Tag Archives: SNL

LIONEL PODCAST: America’s Suicide Pact

Why are you so worried about “debates.” They’re not debates. They’re beauty pageants. Mindless media diversions. Psychotic interludes. Charm school rejects and sleight of hand. Bought and paid for political hacks playing the ol’ switcheroo. Just look at the topics that seem to command so much of our collective attention. Look at what we find interesting, critical and what we ignore and reject altogether. Look at the attention that our media will pay to underinflated footballs and other pseudo-controversies; it is beyond my comprehension. We have sealed our fate and guaranteed are doom. If this country fails it will not be because of invading Visigoths over the horizon but because of the collective collapse of our society due to our profound nescience and intellectual torpor. Or something.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Systematic Devolution of Human Culture and the Rise of the Poseur

This is what we’ve become. Lost. Disconnected. Narcissistic beyond any realm of comprehension. And it’s posh and cool to be profoundly nescient. Mention TPP and watch the vapid look . . . from the Ted Baxter sock puppet media. Just keep us amused. Give us surface level stories. Nothing too deep or profound.

On Putin. Borrowing from the US’s history, Putin may now blame ISIS for the downed plane and invade and take over any country (teeming with natural resources and energy wealth) that he wants so long as he makes a tenuous connection between it and “training” or support. He can then say the smoking gun could be a mushroom cloud. Or, better to strike them there than they strike us here. And we can’t say anything.

Who said bacon? Watch for yourself.

LIONEL PODCAST: If You Vote You Can’t Complain

George Carlin, America’s prophet said it best. He speaks to the futility and illusion of choice and substantive differences.

I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote – who did not even leave the house on Election Day – am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.

Unavoidable verity. It is tragically true. But we love the game, the pageantry, the pro forma exercise in the noble pursuit of the belief that today, choice exists and choice is targeted. Emma Goldman said that if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. (In fact, may have been attributed to that quote.)

The abecedarian fundamentals. Lionel’s Manifesto.

LIONEL PODCAST: Media Distortion, Factual Contortion, Reality Abortion

I want you to imagine. Imagine you are in the position of the country you’re now bombing or whose bombing you’re supporting. How would you feel about us? Good, start with that position and move accordingly.

LIONEL PODCAST: Drones, GMOs, Syria, Putin, Assad, ISIS and the Magic Mirror

This makes no sense. And therein lies the theme to today’s show. Enjoy.

LIONEL PODCAST: Silly Gun Talk. Keep Issues Simple and Base.

Would that. I wish we simply had the guts and the courage to admit freely that we simply have no interest in finding solutions to problems but would rather just respond reflexively. Guns are a wedge issue. They’re a part of a political cycle that’s since closed. Guns, God, Gays. The main issue is economics. Focus accordingly. Don’t be led by the ponderous forces seeking to distract and divert. Look to putting on the agenda forces that matter. Obama and the Dems seek to have gun control provide a refurbishment of their left cover. With killer drones, the debacle of ISIS and Syria, his left wing sheen has dulled. Gun control burnishes the sullied image. Guns are a wedge issue. Democrats want gun control hysteria to provide left cover. Don’t be duped. The human toll of the global financial oligarchs makes this pale my comparison. Focus on proxy wars and mass annihilation via drone strikes. Focus.

LIONEL PODCAST: The Demonization of Louis C.K. and the End of Free Speech

Here’s what he said on SNL. “Child molesters are very tenacious people,” he began. “They love molesting childs. It’s crazy. It’s like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester — there is no worse life available to a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it! Which you could only really surmise, that it must be really good.”

And? That’s it. That’s the essence of what was said and, of course, the media and “social” media are going nuts over this bit of piquant humor and I get it. I understand the context and unique spin, take and direction. So what? Now, look, no one’s calling for his skin or indictment or even arrest. But the week’s young. What this means is that we, as a society, must celebrate and recognize everything and anything hat is said, develop a sense of humor and and an appreciation for the absurd, and recognize that free and unfettered speech makes a society stronger and better and . . . well, alive. There are forms of humor that we may never see at first blush that are nonetheless relevant. And if you don’t like it, change the channel.

If it funny? Who cares? My life consists of discussing and analyzing stories and news items that are very controversial and most problematic to many. They destroy the conventional wisdom and official story. They establish that history is a fraud and that governments are corrupt and people gullible. And that’s indeed and admittedly most likely to offend and rattle. But so be it. Because, when all is said and done – If you don’t like it, change the channel.

LIONEL PODCAST: SNL40, Liberal Media & Other Misconceptions

Sorry, but this is the gold standard. Period. But I digress. It was perfection. Exquisite. The greatest comedy ensemble in recent time. It rivaled Your Show of Shows. It was that great. But it wasn’t live and that’s a factor that weighs considerably in the calculus of entertainment history. SNL enjoys an historical significance that can’t and shan’t be discounted. To be sure.

Waxing desultory? And speaking of digressing, the SNL40 special seemed interminable at times. What with Chevy Chase’s frightening cognitive disconnect and barely audible rasp, Eddie Murphy’s strange “message” which bordered somewhere between indecipherable and de minimis and those incredible moments of two, count ’em two Brian Williams references — and how could a show that skewered mercilessly the high and mighty, deliberately spare the Merlin of Mendacity — along with the rather morbid reprise of Chris Farley’s Matt Foley character, the evening was certainly interesting and a wonderful opportunity to engage in the behavior of live tweeting along with the world. And there were moments that seemed unrehearsed, but not in the good sense. Unrehearsed as in random and haphazard.

But herein, I explore a number of points to be made inter alia:

  • How SNL identified leaders as stupid and dense versus uninformed or quirky, thus reinforcing the meme that the professional left typically employs: that conservatives are dolts and liberals are enlightened
  • SNL in the pantheon of political commentary disguised as entertainment and variety
  • The persistent nonsense of the left-right paradigm
  • How new media platforms will destroy the notion of liberal versus conservative commentary
  • How Jon Stewart presaged the future of information and opinion gathering
  • The essential elements of success: entertaining and great broadcasting
  • Hoary and hackneyed tropes such as talk radio is only conservative
  • The ostensible difficulty of conservative messaging finding its funny bone
  • How the mainstream media looks upon the confluence of alternative delivery platforms with amusement and not as a serious and direct threat to their perceived cornered market
  • And how, despite the forgoing, so many still in charge fail to see the seismic change that’s happening as we speak

LIONEL AUDIO: Don’t Blame Colbert. Blame Yourself.

Imagine Borat appearing before Congress joking about AIDS. Or Julia Sweeney as Pat testifying as to transgender issues. Or Maude Frickert speaking on global warming. (How’s that for dating yourself, but Jonathan Winters is a genius.) Who’d laugh? Certainly not the crowd who would find Colbert’s embarrassing, inappropriate, out-of-line, disrespectful, mocking, classless appearance before Congress funny. First those issues would be most certainly those they can relate to and identify with. Immigration is, well, shall we say a tad too cerebral for the crowd that would find colonoscopy and Brazilian waxing funny. But it’s not just Colbert. It’s the state of comedy today, hijacked by kids and semi-literates who find fart jokes and boogers funny. And no one loves well-placed flatus follows more than I. (Can you say Blazing Saddles?) You can see it on SNL this past week. And on a season opener, no less. The Daily Show, perhaps the best written political show, can’t get through an episode without F-bombs aplenty.

But this guy’s not to blame. We’re to blame. So many don’t read, think, care or investigate anything. We just want to be amused. Like a parent jiggling keys to distract a crying infant. And dig the dude smelling his pencil.

But first, a proem of labyrinthine beauty. Intricate, complex, fluid ricocheted thoughts.