Frontier Former Editor

December 12, 2008

RIP, Bettie Page

Filed under: anatomy, art, art or something like it, be all you can be — Tags: — Frontier Former Editor @ 4:21 pm

Here.

A shame, given the kinds of people who do survive in public life these days

October 31, 2008

Trick or treat

One of my neighbors showed a delightful spark of non-partisanship on Halloween:

 

Guess they figured McCain had eaten enough pumpkin in Vietnam.

October 12, 2008

Read this and make up your own mind . . .

I would like to state for the record here and now that the reservations I have held regarding Barack Obama have been solely based on his level of experience. Looking at those reservations, I think I fall in the same category of many who expressed concerns over Abraham Lincoln’s suitability of experience before the 1860 Republican presidential nominating convention.

No concern about his race, religion, creed or gender. Just his experience.

Given that, I should state that, in 2000, I voted in my first Republican primary because I thought that George W. Bush was a threat to this country and that John McCain was a counter to that threat. Until McCain began supporting the war in Iraq, I still had hope that he might one day prove a counter to neoconservatism.

So much for that idea.

Secretly and not so secretly, I’ve been hoping for some return to reason and gravitas in how this country conducts its affairs. Admittedly, that return might involve a trip in the wayback machine to George Washington’s election.

I haven’t seen much hope in that return among the ‘mainstream’ national Republican machine. The reasonable ones are in a wilderness between the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee. When Barack Obama attempts to elaborate his positions – many of which seem fairly reasonable given a framework of logic and rationality and acknowledgement of the American social and political landscape – any debate gets lost in a spiral of irrelevant verbal feces generated by McCain staffers and that nitwit Palin.

There’s been no policy debate in this country during the election cycle. There’s been a lot of noise about patriotism, innuendo about name, race, inexperience and modern-day Red scare tactics.

I hadn’t run across this until this morning – mainly because I never thought that ‘Rolling Stone’ still had it in them – but it is worth a read. There’s nothing really new in it, but it does sit down and recount much of what has been out in the public for most of four decades. Before reading it, I’ve questioned McCain’s stability for several years jokingly and in darker corners of my mind. After reading it, I found that I’m not the only one asking some of those questions.

To Barack Obama:

No matter what my vote next month, please know that your race, creed, religion or name don’t enter into my thought process.

Just work on convincing me that you are a reasonable, rational and upright person who will listen to and work with other reasonable, rational and upright people to get us moving away from the center of the domestic and international messes in which we sit.

I have no illusions that you and others can solve it all in one or two terms. It would take decades to do that. Just show me that you’re willing, able and committed to doing it.

 

To John McCain:

I don’t know anymore, but I do know that you are what my father – a retired Navy senior chief petty officer – would call a bullshit artist.

Your vice presidential running mate is also a bullshit artist.

Your campaign staff, if examined by art scholars, would be given their own section in art textbooks as the ‘bullshit art’ movement.

The national Republican Party organization backing your try for the White House obviously knows its taste in art: bullshit. Even compared to many in the national Democratic Party leadership, your national backers have a superb eye for bullshit.

 

One of my blogging acquaintances told me a year or so ago that there’s nothing wrong with America that what’s right with it can’t fix.

I really hope so.

October 9, 2008

Glossary of movie terms

Filed under: art, cinema, culture, Hollywood uber Alles, humor, Jack Valenti is dead, movies, observations — Tags: , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:46 pm

I watched a movie Thursday. Without going into plot details (actually irrelevant for the purposes of this post), I would like to place three of the descriptive terms applied to this movie by the cable movie details subscreen:

‘Stylish’ – The director seems inspired by music videos, and not very good ones.

‘Smart’ – The director probably attended a Hitchcock film festival in college and now thinks; ‘Hey, I’ll bet no one uses odd camera angles and visual narrative like that anymore, so I’ll use it and look original!’

‘Taut’ – The film editor and producer cut 40 minutes of film to get rid of the self-indulgent and poorly executed Hitchcockian scenes, including the one where the director is walking a poodle down a crowded sidewalk.

August 3, 2008

Of round-eyed devils, exotic jewelry and unsettling romance . . .

You can either go down to the Walmart and listen to the muzak or dig this . . .

Green Flower Street

 

Green Earrings

 

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

September 20, 2007

Two-armed bandit (or privateer if you’re English . . . .)

The stuff you miss out on unless you’re standing in a super Wal-mart at 9 p.m. on a weeknight . . . .

 This juicy bit of historical revisionism comes from about 360 miles due east of my chair, in the burg of Newport News, Va., named in part after Captain Christopher Newport, the skipper of the seagoing part of the first Virginia Company expedition to what became Jamestown.

 Confused? Bored? Hold on because it starts to get funny shortly.

Christopher Newport University (named after guess who? No, not Burton Cummings . . .) recently dedicated a 24-foot statue of Captain Newport at the university’s main entrance.

Now for the funny part . . . .

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