Grady’s Gone

August 19, 2017

Dick Gregory, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and social justice activist, just left us.

Back in the 60s, before he played the character Grady on Sanford and Son, Gregory primarily did stand-up. He was part of a wave of iconoclastic African-American comedians who swept into the limelight–among them Flip Wilson, Godfrey Cambridge, Richard Pryor–somewhere in the space between Redd Foxx (crude, crass, brash and definitely dirty) and Bill Cosby (leaning towards cozy and ultimately way too clean). Gutsy and witty and politically incorrect before it became politically correct to be politcally incorrect, Gregory enjoyed the distinction of being both controversial and a hot property. He played Playboy Clubs and got his name on FBI watch lists. And even Carlin stole from him.

There is an empty space in the world of laughter and enlightenment on Earth now. But there’s one helluva ticket at the Pearly Gates Laughter Lounge–I like to imagine. With Pryor and Carlin and Robin Williams headlining, and Groucho as the MC.

Gregory will be missed, and remembered.


Are You Manning Enough?

July 31, 2017

Are You Manning Enough?

By Mr. Fish at Truthdig.


From Russia with Love

July 30, 2017

Let’s revise the U. S. Constitution a smidge and elect Vladimir Putin President of the U. S.–that’s my take on the matter at the end of all the neo-McCarthyite, Russophobic, Clintonian partisan bullshit and brouhaha emanating from the injured Right wing of the Democratic Party. Sure Putin looks like Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but the fact is he’s a lot more sober and saner than either Hillary Clinton or La Donald. Very Obama-like, in fact–and that’s not exactly praise coming from me–and it would probably be the least of three evils to have him in the White House, if one has to confine one’s imagination to those options. Here’s Oliver Stone and Truthdig’s Robert Scheer rapping on Stone’s recently-released interviews with Putin–a tv series and also an audiobook which digs up information in even greater detail–courtesy of Truthdig and KPFK.

I’m not big on the work of Oliver Stone–though I did like Platoon a long time ago–but recently he’s been doing some decent documentary stuff. (The Untold History of the United States, Stone’s 2012 documentary series, is surprisingly and refreshingly free of conspiracy theorizing foolishness.)


We’re Fucked

July 18, 2017

In too many ways to count, now that a minority of Americans have successfully reaffirmed their delusional, blinded faith in the Almighty Businessman, but we’re especially fucked on healthcare. The Clintonian crypto-fascist Right wing of the Democratic Party–when not busy concocting nonsense about Russia to explain away how their own favorite flavor of fascist predictably lost to a barely house-trained orangutan in a suit–is desperately attempting to protect its own preferred set-up to insure for-profit, private health insurance providers–legislation known popularly as Obamacare or the ACA (the Affordable Care Act, shortened from the official “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”)–from the depredations of Trumpcare, the “alternative” to Obamacare/Romneycare currently being hatched in the fetid bowels of Congressional Republicans. Yep. Fucked.

Fuck Me William

The focus of the Establishment Democratic Party narrative–save the ACA!–however has kept the only genuine solution to America’s healthcare woes–namely Medicare for All/single-payer–in the background at best. The American people need to move it to the foreground.

Married to the Sea, one of the outré online comic sites that I frequent, with it’s usual bleakly humorous take on life in general, has also been uncharacteristically–synchronistically?–topical of late.


Guess what? More Bernie Sanders . . .

February 6, 2016

On Saturday Night Live . . .


“. . . the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

January 24, 2016

So Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address to the nation in 1933, at the peak of the Great Depression.

Uncle Bernie

Bernie Sanders is not afraid.

 


Bernie Sanders Rocks

January 24, 2016

Alternative rocker Lissie talks about her new album and–guess what?–Bernie Sanders: