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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mao Zedong: Chinese Communism

Source: Five Prime- Chinese Communist Leader Mao Zedong 
Source:The New Democrat

From Wikipedia

"In its post-revolutionary period, Mao Zedong Thought is defined in the CPC's Constitution as "Marxism–Leninism applied in a Chinese context", synthesized by Mao and China's "first-generation leaders". It asserts that class struggle continues even if the proletariat has already overthrown the bourgeoisie and there are capitalist restorationist elements within the Communist Party itself. Maoism provided the CPC's first comprehensive theoretical guideline with regards to how to continue socialist revolution, the creation of a socialist society, socialist military construction and highlights various contradictions in society to be addressed by what is termed "socialist construction".

"While it continues to be lauded to be the major force that defeated "imperialism and feudalism" and created a "New China" by the Communist Party of China, the ideology survives only in name on the Communist Party's Constitution as Deng Xiaoping abolished most Maoist practices in 1978, advancing a guiding ideology called "socialism with Chinese characteristics".

North Korea ( or as I call them the Communist Republic of Korea ) is really the last standing among the pure communist states around the world now. They're the only communist state where everything and all the power in the country is centralized with the Communist Party and central government. The People's Republic of China, has had a functioning hybrid capitalist economic for about 40 years now, while still maintaining some state-owned industries and they still qualify as a communist state because of their not just lack of free speech and a free press, but they still don't have free speech or any free press.

The Chinese Communist State, still owns and operates all the domestic media in the country. And of course opposition parties to the Communist Party are still outlawed. But even personal freedom with people being able to move freely around the country and make their own basic personal and even economic decisions for themselves in the country and being able to travel abroad, is on the rise and has been growing in China since they've moved in a capitalist first world direction economically and culturally the last 35-40 years.

Mao Zedong, is one of the last of the pure Communists as someone who believed int total state-control of the society and not just the economy to work on behalf of the people so no one would be rich or poor. This is what Communists and Socialists are talking about when they say they want a classless society where no one is rich or poor. And they believe you achieve that by putting the central state in control of all the economic resources of the country. And that everyone would be taken care of as long as they follow the communist rules of society. Meaning you don't disobey the communist regime and speak out against it or be politically active against it.
Crash Course: John Green- Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions

Friday, October 5, 2018

Mad Cap: LAMFF- Live To Ride, Ride to Lunch! With Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff

Source: Mad Cap- Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer, Live To Ride 
Source:Action

Just on a personal note: Tricia Helfer has an adorable smile and voice. She could probably make weather reports sound interesting if the ever wanted to do that and make weather reports suddenly hit TV in America with millions of guys rushing home to see the 6 o'clock news just so they can see and hear her weather reporters. And Katee Sackhoff, is obviously adorable as well which makes them a very attractive duo on their worst days.

Source: LAMO To Film Fest- Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer, Live To Ride 
Tricia Helfer and Kate Sackhoff, are longtime friends and go back to the early or mid 2000s when Katee was probably just breaking into Hollywood and they did Battlestar Galactica together which was the remake of the sci-fi show from the late 1970s and they're obviously good friends. Would've been nice to see Tricia on Longmire at least as guest star, but I guess that never happened. They're not just good friends, but very attractive good friends who like motorbikes. And they put this charity to where they ride their bikes for charity and ride them across the country. Similar to the Easy Rider movie from 1969 with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, but in real-life and for charity.

Source: Black Book- Live To Ride, with Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer 
You're going to have a hard time finding guys who don't like biker chicks, especially when they're also gorgeous, sexy, fairly young, who are also this cute because they just look like they're meant to be on bikes with their long beautiful and in many cases especially with Katee Sackhoff very strong legs where you wouldn't want to get into an ass kicking contest with her because you wouldn't be able to sit down or go to sleep for weeks after the contest. Biker women are just very sexy. tend to be beautiful and look so sexy with their legs wrapped around a motorcycle with their tight butts on the seat. Katee Sackhoff, was born to ride motorcycles and this looks like the perfect event for her.
Mad Cap: LAMFF- Live To Ride, Ride To Lunch! With Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff

Friday, September 28, 2018

Missy Logo: The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson- Ann-Margret: June 16th, 1978

Source: Missy Logo- Swedish Goddess Ann-Margret on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1978
Source: The Daily Review

Just to talk about Ann-Margret, she was so adorable and that really includes everything about her, but in this case especially it was her voice that caught my attention. She has this very sweet soft voice that reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Taylor as far as how she speaks to people. Which I'm sure was driving Johnny Carson crazy ( at least inside ) with him thinking something like she's too cute to also be this sexy. But that is Ann-Margret who is this very sweet, adorable, soft, and yet sexy and gorgeous woman. Very similar to Raquel Welch or Rita Hayworth from a previous era.

As far as The Cheap Detective, it could've been called The Cheap Movie as well. Not a great movie, but with a great cast including Ann-Margret, but Louise Fletcher, Stockard Channing, ( talking about beautiful, adorable women ) Peter Falk who is the star of the movie and someone who if anything might have been even funnier than Johnny Carson, even though they would've made a great contest. It's a pretty funny movie similar to Columbo as far as the humor and funny people in it, but this is not one of Humphrey Bogart's great film noir humorous movies, but more like play on those movies.
Missy Logo: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson- Ann-Margret: June 16th, 1978

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fred Flix: Old Commercials That Would Be Politically Incorrect Today

Source: Fred Flix- Funny Face, LOL!
Source: The Daily Review

The flat tire commercial where it's automatically assumed that the woman can't change a tire, certainly wouldn't play today. Back in 1955 or the ( the Utopia for the Christian-Right ) it was consider unfeminine for women to be involved in any form for physical work that's traditionally done by men. And since gays were still living in the closet including lesbians, gay masculine women weren't even around at least in public, so no woman back then was expected to do physical manly work. ( To make a politically incorrect joke ) So no changing the flat tires on the cars, or fixing appliances, home improvement, working on cars, construction work, nothing that would be considered manly. Women were expected to stay away from all of those activities in America.

Source: Jonathan East- Warning for free speech opponents 
The commercial with the beautiful sexy women that looks like it came out in the late 1970s just from the color picture and how the hair and everything else looked, as a straight man I don't have any problems with that commercial. I could see why radical feminists would have a problem with it because they would view it as sexual exploitation. Taking advantage of women's sex appeal and beauty. But they probably see professional cheerleader squads as sexist as well even though none of these women are expected to participate in any of these activities. I could see why a commercial like that wouldn't play in San Francisco or New York or Boston, but don't know why it would be a problem anywhere else in the country.

Source: EBay- Not for people who hate free speech 
The cigarette and tobacco commercials, are not politically incorrect in anyway, because they're simply not offensive to anyone. The problems that they have with especially chewing tobacco is that tobacco and even tobacco cigarets are so unpopular today because so many Americans at least now know what tobacco does to you and the health risks that come from it. Tobacco unlike alcohol which is still very popular is becoming taboo in America. Even smokers won't smoke in their homes anymore especially if they have kids or if their spouse doesn't like tobacco. But back in lets say 1975 or whenever that commercial came out practically every American was smoking. You almost had to back in the 1970s to be considered cool or groovy, far out, hip, whatever the hip term was then.

The  commercial with the office secretary, kind of looks sexist to me, but in a funny way. Apparently the woman in the commercial is looking for a lunch date with her boss ( of all people ) and believes she can get that simply by wearing the right perfume or deodorant. Sort of implying that she's trying to move up in the company by being nice to her boss. If that commercial came out 10-15 years later or was part of a sitcom from let's say 1975-79 or even later, the commercial would've implied that the woman was trying to sleep her way to the top. I would see even as a hard core supporter for free speech who believes in almost no limits on it why that commercial could be seen as sexist.

We just live in a very different world now as we did in 1955. In some ways free speech and personal freedom is even more popular now where women aren't expected to stay home  and where couples aren't expected to get married before they move in together or have sex, or even have kids together. But in other ways even though our constitutional right to free speech is just as strong as it was 60-65 years ago, it's become less popular with young people. Who believe anyone who isn't a straight, male, Christian, Caucasian, has some artificial right not to be offended. Which of course is obviously not true, but you wouldn't know that from our current pop culture and even political culture. One of the reasons why Donald Trump is President of the United States, because you have millions of Americans probably tens of millions who are fed up with political correctness.
Fred Flix: Old Commercials That Would Be Politically Incorrect Today

Friday, September 14, 2018

Politics and Prose: Rick Wilson- 'Everything That Donald Trump Touches Dies'

Source: Politics and Prose- Rick Wilson, at Politics and Prose in Washington 
Source: The New Democrat

To make the Donald Trump presidency look less depressing, at least to every insane, intelligent, honest  American let's imagine that Donald Trump is actually not President of the United States. That we never had not even one so-called reality TV star working in the most important political and government headquarters not just in the United States, but in the world. Let's just imagine that this was just some great story and mini-series put together by HBO or Showtime, maybe FX got into it. And this series was called Amateur Hour at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Or Reality Hour at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, maybe the pros in Hollywood could come up with even better titles than that for this fictional mini-series.

Source: Go Fund Me- The Donald Trump 
If the Donald Trump presidency really was just a fictional series and the creators of that had an actor playing Trump or had Trump playing himself, this would be one of the best and funniest political fictional mini-series ever. Make it into a real series and give an entire season or multiple seasons and this show would be better and funnier than The West Wing. And The West Wing was a great funny show and in some cases even realistic. But that's unfortunately for every person who isn't a permanent resident at a mental institution, is not the reality. Our long national nightmare is heading into year three even if Democrats win back the House or Senate in a couple months or win back Congress completely, Donald Trump will still be President of the United States.
Politics and Prose: Rick Wilson- 'Everything That Donald Trump Touches Dies'

Friday, September 7, 2018

David Niewart: Glenn Beck's- Leftist Fascism Hour: The Newspeak Version of History

Source: David Niewart- Glenn Beck's Fox News show 
Source: The New Democrat

What Jonah Goldberg and I guess Glenn Beck call Liberal Fascism ( which is at least a borderline Oxymoron ) and what I change to Leftist Fascism, are far-leftists both in America and around the world. Socialists and in some cases even democratic, as well as Communists who believe they know what's best for everyone and anyone who disagrees with them are not worthy of even being heard. You oppose their government or their way of thinking, you must be either corrupt or a bigot or both. According to their lack of thinking and logic.

Source: Thread Reader- Jonah Goldberg, on Glenn Beck's Fox News show 
You go to America and we now have a young generation of Americans who not only believe that free speech is dangerous, but question freedom and whether we should even have freedom. Who question whether people should be allowed to create their own personal wealth, but also make their own personal decisions. We now have a generation of Millennials who look up to people like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro revolutionary Communists from Cuba and South America and look down at people like John Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson, men who believed in individualism and individual rights, even property rights as well as free speech and personal freedom.

The reason why I said Liberal Fascism is a borderline Oxymoron, because liberalism is based off of liberal democracy.

According to Wikipedia

"Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism. Also called western democracy, it is characterised by elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powers into different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, and the equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people. To define the system in practice, liberal democracies often draw upon a constitution, either formally written or uncodified, to delineate the powers of government and enshrine the social contract. After a period of sustained expansion throughout the 20th century, liberal democracy became the predominant political system in the world."

My personal politics is liberal democratic, not meaning I'm a Liberal and a Democrat both ideologically and my political party, but as someone who believes in liberal democracy as a Liberal. We now have a young generation of Millennial's an and older generation of Americans people who are late Baby Boomers and even older who question liberal democracy and see it as threats to their way of life . That if you allow all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, politics, etc the same individual freedom as what they would call the real Americans and the true American Patriots, that weakens their America and their way of life and that can't be tolerated according to the nationalistic tribalist's on the Right. And the other fringe you have a young generation who not only question liberal democracy, but seem to believe that socialism and communism, are legitimate alternatives to liberal democracy.

So to label both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini as not only as Liberals but as Fascists, well you would be half right. Socialists and Fascists for sure, but Liberal of course not. You can't be both illiberal and liberal, it's one or the other. It would be like someone who calls them self both a Socialist and a Conservative. The two political movements go against each other like cars driving on the opposite side of the street. Other than maybe Joe Stalin, it's hard to find another person who has ever lived anywhere in the world who is more illiberal ( not liberal ) than Adolf Hitler who sought out to murder people simply because of their ethnicity and that they weren't ethnic Germans, Nazi Germany attempted to murder every single European Jew.

I want to correct Glenn Beck and his Fox News Tea Party panel about one other thing. The word Progressive, is used as a substitute for not just Liberal, but every other political faction on the Left and even Right, when the fact is Progressive is a real political term and has real meaning. You can be Progressive and Liberal just like someone can be tall and strong or tall and fat, but tall is not another word for strong or fat, they're different physical conditions and attributes. Progressive, is different from both Liberal and Socialist. You can be a Liberal who believes in progress through government action which is what a Progressive is which is someone who believes in progress through government action. Someone like a Theodore Roosevelt. But you can be a Conservative who believes in progress through government action and be a right-wing Progressive, someone like Nelson Rockefeller.

I respect Glenn Beck sometimes. I had more respect for him about a year ago when he was one of the strongest never-trumpers around, but then when I guess he saw that was hurting his bottomline his criticism of President Donald Trump and his Nationalist movement is now far away and infrequent. But he and his Tea Party crew are just dead wrong about Liberals and liberalism. You can't be a Liberal and also believe that people should be murdered simply because of their race and ethnicity. And you can't be a Liberal if you believe that people who disagree with you don't have a right to be heard. Those aren't liberal values, but illiberal values whether they come from the Right or the Left.
David Niewart: Glenn Beck's- Leftist Fascism Hour: The Newspeak Version of History

Friday, August 31, 2018

Foundation Interviews: George Carlin- On Why It's Important To Not Care At All

Source: Foundation Interviews- George Carlin, being interviewed in 2007
Source: The New Democrat

Would like to hear more from George Carlin on why he believes it's not important to give a shit ( as he put it ) because that can be interpreted in multiple ways which is exactly what I'm going to do here and lay out what he might be talking about here.

According to Wikipedia- a Nihilist is someone who

"Nihilism (/ˈnaɪ(h)ɪlɪzəm, ˈniː-/; from Latin nihil, meaning 'nothing') is the philosophical viewpoint that suggests the denial or lack of belief towards the reputedly meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.[1] Moral nihilists assert that there is no inherent morality, and that accepted moral values are abstractly contrived. Nihilism may also take epistemological, ontological, or metaphysical forms, meaning respectively that, in some aspect, knowledge is not possible, or reality does not actually exist.

The term is sometimes used in association with anomie to explain the general mood of despair at a perceived pointlessness of existence that one may develop upon realising there are no necessary norms, rules, or laws.[2]

Nihilism has also been described as conspicuous in or constitutive of certain historical periods: for example, Jean Baudrillard and others have called postmodernity a nihilistic epoch;[3] and some religious theologians and figures of religious authority have asserted that postmodernity[4] and many aspects of modernity[5] represent a rejection of theism, and that such rejection of theistic doctrine entails nihilism."

Is this what George Carlin meant when he said that it's important to bot give a shit? That he's someone who believed, "that a person who believes that life is meaningless and rejects all religious and moral principles.

dogmatic atheists and nihilists could never defend the value of human life"

synonyms: skeptic, negativist, cynic, pessimist; More

historical

a supporter of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order."

If that's the case then George Carlin and Donald Trump have plenty in common. They believe there's no such thing as a truth or at least one truth that nothing is real and everything is subjective to what the person at the time says or believes it is. If this is the case as far as what Carlin believes when he said it's important to not give a shit, than I can't respect him for that. Because are such things as rights and wrongs.

I get skepticism and I'm a skeptic myself and alway take the word of reason or the word of faith and trust only what I know and understand including people. Trust people and things that have earned my trust based on their records and my interactions with them. Not looking into their eyes and claiming to read their souls and saying that I trust this person or that person because I've claimed to viewed their soul and see that they are a good person.
Foundation Interviews: George Carlin- 'On Why It's Important To Not Give a Shit'