Category: film

Used to sing to the mountains

The more the campaign is about NDAs and tax returns, the more politics is trivialized and the more ridiculous Democrats look.

Populism will be the reason why we can’t have a nice Democratic President.

Tis weird that a candidate like Buttigieg, who has no apparent path to winning the nomination, is under such vicious attack from surrogates of other candidates who also lack a clear path to victory (i.e., Sanders and Warren). I suppose their outrage needed a new outlet after Beto quit.

It’s trendy to call Buttigieg a racist these days. So I wonder what to call this:

I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality,” Sanders said during a taping of “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central earlier this month …

As the field is weeded perhaps Klobuchar will attract more media attention. She doesn’t cry about lack of attention like Castro and Booker.

Darling Nikki Haley is definitely running and has just locked down the vote of the Confederacy.

Clinton wouldn’t have cut food stamps. But Berniebros/brosettes said there was no difference between Clinton and Trump.

So much for their political wisdom!

Pelosi puts her boots on the necks of Kremlin-affiliated Republicans.

Pence misses his old names: Son of perdition. Little horn! Most unclean!

Homeland is basically the Trump Russia/Ukrainegate + Tulsi Gabbard.

Everything’s not lost

Jacobin magazine is already attempting to cushion the inevitable disappointment of Berniebros/brosettes with a quote from Eugene Debs:

“It is infinitely better to vote for freedom and fail than to vote for slavery and succeed.” – Eugene Debs

The “losing is winning” mentality is Debs making a virtue of necessity.

After the rude welcome Trump received at a UFC event in NYC, Dana White will receive a tweetful of hate from the Big Bonespur.

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Warren and Sanders lack a heavyweight in economics to legitimate their half statements about paying for M4A.

This is doubtless because they are riding the wave of anti-expertise ressentiment of the current populist moment.

The otherwise intelligent Dave Weigel recently referred to Clinton’s “gaffe” re coal miners in West Virginia.

Clinton’s gaffe?

Preliminary figures for 2018 show 80,778 people were employed by mine operators and contractors. That’s a record low, and about a thousand fewer than were employed by coal in the last year of the Obama administration.

Coal miners are dinosaurs.

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As a student of the “Critique of the Gotha Program,” Bernie knows the proles must use the state to smash the bourgeoisie. Marx’s hostility to Bakunin followed from this. Likewise, Bern as no affinity with anarchism. Hence, no blathering about the deep state from his quarter.

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Buttigieg’s plan for a plethora of “national service” programs, which would also function as a pre-requisite for future employment, sounds like the model for an American Stakhanovite.

Service is for knechts, serfs, and butlers in Merchant-Ivory films.

Let’s not make Deadspin out to be the NY Times or any other serious journalistic venture.

Nuns have no fun

The First Amendment will not be undermined by having Assange under oath.

My pronouns: I. Me. Mine.

Pelosi emasculated Trump yesterday.

What was really embarrassing was the geriatric Kudlow kowtowing to Trump like a cabana boy.

When Trump hired Don Giuliani as his TV lawyer, he thought he was getting Tom Hagen. What he got instead was Fredo.

The disaster of Naomi Wolf’s new book could have been averted. Such is the risk of going to a trade publisher rather than an academic publisher (which has more rigorous review processes).

Drake has become the new Nickelback.

There will be an answer

Julian Assange might be evicted from his posh Knightsbridge townhouse. Will he find refuge in Russia with Snowden and Yanukovych?

As Nietzsche said of Assange: Etwas stinkt.

The notion of “hidden histories” is a branding device.

Heathers is the best pop film of the 80s.

Maduro is a thug but Guaidó isn’t exactly World Spirit on horseback.

Waiting for a sign

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New Poll: A very old man trails an old man in Iowa.

Too bad journalists didn’t anticipate the impact of social media on the communication tactics of politicians, who can reach the audience w/o unfiltering and w/o the sometimes suspect “narratives” of profit seeking news corps. Perhaps they’ll find new ways to report.

Or not.

When it comes to journalism, verifiability is good. So is neutrality.

Journalists are in no position to decide which side is more legitimate, and have no means of justifying their judgment. Let the reader decide.

No one wants a pre-digested version of reality.

Captain Marvel is better than the comic book film that was nominated for Best Picture.

Only arms manufacturers want teachers to be strapped.

Fox News is indistinguishable from RT. They share the same business model.

I wonder if the Mar-a-Lago Madame was present when Trump held a “summit” with China’s Xi in 2017.

No shoe strings on Louise

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If losing is winning, then Trump is a big loser.

The descendants of Warren Harding are thankful for Trump.

Re his counterpart: what’s ironic is Sanders uses the Democratic Party when it is convenient to him, but then inveighs against the Party’s rules. He lacks the courage to run for president as an independent.

I’m not sure what power Rep. Omar has besides trafficking in reprehensible conspiracy theories. I don’t see any legislation coming from her corner, which would be what power in Congress entails, not just street corner cred.

Picking dumb fights using boorish rhetoric is not a winning strategy. Although it worked for Trump. Maybe he’s her political role model. She’s already started in on Obama.

Max Rose may be the only one of the newbie Democrats to amount to something in terms of legislation.

Kids is brills, as is Spring Breakers.

People ask me why Trump is consorting with the south Florida madame. Realize he can’t just pop into Scores like he used to.

The professional outragetariat are up in arms about Alyssa Milano, who identified herself in various ways.

I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.

I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk.

Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after.

Do they really think Milano needs their permission (or anyone else’s) to speak her mind and identify herself as she pleases?

I got no idols

I will never give up avocados. No virtue signaling here.

It has more to do with narcissistic self-hugging than practical politics.

When the professional outragetariat is put out of business.

Not if it’s pure and snortable.

2018: one of the worst years for film in decades.

What would Bentham do? I mean the full Bentham.

National Populism must be defeated wherever it pops up. Only barbarians ignore the rule of law.

In a true democracy, bad decisions are always reversible.