The perfect game show for these times

by Joey deVilla on November 28, 2016

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Thanks to Dave Winer for the find!

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And more power to Cordozar Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus for doing so. After all, the gangsta rapper dream is to eventually get out of the ’hood, make a nice fortune, go legit, and hang with Martha Stewart.

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Don’t you just love that “deep clean” feeling?

Many housing developments in Florida — mine included — have little lakes, most of which have continuously-running fountains to keep the water moving and prevent them from being mosquito breeding areas. In Lauderhill’s Waterford Park complex, a naked woman seems to have found another use for them on Thanksgiving morning, as the photo above shows.

According to the news report:

It took a couple of Lauderhill Fire Rescue divers to remove the woman from the fountain. They also got her out of the lake at the Waterford Park complex safely.

Authorities believe she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

I can’t say I blame her — a little intoxication is part of Thanksgiving, and once you’ve tried one of those fancy Japanese toilets, it’s hard to go back.

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Two Thanksgiving stories you’ll want to hear

by Joey deVilla on November 24, 2016

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Click the image to see the source.

(I don’t really get why some people are so icked-out by the word “moist”.)

It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., so any and all posts today on the Accordion Guy blog are about being thankful. If you live in the U.S. or any of the G7 countries (it used to be the G8, but we’re giving Russia a time-out), you are so far ahead of the curve that you’ve got plenty to be thankful for, even with the news headlines as they are.

Whether or not it’s Thanksgiving where you are, take a moment and reflect on what you have, be thankful, and then work to make the world — all of it, not just your little corner — a better place. And yes, even the smallest contribution helps.

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If you’re looking for some interesting listening while driving to your Thanksgiving dinner destination or preparing the meal, here’s something you might like: Snap Judgement’s Gratitude 2016 episode. Snap Judgement is a great public radio show featuring some fantastic stories and storytelling, and it’s on high rotation on my phone’s podcast apps.

The Gratitude 2016 episode features stories about being thankful and you listen to it in its entirety with the player below…

…or you can listen to one of its stories, a sweet one that starts off being about a boyfriend, but ends up being about family:

Also worth checking out is last year’s episode, Gratitude 2015, whose stand-out story is also about family, a father and a son, life and death, and a kid’s very funny idea of what “the birds and the beeds” is actually about.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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“Hail Hydra…er, I mean Trump!”

by Joey deVilla on November 23, 2016

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The Hydra Oath, as it appeared for the first time in Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales #135, August 1965.

For the longest time, only a comic book geek (such as myself) would’ve recognized the catchphrase “Hail Hydra!”.

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It’s the battle cry of Hydra, the secret “world-wide subversive organization dedicated to global domination” headed by former Nazi Baron Wolfgang von Strucker and supported by the Red Skull. With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the catchphrase has become mainstream, thanks to its use in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Captain America, and other movies:

Hydra comes off as pretty cartoonish in the comic books (especially the ones from the ’60s and ’70s), and while they’ve been updated to be a little less goofy in Marvel’s TV shows and movies, I always thought they were written was pretty silly and unrealistic. After all, who in the real world would be dim-witted or sociopathic enough to use “Hail [insert person or cause here]” as their battle cry?

Apparently, these guys. And the person or cause they’re hailing is the president-elect:

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The photo above is a still from an excerpt from the closing speech on Saturday made by Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who coined the euphemism “alt-right” (which really means “neo-Nazi”) and who runs the deceptively benign-sounding National Policy Institute (NPI):

This speech included these quotes that wouldn’t be terribly out of place at Hydra:

  • “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
  • “No one will honor us for losing gracefully. No one mourns the great crimes committed against us. For us, it is conquer or die.”
  • “The mainstream media — or perhaps we should refer to them in the original German — lügenpresse.”
  • “It’s not just that they are leftists and cucks. It’s not that many are genuinely stupid. One wonders if these people are people are all…or instead soulless golems animated by some dark power to repeat whatever talking point John Oliver stated the night before.”
  • “To be white is to be a striver, a crusader, an explorer, and a conqueror. We build, we produce, we go upward. And we recognize the central lie of American race relations. We don’t exploit other groups. We don’t gain anything from their presence. They need us, and not the other way around.”
  • “We are not meant to live in shame and weakness and disgrace. We are not meant to beg for moral validation from some of the most despicable creatures to ever populate the planet. We were meant to overcome — overcome all of this, because that is natural and normal for us!”
  • “America was, until this past generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation. It is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.”

I haven’t seen any commentary on the very last parts of the video, so let me be the first: in my (admittedly and thankfully) very limited experience with neo-Nazis, I have never seen two guys as eager to make their trademark salute as these two yobs:

The problem is that unlike Hydra, these guys aren’t comic book villains, but real ones.

Mind you, the comic book villains have also evolved, from trying to take over the world with superweapons like the Cosmic Cube (which is called the Tesseract in the movies)…

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…to even more frightening ones, namely rhetoric and propaganda. Here’s a Red Skull speech from the new Captain America comic book series. This issue was released in May, and although it was released a good six months before Spencer made his speech (and written before that), a lot of it sounds Spencer’s speech and some of the messaging during the election:

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The Red Skull makes a familiar-sounding speech in Captain America #1 (2016 series), released in May 2016. Click the comic to see the hate at full size.

Seeing this speech, the installation of Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist, and many other signs, I’m reminded of this quote by Professor Halford E. Luccock, Professor at Yale University’s Divinity School from September 1938:

“When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled ‘made in Germany’; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, ‘Americanism’.”

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I’ll close with this very apt comic from Chainsawsuit:

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Click the comic to see the source.

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Damn right, Mr. Clemens.

by Joey deVilla on November 22, 2016

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