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4.21.2017

The Helpless Americans Under Russia's All-Powerful Thumb

Vanity Fair's April article "The Kremlin Connection" reflects the media's myopic and skewed analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election.  In the article, author Howard Blum states that in the face of alleged Russian hacking "the legitimacy of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was impugned."

If Russian hacking impugns an election, then what do the internal machinations of the Democratic Party to squelch Bernie's campaign, and the Hillary Campaign hiring agitators for Trump's rallies do?  I find it nonsensical that these internal scandals, which speak to a sick and decaying Democratic system, are largely overlooked, and reform is hardly called for, at the same time that enormous attention and outrage--literally calling into question the legitimacy of the election--is given to the alleged Russian hacking.

Blum goes on to make the claim that "the potential president of the United States possibly being under Russia's thumb".  Are Americans really so pathetically helpless to the omnipotent Putin?

This claim that we're Putin's little pawn, and that whoever he gets his paws on he will have his way with, is laughable and embarrassing.  And quite frankly, simply untrue.  After all, both the US and Russia possess comparable amounts of WMD, giving us a level playing fields, militarily.

Given that these claim are totally nonsensical, it's clear that The Russia Obsession is motivated by something other than facts.  (Even if he HAD hacked, which is still unproven, Putin didn't call our fucking election!)

4.14.2017

The Week's Cultural Absorption

I watched the movie I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore on Netflix this week.  It was decent.  A good tonic after watching the abominable Shack last week in the theater with a friend.  Melanie Lynskey really makes the movie.  As the reviewer Chris Mancini said, however, the tone of the movie seemed a little jagged, going from quirky comedy to violent horror about 2/3 of the way through.

Have also been listening to Canada by Mike Meyers, and narrated by him as well.  It makes a difference that it's narrated by him, as it communicates that he really cares about the material and didn't just sluff the book off to someone else.  In the book he discusses the culture of Canada, how it's struggled in the shadow of American culture, Canadian accents, as well as its goal of becoming the "next great country" in the 60s/70s.  A more appropriate title might be "Ode to Canada" as it really does profess a love for his home country.

4.06.2017

Confessions of an Heiress

My reaction to Paris Hilton's 2004 book are twofold; in parts I react by saying "what a stupid, coddled cunt" with ire, for example when she says she sometimes slums it by taking the subway, and in others I say "what a stupid, coddled cunt" with amusement, for example when she says "possibly the best thing about being an heiress is that you don't necessarily have to work".

My favorite passage so far:

"Nicole and I went to this crazy nudist resort in Florida.  Everyone in the lobby was naked.  Even everyone on the street was naked.  People were riding bikes wearing shirts and shoes, but no bottoms.  That's go to be uncomfortable.  Why go bottomless and not topless, I thought?  And people accuse me of being an exhibitionist!  At least we didn't have to get naked in front of them.  There was a nightclub in this country club, and when we walked in, we saw all these butt-naked people--fat, naked old people.  All of the guys wanted to take picture with us.  It was so weird.  Old ladies, old men, all naked.  Even the bartenders.  But there was no one cute there, believe me.  So what could Nicole and I do?  We just started dancing, with our clothes on, to Out Kast, Britney Spears, "YMCA".  Well it looked like me and Nicole were dancing in a geriatric music video.  It was funny, because I'm sure it's the first time in my life I was the person with the most clothes on in the room!   



3.22.2017

I am just going to make three points that I don't hear a lot of other people making:

-- Given that the US has interfered with dozens upon dozens of foreign elections, can we legitimately be scandalized that the Russians (may have) interfered in ours?

-- Even if the Russians did, shouldn't it be of greater concern that the Democratic Party interfered in the election by deliberately marginalizing Bernie Sanders and elevating Hillary, as evidenced by the leaked e-mails from Dem Party leader Debbie Wasserman-Shultz?

-- Additionally, if this 'Russian-interference' business is essentially saying that it's unfair that Trump won because he had foreign assistance, shouldn't we also be considering the fact that Robbie Mook and other leaders of Hillary's campaign violently sabotaged Trump's campaign, in once instance causing a rally in Chicago to be cancelled due to violence?

What I'm saying I suppose is that this Russian interference stuff sounds like total bullshit or else like some Democrats still refusing to accept that she went down and he won.  It's as though they need to smear him as much as they can because they are still so upset that he won.


3.21.2017

Silence by Shusaku Endo

Today Jesus told me to focus a little harder on my morning routine tomorrow--that is, get up, go to Adoration, then to the gym, and in the process create a clear list of to-dos for the day.

I'm reading the book Silence by Shusaku Endo.  And sort of expecting it to change my life.  Martin Scorsese, in the introduction, says that he's read the book numerous times since when he picked it up over thirty years ago.

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