Just maybe the beginning of the end?
Just a thought: If all politics are local, then all political edifices, especially
those shamelessly media touted,
that crumble is personal, at least for me. More than once I've stood bereft in front
of a door as a woman
declared, in most cases with good reason, "Its over!" and slamming the door to make a
Could the Obama-media romance really be over? Are media finally waking up
and slamming the door? Do the ever so
professional and high-brow members of the media, adorned with fairly
empty credentials to start with--hey, inspite of their constant self congratulations
they are not brain surgeons--now really expect a serious
response after four years of spectacular in-your-face evidence that Obama's polices as well
as personality and leadership capabilities were destined not to
Where have they been for the last four years and even before? At fund raising
cocktail parties with celebrities? Taking talking points from Bill Mahr, who laughingly
at the idea government may actually make a list and eventually take your guns? (Hey, Bill,
we now know government has been taking a list.)
They were in love with Obama. Somehow deep inside he fulfilled a need.
parlance, they were hooked from the start. He was one of them. Like a
lover wooing, he said the right thing, had the right touch. Others have
recorded their lover's obedience to the point of slavish prostration. He
stroked their liberal sensitivities just right. They completely
abandoned their duty, opting for easy reporting on topics like strategy
instead of analysis. They were in love. That's their only defense.
Now that they are out of love, some are embarrassed as they emerge from
their emotional caves and peer around the damage bleary eyed.
Now is the time for independents, Republicans disgusted with their own party,
libertarians and conservatives to form a political
coalition to build a rock steady base leaps ahead of institutional RINOs to secure
small government and vibrant capitalism, engendered by a flat tax and elimination
of the IRS and other unnecessary remnants of liberal fantasy.
The Klan visits Memphis, again,
but did police restrictions go too far? Or is it just one of those
things that's impossible for any police to get right?
(3.30.13 Memphis) Assembling reportedly to protest the name change of a
park eponymously honoring their organization's founder Nathan Bedford Forest,
members of the
Ku Klux Klan was to have gathered here between 1:30-4:00 pm. They did
but like bad boys who had to stay inside and practice the piano they chose or
were "advised" to
stay inside. One station got the bunch entering one of the buildings in the
legal complex downtown and they never came out to play. Much to
everybody's, especially the media judging by a local TV report,
disappointment, ' twern't a white sheet nor pointy cap to be seen.
(story and pix continued
(3.30.13) Two pics of events in Memphis, left
the "Klan Rally" that really was an "Anti-Klan Rally"
and the Heart of Memphis counter event to the KKK at the same time.
Ghosts of the Mississippi--The Klan to demonstrate again in Memphis
//Redux// Photos coming
(3.24.13) A family of civil war reenactors taken overlooking high bluff
of the Mississippi
River near Ft. Pillow Park where Nathan Bedford Forrest is reported to
have massacred black
Union soldiers during the Civil War. The "optics" of this picture is a
little aggressive. The young woman on
horseback wants to be a veterinarian, the man is a combat Vietnam
veteran and his
wife is on the opposite side. Throughout the event I never heard a
word from anybody. That goes to the question of racism, culture and
history--and how those categories can be separated.
I believe the Civil War to be the formative influence in Southern
culture.Not unrelated, the Ku Klux Klan, anachronistically enough, will demonstrate in
Memphis next week
over the renaming of Forrest Park. More coming with pix of the
and "Heart of Memphis" counter event the same day. We'll try to have pictures
Kucinich says private debt nearly as bad as public debt,
adds to the fray: "forgive student loans"
(3-15-13) Fox News interview-Outspoken liberal and former House Dem OH Rep Dennis Kucinich,
said he railed against the bailouts, warning at the time that the "yoke of debt" in
mortgages, credit card and student loans were coming "dangerously close" to surpassing
public debt. He said consumber debt could trigger another economic blowout the type of
which triggered the Great Depression. Further, perhaps for the first time in major mass
media, we heard "forgive student loans."
A smarmy Lauer, a smarmy network, stomach churning morning TV
(3.12.13) Well, we certainly don't watch it regularly unless you
consider channel surfing
as you click your way up to the cable networks qualifies. Apparently the
dollar co-host of NBC's Today Show blew it with critics and the public
yesterday as he tried
to make nice with canned co-host Ann Curry. He virtually groveled at her
feet to prove
he was a nice guy. Hey, they got me all wrong! Regardless, the
nypost.com went to town
on poor Matt. We find it amazing anybody would watch the show when you have
actual content options on Fox, Current, CNBC and even MSNBC, but there's no
3.16.13) Related: Just heard in CPAC: Every young person now has a $220,000 mortgage, not
in a home but in national debt.
Kommie Kat Mourns: Now Hugo is with Vlad
(3.7.13) In memoriam to the passing of the great Venezuelan communist leader Hugo
Chavez, beloved by his party aparatchiks and Sean Penn, Kommie Kat
meditates in reflection to the workers' God Vladimir Ilych Lenin.
Though he robbed billions from his grateful people
and did God knows what to his opponents, the mass media called him, like,
"lovable" and all but lionized him as a revolutionary hero, Comrade Hugo courageously
shut down the press that criticized him and did God knows what to his political
opponents. Reportedly, his last words were, "I don't want to die," no
doubt thinking of the years of unlimited power and endless money he would not get
to bleed into his foreign accounts. Kommie Kat can relax. We're sure a
similar true believer will find plenty reason to carry on the glorious revolution.
But his memory is not lost to Kommie Kat. Instead of waiting for May Day, we have
rolled out the famous capture of our lefty feline worshipping Vlad in some sort
of stupefied political state, not unlike the worshippers who still attend the
Church of Obama. You can remember to. Just click the pic and you will go to
an assortment of Leninist wares with Kommie Kat--from refrigerator magnets
to framed pictures. You, to, worker peasant, can worship.
more about this lefty
NOT LIVE NOW--The Great Filibuster against presidential fiat to send
in drones to kill you without warrant
nor due process while you sit in a cafe in Memphis
(3.05.13) "...realize when someone tells you America is a battlefield, that the
is here, they are telling you your rights don't apply,"
said Sen. Rand
leading a filibuster now live (as of 1614 hours) in the
. And thus the Obama administration has taken yet another one of
of no return (unless you don't believe there's a slippery slope on the
of executive power) that gives him the authority, according to Eric Holder before
the Senate Judiciary Committee today,
"to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil."
"It is an affront to the constitutional due process rights of all Americans," said
Paul in the Senate hearing prior to launching his filibuster with a group of Democratic
and Republican senators. It was said in the fili that it finally took four times
to get a definite "no" answer from Holder to the repeated question of whether the
president can kill someone on American soil sitting in a cafe presenting no eminent
That left the filibustering senators decidedly inconfident of future abuse of
not only (though Paul did not say it) this president, but for presidents to follow,
not only in this particular
area but in the outright destruction of constitutionally mandated balance of powers.
It's the Tea Party stupid
(3.5.13) No surprise politicians are now vilifying the only effective grass roots tool
to emerge in the last few years to control government spending-the Tea Party
or parties. Rep. Jim Hines (D-Conn) said repeatedly on C-Span this morning both Dems and Reps
are afraid to work together to manage government spending because the Tea Partiers
will be all over their ass (my wording). Suddenly the sequestration
lets everybody know both parties have failed America, both are willing to saddle
oppressive generational debt on its children and reduce security, the latter the nation's
first obligation. Almost embarassing as his effort to convince us a video caused
Benghazi, is his most recent orchestration of cabinet members sent out
to boo-hoo the public into thinking their precious progrms were collapsing around
them. Another crass manipulation that is sure to backfire. Good.
More people are reaching the realization that while some may experience pain, the
great majority of these so-called cuts will be absorbed into the endless, redundant,
ever folding fat of government. Robert Levinson, a Bloomburg government
analyst, said (following Hines in another program segment) sequester cuts
mostly impact big items like ships and planes and services on the small end. But guess
what? The government can cut back on its defense contracts without breaking them.
So instead of ordering
ten advanced fighter jets, it can order eight. Get it? It ain't that hard.
He said even Republicans are not making noises that the military can be trimmed.
Anyway, sequestration is just the beginning. It is the little dog that has pulled
back the curtain exposing the Oz of Obamaland. The lesson unintentionally provided
by Obama himself is that painful cuts are better than no cuts at all.
ARGO, but is that Ben's piece?
(3.03.13 by Papi LoQuacious, Kulture Kritik)
By now everyone knows that ARGO won the Academy Award for best picture
of the year.
I have viewed this film on my DirectTV and it is best viewed with a drink in hand.
Now, I liked it overall. That Ben Affleck is not a very good actor-few
if any nuance-and I kept wondering if that was his hair? But Alan Arkin
and John Goodman are always entertaining.
Since the film is not a deep character study or expose on the politics
of 1970-80s Iran, dont be surprised that the Iranians and the hostages
are never really shall we say , “fully embodied” but rather one
dimensional presentations. (All the Iranian revolutionaries are US
Film built to last action 15 minutes or so when the hostages were trying
to slip out of the country disguised as a film crew scouting for
locations in rebellion torn Iran-- but hey this is a true story.
Tension is high at airport as the hostages plan to board and flee by
airplane assisted by CIA operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck). Cleverly
slipping by the Iranian guards, boarding the plane and just as
Air Canada lifts off the landing field is swarmed by Iranian police. I
doubt this truly happened – a little tooo Hollywood and little tooooo
reminiscent of THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.
Overall a B+ not great material-dont want to see if again - but ok. Best
picture material? Well it did make Hollywood look awfully good. Does Ben
Affleck wear a piece or what?
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Thanks Bill--Memphis was never the same
(Kulture Kritic, 5.17.13) I was sad at word this week that Bill Kendall,
Memphis Art Leader, had
passed unceremoniously alone in Atlanta last month.
I knew Bill and worked for him for many years when I was a film student at MSU.
He brought Memphis an
open door to film adventures-- like no other. And he paid a price for that
innovation. I remember long lines around the block at the Studio Theater
on Highland to see The Stewardess in 3-D; and the sold out Lavender
Midnight Cinema at the Guild Theater on Poplar. But beyond high camp
porn, which then attracted a variety of Memphis media and establishment
types, he also brought real art films that
made for even more unforgettable times with the showing of works like
Romeo and Juliet, El Topo and most if not all John Cassavetes films,
to name only a few. Regarding Cassavetes, he and other members of the
cast came to Memphis when their movies opened here.
When these venues closed, there were no others even remotely like them
and Memphis remains the less for it.
I only know what I read in the papers:
The Comedy of Obama
The tenor of Sunday morning talk shows revealed a professional politicians
crafty strategy not to wade in too deep about Obama's multiple failings. Don't want
to be caught with our pants down and have you ever actually seen a RINO without
pants? Not a pretty sight.
As Obama stonewalls questions about the biggest issue, Benghazi, the rest--the IRS
mounting campaigns of destruction against Tea Party members and readers of forbidden
books, illegal mass phone taps not to mention Attorney General Holder himself are presented
FUBARs. After all both the president and his AG both claim to "know NOTHING"
like Col. Klinke of Hogans Heroes, of the scandals propagated under their watch
for months if not years.
Their incompetence has become their only defense and for his easily manipulated
constituency and equally incompetent media that put him in
office, save CNN and Fox News, formerly supportive members of the commentariot will
find themselves on the end of the
laughing stick they themselves used to beat up administration critics.
Comedian Bill Maher recently asserted
people who think the government would take their guns, were "naive." Now, with evidence
the IRS, as well as the
EPA and even FBI, targeted conservative politcal organizations with demands of membership lists,
speaker names, and even what books they read, perhaps Mr. Maher himself suffers
from a naivite found only among liberals: the days of government doing grievous
harm are long gone and, of course, it can do no wrong to its citizens and certainly
For the first time, I heard a commentator hit the raw nerve of Benghazi for which
there is no known anesthetic in this democratic body politic: the Commander in Chief
flagrantly abandoning Americans under attack on American soil. Liz Trotta Sunday
morning said such dereliction (my characterization) is unheard of in American history.
Another Janet Rice type mouthpiece within the Obama admin was trotted out to Chris Wallace
to declare questions about what the hell the president was doing/thinking
as Americans died was "frankly offensive."
What's offensive of course is having to swallow Obama's policies and inflexible divisive ideological
swil that is yielding the exact opposite as advertised.
(3.30.13) Meanwhile, while the Klan was supposed to be parading
around downtown, the "counter event" Heart of Memphis was
held in midtown. Above, Wang-Ying Glasgow, Adult Services Coordinator for the
and story teller, poses in a children's literary character.
THE FIRST MOMENT OF SPRING, THE VERNAL EQUINOX, MEMPHIS 8:02 AM MARCH 20, 2013
(3.20.13) There is actual competition for Earth Day
. One is a date started after the original
earth day was started by John McConnell in 1969
The Vernal Equinox, where there's equal light and dark on both sides of the Earth
ushering in the first moment of spring is 8:02 AM Wed. March 19 in Memphis.
McConnell launched the movement to recognize the Vernal Equinox and celebrated
it every year by ringing the peace bell at the United Nations. John died at the age
of 97 last year. John C. Munday took over that tradition this year and rang the bell
this year at the moment of VE. I worked with John in Los Angeles and New York. (He had no
paid staff as far as I know.) I developed a page on John's life and the original Earth
here. Mr. Munday
offered two corrections: Even though John gave anthropologist Margaret Meade credit as co-creator, he says
Earth Day was completely McConnell's idea and the peace bell was always run on
the spring vernal equinox, not in December, which it may have been in the beginning
as McConnell described it to me. What is known is that John grew the idea of Earth
Day without any financial support to speak of and made it his life's work.
It is celebrated at the UN and in cities
around the world.
(3.16.13) From a political speech by Sarah Palin at CPAC
She said she got a gun rack from her husband as a Christmas present, so she had to get him
a gun. "He got a rifle. I got the rack," she deadpanned to long applause.
Also at CPAC, a crass age related joke
by "youngest Fox Contributor" Steven Crowder
made oh a really funny crack about Biden's "liver spotted" hands shaking the
hand of the new Pope, who is 76, before he went on introduced Phyllis Schlafley, 83, who
delivered a strong speech. Age jokes and cracks are heard often in events and conservative
media, such as from Beck's sidekicks. And its getting worse as society gets younger.
The commentariot knows better than to berate women, minorities and nationalities,
but they apparently haven't gotten the memo yet about their constituents over 40.
The preview bout in gun control
(3-14-13) This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee presented a
preview bout of all the points
surrounding Feinstein's gun control bill, complete with constitutional
punches and personal fireworks.
Much of the vote in the senate will come down on whether you are a loose
or strict constitutionalist. If the former, expect a distortion of
fact and technical data behind a curtain of cloudy emotion. In what had
to be the ironic moment of the hearing, Dem Franken chastised Rep
Cruz for quoting the committee's own studies that limitations on the
AR15 would make little difference in gun violence outcome while not
the same studies indicated it would take further study to tell if it
would. The Reps
by that time had already left the room, so no one was left to question
even the wisdom of voting on a bill when its own committee research
indicated it might
not have its intended effect anyway.
Deja Vu for the Dems: ram it through like Obamacare.
So, do you believe "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the
security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed" means just that or do you think
there are exceptions for public safety that is superior to bearing arms
to the security of a free State"? This battle is about one or the other.
Citing banning large magazine sizes and different types of firearms
could legally own, Cruz asked Feinstein directly, if she would put
the first (freedom of the press, religion, speech, assembly, redress of
grievances) and fifth (grand juries, double jeopardy,
self-incrimination, due process, private property protection)
amendments in the same way she is putting on the second.
She flared at the question, telling him she needed no lecture on the
and that she had worked with the constitution for twenty years. When
for an answer, she said only, simmering, "No." Yet, other Rep. senators
committee subsequently interjected there were indeed restrictions on the
first, such as yelling fire in a crowded theatre and child pornography.
the second had restrictions on such things as machine guns, the Dems
In another committee vote, the Dems prevailed in not excluding Feinstein's
restrictions for people in border states who are increasingly assaulted by
illegal aliens and the Mexican drug war.
Beyond that were the arguments heard in every quarter from Dems who wail
blood of innocents to conservatives who show convincing evidence that
"long" guns have the bad results the Dems have glommed on to. Next stop:
in the Senate. Watch the full hearing this morning here
It happened in Memphis...
Animals in street + speeding cars =
heart breaking accidents
(3.08.13) We're not usually into running shots of car accidents, but we
give ourselves permission when dogs running the streets get in the way of
traffic, especially on streets known to be little raceways (like on James Rd.
between Rangeline and Watkins). Excuse our
libertarian leanings, but accidents like these should never happen and there
should big time sanctions against animal owners who let their dogs run wild as
well as speeders who hit them. We don't think
city streets are within libertarian purview: they belong to the public and should be
monitored aggressively. (But from my personal experience, Memphis drivers are the worst.)
The German shepherd lying in the street above, still had a chain around its neck.
Follow the street around the bend and immediately out of sight is the accident
location. Though there are two vehicles in the inset shot, two other parked
vehicles were apparently involved as well. Now here's the thing: a witness who had
been driving west said she saw another "big white dog" at the side of the jeep
and "a puppy"in the gutter, both dead, behind the dark car (inset). Let's be clear:
these were pets, members of a household. I have seen the German Shepard walking about
before. I'm sure I would recognize the "big white," as well. They got out. They're
dead and frankly they deserved better.
But let me return to the question:
could a car speeding east have hit this dog, continued around the bend, encountering
two other dogs and oncoming traffic perhaps trying to miss cars and/or dogs?
Clearly at least
one dog and thankfully no people, could be seen dead in the street.
Police didn't seem to be aware of any canine factor in the accident, though I only
had a chance to ask one officer.
I have taken heartbreaking shots of people and animals lying mangled and dead
in the streets of Memphis. I lived and worked 20+ years in Los Angeles and never saw
animals dead and maimed in the street as I see in Memphis. In fact,
I can't remember seeing any, except for gang members brought down in shootouts.
reflection do I say it reveals a certain high handed disregard to life until...until...
I realize I am guilty of the same thing. Before there was a law to keep animals penned,
I lost pets to animals that were untrained to stay the hell out of the street. Trying
to sniff the tires won't make it.
Now, here's another take on running down animals...
This picture was taken in early spring of last year. A Canadian goose run down,
in front of an elementary school. Across the street is a church with a pond where
they stay each year in their migration south.
Now, a goose of this size is almost three feet and walks all of three miles an
hour, I'm guessing. You'd have to be blind to miss it. Yet, someone did.
BTW Canadian geese mate for life. For days after the flock
flew off, perhaps sensing danger, its mate lay in a paper sheet wrapped up respectfully
by church maintenance.
It wandered the field until it too took flight.
are known to remate.
Finally, it flew off to another migratory spot.
Regardless their marital traditions, I've never seen a more reckless bunch of drivers
toward people and animals for a city this size. Perhaps its time the city goes the
extra step in policing traffic and controlling animals--including instituting creative
and humane animal control measures. Visitors, natives and animals alike need not experience
the above in Memphis.
(Sunday 3-10-13) Update
: passed the scene today and the large German shepherd is still
in the road. Either none of the neighbors or the owner called or they tried and could not
find the number on the city's Web site. I didn't. I finally did a general search online and
came up with 901.272-2409 where I got a message advising me there would be no pickups on
weekends. Really? The animal is supposed to decompose and get splattered
in the middle of the street over the weekend? Really? On numerous occassions I've called
during the weekend and they were quick to get out, for health and safety reasons alone
there should be a weekend
number for these types of pickups.