This blog is dedicated to the memory of David Weintraub, who took on insidious astroturfers and won.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Before we get to Pat Boone doing Heavy Metal, the air needs to be cleared about Joan Crawford. She got smeared with lies by an ungrateful, adopted daughter. The book was called Mommie Dearest, and it came out after Joan died. I wasn't big into movies then, yet I do remember the book coming out. It was like the McMartin Preschool trial. I heard about it and went wow, but other than that, I never got to the bottom of it until recently.
The same kind of smear job happened to Bette Davis by another ingrate daughter. Unfortunately for Bette, she got smeared while still alive. She had a stroke. She got bad press. Her last years were not kind to her. Getting stabbed in the back by a family member is no good. If the allegations were true, fine, but they weren't.
Here's a good website if anyone wants to get the real story of Joan Crawford and her adopted children. It's called Legendary Joan Crawford. I think Joan was every bit the actress Bette was. They were both hot stuff in their youth. They both continually got the job done as they moved into middle age and then even older. That's the sign of quality actors, when they show such longevity.
Joan's grandson Casey has set up a page where he is answering questions and defending Joan's honour. She was a good person.
Joan did a movie called Straight-Jacket. I wasn't able to find it at youtube. I have watched her in some others. She was pretty good in Grand Hotel, the one where Garbo played the ballerina. Crawford actually had a bigger part in that movie than Greta. She was very hot. I also saw her in the Whatever Happened to Baby Jane movie. She was wicked awesome in that one. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were the Larry Bird and Magic Johnson of cinema. They pushed each other to greatness. Even though Hollywood discriminates against a lot of people for roles, including older folks, those two continued to find quality parts after age 40.
Anyway, I found clips from Straight-Jacket, and there was this really nice song going with one of them. By the end, I was like wait a second, I know that tune.
Here's Pat Boone's version of Crazy Train followed by Ozzy's original. I like 'em both. You gotta appreciate a cover song that pays homage to a tune yet is presented with a different schtick. Who'd a thunk Pat Boone could be so cool?
Monday, July 26, 2010
Old-school depiction of how military contractors operate.
Source: Dealers in Death: The Story of the War Racket (1934)
What a country! I can call the military scum and not go to jail for saying so. That doesn't change the fact that these are the worst people in the world.
Now these cretins are whining because Julian Assange of Wikileaks continues to expose their murdering of civilians and attempts to cover it up.
According to The Guardian,
The White House "strongly" criticised the leaks in a statement, which it said, "could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security". It said that Wikileaks had made no effort to contact US security services, but insisted that what it called the "irresponsible leaks" would not "impact our ongoing commitment to deepen our partnerships with Afghanistan and Pakistan; to defeat our common enemies; and to support the aspirations of the Afghan and Pakistani people".Why should anyone care about alleged damage to the bloated, selfish, dare I say satanic U.S. military? They are the problem. They are the ones who are destroying the planet. They do need to be continually exposed and charged with war crimes.
From Tampa Bay Online,
Assange told reporters in London that he believed that "thousands" of U.S. attacks in Afghanistan could be investigated for evidence of war crimes, although he acknowledged that such claims would have to be tested in court.The Defense Department is full of shit. They abhor American values. All they want is for their industry to grow. World peace would put them out of business. They don't care about innocent lives destroyed and the wholesale destruction of vast territories. They only make money, if the bloodletting continues.
Assange pointed in particular to a deadly missile strike ordered by Taskforce 373, a unit allegedly charged with hunting down and killing senior Taliban targets. He said there was also evidence of cover-ups when civilians were killed, including what he called a suspiciously high number of casualties that U.S. forces attributed to ricochet wounds.
The Defense Department declined to respond to specifics contained in the documents, citing security reasons.
Everyone knows the police have their code of silence. The military in turn also feels it is above the law and uses so-called national security claims to bury the truth of their criminal activities. Assange is a hero. He has given them a well-deserved smack in the face. He doesn't think these new leaks will end the war. Yet, he does have hope that they will help swing political opinion.
SPIEGEL: Do you think that the publication of this data will influence political decision-makers?
Assange: Yes. This material shines light on the everyday brutality and squalor of war. The archive will change public opinion and it will change the opinion of people in positions of political and diplomatic influence.
SPIEGEL: Aren't you expecting a little too much?
Assange: There is a mood to end the war in Afghanistan. This information won't do it alone, but it will shift political will in a significant manner.
The documents are available here.
According to Wikileaks,
The material shows that cover-ups start on the ground. When reporting their own activities US Units are inclined to classify civilian kills as insurgent kills, downplay the number of people killed or otherwise make excuses for themselves. The reports, when made about other US Military units are more likely to be truthful, but still down play criticism. Conversely, when reporting on the actions of non-US ISAF forces the reports tend to be frank or critical and when reporting on the Taliban or other rebel groups, bad behavior is described in comprehensive detail. The behavior of the Afghan Army and Afghan authorities are also frequently described.Or to go back to the Spiegel interview to really put this all in perspective,
SPIEGEL: Is there anything that you consider to be a legitimate state secret?
Assange: There is a legitimate role for secrecy, and there is a legitimate role for openness. Unfortunately, those who commit abuses against humanity or against the law find abusing legitimate secrecy to conceal their abuse all too easy. People of good conscience have always revealed abuses by ignoring abusive strictures. It is not WikiLeaks that decides to reveal something. It is a whistleblower or a dissident who decides to reveal it. Our job is to make sure that these individuals are protected, the public is informed and the historical record is not denied.
In regards to Obama, this is now his war. It's on him. The President is considered the Chief Executive Officer of the Military. Obama thinks Martin Luther King paved the way for himself becoming President. However, Sherwood Ross of L.A. Progressive said last year that MLK would not have been pleased with Obama's warmongering.
Painting himself as the beneficiary of the NAACP’s work, Obama cited historical figures from W.E.B. DuBois to Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. to Emmet Till, to explain how the path to the presidency was cleared by visionaries,” Associated Press reported. All that is true, of course.
And Obama brought the NAACP audience to its feet when he spoke about his vision for their children: “I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers,” Obama said. “I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court justice. I want them aspiring to be president of the United States.”
But there are disturbing reports of escalating civilian casualties emerging from Afghanistan, a war that is now very much Obama’s War, and distressing photos being displayed of Afghan children lying in hospitals with burned faces and bandaged limbs. We might well ask, “What about their futures?”
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan jumped 24% over 2008, according to the United Nations, CNN reported July 31st. There were 1,013 civilian deaths in the first six months of this year and 30% of the slain were killed by Western military air strikes. The UN said the air strikes “remain responsible for the largest percentage of civilian deaths” attributed to foreign troops in Afghanistan.
Not surprisingly, Afghan President Hamid Karzai pleaded months ago “for the U.S. to halt air strikes in his country, following attacks that Afghan officials said killed 147 people,” Reuters reported.
But President Obama isn’t listening to the president of Afghanistan. Neither is he listening to the swelling chorus of Americans who regard the attack on Afghanistan as “a mistake” and who believe, says Gallup Poll, that by a two to one margin the U.S. is spending “too much” on defense. Apparently, some Americans are painfully aware that dollars spent to conquer Afghanistan will never fund education or retraining in America.
Donkeytale makes good sense when he speaks of how there is nothing new under the sun, that we are repeating stupid cycles. It's true. That's why a song by Black Sabbath performed in 1970 is just as relevant to today's situation. The U.S. Military is full of scum. The war pigs need to have their toys taken away. Innocent people are getting hurt. The U.S. economic infrastructure is struggling due to the overall idiocy which is a war economy. Even The Washington Post has come out recently with a report called Top Secret America, basically a schtick on what's up with the spy factories. I've a great cliche to use to wrap up this diatribe of a blog post. Enough is enough.
Black Sabbath War Pigs Lyrics
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death's construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds
Oh lord yeah!
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor
Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait 'til their judgement day comes
Now in darkness world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees the war pig's crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings
Oh lord yeah!
Friday, July 23, 2010
On every street in every city, there's a nobody who
dreams of being a somebody.
I first became aware of this basic fact a few decades ago after watching Taxi Driver. This was during my college days. Here are a few examples of what was going on around that time. Ted Kennedy went to South Africa and was shocked at what was happening there. Wars raged in Central America, while the Reagan Administration broke the Boland Amendment forbidding assistance to the evil Nicaraguan Contras. The dumbass satanic panic was in full blossom.
Anyway, to this day I remember one reaction to the Robert De Niro movie which epitomized the shallowness of many Americans. This other student started grumbling and opined that it was the worst movie she'd ever seen. She said no way was she going to stay for the ending. I asked her why. She said it made no sense, that it was unrealistic, that it painted a distorted view of America. It turned out she was a dumbass Republican. Coincidence? I think not.
Fast forward to July 22nd, 2010. A blogger named Donkeytale suggested I watch Chimes at Midnight with Orson Welles. I swear I tried, but after ten minutes, I realised I needed a different cup of tea. Oh boy, did I ever find something right up my alley.
The 1967 movie's title was Week End directed by Jean-Luc Godard not Picard.
Make it so, Number One
You the good readers must see this flick. I'm not going to dissect it. I'll just say it basically took a huge dump on so-called Western culture. It also had a style which one could mildly describe as unsettling to the viewer. That was the point. One was meant to become aware of how low we had fallen, from the French crimes against Algerians to the US ones against the Vietnamese.
Some numbnut a few years back named Francis Fukuyama claimed that we had reached the end of history. His schtick was that capitalism had won out, and liberal democracy was the final form of government.
Hey, people can keep their heads in the sand and ignore illegal wars, increases in unemployment, and environmental degradation at their own peril. Liberal democracy has taken us to the brink of 1984. If you don't think so, just take a quick looksie at the Washington Post's Top Secret America website. My brand of paranoia (socrates®) has hit the mainstream.
Bourgeoisie society has always deserved a metaphorical smack in the face. Luigi Pirandello got that job done with Six Characters in Search of an Author. There was Malcolm X. Howard Zinn delivered an anchor punch with A People's History of the United States. I'm sure we could brainstorm many more examples of folks who effectively spoke truth to power.
If one goes to the IMDB.com website to check out various reactions to Week End, one will see that there are many who responded precisely like that Republican chick did to Taxi Driver. The point that these people don't get is that one is supposed to end up with their stomach tied in knots. They are meant to have their world views rattled and end up disgusted with crass consumerism and the cultural wasteland which is the West. Too many people just don't get it, and that's why there are some like myself who are forced to become leftier than thou.
In 1969, Roger Ebert gave Week End four stars, or in other words, a thumbs up. I believe the last paragraph from his review says it all. (By the way, Week End is the European title, while Weekend is what it's called in Ameika.)
Godard also gives us an allegorical ending in which various animals and members of the cast are killed and eaten and other things. But by now we are totally lost in this new Godard universe. Everything makes sense, but nothing holds together. Are people talking to each other, or to us? What's going on? It's as bad as life.Hopefully this movie isn't pulled off of youtube. I advise everyone to watch it. Here is part one followed with the link to get you to the rest of the movie.
link to part 2
Thursday, July 15, 2010
*** UPDATE ***
Forget about Louise Brooks for a few minutes. Check out Marlene Dietrich!
*** END OF UPDATE ***
When I saw her in this movie called Diary of a Lost Girl, immediately my memory shot back to having seen The Razor's Edge, the version with Bill Murray. Check out the character below on the left. They kinda look similar, dontcha think?
Same haircut. A similar portrayal of an erotic beauty falling from grace into promiscuity.
Louise Brooks had it tough growing up. At age nine, she was molested by a neighbour. Apparently her mom blamed Louise for the event, saying she must have given him the idea.
Widespread child abuse is too real. It takes many forms, from the subtle to the overt. I recommend folks look into the works of Alice Miller, author of such classics as Poisonous Pedagogy and Thou Shalt Not Be Aware.
Louise Brooks was up there with any of them during the silent screen era. When movies had sound added to them, the parts for her dried up. It wasn't that she didn't have acting skills. It was also untrue as some movie moguls claimed that her voice was no good for talkies.
Around 1929 she starred in a movie called The Canary Murder Case. It was originally intended to be a silent movie, but the studio decided to change it into a talkie. Louise was asked to come to California to help bring that about. She didn't like Hollywood and refused. Her part was thus dubbed. It's common thought that this was the movie that tanked her career.
She had it tough for many ensuing years including a declaration of bankruptcy in 1932. One of her ex-lovers, CBS founder William Paley, heard of her plight and helped her out financially. She did have major skills and eventually rebounded by getting into reading and painting. She even became an accomplished writer.
I'm not a big fan of silent movies. The symphony and whatnot background music truly gets on my nerves. A lot of the acting also tends to consist of too much ham. However, I'm starting to see that quite a number of them were beyond decent. I enjoyed Diary of a Lost Girl by turning off the volume and putting rock music on instead to go with it.
I've three youtube videos to share. The first is part one of the movie along with the link to get you to part 2, if you want to continue on. The other two are documentaries. One includes a lot of interviews with a still cutie pie looking Louise as a senior citizen. The other is a nice documentary narrated by Shirley Maclaine.
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) 1/11
link to part 2
Lulu in Berlin (part 1 of 4)
link to part 2
Louise Brooks "Looking for Lulu" (1/6)
link to part 2
Saturday, July 10, 2010
from Anomalies Resulting from MKULTRA
Experiments by serial, internet nutjob Eleanor White.
Researcher and author H.P. Albarelli Jr. has made a seemingly definitive pronouncement about the alleged Project Monarch CIA mind-control project, on the Truthout website - it never existed:
Paul Bonacci - not a mind-control victim, just another liar
Cathleen Ann O'Brien - not a mind-control victim, just another liar
Cisco Wheeler - not a mind-control victim, just another liar
Sue Ford - not a mind-control victim, just another liar
Polly Cunningham - not a mind-control victim, just another liar
Annie McKenna - not a mind-control victim, just another liar
and no doubt many others.
Why you should avoid ritual abuse/mind-control survivor claimants:
RA-MC survivor claimants seem to have a strong attraction for sites & forums
involving "weirdness" subject matter - from UFOs to psychic stuff to unsolved mysteries, etc. The likelihood of finding other, sympathetic conspiracy theorists on such sites would be one reason of course but there may be more going on.
Having "weird", "strange", unexplained or unexplainable experiences - especially in childhood years - is actually quite common.
So is the inability to recall portions of your childhood clearly or in detail. (Actually, an ability to recall every moment of your experience from the age of say 4 years old, would be extremely unusual) . "Lost time" experiences, as a child or as an adult, are also more common than most people realize.
There are many ways to interpret these bizarre, mysterious episodes in our lives, or the impression of having "lost" time or blocked memory. RA-MC evangelists hang out in places where such personal episodes are likely to be discussed, in part because they have a specific interpretation/explanation for such experiences that they wish to "educate" others about (really, seduce others into adopting).
It's only a matter of interpretation, you see. The same experiences that an average person may have had, that they occaisionally wonder about but aren't really troubled by - when given the RA-MC interpretation - may slowly (or suddenly) take on sinister, malevolent tones. This may turn these memories into troubling ones, a cause for concern & worry where before they were not, and turn them into the subject of obsessive contemplation. Lengthy contemplation of the RA-MC interpretation and its sinister implications can lead to fantasizing extensions to the original memory, generating further doubt about the person's memory, the life history they have always believed to be truth about themselves, even "who they really are" or the nature of reality itself. The RA-MC evangelist will be happy to discuss all this with the target person, to "help" them of course, to guide them into uncovering "the truth" about themselves and their unexplained experience(s). For example, they might strongly suggest that "lost time" is always a symptom of dissociative disorders, and recommend the person go see a therapist who specializes in placing RA-MC explanations on all "symptoms" - so they can treat RA-MC "survivors" that they've actually helped to "create" in the first place.
from MK-ULTRA Mind Control: Clinton Apology, Victim Testimony and More by nutjob website called puppetgov.com. The original link is no longer working, not even through archive.org.
Twisted alternate reality games:
Most ritual abuse/mind-control survivor claimants habitually attempt to generate a twisted social "game" in whatever social environments they spend a lot of time within. This game involves converting their personal history fantasies into your reality. They do this, because they have constructed a fantasy life history & one or more alternate personas that they wish to "live out" in their daily lives. In order to do this successfully, they need to incorporate the people around them into "characters" enacting roles from their personal alternate reality narrative.
They may attempt to seduce you into accepting that their personal fantasy scenarios, however bizarre and unlikely they may sound, are in fact the true (but hidden/suppressed) reality. Acceptance on your part won't exempt you from the nastier manifestations of their role-playing however. Even if you accept their fantasies and they call you a friend, you may still find yourself experiencing; bizarre and threatening phone calls/emails at all hours of the day or night, apparent surveillance or stalkers, calls or emails to your employer/co-workers/family members/friends anonymously denouncing you as a "perp" or "a handler" or a CIA operative, bizarre online stalking, or many other forms of abusive, threatening, disquieting events.
These things may happen to you, because the RA-MC survivor claimant(s) in your life (and/or members of their survivor cult community networks) need to make their personal conspiracy fantasies a reality in your life. Even though you are their "friend", they may pursue this without apparent conscience - they have an array of rationalizations for involving you in such live-action roleplay without your consent; it's the work of a naughty or malevolent "alter" personality, some of their alters are "still in the cult" on Mondays & Wednesdays, some of their alters are active "perps", it really is "the cultists" or the CIA doing these things to you, other members of your social circle must secretly be perps or agents, you are really an RA-MC survivor yourself but just haven't "broken out" and remembered who you really are, etc. etc.
Peg Entwistle as Hazel Clay Cousins in Thirteen Women, her only
credited movie role.
A tabloid dubbed her the Hollywood Sign Girl. In 1932, she committed suicide by jumping off that famous landmark. It had been initially put up to advertise for a housing development called Hollywoodland. The pure irony is that if she had waited one day, she would have received an offer to play the lead role in a play, one who commits suicide.
Peg was a manic depressive who had simply given up on life at age 24. But that's getting ahead of the story. Let's first take a brief look at her history.
I found a couple good links which provide the major details. I'll list those at the end. She had simply experienced so much trauma throughout her whole life, that she decided to end it. She was born in 1908. Her mother died when she was two. Her father remarried when she was six years old.
In 1916, she came over with the rest of her family from across the pond to New York City. Her father Robert had gotten a job as a stage manager.
Tragedy hit in 1921. Her stepmother Lauretta died from meningitis. A year later Robert died from a hit and run accident. He had survived for weeks, but just before Christmas 1922 he passed on. Keep in mind the connection to Christmas. It will come into psychological play when we get to the part about Thirteen Women.
As an older teenager, Peg ended up living and acting in Boston. She was very good at the craft. Bette Davis saw her in a production and later claimed Entwistle had been her inspiration. Peg was no two-bit actress, and she had much success getting roles in theatre.
A couple years later she relocated to New York and continued finding work on Broadway. In 1927, she married another actor named Robert Keith. Ironically, Robert's son Brian from another relationship took his own life in 1997. He is best known for his portrayal of Uncle Bill on the television series Family Affair. His suicide was similar to that of Annette Appollo's, a sort of self-inflicted euthanasia. Adding to even more irony or perhaps coincidence as the better word, the child star who played Buffy on that same show had earlier died of a drug overdose. There have been instances of death by internet. We can also easily find examples of death by Hollywood or the curse of child stardom.
This is where things perhaps get a bit dicey. Apparently Robert Keith never told Peg about his previous marriage or his son Brian. More importantly, it would be nice to know if the following is true about claims of domestic violence. If so, that might have been the straw that broke the camel's back in regards to Peg's mental health condition. I find no reason to disbelieve this. In the Wikipedia entry on Peg it says,
She was granted a divorce from him in May 1929, when telling the judge that Keith "pulled a handful of hair from her head and that only intervention of a New York hotel detective saved her from great bodily injury." Aside from charging him with cruelty, she claimed that he did not inform her that he had been married before and was the father of a six-year-old boy (actor Brian Keith).Source #11 reads as "Pulled Hair - Stage Star Gets Divorce After Tale of Fight With Husband", The Pittsburgh Press, May 3, 1929, p. 47. Source #9 reads as "Girl Ends Life After Failure In Hollywood", Syracuse Herald, September 20, 1932, p. 5.
Despite all her acting skills, Peg was unable to find success in Hollywood. She was definitely cute, but she didn't have the outrageously good looks of many of the other actresses of her day. For example, while many might not think Bette Davis was a hottie because of her later roles, in the early thirties she was quite the sultry babe with somewhat exotic looks. Peg had more of a plain Jane thing going.
She finally got her break with the part in Thirteen Women. However, in screenings the flick didn't get good responses. It was sliced and diced fron 73 minutes to 59 with most of the cuts having to do with Peg's scenes.
This wasn't the greatest movie made. It can be watched here. I don't think it was that bad a movie. I think retaining those 14 minutes would have made it better. It had a very good cast, and the plot while unorthodox and perhaps tough to believe was still thought provoking on many levels.
Basically twelve women were sent horoscopes by a well-thought of psychic. Their connection to each other was they had been sorority sisters. Each prediction had them either hurting themselves or someone close to them. The premise was that consistent suggestion can lead to action. The movie opened with the following quote from a psychology book.
What actually was going on was subterfuge by the thirteenth woman played by Myrna Loy.
She played a so-called half breed, half Indian, half Asian. The twelve others had treated her cruelly back at the school. She concocted a plan to get revenge. She found her way into the psychic's life and mesmerized him. She would take his predictions, tear them up, and replace them with her own.
The first one in the movie pertained to the character played by Mary Duncan, a former silent movie star who awkwardly was trying to make the transition to talkies. She was definitely a doll face, but her voice was one which didn't help her chances at continued stardom into the new movie era. If you could have combined her looks with Entwistle's voice and acting skills, you would have had Hollywood's dream glamour star.
Mary played a trapeze artist. Peg's character arrived to see her old friend and watch one of her shows. Mary's character was worried about the horoscope sent to her.
The power of suggestion was too much for her to handle, and she froze during the act leading to her fellow trapeze artist falling to her death. Keep that in mind like I asked earlier for you to remember Peg's Dad dying right before Christmas. I believe the power of suggestion was too much for Peg in real life and was the main reason she took her life precisely the way she did.
This was the horoscope forged to Peg's character.
This was what the Swami had wanted to send her followed by the forgery. The prediction was originally supposed to be one of good tidings.
This was one sent to another of the ladies, where the reference is made to Christmas.
This is what I think exactly happened. Peg Entwistle from the earliest of ages suffered deep trauma with the loss of her mom. To compound that, she then lost her stepmother and father. She then got kicked around by an abusive husband. For all her talent, she was unable to make a dent in Hollywood. She ended up with financial difficulties. According to one blog, she even lowered herself to being photographed for soft porn.
Certain imagery from the movie Thirteen Women put her over the edge. I think the death of the trapeze artist put the idea of falling into her head. I have heard that falling in dreams is a sign of mental anguish. I also think the thought of one of the sorority sisters dying before Christmas reminded her of her father's painful death. I think at this point Peg simply felt doomed. It's very sad what happened to her. I'm sorry this blog entry has been such a bummer. I just found it important to pay this woman some respect. She was only twenty four fricken years old. She had so much talent. Maybe if Hollywood hadn't been full of itself in primarily looking for dream girls over talented ones, Peg would have lived to the 97 years that Mary Duncan reached. Now that I think about it, I have even more respect than ever for Greta Garbo quitting the movies and never looking back. Hollywood is all about chewing up their stars and spitting them out. Let's all try to empathise with the Peg Entwistles of the world whether famous or not. She deserved a better fate. I look at it that she didn't kill herself, but rather it was Hollywood who killed her. I think if she had experienced success with movies, she would've survived. It was her last hope. Acting was the one thing that brought her feelings of self-worth and dignity. Hollywood had no use for her. They were more interested in looks over acting skills. They killed her.
May Peg Entwistle rest in peace.
Peg Entwistle, the suicide blonde of Hollywoodland
The Peg Entwistle House
Peg Entwistle Topless
Peg Entwistle- Wikipedia
Thirteen Women- Wikipedia
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
There was a movie called Revenge of the Nerds. It's always easy to root for the underdog. That was a popular movie back in the day.
Later on in life a show emerged called Freaks and Geeks. I could relate to it. I was a child of Generation X. I was kind of a hybrid of freak and geek. I would probably have been considered a nerd in high school. In college I would probably have been given a mild freak rating.
How could I not like that show? SCTV's Joe Flaherty starred. Plus, a very adorable type of freak-geek hybrid was the lead character, the brunette chick below.
I found a very good movie last night. It was from 1932 and directed by the same cat who came up with Dracula. It was called Freaks. It used real carnival performers as the actors, e.g. little people, others missing assorted body parts, the bearded lady, and even those who suffered from microcephaly, a condition which led to those afflicted being described as pinheads.
It's 100 degrees today here in Boston. I'm sweating buckets. But I'm happy. The other day was National Laundry Day. Yesterday was National Dishwashing Day. Things have been getting accomplished.
I'm into free speech, but I am not a masochist. That is why I have put a quick stop to sadistic posts being allowed here. I feel free after deciding to ban those people. I'd rather have a slower comments section than put up with the bad guys trying to mess with me on my own turf.
The downside of having comment moderation seems to be a glitch, where it appears there are no comments even when some exist. But when it's steaming hot like this, you can't sweat the small stuff, or your apartment will become flooded.
Eventually I'll reopen posting without moderation and simply zap any future troll spam after the fact. I don't need to have a big blog. One pleasant result of using blogger has been various posts have trickled in from time to time from bloggers I don't know. It's like they somehow found the place and subject at hand and felt inspired to add something. I'd rather have that traditional kind of place than have the sadists thinking there's a point in their sticking around in an attempt to make me feel like crap. Life's too short to suffer fools.
This movie's only about sixty minutes. There are a lot worse ways to spend an hour than watching it. The big ending is not for the squeamish, and it is not disappointing if you can stomach some horror. They don't make them like they used to, especially during the pre-code movie years from 1929ish through 1934.
(Sorry, the video is now unavailable)
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Some dumbass named Leslie Green Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, posted today Celebrating the Fourth of July with Thomas Jefferson.
Here's the money quote.
Celebrating Independence Day at Monticello can give you a glimpse into the ideas that shaped America's future and helped us become the home of the free and the land of the brave. On that, no voice is clearer than that of Thomas Jefferson. His words resonate as strongly today as they did over two and a quarter centuries ago: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."Or maybe it was this one.
Since 1963, we have celebrated Independence Day at Monticello by welcoming new Americans who share Thomas Jefferson's vision of America.Bowman even had the audicity to cite Michelle Obama's idea that Jefferson was the "first foodie," since he was into agriculture. So basically this person has made a reference to a black person in an article kissing Jefferson's racist ass.
Jefferson's vision was of an America without black people in it. He may have seen that slavery needed to eventually come to an end, but his opinion was that slaves should be deported back to Africa.
America's well-known for having immoral holidays. There's Halloween, as in run for the hills, it's the Wiccans. Columbus Day and Thanksgiving are bad news. Those days are for whooping it up and not thinking about genocide against the Native Americans. Now we have this Bowman lady telling us to celebrate Independence Day with Thomas Jefferson. Racism, schmacism is implied through her propaganda.
Here's an interesting read concerning Jefferson's true plans for a post-slavery America. Maybe Jefferson was the inspiration for the Ku Klux Klan. Maybe he inspired the work of film pioneer D.W. Griffith.
Now we hear that Jefferson first wanted to use the word subject instead of citizen for The Declaration of Independence. Some are saying it was a harmless typo or freudian slip he quickly corrected. Thomas Jefferson was a racist, elitist pig period.
Dr. Fenella France, a research chemist at the Library of Congress, shows on a computer screen at the Library of Congress a correction to the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. Recent imaging of the document clearly confirmed that Jefferson originally wrote "subject" then changed it to "citizen."