Category: film

One of these days

Writing outside one’s own identity is called fiction writing.

This should go without saying.

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Naive and/or intersectionalist realism faces a conundrum when it comes to the Little Women film.

Saoirse Ronan is Irish.

Emma Watson is British.

Florence Pugh is British.

Eliza Scanlen is a Roo.

Compulsory intersectionality and naive realism suggest they are unfit to portray “American” little women. Some type of cultural appropriation is going on here. It must outrageous.

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Art does not bear the burden of truth, it bears the necessity of being art. Art is only untrue when it ceases to be art.

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Jacobin magazine says Jesus was a revolutionary. That would make the Catholic Church the Communist Party of antiquity.

Paul would be Lenin. Constantine would be Stalin.

American Evangelicism is convenience store Christianity. It is clearly the most hypocritical sect among the world religions today.

On the ceiling

For many, the choice is not between capitalism or socialism but between HBO or Showtime. Socialisme ou barbarie had its time. Today it should be rendered as socialism or consumerism. The left needs to articulate a theory of needs in the age of extinction.

I predicted Jacobin magazine would trash a trade deal Sherrod Brown (solid labor cred) advocates.

Trump is the first about-to-be-impeached President to attend the Navy-Army game.

Both Sanders and Trump are economic nationalists/populists.

Both are Peacemakers (according to Berniebros).

Both claim to be anti-Establishment.

This is why Sanders claims he is best suited to drawing the votes of Trump supporters.

The Sanders campaign just can’t shake the misogyny label. Endorsing Cenk reaffirms the obvious.

Odd that a misogynist (Cenk Uygur) would run for a seat vacated by a woman (Katie Hill) who was victimized by a misogynist.

When Bern was breaking rocks alongside Mandela in the 60s, I wonder if he ever thought he’d be trailing Buttigieg in 2019?

Elizabeth Warren apparently doesn’t know FDR’s net worth was $60 million dollars in 1933, which is the equivalent of $1.15 billion dollars today.

He made Big Structural Change.

Clint Eastwood worked wonders with the white-supremacist-written Josey Wales, depicted as the victim of Northern aggression. He assumed he could make a similar sort of hero out of Jewell.

Ivanka can’t wait to be with Christopher Steele again.

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.