Right-wingers who insist on the right to control the reproductive rights of all women currently adamant that making them wear a mask is a totally grotesque violation of their individual freedoms.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
There used to be a sad pecking order to carnival life.
At the top of the food chain were the top performers in the big name circuits. Apart from the exceptional and the lucky, their careers were usually pretty short - these were high pressure, stressful career, both physically and mentally. Those who passed their prime generally retired from performance into some other, less demanding aspect of the operation.
Those who couldn't give it up, though, slipped down to a lower status level - secondary performers off the marquee, or supports to another act. However, since these were also entry level position for newer, hungrier and younger talent, the declining ex-stars were inevitably shunted off the main circuit down to smaller, regional, less profitable tours, moving gradually to more rural, poorer circuits, lower wages, and jobs of rapidly declining prestige.
In the end, those without the capacity to leave the carnie would find themselves hopelessly slipping into roles at the bottom of the pyramid, the jobs that even newcomers wouldn't take. The muckers, the laborers - and of course, the freaks. Freak shows, now long gone, had their own pecking order. Yes, the performers were willing to exploit and exaggerate their own physical anomalies to shock and disgust the rubes. But they retained a sense of their own worth and dignity within a hierarchy all their own. And at the very bottom of that hierarchy was the Geek... a lost soul who made his living eating insects, wallowing in filth, and, as the climax of his act, biting the head off a live chicken, rat or snake.
Circuses were the viewed as the lowest form of popular theatre; sideshows were seen as the bottom rung of circus life; and Geeks were the lowest of the low, held in utter contempt by even the bearded ladies and crocodile boys. Geeks were often people who suffered from mental illness, and most were dealing with drug or alcohol addiction. It's hard to imagine a life more dismal, but they hung on, mostly because there was simply nowhere lower to sink to.
I'm not sure why I'm thinking of Dave Menzies right now...
Saturday, April 10, 2021
The bloviating doofuses at Rebel News love to claim that their shtick is to tell the "other side of the story" ... I'm assuming that's the side of the story from the alternate universe where GOP congresscreature Matt Gaetz is not under investigation for sex trafficking:
It's almost like they're not interested in the other side of story or something.
Friday, April 09, 2021
Now that Nazi paraphernalia expert and right-wing hack Keean Bexte is no longer a part of Rebel News, is it time for various orgs to yank his accreditation?
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Anonymous commenter just gifted me with the following, which I will now share with the world:
Here's another interesting development. The Albino love child of Ezra Levant and Sheila Gunn Reid appears to have been quietly expunged. Try searching for Keean Bexte's "journalist" page at the Rebel. It's gone. Then look for the masthead photo they've been using that shows the whole smirking team, prominently featuring Keean. It's gone too. His "program" is no longer included in their list of shows. I wonder what triggered the final flush? I've actually wondered about his mental health over the last few months (the paranoid fantasies and over-the-top outbursts of rage were getting disturbing), but I'm thinking perhaps it was his unwise decision to seize onto the Dominion voting machine "scandal" before they started suing their slanderers. Perhaps Ezra has decided this is a good time to put some distance between the Rebel and another massive lawsuit?
Things are getting exciting, no?