Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Goldwater-era "Extremism in the pursuit of...." beliefs practiced by progressives.

Excerpt from Teju Cole's recent Facebook article (now online and can be Googled) about rape culture and celebrities accused of being participants (highlighting by me):

(This is why, even after everything we know, it is still possible for the New Yorker to put up a long article praising Woody Allen, as they did last week—"The Existential Genius of Late Woody Allen"—praising him from beginning to end, in every line, as though none of that other stuff were relevant, as though it were somehow gauche to acknowledge what he'd done. That's rape culture for you, at the highest levels: not mere silence, but you have to come out and sing hosannas to the guy.)
We must fight rape culture, even in its allegedly mild manifestations, we must be grieved with the grief of those who commit the crime and those who benefit from a world built on such crimes, we must oppose men who wade in with stupid explanations and caveats and distractions, we must surrender the poisonous sentimentality that makes us believe a "great artist" over a less well-known woman. Indeed, we must be willing to let anyone go—think of any man you admire, any man at all, alive or in history, close to you or far away, and think to yourself that you must be willing to let him go—if such things are true of him too. And understand that such things can be true of any of them, of any of us.
We must be allies in this, in a subsidiary but vital role, to the generations of women who have been fighting it since forever. Why should it be easy? It can't be. We will have to face even the complication of confronting those few women who are themselves invested in perpetuating rape culture. It will cause us extreme discomfort, but our discomfort will be nothing compared to the pain of being a victim of rape or assault or harassment.

Needless to say, if one is certain of the guilt (alleged/real regarding sexual assault) of people in the spotlight such as Bill Cosby, Stephen Collins and (not paid attention to in the US) Rolf Harris/the late Jimmy Savile, but unsure of or have questions about the child molestation charges against Woody Allen from two decades ago (and his guilt or innocence), you're likely to be banished by certain members of social media.
And I'm not singing hosannas to Woody Allen--who demonstrated industrial-strength selfishness during the Soon-Yi affair discovery in the early 1990s--either.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Playlist: 20 GREATEST FERN BAR HITS: 1975-1980.

Here's the definition of "fern bar" according to Wikipedia:
Fern bar was an American slang term for an upscale or preppy (or yuppie) bar or tavern catering to singles usually decorated with ferns or other greenery, as well as such decor as fake Tiffany lamps. The phrase came into common use in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

1. WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES--The Doobie Brothers
2. THE PINA COLADA SONG--Rupert Holmes
3. LOVE WILL FIND A WAY--Pablo Cruise
4. LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT--Barry Manilow
5. REAL LOVE--The Doobie Brothers
6. RIDE LIKE THE WIND--Christopher Cross
7. BABY COME BACK--Player
8. THIS IS IT--Kenny Loggins
9. HOW MUCH I FEEL--Ambrosia
10. IMAGINARY LOVER--Atlanta Rhythm Section
11. FEELINGS--Morris Albert
12. COPACABANA (AT THE COPA)--Barry Manilow
13. LOTTA LOVE--Nicolette Larson
14. LOVE TAKES TIME--Orleans
15. WHENEVER I CALL YOU "FRIEND"--Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks
16. DON'T GIVE UP ON US--David Soul
17. ALL BY MYSELF--Eric Carmen
18. I JUST WANNA STOP--Gino Vannelli
19. LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME--Boz Scaggs
20. PEG--Steely Dan

Friday, July 24, 2015

Post-Lafayette.

This morning, I heard Chris Cuomo on CNN's NEW DAY voicing the Conventional Wisdom about gun control being a Non-Starter.

Here are some articles I'm passing along:
THE NATION on Bobby Jindal's gun-and-gun-owner-friendly Louisiana:
http://www.thenation.com/article/bobby-jindal-does-louisiana-love-us-some-guns-now/

THE DAILY BEAST on murderer John Russell Houser, who allegedly ranted about the "90% immoral population" and, in the same online forum post, said "Filth is rampant.":
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/24/inside-the-mind-of-john-russel-houser.html?via=newsletter&source=CSPMedition

Rebecca Leber article for THE NEW REPUBLIC on Gov. Bobby Jindal:
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122365/bobby-jindal-enabled-louisianas-gun-violence-problem

Quote from the National Rifle Association's homepage:
The National Rifle Association is America's longest-standing civil rights organization. We're proud defenders of history's patriots and diligent protectors of the Second Amendment.

Gwyneth Kelly article for THE NEW REPUBLIC titled Right-Wingers' Solution to Movie Theater Shootings: More Guns:
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122364/right-wingers-solution-movie-theater-shootings-more-guns

Monday, July 20, 2015

Memorable music I've heard in 2015 so far.

In no specific order:
1. Glen Campbell--RHINESTONE COWBOY (40th Anniversary Reissue)
2. Wilco--STAR WARS
3. Kirsty MacColl--ALL I EVER WANTED: THE ANTHOLOGY
4. The Rolling Stones--MARQUEE CLUB 1971 (CD/Blu-ray/DVD)
5. Leonard Cohen--"Nevermind" from POPULAR PROBLEMS; Season 2 theme song
for TRUE DETECTIVE
6. Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue--"Right Here, Right Now" from DEJA VU
7. Janet Jackson--"No Sleeeep"
8. Beck--"Dreams"
9. Best Coast--"Feelin' OK" from CALIFORNIA DREAM
10. The Kinks--THE ANTHOLOGY 1964-1971 boxset
11.  Robin Gibb--SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLECTED WORKS 1968-1970 (boxset)
12. Britney Spears/Iggy Azaelea--"Pretty Girls"
13. Madonna--"Ghosttown" from REBEL HEART
14. Tina Turner/David Bowie--"Tonight" (Live) from PRIVATE DANCER 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
15. Leon Bridges--"Coming Home" from COMING HOME
16. Amy Winehouse--"All My Loving" (Beatles cover available on YouTube)

More information about upcoming chapbook ONE VERSION OF THE SKY.

Here are the poems to be included in ONE VERSION OF THE SKY.  Some have appeared on this blog and/or Facebook in earlier versions prior to revisions/edits.

1. Writer's Block Haiku
2. Prodigal Child
3. Albuquerque
4. Downtown Metropolis
5. Poem of Clubs
6. Texas Rain and its Aftermath
7. Oklahoma
8. If You Don't Like It, Leave
9. You Get So Alone, Indeed
10. Remembering Dallas
11. Charleston
12. Still Sad
13. Splintered
14. Not Quite Reconciled
15. Forgiveness
16. One Small Step
17. The View From 55

Print copies will be published first, with e-book downloads coming later this fall.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Public comments on Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults or "philandering ."

ATLANTIC Magazine commenters (link to article will be printed at end)
spudwhisperer wrote:
Cosby, once one of America’s most beloved actors and comedians, of sexual misbehavior...".
I notice that the MSM is for some reason now trying to mitigate Cosby's crimes and muddy the waters.
The guy had a modus operandi, according to victims' stories. He invited them to his hotel room or home, gave them a drink laced with some kind of powerful knockout drug, he raped them while unconscious, and when they woke up he was getting them dressed and out the door.
On ABC news yesterday, alternative MSM narrative emerging is that they were trying to paint was that Cosby was having "affairs and doing drugs" and somehow this was detrimental to his wholesome TV image.
They absolutely do not want people to focus on the actual facts, but rather on a much milder narrative.
OrchidLady replied :
They were in at least one case an "extra marital" affair. News agencies have to be cautious as to their wording because he's never been charged with a crime or admitted to one, nor has he lost in civil court. I think they're all trying to step lightly and paint it for what it appears to be, without coming out and calling him a serial rapist "allegedly."  This is from today:
Spudwhisperer replied:
Exactly- thank you. "Womanizing".
That's how ABC News is portraying slipping a knock-out drug into somebody's drink and raping them while they are unconscious and possibly in need of medical assistance.

ATLANTIC article "The Ugly Behavior of Bill Cosby" link:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What Nicolle Wallace's firing as day-to-day panelist on THE VIEW teaches us.

Headline from the DEADLINE.com site:

Nicolle Wallace Axed As ‘The View’ Regular After Proving Herself Insufficiently Shrill And Kardashian Illiterate


Whether or not one shares Wallace's conservatism (I don't), it's educational about how the morning show THE VIEW programs viewers to accept comic-book Sort-Of-Left/Right confrontationalism about "Hot Topics" ("good television" over thoughtful discussion) and why Elisabeth Hasselbeck proved to be a hit on the show as a Loyal Opposition caricature--which propelled her to the Big Time of Fox News.

Now, Nicolle Wallace can decide whether or not to take a demotion to recurring status.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

HOLLYWOOD POETRY: 2001-2013 Playlist Volume Two.

More music that resonated with me during the 1988-1997 period when I was on the edges of the film/TV business.

1. Down To The Wire--Little Caesar
2. Downtown--Neil Young/Pearl Jam
3. Jeremy--Pearl Jam
4. You Learn--Alanis Morissette
5. Hand In My Pocket--Alanis Morissette
6. Valerie Loves Me--Material Issue
7. Cannonball--The Breeders
8. Serve The Servants--Nirvana
9. All Apologies--Nirvana
10. First Glimmer--Paul Westerberg
11. World Class Fad--Paul Westerberg
12. Black Hole Sun--Soundgarden
13. Ty Cobb--Soundgarden
14. Change Your Mind--Neil Young and Crazy Horse
15. F---in' Up--Neil Young and Crazy Horse