Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence = Freedom

“Decide yourself who was right: you or the one who questioned you then? Recall the first question; its meaning, though not literally, was this: ‘You want to go into the world, and you are going empty-handed, with some promise of freedom, which they in their simplicity and innate lawlessness cannot even comprehend, which they dread and fear—for nothing has ever been more insufferable for man and for human society than freedom! But do you see these stones in this bare, scorching desert? Turn them into bread and mankind will run after you like sheep, grateful and obedient, though eternally trembling lest you withdraw your hand and your loaves cease for them.’”
--from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

50 Years Ago

I used to watch this film every day. I can still watch it anytime, anywhere.

I especially love when Gene Hackman's FBI Agent gets called "Mr. Anderson" by Willem DeFoe's "Mr. Ward". I wish it would catch on as a meme more than that Matrix asshole.

Ward: Just don't lose sight of whose rights are being violated!
Anderson: Don't put me on your perch, Mr. Ward.
Ward: Don't drag me into your gutter, Mr. Anderson!
Anderson: These people are crawling out of the SEWER, MR. WARD! Maybe the gutter's where we outta be! 

 That's sheer poetry, ladies and gentlemen! The true events that inspired this film happened 50 years ago now. It would be naive and silly to go on about how anything's better now than before. I just really like the film and think everyone should watch it and decide what's what for themselves. So sayeth the King of Funny Faces!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LETTER: 'He said/she said' scenario frustrating

Published Again: 

LETTER: 'He said/she said' scenario frustrating 
By Express-Times Letters to the Editor
on June 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM, updated June 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Reports have emerged that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his post. It is rumored that soldiers were killed trying to rescue him. 
Reputedly, Bergdahl was discharged from the Coast Guard for "psychological reasons" before the Army recruited him and sent him to Iraq. Allegedly, the soldiers accusing him of desertion were aware of his instability before he disappeared. It is known that at least some of them are anti-Obama political operatives. 
It has been hypothesized that the prisoners exchanged for Bergdahl were going to be released anyway. Conversely, it has been propagated that the prisoners will commit more terrorism. 
But all of it is theory: speculation, reports. A "he said/she said" scenario. Hearsay. 
Neither Bergdahl nor the Guantanamo prisoners have been afforded a fair, impartial jury trial. 
While you're all out there using your imaginations, I'm imagining what it feels like to be locked in a dark cage for months and years. I'm struggling with the idea that the country that knew he was not well when it hired him to keep us all safe now wants him executed for desertion. 
In the meantime, the next generation of Swift Boat propaganda comes of age.

Independence Township

Sunday, April 27, 2014

StutterTalk Podcast

I just stumbled on this podcast randomly the other day. I don't stutter, but my grandmother - the first Queen of Funny Faces - did. I grew up not knowing there was anything considered socially "wrong" or different about it. I always found it very easy to follow her and be patient. I didn't really think about it until I was older and saw her interact with other people. She was just my favorite person in the world. She passed away 13 years ago now. I wish she could have been a guest on this show. Anyway, this podcast is extremely comforting. Check it out.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

LETTER: Why is ex-sheriff Bullock still getting a pension?

LETTER: Why is ex-sheriff Bullock still getting a pension?

By Express-Times Letters to the Editor 
on March 08, 2014 at 12:59 AM, updated March 08, 2014 at 1:03 AM

 It is encouraging to hear that the state of New Jersey “may reconsider” whether or not to continue dispensing a pension to retired Warren County Sheriff Edward G. Bullock in light of his recent indictment on six counts of child sexual abuse, allegedly committed while on duty as sheriff. Those who vote with an eye toward fiscal issues will be very pleased, I am sure.

 In the sixth paragraph of The Express-Times article about this, however, I was astounded to find that Bullock has yet to turn himself in. The indictment was handed up 10 days ago. Last month.

Any reasonable person would presume he collected another payment on March 1. I do hope that we will not have to wait until after April 1 for an arrest warrant to be issued. That would be the worst kind of joke.

Independence Township

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wolf Blitzer Favorited My Tweet

This is better than Howard Stern's wife favorited my tweet, but not as good as when Elijah Wood replied to me, or when Roger Ebert watched a video I made.

I still think he's a terrible person.

So Sayeth the King of Funny Faces