21 February 2020

The Bloodsucking American Economy (Or, Why Donald Trump Can't Understand Parasite)

20 February 2020: President Donald Trump took aim at “Parasite’s” historic Oscar wins at a Colorado rally on Thursday. “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” he asked, prompting jeers from the crowd. “Did you see it?” “The winner is… a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about?” he went on. “We got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of that, they give them best movie of the year? Was it good? I don’t know. Let’s get ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back, please?”

One of the few charms of Our Dim-Witted Leader is his willingness to admit his frequent befuddlement.  The latest example is his struggle to understand this year's Academy Award winning best picture, Parasite:

What the hell was that all about?

On this issue, though, Donald Trump is not alone.  Americans in general have trouble processing anything concerned with class conflict, social inequality and the deleterious effects of Absolute Capitalism, which are the themes of Parasite.

That a lifelong bloodsucker like Trump would not understand Parasite is not surprising, as this only confirms Jesus' universal truth about human nature: our inability to recognize our own sins (Matthew 7:3-5). 

What continually creates exasperation is the American poor's inability to locate themselves in a class struggle. . .

What are the reasons for this?

1). The American poor do not view themselves as poor.  The American poor see themselves as an imaginary *middle class* who don't have as much money as they would like.  The American poor do not view themselves as belonging to a class of people at the bottom of a social strata.  The American poor, if they do acknowledge a class of people called poor, reserve that for people of color and white trash (mostly rural and southern).  

This haughtiness of the *middle class* is laughable.  They are poor (as this recent headline illustrates).  

This term *middle class* is a creation of the political system.  Democrats and Republicans stage political theater every election cycle, each claiming to know how best to serve the *middle class.*  In reality serving the *middle class* means how best to take what little money the poor have and give it to the rich.  That is the economic function of the political system.  The term *middle class* is merely an emotional bandage to cover the wound of poverty that afflicts most Americans.  By identifying themselves with an imaginary *middle class* of the richest nation on earth, most Americans therefore relieve themselves of the class stigma *poor.*  They put on economic airs.

2). Americans are terrified of class conflict.  Before they were terrified of muslims, they were terrified of *communists.*  The class struggles of theoretical communism became identified with the hapless and cruel failures of Soviet communism during the US - USSR Cold War.  To criticize capitalism and to view America as a failed, divided society was considered unpatriotic.  Constantly fed the propaganda they were part of an imaginary *middle class* of the richest nation on earth, the average American became disdainful of class conflict.  If there were any poor in America, it was their own fault, not the fault of the *system.*  Why, everybody knows anybody can grow up to be anything they want in America, if they only are willing to *work hard.*  America has a *level playing field.*  These simple-minded bromides continue to hold sway, even as the American's standard of living continues to decline. 

Given the above points, it is not surprising a pseudo-socialist like Bernie Sanders struggles to gain more votes than generic politicians, even cock-sucking ones.  But even Sanders is afraid to tell most Americans they are poor, as he, too, most often addresses his *talking points* to the imaginary *middle class.* Sanders admits the *middle class* will have to pay more in taxes to fund his Medicare for All Fund. . .but the cat is let out of the bag when he says that this *middle class* includes everybody making $29000 or more.  My friend, 29k ain't *middle class.*  If you make 29k in this country, you're poor.

Sanders' timid criticisms of capitalism evoke hysterical cries of *socialism* from his opponents, whether democrat or republican, because both parties are devoted to maintaining the status quo.  Both are beholden to the rich.  This is evident when democrats are open about refusing to their award their party's nomination to the candidate who wins the most delegates in the primaries. . .because that candidate will be the *socialist* Bernie Sanders.  And because Sanders will not have enough delegates to reach the 50% threshold required to earn the nomination, the democrats will have an open convention, and eventually the nominating process will fall to corrupt back-room deals and *super delegate* whoring. . .the democrat party will pick a *centrist,* meaning someone willing to keep the party faithful to every crooked trick of Absolute Capitalism.  The democrat party, as it is currently constituted, will never rally around even a modest critic of capitalism like Bernie Sanders. 

But because the American poor refuse to recognize their own poverty, refuse to give up their *middle class* delusion, they will continue to get the president they deserve, whether democrat or republican.  No voter in the world is dumber than the American, who continually votes against his own interest, and instead votes for the interests of the rich.  It's actually laugh out loud funny how stupid the American voter is, as he proudly marches into the voting booth determined to uphold the profit structure of the health insurance industry!  He believes he's fulfilling his God-given duty!

So, yes, then, back to Parasite, it's no wonder the reaction to it in America is:

What the hell was that all about?

[Some people do not understand how America's *capitalist* economy functions. Its function is to take money from the poor and give it to the rich. One small example serves as a model for the economy in general, and if one keeps this small example in mind, one will see its practice again and again in similar forms throughout the economy:

The poor person, not earning enough money to live on, despite working at least 40 hours a week, borrows money from the rich, in this example, in the form of a *credit card.* The rich persons lends money to the poor, but then demands the poor person pay it back with interest. . .and if the poor person is late in making payments, additional fees and fines are demanded. This is the entire structure of the American economy, from the individual level, represented here in the credit scam, to the corporate level, in which the rich reverse the process, borrowing money from the government in the form of *tax incentives* and then never paying it back (see here).

The beloved American economy, in text book jargon, is a high-cost rentier economy. Its GDP is empty, consisting mainly of the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) rents, profits and capital gains while the nation’s infrastructure decays and its labor is reduced to a part-time *gig* economy.

In non-textbook jargon, the American economy is a usury economy, and usury, as we know from the Bible, is a sin. Thus, the idiot American voter is faithful to a sinful system.]

12 February 2020

The Klobot

Manchester, NH, 12 February 2020: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont narrowly edged former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to claim victory in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary. But the biggest winner in Tuesday's contest - the first primary in the White House race - may well be Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who came in a strong third. Klobuchar finished far ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden, who are limping out of New Hampshire facing serious questions about the future of their campaigns.

Klobuchar - who hails from Iowa's neighbor to the north - finished a distant fifth in last week's Iowa caucuses. But a strong presidential primary debate performance on Friday seemingly pumped up her fortunes and gave her a big bounce - as she surged the final tracking polls over the weekend. The senator was obviously able to capitalize on her last-minute momentum. Exit polls suggest that older and more educated voters, as well as moderates and those looking for a candidate to unite the country, boosted Klobuchar's performance. 

Huh?  Who would actually take time out of their day, in which they probably got to go from one job to a second job, because they felt compelled to vote for this cold fish?

I mean, listen to this creaking harpy:
With her clunky, robotic delivery, she makes stuttering Joe Biden seem smooth. . .

Who voted for her?

With her dreadful oratorical skills, I can only imagine she might appeal to Jewish voters, since (in front of a microphone, at least) she surely ain't no Adolf Hitler, but anybody else?

Maybe it's her call to *the people in the middle?*  

But who are these people, these Median people?

The imaginary *middle American?* 

Exit polls says older people and *moderates* (what's a moderate?  See Revelation 3:14-16) like her.  That means scared sheeple.  They lived a lifetime brainwashed by the American Dream, and even though their standard of living has fallen significantly, they love so-called *centrists,* robot politicians who promise they can keep their shitty health insurance, can keep working their two shitty jobs and keep sending their kids to their shitty schools where they will read Thirteen Reasons Why instead of The Catcher In The Rye.

These *centrists* promise they won't do anything radical like *socialist* Bernie Sanders with his cRaZy health care plan (how can we pay for it?!?!) or racist Donald Trump with his caged kids immigration policy.

The sheeple just want to live their imaginary middle class lives, and fear any *extremist* who would wake them from their American Dream. . .

The sheeple just want to die peacefully in their sleep, preferably just before maxing out their credit cards. . .

It's a slow, steady decline, not too bumpy, and the sheeple are content as long as they can pay for their electronic gadgets.  Their real lives may be fraying at the edges, but all that can be simply cropped out on social media, where their illusions remain picture perfect.

Amy Klobuchar, the Klobot, with her robotic delivery of *sensible policies* is the perfect Median politician, promising to do nothing that would threaten the sheeple's imaginary middle class life. . .

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are political Stanleys, who frighten the Blanche DuBois middle class sheeple, while the Klobot is a political Mitch, who soothes and enables them in their self-delusion.  The surprise is not that the Klobot came from nowhere to get 20% of the vote, but that she didn't get more. 

08 February 2020

NYPDe Sade

The Big Apple, 6 February 2020: Prosecutors described in horrifying detail on Thursday the years of abuse endured by two of NYPD officer Michael Valva’s children — as the cop and his fiancee pleaded not guilty to felony murder indictments in the hypothermia death of Valva’s 8-year-old son, Tommy. Valva, 40, and Angela Pollina, 42, appeared separately in Suffolk County Supreme Court and sat stone-faced as prosecutors announced new child endangerment charges against them for allegedly neglecting and abusing Tommy and his brother Anthony. Prosecutor Kerriann Kelly said the abuse of the two boys became apparent in 2017, shortly after their mom, Justyna Zubko-Valva, lost custody of them, when the kids started showing up at their East Moriches school hungry.

“[The boys were] eating crumbs off tables and eating out of the garbage and going under the bleachers at the gym to try and find food,” Kelly said. “They were literally begging for food at school.” The two allegedly were deprived of breakfast and starved in punishment for failing to call Valva’s new paramour, Pollina, “Mommy,” Kelly said. By their second year in the school district, the elementary-age boys came to class wearing “pull-ups” while reeking of urine and feces, with bruises and cuts on their bodies. “Thomas came to school so soiled one day that the urine was squishing in his sneakers,” Kelly described as Zubko-Valva sobbed loudly in the courtroom.

The prosecutor described how the brothers were loath to go out for recess because they were so cold, leading school staff to give them clothes “in secret … as to avoid further punishment of the boys.” She also revealed new details on how Michael Valva reacted when he found out Thomas had died, allegedly saying at the hospital, “I’ve been through more stressful things than this.”

Two days before Thomas died, he was banished to the family garage and was captured on the home’s surveillance cameras “shaking in the freezing cold air and clearly exhibiting signs of his need to use the bathroom in 19-degree weather,” Kelly said. There was no bathroom in the garage and if Thomas soiled himself, he would be punished. Pollina sent a clip of the video to Valva and asked if Thomas was going to stay home from school the next day. “I have zero clothing for him, fuck the piece of shit Thomas, he’s not going anywhere,” Valva texted, according to prosecutors. Ten minutes later, he seemed to poke fun at the trembling boy. “Geez it seems like he has to go, too bad he doesn’t have a bathroom,” Valva texted. In response, Pollina allegedly wrote: “Seriously, if only he had a bathroom.”

Well, let us credit Michael Valva and Angela Pollina. . .

Credit where credit is due. . .

They prove the human capacity for inhumanity is inexhaustible. . .

One would think one had seen it all. . .

Not only in the crimes of reality, let's recall the horrible fates of Adam Walsh and Polly Klaas, representative of thousands of such crimes, so frequent an occurrence as to be commonplace, but also in the crimes of fiction, with novels, television shows and movies routine with torture and death, routine to the point of banality, if one has seen a child molester-themed episode or three of Law & Order: SVU.

One has seen cruelty again and again. . .and therefore most of it makes little impression.

And then along come the two New York greaseballs, Valva and Pollina, and their sadistic heartlessness and depravity make one pause, even in our malign saturated times.

That the New York Police Department officer Valva would say of his own dying son:

Fuck the piece of shit

and then *make fun* of the boy as he dies trembling trying to not evacuate his own waste. . .

I actually paused and wondered: how does a father become so indifferent (and this indifference is far worse than hatred)? 

What of the father's *girlfriend* Pollina?  Did she contribute to his delinquency?  Or had he merely met a kindred spirit?

What do we make of these two pieces of human shit?

[And what do we make of *the system?*  *The system* in Make America Great Again?  The system that records two boys attending school in diapers while reeking of feces, with urine squishing in sneakers, with bodies bruised and cut, but a *system* that can do nothing to help?  And yet one can't help but wonder: if poor 8 year old Tommy Valva had had the sophistication to game the signs of the times and claim his NYPD dad was preventing him from transitioning to female, wouldn't *the system* have then been able to step in and save him/her?]

What do we make of these two pieces of human garbage?

There is a school of Christianity that would have Jesus knocking on the hearts of the two New York greaseballs, begging them to open their hearts to Him. . .

There is another school of Christianity that would say Jesus don't want this human garbage, that they are children of the devil, unable to hear His word, and therefore unable to repent and be forgiven. . .

Free will. . .or predestination?  It's been debated in the church down through the centuries.

One tends to judge predestination more favorably when exposed to filth like Michael Valva@@. . .

But always there is Paul's whisper in our ear:

It is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

@@Look at Valva in his mugshot, dressed in a suicide gown!  He must have cried when brought to jail, and whimpered he was going to *hurt himself!*  Please!  He don't have it in him!  He don't have the Judas stomach to hurt himself!  Everyone knows cops are pussies!