Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No Matter Where You Go, There You Go.

While trying to explain my current state of mind, quite naturally I did a google search and found this image.
Peggy is not down on her luck. And neither am I. But I did like the image but felt it was too confusing for FACEBOOK.

I also thought there would be an an R. Crumb image but alas.

It turns out this pic is from the Marvel Comic, "Buckaroo Banzai." The comic book adaptation of the Peter Weller classic. ( I never saw it but I like Peter Weller and the cast is pretty awesome).



And here's the clip....



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Semi-Retired

From one of my Nanowrimo novels....

I am semi- retired. Which is an odd word. Are you tired again? Or have you gotten new tires? It's a yin and yang thing. I am somewhere in between. Somewhat tired, less endurance, more head shaking and other kinds of shaking.

More to come on that one. 

I filed for unemployment today and find that this clip is hysterical. Or maybe it's just me.




Sunday, March 26, 2017

So that happened.

Just the other day, I told Peggy about a brilliant theory I had about something. When she asked me to clarify, I could not elaborate/ Some might it attribute this to failing memory or substance abuse. I just think there are too many random thoughts just floating around in there.
It's from too much early TV. I did a study on myself at the time. The non-TV watching me is much smarter and more successful economically. However, random and discursive seems to play well in my house.
Blogs I think began as journals or other observations like ancient Egyptians at a market place 3000 years ago. You can't help but observe things. Or when things get slow, make things up like conspiracies.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

America's Apprentice™ Democrats; the Race Awakens and Sarah Palin is Back

While the stock market plummeted, the GOP held another debased debate, Star Wars made over a billion dollars, and I got a tooth pulled, Hillary Clinton  and Bernie Sanders are competing in a couple of small states with a combined population of 4.4 million.

In 2008, about 500,000 Democrats voted in both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. As they like to say in metrics world, that is a small sample size. Then candidate Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton by a combined 12,000 votes in those two states with Obama taking Iowa and Clinton winning in New Hampshire.

Will history repeat itself and the heavily favored, highly qualified, near universal name recognized, Yale law school grad, first lady of Arkansas and America, senator from New York,  Secretary of State Clinton be defeated by a formerly obscure senator.

Of course there are big differences. Senator Obama represented Iowa's neighbor to the east and Senator Sanders represents  New Hampshire's neighbor to the west. Otherwise it is the same story.

Here is a sample Democrat New Hampshire Ballot. You have to scroll down through all the counties to find dozens of candidates.

Hillary began her campaign with an extremely patronizing (or matronizing video) that told America that we needed a champion and there she was.

I thought Bernie was ridiculed out of the race by Larry David's portrayal on SNL.
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 Instead, Bernie has inspired all Americans who yearn to be Europeans.

538 forecasts Hillary to win in Iowa with a probability over 70%. Yet there even in their spread of 52  polls, Bernie is gaining ground.

In my business life, we are looking for a new employee. One of my requirements is that they have direct experience in the job that they will be doing. It is pretty difficult to find a president with experience. But at least Hillary knows her way around the building.

And as if...

behold Palin.

 Perhaps history will view this as our finest hour. When the voice of ordinary, hard-working, people was heard on the left and right. Or will it be full of sound and fury and as the man says, signifying nothing.

Or what does this election say about the callousness of these same ordinary Americans. They are on their sofas watching some action movie. Or TV show. And then decide they have the wisdom to advocate a war, where Americans will die by confusing acting tough with being tough.

Yeesh.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

America's Apprentice™ Episode 3: The Year in Video

The crew at Don's Basement had a hell of a time coming up with the top videos of the year. There have been so many news stories some of which did not include Donald Trump. Four of the five selected specifically involve the 2016 presidential election. The other one is about Baltimore. About race. And class. And alienation. And what I used to call "the spectacle"when I aspired to be a Situationist.
Ted Cruz and Machine Gun Bacon-

 I don't mean to be a bigot. I realize that some of my humor comes not from the "yes, and ..." world of improv but what I imagine to be the "no, but..." school of insult comics. That is to say one takes a characteristic of a person and then exaggerate to the point of ridicule. Like a Don Rickles, a Jack E. Leonard. Jackie Mason. I am usually just joking because I love all the different people.

Except maybe Ted Cruz who is a schmuck. He is a disgrace to all the Gentile-Americans because he cooks bacon after shooting a machine-gun. Jews know that not all Gentiles shoot machine-guns. Some have rifles and pistols. AR–15s, AK–47s, Hang grenades.

The best line abut Ted Cruz is from a former Bush 43 staffer who said, "why do people take an instant dislike to Ted Cruz. it saves time."

 

What are you doing in 2016?

 In April of 2015, we found out what the following Americans were planning for the year:

-White Woman growing tomatoes
 -Brownish woman moving to a new school district
-Two Spanish speaking guys are opening a restaurant
-Stay at home mom is going to work outside the home
 -Black couple is expecting a boy
-A young Asian woman is looking for a job
 -Male Gay couple getting married
- Sick kid will be in a school play
 -White woman is retiring
- White couple is remodeling their house and teaching their dog not to eat the garbage
- White guy has some company where he is pouring gravel or something inside
 -White woman announces (at 1.29 of her 2.15 video) that she is running for president.

Thus Hillary ends the suspense. She wants to be our champion.

Still tone deaf after all these years.

 
   

The Donald Descends!

To the strains of Neil Young's "Rockin in the Free World,"  on June 16, Donald Trump descends an escalator with third wife,  Melania to announce his candidacy for president. (Neil Young not happy about the music).

Trump says of his presentation, "there is no crowd like this." And it is true.  The campaign fluffed up the crowd by hiring actors for $50.00 for 3 hours work.
On the plus side this is above the $15.00 minimum wage that is being sought by progressives around the country.

Trump has been the biggest political story of 2015 with pundits on the left, right and center (including this one) repeatedly predicting his political demise. 

Time will tell.


   


It takes one to know one.

 Among all the candidates for president, only Rick Santorum understands ISIS. He understands that the ISIS is motivated by theology and that their theology requires them to hold onto territory in order to become the legitimate caliphate. Other candidates say the ISIS is a perversion of Islam, the thuggish remnants of the Iraqi army, the result of either the failed policies of Bush 43 and the neo-cons or the failed policies of Obama/Clinton.

Only Santorum seems to take them at face value. An army fighting a religious war against those who oppose the true faith. He's creepy but he is not necessarily wrong.


   

What if a game is played and there is no one to see it?

On April 29, The Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 8 to 2. As it turned out, it was just one of 86 losses for the Sox in 2015 as they finished a dismal 19 games behind the eventual World Series winning Kansas City Royals.

The game on April 29 is notable because no fans were allowed to attend. In the previous days, citizens of Baltimore expressed their displeasure at the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old American. He had been arrested for illegal possession of a switch blade and died as a result of injuries incurred in the police van that gave him " a rough ride" to the station.

This eerie video captures the sense of unease that is part of the story of 2015. From Baltimore, Ferguson, Chicago, Paris, Syria, Israel, San Bernadino,  Somalia and everywhere betwixt and between, everyday life can sometimes ring hollow. Lives played out in empty stadiums. High fives exchanged after a home run. An organ plays "Take me out to the ball game" and it sounds like a dirge.



 


"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." Guy-Ernest Debord, "The Society of the Spectacle."

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

America's Apprentice™ Episode 2: What Happens in Vegas....

I miss him. I miss him so,
Although Marco had a legitimate claim to being a Nevadan, it was Donnie who enjoyed a home town advantage. To my knowledge (or unfounded speculation), Donnie has "done" Vegas alot more than Vegas means to most Republican politicians. Many of these candidates go to see Sheldon Adelson.  In my opinion and mine alone...Despite the wild success of "The Five Books of Krinsky." I do not speak for world Jewry.

Adelson is not good for the Jews. For one thing, let's be honest, There is the money thing. Jews have all the money. And candidates pay homage to him (and to Israel) and in exchange he gives them millions of dollars.
He is also very bellicose for an old guy with a ton of money.

The candidates did not have them music which is a mistake.  It would work. Christie/Springsteen, Rubio/Adelle, Trump/CD of Trump drunken Karoke.
And yet, Donnie has never had a drop of alcohol. How can you be such an asshole without being drunk?

Lindsey impressed me with the arm waving and sighing about missing President Bush.

“The surge worked! It worked! George W. Bush made mistakes, but he did adjust. I blame Obama for ISIL, not Bush,” Graham yelled. “I’m tired of beating on Bush! I miss George W. Bush! I wish he were president right now! We wouldn’t be in this mess!”

As many of you long time readers know, I regard counter-factuals and alternative history as fiction. If the Senator from South Carolina wants to believe that, he is entitled to his beliefs. At least Lindsey knows that the United States is not and cannot be at war with the Muslims of the World. I know some of you (and you know who you are) will say that let's first sort out the bad ones from the good ones and we don't really mean we are war with all the Muslims. 

Lindsey had a desk job in the Air Force and is still very impressed by the uniform. He understands the dynamics of war is a way that the other candidates don't grasp. He understands that there will be American casualties alongside those of Arab Muslims, Kurdish Muslims, and perhaps even Iranian Muslims.

The others act like fools. Cruz said we needed a "war time" president. He thinks..who would be a better consigliere than Donald Trump. Ted is so unlikable that he's becoming likable. He's a film nerd. Very bright. Very calculating. Would Ted Cruz exist as a political candidate without talk radio?
Any of them. I suppose Jeb!, Kasich, Randy would have been candidates before  Clinton-Lewinsky


To me, it was Carly Fiorina who won my vote as the evening's winner, "I am going to solve our problems" or words to that effect. The affect on me was to swoon. It's not that I have a ton of problems and I do feel very fortunate, but all my problems. And my family's problems. That is an awesome promise.

The America's Apprentice™tip sheet. Don't count Trump in just yet. He is not immune to a slew of people who feel that Donnie is not have the man he says he is because they have seen the evidence. What celebrities forget is that the tagline "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," is advertising and not fact. Perhaps there are several indiscretions that are currently being covered up for fear of litigation.

I see Ted in Iowa by dint of organization and Donnie in New Hampshire because he is a real, genuine person just like on TV.

After that, I have no idea.

I will stay tuned.













































































































Friday, December 11, 2015

America's Apprentice™ Episode 1

Donnie with other GOP Candidates
Donnie is feeling the heat this week or maybe it's the love. The polls indicate that Ted is showing momentum in Iowa where round 1 of America's Apprentice™ has its first vote. Donnie can tell that people are frightened. Especially people whose lives consist of watching television between 5 and 7 hours a day.

When they are not watching television, they are listening to Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, and Marc Levin. On these shows, Donnie's fans can find out about how East and West Coast liberals are flushing America down the toilet of disease ridden and/or terrorist immigrants who don't speak English and want to establish either Sharia law or force bakeries to supply Wedding Cakes for homosexual weddings.

Donnie took advantage of an opening. And as we know, Donnie knows a thing or two about openings. If you get my drift.

It is Donnie sexual adventurism that had been putting off some of the fundamentalist Christians so he chose to choose fear of foreigners over the loathing that people feel about his personal non-God fearing ways.

Not faring so well in Dr. Ben. Dr. Ben is considered too nice to deal with the threat of Islamic terrorism. If Dr. Ben went back to getting his fingers wet, he would do more good than fighting terrorism. The odds against being killed in a terrorist attack are very large.



The risk of being killed by terrorism] compares annual risk of dying in a car accident of 1 in 19,000; drowning in a bathtub at 1 in 800,000; dying in a building fire at 1 in 99,000; or being struck by lightning at 1 in 5,500,000. In other words, in the last five years you were four times more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a terrorist.

No matter, Donnie is playing the terrorism card in a way that his supporters readily understand.

“Total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.” 

What is going in is that the race to be America's Apprentice™is going to be every bit as nasty as Survivor or the Bachelor.

Stay tuned as Don's basement will breathlessly try to match the click bait and catch the ratings wave of Donnie's (Ted's, Marco's, and even Jeb's) audition to become America's Apprentice™