Some thoughts on Race, Privilege, Class…and the Banks

Pyramid of The Capitalist System – flickr

And yes they are all tied together. Fist off and interview with Peggy McIntosh of race and privilege. More specifically White Privilege. From the web site Beyond Whiteness.

White Privilege:

1. a. A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities. b. A special advantage or benefit of white persons; with reference to divine dispensations, natural advantages, gifts of fortune, genetic endowments, social relations, etc.
Peggy goes into how white people when they think about or talk about race they are either consciously or subconsciously referring to those who are not white. That there are white people – normal – and non whites – not normal. She makes a point of saying that this is a system that is as old as the hills. Hundreds perhaps thousands of years old but not to take blame but to own it and from there do what ever has to be done to change it. She also gives some very goo examples of this privilege that we as whites take for granted but do not think about. Like how being white can give you a pass in situations that being non white would get you in trouble. Continue reading “Some thoughts on Race, Privilege, Class…and the Banks”

Pushed to the edge and really pissed off …

Hunger March – flickr/wikimedia commons

My old education institution in Florida – The Univ. Of Central Florida that was originally called Florida Technological Univ. – has had it’s own brush with a plot for mass violence. The person who was plotting this however committed suicide before carrying it out. Thought he did have the required implements of destruction.

UCF police said they received a fire alarm call around 12:20 a.m. As they responded to that call, police then received a 911 call reporting a man with a gun.

When police arrived, they found a student with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also found a bag of improvised explosive devices, along with a handgun and an assault weapon. – Central Florida News 13

We may never really know the motivations behind this individual or his actions and proposed actions but it’s safe bet is was some personal problem or agenda that drove him to it.

There a those who like to see such situations as some idealistic political and/or religious or some other kind of plot. In most cases those who are involved are just people who feel they have been pushed too far and are generally just really pissed off and desperate. Desperation can drive people to do things and behave in a manner they would not under other circumstances.

If one looks at the history to most political and/or economic upheavals, they were generally started by people who had “Had enough” and were desperate. Even the Russian revolution caught Lenin by surprise when it began even though he and others had plotted the over throw of the Tzar, it was a spontaneous event by desperate people that initiated it. The same for the French revolution and nearly all other such situations.

And now with the current situation in Europe and the EU ministers decision on the Cyprus bank bail outs, they are sowing and fertilizing the seeds of another upheaval.

There’s been a great deal of discussion of how the deal came about, with a particularly detailed account at the Wall Street Journal. The new stance at the creditor nations and the ECB is that there will be “private sector participation” which is bureaucrat-speak for haircuts to the people who funded the banks. And in the fracas over renegotiating the pact so as to make it less unpalatable to the locals, the Eurozone officials have made clear they don’t care how Anastasiades skins this particular cat as long as he comes up with €5.8 billion from local deposits. Banks were due to be closed Monday on Cyprus for a holiday; officials are now considering imposing a bank holiday on Tuesday. Funds have been frozen in the meantime, producing what is likely to be the emblematic photo of this crisis, of a man trying to break into his bank branch:

. . . . .

Now the EU officials could easily calm nervous depositors by announcing an ECB-backstopped deposit guarantee, instead of the current national system which depends on not-exactly-credible central banks. Germany and its fellow surplus countries have hesitated about proceeding with the necessary steps to further economic integration (notice how the plan to implement eurozone wide bank supervision, which Germany insisted was a precondition to Eurozone-level deposit guarantees, has languished?). Germany is trying to maintain policies that are contradictory: it wants to continue to have large trade surpluses, yet not fund its trade partners; its wants debtors to meet their obligations, yet refuses to allow either enough in the way of fiscal deficits or monetary easing to keep debtor countries from falling into deflationary spirals, which assure default. Germany’s failure to relent on any of these conditions means that what breaks will be the financial system. – Naked Capitalism

It took FDR meeting with the heads of the unions and communists and socialist parties to convince him that this country was very close to another revolution in the 1930s. It was this sort of situation that brought Hitler to power and also brought down a number of leaders in other countries. People are not stupid and when they see that they are being sacrificed for the good of those in the upper crust..when they feel they have no say or recourse…when they feel desperate, they will eventually take matters into their own hands.

The PTB need to realize and be aware that it’s groups of highly desperate and pissed of people that will force a change in the current situation for good or bad. Not some high minded organized plot by some subversive element. Though these elements will often take credit for it, they generally are not the instigators.

Going There

Women in binders?

When Romney uttered the phrase “Women in binders” I absolutely could not stop myself from thinking about the Chinese custom of foot binding for women.

Foot binding in China was outlawed in 1912 and in the 21st century there are only a few ‘outlaws’ left to bear witness to this awful custom. A hundred years. A hundred freaking years! It takes that long to erase this kind of crushing (literally bone crushing) kind of subjugation of women.

The next thing I thought was, under a Romney administration, will women lose what they have gained?

I’m not even talking about making further advances. I’m talking about being able to keep what we already have; the economic, social and personal gains. I fear a Romney administration will chip away at those until we are back in 1912 with our feet bound and our ability to walk proud once again crippled.

 

cross-posted at dagblog.com

I Want To Vote!

Today I printed off an absentee ballot application from my state government site for all things wonderfully public. I went to a lot of trouble to ensure I’d be able to cast a vote this year and I didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

First of all, I had to renew my driver’s license this past July. No big deal, right? Normally, it wouldn’t have been. But, it’s been a long time since my life’s been normal so of course, renewing my driver’s license was befit with all the possible Sturm and Drang I could manufacture. Continue reading “I Want To Vote!”

CONSPIRACIES

Morte di Giulio Cesare (“Death of Julius Caesar”). By Vincenzo Camuccini, 1798

CONSPIRACY TO KILL OBAMA

Members of our military attempted to assassinate the President of the United States!

http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/08/prosecutors-us-soldiers-plotted-kill-president-obama/57678/

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/08/prosecutors-us-soldiers-plotted-kill-president-obama/56238/

       QUIP: Seven_Days_in_May?

LIMBAUGH CONSPIRACIES

Meteorologists conspired to impel Isaac to attack the Florida Peninsula!

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/08/anatomy-rush-limbaughs-hurricane-isaac-non-conspiracy-conspiracy/56260/

QUIP: And then the weathermen attempted to underline the Katrina Crisis!

Rich people are just poor people with money.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2012/08/29/rush-limbaugh-rich-people-are-just-poor-people/189638

QUIP: yeah naked peoples are that same as clothed people except they have no clothes!

Conspiracy by MSNBC

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/rush-limbaugh-msnbc-sick-depraved-place_n_1844261.html?utm_hp_ref=media

QUIP: Does Rusho ever examine Mediamatters? Or does Rusho ever listen to his own broadcasts?

International corporations (is that not most of the corps?)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revolt-of-the-rich/

       QUIP: Does the word international have any implications here?

BILL BURR (2008)

Bill Burr predicting that Obama will win the election in 08. That way all the pigs can blame the end of America on a Black Guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiPkxIdNXRQ&feature=related

 

       QUIP: The GOP has taken this mantra to it’s ultimate conclusion in the 2012 Convention!

GOP: Factcheckers are conspiring to prove our messages are false.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revolt-of-the-rich/

       QUIP: (It will be the fatcheckers who screw Chris Christie’s chances in 2016!)

CONSPIRACIES IN GENERAL

We did not land on the moon.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/photogalleries/apollo-moon-landing-hoax-pictures/

Jesse James was a good guy fighting the good fight conspiracy.

Jesse James was a goddamnable Confederate Terrorist!

The Fluoride Conspiracy

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=14949

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBfjU3_XOaA

The Daylight Saving Time Conspiracy

http://geography.about.com/cs/daylightsavings/a/dst.htm

http://www.standardtime.com/

The Light Bulb Conspiracy.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/02/10/422981/rep-steve-king-at-cpac-nancys-stasi-made-me-use-energy-efficient-light-bulbs/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/michele-bachmann-light-bulbs-agenda-21

The Gold Standard Conspiracy

http://trueconspiracyblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/honest-truth-about-gold-standard.html

http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-02-01/going-back-to-the-gold-standard/

The Hooker Conspiracy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Woman

(If you are a good prostitute you will meet the man of your dreams and he will have money!)

The Corn Syrup Conspiracy.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060629114622AA6TmCZ

UFO’s ON THE MOON

http://ufos.about.com/od/nasaufos/p/moonufos1.htm

http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicphotos.html

http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2012/08/Neil-Armstrong-Dead-Did-He-See-UFOs-Moon.html

COMMENT

This is the one conspiracy I really get into.

I mean over the last week or so I have read twenty links regarding the theory that there are UFO’s on the moon and especially on the dark side of the moon.

I am fascinated by this theory because of all the auditory recordings indicating great structures on the moon and in the skies over the moon at the time of our landings.

And this nutsiness is underlined by the fact that many astronauts in space and simply in our Earth’s atmosphere have reported these UFO’s.

In the current time of drones and aircraft that we shall never be introduced to in the next decade; something is out there.

That is all I have this week.

Except:

DOES MASTURBATION CAUSE BLINDNESS?

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/does-masturbation-cause-blindness/

I am not that sure of this conspiracy but the keyboard and the screen are getting harder and harder to perceive as I move on in years.

 

 

MARGIN CALL

An image from Max Ernst‘s Une Semaine de Bonté

An assayer is a person who tests ores and minerals and analyzes them to determine their composition and value. They may use spectrographic analysis, chemical solutions, and chemical or laboratory equipment, such as furnaces, beakers, graduates, pipettes, and crucibles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assayer

Vice President Joe Biden charged that Mitt Romney’s policies on banking would put Americans “back in chains,” NBC News reported.

Biden, known for his over-the-top rhetoric, made the comment in a campaign stop in Danville, Va. It apparently stems from Romney opposition to financial reforms enacted by the Obama administration in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

“Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules,” Biden said according to NBC. “’Unchain Wall Street!” Biden added, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.”

The Romney campaign labeled the remarks as a “new low” after weeks of “slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Governor Romney.”

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/biden-romney-election-chains/2012/08/14/id/448534

Speak to me as if I am a small child or a Labrador Retriever.

What is happening exactly?

Jeremy Irons (Margin_Call)

In the beginning of Margin Call, Kevin Spacey is in tears….his dog is dying. He complains to his confessor that the dog is costing him a thousand bucks a day just to keep the poor bugger alive after it was discovered that he has a cancerous tumor on his liver.

Have you ever lost a pet? Have you ever had to bury a pet? More later!

Tucci, one of my favorite actors for over two decades plays the man who discovers in his role as a seasoned predictor of havoc in some Wall Street firm (that is most probably Goldman Sachs) that Armageddon is near. The year is 2008 and all hell will soon break through as a direct result of four or five years or more of bundling ARM mortgages for sale to the world.

Zachery Quinto plays the assayist as I have defined the term in the context of this film critique.

You might recall Mr. Quinto in another role involving superheroes of a sort!

Quinto’s character is given a computer ‘disc’ from Tucci’s character and begins working with the info contained therein at two in the morning only to discover that the entire American Financial Structure (I capitalize everything in order to give my readers awe; kind of like when repubs capitalize the name ‘Reagan’) is about to capsize into a sea of sewage created by a mortgage scam perpetrated by fascist pricks who head the American Capitalist system.

Quinto then communicates his findings to his boss and his underling and chaos ensues.

Spacey is eventually called to return to the scene of the crime and we witness one of the best board room meetings I have ever seen.

Spacey (who looks older and more haggard than usual and worn by his years working for the devil) must answer to the idiot posing as his superior (played by Simon Baker the Australian whose performance just knocked my socks off!).

Baker’s character demands to know the credentials of the fellow played by Quinto and is informed that the genius who figured out how the world was about to end has several degrees in physics and computer software.

SO YOU ARE A ROCKET SCIENTIST?

One of the best lines ever delivered in all of cinema!

As background we all know that we are in our current economic dilemma because of Mitt-like bastards who bundled mortgages sold to folks who had no idea what the final monthly fee would be for those mortgages.

Jeremy Irons shows up in a helicopter on the top of the skyscraper housing the fraudulent folks selling the bundles of crap that Quinto has proved to be more worthless than polls created by Pudge Luntz.

(I just viewed Irons playing Klaus Van Bulow and if you cannot keep from an urge to shoot the sonofabitch, you are a better man than me!)

Irons plays the CEO of this fictional doppleganger of Goldman-Sachs.

Irons plays the bastard who demands that Quinto speak to him as if he were a child or a dog.

Irons represents everything I hate about this country with an English accent. Hahahahaha

Based upon the rocket scientist’s findings, the order is sent out to kill all the newborn babies in the empire…or rather sell the worthless crap that has emanated from the fascist organization for years to unsuspecting buyers (unsuspecting fascist pricks who represent millions of investors per unions and trusts and whatever) as quickly as possible.

Spacey, who still has managed to keep some of his humanity following decades of working for these fascist pigs, gives the pitch to all his underlings (whereby we learn that he really has lost 99% of his humanity decades before) that they must do everything they can to sell all interests in these bundles within an hour or two of the opening bell and that in return they will all most likely lose their jobs but gain between one mill and three mill in bonuses!

If we are successful today, you shall lose all of the trust you have ever had with your buyers….

But our talents have been used for the greater good!

Kevin Spacey

The worthless feces is sold on the market that morning following the opening bell by liars hoping to make a million bucks out of nothing.

As the credits run, Kevin Spacey is digging the grave for his dog and the sound of the digging lasts longer than the scene as the credits run.

I have had to bury a dog or two during my worthless lifetime and let me tell you that there is real grief experienced in the process.

I recall the last time I participated in this lonely ritual of internment, and I felt so lost and so aching and so helpless.

Spacey ends up being the greatest actor in the film that features so many great actors.

And as I viewed this film for the fourth time, I realize that Spacey best reflects what is wrong with this nation and not the Iron’s character.

The real number reflecting despair and loss perpetrated by corporate pigs like those running Goldman-Sachs and other corporate vampires amounts to hundreds of millions of real people losing everything all at once.

I did have one thought.

What if this film had come out this year instead of two years ago?

Then I recalled that the film aired in 2010 when the morons who voted in that year’s election threw out the House majority in favor of more vampires.

So what the hell?

We’re all goin to hell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxr-fbtV1-8

AND ME, I’M AL FRANKEN!

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/3550697&newclip

I am watching ( A REPLAY) of Al at 9:00 PM ( July 25, 2012) give a speech on the Senate Floor today. (via CSPAN)

He was eulogizing Tom Davis his old partner, his old partner at SNL and at our local comedy club at the U fifty years ago.

I am crying.

AND ME, I’M AL FRANKEN.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DIETlxquzY

It was in the early days of SNL that you might have heard this.

I knew immediately what that sonofabitch was doing.

But so did everyone else.

And it worked!

Well Davis was his old partner.

And Tom Davis just died of cancer and Al thought:

I am going to speak of my best friend’s death on the floor of the United States Senate!

And Al did.

And I love Al.

And I am awed by Al.

And I shall grieve the death of Tom Davis.

A wonderful eulogy. For sure!

That’s all I got right now!

Except:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_mwsDFm7bQ

If Paul Wellstone had not died, not 20 miles from where I write this in 2002 October, Al would never have run for the US Senate.

Paul was my god and now Al is my Saint!

That’s my Senator along with Senator Amy;

MAY THEY REIGN FOREVER! HA

CROSSBALLS AND ALEXANDER COCKBURN

Okay so America is divided.

A great writer/journalist recently died.

As I read some of his obits and checked with Wiki, I discovered a wonderful paradigm/parable written by this man.

Alexander Cockburn recently passed away at the age of of 71.

He was angry with the Media (as defined two or three decades ago). He had bad things to say about MacNeil/Lehrer for heavens sake calling them the Tedium Twins. hahahah

So he wrote a piece that one might have viewed decades later on a satire called Cross-Balls.

Three journalists/pundits/empty-heads argue the merits of slavery.

The conservative lauds slavery as Calhoun and his constituents might have argued it 175 years ago.

The Negro is subhuman and needs ‘our help’ just as horses and jack-asses and dogs need our help.

And blah, blah, blah….

The liberal argues a sort of ASPCA perspective.

We must be kinder to our Negro friends!

And the abolitionist is cut off by the ‘mediator’ every frickin time he opens his mouth.

Hahhahaahaaha

Here is another imaginary broadcast of MacNeil/Lehrer by this eminent satirist concerning a decision of the Roman who ordered the execution of a nice person:

MACNEIL: Good evening. The Roman procurator in Jerusalem is trying to decide whether a man regarded by many as a saint should be put to death. Pontius Pilate is being urged by civil libertarians to intervene in what is seen here in Rome as being basically a local dispute. Tonight, the crucifixion debate. Jim?

JIM LEHRER: Robin, the provinces of Judaea and Galilee have always been trouble spots, and this year is no exception. The problem is part religious, part political, and in many ways a mixture of both. The Jews believe in one god. Discontent in the province has been growing, with many local businessmen complaining about the tax burden. Terrorism, particularly in Galilee, has been on the increase. In recent months, a carpenter’s son from the town of Nazareth has been attracting a large following with novel doctrines and faith healing. He recently entered Jerusalem amid popular acclaim, but influential Jewish leaders fear his power. Here in Alexandria the situation is seen as dangerous. Robin?

MACNEIL: Recently in Jerusalem on a fact-finding mission for the Emperor’s Emergency Task Force on Provincial Disorders was Quintilius Maximus. Mr. Maximus, how do you see the situation?

MAXIMUS: Robin, I had occasion to hear one of this preacher’s sermons a few months ago and talk with his aides. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a threat to peace and should be crucified.

MACNEIL: Pontius Pilate should wash his hands of the problem?

MAXIMUS: Absolutely.

MACNEIL: I see. Thank you. Jim?

LEHRER: Now for a view from Mr. Simon, otherwise known as Peter. He is a supporter of Christ and has been standing by in a Jerusalem studio. Robin?

MACNEIL: Mr. Simon Peter, why do you support Christ?

SIMON PETER: He is the Son of God and presages the Second Coming. If I may, I would like to read some relevant passages from the prophet Isaiah.

MACNEIL: Thank you, but I’m afraid we’ll have to break in there. We’ve run out of time. Goodnight, Jim.

LEHRER: Good night, Robin.

MACNEIL: Sleep well, Jim.

LEHRER: I hope you sleep well, too, Robin.

MACNEIL: I think I will. Well, good night again, Jim.

LEHRER: Goodnight, Robin.

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2010/04/26/the-political-function-of-pbs/

SATIRE?

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has ‘drawn a line in the sand’ with regard to gun control following the Aurora catastrophe.

Bloomberg and Murdoch. have drawn similar lines atop the mounds of bullet casings.

Now is the time to strike on this issue as writers at Salon and Dailybeast have written.

Look, the Left is sick and tired of the NRA owning this issue for less than 3 mill a year. This is just damn silly.

Hunting is one thing but I doubt Buffalo Bill would countenance scopes on hunting rifles with laser features. I mean why not develop a heat sensing bullet/missile that could claim your prize in the ‘wilderness’?

But automatic weapons (fuck this stuff about semi-automatic weapons; I just viewed the Pale Rider again last night and a colt-45 is an automatic weapon. Eastwood simply kept entire bullet holders in his belt—not single bullets) that carry 6 rounds as opposed to the 60 round machine gun carried by the Aurora shooter are indefensible.

Here is the argument from the Right I was not going to duplicate:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.

During a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!” show, Gohmert was asked why he believes such senseless acts of violence take place. Gohmert responded by talking about the weakening of Christian values in the country.

“You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/louie-gohmert-aurora-shootings_n_1689099.html

I do not know what to say to this guy!

I question whether or not he should even be quoted since he and other NAZI sympathizers like Rush get all this air time anyway. Hell, Goopert will be re-elected anyway because his constituents would not vote him out of office if they aired a video of him having coitus with the likes of Madoff.

But the real reason for this analysis began with a comment replayed on cable and the net by some gun nut.

Basically the fellow, once again (following similar comments by NAZI pricks over the decades) that this tragedy would not have occurred if the ‘good guys’ had been armed at the theatre.

But our anti-hero wore a bullet-proof vest as well as a helmet and gas mask and the shootings occurred after he filled the theatre with tear gas.

WHAT IN THE FUCK WOULD YOU BE SHOOTING AT?

You cannot see and the fellow had over half his body protected from your goddamn 32 caliber bullets!

To say nothing of the fact that when you are blind you might ‘hit’ innocents including yourself.

There is some hope on the horizon. I mean we see little rays of sunshine sometimes emanating from ominous clouds.

Wolf Blitzer has drawn a line in the sand per the latest rantings of Michelle Bachmann, our Minnesota Representative with the mental illness issues.

It seems that Wolf is not the least bit sympathetic to her recent rants against Muslims in the State Department—well Muslims throughout the entire Obama Administration.

And there is hope that the Democratic Challenger for Michelle’s seat might actually succeed in his challenge because of these mental lapses by Michelle my belle and because there is no independent challenger involved in this campaign—one must recognize that in 2010 the independent candidate actually received 10% of the vote.

And other Repubs have joined in the attack upon Bachmann and her terroristic perspective.

Just as an aside, Minnesota has been represented in Congress by the likes of Hubert Humphrey and Gene McCarthy and Frazier and a host of wonderful statesmen and stateswomen.

But Minnesota has also seen the likes of Pawlenty and Vin Webber and Rudy Boswich along with a host of other repub pricks.

Our State Electors appear locked into a second Obama Presidency but Minnesota is plagued currently with birthers and anti-women nuts and paid corporate fronts and other repubs dedicated to turning our State into a Walker Wisconsin.

Thank the Good Lord that a man called Dayton (from an old and trusted Minnesota aristocratic clan) became Governor with a margin of victory reflecting the margin of victory for Senator Al Franken, who has managed to stop the conservative/corporate/plutarchist movement in this state.

As another aside, Governor Dayton previously served six years in the Senate and was more than just a vote helping to get Obama’s legislation through the Upper House between 2009 and 2011 when we still had some hope for change in this nation.

CONCLUSION

Maybe we should all appear in public with bullet proof vests and leggings (better include a bullet proof cup) and concealed weapons in order to protect ourselves from psychos.

Or maybe we should open up the courts to civil suits against the Masters of War who continue to arm those psychos!

The end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDpWurAGRsY

THE FUNK HOLE

 

I am viewing the entire BBC/PBS episodes of a great series that shall continue into the next year.

Most people live quiet lives of desperation.

So says McLuhan!

I have become caught up in a a BBC series entitled:

Foyle’s War

The mystery/cop series is set in Hastings, England during the Blitz and first aired in 2002.

I am currently viewing Set 2, Episode 4 (2003) entitled FUNK HOLES!

Delightful!

Michael Kitchen plays Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle; the chief police officer of Hastings.

I underline this particular episode because we find ourselves in FUNK HOLES.

What prey tell is a FUNK HOLE?

Well it seems that by 1940 during the Blitz, the economically superior classes left London and the larger cities and sought haven in the countryside hoping to escape reality.

And the country-gentry who owned large estates in the ‘country’ needed money.

So the country-gentry naturally turned their homesteads into inns or hostelries as they say.

Now the local markets, subjugated by new rationing rules and regs (much like us a few years later) found that they could not procure adequate products for their old markets let alone the new markets available for the noveau riche (who were not really that noveau! ha).

Therefore, the local markets which were cheating anyway, could no longer supply the richer folks in their own areas since the old more aristocratic Funk Holers would pay three or four times what the old market would bear for a simple pound of liver!

 

CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT!

I most probably heard those words from three primary teachers and then fifteen professors later on in life.

This series, which I most probably will critique later on, underlines the fact that there is more to historical eras than hats and pants and language and….

So many Brits were without allies on the national scene and without hope following the destruction of their homes. FDR loomed more magnificent in the minds of hundreds of millions of Europeans as the war waged on during our isolationist period increasing of course, following our entry into the war.

WE WERE ONCE THE SINGLE SYMBOL OF HOPE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF CIVILIZATION!

Ha!

Anyway, this blog is not a movie critique but an analysis of the FUNK HOLERS!

As this episode in Foyle’s War progresses we are introduced to the residents of these Funk Holes.

Besides cheating the locals out of their meats and their exotic foods (exotic in the sense of potatoes and carrots), the funk holers cheat. I mean they purchase all the available under-the-table commodities.

The one resident couple of a local funk hole that really got to me, ended up with canned ham which was directed toward their dog!

An amazing comment on humanity since in a previous episode we are confronted with a 1940’s version of Oliver where the waifs collected paper and metal for the war effort in an attempt to procure chocolate from the local parishes!

Why Oliver & Co. did not end up with the canned hams presents us with the concept of the aristocracy’s concept of ‘choice’.

THE PRESENT

Nowadays we have witnessed a new class of FUNK HOLERS.

They do not merely hide in the Hamptons or in the country side of Hastings hoping not be be found out, hoping not to be confronted and hoping that the present ‘difficulties’ shall one day be resolved.

We find people BRAGGING that they are indeed FUNK HOLERS.

Joe Walsh is an example of the present day braggerts; proud to be FUNK HOLERS.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/campaign/236435-tammy-duckworth-american-hero-has-her-heroism-attacked-by-joe-walsh-tea-party-bum

Joe finds himself confronting his own fascist/NAZI persona without one month served in the Armed Forces of anything.

And he finds himself in the FUNK HOLE and finds himself, once again, competing against a severely wounded and disabled veteran!

SO WHAT IS A MOTHER TO DO?

I mean this motherfucker will not even pay his proper child support whilst he spends his entire oratorical life espousing family values besides national duty!

Again, as I have underlined many many times, hypocrisy has no value as a category anymore.

John Kerry who chose to volunteer for his country’s armed forces rather than accept a printed message telling him that he was drafted, went on two tours (THAT’S TWO TOURS FOLKS) in that magic land of Siam. I mean during his first tour he certainly discovered that there was no Yul Brenner and there certainly was to be found no Deborah Kerr!

Well he gets wounded twice and at the 2004 Repub Convention, all of these FUNK HOLERS are wearing symbols making fun of John’s Purple Hearts.

TWO PURPLE HEARTS

And the repubs wear pretend band aids.

Whilst the FUNK HOLER Bush had no Purple Hearts, no tours of Siam and not one incident of combat because he used his aristocratic station in life to avoid conflict. Speaking of avoiding conflict, after a couple years, w bush found the terrors of the sky too much to his liking and so he hid away in his daddy’s campaign whilst the people in power destroyed any documentation that might have substantiated his true tao in life!

CHICKEN HAWKS!

As Cheney once said:

I pursued other options.

But let us remove ourselves from the battlefields for a second.

There are battlefields that involve no tanks, no drones, no rifles and no bombs.

The battlefield we currently find ourselves upon involves homelessness, hopelessness and unemploymentness.

The FUNK HOLERS have no idea what unemployment means.

The FUNK HOLERS have no idea what homelessness means.

The FUNK HOLERS have no idea of what hopelessness means.

The FUNK HOLERS have no idea of what context means.

The FUNK HOLERS have no idea of what a GODDAMN LOTTERY MEANS.

The FUNK HOLERS would have no idea what being a patriot really means.

MITT ROMNEY

Mitt Romney is the ultimate FUNK HOLER.

He hid in Paris to avoid a war that initially began because of French policies.

He hid in Massachusetts so that his governmental policies could be hid by rationalizations.

He hid his assets all over the globe so that he would not pay his share of taxes to his country of origin.

He hid his faith so that his faith, the core of his belief, would not be analyzed too closely.

He hid his his assets so that those assets would not be analyzed too closely.

He hides his real financial backers so that those corporate sponsors will be caused no harm.

He hides his true aims for AMERICA so that real Americans shall never be allowed to see the perils that they shall all experience once he reaches power.

So let us all give it up to the:

THE FUNK HOLERS

THE CREED OF FUNK HOLERS

1.  Look, I am doing the best I can.

2.  How else can my great grandchildren get into college?

3.  My pets deserve something special from me!

4.  Hernandez does a great job on my lawns as well as my sex craved wife.

5.  I just love Negroes; my mother knew one.

6.  Everyone should be free; just so that they can pay their bills.

7.  Humanity shall always be confronted by warfare; just leave my family out of it!

8.  But if you all do that, I lose my plantation!

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxyU4W8iyeI

 

 

 

 

 

TIGER WOODS IS UBERMENCH

 

Everything is relative, at least that is what Einstein tells us.

I know little of physics but I know that there is a relativity involved in concepts like context and origin and a number of other factors.

Supposedly, teapartiers and other conservatives generally seek status quo. These people do not like change or concepts like

These stances are simply covers for other considerations but…no matter.

This blog is about Tiger Woods, a hero of mine. Regardless of silly arguments to the contrary, no one in sports today eclipses the production of this sportsman in the last twenty years.

Hell I would compare him to Babe Ruth, the single greatest baseball player of all time whose only physically enhancing drugs included tobacco, whiskey and sex. Hahahahahah

 

I swear that Ruth never even once received a vitamin B injection!

I do not think that we can adequately judge Tiger’s performance as a golfer without looking at all the golfers currently on tour and on tour since 1996 when the lad left college and entered the PGA as a pro.

We must look at these men who have achieved great feats over the last 16 years before we even get into the history of the sport.

I watched an interview with this PGA Ubermench recently. It seems that all major golf courses had gyms—work out areas for golfers. He noted that in ‘the old days’ there would be two men in the gym; he and VJ Singh.

Now we look at the golfers, especially the younger golfers, and they are muscular and it is clear that they have worked out every single day of their lives.

Without sounding too gay in my assessment, most of these youngsters wear shirts that indicate bulging muscles in the shoulder and arm areas. They have thin waistes and powerful legs.

I have already discussed my assessment of some older golfers in their thirties and forties who sometimes exhibit pot bellies and man-tits.

So here are the stats for the top players in the PGA right now.

Forgetting formal rankings right now, let me posit the greatest golfers around today:

PHIL MICKELSON

Phil is terrific. I mean he appears to be the consumate family man; it appears he does not fuck around on his wife; he stands at the ropes as they say signing hats and notebooks and other golf paraphenalia.

And he is fun to watch.

Like Trevino, Mickelson will be stuck in the trees and come up with some iron shot that boggles the mind.

Phil has poise.

I am sure even in the face of a thousand hours of camera tapes following his progress over the last two decades that he never broke a putter following a lip-out and he never threw his clubs and he never seemed to curse his ‘luck’!

I have never heard him swear.

I have seldom heard of him disparaging his competitors!

I recall an interview with him sometime in the last few years.

Phil was downcast, depressed.

Phil is not going to reach twelve let alone 20 major victories.

Phil is never going to surpass Arnie’s PGA totals let alone Jack’s.

So during this interview it was clear that he had been meeting with a shrink to work out aims and purposes in his life.

Well I am not going to win 20 majors, but I can shoot for ten majors.

I am not going to win 70 PGA titles but I can win 50!

It was such an interesting discussion really.

Just a thought on stats.

Trevino was so much fun. I just recall watching the cameras follow him into Sleepy Hollows and he would march with such determination to his destination and he had a lousy lie and he had trees between his ball and the green and…..

And Lee would come up with a shot! And he would win the tournament!

I have reported my own experience as a ten year old watching Killebrew and Mantle and Maris all his home runs in a Yankee rout against my Twins. It was a wonder to behold! It was fun. It was incredible.

Does Mantle or Maris or Killebrew even spark a memory in today’s baseball fans? I doubt it although Mantle and Maris got a whole lot more press than Killebrew.

Phil has made astounding shots and prevailed in so many many tournaments over two decades and he should not be attacked as being irrelevant!

Besides, Phil showed up on Tin Cup for chrissakes!

Here are his stats.

40 PGA Victories.

4 Major Victories.

7 European Victories

Today, Phil Mickelson has the best record on tour, second only to Tiger.

V J SINGH

Nobody has worked harder to achieve his position on the PGA Tour than V J Singh.

Here is a guy (listed as ‘Black’ by the PGA, dhahahahah) who overcame hardships the likes of which only Chi Chi Rodriguez faced during his childhood.

An Indian (genetically) born on a tiny island known as Fiji, ended up with all these trophies in a sport that was generally occupied by rich white guys! AHAHAHAH.

34 PGA wins

13 European Tour wins

5 Asian Tour wins

And in 2004, he was NUMBER ONE in the entire world and received just about every single award available. I mean he beat the greatest golfer in the world in just about every single stat you can imagine.

I am sure that if one were to write a biography of this athlete, it would take a thousand pages to even get into the subject.

I like to watch golfers walk or trod or march on the course.

Phil is so much fun to watch. He kind of ‘clomps’, he ‘lurches’, he ‘clods’, he ‘proceeds?’…it is hard to articulate what I see as I watch this great golfer meander down the field. He seems so damnable clumsy—until he strikes the ball of course.

V J is like a ballet dancer. He appears almost asleep. He has an ambulatory cadence that really astounds me.

I think of DiMaggio wandering out in Center Field while he scopes out a high fly ball and almost lackadaisically pulls in the fly for a catch.

V J is definitely a dancer.

I have never witnessed a more laid back golfer in my life although Freddy Couples is pretty laid back!

Watch him sometime, it is really fun!

Oh and his stroke is a wonder to see.

ERNIE ELS

Ernie looked like a boy who grew to fast for a decade or more in his youth. He just looked like Baby Huey to his school chums in the old days. He had this boyish air and he is 6’3” and 210 lbs. He is a monster!

Ernie has won

18 wins on the PGA Tour

17 wins on the European Tour

3 Major Wins!

So basically, Ernie who is a South African, is 17th on the list for all time European Tour Wins whilst Tiger is third!

Does this make Ernie Els a bad golfer?

HELL NO.

Watch him walk down the course sometime. He is a fun watch. He is a little bit like Phil, plodding along but he is such a great golfer.

His swing is magnificent.

His attitude is magnificent.

Just like V J you will never see Ernie throw a club!

THE BIG EASY he is called.

What a wonderful man and what a wonderful athlete.

DAVID TOMS

Speaking of the Big Easy, this guy is anchored in Louisiana.

This is his twentieth year on the PGA Tour.

This guy is a gentleman.

He has won 13 times on the PGA Tour racking up on Major Win.

He is goooooooood.

He is fun to watch under pressure.

He has love for the game.

But he is eight years older than Tiger and if all the stars and the planets aligned, he will never reach 20 wins on the PGA Tour.

Such is life!

JIM FURYK

Here are some of his stats:

16 PGA Tour Wins

One US OPEN

Furyk is also fun to watch.

And Jim has a ‘flow’ about him. He carries himself so wonderfully! He has a look about him as V J and he would never throw a club after a bad slice or putt.

 

THE YOUNGSTERS!

 

So who is NUMBER ONE on the Tour right now?

Luke Donald.

Luke Donald just received a special commendation from the Queen of England for his Number One ranking amongst the World’s Golfers for more than a couple of times over the last few years.

Luke Donald is a fine golfer.

Luke Donald is 34 years of age and he has the following accomplishments:

5 PGA Tour wins

7 European Tour wins

The man is a great great golfer and yet, is two years younger than Tiger!

My conclusion is that Luke might win a few more wins (PGA Tour or European Tour Wins) Hell he might triple those figures!

But no one can compare him to Tiger and Tiger has won three tournaments this year whilst Luke has won one tournament.

RORY MCILROY

Rory Mc is fascinating to watch.

Having an Irish background, I love his freckles, his smile, his big ears. He is a wonder.

And he does kind of look like Howdy Doody.

So what hath Rory Boy wrought?

3 PGA Tour Wins

3 European Tour Wins

One Major

Okay, he is 23 and married to the Number One female tennis player in the world (currently #7)

He is fascinating to watch when he is on.

During last year’s US Open, he broke many records reminding some of Tiger back in 2000-2001.

Rory McIlroy win

But Rory has not done much since.

Now Rory has 30 years left in this game and who knows?

But at 23, Tiger had him beat on every single level one can imagine.

So what?

Well Rory is the future for sure.

But there is such a high road this man must take and this high road must rise to meet him and the wind had better be at his back! Ha

Xxxxxxx

Well now let us compare Tiger to these veterans who have challenged him the last 16 years. Tiger has won 34 more PGA Tournaments than Phil and 40 more than V J.

Do you know that Tiger has the third greatest number of wins on the European Tour of all time? That is since the Euro’s started keeping records, Tiger is the third greatest golfer of all time in the history of the European Tour.

It is not a contest.

Relatively Tiger is the greatest golfer since 1986 for chrissakes! But he has already surpassed Jack in a number of areas and shall continue to do so unless he is shot (and he receives death threats every single day of his life; especially since the Master of 1997) or he dies from some venereal disease!

HISTORY

Let us take a look at the stats involving golfers of old!

Arnold Palmer

62 PGA Tour Events

2 European Wins

7 Major Wins

Arnie changed golf forever.

Here was a veteran in the US Armed Forces who really begins his career at age 27 and illuminates the new TV experience.

Ten years younger, Jack Nicklaus destroys the old stats.

JACK

73 PGA Tournament Wins

18 MAJOR Wins

Nicklaus won other tournaments around the world but the total numbers are still eclipsed by Tiger.

Nicklaus cannot claim anything close to Tiger’s wins on the European Tour. Or the Asian Tour for that matter.

And about those Major Wins.

Nicklaus won two U.S. Amateur Tournaments.

Tiger won three.

They both won NCAA Individual Tournament Awards for the nation as a whole.

But again, you had to be there.

I mean watching Jack in the 1986 Master’s Tournament in Augusta was something to see. I mean he has his kid (another professional golfer) caddy for him and Nicklaus seems to scheme and pace and somehow come up with a win that was exceptional!

The muscles and the body fail and the mind takes over.

Which brings me to Watson:

TOM WATSON

Tom is a little more than a year older than me.

His stats (which as always tell half of the story):

39 PGA Tournament Wins

4 Japan Tournament Wins

8 Major Tournaments.

Tom Watson is one of the greatest golfers who ever played the game.

But what really gets to me is that he almost won a Major Championship as an old old man.

He almost won the 2009 British Open. He blew it on the final two holes but my God! 60 years old and he almost won the damn thing! I mean he came in second for chrissakes!

Oh you are long past your time old man.

Well, he lost to a great great golfer and a couple of bad bounces.

GARY PLAYER

What a name, to begin with!

Gary_Player

Gary would say no to nothing. Hahahahah

He had a splendid wife who brought him 9 children.

And he came from the second most racist plutarchist country in the world (next to us) and he spent his entire life (outside of golf) attempting to help those who cannot help themselves!

Yogi Berra might say:

ONLY IN AMERICA!

Hahahaha.

Gary Player was a great citizen of the world and a great man!

Here are his stats:

24 PGA Tour Wins

120 Other (?) Wins

9 Majors

Now I will ignore Champion’s Tour Wins. Just for the moment. My personal opinion is that Woods will hit the Champion’s Tour when he is 60 or dead!

But we have a different World Game now.

I mean today there are Australasian Tour Stats besides European Tour Stats and PGA Stats….

Well Gary managed to rack up 9 Major Wins as he attempted to project himself to the entire world from South Africa.

An amazing man.

Whatever ‘Other’ means:

TIGER HAS PUT TOGETHER THESE STATS!

74 PGA TOURNAMENT WINS

38 EUROPEAN TOURNAMENT WINS

2 JAPAN GOLF TOURNAMENT WINS

1 ASIAN TOURNAMENT WINS

1 AUTRALASIA WIN

16 OTHER WINS

SLAMMIN SAMMY SNEAD

So we come to Slammin Sammy Snead:

82 PGA TOURNAMENT WINS

69 ‘OTHER WINS’

7 MAJOR WINS

There might be a little problem with comparing apples and pomegranates but damn…I mean take Tiger’s win last December.

The win goes into the OTHER category because there were only 30 players. Just 30 of the top 40 players in the universe.

But even using the old standards, Tiger is only 19 wins away from Snead with all factors considered—as far as standards!

We look at the PGA Stats but damn, I mean 8 PGA more wins or 19 EVERYTHING COUNTS WINS, TIGER WINS.

 

CONCLUSION

Tiger is already the single greatest golfer of all time ON ANY CONTINENT WHATSOEVER!

Now if he only wins 4 more Majors, he already beats Jack in this category with his extra Amateur Award without even considering that Tiger is #3 on the all time list for Euro Wins!

But forget stats for a second.

Watching Chi Chi Rodriguez scratch out a birdie from the rough rough trees on the 13th or watching Jack sneak out a win at the 1986 Masters with his son, or watching Trevino smash a perfect approach to the 16th from nowhere or watching Tiger hit from a fairway bunker onto the green at the 16th….

Golf is fun to watch.

Amazing reality show really.

Much more fun than Kvorkian or whatever the silly whore shows are called today!

Further links:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1209770-tiger-woods-why-his-win-at-the-memorial-was-different

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/othersports/tiger-woods-looks-to-pass-jack-nicklaus-approach-sam-snead-for-pga-tour-wins/2012/06/26/gJQA5YHX5V_story.html