If The Pink Flamingo sounds a bit less optimistic than usual, it is because I am just that. In fact, …Read the Rest
20th Century US
I am not a philosopher or an expert in government. But, I know my history. I know it is just …Read the Rest
If anyone wants to know the real reason Newt is not on the ballot in Virginia, look no farther than …Read the Rest
In Part II, The Pink Flamingo will examine the historical implication of the railroads and why Stossel is completely incorrect …Read the Rest
This is about the absolute dishonest way that libertarians operate, spreading their slime, not able to tell the truth. If …Read the Rest
If you want proof there is no Sanity Clause, ask the tea party right why they want to violate the …Read the Rest
The Pink Flamingo is going to run this ahead of the other parts, which will be posted later this week. …Read the Rest
The latest losertarian mime on FOX is that we need to get rid of the minimum wage. Why, John Stossel …Read the Rest
The people of New Mexico have been trying to turn the remarkable, beautiful and extremely historic lands associated with the …Read the Rest
NOTE: The following post is an excuse for me to include one of my very favorite movie scenes! Naturally it …Read the Rest
According to The Daily Beast, hardly an unbiased source, The Great Man is now being compared to The Pink Flamingo’s mother’s favorite POTUS – Harry Truman.
“…They both gave hell and got hell.
As presidents, George W. Bush and Harry S. Truman had a lot in common.
Both were skeptical of elites and the media, driven by their faith, had troubled presidencies, made momentous and difficult decisions, took the nation into war, were unpopular in their time and weren’t concerned about it. They deeply believed if they did the right thing, history would sort things out in the end….President Truman in 1948:
“The only expansion we are interested in is the expansion of human freedom and the wider enjoyment of the good things of the earth in all countries… The only prize we covet is the respect and good will of our fellow members of the family of nations.”
Let me state up front, Populist Movements and Populism absolutely repulse me.
Having spent so many years dealing with the after-effects of serious abuse when I was a child (3rd grade elementary school principal) I have a tendency to be rather analytical when dealing with people and groups of people. I also do not mind admitting I am rather stand-offish, do not join things, do not do crowds, and avoid meetings and conferences like the plague. When recovering from serious abuse, if a person wants to “normalize” their personality, then you learn how to look at the world much differently from what you once did. You become highly critical of yourself and learn how to take absolute responsibility for your actions. (I think this is a 12 Step thing, also). In a way you start viewing things with a little bit of cold blooded Vulcan logic.
This said, one of the things I’ve also learned is that there are certain personality types who absolutely refuse to take responsibility for their own action and blame everyone around them. They deal in absolutes, and can be absolute bullies when it comes to their absolute requirements.
Have you ever had someone with whom you had a romantic interest who was more demanding than “usual”? The world must revolve around them. You know something isn’t “quite right” but you just can’t figure what it is, so you end up surrendering a portion of your personality to that person in order to keep peace. Before long you are going to be required to surrender more and more if you do not want your “loved” one shouting profanities, slamming you against the wall, or withdrawing their presence from your life. (Yea, I had one fiancé who wanted to know if I could survive if he withdrew his presence from my life).
There is nothing wrong with a healthy ego and a healthy sense of self. When an ego and a sense of “self” becomes so over-whelming that other egos and another sense of “self” cannot shine through, then we are dealing with a personality disorder. The loved one has a temper tantrum because something does not go their way. While I can see having a tantrum once in awhile, primarily for righteous indignation, having a tantrum when something does not go your way is the sign of a very emotional stunted individual.
The loved one manipulates. They threaten. They blackmail. If they do not get their desired results they destroy. The more civilized person simply destroys the spirit and emotional well-being of those they “love”. If the person does not have certain parameters of a civilized behavior they will literally inflict bodily harm and eventually, if not stopped, kill the object of their “love”.
In other words, there is a certain kind of person who is so certain they are right that they will stop at nothing to prove they are right, and will destroy in order to prove their point. There are times when these individuals happen to be on the fringes of society they have a tendency to bond with other like minded bullies. Their sense of individualism is not as well developed as they project. They become a “group” and a mob. Enfranchised by other like minded individuals, they become more embolden and more extreme.
Some people call it populism. I call it a mob. They are no different from the people who collected around Oliver Cromwell, John Brown or William Quantrill. Left alone, our little bully is simply going to destroy his/her spouse or loved one. As a mob they are terrifying and can bring down monarchies, murder hundreds of people, or help instigate civil war.
PART I of two articles on “green” Is it even possible for a person to be a hard-core environmentalist and …Read the Rest
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
The Pink Flamingo doesn’t quite know enough profanity to express my feelings at the photo of the President of the United States bowing obeisance to the Emperor of the country that did the following.
“…The surprise was complete. The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan. the attack, 1942Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the German defeat of France left England alone in the fight against the Nazi terror. Approximately three hours later, Japanese planes began a day-long attack on American facilities in the Philippines. (Because the islands are located across the International Dateline, the local Philippine time was just after 5 AM on December 8.) Farther to the west, the Japanese struck at Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand in a coordinated attempt to use surprise in order inflict as much damage as quickly as possible to strategic targets.…”
This is one of the most repulsive, disgusting, and embarrassing moments in America History. If you do not understand why, then you are as pathetic as Obama.
This post is dedicated to my brother, LTC Floyd R. Harris, United States Army (retired – sort of)
If you have been a life long devotee of science fiction like The Pink Flamingo, you may be familiar with patterns within the genre. One of the mos fascinating insights into American society can be observed by watching the way the American military, soldiers, and former soldiers are treated. The same can be said of the movie/television genre in general, but science fiction is usually ahead of the trend.
At the end of World War II the American Soldier was the hero. He was Apple Pie, Jiltin’ Joe, and John Wayne all thrown into one great big hot dog with a flag and a fire-cracker for garnish. He could do no wrong. This same soldier protected us during the Cold War from the invasion of numerous alien hordes. By the mid-1960s things were taking a more sinister turn. Anti-war paranoia was in full spring. The American Soldier was now evil personified. He was a psychopathic baby killer, an object of paranoia and scorn, Rambo on a rampage.
The only point of light in this grim hatred of the American Soldier was the swaggering, macho, heroic James T. Kirk, who personified every great myth of American legend.
Warping into the 1970s when films were a nightmare from hell, one memorable portrayal of the military was George Peppard’s cardboard stiff character in Damnation Alley. We blew ourselves into evolutionary oblivion with the Planet of the Apes series. Then George Lucus and Steven Spielberg single handedly saved the movies. But, the Force was not with the military, and the Empire was evil.
Glen Larson, who helped produce Star Trek Classic, wasn’t finished with the image of the American Soldier. Ronald Reagan was elected POTUS and a month later Thomas Sullivan Magnum single handedly began reforming the image of the former baby-killing Vietnam Vets. (sigh). Tom Selleck’s Republican leanings, Glen Larson, and Donald P. Bellisario began to reform the vile image of the American Soldier. Magnum, P. I. was a reflection of Ronald Reagan’s Republican spirit.