It is a beautiful day here in Chicago. I am going to spend most of my time at the Blues Festival where I will be listening to some great music and doing some even more interesting people watching. I love seeking out the old brothers who are drinking some "erk and jerk" (what sophisticates and connoisseurs call E&J brandy) out of a paper bag, sharing it with passersby out of plastic cups, and singing off-key to the music.
I would like to thank the nice folks over at Crooks and Liars for picking up one of my pieces on the Right-wing propaganda machine. Good stuff. Very much appreciated.
As is our weekend habit, do treat this as a semi-open thread. What are some news items, events, happenings (global; national; personal), or observations that you would like to share?
Getting the ball rolling...
The events in Iraq continue to mesmerize the talking heads and commentariat class. As a low-level to mid-tier grognard, the feigned impotence of the United States military versus ISIS, is curious to me. The United States military could certainly choose to intervene and do great damage to the Mad Max style army that is rampaging across the country. And of course, the United States has embedded assets in-country. Their likely verdict? The Iraq situation is
In all, the Pentagon briefing on the U.S. military's options, and the accompanying CNN piece, reminds me of the early days of MMA in the United States. Styles make fights; some styles are not compatible; a clash of styles can still make for a mighty entertaining fight.
I also saw the great movie The Signal. I followed it up with 22 Jump Street. The latter movie is too damn fun and smart, much more, than it has any right to be. The trailers for The Drop and A Walk Among the Tombstones look great.
The Drop is based on a great short story by one of my favorite writers, Dennis Lehane. A Walk Among the Tombstones is inspired by a novel from a long-running detective series that I will now have to read.
There is apparently new research which suggests that early humans developed speech by listening to birds and monkeys communicate. This leads me to a basic question: what dialect of speech are some of the young people and others who ride the bus here in Chicago speaking? I swear, there are times where I know that some of the ghetto underclass denizens are speaking English, but for the life of me, I am not able to comprehend what the heck they are saying. Am I alone in how vexed I am during those moments?