Monday, February 16, 2009

Agog Blog

Old news new again!
Not exactly breaking news, but last October the National Rebublican Senatorial Committee released a video with Hollywood celebrities apologizing about Al Franken. It was called “We’re Not All Like Al.” The ad is very amusing in a mutant kind of way (view it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/gop-turns-to-rapid-anti-o_n_138585.html).

For one thing, the celebrities are Stephen Baldwin, Robert Davi, John Ratzenberger, Pat Boone, and Victoria Jackson. Of course we all know Stephen Baldwin. He’s, um, one of the Baldwins. Robert Davi was one of the two FBI agents in DIE HARD, and was also the villain in the James Bond movie, LICENSE TO KILL. John Ratzenberger was Cliff, of course. Pat Boone was videotaped in a swimming pool. He said he liked ice fishing.

It took me a second to remember Victoria Jackson. She was the ditzy blonde on Saturday Night Live a hundred years ago. Apparently she is and always was a very devout Christian. So devout, in fact, that she wrote on her website: “I don't want a political label, but Obama bears traits that resemble the anti- Christ and I'm scared to death that un- educated people will ignorantly vote him into office.”

Wait a minute…. That happened! He’s President! Watch Obama for telltale signs of Satanic indwelling.

Meanwhile… the backlash begins!
Former Bush White House chief of staff Andrew Card appeared on INSIDE EDITION to lament about President Obama’s sartorial style: "There should be a dress code of respect. I wish that he would wear a suit and tie."

Stimulus package backlash…
I got this from Alexander Wolcott’s blog. He got it from AMERICAN DIGEST:

“What if, instead, this bill contains - since it is protean enough to contain almost anything - the actual items that outline the most deeply held beliefs of a man suckled at the breast of all the broken dreams that sent hundreds of millions of humans to the block in the last century? What if, as we root about in the endless paragraphs and pages, we do see the outlines, at last, of what this strange and obscure man actually believes and plans? What if nothing is accident and all is intent? And the intent is ‘darker than a hundred midnights down in a cypress swamp?’”

If I follow this, and I don’t think I do, the poster apparently thinks that the ghostly outline of the “real” President Obama is hidden in plain sight in the words of the Stimulus Package, there for any student of the Kabbala to decipher. Watch for telltale signs of Satanic indwelling!

(The “darker than a hundred midnights down in a cypress swamp” line, by the way, is from the Harlem Renaissance poet James Weldon Johnson.)

Thanks Irwin, for this!
From the Buffalo News: “Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light.”

He was arrested last Thursday, charged with beheading his wife.

Science on the march!
Reuters: “A widely available blood pressure pill could one day help people erase bad memories, perhaps treating some anxiety disorders and phobias, according to a Dutch study published on Sunday.”

What if you forget to take the pill?

Book notes…
I just read NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS by the late Chilean writer Roberto Bolano. It pretends to be a series of Wikipedia type entries on various thugs, smug aesthetes, hangers-on, would be dictators, poets, and novelists – all of whom have vague or strong right wing world views. Some are harmless, some are insane, some are scary, some are silly. They were all invented by Bolano, though real historical figures are sprinkled throughout the book. It put me in mind of Borges’ stories, only less aloof, more engaged. And though the biographies here are largely of fringe figures, there is a creepy overtone to the book: people like this could very easily become the central figures in a culture. I recommend this book highly. I’ve never read anything quite like it.

It inspired me to write this….

Civilization
Aristocrats and thugs merge their flesh in a dream their stylish women endorse. Slim outsized books grace their tables, full of careful photographs of buildings and sparse chairs. They seek to reclaim a lost glory, and send scholars around the globe to find its traces. Hidden from public view, the artifacts gathered spin a tale both wispy and bloody. Poets fill in the cracks. Schoolchildren sing. Old myths are translated once more, but despite every effort, by the time the powers read them, every god is dead.

Nickname the Wee Wife heard for the crazy woman who just had eight children, and has inspired so much hatred from a controversy-hungry America.
“Octopussy.”

4 Comments:

OpenID austin-dern said...

The ``Antichrist'' thing was weird even considering it'd been something like twenty years since Victoria Jackson sang that pretty funny ``I Am Not A Bimbo'' song and about fifteen since she was on Conan O'Brien's show selling a CD of children's music that for some reason required her to dress up like a mouse.

I wonder if anyone's checking up on the political opinions of Tim Kazurinsky, in case he has any.

Did you catch Vladimir Putin's office denying that he had recently attended a concert featuring ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again? If it weren't for the denial I wouldn't have even considered whether they have ABBA tribute concerts in Russia.

And it's a really trivial thing but the New Special Effects version of Star Trek this weekend showed the one with Abraham Lincoln and potatoes from Mars, which was an episode I only thought of passingly until the Ian Shoales essay/video piece for World News Now about the pedestrian miracle of coming across an episode of Star Trek that one hasn't seen before. It was one of the most screamingly funny things I've encountered and I can't watch the episode with as little a smile as I'd otherwise lived with. (And I remember back then the idea of fans computer-generating their own Star Trek episodes was silly fantasy.)

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, it should be "Blacker than a hundred midnights..." (from "The Creation"). And really, should one be quoting Harlem Renaissance poets when likening darkness to evil?

-D.E.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Merle Kessler said...

Good lord! An anti-Muslim troll! Alert the mainstream media!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Merle Kessler said...

Thank you, admin wikiplugs. I have no idea what you're talking about. Create random links that link to other random links? No thanks. I have enough randomness in my life.

5:53 PM  

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