Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New poem inspired by old song: LIFE DURING TRUMPTIME.

this ain't no party
this ain't no Chili's
this ain't no fooling around
this ain't no Trump Tower
this ain't no Mar A Lago
we don't have time for that now

we dress like cowboys
we dress like churchgoers
we all stand up and vote
we do not worry
about plagiarized speeches
it's all Hillary's fault

[repeat first verse]

don't want democracy
don't want free public college
just wanna open carry our guns
don't like working more for less
it just makes us stressed
marching up and down the streets

take us back Donald
carry us back to old America
make it okay to be bigoted again
don't wanna worry about political correctness
sensitivity is a sin

[repeat first verse]


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New poem: THE UNITED STATES OF NEW YORK

New York is the real America
and the rest of us live in one big Outer Borough
learning the hard hard way
to treat democracy as a sort of treason
and civil disobedience as punishable by death
for we have no right to interfere
with the businesses that rule the world
and we have no business at all
penalizing successful people
when they allow their ugliness to show
>
which President of USNY will we choose:
the loud racist man who puts his last name on everything
or the woman who wants to keep giving war a chance
>
whatever they say now,
neither one of them give a damn about serfs--
only the landowners buying influence and power
>
and now it’s time
for us in New York Nation to be quiet
stop hoping for change
go to sleep early
and wander the Outer Boroughs
playing Pokemon Go
in hopes of qualifying
for the final championship
to be held at Times Square

Monday, July 11, 2016

New poem: WHAT MICAH DID

he took the fragile state
of police/African American public relations
and stabbed it over and over
before the Dallas Police robot
bearing the death sentence of C4
dynamited him into the Lake of Fire
>
he gave television an easier story to tell
than the previous two days about
police shootings of black men
following the rules of their respective states
and carrying licensed legal weapons
>
he enabled cable news
to again display the narrative of
beleaguered good vs evil that comes out of nowhere
and show funerals, interfaith services and press conferences,
reducing airtime for conversations
about asking for misbehaving police
to be held accountable for their overreactions
and how this isn’t equal to
praising the police who engage with communities
instead of holding them in perpetual contempt
>
pull out the rusty knife-blade of Micah’s hatred
and return to attempting to understand
other people as people
instead of Others to be feared and hated and shot on sight

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Two polarized views of the past week's violence.

First, the conservative whitesplaining view, as seen on Facebook (name of poster redacted):
Are you aware more blacks are murdered by other blacks than cops. The blacks that are shot by cops are not the average upstanding good citizens. Quit demonizing cops and causing a division. You should support cops! "Black lives matter" is a racist hate group! Criminals and racists are who you are supporting. There are good and bad in all colors. The black hate groups that you support are not doing the good blacks a favor. Stop painting everyone with a broad brush...THAT's being racist!

Second, the following post from Instagram (name of poster also redacted): 


Don't lose sight of the issues here. The disparity still exists even in this recent tragedy and we will not be silenced #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
Don't lose sight of the issues here. The disparity still exists even in this recent tragedy and we will not be silenced #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿


Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Robert De Niro poll.

Recently on Twitter, I ran a poll with regards to Robert De Niro's determination to keep working regardless of the project's quality (except when he works for David O. Russell).

The responses were minimal, but here's a link to the poll:
https://twitter.com/TVMCCA/status/748601184265469952

Monday, June 27, 2016

No unambiguity allowed.

G. Murray Thomas (ex-NEXT magazine creator and Long Beach/OC icon) in his current Poetix.net review column:
In my opinion, all poetry (all art, in fact) needs to be open to interpretation. That is how we bring our own experiences to the poetry, and engage with it emotionally as well as intellectually. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Between a Brexit and a Trump/Clinton place.

Something I wrote earlier on Facebook:
Yesterday's positivity over Democrats standing up for passing gun legislation in the House replaced tonight by the British far right deploying fear and hate to remove the UK from the European Union.

So, as the United Kingdom tilts further right, the pound drops in value and immigrants (this time, refugees) are once again damned, one wonders if many in the United States will read the gigantic writing on the wall.

As an American, I deeply resent being herded into the usual "lesser of two evils" position where the choice is between a blustering billionaire spewing geysers of prejudice and "he's not a politician" fakery to the general public AND the ethically-challenged conservative Democrat who loves regime change war (just like Bush Jr. and neocons) and counts on other incremental centrists/captains of Industry to vote in lockstep after a primary campaign where the old-school liberal challenger suffered at least 57 varieties of demonization in the primaries.

Of course, if one opts out for third party choices (the leave-business-alone Libertarian buffoon Gary Johnson and the more-sane-than-Johnson Dr. Jill Stein), there's the possibility of post-November centrist Democrat pea soup getting whirled in all directions.

(Remember the 2000-era moaning where Ralph Nader was largely blamed for Al Gore's flaccid campaign and the Supreme Court's thievery?)

Looking forward to buying a NOT SORRY I VOTED FOR BERNIE bumpersticker, if such items are sold.

Best Films of the 21st Century so far.

Repeating and expanding on recent Twitter posts:
20 Live-Action Films: THE MASTER/THERE WILL BE BLOOD/BEASTS OF NO NATION/THE DARK KNIGHT/12 YEARS A SLAVE/THE HURT LOCKER/LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA/BOYHOOD/GHOST WORLD/SUPERBAD/THE RAID/MOONRISE KINGDOM/INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS/NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN/THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY/THE SQUID AND THE WHALE/YOUNG ADULT/MONSTER/THE KID WITH A BIKE/CAROL

12 Documenraries: AMY/THE HOUSE I LIVE IN/GOING CLEAR/THE FOG OF WAR/TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE/FAHRENHEIT 9/11/NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN/HAPPY VALLEY/CITIZENFOUR/THE UNKNOWN KNOWN/GASLAND/CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS

12 Animated Features: WALL-E/UP/TOY STORY 3/INSIDE OUT/FINDING NEMO/FRANKENWEENIE/CORALINE/WRECK-IT RALPH/HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON/PERSEPOLIS/THE LEGO MOVIE/RANGO