Sunday, August 30, 2015

Competition makes the news stand grow bigger

I discovered two new to me mid century magazines.  They were both supposed to be competition to the market owned by Reader's Digest.  Both were small, like Reader's Digest, both had short easily digestible articles, both were filled with pictures, bits of wit and wisdom written by wags and readers, both were stridently anti Communist and pro capitalist, and both were filled with whimsical illustrations that are severely dated now.

But there were some telling differences between the two.

Pageant had no ads, at least the ones I bought didn't, and it seemed geared to more of a young male audience.  It had plenty of pictures of and shirt articles about pretty women, both TV and movie stars and comely college coeds.  It also had more of a humorous edge to it.

Coronet was an almost exact copy of Reader's Digest and it had a tinge more of a religious. mainly Christian, bent to it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Catching up with an old friend

HuluPLUS recently added all the Project Runway seasons that Lifetime has aired and I got to catch up on a couple of seasons that I missed when we cut cable and went to streaming.   We recently binge watched seasons 11 and 12 and here are some random thoughts and opinions on both:

I hated Michelle until about mid way through the season, then I just disliked her.  But in the end she was the best designer and she deserved to win, even though she was such a repellent catty bitch.  I hated myself for liking her designs and for finding her so hot.  I usually don't like all those visible tats, in a few years when gravity hit her body hard they're going to look even worse than they do now.  She was a twat on the show but she peaked at just the right time.

 I liked Stanley a lot and he certainly made some chic designs but many of them did read old and he ended up peaking way early.  His collection was lux and lush but it was matronly.

I thought Kate got kicked off both season 11 and 12 way early.  In my opinion she should have went to fashion week in season 12 and not Alexandria.  My heart skipped a beat every time she flashed her cute little smile.

Speaking of season 12, I was surprised that this crazy fucker didn't stab someone before he got kicked off.  He was all sass and attitude and no talent.  That little stunt he pulled of making his new roommates wait in the doorway while he finished ironing his cut off jeans, I'd have dome exactly what Alexander did and then if he bitched about it, I'd have picked up that iron and stuffed it in his fat flapping yap.  I get it that he's had a hard life, being that gay in Alabama can't be easy. and add to that the fact that he's black, it must be super tough, I get it, but in New York, on Project Runway, he was among his 'people' and he should have been a lot nicer to them.

I have never hated a designer as much as I hated this asshole from Milwaukee.  His over the top constant crowing about how sustainable he and his fashion were, it made me vomit.  And the very idea that his model wasn't going to get her hair done or wear any make up for the first runway show, oh my fucking gawd, what a huge mistake.  He was a giant insufferable pain in the ass.  He gave all gay dudes a black eye with his 'I'll never not believe in unicorns' bullshit.  Thank goodness all the other gay male designers on seasons 11 and 12 had more talent and class than this fucking Bozo did.  Ugh.

And finally, I was over the moon when Dom won season 12.  She was not only super talented, she was gracious, ebullient, nice, and such a breath of fresh air after all many catty bitchy female winners that the show has had in the past.  I wish she did men's wear because I'd love to see what she'd come up with.  And she's so freaking beautiful.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Media breakdown

I bought this vintage magazine yesterday for a little over a buck fifty.  It's lurid and the cover would lead one to think it was anti gay or something but actually the opposite is true.  After going through it and scanning the best bits out of it, I'm convinced it was edited by a gay dude who wanted to help other gay people out there in repressed 1965 America.  Yes, it has provocatively titled and poorly written articles about what we now call alternative lifestyles, but these stories function to let other gay people know that there are others like them out there in the world.  This magazine is full of ads about female impersonators, 'deviant' sex practices, lesbian housewives, and for lonely hearts.  It pretends to be one thing when in fact it's a whole other animal.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Congrats America!

You win the Atomic Weenie award for another mass shooting!  And this one was on live TV!

Monday, August 24, 2015

My new favorite TV show is a sepia tone Canadian feminist western

And it stars the intensely lovely Cara Gee.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The miracle of mid century flight

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mixed blessing

"Good news Susie, Jared from Subway is super excited to meet you."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Car culture

Details from mid century automobile ads.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What I've been watching

The Delivery Man (Netflix)- A British bloke gets tired of being a cop so he quits the force and studies to become a midwife.  It shouldn't work but it does. Darren Boyd is terrific as the put upon fish out of water lead and Fay Ripley breathes life into what should be a stereotypical character, the middle aged man hungry divorcee, and makes it work.

Cockroaches (HuluPLUS)- A nuclear accident happens one night and most everybody who wasn't below ground in some kind of basement type place dies.  The basement dwellers survive and move on to create a post apocalyptic civilization.  This one is odd ball as hell but it's funny and kind of compelling.  The survivors are an odd twisted bunch and the civilization they create is a mix of the old with lots of weird newness heaped in there as well.  I like this one so much that I'm going to have to watch it again to see if it holds up as well as I think it's going to.

Dreamland (Netflix)- Very dry, very droll Australian workplace comedy.  A few smart and talented bureaucrats, Rob Stich and the lovely Celia Pacquola, work in an Australian government office with a bunch of oddballs and ne'er do wells.  They have to hold back the tide of inconsistency, incompetence, and indifference to make their national infrastructure office work properly.  This one is very well written and acted but it's not the usual laugh a minute comedy one might expect, it's more cerebral, and that's a good thing.  The hugely talented Kitty Flanagan is also in this one and she's great as usual.  The original name of this show was Utopia.

Hell on Wheels (Netflix)- Gritty western about the building of the transcontinental railroad in the aftermath of the Civil War.  This one is consistently good but it has it's weak moments.  The first two seasons were exceptional, the third had it bright spots, and the fourth hasn't impressed me yet.

Dancing on the Edge (Netflix)-A group of black jazz musicians in 1930's era England bump up against racism, over zealous police, and the British class system.  They help popularize jazz in the UK but they run into real trouble when the leader of the band gets framed for the murder of his lead singer.  This one is over all pretty good, it's lush, filmed well, the sets and costumes look great, the women are smokin' hot, the music is nice, but it drags interminably at times and you can see things coming from a mile away. I'm four episodes in and it's six episodes long so I'm going to have to stick it out to see how it ends, and I hope they speed up the pace of the story.

Monday, August 17, 2015


Cold war propaganda popped up just about everywhere back in the '60's.  They had to keep us fearful even when we were little kids.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

First red Monkey made salsa of the season

Saturday, August 15, 2015

"It's HEDLEY!"

Friday, August 14, 2015

Back to school fashions for 1959

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Here's an aerobics instructor with an old joke that's been updated for modern audiences

Donald Trump walks in to a bar with a pig under his arm.

The bartender says, "You can't bring that disgusting creature in here."
Trump says, "But it's just a pig."
So the bartender says, "Hey dumb ass, I was talking to the pig."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Heritage Institute Approved Science Experiments for Kids

Hello children, I'm Curtis LeMay Wallace, chief scientist here at the Heritage Institute.  Unlike liberals, we know how to science properly and for the benefit of all freedom loving Jesus approved people in the world.  Science is your friend, so is capitalism, so why should the two not be friends too?  To say they aren't is a liberal lie.  Now, go put on your white lab coats, grab your microscope, and let's get science right!

Drop some seeds in to some dirt you scooped up at an EPA Superfund site.  Document how the seeds don't grow, tell your liberal friends (if you have any!) that the EPA is a failure at it's job, then write your Congressman and tell him that he needs to vote to defund the EPA in next year's budget.

Follow your gay liberal friends into the woods where they have their godless Communist Satanic fueled sexual assignations.  Then document what happens when the film you take of them engaging in homosensual sex goes viral.  Share your findings with Dinesh D'Souza, Glenn Beck, and David Barton.

Inject domesticated human friendly pets with rabies, distemper, and other diseases, then release them in neighborhoods where illegal immigrants live.  Then call the immigration police and get them all deported.  Document what happens when these people who are bleeding our country dry go back home full of good ol' American disease.

Show this picture to evolutionists, atheists, and global warming junkies.  Demand they prove that this type of thing didn't happen.  Then remind them that since they weren't around back then, they can't ever know if Jesus rode a dinosaur to a 7-11 for a Slurpee or not.  

Help disprove 'survival of the fittest' by being a wimpy but rich white guy who steals pretty girls away from whiny liberals.  And don't exercise.  

Remember kids, if we don't use science to further our political agenda and to shine God's love into this dark sick twisted world, liberals will.  And they'll rape us with their phallic objects.  So spare a rape and do some conservative science!  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Too cute for you

My little buddy Ozzy rocks the 'robot' while rockin' the dog head T shirt I made him.

Monday, August 10, 2015

What matters to you ladies?

 "Hair spray matters, this hairdo doesn't happen on it's own you know."
"Family Matters, I love that show.  Urkel is my homeboy!"

"Black lives matter."

"Did someone already say that anti matter matters?  Because if they didn't then put me down for that one.  I'mma copyright that shit and make some bank on it.  Boo ya!"

"Whatever my minister at church says.  He does all the thinking for for us, which in a way means that my minister matters.  But don't tell him I said that, he doesn't like us coming to conclusions on our own, he says that's how feminism, homosensuality, and evolution got started."

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Black Lives Matter in East Tennessee

On a beautiful warm sunny August day, the anniversary of the day that Micheal Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, MO, a group of over two hundred people gathered in one of the most politically, socially, and religiously conservatives areas of the south to say with one voice that black lives matter.  They stood together against racism and in support of accountability for the police in particular and for the justice system as a whole.

Once gathered and ready with their anti racist, pro love for all signs, they marched down one of the main streets in Johnson City.  Their over two hundred strong voices chanted for peace, justice, and love.  Once they reached downtown with their message they marched on to Founder's Park and gathered to hear several speakers talk about their life experiences and how to dismantle racism.  It was a positive, energetic inclusive event.

Despite fear-mongering in the local print media, most notably in the pages of the right leaning Johnson City Press, there was little opposition to the march.  Days before the march the Press had breathlessly warned that white supremacist groups would counter demonstrate and perhaps clash with the black lives matter folks.  Turns out this was nonsense.  Only token opposition in the form of three lonely misguided under educated Confederate flag waving troglodytes showed up to try to derail the march with their message of hate.  After being roundly mocked, they succeeded in making one young woman cry and satisfied with that 'victory' they turned tail and ran, leaving the rest of the marchers to celebrate justice, love, and peace.

The overwhelming message of the rally was a call for an end to institutional racism, for police accountability, and the need for true bottom up social movements to bring the kind of positive change to the east Tennessee region that would hopefully spread to the USA as a whole.

It was a historic march and a huge step forward for human rights, equality, and togetherness in the mountain south.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Scenes from our Black Lives Matter march in Johnson City

We had a great turn out, around 225 people of all colors.  And only three racists showed up.  The times, they are a changing.