Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It’s the stupidity, Stupid 100.1: So it begins. Trump picks Climate Change denier to lead the EPA transition

la-me-chronicling-californias-drought-story-gallery-20140925We knew this crap would happen.  Many Most of the Trump  followers are climate change deniers.  Followers such as the big corporate farmers that grace the local landscape with whatever crop suits them.  Where I live, it’s mostly Almond Trees.  We are still mired in a four year, going on five year drought in California, and these harvesters of water hogging almond orchards want their water. 

Drought?  Not in their vocabulary.  Climate Change?  Not around these parts.  It’s just all one big California conspiracy to deny them the water they need so that we can have Almond Joy bars from now until the end of eternity.  I even saw one farm with a big sign blaming Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi for not turning on their secret spigot, even though Republicans hold control of both the House and the Senate.  Well, I guess you have to blame somebody.

But now that Donald Trump is president, I have no doubt that they expect he will turn on the big heavenly water spigot in the sky and all will be right with the world.  Uh…huh.  How does that Joni Mitchell song go? 

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

With the harvest from one particular local farm bringing in 20,000,000 dollars, I guess it pays to keep denying the obvious.  Trump has taken his first step in giving them a helping hand by doing what we all knew he would do. 

Gut the EPA and fill it with Climate Deniers so that he and all his other buddies can drain the fuck out of Lake Meade so they can take a shower in their Vegas Hotel Suites.  Remember the name when you go to flush your toilet and that turd just sort of lays there kind of helpless like: Myron Ebell.

From Scientific America:

In a biography submitted when he testified before Congress, he listed among his recognitions that he had been featured in a Greenpeace “Field Guide to Climate Criminals,” dubbed a “misleader” on global warming by Rolling Stone and was the subject of a motion to censure in the British House of Commons after Ebell criticized the United Kingdom’s chief scientific adviser for his views on global warming.

More recently, Ebell has called the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gases illegal and said that Obama joining the Paris climate treaty “is clearly an unconstitutional usurpation of the Senate’s authority.”

He told Vanity Fair in 2007, “There has been a little bit of warming ... but it’s been very modest and well within the range for natural variability, and whether it’s caused by human beings or not, it’s nothing to worry about.”

But whatever. So I guess Climate change isn't real, and with the GOP will be in control, I'm sure they'll be turning on those super secret water hoses they have stashed away at the White House just in time for spring. Meanwhile, here's Joni Mitchell while we wait. But just remember this: It's the stupidity, Stupid.

It’s the Stupidity, Stupid! - 100.0: Yes mom, women can be self hating misogynists as well!

One could argue that those who voted for F├╝hrer Trump, did so solely out of racism, homophobia, or misogyny.  And I’m sure most of those people did, although some still are trying to stay in the closet and pretend, “No, it was not I!”

But whether it’s just an acquaintance on Facebook, a friend (or as is more likely, former friend), or even a relative, trying to hide their White Superiority Trashiness, they’re fooling no one.  Least of all me.  

I read somewhere that many of the white bigoted Obama hating woman hating cowards who make up a huge chunk of the electorate, came crawling out of their rat holes to cast their ballots for the first time.  They did this because Trump spoke to them like a godly vision confirming that it was okay to hate minorities and people of color and to publicly cheer them on.  Even last night as Trump was making his victory speech, someone hollered out, “Kill Obama” more than once. 

But really, do we need all those labels?  It all boils down to one thing.  Almost half this country is wallowing in their own stupidity and seem to be damn proud of it.  And there is enough blame to go around for the fact that if these people went looking for their own ass to wipe, they’d probably be hard pressed to find it.

Case in point: Women who support Trump.  It’s not just that they are stupid in regards to their own glorification of bigotry, but when it comes to misogyny, they can out do any man on the planet.   Is it now any wonder that women in this country have such a time gaining equal footing when apparently half of them are filled with self-hatred for themselves and their own gender?

I’ve shared this particular disgusting picture of pure idiocy on Facebook more than once.  The shirt says Trump can feel her pussy, but you just as well put, “Yes, I’m stupid, and I hate myself and every woman I know” on the back.

Honey Boo Boo 

Raw StoryIt’s stupidity run amuck, and a woman who would wear this crap is either desperate for attention, or is so full of self-loathing that she needs a man to tell her she’s worth a plumb nickel.  Even one who makes a habit of bragging about sexual assault.  We can only hope this woman has no offspring to brainwash with her drivel, but that’s probably wishful thinking.

But it gets worse.  I ran across this article at Raw Story which was written before the election where we get these gems:

While it’s jarring to hear a woman defend sexual assault, Robertson isn’t the only female who attends rallies for a candidate who has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he thinks of women as second class citizens who deserve to be called “fat pigs“, or worthless if he doesn’t consider them attractive.

Wisconsin voter Debbie Shields says she believes that Trump is a “loving and compassionate father who was chosen by God “for a time as this.” Another Wisconsin woman who only goes by Shirley also told CNN that Trump’s character flaws aren’t really that big of a deal. She believes Democrats “have no issues they can win on, so all they can do is try to pick on Trump and his character.”

When TYT field reporter Jordan Chariton asked an unidentified female Trump fan whether she would in the very least be happy about the possibility of Hillary becoming the country’s first female president, she replied “Absolutely not. I don’t believe there should be a woman President…I just don’t believe it should be female leaders.”

The writer of the article, goes on to explain it this way:

What I never seem to understand about feminist-bashing conservative women is their inability to see how ironic it is that they attend political rallies, share their opinions and cast their ballots when the America they’re nostalgic about wouldn’t allow them to do any of those things. If a woman thinks that females have no place in politics, why isn’t her deplorable ass in the kitchen making her husband a ham sandwich? Women are not to be heard, right? And to be honest, I wouldn’t mind never hearing from someone that ignorant again.....

This election unequivocally proves that right wing Trump supporters don’t really care about the safety of women. Females have been a convenient prop to fit their discriminatory agenda, but when protecting them becomes inconvenient, the right kicks them to the curb. In fact, as soon as one of their own is accused of harming women in any way, they’re indifferent to say the least.

What I'm wanting to say is that it’s time for women to speak out against the ignorance of those other “ladies” who want to live their life as the ultimate female media stereotype: Dumb and stupid.  You can’t give them a pass anymore than you would Donald Trump, who could title his next book, “The Art of Misogyny: To Serve Man”.  Because unless more of you get on the same page, you’re simply treading water.

So when you see or hear from one of these self-hating, woman demeaning ladies just remember one thing: It’s the stupidity, stupid.

Keith Olbermann via GQ-Lesson 40: The Terrorists Have Won

Keith sums up the election in this video.  The terrorists have won, and the rest of us have to pay the bill.  We have elected a White Supremacist Fascist to be president.  But he’ll never be my president.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Keith Olberman via GQ: Lesson 38: A LIE, A LIE, A LIE, ANOTHER F**KING LIE

Nothing I can say will ever top this.  Lie after lie after lie.  Watch this space.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bill Maher: On F*cking Fire

Bill MaherBill Maher was holding nothing back the Friday before the election:

Speaking on the “right-wing coup” that is taking place across the country, Maher had some words for the media. “It’s not f*cking funny,” he said. “Media, do your f*cking job.”

“We have reached peak insanity here. The Russians are creating fake documents to discredit the Hillary campaign,” he said. “And the Trump campaign tweets them out as if they are real.”

“Republicans are trying to elect a sexually assaulting psychopath who is, if not a Russian agent, unwittingly working as one,” Maher exclaimed.

He continued by calling out Trump’s allegations that Hillary Clinton will somehow allow 650 million immigrants to enter the country “in the first week.” Maher stated, “And the pundits said ‘Trump is on message.’ Yeah, if the message is ‘I’m f*cking insane.'”

Watch the video below

Bill Maher meets President Obama

President Obama finally made his long awaited appearance on Bill Maher’s show, thus proving once again there is no venue on which he won’t appear to get his message across.

The discussion runs the gamut from marijuana laws, improving health care, religion with the emphasis on atheism, U.S. students falling behind in science,  how do you get the media to report on the facts instead of treating false opinions, Food reforms and many other topics.

Watch this, then explain how you can replace this deep thoughtful man with a sorry piece of brain damaged trash like Donald Trump.

Another GOP mailer hits my doorstep promising magic, unicorns, and wonderful things.

ValdaoSo I got one of those Fascist....I mean Republican Fascist Party mailers proclaiming that it was necessary to stop Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker. In other words, they want Paul Ryan to stay there with one thumb stuck up his ass and the other stuck up the anus of Mitch McConnell while they collect a salary for doing exactly this to aid American workers:


I guess that's kind of crude but sometimes crude help drives the point home.

Meanwhile, the current Republican working to keep the unquestioning voters of the Kern Valley in check, David Valadao, is on the same mailer proclaiming how he's against the high speed rail system although he has no say so about it. Of course, the dumber voters around here won't question that annoying fact. And even if he could make it go away that money would just go elsewhere. Just ask Ohio and Florida who thought they could grab a share anyway but found out different.  Surprise!!!!!

Then he says, he's going to bring water to the Valley. I guess that means he's going to take some Lasix and pass out free doses to everybody so we can piss up a lake for him. There's not a lot this dipshit can do about the water shortage either. It's his stupid party, and his even stupider voters, who continue to deny climate change while the farms around here turn into the next great dustbowl thanks to their representatives sticking their heads up their butt from the beginning of the world to date. I guess they think there's this big water spigot in the sky somewhere that you can just turn on and off at will.  Or at least they know they can sucker their voters who having undergone the Breitbart, Limbaugh, Fox News, brain destruction device, actually believe it’s as simple as that.  Maybe him and his lobotomized supporters can have a parade where they do a rain dance solving climate change everywhere once and for all.  Oh wait.  I forgot.  It doesn’t exist to them so scratch that.

He also says he will help veterans. The Republicans spend each election telling you this so that come January, they can start cutting benefits to the Vets once again because still yet, their voters are too stupid to wake up and see that's what they do.  But the GOP will trot the soldiers out out for infinite photo-ops to keep their unquestioning base from seeing what’s really behind the curtain.

And David, all by himself, is going to balance the budget.  Notice he doesn’t say what budget or where.  It could be his household grocery budget for all we know.  In fact, I’d bet on it because the last person to submit a balanced budget in Washington was William Jefferson Clinton and I know Mr. Valadao would hardly model himself after a successful Democrat. 

So another fine candidate in Kern County, with the usual promises piled high in bullshit which is why this county is and always will never be nothing more than a dead end and doormat for the rest of the state.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Twitter Universe 100.0

Here’s a political cartoon from Amsterdam, commenting on our election.  Sums it up for me.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Clyde’s Movie Picture Show Quick Quiz 101.0

Every once in a while I would get an urge to throw up a quick quiz on my Clyde’s Stuff Facebook Page.  Sometimes they were fairly easy.  Others were real stumpers.  I never could tell which would be which. 

Generally when I think up these questions, it’s while watching a film or just browsing through my library.  I’ve been trying to get a copy of the film from which I made these screen captures and finally succeeded in a roundabout way.  I try to make these quizzes as offbeat as I can and not the usual run of the mill bull crap the now proliferates your timeline on Facebook like a case of the Zimbio bubonic plague.

The actress in this scene deserved an Oscar.  Well, she would have deserved one if they had a category for best actress being dead while your corpse melts in phony assed flames that come no where near you.  But the film was a monumental work of art.  I say that because it carries a 5.2 rating on the IMDB whereas I wouldn’t have given it more than a 2.2.  If that much.  So there must be some artsy fartsy thing going on here that I don’t know about to not see it’s 5.0 or better greatness.  This is definitely Clyde’s Movie Palace material if I ever get back to doing that gig.

Enough of that though.  It’s very simple.  Name the actress being charbroiled, and the name of this legendary movie. The prize?  There isn’t one. Not unless this blog starts filling my pocketbook with a big influx of cash and that hasn’t happened in the ten years it’s been here.  But it’ll make you feel smarter than anybody else so that’s your reward. 




Keith Olberman via GQ: Lesson 31: To The Women Supporting Donald Trump… A Message

One of the few good things during the past few weeks has been the return of Keith Olbermann’s commentary, sponsored by GQ magazine. 

I really don’t understand how any woman with any kind of self respect, or any woman with daughters, granddaughters, or even great granddaughters, could support a misogynistic worthless piece of scum like Donald Trump.  And frankly I never will.  I can speculate, as Keith does a bit in this video, and chances are I’d be right more than wrong.  I’ve already done that to some degree on my Facebook page.

But I wish every woman could see this commentary, and then explain their reasoning to me afterwards.  But that won’t happen.  As Keith points out though, they will have to explain to somebody in the end if not him or me or anybody else of this earth.  But it won’t just be women, All Trump supporters will face a day of reckoning one way or the other. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Clyde’s Movie Palace: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Screenplay by Donn Pierce and Frank Pierson

Having had the advantage of reading Donn Pearce's novel about a year before seeing Cool Hand Luke, it was with great anticipation that I awaited it's transfer to the big screen. It was one of those books that could make you laugh out loud through one chapter then send you into a state of depression a few pages later.

Cool Hand Luke could easily have been your typical by the numbers prison yarn. You know the drill. A mean despicable warden and his guards spend most of their time beating down and torturing the inmates whenever the opportunity arises until the inmates riot, escape, or play a game of football and justice prevails.

Cool Hand Luke  manages to go beyond that type of generic prison yarn. Aided by a smart screenplay by Donn Pearce (who also penned the novel) and Frank Pierson,  meticulously directed by Stuart Rosenberg, and two unforgettable performances by Paul Newman as Luke Jackson and George Kennedy as Dragline, Luke succeeds on almost every level.  There is no paint by numbers here.  Instead we get a memorable film filled with some terrific performances that have lost none of their impact almost 50 years later.

Lucas Jackson refuses to conform to the rules and sometimes unnecessary often hypocritical regulations forced upon him. In prison or out, there are always rules and regulations which Luke seems to be butting heads with. It's not that he's a bad person in the sense that he would go out and murder and maim someone. 

He wants to be able to be free and to live life in his own way without being boxed in. He views society as having instituted many rules with no real purpose in mind.  It seems to him that many regulations exist simply because somebody with a lot of free time on their hands decided it was a good idea to make more regulations because making one rule is never enough.

When you were growing up, how often after questioning your parents as to why you couldn't do something, they answered,"Because I said so."

How often have you bumped heads with any law, rule, and regulation and said aloud, "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard of."  But you obey the rule anyway.

And that's how Luke pretty much views the world.  He can never reconcile the notion of being cornered or boxed in so that he can become the type of person society wants him to be instead of just being free to be himself and enjoy life.

When a very intoxicated Luke is arrested for cutting heads off parking meters, his explanation to the prison captain (Strother Martin) is "Small Town, not much to do in the evening", which would have us believe he was just being drunk and stupid.

Later, to one of the other inmates he mutters the same answer, but importantly adds "just settlin’ some old scores.”

It is a small but important moment that defines  Luke beyond just being drunk and damaging public property. He doesn't break the rules just because he can, he does so only when there is a reason to. All alcohol does is give him the right push to just say “fuck it” and I’m going to do what I need to do. 

As a service man, we also discover that Luke won a bronze star, silver star, two purple hearts, achieved the rank of sergeant but still came out as a buck private. Again, early evidence that Luke is willing to follow the regulations up until those regulations are deemed useless. You don't become a sergeant and win a bronze star if you don't at least try to fit in and obey the rules in some manner.  And we can only speculate that perhaps Luke found himself playing toy soldier, nothing more than a pawn of the powers that be, and decided he was no longer interested in playing those games.  Better to be a private and be yourself.

When Luke and several other inmates are settling in on their first day, Carr the Floorwalker, runs off a litany of rules as if he is reciting the Catholic Mass in Latin:


Them clothes got laundry numbers on them. You remember your number and always wear the ones that has your number. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box. These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box. There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box. First bell's at five minutes of eight when you will get in your bunk. Last bell is at eight. Any man not in his bunk at eight spends the night in the box. There is no smoking in the prone position in bed. To smoke you must have both legs over the side of your bunk. Any man caught smoking in the prone position in bed... spends a night in the box. You get two sheets. Every Saturday, you put the clean sheet on the top... the top sheet on the bottom... and the bottom sheet you turn in to the laundry boy. Any man turns in the wrong sheet spends a night in the box. No one will sit in the bunks with dirty pants on. Any man with dirty pants on sitting on the bunks spends a night in the box. Any man don't bring back his empty pop bottle spends a night in the box. Any man loud talking spends a night in the box. You got questions, you come to me. I'm Carr, the floor walker. I'm responsible for order in here. Any man don't keep order spends a night in...

Luke: ...the box.

Carr: I hope you ain't going to be a hard case.
TThe box looms large. It is not just a tool of punishment, it is an instrument for breaking ones spirit. For The Captain, punishment alone doesn't bring satisfaction, but breaking down the will of those he oversees does.

It is clear from the beginning that Luke's main desire is to serve his two years and then get the hell out. And while he may bend and work around the rules, he never shows any intention of doing anything that will get him more time. During a visit from his mother Arletta (Jo Van Fleet):
Luke:   I tried to live always free and above board like you but I can't seem to find no elbow room".
Arletta: Why, we always thought you was strong enough to carry it. Was we wrong?
Luke:   I don't know. Well, things are just never the way they seem, Arletta, you know that. A man's just gotta go his own way.
During his final visit with Arletta, we find out more about Luke’s past.  He is most like his father (whom he never met) and was favored by his mother over her other son growing up.  Undoubtedly he was spoiled and use to doing and having things his own way.

When push comes to shove and Luke is boxed into a corner, he instinctively pushes back. After receiving word that Arletta has passed away, Luke is put into the box for several days.   It is not because he has done anything wrong.  It is supposedly done to keep him from trying to escape to go to his mother’s funeral.  But we know better. 

Luke has already shown he’s pretty much a free spirit, and it was time for The Captain and his Bosses to show Luke that individuality cannot and will not be tolerated.  The death of his mother was just a flimsy excuse to exercise that power.
It is ironic that it is the injustice of the punishment that is the trigger causing Luke to finally formulate an escape plan he probably never would have undertaken otherwise.  As he tells one guard when he is going into the box, "calling it your job don't make it right, Boss."

Of course there are the other inmates. Some of them wear chains, some of them do not. It is something that director Stuart Rosenberg, emphasizes early and throughout the film. We understand quickly that sooner or later you conform. You either walk the line the way the bosses tell you to, or they will find the means to get you to walk the line. As the Captain reiterates, "for your own good, you'll learn the rules"

When they are on work details, the inmates don’t walk, talk, piss, shit, drink water, or even wipe the sweat off their brow without getting permission.

What we discover about the lives of the other inmates is minuscule, despite that each and every one have their own distinct idiosyncrasies and personalities.

One is jailed for manslaughter after hitting a pedestrian with his car, another is a paper hanger, another new inmate is charged with breaking, entering and assault. The nature of their crimes is unimportant to us. It enables us to view these prisoners as men, and while we don't always feel any genuine sympathy for them, feeling disgusted by their crimes would have been a distraction from the true purpose of Pearce's story, with Luke as the focal point.  In our society, any punishment fits any crime, whether the punishment is warranted, even handed,  if it steps over the line, or in some cases whether the person was truly guilty or not.  To dwell on guilt or innocence of any of these prisoners would have muddied the waters, and given some people reason to justify their treatment at the hands of the Captain and his guards. 

Because of his willingness not to give in or go down easy, it doesn't take Luke long before he unexpectedly becomes a hero to the other inmates. It is not a role he chooses, or even wants. 

The other men see in Luke the spirit that they have had driven out of them over days of endless road work and nights of never ending drudgery in the steaming Southern heat. It unexpectedly imposes the burden on Luke of having to live up to the almost mythical expectations of the other inmates. He never truly understands the nature of this hero worship, and would be just as happy if he didn't have to deal with it.

It is Dragline(George Kennedy) who firmly establishes that Cool Hand Luke is a man who can not be beaten. In the novel it is Dragline who is narrating the story.  It is not until the end of the film that we become aware that we are actually viewing the events in the past tense as Dragline tells Luke’s story.

Dragline's admiration for Luke seems to extend from the fact that he (Dragline) has learned the rules on how to get by, but yet regrets having lost some of his own individuality in the process. When he beats Luke to a bloody pulp in a boxing match and Luke refuses to fold, he finally understands that in this particular prison camp, Luke is one of a kind.

Dragline has adopted Luke as he would a son. He is the rest of the inmates in microcosm. Dragline was the role of a lifetime for Kennedy, and he was never better than he is here and it won him the best supporting actor award for his work.

Cool Hand Luke is not without it's humorous moments especially in the early going. It is these moments that help move the film from the early stages to the darker later stages where after a while just like Luke, we can foresee the inevitable climax.

In translating his novel to the screen Donn Pearce along with Frank Pierson, has managed to bring the heart and soul of his work to the big screen. Lalo Schifrin's memorable score emphasizes often the repeated drudgery of working on the chain gang, the playfulness of the egg eating frenzy, and is used to especially great effect during the escape sequences. Director Stuart Rosenberg made more good films after Cool Hand Luke, but in my opinion never achieved the same degree of honesty in film making that he does here.

As Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman gives one of the most memorable performances in a long and distinguished career. It is not an easy task portraying a man who travels the road from being a sincere individualist, to a man who may be beaten and defeated, yet in the end is still unwilling to accept that fate.

Although Rod Steiger won the best actor award that year, one could argue that Newman's role was in many ways more difficult, as it required substantially different subtle ranges in character but it is the flashy performances like the one Steiger gave in In The Heat of the Night that usually are rewarded. I certainly do not mean to take anything away from Steiger's performance as Gillespie.  But after many years, I think Newman’s work holds up just as well.

I'm at a loss to explain that the failure and extraordinary malfunction of Cool Hand Luke to achieve at least a Best Picture Nomination, especially when the likes of the totally crappy Doctor Doolittle, and the vastly over rated Guess Who's Coming To Dinner were nominated for the award.  But the Oscars have never been the last word on anything when it comes to quality and is far from being the final say in such matters.

Toward the end of the film Luke is in a church and just as he did earlier during a rainstorm, he stops to talk to the man upstairs:

Anybody here? Hey, Old Man. You home tonight? Can You spare a minute. It's about time we had a little talk. I know I'm a pretty evil fellow... killed people in the war and got drunk... and chewed up municipal property and the like. I know I got no call to ask for much... but even so, You've got to admit You ain't dealt me no cards in a long time. It's beginning to look like You got things fixed so I can't never win out. Inside, outside, all of them... rules and regulations and bosses. You made me like I am. Now just where am I supposed to fit in? Old Man, I gotta tell You. I started out pretty strong and fast. But it's beginning to get to me. When does it end? What do You got in mind for me? What do I do now? Right. All right.

And moments later, when the guards and the captain show up, we instinctively know what they will never understand. It is the same thing that Dragline came to understand about Luke.

You can beat a man down until he finally capitulates, but you can never take away his soul.

Cool Hand Luke is a remarkable film, and it is one of my all time favorites. And when it comes to giving out grades to my favorites I have no choice but to give a really cool A+.

Cool Hand Luke is available from Warner Home Video on DVD and Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.  The screen captures used in this review are taken from the excellent transfer of the film to the blu-ray format and I recommend that.

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