A Little Madness in the Spring


by James Killough

It was heartening to see that so many Americans haunting my sector of the Innernet—i.e., politics, foreign affairs, entertainment and Manhunt.net—were so accepting and philosophical about the apparent Islamist victory in Egypt this week.  They seemed to understand how hypocritical it is for a nation like ours—which until 2008 had an evangelical Christian president who followed God’s direct spoken commands, and which unilaterally supports the essentially fundamentalist Jewish state of Israel—to get up in arms if the Muslim Brotherhood forms a government in Cairo.

Screamin'-at-ya gay and borderline cheesy, Muto Manifesto is still beautifully shot and laid out. The text is pretentious, but it's French, so never mind. Click on the image for more.

This was a something of an unexpected outcome in Egypt; the Arab Spring was fueled and fanned by leftist, secular factions, not by the Egyptian equivalent of our own Nation of Islam.  But ain’t that always the case: the lefties do all the work, and the righties tell them what to do.  I doubt we’re going to see a return to the veil in Egypt anytime soon, but the trains will probably run on time.

What’s Good For The Goose…


by James Killough

Finally, protestors in America hit the streets to complain.  The movement is gaining momentum, in part thanks to a thrust Susan Sarandon gave it in the media last week.  Good for Susan.

Of course, the reasons behind the protests are far more nebulous than those, say, behind the murder of Troy Davis, institutionalized under the guise of capital punishment.  That’s very cut and dry.  Eric Baker summed up the reasons capital punishment is wrong better than I can in a previous post, but I would add to his list that leaving any human being to languish for years in doubt over whether the state will take him out back and whack him is the very definition of cruel and usual punishment.  At least the death row inmate’s purported victims died more decisively and swiftly.

Dressing up as Wall Street zombies isn't exactly the way to be taken seriously. In fact, it's how to make a serious issue look silly and frivolous.

The problem is “corporate greed” is redundant, which makes it such a hard thing to protest against.  Corporations are set up to make a profit, and the US is a mercantile nation.  The real issue is regulation and the lack thereof.  The Obama administration is being taken to task for implementing regulations at some un-right-wing rate, but what they are doing is trying to restore order after the fences were taken down by previous governments, and the ravenous wolves were allowed out to do what is in their nature, which is to slaughter the sheep and grow fat doing so.

Allah To Put Up With


by James Killough

What set me off yesterday was driving to lunch in Weho with my friend Louise Ward.  No, it wasn’t the fact that I knew Louise had scheduled lunch at the café in department boutique Fred Seagal’s just so she could get some shopping in as well as seeing me.  I have long since let any irritation over Louise’s ADHD give way to admiration and even a little envy that I don’t have it myself.  The cause of my tutting was yet another program on NPR, this one about the Arab Spring, which has now officially given over into some sort of Arab Scorched-Earth Summer.

Caro & Jeunet's "City of Lost Children" captures a type of Steampunk style, which uses anachronistic technology of the kind the Victorians might have envisioned as the future.

At a certain point over pasta primavera, Louise mentioned how there was a scandal about a certain someone saying something un-PC about Muslims.  “Oh, fuck that,” I blurted.  “The Muslim world is like a Steampunk version of the Middle Ages with modern technology.  Say whatever you want about them.  I’ve had enough.”