Tuesday, July 16, 2013

When The Devil Is On Your Back "Shake Him Off " Scapegoating For Dummies

Cause fire is the devil's only friend "American Pie" Don McClean

Americans of all colors need to ask themselves - are you being played by American media stooges?  The American media is using the "Show Trial" of George Zimmerman, to gin up ratings and racial animus.

The media covered the trial (alledged local crime) like a day time soap opera. No minutia was too small not to comment on. The media is boasting some of it's highest ratings  for "making up" what didn't exist in reality, playing on old fears, and  animus.   NBC is being sued for editing audio to make it sound like George Zimmerman said something racist, when it's been proven he didn't (defamation). The media doesn't get more corrupt then that folks. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called George Zimmerman a murderer, and not the "alleged" kind. Why is the media so invested in turning George Zimmerman into the archetypal white male southern racist? If the ole white racist bogey man won't present himself, it becomes necessary to create one out of what is available, for instance George Zimmerman. You can't keep the sheep from scattering without constructing a wolf that threatens them.  (The 48 Laws of Power)  Law 42, Strike at the shepard and the sheep will scatter, make sure you scroll down to the end, and the warning.  This is exactly what happened to George Zimmerman, registered democrat, of mixed Afro Peruvian descent, he was turned into a wolf-man or if you prefer his lawyer's description, the media turned him into a monster. For instance, I have read where George Zimmerman has been referred to as white because of his father. If that's the case Barack Obama is white because of his mother. The US media collectively made a decision for ratings, and or political necessity that they needed to reconstruct the white southern male racist bogey man -archetype. To create racial animus,  and deflect from what is currently trending in the news cycle - multiple scandals. 

Why the fear that the sheep would scatter in the first place? Barack Obama was reelected for a second term by overwhelming Black and Hispanic support.  Has anyone taken a look at the sky high unemployment rate of both of these demographics? The Black unemployment rate for June rose to 13.7. Since their employment situation hasn't gotten any better it might be helpful to resurrect an old bogey man to distract them from their frustration of not being able to find gainful employment.  The fact they don't have a job give's them something to do with their idle time. Like I don't know protest and riot/ If  I was Black in the U.S., I would be feeling oppressed too.  Using the show trial of George Zimmerman gives the current administration the ability to create a way for the people they are failing to vent - without having that animus directed at them. After creating the racial animus, the media can in turn gin up their ratings by covering the result of their efforts, the protest, and riots.  So I ask my fellow Americans of all colors, do you like being played for a fool? 

The Black American Alliance Leadership was protesting yesterday too, but I bet no one heard or read about their protest. They are protesting the current amnesty bill that passed the US Senate. Imagine what's going to happen to Black and Hispanic unemployment rates if this bill passes the House of Representatives?  You can read about it here in the NYTs.  No Justice, No Peace, Indeed.  

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. "The Usual Suspects"

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants it's pound of flesh
But I like to keep somethings to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn

And I've been a fool, I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around....

And it's hard to dance with the devil on your back
So shake him off

Friday, July 12, 2013

Never Remove The Mask Kemosabe

The Lone Ranger, Disney's Homage To Americana

Johnny Depp, reinterprets iconic western character Tonto, for Disney's homage to Americana "The Lone Ranger". In doing so he did something I do all the time when I blog.  I use images as a writing device. Johnny Depp, used Kirby Sattler's art, and incorporated "I Am Crow" to depict a character of his own creation, he used it as a "device" for his interpretation of Tonto, faithful Indian companion of the Lone Ranger. Actor's will put their own stamp on a character. For instance which do you prefer Willie Wonka, and the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? The iconic Gene Wilder's version or Johnny Depp's reinterpretation?  There is bound to be a comparison when ever there is a remake of iconic material. Johnny Depp is a character actor, so he isn't mimicking another actor's interpretation of the same character, he's putting his own stamp on the character.  I believe this is in part, because he respect's fellow actor's body of work. I have not read one review that asks: Why didn't John Depp mimic iconic Jay Silverheels' version of Tonto?  I remember when Ricky Gervise accused Johnny Depp of phoning in his contribution to the movie "The Tourist". That wasn't the case with The Lone Ranger, he went all in.

There is so much going on in the movie The Lone Ranger, it's busy, which is why in my opinion the movie ran so long - over 2 hours. The movie's demographic appears to be teenage A.D.D. suffers, but it would be torture to hold their teenage butt's in a theater seat for that length of time. The movie begins in 1933 San Francisco at a carnival sideshow. An old west tent that is holding the images of our recent past, for instance a bison that is already passing from the American consciousness, and the noble Indian (Americana). The director employs an old story telling device. Think Emilio Estevez,  and his character Brushy Bill Robert's recounting his life in the movie Young Guns. The Lone Ranger also uses flash backs to explain the plot of the movie. The plot hinges on Justice vs Revenge theme. There are other themes running through the movie, for instance, American Indian stoicism, the warrior ethos, American naivete, and a cannibal scene.  The Lone Ranger isn't a movie for young children.  Despicable Me 2 debuted the same weekend as The Lone Ranger.  Despicable Me 2 was the box office winner the weekend it debuted.  American's should take heart.  American parent's still know what's appropriate for their younger children to be viewing. If asked I am sure Johnny Depp would agree. This isn't a movie for younger children. When this movie makes it to cable -television, I am betting the cannibal scene will be edited out.

I don't want to spoil the movie for people who haven't seen it yet, but there is some notable dialog. The title of this post. Tonto: Never remove the mask. Is that a hat tip to The Dark Knight, and Kick Ass (Outlaws)? The need for a mask to work outside the system, when the system has been corrupted. The Lone Ranger was the first to don the mask.  When John Reid DA (The Lone Ranger) pleads with the chief of a Comanche tribe not to retaliate against the attack on his people by responding to the US. Cavalry, his response was stoic, and set the theme for the Indian's involved in the conflict. He replied "It doesn't matter we are already ghost".  The warrior ethos theme is both present in the Texas Rangers, and the Comanche.  The Texas Rangers "they died with their boots on"  The warrior ethos involves deciding how one will die, and the honor of choosing to die in battle. Think of the movie "300" and King Leonidas, when he tells the traitor of the Spartan's at the end of the movie "May You Live Forever". And finally the cannibal scene. There are old legendary accounts of (some) American Indian tribes practicing cannibalism. Eating the heart of their defeated enemy to gain their bravery, and strength after their death (legend, myth). There is no way that Disney was going to have anyone portraying an American Indian played as a cannibal, but apparently the director felt it was necessary for the old west ambiance.  Tonto explains during the movie that nature is out of balance (which involves scary bunnies) hat tip to Monty Python? Tonto through out the movie, and up until the end, believes they are tracking evil spirits. Tonto believes in order to kill these evil spirits it requires a silver bullet*. It's one of these evil spirits "villains" that cut's out and eat's the heart of a Texas Ranger in the beginning of the movie. Which brings us back to Justice vs Vengeance, and the importance of why the Lone Ranger's mask must never be removed.

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The Lone Ranger, has been reviewed, and it's been categorized with the flop White House Down.  It doesn't belong in that category. This movie might have been too ambitious-busy, it does deliver what it promises "Americana" in spades.  White House Down, belongs with the flops Gigli and Howard the Duck.  Some reviews suggest it missed the mark with movie goers, because of the resurrection of such an old icon as the Lone Ranger. That there isn't a demographic for the updated Lone Ranger movie. So far the movie has made over 81 million dollars world wide. Young Gun's is a good example of a successful western based on a legendary character "Billy The Kid" looking for his long lost promised pardon from the Governor of New Mexico.  When I read reviews, that claim the reason The Lone Ranger, wasn't a box office success was, because The Lone Ranger is an old iconic western figure, that doesn't play to modern demographics. I am reminded that Young Guns was a western based on the same kind of character, as was Wyatt Earp and the movie Tombstone.  It's a superficial throw away observation. I have read a review on Huffington Post that stated the movie was about manifest destiny (duh) but the reviewer still found the movie entertaining. That's called phoning it in.

"If You Don't Watch Out Captain Benge Will Get You"  Never say Benge, there were rumors of cannibalism when "Cherokee Bob Benge" attacked settlers in central Appalachia. Red haired half brother of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet. Traditionally American Indians, rely on oral tradition to pass down their culture and customs through story telling. Another hat tip to Americana by Disney in the making of The Lone Ranger. 

For a review by an actual Comanche, you can read Bad Eagle "Johnny Depp's New Comanche "Tonto" and Johnny Depp, LaDonna Harris, The Lone Ranger and the Comanches. 

I recommend The Lone Ranger. In the words of the immortal Hunter Thompson "Buy the ticket, take the ride".

 The Lone Ranger, The Ultimate Outlaw Trailer 2013.