Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Back when it seemed like women did nothing but die in songs

In the early days of rock and roll, they used to kill off the men. 

"Tell Laura I Love Her" and "The Leader of the Pack" are just two examples.

By the seventies, however, it seems the pendulum had swung the other way and we got a host of songs about dying women.

The ones about men dying were usually dramatic.  The ones in the seventies about women dying were pretty maudlin.

I'll note two.  If you haven't heard them before, I'm sorry for being the one to introduce them to you.

"My Sweet Lady."

That's John Denver's performance.  He does a little bit lighter and less melodramatic.  John actually wrote the song.  Cliff DeYoung had the hit with it.  It was in the TV movie SUNSHINE about a woman who falls in love, gets married, gives birth and gets cancer -- all in about two years.  She is doing chemotherapy for the cancer but decides to stop doing that because she wants to be a mother and wife.  She dies, of course.  Cliff plays the husband.  He sang the song in the TV movie and his version went all the way to number nine on the top forty.

Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me?
Did you think our time together was all gone?
Lady, you've been dreaming, I'm as close as I can be
And I swear to you our time has just begun
Close your eyes and rest your weary mind
I promise I will stay right here beside you
Today our lives were joined, became entwined
I wish that you could know how much I love you
Lady, are you happy? Do you feel the way I do?
Are there meanings that you've never seen before
Lady, my sweet lady, I just can't believe it's true
And it's like I've never, ever loved before
Close your eyes and rest your weary mind
I promise I will stay right here beside you
Today our lives were joined, became entwined
I wish that you could know how much I love you
Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me?
Did you think our time together was all gone?
Lady, you've been dreaming, I'm as close as I can be
And I swear to you our time has just begun

Now there's "Rocky."

Austin Roberts actually had a hit with that one.  She's diagnosed with something -- the song can't even specify what -- so she dies also.

Alone until my eighteenth year
We met four springs ago
She was shy and had a fear
Of things she did not know
But we got it on together
In such a super way
We held each other close at night
And traded dreams each day
And she said,
"Rocky, I've never been in love before
Don't know if I can do it
But if you let me lean on you
Take my hand, I might get through it" (through it)
I said, "Baby, oh sweet baby
It's love that sets us free
And God knows if the world should end
Your love is safe with me"
We found an old gray house
And you would not believe the way
We worked at night to fix it up
Took classes in the day
Paintin' walls and sippin' wine
Sleepin' on the floor
With so much love for just two
Soon we found there'd be one more
And she said,
"Rocky, I've never had a baby before
Don't know if I can do it
But if you let me lean on you
Take my hand, I might get through it" (through it)
I said, "Baby, oh sweet baby
It's love that sets us free
And God knows if the world should end
Your love is safe with me"
We had lots of problems then but
We had lots of fun
Like the crazy party
When our baby girl turned one
I was proud and satisfied
Life had so much to give
'Till the day they told me
That she didn't have long to live
She said,
"Rocky, I've never had to die before
Don't know if I can do it..."
Now it's back to two again
The little girl and I
Who looks so much like her sweet mother
Sometimes it makes me cry
I sleep alone at nights again
I walk alone each day
And sometimes when I'm about to give in
I hear her sweet voice say, to me
"Rocky, you know you've been alone before
You know that you can do it
But if you'd like to lean on me
Take my hand, I'll help you through it" (through it)
I said, "Baby, oh sweet baby
It's love that sets us free
And I told you when the world would end
Your love was safe with me"
She said,
"Rocky, you know you've been alone before
You know that you can do it
But if you'd like to lean on me...

Have you ever heard the term "Meepie"?  It's "male weepie."  It's a term that's applied to Harrison Ford's REGARDING HENRY and William Hurt's THE DOCTOR and other Joan Crawford type films where the lead is a man who suffers. 

They say the genre started in the late 80s, but they're wrong.

It flourished in the seventies with films like LOVE STORY and TV movies like SUNSHINE and MESSAGE TO MY DAUGHTER.

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Katha Pollitt attacks Tara Reade and we look at who Iraq War Joe might choose as his running mate.

The same criminals keep showing up.  If you watch long enough, they'll continue to show up.  Case in point?  Katha Pollitt.  Apparently, she doesn't have an ex-boyfriend to stalk anymore and has exhausted even her own interest in typing bad sentences that she swears are poetry.  So  she tells you that she doesn't believe Tara Reade this morning -- and she says it at THE NATION -- and goes on to endorse Joe Biden.

Remember that editorial at THE NATION?  How they wouldn't endorse anyone who voted for the Iraq War?  They put that editorial on the cover -- the first paragraphs ran on the cover of the issue.  They were real big talkers, weren't they?  They just couldn't do.

And they still can't.

And Katha?  She's been a whore for years.  Not just a stalker, but a whore.  One word: Abeer.

Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi.  From THIRD's "Justice for Abeer and her family?:"

On March 12, 2006, in their family home, Qassim Hamza Raheem and Fakhriya Taha Muhasen and their five-year old daughter Hadeel Qassim Hamza were murdered. Their fourteen-year-old daughter Abeer was raped and murdered and there was an attempt to burn her body to hide what had happened.

We covered Abeer's story extensively and repeatedly. We covered the Article 32 hearings, we covered the case in the civilian courts, we covered it over and over.  She was gang-raped by US soldiers.  This isn't in debate, they turned on each other to get a plea deal.  They plotted to break into her home in order to gang-rape her.  They murdered her parents and her sister while they raped her and then they killed her.  They weren't done though.  Having killed her, they now tried to burn her body in the house to destroy evidence.

This was a major War Crime.  It was carried out by US soldiers.  Yet US citizen Katha Pollitt wasn't interested and had to be shamed and mocked (by us and by Alexander Cockburn who -- for the record -- actually wrote about Abeer).  Under duress, faded 'feminist' Katha stop composing bad verse long enough to offer this, "Think of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, the 14-year-old girl raped and then murdered with her family by US soldiers in Mahmoudiya in March last year."

That sentence so exhausted her, that single sentence, that she never, ever returned to the topic.  But she wants you to think she's a feminist -- a real one -- even though people in the Middle East who know of her (not a huge number) see her as another Jewish woman who won't call out attacks on Muslims -- whether it's in Iraq or Palestine or wherever.

That's just one of many reasons not to trust Katha.  There's also the fact that she's paid to share what she believes is an opinion.  When JOURNOLIST was published, some lost jobs.  Katha should have lost her job.  She's paid to provide her opinion.  NATION readers have every right to assume she's being honest.  But there she was e-mailing about how Sarah Palin was very effective -- and that worried her -- but days later, in her paying job, she's smearing and attacking Sarah Palin.

She's paid to express her opinion and, thanks to the published e-mails, we know she was impressed by Sarah Palin yet she wrote something completely different.

2016ers need an education if they're claiming Hillary faced hideous sexism.  She didn't.  In 2008, she did.  You had Barack flipping her off to the amusement of many, you had Barack talking about how "periodically" when Hillary's "feeling blue" "the claws come out."  You had cable 'news' mocking her -- there are video compilations on YOUTUBE, look it up.  You had Hillary "nut crackers."  You had Matthew Rothschild -- at THE PROGRESSIVE, at THE PROGRESSIVE -- being delighted by the fact that a group against Hillary had initials that formed a swear word (the c-word).

And while all this was going on, while so many of us were calling this nonsense out -- Delilah Boyd was, Carolyn Kay was, numerous women who would form PUMA were -- Katha was, as she admitted in a column, staying silent.  She didn't want to hurt 'the cause.'


She's not a feminist.

She's fat and ugly and lives in New York so she pretends she's a feminist.  But a feminist doesn't stay silent for 'the cause' when the cause is not feminism.

In her garbage this morning she not only tells you that she doesn't believe Tara Reade that Joe Biden assaulted her, she also wants you to know that, even if she did believe Tara, she'd still vote for Joe.

Due to her complicated history with truth, it's hard to tell whether Katha means what she says or if she's just once again helping 'the cause.'

Here's another thing feminists don't do: They don't vote for rapists.

Stop the bulls**t.  Second wave feminism was all about making rape and domestic violence -- both are terrorism, let's use today's terms -- serious issues.  They weren't serious once upon a time.  With rape, for example, you'd better be a virgin and you better have been dressed modestly and had nothing to drink.

If you look at the recent coverage of Tara, you'll see that the rape culture we thought we had defeated -- we being feminists -- is re-emerging.

I'm not surprised that fat and ugly, weird nose and chicken fat face Katha doesn't get it.  Again, if you're an ugly eye sore posing as an 'intellectual' in NYC, the easiest path is to pose as a feminist.

Rape isn't okay.

The Kathas are useless bitches.  They want you to know that a second term of Donald Trump --

If you don't want a second term of Trump, you need to be fighting for the Democratic Party to get a better candidate.  The history shows that anything can happen at a convention and anything can happen before a convention.

That's not me rooting for Bernie.  He's a fake ass, he betrayed everyone.  Yes, I do know and like Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo, but I'd be fine with anyone who wasn't senile, hadn't voted for the Iraq War and wasn't accused of assault.

I don't think that 'dream list' is too much to ask for.  I'm not even asking for Medicare For All from the nominee -- even though it's what America needs.

My three demands are very basic and shouldn't be considered controversial.

Here's the other thing.

Katha preaches in her column all the awful things Donald's going to do in a second term.  First off, many of those things were done when Barack Obama was president and Katha didn't give a damn.  When someone she likes destroys families with deportations, she looks the other way or finds some justification for it.  When it is someone she doesn't like doing it, she assumes the worst.

More to the point, Democrats just went along with continued spying on the American people.  At a time when Donald is president.  They're okay with that.

Katha's fears go to the fact that you don't have a Democratic representatives who will stand up for anything.

Oh, dear goodness!  The Supreme Court!!

I can remember when Democrats in the Senate could block Supreme Court nominees.  These days, only the Republicans know how to fight a nominee.

All of the fears she lists are valid fears -- if we live in a monarchy.  But we don't.  The president is the head of the executive branch.  There are three co-equal branches of our government.  If the legislative branch did its job we wouldn't have to worry.

Prior to the 1992 election, 'intellectuals' were saying that the Democratic Party would never again have the presidency.  They were saying that they needed to adapt to that and form a stronger Congressional opposition.  It doesn't have to be either/or.  We should be able to compete for the presidency and to have a thriving opposition to the GOP in the Congress.

We posted Krystal Ball's pathetic rebuttal or 'rebuttal' to some of the nonsense about Tara Reade.  Pathetic.  The day before, Ava and I wrote "Media: Lies and liars all around."  In that, we noted what no one wanted to tell you about PBS's 'investigation.'  The 74 people they spoke with were people the campaign gave them.

Instead of Krystal ripping apart the report on that basis she offers that she 'knows' how this works and this was probably all fed to PBS by the campaign and --

Probably?  It's right there in the report.

Learn to fight.  I'm so sick of this crap.

So 74 Joe Biden supporters all defend Joe.  As Carol Burnett's Eunice would say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise."

No one is addressing the charges with one exception.

The alcove!!!!!

There's not one!!!!

I'm sorry, I've been to the Senate many times.  Am I the only one who has ever noticed renovations?

I have no idea if there was ever an alcove.  But I do know that I wouldn't be at all shocked if something that was in the Russell Building in 1993 was no longer, in 2020, there.

I'm tired of all of this.  I'm tired of Joe Biden's campaign working overtime to turn Tara toxic.  I'm tired of his supporters -- that includes Katha, she's voting for him -- doing the dirty work of bringing back rape culture.

I'm tried of ugly bitches who could never land a man (or a woman) trying to mask their miserable lives and their miserable failures by insisting that they are "feminists."

If you're defending a rapist, you're not a feminist.  If you're saying you're going to vote for someone accused of rape, you're not a feminist.  If you're smearing a woman who came forward to talk about her assault, you're not a feminist.

You can be many things, but stop pretending you're a feminist.

Katha, you're just ugly.

Leslie Templeton Tweets:

It’s funny how most survivors I talk to believe Tara because they have said nice things about their rapist also and have changed their story due to not remembering everything or withheld information because they felt scared or embarrassed.

Anthony Zenkus:

But you are questioning her truthfulness and not his. Holding a victim to a different standard than her accused rapist is an example of rape culture. Nice job.

I may return to Katha and 'the cause' tomorrow.  For now, let's keep a promise I made.  I was asked to talk some of Joe Biden's possible running mate.

His brisk walk mate?  We know he can't run.

Let me go there first in case he wins in 2020 which means he won't seek re-election in 2024.

Person: It's a shame Joe can't run again.

Me: Yeah, but on a good day, he can still walk.

Okay.  VP choice.  I'm not going to play let's predict who it is.  A) I have no crystal ball and B) everyone I know with the campaign talks of the disorder and chaos they have to endure daily so let's not pretend that they have it together.

I'm also not going to talk what I want.  My politics are too far left to be pleased with anyone Joe would actually consider.

The press has spent way too much time on this topic which is why I try to avoid it.  It's meaningless.  He's going to pick someone and after he does we should look back at all the time and space the media gave this nonsense.

He and Elizabeth Warren do not get along.  That's not recent, that goes back years.  Joe is not someone who wants to debate or discuss.  He's had his ass kissed for too many decades.  He wants someone who'll do what he says and do it when he says.

That bumps Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar to the forefront.

Amy has a problem with those who work under her.  So does Joe.  The media looks the other way except for the random whisper of how no one wanted to tell Joe this or that because he explodes.

Those arguing against Amy, who have his ear, are pointing to her problems with staff.  They are not saying, "You know, like the problems you have."  Joe, oblivious as always, agrees Amy has a problem with staff interaction -- Amy has a problem -- just Amy.

That leaves Kamala.  Kamala knows how to push an issue while not seeming to.  She knows work arounds.  This allows her to seem more positive with those around her.  (That is not meant as an insult.)  Kamala also did far less damage on stage when she spoke in the debates.  Kamala has the resume.  Kamala has the confidence.

If I were advising, I'd say go with Kamala.  She also brings with her a very active online presence which the campaign desperately needs.

Gretch the Wretch has thrown herself out of consideration with one bad interview performance after another and a voice that seen as too youthful and high pitched.

Tammy Baldwin -- who would make a wonderful vice president or president -- is not in serious consideration, I am told.

Joe needs to make a choice and it needs to be someone who could run for the presidency in 2024 and it needs to be someone who, if he died in office, could immediately assume the presidency.

That means it comes down to Kamala or Amy.  Again, Kamala has the resume, Kamala has her own social media network army, Kamala comes off stronger on camera.  There's also Amy's weight.  It's not Stacey Abrhams level but when the presidential nominee already raises health concerns, you need a running mate who appears fit.

Who will he pick?  Who knows?  But of those under serious consideration, Kamala would be the best pick he could make.

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