“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.” — César Chávez
THE SMILING MAN STOPPED ME IN MY TRACKS
I stomped into Soma this morning like a bull in a coffee shop. Man, I was ready to lay into the Republicans for their union-busting triumph yesterday in the Indiana statehouse.
But my screed will have to wait. Just for a moment, mind you, but wait it will.
I purchased my customary pint of life-giving joe (which is really my ever-ready first priority on any given day) and strode purposefully to the cream and sugar bar to make the drug palatable.
There I saw Soma’s Toastmaster General, Smiling Kevin Sears.
“You look like a man who’s got something to do,” he observed.
“Yer damned right,” I said as I sweetened the pint. “Those goddamned Republicans aren’t gonna know what hit ’em.”
“Alright,” he said. “but let me ask you this first.”
“Go ahead,” I said, hoping my tone conveyed my urgency.
“What do people value more,” he asked, “their car or their connectivity?”
This? (The General Lee)
Suddenly and for the moment, I forgot all about my rage. I honestly didn’t know the answer.
Or This? (The Phone Car)
Smiling Kevin explained that he’s wondering what to do about his investment portfolio. Should he continue to sink his dough into oil and transportation stocks or should he transfer at least some of his wealth into telecoms?
So, Smiling Kevin’s finances aside, I put it to you, loyal readers. What’s more important to you — your hot rod or your smart-assed phone?
Remember, I’m from Chicago so I encourage you to vote as often as you like!
HOLDING ALL THE ACES, WANTING EVEN MORE
Now, then. The Republicans.
Okay, babies, you’ve got your anti-union legislation.
The GOP Has Discovered A Better Way Than This To Crush Unions
And that’s because you’ve got your Indiana General Assembly.
And you’ve got your Indiana Senate.
And your Indiana governor.
And your two US Senators from the Hoosier State.
Oh, by the way, you’ve got your entire US House of Representatives, too.
And your Reagan/Bush/Bush US Supreme Court.
And, for chrissakes, you’ve got your own 24-hour TV public relations agency.
And, let’s be honest, you’ve got your own race.
So if I hear one more of you sons or daughters of bitches complain about how the liberals or socialists or feminists or Black Panthers or NPR reporters or Sharia Muslims or any other bogeymen that you want to scare the couch potatoes to death with are taking over this holy land, I’m gonna scream.
And I’m gonna do everything I can to get everyone I know to scream.
Book it, babies.
BOYS IN THE FEST
So Steve Llewellyn didn’t spend all his college days staring out the window or eating lunch. Of course, he was a grown man when he took some Communications and Culture classes at our hometown reformatory. He paid attention when he heard about the Iris Film Festival.
A few years later, after working on “The Trouble with Boys” as a cinematographer, he nudged director Chris Rall and screenwriter Tony Brewer and told them to enter their video opus.
And so they did. And it was accepted. And, this coming Saturday, TTWB will be screened along with 17 other works of cinematic genius at the IU Cinema.
(l to r) Rall, Brewer, & Llewellyn
Here (direct from the Iris FB page) is the complete lineup:
- “Lester Kannon” by Graham Walsh
- “Project Z-6463” by Chris Eller & Sophia Parkinson
- “Petie Stewart, Manny Pacquiao’s Biggest Fan” by Duane Busick
- “Black & White” by Sahar Pastel-Daneshgar & Emily Erotas
- “Fertility 2.0” by David Ross
- “Dance of Souls” by Caz Tanner
- “Two Crowded” by Peter Johnson
- “Lorelei” by M.C. Madrigal & Ryan Miyake
- “A Song for the Undertaker” by Josh Tuthill
- “The Single Mother” by Jesse Lacy
- “The Woods” by Austin Gardener
- “Gloom” by Jackson Van Meter & Ryan Smythe
- “The Keeper” by Mark Johnson
- “Reflection” by Kevin McClatchey
- “DADT: A Film from America” by Kaleb Basey
- “Imprints” by Javier Ramirez & Maggie Rossman
- “Food Fight” by Laura Caldie
SPEAKING OF VIDEO BRILLIANCE
Have you heard the Stephen Colbert interview with Maurice Sendak yet? Click on their photos for the link and enjoy.
Sorry kids, I can’t embed the vid — you know, copyright issues and all. Trust me, though, it’s worth the extra step.