Over the past couple months I was on a number of occasions so rash and so bold as to make some predictions, involving the politics of sport, and the sport of politics.
Now that the events to which I applied my prognostications have come to pass, it seems only fair to review how I did.
Let us say: my record was not perfect.
In truth, I am heartened by this. For this is Lucifer’s world. And if my predictions had perfectly aligned with what came to be, this would, it seems to me, be an indicator that my mind tracks too closely that of the Evil One.
So I’m glad that, at least some of the time, I was wrong. Could be there’s hope for me yet. : /
Complete results beyond the “furthur.”
Just so we’re clear about where we are, the photo below depicts on the right the new House Majority Leader, John Boehner, and on the left Rich Iott, a teabagging freak who sought, unsuccessfully, a seat in the House from Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District.
Iott is the fellow who likes to dress up as a Nazi and “re-enact” Nazi victories in WWII.
Boehner gave him $5000, and went to Ohio to campaign for him.
The Nazi unit whose regalia Iott dons was one that had among its members Josef Mengele, who later went on to fame and fortune as a noted torturer of Jews. The unit itself methodically killed Hungarian Jews in March and April of 1945, before surrendering to American forces in Austria.
Iott loves him these Nazis:
“I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things. I mean, they took over most of Europe and Russia, and it really took the combined effort of the free world to defeat them. From a purely historical military point of view, that’s incredible.”
Beyond the “furthur” you can find a picture of Iott smiling in his Nazi get-up, wherein he assumes the name “Reinhard Pferdmann.” As well as an immortal comment posted to the Great Pumpkin from one mellowinman, describing his reaction to the news that GOoPers have now so debased themselves that they hug to their breasts office-seekers who get their thrill from impersonating the people who perpetrated the Holocaust.
That’s who’s in charge of the House of Representatives now, folks.
George II, out on the hustings promoting his new book, Decision Points (previewed here and here), has told Matt Lauer of NBC that the “all-time low” of his presidency was achieved when Kanye West, in the midst of a September 2005 fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, spoke truth on national television: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
“You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your presidency?” Lauer asked Bush[.]
“Yes. My record was strong, I felt, when it came to race re-lations and giving people a chance. And—it was a disgusting moment,” Bush responded[.]
Further spake George:
“It was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency. He called me a racist. I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”
Oh, but it is true. And you know it. And that is why West’s words grieve you so, still. Because they’re true.
Courtesy of Repeating Islands, comes this, which is deeply cool. Underwater sculpture by artist Jason de Caires Taylor; lifelike figures cast from real people and placed on the sea floor off Isla Mujeres in Mexico, and Moliniere Bay on the west coast of Grenada.
His most recent in-stallation, the one off Mexico, required eight months to complete, and features people talking, walking, working, thinking . . . dreaming.
Taylor uses inert, PH-neutral concrete that doesn’t pollute the water. The sculptures attract sea life, becoming home to coral and other marine creatures. The figures off Grenada, which were installed in 2008, already exhibit “sea change,” as they are adapted into the undersea environment.
Spend some time at Taylor’s website, here. Pretty much magic. I could post these images forever. Probably I will.