Blacks Talking Funny Like Whites

Above: Samples from hilarious  Buzzfeed video below

Above: Samples from hilarious Buzzfeed video below

• A different language is a different vision of life. —Federico Fellini

Above:  2010 Census : Blacks as Percent of Population

Above: 2010 Census: Blacks as Percent of Population

• “Yeah, I love being famous. It's almost like being white, y'know?” ―Chris Rock

1860   C  ensus of Slaves . source: retronaut.com    Slaves outnumbered "frees" in some states and comprised a third of the South's population.

1860 Census of Slaves. source: retronaut.com   
Slaves outnumbered "frees" in some states and comprised a third of the South's population.

• “Race is there. You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.”
― Jon Stewart

Above: Growth of Hispanics (purple) outpaces  Blacks (red)  and all others.  Whites (blues) decline .

Above: Growth of Hispanics (purple) outpaces Blacks (red) and all others. Whites (blues) decline.

• “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.” ―Tiger Woods

• “A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.” ―Barack Obama

Above: Increased  polarization  over three decades

Above: Increased polarization over three decades

• "Words are my language." —Patty Warren

Jon Stewart Explains War on ISIS

Islamic State in Iraq Syria ( ISIS ) = Islamic State in Levant ( ISIL )

Below: Enjoy Jon Stewart's dark humor about the dilemma:

Below: Jon Stewart remarks about ISIS as the most feared terrorists in the world:

Below: Michael Scheuer, Former CIA Intelligence Officer, Chief of the bin Laden Issue Station: ISIS wants to lure us in. 

Below Michael Sheurer explains why Americans and Brits are joining the fight with ISIS.

• “The Islamic State (IS) … formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) … or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) … is a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East ... (that) claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control” —wikipedia

• Under its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (b. 1971), ISIS has grown significantly … we've seen figures on the low side of 8,000, on the high side over 50,000. Go figure, they're a loose group. 

• "By the start of this summer (2014) there were as many as 12,000 foreign fighters, from more than 70 countries, fighting for ISIS." —I.C.S.R., King’s College London/NYer

• “al-Baghdadi was held at Camp Bucca as a 'civilian internee' by US Forces-Iraq from February until December 2004, when he was recommended for an 'unconditional release' by a Combined Review and Release Board. A number of newspapers, in contrast, have stated that al-Baghdadi was interned from 2005 to 2009. These reports originated in an interview of Army Col. Kenneth King, the former commander of Camp Bucca, and are not substantiated by US Department of Defense records.” —wikipedia

• “German Chancellor Merkel said Germany would arm the Kurds — a semi-independent ethnic group in northern Iraq – fighting ISIS militants. This is what you could call a big deal: Germany hasn’t gotten involved like this in an ongoing conflict since WWII.” —theSkimm.com 

British PM David Cameron after the UK raised its terror threat level to severe for the first time since January 2010: “ISIL is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before.”

• “ISIS poses a threat well beyond the region. With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries.” —Secretary of State John Kerry 

BBC map June 2014

BBC map June 2014

•  “Saudi King warns ISIS will reach U.S. in 2 months.” —Fox News 9.2.14
• “There are new fears that (ISIS) could aim at ‘soft targets’ within the U.S.” —Fox News 9.2.14

“The only clear lesson from all of this is that no matter the propagandistic script used, U.S. military action in that region virtually never fulfills the stated goals (nor is it intended to do so), and achieves little other than justifying endless military action for its own sake … Does anyone really believe that ‘limited’ bombing of Syria and Iraq in a rage against ISIS will result in anything other than more justifications for military action in that region?” —Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

• Below: Watch the Marx Brothers rally for war (worth a minute or two):

Banksy's Art Will Provoke You

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• Banksy is the pseudonym for the anti-commercial and highly-secretive British artist and activist whose satirical street graffiti and mashups have appeared sporadically in England, New York, Los Angeles (placing a Gitmo-prisoner replica at Disneyland) and the West Bank. 

• Below: Watch and listen to "Sirens of the Lambs" heading for slaughter from Banksy's 2013 stay in New York City.

• Below: Banksy art in the West Bank:

• Below: Banksy's edgy opening couch gag for a 2010 Simpsons episode, depicting beyond-the-pale sweatshops churning out animation cels and merchandise. "According to Banksy, the storyboard ‘led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walkout by the (Korean) animation department.’ Executive director Al Jean jokingly said, ‘This is what you get when you outsource.’ "

• Below: Banksy added the Nazi officer to the $50 scenic print, then secretly returned it to the NYC Housing Works thrift store. After Banksy identified himself online as the embellisher, the store reportedly auctioned the painting for $615,000. 

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• Below: Banksy "unmasked" in Jamaica according to dailymail.co.uk, which reports he was born in 1974 and that "a network of myths has grown up around him. That his real name is Robin Banks. That he used to be a butcher ... that Banksy is actually a collective of artists and doesn't exist at all."

• Below: For really curious fans, watch this 10-minute tour of Banksy's show at his hometown Bristol (England) Museum. We love the bizarre animatronic dioramas featuring a cosmetics-testing bunny, chirping McNuggets chicks and swimming fish sticks. Overlook the so-so production values. Suggest full screen for details.  

• “Known for his contempt for the government in labelling graffiti as vandalism … Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti."

 • Banksy's first film, "Exit Through the Gift Shop," billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie," was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

• Banksy was named “Person of the Year” at the 2014 Webby Awards for the online presentation of his month-long “Better Out Than In” performance in New York in October 2013 — creating a surprising new piece of public art each day for a month.  

• Animated Banksy art at top by Fizzdom. Additional sources: wikipedia; artist Patrick Mclynn who turned us on to Banksy years ago.

The Maniacal Mind of Richard Nixon

More Nixon:

• "You don't know how to lie. If you can't lie, you'll never go anywhere." — Nixon's advice to a political associate

• "I'm not going to be the first American president to lose a war." — Nixon in October 1969, six years before the Vietnam War finally ended

• "The only place where you and I disagree is with regard to the bombing. You're so goddamned concerned about civilians and I don't give a damn. I don't care." — to Henry Kissinger — quoted in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg

• "I call it the Madman Theory, Bob. I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry and he has his hand on the nuclear button." — quoted in The Ends of Power by Robert Haldeman

• "I don't give a shit what happens. I want you all to stonewall—plead the Fifth Amendment, cover-up, or anything else. If that will save it, save the plan." — Watergate cover-up

• Below: Stephen Colbert looks back at the ups and downs of the Nixon presidency. Gives Nixon credit for notable accomplishments. Worth 4 minutes.

Yet More Nixon:

• "Reagan is not one that wears well ... on a personal basis, is terrible ...  isn't pleasant to be around ... strange." — in 1972

• "The Irish can't drink ... they get mean." — to Chuck Colson

• "The Italians, of course, those people course don't have their heads screwed on tight." — to Chuck Colson

August 9, 1974

August 9, 1974

Still more Nixon: 

• "Well, did you do any fornicating this weekend?" — to David Frost before a 1977 interview

• "I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue." — Nixon reflecting on the Watergate scandal in 1978

• "Voters quickly forget what a man says." — Nixon

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• "The tradition only goes back about 40 years, when Richard Nixon started wearing a flag lapel pin regularly ... got the idea from Bob Haldeman — who picked it up from Robert Redford’s 1972 film, “The Candidate.” — Stephen Ambrose per Washington Post

"The Justice Department has agreed to pay $18 million to the estate of former President Richard M. Nixon in compensation for presidential papers, photographs and tape recordings that were seized after Mr. Nixon's resignation in 1974." — New York Times, June 2000

• From USA Today: Corrections & Clarifications:
"A story Feb. 21, 2005 wrongly attributed a quote to Richard Nixon as saying Hunter S. Thompson was that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character. It was Thompson who made the remark about Nixon."

(additional sources: hbo, about.com, wikiquote.org, brainyquotes.com)

 

Spyers, Liars, Pants on Fire

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• Below: Replaying earlier Fizzdom post about Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's classic whopper.

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• "By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth." — George Carlin

• Below: Jon Stewart looks at CIA's checkered history including torture and the recent breach of Senate Intelligence Committee files, plus Senator Dianne Feinstein's outrage and her ironic inconsistencies about privacy. (video is longish but worth the time)

• Below: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) calls for CIA Director John Brennan's firing for the agency's accessing Senate Intelligence Committee computers.

• Below: Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) blasts Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former NSA Director Keith Alexander for lying to Congress (in Jon Oliver animation above). 

• "Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth — to see it like it is, and tell it like it is — to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth." — Richard Nixon, accepting the presidential nomination in 1968 

 

Losing Their Minds on Capitol Hill

• Andy Borowitz writes for  The New Yorker

• Andy Borowitz writes for The New Yorker

• Video below: Stephen Colbert's jabs at the least productive Congress in American history

• "Face it, folks, we are a divided nation — divided by those who think with their head, and those who know with their heart.” — Stephen Colbert

• Below: Red states (GOP) and blue states (Dems) 2013

• Below: Hotbeds of discontent and willful ignorance:

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• Above: "The 435 House members and one-third of the Senate who face re-election could do so amid the lowest congressional approval ratings for a midterm election in modern political history. Gallup historically has found that low congressional approval ratings are associated with higher congressional turnover." — Gallup

•  “Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name.” — Henry Kissinger

Latinos Talking Funny Like Whites

Above: Screen shots + text from Buzzfeed.com's video below

• Watch Buzzfeed's hysterical video below starring Sofia Marie Gonzales and Norberto Briceno:

2010 Hispanic or Latino percent of county population

2010 Hispanic or Latino percent of county population

53 million - Hispanics in U.S. in 2012, the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority at 17%.
128.8 million - Estimated U.S. Hispanics in 2050, reaching 31% of total.

Non-Hispanic white Americans are projected to be a minority by 2043, when the total population will exceed 400 million people.

Above: Graph from hollywoodgossip.com based on 2010 U.S. Census  projections 

Above: Graph from hollywoodgossip.com based on 2010 U.S. Census  projections 

• Below: 1783 map of original 13 colonies surrounded by Spanish and British territories

map: stratfor.com

map: stratfor.com

Satirical Genius of Pawel Kuczynski

Above  : Watch   11 illustrations   cycle through ©Pawel Kuczynski

Above: Watch 11 illustrations cycle through ©Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski was born on August 12, 1976 in Szczecin, Poland.

• Focusing on satirical illustration since 2004, Kuczynski's work sharply articulates social, political and economic injustice.

• He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (Poland) with a specialization in graphics (drawing) and has received over 100 prizes and distinctions for his satirical art.

Pawel Kuczynski  animated by  fizzdom

Pawel Kuczynski animated by fizzdom

Animation of  Kuczynski  illustration:  Made by abvh  - http://madebyabvh.tumblr.com/

Animation of Kuczynski illustration: Made by abvh - http://madebyabvh.tumblr.com/

 • "Pawel Kuczynski captures the real in a satirical mode. His work forces us, in a most curious way, to stop and consider consequences of our actions and the credence we give to political decisions." — voiceseducation.org

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More Pawel Kuczynski illustrations at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pawel-Kuczynski/222849284410325
and
http://www.pawelkuczynski.com/index.php

• Affordable prints at:
http://www.pictorem.com/collectioncat.asp?author=Pawel+Kuczynski

Matt Damon's Obama Bromance

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Matt Damon: "(Obama) broke up with me. There are a lot of things that I really question, you know: the legality of the drone strikes, and these NSA revelations ... Jimmy Carter came out and said we don’t live in a democracy. That’s a little intense when an ex-president says that. So  (Obama's) got some explaining to do, particularly for a constitutional law professor."

•  Barack Obama"Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so right back atcha, buddy!”

Damon: "A one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better."

• Above: Watch Matt Damon's Top 10 Roles (WatchMojo.com)

• Damon's 2013 film Elysium "has been panned by conservatives for arguing for a socialist utopia as an alternative to a future world of haves and have-nots. The Occupy Wall Street-inspired plot line involves a wealthy elite class that has abandoned an overcrowded Earth for a luxury space station, leaving the rest of humanity in crime-ridden and poverty-stricken squalor."

• Actor, producer, writer Matt Damon (b. 10.8.70) has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and Water.org.

Damon was raised in Cambridge, MA near close friend Ben Affleck and neighbor/author/activist Howard Zinn. He dropped out of Harvard just short of a degree to pursue acting. 

• Damon is a supporter of the Democratic Party and hosted a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. He has been mentioned as a future political candidate

Freedom: What's It Mean To You?

• Which of the quotes above appeal to you?

• Which of the quotes above appeal to you?

• Original edits

• Original edits

• "The contradiction between the claim that 'all men are created equal' and the existence of American slavery attracted comment when the Declaration was first published. Although Jefferson had included a paragraph in his initial draft that strongly indicted Britain's role in the slave trade, this was deleted from the final version. Jefferson himself was a prominent Virginia slave holder having owned hundreds of slaves."

• "From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress."

• "Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin and all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed."

• "In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as President of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day." (quotes above: wikipedia)

• Above: A must-see for fireworks fans: New Year’s Eve 2013. Watch the city of Dubai break the Guiness world record for largest fireworks display, with 479,651 shells fired in just six minutes at a rate of almost 80,000 shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second.