It astounds me that people can be sold on voting Republican. These representatives claim to loathe government and then somehow everyone is surprised when they’re fucking awful at governing. What did anyone assume they were capable of?
The politics in this country are fucking unreal. Generally reviled far-right legislation is stopped from passing only by a farther-right group that somehow didn’t think that the potential damage to the American people was enough, which abruptly ends the seven-year fight to repeal Obamacare on a random Friday afternoon.
A large swath of conservatives likely feel they have nobody who represents them in government, and they’re not wrong. Both parties are in complete upheaval and it’s hilarious and incredible. Republican voters just realized nobody in charge gives a fuck about them, and the most Democrats can do is push Chelsea Clinton to carry on the neoliberal global corporate agenda.
The media will inevitably be insufferable over talking about who wins here (they do) and who loses (everybody else). If Trump deals with the left now as a slight to the right, we’ll see who on the left would make a deal with the devil.
These images are from 1964
Obviously if they were from 2017 they’d have Instagram filters and those cops would have automatic rifles
This post title is not a dig at Steph Curry, but it could be. I was going to avoid saying something about this altogether, because it seems adding to the static of a debate on whether or not the world is flat is fucking stupid.
Over the weekend, Shaquille O’Neal joined Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green as NBA superstars who argue against the round-ness of the world. The thing I hate about their argument isn’t its illogical nature, but rather they only go half-in with it, which makes me think they don’t even have a sound grasp on paranoid conspiracy theory.
The general argument posed by men who made millions of dollars using a ball and gravity is that since there are basic ideas taught in school labeled as factual but turn out to be untrue, the entire legitimacy of education must be questioned. Shaq’s example is that North America was not discovered by Columbus, even though it is taught to have been. He’s not wrong, he’s just comparing an apple to the entire scientific definition of how oranges are categorized by saying they’re both fruit.
His argument is easy enough to laugh at, but what really bothers me is the lack of energy with this dismissal of reality. The entire basis of knowledge in the universe is apparently up for grabs with these guys, and the best they can think of is a centuries-old falsehood? If you’re going to deny the earth is round, go all in and join up with Elon Musk and say we’re all in a simulation and that there really is no spoon.
Somewhere other than here
The fact this dipshit President slashed the NEA funding in the new budget proposal should not be surprising to anyone. I feel like the conversation is still constrained to a very insular view of the world—that of not paying attention to governance outside America—and is hurting the very notion of art in this country.1
Existential threats to art aside, let’s just be real about state spending in the arts.2 This is only comparing the US and France, because it’s late and dedicating too much energy to pointing out the systemic issues with capitalism is exhausting.
Sketching out one in a new series of planned illustrations
For those wondering what the hell is going on around here; a re-archiving of work, autobiographically, chronologically and conceptually all at the same time. It’s a surreal experience, rooting through 15 years of writings, paintings, photographs and all-around life experience. I have a plan for the direction of this website which requires this attention to the archive first. Hopefully a more thorough and functional site experience, along with my subsequent nervous breakdown, will be finished by April 1.
Thanks for browsing and hanging around.
Getting ready for Spring / Summer shows and inner SE art walks. Drew this up as a proof of concept for some internal conversations happening at the Warehouse.
Tabloid-size illustration / poster
Normally I’d enjoy this level of civic participation, but it all seems so displaced.
America is talking about the giant pile of shit that now dominates the Oval Office instead of the goddamn elephant of unchecked capitalism we’ve let use the White House as a dumping ground for 50 years.
It is important to continue a dialogue about not normalizing this administration, but believing in a corporate left (and the media that belongs to it) will only perpetuate the power consolidation by the rich.