A little disparity, perhaps?

Once again this week I'm reminded of the deeply hypocritical ethos that pervades the MSM.

Let me take the time to re-state a quote from our favorite general, Mad Dog Mattis in response to this question 'What about civilian casualties [in the Middle East conflicts]?"

Mattis:  "Civilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation.  We do everything humanly possible consistent with military necessity, taking many chances to avoid civilian casualty at all costs."

And now, in this interview with Ron Wyden regarding the Trump's collusion in the alleged Russian hacking of the elections, David Leonhardt and Wyden feign outrage and scandal at the "trail of dead bodies....the Russian citizens who have shown up dead in somewhat mysterious circumstances."

That is to say, meaningless deaths are OK when the people at the top thinks that they are justified, but that they aren't OK when these people think that they are the result of unjustifiable circumstances.

It's about as murky as that.

Good old USA!!!     


Oliver Stone Charlie Rose Interview

In this interview on Charlie Rose, Oliver Stone states unequivocally that he does not think that the Russians hacked our presidential election.

I thought that this admission was significant because it indicates that one's view on the Russian hacking does not necessarily fall on the same side as his party loyalties.

That is to say, I wouldn't exactly consider Stone an ardent Trump supporter and yet he denies these accusations that Trump colluded with the Russians.

And omg.  I am so tired of fucking hearing about the Russians.  He also makes the point that no evidence has surfaced as to the collusion.  Could we please consume ourselves with something else until and if some evidence does present itself?  

The bulk of this interview, worth listening to, has to do with the four part interview that Stone has just completed with Vladimir Putin, now airing on Showtime!!! 


Bishop Richard Williamson Part I

Through some circuitous YouTube searches I recently re-discovered Bishop Richard Williamson, the once-Society of St. Pius X Bishop who's gone rogue/been expelled, and is perhaps now part of the SSPX Resistance (or maybe he's even been expelled from that, I'm not certain).

I originally came across Williamson at a SSPX Mass I attended way back in 2003, and was VERY impressed by his homily.  Perhaps I need to point out that I rather blindly attended this Mass at the invitation of a friend, as I had really no understanding that SSPX was a schismatic at the time.

In this homily, just a year and a half after 9/11, Bishop Williamson stated emphatically that 9/11 was carried out by the US military; that the twin towers fell through interior demolition, and that a missile had to have attacked the Pentagon.  This is the first time I'd ever heard anything about 9/11 being an inside job, and I realized that the evidence he presented was irrefutable.  

In the YouTube videos that I've listened to of him online he says that he's concerned with the truth, which is why he converted to Catholicism.  A lot of the 'truth' that he discusses is empirical truth.  For example, he's frequently denied "the Holocaust" and says that closer to 200K-300K Jews died (he's a Holocaust minimizer, not a denier) on the grounds that there just isn't any evidence for the "6 million Jews dead from gas chambers" story.


Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview

The Alex Jones interview with Megyn Kelly is significant.  After Trump's victory, Charlie Rose posed the question to Dan Balz,

"Does his victory somehow bring respect to the most extreme followers of some from the alt-right?"

And Balz answered, "I think that's a very central question."

And here we see Rose's suggestion playing out.   Megyn Kelly would have probably (I say probably because Tucker Carlson, also with Kelly on Fox News last year, has appeared on Jones's show Infowars) laughed at the idea of interviewing Jones a year ago, yet her rationale for interviewing him today is that Trump has appeared on his show, and that the White House has given him press credentials.  


Anne With An E

Anne with an E, streaming on Netflix, interprets L.M. Montgomery's story of an orphan girl adopted by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert from the fictional Prince Edward Island town of Avonlea much more accurately than the rosy adaption of Anne of Green Gables starring Megan Follows from the 80s.  Writer Moria Walley-Beckett depicts an Anne harrowed by memories of living as the overworked hired hand for enormous, destitute families.  She's much more worldly than the sheltered girls in Avonlea, revealing to them stories about sex that create a scandal in the small town, and deepens Anne's despair and sense of isolation.


Rotten Tomatoes

A conversation on the podcast Little Gold Men led me to a more accurate understanding of the Rotten Tomatoes "fresh" rating.

Rotten Tomatoes gives every review submitted an either 'fresh' or 'rotten' rating, regardless of the level of enthusiasm or tepidity of the review.  That is to say, a review that says a movie is "FIVE STARS!!!!!  THE BEST MOVIE EVER" will be clumped into the "fresh" pile along with the "Meh.  Dunno.  I guess this is a good movie though I've seen better" reviews.

This helps to explain why a shitty movie like The Shallows has a 77% fresh rating, and also causes me to be much more discerning about a 95% fresh rating for a movie (i.e., are the reviews predominantly stellar, or more in the meh category?  I'll have to dig through the actual reviews to find out!) 


Where is William F. Buckley?

I like the point Scott Adams made about the Kathy Griffin-decapitated-head-thing.

He said that it's significant that all the people in the room helping Kathy to produce her show thought that presenting a bloody head of a decapitated president was an appropriate joke.

THAT's the partisan line I'm talking about.  Another example; in this episode of Space Cave, host David Huntsberger has a conversation with a comedian Andie Main in which she says that she (has a tattoo of the phrase "nevertheless she persisted") cannot even engage in conversation with Trump supporters because they make her so angry, and Huntsberger responds by saying that he's able to engage with "them" so long as the conversation is implicitly condescending, in effort to enlighten and better them.

(An aside: this extreme condensencion can create some furor and anger!)

And on the other side, e.g.,


Christine Chabbuck

Last night I finished watching Christine on Netflix, a biopic about Christine Chubbuck, the 29-year-old reporter who killed herself in 1974 while broadcasting live in Sarasota.

It's actually a very good movie, and Rebecca Hall does an awesome job of playing a serious, moody, intense and high-strung Christine.  The movie dramatizes the mounting pressures and disappointments that led Chabbuck to her gruesome ending, which included being overlooked for a promotion, a demand for sensationalized violent pieces in lieu of her more wholesome lifestyle stories, a cyst on her ovary that caused her infertility, and the failure of a romantic flame at work to launch (he was interested in someone else).


SNL: A Tonal Shift

With Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy (neither of whom was ever a cast member on SNL) playing the recurring roles of Trump and Spicer, we see two seasoned and ultra-successful, older Hollywood Actors regularly gracing the show with their presence.

It's really changed the tone of the show, which originally was a place for extremely young up and coming comics to start their promising careers.

Now what is that all about?  



I do think that this trend was genuinely funny.  All hilarity: the word, the typo* that generated it, and the backlash.

This tweet for a brief moment erased the heavily drawn partisan line and created some lighthearted whimsy and levity in the political discourse.  One woman tweeted that her dad's just registered the license plate "covfefe".  Many people have named their pets covfefe.  I'm considering getting a forearm tattoo that says "Nevertheless she covfefed".  Even Clinton's contribution, "People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe" felt less snarky and mean, and more like she was just having a good time.

After all, summer has just started.  Maybe it wasn't a typo after all.

*or whatever it was.