Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sign of the Times?: Rogue Won (sic)

Street Artist Sabo on Rogue Won parody of the Disney Star Wars spinoff and Election 2016

In the run up to the premiere first cinematic Star Wars spin-off, famed street artist Sabo graced LA-LA land with a roguish parody which matched up Rogue One with Election 2016. 

These faux movie posted popped up all around Hollywood Boulevard.  Sabo's signs had a heroic Trump along with Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Julian Assange, Milo, Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInness. 

But Sabo was not the first one to make this connection. 

It seems the anti-hero depends up who is telling the story.  

Perhaps Disney will update Star Wars episode Five with "The Media Empire Strikes Back". But that may not be a part of the Culture Wars tales. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

R.I.P John Glenn Ad Astra

Spaceman John Glenn on his day in space

Friendship 7  orbiting capsule
The United States was behind in the Space Race against the Soviet Union. Three of the four Atlas rockets test rockets blew up before achieving orbit. The orbiting vehicle  was space capsule which  had the leg room of a Volkswagon Beetle with the aesthetic of a garbage can.  

Still NASA astronaut John Glenn braved the dangers of flying an prototype space vehicle in Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962 and orbited the Earth three times.

Mission Control believed that there was a problem with the heat shield which might cause Glenn to burn up on re-entry. Thus the flight protocol was changed on the fly and Glenn would have to make a manual splashdown. As it turned out, it was merely a malfunctioning gauge. The only harm to Glenn was that the pressure from blowing the hatch slightly cut the astronaut's knuckles through his gloves.

Despite the harried re-entry, the experienced NASA test pilot was poetic in recalling his time in space, harkening to the joy of seeing four sunsets in one day. Later, Glenn was received as a hero in Wall Street with a massive ticker-tape parade, larger than the celebration for Charles Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic. 

Glenn had intended to run for the US Senate in 1964 but had a withdraw due to a concussion. Glenn served as a Senator from Ohio from 1974 to 1999. 

In 1998, Glenn again flew into space on the Discovery Space Shuttle at age 77 to serve as a human guinea pig on geriatrics in space. Glenn is the oldest person to go into space.

Senator John Glenn died at age 95  on December 8, 2016 at Ohio State University's James Cancer Center.

Requiem in pacem ad astra 

General John Kelly on the Fight Today

Trump's pick for DHS Chief USMC Gen. John Kelly on the Fight Today

Andrew Torba on Free Speech in Social Media

Gab CEO Andrew Torba on Free Speech in Social Media

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On the Buckeye Jihadi and Political Correctness

When there were early reports of a mass casualty incident at The Ohio State University, progressive politicians instinctively inveighed against gun violence.

The reality was that the perpetrator  ran his car into a crowd of people, then exited the vehicle randomly attacking the stunned students with a butcher knife until being shot dead by a law enforcement officer.  The campus was put on lockdown until the incident ended. About a dozen innocent people were injured, one critically.

As details emerged from the act of terrorism, it became clear that the attacker was a Somalia transfer student to Ohio State. At the beginning of the year, the attacker had been interviewed by the student newspaper about practicing his Muslim beliefs on campus. His social media posts praised jihad. ISIS exulted the Buckeye jihad.  Yet an Ohio State Residents Life official tried to squelch any bad news about their fellow Buckeye in social media, while simultaneously promoting Black Lives Matter. 

On the Ohio State Terror Attack and the Buckeye Jihadi
One wonders if the university experience is now education a costly political correct indoctrination with supposed safe space for licentiousness. 

Pietro Aretino on Honesty

Pietro Aretino on Honesty

Oscar Wilde on Mourning

Oscar Wilde on Mourning