Sunday, February 27, 2011

Smells like victory

President McCain and Vice-President Lieberman want to help make the rubble bounce in Libya...and, also Iran.
Freedom rubble.

Sunday Morning

This shot is from earlier this month, but you get the idea.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Glenn Greenwald points out a fundamental threat to journalism—journalists—with their failure to expose the capture of government by corporate money.

The current war on unions, while being dressed up as a fiscal problem for state governments, is really Republican ideology working in the service of corporations—distract the public by scapegoating unions and further obscure the cause of the Great Recession —Wall Street, Corporate greed, and Republican fiscal policy.

Look for the Guy Fawkes mask that pops up on Colbert's face at around 3.22 of the clip.

Friday, February 25, 2011

It was never true

The lie fabricated by the rich and powerful to benefit themselves lives on—and for some reason it's still believed by a nation of hapless victims.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Your pain just makes me feel more alive.

Pat Bagley

Our Sociopathic Overlords

For decades I've been reading that the biggest problem facing the greatest nation in the world is that the poor and middle class just have it too damn good. I can only conclude that our fake meritocracy has elevated people to positions of power and influence whose source of pleasure comes entirely from their perceived misery of others. This is a problem.


Out of Balance

A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable.

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From here.

"Isn't that a little honey?"

Fantastic film.
Easy Andy is an inspired capitalist. Guns, drugs, Cadillacs.
when De Niro tells the Secret Service guy his name is Henry Krinkle.

Note: I saw this film on a date in didn't work out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stuck in my head (2)

Hadn't thought about this song in awhile. Upon this listen, I like the arc from acoustic to electric, subtle, then it really kills.

"For too long, people of confederate descent have been asked to go to the back of the bus..."

If you bother to watch this, you will witness the obvious (and high-pitched) comparison of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to the plight of 21st Century confederates.

No shit.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Currently Obsessed

I've been stealing time from housekeeping, laundry and personal hygiene to watch Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes on Netflix.
Brett is delightfully eccentric and the production itself is extremely well done—the Victorian furnishings and costume are fantastic and the location shots in the English countryside are a treat.

When we were kids, my brother John and I watched Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes whenever we had a chance—escape, then and now.

Go Wisconsin!

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This is the conservative movement's historic strategy—as the majority of American workers (non-union) lose wages, pensions and basic benefits—they are encouraged by Republicans and corporations to view union negotiated benefits as unfair and greedy. Sadly it has worked.

Republicans' cynical exploitation of non-union workers' resentment to continue the gutting of American unions, and the middle class in general, needs to be turned back in Wisconsin.

Now, watch the dissonance ensue when the tea baggers declare their solidarity with big government and corporate America. The media will run in circles to make the case that the protests in Wisconsin are somehow not legitimate—as compared to the tea bagger theater of the past 2 years.

You're killing me.

Keep the baby quiet...

First heard this singualrly creepy song as an Elvis Costello cover.

Written in 1966 by Leon Payne, inspired by the University of Texas shootings in Austin. Received some radio time in '68 for Eddie Noack's version, then in '73 when Kittel did it.

It reminded me of the (much hated) Bill Anderson (aka Whispering Bill) songs that my mother listened to in 1966, after she left my father.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Al Gore did look a lot different in 1958.

h/t Rumproast

Reagan, 1987

Happy belated 100th birthday.

From a series of distorted Reagan images I did back in 1987. At that time there wasn't anything mythic about RR—just a deeply flawed Republican politician.

The soon-to-be myth-makers were furiously trying to spin Iran-Contra and Reagan's indifference to AIDS. Yet, looking back, he was the ideal spokesperson for our current upside-downism—he provided a well crafted rhetoric that could—reliably— sustain an exploitable distance from all objective reality.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011

Green Bay Packers

This film will need an update.

Also...socialist main streeters. How dare they win on the Gipper's 100th birthday.

The Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned franchise in American professional sports major leagues.[18] Typically, a team is owned by one person, partnership, or corporate entity, i.e., a "team owner." The lack of a dominant owner has been stated as one of the reasons the Green Bay Packers have never been moved from the city of Green Bay, a city of only 102,313 people as of the 2000 census.[19]

Green Bay is the only team with this form of ownership structure in the NFL; such ownership is in direct violation of current league rules, which stipulate a limit of 32 owners of one team and one of those owners having a minimum 30% stake. However, the Packers corporation was grandfathered when the NFL's current ownership policy was established in the 1980s,[20] and are thus exempt. The Packers are also the only American major-league sports franchise to release its financial balance sheet every year.

From here.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Egyptians gratefully recreate protests in Tahrir Square for the fine people of Ohio and Indiana.

Found this at Rumproast, where Betty Cracker helpfully reminds us that Reagan's America was able to eat enough brains over the past 30 years to make a successful comeback.

I could hardly believe it then, but now...fuck!

UPDATED: "...take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."

I would like to disappear now.

"...flatter than hammered shit."

One of the many colorful sayings from the Deadwood series. I've started watching it again—loved it on first viewing—now the writing, while entertaining, seems a little overwrought—still quite good though.

Ian McShane's character, Al Swearengen, reminds me of an uncle (my mother's brother). A studied sociopath—charming, cruel and manipulative. 

Gerald McRaney's George Hearst character is also fantastically dark.

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