folks have no sense of humor when it comes to their invisible deities in the sky. Actually neither do I. Go after Tinkerbell, and it's a throw down pal!
On the other hand sez a viewer,...
"This is such a global world... I'm sitting here watching a Indian style video about the president of the United States eating Chinese food in Iceland."
Btw I really love the new Indian Anthem. Why can't we have something this cool.
(Theme, and Vocal, very moving.)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
At last serious construction at Ground Zero. That, and the 9/11 Memorial Lights. I was standing by Trinity Church, and the Stock Exchange, and took these snaps. I just noticed these are slightly blurred,..it's really windy downtown so it was hard to be steady, but you get the picture so to speak.
I'm impressed by the construction going on at Ground Zero. If they don't stop again we may get somewhere in a year or so.