Monday, January 23, 2017

Truest statement of the week

The obsession with Trump is a cover for many of those calling themselves “left/liberal”, as if to claim political decency. They are not “left”, neither are they especially “liberal”.  Much of America’s aggression towards the rest of humanity has come from so-called liberal Democratic administrations — such as Obama’s. America’s political spectrum extends from the mythical centre to the lunar right. The “left” are homeless renegades Martha Gellhorn described as “a rare and wholly admirable fraternity”. She excluded those who confuse politics with a fixation on their navels.

-- John Pilger, "The Issue Is Not Trump, It's Us" (COUNTERPUNCH).

Truest statement of the week II

I have to do what I can do, and that was regardless of Trump winning or not. And honestly, Trump needed to win. If Hillary had won, all of these people that are so ready to be activists and to do all of these things, they wouldn't be doing any of this. They would've been doing exactly what they did after Obama won, which was nothing.

-- Shishi Rose to Claire McCartney (PASTE MAGAZINE).

A note to our readers

Hey --


Let's thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

What did we come up with:

John Pilger.
Shishi Rose.
Those of us who protested the impending Iraq War did something important.  Leave it to a sleaze bucket to try to applaud a celeb-frest at the expense of actual protest.
Ava and C.I. talk diversity.
Easily the best.
This is all the weekend 'protest' was.
And though it tried to excuse away Hillary's actions, she's the reason Donald Trump is president.  Never forget:

  1. Why Trump won: Clinton used media contacts to elevate Trump during primary in "Pied Piper" strategy see attachments

What we listened to while writing.

We all agreed we should just repost Ruth as last week's highlight.


-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I

Editorial: Marches?

How sweet?

Someone on Facebook asked how compared to large but ultimately ineffective protests against the Iraq War. My thoughts:

Compared to the large but ultimately ineffective protests against the Iraq War.

Everyone of us participated in thos 'ineffective protests.'

Not one of us was paid by George Soros.

Sadly, the 1% March on Washington and elsewhere can't make the same claim.

Nor can it really claim to have been about anything since the march had to be about nothing to attract the crowds.

It's Wisconsin all over again, as John Stauber might point out.

A bunch of do-nothings like Sarah pretending they did something.

It's amazing that filth like Sarah Kendzior remains online.

You would have thought human outrage over whoring would have sent her packing long ago.

She went to her meaningless march where 1% celebs like Ashley Judd read bad poetry (that actually trivialized sexual assault) and Madonna gave voice to violence while Crypt Keeper Gloria Steinem told the assembled that they were America not, you know, the rest of the country who chose not to participate in the march.

The 1% celebs marched for partisan reasons.

We marched against war.

And we remain against war, as we were then, as we were throughout the Obama administration.

Unlike fake ass Sarah, we believe in right and wrong.

Sarah just believes in whoring for the Democratic Party.


We're not claiming TV is in a golden age but we are aware that there are more programs created now than ever before.  That's not due to the networks upping their game.

Quite the contrary, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and THE CW act as though Saturdays don't exist and THE CW also takes a pass on Sundays.

But with NETFLIX, AMAZON, CRACKLE, HULU, USA, SYFY, FREE FORM, FX, TBS, WGN, etc all producing original content, there are more series being made then ever before.

So what's the difference?

They make the same damn show over and over with few exceptions.

Specifically, all these new outlets have not resulted in diversity.

Woody Allen, for example, brings diversity to AMAZON with CRISIS IN SIX SCENES and the dumb ass Water Cooler set can't give him credit for creating a funny show or even a diverse one.

HULU never created a live action series where a woman mattered to the plot until last month whit SHUT EYE.  CRACKLE's created many shows starring various White Jewish and non-Jewish men but there's only one show where women were equally important to the plot (CLEANERS).

Over and over the same show with the same outlook makes it on air and no one's supposed to notice the lack of diversity.

Take last year when FX elected to make BASKETS.

Is no one concerned by the fact that FX regularly fails to find lead roles for women but they'll throw Louie Anderson in a dress and let him play Christine Baskets?

Is the working fallacy here that [straight] women and gay men are the same thing?

The sole exception has been NETFLIX which has certainly provided its share of shows starring White males but has also been aware that other groups exist.

SENSE8 has been groundbreaking in every sense of the term, for example.  They've also provided Lily Tomin with a leading role (alongside Jane Fonda) in a sitcom -- something The Big Three attempted and failed at in the 70s, 80s and 90s.  The result is the hilarious GRACE & FRANCKIE which has resulted in two EMMY nominations for BEST ACTRESS for Lily.

Baz Luhrmann's THE GET DOWN is a series that might get aired on FOX if NETFLIX hadn't given it the greenlight but no other network's programming demonstrates that they would have touched it.

This is it 
(This is it)
This is life
The one you get
So go and have a ball 

Jeff and Nancy Barry wrote that, the theme song to ONE DAY AT A TIME. The sitcom ran on CBS from 1975 to 1984 and starred Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, divorced mother of two (Barbara Cooper played by Valerie Bertinelli and Julie Cooper played by Mackenzie Phillips) and building superintendent Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.).

A divorcee in a lead role was something new to TV comedy.

In the 70s, Mary Richards was planned to be one (THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW) but nervous CBS execs nixed it insisting viewers would think she'd divorced Dick Van Dyke (MTM played Laura, wife of Rob, on the sixties sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW). So instead, when the show debuted in September 1970, the lead had been dumped by a fiancee she'd put through med school.

Two years later, CBS was okay with Bea Arthur playing the lead in MAUDE, a woman currently on her fourth marriage.  In September of 1975, NBC offered FAY with Fay Grant playing a divorcee -- not currently married.  But they refused to stand by the show and quickly pulled it and then gave it the axe.  Lee Grant would go on to win an Emmy for her performance.

A few months after FAY was pulled from NBC's schedule, ONE DAY AT A TIME showed up.

Now it's showed up on NETFLIX -- a reboot, a re-imagining.

The sitcom revolved around self-described "bad ass" Penelope (Justina Machado) who is separated from her husband and raising her children Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) with the help of her mother Lydia (Academy Award winner, Emmy winner, Grammy winner and Tony winner Rita Moreno).

You might think in 2017 that we'd seen plenty of sitcoms revolving around Latino life led by a Latina actress.

You would be wrong.

Elizabeth Pena, for example, did have a sitcom lead in I MARRIED DORA but she was the house keeper to an Anglo family who was going to be deported so the father married her.

The only real antecedent for this reboot is CRISTELA.

This ABC sitcom was funny.

It ran up against the Water Cooler Set -- and the set's built in racism -- which found it unfunny because of the fact that it was multi-cam.

The Verne Gays can get all excited over dumpy Lena Dunham's racist (and unfunny) GIRLS but give a Latina a chance to lead a comedy and the Verne Gays scream, "Back of the bus."

ABC likes to claim that CRISTELA got the axe due to low ratings but that was and remains a lie.

The show's ratings were similar to those for FRESH OFF THE BOAT.  But while FRESH OFF THE BOAT aired on the highly rated Wednesday night, CRISTELA aired on the burial grounds of Friday nights.

It pulled in an audience and then some and Cristela Alonzo who created the show, wrote it and starred in deserves applause to this day for her accomplishments.

ONE DAY AT A TIME is only the second English language sitcom in the US to focus on a Latina family from a Latina's point of view.

The family is Cuban-American with Lydia having emigrated from Cuba decades ago.  (The family hates Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.)

With the four of them, the sitcom is on solid ground.  Machado has created an appealing character that's completely different from Bonnie Franklin's Ann Romando and, of course, Rita Moreno is a show stopper of legendary dimensions.

Working with a 13 episode first season, the series uses Elena's fiesta de quince anos as a theme throughout.  Another theme is civilian life.

Penelope's an Afghanistan War veteran.  She's a shoulder injury (that she battles with the VA over) and also PTS.

Post-Traumatic Stress.

Good for the show.

That's what veterans of today's war call it.

She deals with the PTS by meeting with a group of other female veterans.

Her estranged husband Victor (James Martinez offering a wonderful performance) does not deal with his experiences.  After returning from Afghanistan, Victor attempts to self-medicate which leaves him violent and ready to self-harm. Eventually, he goes back to Afghanistan as a contractor.

This happened prior to episode one.

Penelope's attempting to move on with her life.

Judy Reyes, as fellow veteran Ramona, is especially strong among the supporting cast.

Todd Grinnell is especially weak as Dwayne Schneider.

A great deal is made of Norman Lear being involved in the reboot as he was in the original series.

As his ex-wife Frances Lear used to note, Norman was threatened by good looking men.

That's the hallmark of his shows and remains so with ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Various women with big boobs and great looks -- Adrienne Barbeau and Sally Struthers being only two examples -- filled out the casts of his shows along with weak and unattractive males.

Todd Grinnell, who famously failed in NBC's FOUR KINGS, is just another in a long line of embarrassing males who weren't hired for talent and weren't hired for looks and who induce groans with every line they recite.

Grinnell can take comfort in the fact that he's not the most impotent male in the show -- that dishonor goes to Eric Nenninger who plays Penelope's co-worker Scott who's supposed to be a bro guy Frat boy but instead presents all the sexual confidence of Anthony Perkins.

This was a trapping the show should have ditched in the reboot.

There was no male worth f**king in the original version.  But back then, TV was expected to present female 'cuties' and unattractive men.  Three decades later, the show needs to offer something more than a few episodes featuring James Martinez.

Neinniger should offer something to the show.  So should Grinnell.  But they both come off like asexual impotents.  Season two would do well to stop flirting with the notion that Penelope could ever be attracted to the idiot and unsexy Schneider.  In fact, both Grinnell and Neinniger should be dropped from the show immediately.

Yes, the series needs male energy but the two offer none.

What does Jerry Seinfeld offer?

NETFLIX recently made headlines for raiding Jerry's CRACKLE series and getting Jerry for various specials.


Seinfeld could pretty much go anywhere.

He was a 90s ratings powerhouse and, because he's a man, that's a check he can write for a few more decades.

Five seasons of his sitcom SEINFELD were in the top five.

You know who else had a 90s sitcom?

Roseanne Barr.

Five seasons of her sitcom ROSEANNE were in the top five.

She's took a sitcom idea to NBC, DOWNWARDLY MOBILE, it was 'too political' for NBC.

Why is it that NETFLIX hasn't stepped up to the plate?

Adam Sandler, now Jerry Seinfeld.

NETFLIX has done more than many but it's got a lot more it should be doing.

Tweet of the week

Where were the protesters when Obama and Hillary's terrorists brutalized Syrian and Iraqi women and sold them into sex slavery?

Celebrity Lives Matter!!!

Who made the decision that an 82-year-old woman with ties to the CIA was the best person to speak for feminism?

Who decided that taking Henry Kissinger's cock was an act of peace?

The eternal embarrassment that is Gloria Steinem showed up Saturday on stage at a so-called Women's March (Michael Moore's a woman) and wanted America to know a few things.

Her involvement in the CIA pursuit, capture and execution of Che?

Hell no, she'll never talk about that.

She'll lie about that the same way she lies about never having been involved with War Criminal Henry Kissinger.

How fitting that she became the face of the fake ass Women's Marches across the country on Saturday.

For those who don't know, this White women's march began by attempting to obliterate the accomplishments of African-Americans.

As Brittany Oliver explained last November:

As a Black woman, I am once again let down by people who call themselves feminists. I have been marginalized by the movement and now, my guard is up. 
Despite my posts being deleted from the national Facebook event page, I've continued to be very vocal in my disappointment in the political co-optation of the "One Million Women," now known as the "March on Washington" scheduled for January 21, 2017 in Washington D.C.
In the beginning, the march was named "One Million Woman," and soon after being made aware you were co-opting a march led by Black women in 1997, then you decided to change the name to "March on Washington." Well, this was another Black-led march that advocated for civil rights and culminated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. 
Overall, you all have co-opted the messaging of these two very important historical moments in Black history and it's unfortunate because it's becoming increasingly difficult to preserve Black activism. Politically co-opting efforts with "ALL WOMEN" and "ALL VOICES" is merely an attempt to erase the specific needs of people of African descent. 

But still they march . . .

Ashley Judd, daughter of noted racist Naomi Judd, most infamous for her own attacks on African-American male artists, took to the stage because her voice has apparently been denied.  Magazine and TV interviews hadn't been enough to feed her own ego, so she needed to be on stage Saturday to ensure that her elite voice was heard.

Across the country, various celebrities took to the stage.

Because this is all about celebrity, right?

It's not about helping the powerless.

It's about pampered celebrities taking the stage to yammer on and on.

Madonna, for example, 'thrilled' DC with her thoughts of blowing up the White House.

Well what else can a woman worth millions offer to We The People?

Not much.

Which is why she should have never been on stage.

Jane Fonda, go down the list, none of these women should have been speaking onstage.

That especially includes Ms. Michael Moore.

USA TODAY serves up their take on the most memorable quotes from the speeches in DC.

They serve up 8 people -- all celebs.

Is this a political movement or an episode of Robin Leach's LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH & FAMOUS?

Where were the women who weren't celebrities?

And where were the women expressing real concerns?

As Malika Michaud (JET) observed ahead of the marches:

The resistance for unification seems to lie in women of color questioning the White women’s loyalty. Historically, white women have failed to provide successful coalitions with women of other races unless it affected them (such fighting for their right to vote after Black men were granted this opportunity.) It’s unknown if the women protesting strongly feel like Black Lives Matter or if Black women should receive equal pay to White women, let alone men. There’s no guarantee that they care about the progression of the Black family, educational or health resources in low-income, predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

After the marches?

We're left with the fact that Barbara Sostaita (FEMINISTING) predicted exactly what would take place.

We're also left with the fact that, yet again, it turns out this was an 'action' with big money behind it.

Right from the NYT of all places: Soros funds 56 of the groups partaking in . So much for "grassroots".

As ZERO HEDGE, Asra Nomani  reported:

By my draft research, which I’m opening up for crowd-sourcing on GoogleDocs, Soros has funded, or has close relationships with, at least 56 of the march’s “partners,” including “key partners” Planned Parenthood, which opposes Trump’s anti-abortion policy, and the National Resource Defense Council, which opposes Trump’s environmental policies. The other Soros ties with “Women’s March” organizations include the partisan (which was fiercely pro-Clinton), the National Action Network (which has a former executive director lauded by Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett as “a leader of tomorrow” as a march co-chair and another official as “the head of logistics”). Other Soros grantees who are “partners” in the march are the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. March organizers and the organizations identified here haven’t yet returned queries for comment.  
On the issues I care about as a Muslim, the “Women’s March,” unfortunately, has taken a stand on the side of partisan politics that has obfuscated the issues of Islamic extremism over the eight years of the Obama administration. “Women’s March” partners include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has not only deflected on issues of Islamic extremism post-9/11, but opposes Muslim reforms that would allow women to be prayer leaders and pray in the front of mosques, without wearing headscarves as symbols of chastity. Partners also include the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which wrongly designated Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformer, an “anti-Muslim extremist” in a biased report released before the election. The SPLC confirmed to me that Soros funded its “anti-Muslim extremists” report targeting Nawaz. (Ironically, CAIR also opposes abortions, but its leader still has a key speaking role.)
Another Soros grantee and march “partner” is the Arab-American Association of New York, whose executive director, Linda Sarsour, is a march co-chair. When I co-wrote a piece, arguing that Muslim women don’t have to wear headscarves as a symbol of “modesty,” she attacked the coauthor and me as “fringe.” 

Earlier, at least 33 of the 100 “women of color,” who initially protested the Trump election in street protests, worked at organizations that receive Soros funding, in part for “black-brown” activism. Of course, Soros is an “ideological philanthropist,” whose interests align with many of these groups, but he is also a significant political donor. In Davos, he told reporters that Trump is a “would-be dictator.”

The nonsense of Celebrity Lives Matter!!! trumped reality.

But a few did notice reality and that it included what didn't get covered:

As all eyes were on , hundreds in protested US-NATO bases on their soil. George Soros didn't fund it, so no MSM coverage.

And the protest didn't just ignore that, it ignored many, many issues.

While protesters are patting themselves on the back for turning out in force for no specific reason yesterday Flint, MI still has no water.

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