“John Brennan on Thursday recalled being asked a standard question for a top security clearance at his early CIA lie detector test: Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?”
And with those who collaborate with China to suppress freedom.
Some of those communist agents have risen to the highest levels of U.S. government.
It is not a stretch to say that America is now run by communist China.
Which means people like myself–people who like to have their votes actually count–are placed in a very delicate situation.
I am no longer under any illusion that my vote counts.
My vote was stolen by Eric Coomer.
My vote was stolen by Ruby Freeman.
My vote was stolen by Fulton County and Wayne County.
My vote was stolen by Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee.
My vote was stolen by Maricopa County.
My vote was stolen by Phoenix.
My vote was stolen by Las Vegas.
My vote was stolen by Arizona and Nevada.
My vote was stolen by Chinese hackers.
My vote was stolen by the CIA.
My vote was stolen by the Deep State.
I could go on and on.
My vote was stolen by Mark Zuckerberg and his pathetic wife Priscilla Chan.
My vote was stolen by Mitch McConnell and his pathetic wife Elaine Chao.
And her pathetic sister Angela Chao.
And the Bank of China.
My vote was stolen by China.
China who gave the world COVID.
America is in a war.
It is undeclared publicly.
I’m not sure our military is even smart enough to realize we are under attack.
Because many of our top brass appear to be corrupt.
My vote was stolen by Michael Hayden and John Brennan.
My vote was stolen by Gina Haspel and Avril Haines.
My vote was stolen by Bill Gates.
My vote was stolen by James Mattis and John Kelly.
My vote was stolen by Colin Powell and James Comey.
My vote was stolen by Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok.
My vote was stolen and given to Joe Biden.
My vote appears to have been stolen by Mark Milley.
My vote appears to have been stolen by Chris Miller and Ezra Cohen-Watnick.
My vote was stolen by Mike Pence.
My vote was stolen by Brett Kavanaugh.
My vote was stolen by Amy Coney Barrett.
My vote was stolen by John Roberts.
My vote was stolen by Chris Krebs.
My vote was stolen by Christopher Wray.
South Carolina is where cars crash into trees.
Where drunks wreck their hoopties.
Fucked up on malt liquor.
You’re almost in Georgia by that point.
But you gotta go inland to find the Georgia Guidestones.
So transparently talking about global depopulation.
But still on the South Carolina border.
Heading towards Alabama hit Atlanta.
Was it Ted Turner built the Guidestones or some other worthless fuck?
Some worthless piece of shit like Bill Gates.
Parris Island will get you to Jekyll Island.
Where those filthy bankers plotted the Federal Reserve System in secret in 1910.
111 years ago.
Two world wars.
A Cold War.
Afghanistan for us and the Soviets.
And now we can never get out of debt.
All goes back to 9/11.
I liked R. Lee Ermey.
Some might say.
Like liking Darth Vader.
But I don’t think so.
Because Stanley Kubrick is a (very talented) propagandist.
True, war is disgusting.
True, Vietnam was depressing.
But now you see what we were fighting against.
Was it misguided?
But now Chinese communism has conquered our nation (with the installment of Joe Biden).
And so now the heroes of Vietnam–our American Vietnam vets–are truly heroes after all.
To stem the tide.
To buy us time.
And our politicians (and military brass) have pissed it away.
But mainly our politicians.
And our filthy intelligence (CIA) community.
America is not shit.
At its heart.
But Stanley Kubrick and all his commie fag friends want you to believe it’s so.
But we will not tolerate that.
We respect Kubrick’s talent.
But politely disagree with his artistic premise…that America is shit.
D’Onofrio breaks your heart.
And it is more schoolmaster bullying than anything.
But it’s all plausible.
Yet Kubrick has to shoot it like The Shining.
Yeah, war will drive you crazy.
And real training should be the same intensity as the war you’re going to.
Otherwise, it’s worthless.
America is at war.
China doesn’t declare war anymore.
They just sneak around and poison you.
And fuck with your weather.
And buy off your politicians.
I love jelly donuts.
We’re not all cut out for the military.
But when the enemy invades the homeland (as China has done to us), all bets are off.
I am a digital soldier.
Born To Kill.
Matthew Modine good here too.
In the eyes.
Kubrick was a genius.
An evil genius.
Yes, war is bad.
But Kubrick was a communist.
So, for him, a communist world was better than a war.
For me, a war is better than a communist world.
Because at least we got the chance of coming out the other side with some freedoms.
That thing I am using right now to write this blog.
That thing that guarantees I can insult the government.
I can make my views known.
I cannot be violent, but I can unleash a shitstorm of invective.
And my government is supposed to not be able to stop me.
Because they are constrained by our Constitution.
Is protected speech.
I wish no harm to anyone listed above.
Even if they have literally taken communist Chinese money (like Joe Biden).
I don’t wish them harm.
But I can’t vote them out.
Which puts me in a very delicate situation.
Which necessitates that I study war.
To fight China myself.
Because my government has become (in many ways) one with China.
My loyalty is to the USA.
My loyalty is to my country.
Joe Biden’s loyalty is to money.
And those who give him money.
He and his family have profited handsomely off of Chinese dealings.
And Ukrainian dealings.
China has released a plague upon us.
This is not the time to make friends with China.
But Joe Biden doesn’t understand that.
He just understands corruption.
He just wants his pockets lined.
And Joe Biden’s handlers don’t care about the plague.
For them, it’s just another opportunity to make money (off of vaccines).
And really, they worship the plague…because the plague let them dethrone Trump.
It was the only way.
To get the mail-in ballots.
But some, like Bill Gates (and Avril Haines), are quite obviously more privy to a deeper plan.
A plan to cull the herd.
Unfortunately for them, the rapper Pitbull is onto their Event 201 bullshit.
So it is not looking good for Gates and Haines re: stealthiness.
Do you remember Charles Whitman?
Lee Harvey Oswald?
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman does.
Them’s the facts of life.
The Virgin Mary.
Mary Jane Rottencrotch.
A man can only be pushed so far.
How many people voted for Trump?
What do the rotten bastards say?
That’s no small potatoes.
Based on post-election polling, I’m guessing the current number of Trump voters who believe the election was stolen sits at about 46 million people or more. Maybe closer to 50 million. And this is assuming the 69 million total is correct (which it cannot, in reality, be).
But I am not here to lay out the evidence.
I have done it before.
I am sick of doing it.
Research it yourself.
Nothing could possibly happen on Tet.
Never has before.
There couldn’t possibly be a military coup.
Never has been before.
Except in just about every country on Earth (America not withstanding).
But what we have had are:
–a Revolutionary War (which birthed the country)
–a Civil War (which tore the country in two).
It was a rebirth.
China (and Russia) would like nothing more than to see us go through a civil war.
China because they want to beat us.
Russia because they still hate us.
But Russia respects us.
Not our leaders, of course.
Those of us fighting against the New World Order.
China owns the New World Order.
Or vice versa.
It is symbiotic.
Russia is on the sidelines.
More or less self-sufficient.
But a little nervous.
About their neighbor China.
And about the disintegration of the U.S.
Of course Russia wants the E.U. to collapse.
But the E.U. deserves to collapse.
Because it is Chinese communism in disguise.
It is the pet project of the globalists (the Bilderberg set).
Adam Baldwin is also the most real thing here.
But D’Onofrio breaks your heart.
And mine too.
We fucked up.
But we all get the punishment.
Gotta accept Jesus.
It’s not communism.
Order out of chaos (some say).
But not cynical.
You gotta offer a choice.
God is the ultimate capitalist.
A free market of souls.
Take your pick.
Choose the Devil.
Or choose God.
And feel good.
Make your bed.
Kubrick always goes a bit squiffy just when he could nail it.
Same in The Shining.
That stupid maze scene at the end.
More funny than scary.
Ruins a masterpiece.
Blood in slow-motion.
Kubrick doesn’t know…why…he’s doing what he’s doing.
Which is why this film is NOT as good (nor as important) as Apocalypse Now.
It failed to account for (or warn against) totalitarianism rising from the Left.
We saw it in Hillary Clinton.
And we now see it in the authoritarian communism of Big Tech and the Democrat Party.
Keep in mind that V for Vendetta hails from the first War “on” Terror: in which the United States subjected Muslims worldwide to horrible treatment (based on the lie that the terror attacks of 9/11 were the work of 19 beardy guys with box cutters).
I fought in that war.
I fought against the lies.
I called out Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as being two of the primary authors of the attacks.
That was called 9/11 truth.
Subsequently, I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 solely because I thought he would bring these same neoconservatives (Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, etc.) to justice.
He did not.
And now the second War “on” Terror is upon us: the one where everyone who voted for Trump (all 78 million of us [McInerney numbers]) are domestic terrorists.
If I were to say “late Godard” (and that would be my natural, truthful answer), Monsieur Godard would likely point out the merits of his early films…just to annoy me.
If I spoke lovingly of Vivre sa vie, he would probably proclaim that it is shit.
Jean-Luc Godard is a very complex individual.
And I can wholeheartedly identify with that.
A walking civil war.
This film never makes reference to Cahiers du cinéma.
It doesn’t need to.
This film covers a period of time which Wikipedia classifies as Godard’s “revolutionary period”.
When did Godard stop writing for Cahiers?
He never stopped being a critic.
We know that.
And I see his point.
This is shit.
Because we want to invent new forms.
Breathless was like his “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”.
Or his Bolero.
He couldn’t escape it.
Couldn’t lose it.
Must be nice.
But maybe not.
“Play the hits!”
Did politics ruin Jean-Luc Godard?
But it was necessary.
It was his process of growing up.
His process of attaining wisdom.
Trial and error.
But not the last word.
I don’t agree with Godard’s politics.
Perhaps at some point in my youth I did.
But not very much.
Because I never really understood them.
But I too am a revolutionary.
In these days.
After the 2020 election.
You may call me a reactionary.
I don’t care what you call me.
I think George Washington is cool.
I think the United States of America is worth saving.
And the American Revolution has recommenced.
Same goals as the founders had.
Love it or leave it.
Godard did not show up in 2010 to receive his honorary Academy Award.
Good for him.
Give me the old stuff.
Not this new crap.
Perhaps you see where me and Godard overlap?
Too rashes like a Venn diagram…with a particularly-irritated common ground.
The skin is red and peeling.
I scratch my arms.
I’m running out of real estate on my body for these nicotine patches.
You thought it was something more interesting?
Where does the former President of Peru come in?
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
Godard’s first cousin.
I too had cousins.
Who are as far off as Peru.
But always close in my heart.
Kuczynski is 82.
Godard will be 90 in one week.
I will be 44 when the Electoral College meets.
Anna Karina died on my birthday last year.
She was 79.
But this film doesn’t deal with the wonderful Ms. Karina.
No, this film deals with another stunning beauty: Anne Wiazemsky.
Wiazemsky died three years ago.
The same year Redoubtable came out.
In the English-speaking world, we know it (ironically) as Godard Mon Amour.
Sounds more sophisticated to have the subtitled film with a more commercial FRENCH product label.
Redoubtable is too vague.
Godard Mon Amour sells itself.
[that’s what the advertising guys must have said]
Godard and Wiazemsky were married for 12 years.
Godard and Karina married for a mere 4.
I’ve never read Mauriac.
I have nothing against Catholics.
I adore Olivier Messiaen’s music.
So it bears mentioning that one of the smartest, most unique artists in the history of the world was a French Catholic [Messiaen].
Which is to say, believing in God does not make you boring.
I believe in God.
The same God.
The Christian God.
God who gave us Jesus.
God who gave us synesthesia.
Combat didn’t like La Chinoise.
De Gaulle withdrew from NATO.
Will Trump win?
De Gaulle supported sovereignty.
The European Union is the antithesis of what de Gaulle wanted.
De Gaulle criticized America’s war in Vietnam.
But that wasn’t enough for revolutionaries like Godard.
De Gaulle wanted Québec to be free from Canada.
If you’ve ever been to Québec, you might see why.
It is unlike the rest of Canada.
Except for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
But not really.
Île de Chêne?
Starring in a Maoist film directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
And then they married.
Godard was correct.
Au Hasard Balthazar is the antithesis of the Central Intelligence Agency.
But Godard never said that.
So Anne Wiazemsky wrote a book called Un An Après which was published in 2015.
She died two years later.
The same year her book was adapted for film as Redoubtable.
She died of breast cancer.
Less than a month after Redoubtable was released in France.
This film proves that Michel Hazanavicius is a very talented filmmaker.
It proves that he knows his Godard.
But it is flawed.
Aren’t all masterpieces?
Is Redoubtable a masterpiece?
In some ways, yes.
In some ways, no.
It is probably most similar to Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock.
Both of them are films of “exorbitant privilege”.
Which is to say, a little out of touch with their subject matter.
Was Pablo Picasso ever called an asshole?
Not if we take Jonathan Richman at his word.
Art contains deeper layers of meaning.
Unless you’re Warhol.
In which case, the meaning MAY be found closer to the surface.
Stravinsky liked this too.
Music has no meaning.
It is just tones.
Little dots on a page.
So we are told.
Jean-Luc Godard and Igor Stravinsky both embraced MANY different approaches to their craft over their long careers.
Because they loved their crafts.
They were addicted.
It was a compulsion.
And, for Godard, it remains so.
Godard married the girl who rejected Robert Bresson.
Do not underestimate the thrill of this.
The thrill of it all.
Bresson was a genius too.
But she was only 18 when Bresson made his advances.
Girls want to live.
Bresson was 65.
Numbers can lie.
Godard and Wiazemsky were only together as man and wife for three years.
Though they were married for 12.
Three years was enough, apparently.
The divorce appears to have been more a formality.
I spoke to Anne-Marie on the phone once.
In exceedingly-broken French.
She was saintly in her patience.
All I wished to convey, as I called Rolle (Switzerland) on my flip phone, was that Godard was my intellectual hero. [it is true] And that his LATE films mattered. That they mattered THE MOST. That he had created beauty. That he had plumbed the depths. I owed it to my master to deliver this message before I (or he) died (God forbid).
I was compelled.
Jean-Luc Godard is my favorite creator this side of heaven.
Even though I don’t agree with his politics.
Bob Dylan is neck-and-neck for this honor.
Dylan is, no doubt, my favorite musician to have ever lived.
Neck-and-neck with Roland Kirk (perhaps).
My favorite jazz artist.
My favorite instrumentalist.
It is never noted that Wiazemsky was in Les Gauloises bleues.
And Godard could be an asshole.
So can I.
So can Trump.
Trump is my ideological hero.
My political hero.
I DO agree with his political philosophy.
And yet, my favorite film director (auteur) remains Godard.
No one is even neck-and-neck with JLG for me.
Brakhage is a distant second.
Welles is formidable.
But they do not hit the mark like Jean-Luc.
Il seme dell’uomo.
Nothing suggestive there.
And then I gave Jacques Demy’s grandson piano lessons.
Or Agnès Varda’s grandson.
More like organ lessons.
You should use Belmondo again.
We see Coutard’s hair early.
Politics entered soon.
Le Petit soldat.
The perfection of Vivre sa vie.
The jaunty, carefree, playful anarchy of Breathless.
And a sadness tied to beauty.
Politics again with Les Carabiniers.
An attempt at commercialism with Contempt.
Equivalent to Nirvana’s In Utero album.
A thorough disdain for the Hollywood system.
And the “tradition of quality” in France.
But something deeper…and more bitter.
Bande à part more like Breathless.
A little like Vivre sa vie.
Down and out in Paris.
Life at the margin of society.
Hazanavicius first really gets going with Une Femme mariée.
Stacy Martin in the nude.
Grabbing the bedsheets.
Brace brace brace.
The resemblance to Charlotte Gainsbourg is striking.
A little Alphaville.
Someone who nibbles Godard’s neck.
The Samuel Fuller scene from Pierrot le fou turned into a fistfight.
Don’t insult me!
A bit of Macha Méril in the hair.
And a bit more of Chantal Goya.
Getting shouted down by a situationist during the May ’68 occupation of the Sorbonne. Lumped in with Coca-Cola.
Things go dark with insults.
On the blink.
Made in U.S.A.
Two or Three Things I Know About Her.
“You ruined my shot!”
Eating Chinese food.
A rather unfortunate outburst directed at a war hero.
And his wife.
These are the things we do.
When we’re young.
What is striking is the humor in Redoubtable.
The broken eyeglasses.
The slipping shoes.
And their replacement.
I must give credit to Louis Garrel.
He really does convey the mania and eccentricity of Godard.
While Stacy Martin is very good here, it is a shame that Hazanavicius chose to lovingly evoke every detail of Godard’s life…except Wiazemsky’s red hair.
Biden is a one-trick pony in a party of well-meaning morons.
No President has ever been hated so much…
…by the establishment.
It took one of their own to bring them to their knees.
And now the establishment has come up with an exceptionally-pathetic excuse for a candidate:
Republicans tried to elect a showroom dummy once (recently).
Had the looks.
What could go wrong?
He came off as cold.
And so all the genius, conniving minds of the Democrat Party have gotten behind the person they think can Trojan their specious ideas into the realm of policy.
It is quite obvious.
Joe Biden didn’t get a big enough shot in the ass of ginkgo biloba to really stay in the ring 12 rounds with Trump.
Joe needs to be mainlining that shit by now.
If Joe Biden ate nothing but onions and drank nothing but tea, his brain would still be like a hunk of Swiss cheese.
Trump, fresh off recovering from the plague of the century (once-in-a-100-years) was cogent and articulate.
If every media outlet, every source of information, every sports star, every celebrity is against Trump, what does that make Trump?
So, go ahead.
Vote for Joe.
Joe couldn’t last five minutes playing Tropico (much less five minutes actually running the USA).
And he will not be running the USA (if elected).
Swiss-cheese-brain Biden has actually bought and believed the syrupy propaganda of his own party.
Which makes sense.
Because his brain has become (and will rapidly accelerate towards being) childlike.
Which doesn’t excuse Biden of being a nakedly-corrupt politician par excellence.
Joe would bring the old gang back together.
Hillary would have a chance to get her pay-to-play Clinton Foundation back up and running.
Hell, why not make her Secretary of State again?
She will be emboldened to shred every law because, even though she got caught, she paid no price (except for the nosedive in Clinton Foundation contributions).
You would have “bonesmen” like Austan Goolsbee.
[a pale imitation of an actually-competent individual (Mnuchin)]
Hell, bring ’em all back.
Comey at FBI.
Brennan at CIA.
Lynch on the Supreme Court.
Bring back Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder.
Put Bernie’s great economic theories to work at the Department of Labor.
[another guy who would crap out at Tropico within minutes]
Because it’s all one big gang.
It’s all one big, compromised gang.
And it’s all about making money OFF the people (rather than making money FOR the people).
Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters…
Limousine liberals (as they say).
Their respective personal worth always MAGICALLY balloons in their years of “service” to the USA.
It doesn’t take a genius to make money that way.
It takes a scumbag.
Trump didn’t need the money.
Hell, he gives away his Presidential salary checks.
But there is something.
He is GOOD AT MAKING MONEY.
He didn’t fight in Vietnam.
[it’s also quite likely he never disparaged the military]
Joe Biden disparaged the military ON TAPE, but never a hardball question about that:
[6’10” —> “clap for that, you stupid bastards”]
Joe Biden has a problem with being caught on tape.
Here bragging about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired (while using American taxpayer dollars as leverage). Hmmm, why would he want a UKRAINIAN prosecutor (?!?) fired? Why would he brag about it? What was this prosecutor investigating? Why would we interfere in the judicial system of the Ukraine (by way of Joe Biden)? Seems like his son Hunter had some dealings in Ukraine. Hmmm… Could it be, that this prosecutor was investigating his son Hunter???
But Joe Biden also has, how can I put this tactfully, other “problems” on tape. It’s not just the hair of women he is sniffing:
Wouldn’t be so bad (?) if it was an isolated incident. Maybe it was taken out of context?
You don’t need to watch all 17 minutes of the above clip to get the gist. Joe Biden takes liberties with children…knowingly…on C-SPAN, etc. What does he do behind closed doors? The footage we’ve seen is shocking enough.
Joe Biden makes women and children (particularly Chris Coons’ daughter) feel uncomfortable. You can see it in the body language. Biden whispers in their ears. And the young Coons daughter pulls away from the kiss. Cre-epy!
But in this debate (the final of the 2020 season), Donald Trump made Joe Biden feel uncomfortable…especially when Trump brought up the “laptop from hell”. You could see it in Joe’s body language.
“It’s all lies,” said Joe repeatedly throughout the two debates.
Pull his string: “It’s all lies.”
“Come on, man!”
Sometimes it’s funny.
Like the moronic George W. Bush who was part and parcel of the cabal that brought down the Twin Towers.
Bush was funny.
Because he was so dumb.
But Joe Biden is not so completely ravaged by senile dementia not to feel the fear at even the mention of “the laptop from hell”.
But let’s hit some key points.
Joe Biden cannot consistently get his train of thought from point A to point B. Witness this gem:
“And I don’t look at this in terms of the way he does, blue states and red states. They’re all the United States. And look at the states that are having such a spike in the coronavirus. They’re the red states, they’re the states in the Midwest, they’re the states in the upper Midwest. “
Trump knows his opponent is mentally-compromised.
But Trump also knows that his opponent is a textbook corrupt politician:
“Joe, you have raised a lot of money, tremendous amounts of money. And every time you raise money deals are made, Joe. I could raise so much more money. As President, and as somebody that knows most of those people, I could call the heads of Wall Street, the heads of every company in America. I would blow away every record. But I don’t want to do that because it puts me in a bad position.“
Like with the kids, Joe just couldn’t help himself (even against the obvious preparation where his advisors explicitly told him to, under no circumstances, broach this topic) #LaptopFromHell:
“His own National Security Advisor told him that what is happening with his buddy… Well, I shouldn’t… Well, I will. His buddy Rudy Giuliani. He’s being used as a Russian pawn.”
Joe fucked up. As Trump explains:
“Well, let me respond to the first part, as Joe answered. Joe got $3.5 million from Russia and it came through Putin, because he was very friendly with the former mayor of Moscow and it was the mayor of Moscow’s wife. And you got $3.5 million. Your family got $3.5 million. And someday you’re going to have to explain, why did you get three and a half? I never got any money from Russia. I don’t get money from Russia.”
“But now, with what came out today, it’s even worse. All of the emails, the emails, the horrible emails of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family. And Joe, you were vice-president when some of this was happening, and it should have never happened. And I think you owe an explanation to the American people. Why is it, somebody just had a news conference a little while ago who was essentially supposed to work with you and your family, but what he said was damning. And regardless of me, I think you have to clean it up and talk to the American people. Maybe you can do it right now.”
“…I don’t make money from China. You do. I don’t make money from Ukraine. You do. I don’t make money from Russia. You made $3.5 million, Joe, and your son gave you, they even have a statement that we have to give 10% to the big man. You’re the big man, I think. I don’t know, maybe you’re not, but you’re the big man, I think.”
“I was put through a phony witch hunt for three years. It started before I even got elected. They spied of my campaign. No president should ever have to go through what I went through. Let me just say this, Mueller and 18 angry Democrats and FBI agents all over the place spent $48 million. They went through everything I had, including my tax returns, and they found absolutely no collusion and nothing wrong. $48 million. I guarantee you, if I spent $1 million on you, Joe, I could find plenty wrong because the kind of things that you’ve done and the kind of monies that your family has taken, I mean, your brother made money in Iraq…millions of dollars. Your other brother made a fortune, and it’s all through you, Joe. And they say you get some of it. And you do live very well, you have houses all over the place. You live very well.”
Fire when ready:
“His son didn’t have a job for a long time, was, sadly, no longer in the military service, I won’t get into that, and he didn’t have a job. As soon as he became vice-president, Burisma, not the best reputation in the world, I hear they paid him $183,000 a month, listen to this, $183,000, and they gave him a $3 million upfront payment, and he had no energy experience. That’s 100% dishonest.”
Trump did this same thing to Hillary.
Blew holes in her metaphorical hull.
“He is the vice-president of the United States and his son, his brother, and his other brother are getting rich. They’re like a vacuum cleaner. They’re sucking up money…”
“His son walked out with a billion and a half dollars from China to…after spending 10 minutes in office and being in Air Force Two. Number one. Number two, there’s a very strong email talking about your family wanting to make $10 million a year for introductions.”
Joe Biden does not understand international finance.
He does not understand the implications of Chinese currency devaluations.
He doesn’t even understand the mechanism.
Joe Biden is a (renovated) showroom dummy:
“My response is, look, there’s a reason why he’s bringing up all this malarkey. There’s a reason for it. He doesn’t want to talk about the substantive issues. It’s not about his family and my family. It’s about your family, and your family’s hurting badly. If you’re a middle-class family, you’re getting hurt badly right now. You’re sitting at the kitchen table this morning deciding, ‘Well, we can’t get new tires. They’re bald, because we have to wait another month or so.’ Or, ‘Are we going to be able to pay the mortgage?’ Or, ‘Who’s going to tell her she can’t go back to community college?’ They’re the decisions you’re making, and the middle-class families like I grew up in Scranton and Claymont, they’re in trouble. We should be talking about your families, but that’s the last thing he wants to talk about.”
Bill Clinton was persuasive when he was peddling this same shit.
Joe Biden isn’t.
And Trump calls it out:
“That is a typical statement.
That’s a typical political statement. Let’s get off this China thing, and then he looks, ‘The family around the table, everything.’ Just a typical politician when I see that. I’m not a typical politician.
That’s why I got elected. Let’s get off the subject of China. Let’s talk about sitting around the table. Come on, Joe. You could do better.”
Joe Biden only has one “dollar word” left in his intellectual quiver:
“The public option is an option that says that if you in fact do not have the wherewithal, if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you automatically are enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies.”
Twice in the same sentence?!?
Come on, man!!
Joe’s (and the Democrats’) answer for everything is “bailout”…as Trump begins to delineate:
“The bill that was passed in the House was a bailout of badly run, high crime, Democrat, all run by Democrat cities and states. It was a way of getting a lot of money, billions and billions of dollars, to these guys. It was also a way of getting a lot of money from our people’s pockets to people that come into our country illegally. We were going to take care of everything for them. And I’d love to do that. I’d love to help them. But what that does, everybody all over the world will start pouring into our country. We can’t do it. This was a way of taking care of them. This was a way of spending on things that had nothing to do with COVID, as per your question. But it was really a big bailout for badly run Democrat cities and states.”
Joe wants a planned economy (like Uncle Joe Stalin had). Price ceilings. Price floors. Arbitrary values for labor (a major factor in production). It doesn’t work.
Trump defeats this backwards economic chestnut in one sentence:
“How are you helping your small businesses when you’re forcing wages?”
Watch the price of eggs.
That’s how you will see the free market (as opposed to a planned economy) assert itself.
Supply and demand.
As simple as that.
Don’t toy with it.
Don’t stifle it.
Let it create value.
It may be trite, but “a rising tide lifts all ships” (as it is said).
The stock market is equivalent to the vital signs of a medical patient.
Joe may or may not understand that.
Again, he seems to have bought the “black propaganda” (total disinformation) of his own party.
What little brain Joe has left has been thoroughly washed of all real-world, economic logic.
As good as Kristen Welker was (and she was quite good [compared to the atrociously-partisan Chris Wallace]), she is still part of a profession that, when it comes to Democrat interviewees, almost always shirks its duty:
“Who built the cages? I’d love you to ask him that. Who built the cages, Joe?”
The U.S. immigration system is broken (on purpose). And Joe should know that. But he still blithely opines otherwise. Trump truth:
“And then you say they come back. Less than 1% of the people come back. We have to send ICE out and Border Patrol out to find them. We would say, ‘Come back in two years, three years. We’re going to give you a court case. You did Perry Mason. We’re going to give you a court case.’ When you say they come back, they don’t come back, Joe. They never come back. Only the really… I hate to say this, but those with the lowest IQ, they might come back, but there are very, very few.”
Trump is rough around the edges.
But he is no bullshit.
And there are a few opinion leaders (Johnny Rotten) who understand and appreciate this.
Joe steps in it again:
“My daughter is a social worker and she’s written a lot about this. She has her graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in social work.”
Doesn’t take a fucking genius to see that Sleepy Joe is actually Creepy Joe.
“You know Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama, because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would’ve never run. I would’ve never run. I ran because of you. I’m looking at you now, you’re a politician, I ran because of you.”
And again (for good measure):
“If this stuff is true about Russia, Ukraine, China, other countries, Iraq. If this is true, then he’s a corrupt politician. So don’t give me the stuff about how you’re this innocent baby. Joe, they’re calling you a corrupt politician…They’re calling it the laptop from hell.”
“But, why didn’t he get it done? See, it’s all talk, no action with these politicians, why didn’t he get it? ‘That’s what I’m going to do when I become president.’ You were vice president along with Obama as your president, your leader, for eight years, why didn’t you get it done? You had eight years to get it done, now you’re saying you’re going to get it done because you’re all talking and no action, Joe.”
Biden: “I don’t know where he comes from. I don’t know where he comes up with these numbers.”
But this time I had a reason to be more emotionally invested.
That’s right, mops.
Mops play a big role in this movie.
Spatulas also make a sort of cameo.
But mops predominate.
In particular, there is a special mop which is almost like a character in this film.
It doesn’t talk.
It doesn’t have a name.
But it is more than a MacGuffin.
Stanley Spadowski (the true star of this movie) received the mop in question for his 8th birthday.
And, apparently, he used that mop well into adulthood.
He decorated it with various bits of colored electrical tape.
And it was with this mop that he dutifully fulfilled his role as janitor at a major local TV news station: Channel 8.
But one day, Spadowski (played brilliantly by Michael Richards) found himself to be, in the tradition of Hitchcock, “the wrong man”.
Spadowski did nothing wrong.
He was not careless.
Even though he didn’t possess a notable intellect per se, he gave his all to his janitorial profession.
…and he actually enjoyed it.
Stanley Spadowski took pride in his work at Channel 8.
But, as “the wrong man”, he suddenly found himself blamed and scapegoated.
Though his unscrupulous employer made no effort to prove Spadowski’s guilt, Spadowski could not PROVE his innocence.
It was a quick exchange…
Q: Did you do this?
Q: I don’t believe you. You’re fired.
Something like that.
And, thus, Spadowski was crushed.
But the most crushing blow for Stanley was when the station owner’s son (also an employee [l’il bit ‘o nepotism]) confiscated Stanley’s mop as “station property”.
It was not.
But Stanley was helpless.
Stanley had no one to stand up for him.
Yet, though he didn’t get what the wanted (to retain his job at Channel 8), he got what he needed: a new job as janitor of the UHF station 62.
And all of this because one man observed the pitiable scene of Stanley being deprived of his tool of the trade (which he had used since childhood).
That man was “Weird Al” Yankovic.
As in the movie (where “Weird Al” is the station manager of “U62”), Yankovic was also the brains behind this movie itself.
He wrote it.
With someone named Jay Levey.
Mr. Levey directed this “cult classic”.
If it tells you anything, Levey still does not have a Wikipedia page in English…41 years after this movie came out.
So I am going to assume that Levey did not go on to bigger and brighter things in the film industry.
That being said, it appears this film actually realized a 20% profit (box office – budget = x [x/budget = profit as a %]).
But let’s get back into Stanley Spadowski (a character “Weird Al” or Levey must have invented).
I’d bet money that Yankovic came up with this character.
But this character could not have come to life without the talents of Michael Richards.
No one, and I mean NO ONE, could have pulled it off.
Michael Richards is a very underrated actor.
If you look on iTunes, you are apt to see a mere two films in which Richards plays anything approximating a significant role.
One is this: UHF.
The other is another sort of “diamond in the rough”: Transylvania 6-5000.
The latter would be a mostly-unwatchable, tedious comedy were it not for Richards’ breakout performance.
Richards distinguished himself as Fejos in that film four years prior to UHF.
Indeed, just a fortnight before UHF was released in 1989, Seinfeld premiered as The Seinfeld Chronicles.
Richards played the role of Kessler.
As The Seinfeld Chronicles became Seinfeld, Kessler became Kramer.
The world, in general, knows Michael Richards as [Cosmo] Kramer.
The show ran for nine years.
But let’s adjust our tack a bit here.
Who is Stanley Spadowski?
I would argue that he is the “cousin” (so to speak) of Carl Spackler: the groundskeeper in 1980’s Caddyshack.
Where Spackler is laconic, Spadowski is prone to frenzy.
And yet, these two characters are cut from a similar cloth.
Spackler (Bill Murray) always has his impermeable camouflage bucket hat.
And usually a dirt-and-sweat-stained T-shirt.
Baggy cargo shorts.
And combat boots.
Appearing in 1980, Carl Spackler would have probably been seen as a nutty Vietnam vet.
Indeed, Spackler is tasked by his boss (the HEAD groundskeeper) to take care of the golf course’s gopher problem.
In hilarious fashion, Spackler goes after the gophers…even employing plastic explosives.
Spadowski is also a T-shirt guy.
And whether they are real or fake (I think fake), Spadowski has noticeable (and endearing) bucked teeth.
He can hardly keep them in his mouth.
He is awkward.
He usually speaks slowly.
But when he gets excited, he is like a fire hydrant that’s just been opened.
What’s important about Spadowski and Spackler is that they are everymen.
They are most certainly underdogs.
And UHF, at its heart, is an underdog story.
U62, the channel, is an underdog.
It is not a network affiliate.
UHF (as opposed to VHF) was the television equivalent of AM radio (as opposed to FM).
You could find ANYTHING on UHF television or AM radio.
Anything was possible.
There was less control.
Today, in my town, my favorite radio station is run by a Methodist church.
Their format (vaguely) is “oldies”.
But their programming swings a bit wildly…and usually I love them for it.
They play songs I’ve never heard.
Occasionally a similar station will pop up in the same range of the dial using this “none of the hits–all of the time” approach (only to disappear back into the ocean of static which separates one clear-signal island from another).
U61 is this sort of beast.
Which makes sense.
Because it is run by a dreamer: George Newman (“Weird Al”).
George starts off this film flipping burgers.
This may be a reference to the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
“Weird Al” gets fired.
The tone of the scene is very similar to Fast Times…
Which brings up an important point.
UHF is a pastiche.
It is stream-of-consciousness.
The narrative shifts wildly with non sequitur episodes interpolated here and there.
UHF makes continuous reference to the pop culture of its day: the 1980s.
And this makes sense because the creator of this film was “Weird Al”: best known as a musician specializing in parodies (usually of contemporary hits).
I hate to get all artsy-fartsy here, but I would dare say there is a modicum of post-modernism in “Weird Al”‘s filmic approach.
And, perhaps more importantly, a noticeable measure of Thelonious Monk (autism?) in Stanley Spadowski.
And so UHF is a work of art which captures awkwardness in some of the same ways that Napoleon Dynamite and Poto and Cabengo do (respectively).
The message is: be yourself.
You have value.
There is a person out there for you.
There is a job that is right for you.
There are no guarantees.
But you won’t be happy anyway if you’re not being yourself.