I don't have Cable. I had Cable once and it didn't matter. Television sucks no matter how it comes into your heart and home. It, however, doesn't suck to millions; for instance, look at how many geeky people adore this American Idol
phony BS--American music being determined by a sarcastic Brit, a has-been disco queen (who screws the best-looking young men on the show), and a black guy who nobody had ever heard of until this stupid show)--but, oh no, to millions of airhead Amuricans television is their sole connection to a world they truly believe they live in, a world of fear, a world of scary predictions, a world of threatening statements with no solutions, a world two-faced interviewers interviewing two-faced people (today ABC had Newtie Boy Gingrich on talking about the Virginia Tech shootings--and what a sick old joke and white man Gingrich is), like politicians (television is currently promoting the Rudi Guiliani presidential campaign--and just yesterday I heard a right winger saying that Rudi was leading in the polls against both Obama and Sister Hillery), stock market experts (call them "touts"), moral investigators, tinhorn preachers, megachurch preachers, pansy-looking priests (they are, they are!), Con Ed reps, trendy babes from like Money Magazine
(I worked for Time Inc. when it was founded by a man who wasn't an economist but simply a journalist), and these constantly cooking chefs, and the ever-present 30-minute pesky infomercials (I to this day cannot see why anyone would buy items off television. I mean anything from jewelry, to juicing machines, to clothes, to coins--to Kevin Trudeau who has the answer to everything in the books he hustles, very successfully, too, I might add, even though Kevin is a felon, having spent some time in the hoosegow for some of his infomercialing). Like these training machines, weight-loss schemes, no-down payment and foreclosure real estate get rich quick schemes, and the newest sucker thing being these stock market analyzing software programs in which green and red tell you when to buy or sell--all these programs are base on the same stock market theory, the one invented by a Frenchman back in the late 1800s. The Frenchman said there was a median level in stock market upward and downward moving that if you invested on this line, you couldn't lose; of course that's bullshit, but hey, several white men are getting quite rich promoting these things as sure ways to make like one infomercial stooge said he made: $35,000 a month--and any logically thinking human animal surely knows that's surely ridiculous. It's like if you are a statistician (the basis of Sociology) you know if you have one person making
(winning) $35,000 a month on the stock market there has to be someone losing
$35,000 at the same time. For every stock sold there has to be a buyer or vice versa.
In the physical fitness scam world there is a new-type training machine infomercial on every thirty minutes on the cheap channels. The Butt Wrangler, the Ab Attainer, the Thigh Thinner, the Training Ball--that's one of my favorites, a big round rubber piece of crap looking ball that already trim and hot babes stretch their workout suited bodies over--hey, I can see young boys masturbating to these commercials--though, maybe not, it's too easy to get naked babes off the Internet these days doing just about anything sexually that will drive a young boy mad with masturbatory lust.
That's all television is: Masturbation. It's like watching Oprah masturbate at 4 pm every afternoon. Plus she has an audience full of adoring masturbating women (mostly white women, you ever notice that?). Or David Letterman masturbating on his late night show. You name the personality, all they are doing is tooting their own dominance over you and me--the stupid jack-offs who watch these shows and give them credence of some kind. Oprah's entertaining and that's what television is, a bad bad form of entertainment. Even PBS, which originally was going to honor the best that can be produced in television has turned out to be a failure due to the political struggles between the right wingers and the left wingers it has had to suffer since it's beginnings--the Repugnicans have always hated PBS and wanted it unfunded.
PBS is currently running a very right wing look at how America going about the world starting these wars and decimating these countries is actually a good thing--it is bringing freedom to these poor people who live in the desert and wear towels around their heads--we love Jews; we hate Arabs. We think Iranians are Arabs; we really do. Yet, ironically, we are selling new weapons to Saudi Arabia this week! Hot damn, ain't irony fun? More ironically is we are selling our ports and highway systems to Dubai, which is a democracy, right? Hell no, it's ruled by a Royal Family same as Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates. (Notice how Yemen is not longer a hotbed of commie and Arab revolt?)
And cartoons. Forget it. Watch some of these billions of kiddie programs they have on most of the mornings and afternoons and even on network television on the weekends. I mean there are the normal corny shows like Sesame Street
(I never understood why this show is so well thought of--it's corny as hell to me), but then there are these very strange shows that use cartoon sloths (I kid you not), squirrels, rabbits (I like the episode with the gay rabbits), piglets, dragons (dragons are big, big on teevee), strange-looking anthropomorphic beasts of unknown origin (except the cartoonist's mind; probably the mind of a Taiwanese cartoonist since most of our cartoons are now drawn, colored, and animated in Taiwan), and monkeys--monkeys are cute, though a mad chimpanzee will eat your baby in the jungle--chimps turn meateaters occasionally. (Remember, you can be savage with impunity in the Jungle.)
And, by the way, while I'm on the monkeys, yep, the chimp (check out my tribute to Cheeta (Jiggs) a few posts back) and us have almost the same DNA, and I heard that on television, too, on one of those PBS nature shows that simply are remakes of past nature shows over and over again, like shows on monkeys, lions, tigers, cheetahs, alligators/crocs, snakes--how they screw comes first--and it's perfectly all right to show beasts F-ing on teevee but not humans (again, go to the Internet if you wanna see human animals doing it--and by the way, if we followed our chimp forebears in sexual practices we'd be a much happier society), then how the babies are born, and then how they have to eat--ah, nature photographers love watching their favorite beasts tackling, choking, then eating raw say a lowly wildebeest, or poor antelope or giselle (I've eaten giselle steaks before and they are damn good grilled over an open fire). Very seldom are grass-eating animals studied on these nature shows (except for elephants, which man adores but is scared to death of). A lot of nature photographers, too, are interestingly husband and wife teams. See what you can learn off teevee. By the way, human animals want to arrest all other animals and put them in jail--ZOOs--take over their natural habitats and ruin them for the benefit of Chinese commie steak eaters.
And cartoon human animals. My God, check out their eyes, that's the giveaway that they're all drawn in Taiwan. Asians love oval eyes; they hate their almond eyes--so stupid--forced on them by the white invaders that have invaded their countries viciously since the imperial ventures of Britain, Germany, the French, the Dutch, and, of course, the good ole USA in the late 1800s near the turn of the 20th Century--chinks, gooks, slanteyes--yep, that does tend to make even a superior to you feel inferior. In loving oval eyes, these cartoonists exaggerate them--all white kids in cartoons look bug-eyed their oval eyes are so big--even though you still see the almond eye in the oval eye since Asian artists draw eyes naturally as almond eyes--the oval eye is a distortion to them.
Plus the messages in these cartoons. What the hell are they?
Everyone on television or who makes their living on television is phony, two-faced, living in a world that most of us will never really experience, a world of constant smiling--even when trying to be sad teevee personalities still keep a sort of a jolly way of speaking when they're reporting on something as ludicrously vicious as the massacre at Virginia Tech--a world of constant condescension, too. Even the tons of chefs on teevee are pompously condescending. They assume we're all eating out of cans and drinking a quick beer to wash it down--and that may be true, because how many of us can afford to eat in these chefs's restaurants--or for that matter, who amongst us can afford the cost of these meals these superchefs cook on teevee?--and, too, these chefs are mostly all successful restaurant owners, like Lydia or Ming. They all go to the same schools, too, if you listen closely to them--like Ming and the hot Spanish babe with the big bazooms, Daisy, both claim they studied with Julia Child, or at that Paris culinary school, Cordon Bleu--I'm tired of this already it's even boring writing about teevee. I'm yawning now instead of growling.
Teevee is totally full of shit. Believe nothing you see on teevee. It's all staged--even the baseball games are dependent for their starting times on Fox Network; because of this players have to play in late afternoons in ballparks mostly facing east so that in the afternoons the sun is dead in the players's eyes, unless the grandstands are huge and then, that throws a huge shadow running from the plate almost out to the pitcher--so that when the pitcher throws the white baseball from the sunshine into that shadow--well, you can see how it might effect the outcome of a game. Baseball is supposed to be played around 12:30 or 1 pm--the perfect time to play baseball. In the old days, doubleheaders were called twilight doubleheaders because the second game of a double header would start after the sun was sunk low enough the shadow wasn't a consideration.
By the way, Yankee fans; forget it; until we get some reliable pitching, we're facing another year like last year, except last year the Yankees swept Boston in five games the first time they played--this time Boston is sweeping the Yankees--and yes, Boston will win today; the Yankees are pitching a guy who is a A ball pitcher who pitched only two games in Double A ball--and who accidentally won his first outing as a Yankee--though he did give up 6 runs including home runs. This is why you are going to see more and more Japanese pitchers coming into our leagues. Japanese pitchers must pitch many more years under contract to the Japanese leagues before they are considered free agents and up for grabs by the American teams. That means these Japanese pitchers are well-seasoned by the time they come here. They usually don't last, but when they first come here and start pitching they look like phenoms. Same with Japanese hitters.
By the bye, did you know that when Jackie Robinson played MLB baseball, there were more blacks playing in both leagues than now. There honestly never were many blacks on the Yankees--though the Yankees have always had a Latino or two on their teams. MLB-ers don't consider Latino players black, no matter how black they are. Latinos and whites now rule the roost in MLB. There are fewer and fewer black players every year--replaced by Japanese maybe? Baseball is a white sport, folks--so are football, golf (a Dutch-derived word--the Dutch sailors started the game when they while on shore leave would hit balls made of gutta percha at holes they dug along the beaches (why a lot of Brit courses are seaside)), volley ball, hockey (one black player ever in hockey), and basketball.
Yesterday morning, I heard one of my favorite wolves in priestly clothing, Father Lawrence Lucas, the Catholic chaplain at Rikers Island (the city prison) in NYC, say, "I lost interest in baseball when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and they tried to sell Jackie Robinson to the damn Giants."thegrowlingwolf
for The Daily Growler Check Out Father Lawrence Lucas Writing About Himself
Father Lawrence Lucas
As for my background, I’m an African “American” male, 73 years old, a longtime activist in the city, state, and especially Harlem community where I was born and reared. I was formerly a union delegate for District Council 37 and am currently a member of DC 37, Local 371. I am an author, lecturer and educator, former first vice president of Community School Board No. 5 and Community Planning Board No. 10. I currently work for the NYC Department of Correction as Deputy Director of Ministerial and Volunteer Services, with an office on Rikers Island. I’m also a Roman Catholic priest, having pastored for over 30 years in the Harlem community.
I learned activism very early from my mother, who was a one-woman army fighting greedy and uncaring landlords in our Harlem tenement. In the 1960s I wrote a syndicated column, produced a TV program for the NBC affiliate in Indiana, authored the book, Black Priest/White Church: Catholics and Racism, and cofounded the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. In the 1980s I was in the streets as an organizer of the December 12th Movement that protested racist murders and police brutality, and worked with other social justice movements that followed.