DC Comics Turns Superman Against the Brutal American Police

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A decisive moment has occurred in the history of comics. The quintessential all-American superhero has turned against the American police and has beaten the shit out of them.

It’s about time.

DC Entertainment has revamped its Superman franchise and has unapologetically pitted him against the ever more brutal and murderous police running unchecked across the nation.

Years ago the FBI warned that white supremacists would infiltrate law enforcement. It’s happened. It’s all over the news, the web, on cell phone video and right in front of people on street corners. People are pulled from their cars. Shot to death while being given traffic tickets. Strangled to death for selling cigarettes. Held to the ground and shot through the heart or the back.

And even with all this video the problem is much worse. We see only the tip of the iceberg.

What could be better than seeing Superman smash a cop’s face into pulp? I’ll tell you what’s better. It would be to see Americans turn on the police and hand them back the violence which is all they have to offer.

That would be better.

The police in this country have a huge problem. Their problem is me.

I’m a successful, educated, law-abiding American citizen who doesn’t even get parking tickets. I’m as untouchable as you can possibly get. I’m the cops’ worst nightmare because I wait and hope to see them get it bad. I hope for it just as much as your average gang member, but for different reasons. For really good reasons. I want them hurt because they are armed and dangerous. You don’t typically get far talking to violent armed military forces.

I represent a major problem for the police. It’s one they can’t stop because there are many people like me – like Superman – who have turned against them.

What about good cops?

There aren’t any.

During the Civil War there was no such thing as a good Confederate soldier. They were all racists fighting to enslave African Americans. No one joins a police department today without knowing which army they are signing up for. They may behave better than some other cops, but they remain silent when crimes are committed by their fellows. They actively participate in the coverups. Forget good cops. The police are fighting a war and they are shooting at Americans. It’s as simple as that.

Americans have not yet realized that they are in a war. We still think there is a civil justice path to combat violent racists in uniform. There isn’t. Look at St. Louis where judges, prosecutors, Grand Juries, and entire courts are fully enmeshed in the racist warfare, extracting horrific fines from the poor, jailing people for literally nothing, and refusing to prosecute obvious murder by police

St. Louis is everywhere.

When Americans in every strata of society begin to press for retaliation against criminal racist police, society begins a breakdown.

When no one trusts a cop anymore you have basically become Mexico.

Politicians get tough in their pleasant way, calling for criminal justice reform. Good luck. The politician who clearly informs police that she is coming after them with weapons drawn gets my vote. If the NRA wants to win hearts and minds, it might consider distributing paper targets with police outlines on them.

Eventually we will experience an episode in which police suffer a truly horrific mass defeat. Such an episode will become a defining moment in American history. Get ready. It’s not far off. It will make the Branch Davidian compound disaster look like a sunday picnic.

Every police officer in the United States should go out and buy a copy of the new Superman comic, roll it up tight, shove it down their throat, and choke.

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1980 Documentary on the Making of Punk Zine Guttersnipe in Telford, England

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Councillor Mrs. Mary Potts described the magazine as ‘decadent’ and ‘utter filth.’

I can’t imagine a better compliment for a zine really.

This is a 1980 television documentary produced by the BBC’s Community Programme’s Unit which specialized in what amounts to local access television. This one is a very down to earth look at a small town British punk zine called ‘Guttersnipe.’ What’s great about this film is how it lets the people do the talking. It doesn’t make the mistake that a lot of television made back in the seventies and eighties when they tried to define the punk movement in rather stilted terms which only served to expose the terror of the producers themselves when faced with something they didn’t understand.

The young people in this film speak with honesty, frustration and great humor. They weren’t willing to accept boring so they made a culture with what was at hand. We can learn a lot from these Telford punks today when we seem so in the spell of technology corporations that it is hard to imagine ever creating a culture again. How do you ever feel unsatisfied when you have an iPhone in your hand and can read anything written anywhere on earth within seconds? How do you muster the energy to stop twiddling thumbs and print something? Or play a guitar?

Sure, I love computers as much as anyone else. I find them incredibly inspiring and empowering. Perhaps it’s really the Web that’s the problem. Not the machines.

The Web has become a nearly unusable up and down scrolling mechanism so burdened underneath the weight of endless and intrusive advertising that I personally dread visiting nine out of ten web sites. There is very little pleasure in browsing anymore. It’s not a nice environment. Things pause, pop into your face, jump around the screen, go inexplicably black, stop mid video, suddenly rewind, jump left, jump right, go totally blank and infect your computer. It’s basically hell in your face all day fucking long. The Web sucks now. No question about it.

Makes one want a zine in one’s hands to sit back and read like humans were meant to read.

Enjoy the documentary.

Supreme Court Makes Equal Marriage Rights the Law of the Land

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In a truly revolutionary and long overdue ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has rendered invalid all laws across the United States that prevent same sex marriages.

It’s a day of celebration for all in recognition of a simple and profound truth: marriage is indeed a basic human right.

Justice Kennedy wrote this final paragraph of the Court’s ruling:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, says it all. It’s a rebuke to the forces of bigotry. It should leave many people across the land hanging their heads in shame for ever suggesting that marriage is reserved for only one group of people.

If you held that belief at one time and have since changed, that’s a great step. You’ve come a long way.

If you still believe marriage is only for heterosexual couples, you may very well have some additional issues. I would suggest moving to South Carolina and hanging a confederate flag in your garage. Maybe you could buy lots of guns and ammunition for a final holdout. Whatever. The point I’m making is this: good riddance.

Star Odyssey: Ludicrous 1978 Italian Star Wars Rip-Off

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Hopefully, you have never seen ‘Star Odyssey,’ also known as ‘the Italian Star Wars.’

Now is your chance! It’s a full immersion into cinema of the ludicrous. For your convenience, it’s dubbed into English. Beware though, you will never look at science fiction the same way again after subjecting yourself to this assault.

StarOdysseyPosterOne can only hope that at least the actors might have had some fun making this, but unfortunately most of them appear to be thinking about the food truck instead of their lines.

Its awful history goes back to 1978, barely a year after the real Star Wars was released. Its unforgivable direction is credited to one Alfonso Brescia, heaven rest his soul.

The primary achievements of this interstellar fiasco appear to be robots constructed from trash cans and light sabers fashioned out of painted plywood.

Enjoy this Italian treat in the comfort of a nice quiet insane asylum.

The Little Mermaid: 1968 Soviet Animation of the Tale by Hans Christian Andersen

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This is a beautiful 1968 Soviet adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ by Hans Christian Andersen. It was produced by the great Soyuzmultfilm studio. There are no subtitles. Just enjoy it as a brilliantly animated musical approach to a great tale.

The film begins with a busload of tourists sightseeing in Copenhagen. Then it moves to sea and our story begins…

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