January 20, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Sponge Bob Tea Party Crank of the Day

Sponge Bob Tea Party Crank of the Day.

In the amazing Sunday piece in the Times we meet Tea Party hawks who believe in cutting taxes and spending across the board, but can’t IMAGINE losing these benefits themselves.  We see how 1 of 4 dollars in middle class income now comes from government aid of various kinds.  Also that red states, the ones who vote Republican most reliably, get more than they pay.  Blue states paradoxically give more than they get. The best part of this is that when they are asked about how they could be for cutting and for taking they break down and cry.  Their brains overload and they can no longer compute!   Maybe what they really mean to say, but just cannot find the words, is that they want benefits for those who are good like them, but oppose it  for OTHERS. And then we could ask them what they mean.  Looking at some of the Tea Party posters of Obama we can take a good guess.





The Debt Ceiling Crisis of the last week was a political nuke that spread its fallout everywhere.  The US government was held hostage by radical crazies on the Right, seizing on a procedural device to affect the government’s self-destruction. A unique event in American history and one Obama was spiritually and tactically unprepared for.  It looked to America to be a thing out the blue, but was actually planned and plotted for months in advance. And it was no secret, thus probably inviting a harsh judgement by history of all involved. The Washington Post asked me to highlight some key scenes.

(This is an example of the kind of formatting flexibility I am hoping newspapers and magazines will move to now.  I was able to come at this assignment in three ways: a  full page in print, in the Outlook section, as a web click-through and then also prepare a video of one of the pieces being made. Very grateful to Cory Haik, Janet Michaud and Kristin Lenz for the vision and help.  And to the great team reporting by the Post.)









Here’s the video feature:

It’s in the Bag

My conversion to the Tea Party is now complete with the primary win tonight of Tea Hearth-Throb Christine O’Donnell.  The biggest news about her and her pals is that while Hard Righties like her used to hide behind posturing euphemisms of various kinds, now the vogue is to let everything hang out. Not only are they backward, stupid, venal and racist . . . they are proud of it! And how they love that tea,  even if the Tea Bag that goes down is their own party.  This Senate seat will go Democrat now in Delaware because of Chrissy, the angel whose light will guide Delaware and the world.

Here’s her former campaign manager:

Apples Are Red!!!

Seen today on W. 93rd St: a mother in a greengrocer’s buying a yellow apple.  Her baby was struggling with the concept.  “Apples are RED!” he kept insisting.  The patient mom took time and explained this to him.  “All apples are not the same.  Here is a yellow one!”  Clearly out of his comfort zone the little fellow insisted on the old reality.  I’m sure he will come round.  It did remind me of the current political scene.  About 20% of the electorate are having a rough time accepting realities that take them out of their comfort zone.  Glenn Beck viewers who don’t like that, for example, we NEED immigration in the United States, you CAN’T cut taxes during wars and depressions, human sexuality is NOT all the same, multi-national corporations ARE the Big Brother you think the government is, and they ARE behind Global Warming, which IS real, Medicare and Social Security ARE government programs, etc. What Glenn and the Becker-heads need, of course is a patient Mommy to explain reality to them.  They used to have this when the media choices were limited to professional outlets.  But now why bother when with FOX News they can have “reality”. And all apples can be red for always. ‘Night Mother.

No You Can’t

The Tea Party Right found themselves seized up in the last two days.  Calling obscene names at Democratic legislators; last night shouting ugly words at Stupak on the floor of the House Chamber.  They will now have to deal with clearly being seen as the party of “no”. Even more clearly they have exposed themselves as the party of hate.

From NBC:

Members of Congress were greeted by the N-word and other derogatory epithets on their way to see the president Saturday.

As the ugly side of the we-don’t-want-health-care-reform protests came out, the Tea Party activists’ behavior left several lawmakers in shock, reported the Huffington Post:

A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni–er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.