Porter Melmoth
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Mar 25 Porter Melmoth commented on Ask Us Anything About Our Caucus Endorsement(s).
Because I was lucky enough to obtain a Hillary-covered edition, and finally encountered your Hillary endorsement lurking in the bowels just before the issue's anus, I penned the following reactions and posted them over with the fossilized responses at your 'Support The Real Progressive' forum-ruins (as it were):

Thank you, The Stranger, for virtually endorsing me to vote Green Party without guilt. Your pathetic, disgraceful entrance into the Mainstream Media Arena™ is duly noted. That you would actually endorse Hillary with a list of stenographic, boilerplate reasons smacks of a Murdochian agenda that lurks beneath your rapidly-fraying hipness. Thus, there must be something in it for you to Go Hillary™. 4-8 future years of this AIPAC Angel's nouveau version of Clintonism is just another disappointment in the My Country 'Tis Of Thee Experience. If you're squandering your own votes on succumbing to your dismal concept of political reality, I shall rest easy in spending mine on political ideals. There was a time when The Stranger would stand for those very ideals, even in the face of defeat. That era is now concluded. Your choice will remain on your record. But remember, Bernie's just the beginning of a movement. Hillary's nothing but status quo, and you know it. Welcome to being just another mainstream member of little consequence. PS: Thank you for approving of that Scotch Beer Fest flyer, added to the cover, to veil Hillary's beaming visage, while subliminally UN-veiling your own shame in 'trumpeting' your defeatist endorsement. PPS: My own little fantasy scenario for women to save us from further Empire-degradation: Jill Stein, Michelle Obama, and Elizabeth Warren, rotating presidential duties by the month, as the moon suggests. Golden centuries of peace!

NOTE: Mind-fucking with your readership is yet another sign of The Stranger's fading cleverness. I loved you once! (I miss Paul Constant, Lindy West, Goldy, Aaron Huffmann, others...)
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Mar 25 Porter Melmoth commented on Support the Real Progressive.
Thank you, The Stranger, for virtually endorsing me to vote Green Party without guilt. Your pathetic, disgraceful entrance into the Mainstream Media Arena™ is duly noted. That you would actually endorse Hillary with a list of stenographic, boilerplate reasons smacks of a Murdochian agenda that lurks beneath your rapidly-fraying hipness. Thus, there must be something in it for you to Go Hillary™. 4-8 future years of this AIPAC Angel's nouveau version of Clintonism is just another disappointment in the My Country 'Tis Of Thee Experience. If you're squandering your own votes on succumbing to your dismal concept of political reality, I shall rest easy in spending mine on political ideals. There was a time when The Stranger would stand for those very ideals, even in the face of defeat. That era is now concluded. Your choice will remain on your record. But remember, Bernie's just the beginning of a movement. Hillary's nothing but status quo, and you know it. Welcome to being just another mainstream member of little consequence. PS: Thank you for approving of that Scotch Beer Fest flyer, added to the cover, to veil Hillary's beaming visage, and subliminally UN-veiling your own shame in 'trumpeting' your defeatist endorsement. PPS: My own little fantasy scenario for women to save us from further Empire-degradation: Jill Stein, Michelle Obama, and Elizabeth Warren, rotating presidential duties by the month, as the moon suggests. Golden centuries of peace!
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Nov 13, 2015 Porter Melmoth commented on Why I Won't Write a Review of Suffragette.
I would add that Indian cinema is gigantic, and has been going on for practically as long as Western film. Persons of no colour rarely, if ever show up in Indian films. If so, any more, they are usually blonde dancers from Ukraine, used as filler in Bollywood dance number sequences. Japanese cinema usually has... Japanese people in it. Chinese... too. Nigerian cinema is a pretty big deal, too. Western cinema, despite all its corporate and preferential horrorshows, is actually very much more diverse than any of these...
Nov 13, 2015 Porter Melmoth commented on Why I Won't Write a Review of Suffragette.
White boy here. Very welcome points, Ijeoma. I admire your point of view. Corporate film always goes where the guaranteed audience money lies. Don't place too many expectations in any of these purported 'definitive' films, though. This film is only one statement, one perspective. It should not be raised on too high a platform. Write your own version. Better yet, I'd love to see a defining epic about (ancient) Zimbabwe - you know, the great ruins, in their heyday. You script it and star. Get Spike Lee to direct - or whomever. Make it what you want. Hell, Jay Z could fund it with his weekend spare change. Your complaint is duly registered. Now, people of colour, blow us away with some high-powered, high-quality product.
Oct 23, 2015 Porter Melmoth commented on The City Librarian Wants to Spend Almost $2 Million on a Rebrand. Don’t Let That Happen..
Turner is typical of today's modern a-go-go librarian: corporate-minded, vain, haughty, smug, and unimaginative. His entire blabbing is, in the Library World, about 70 years old. (e.g. how the profession is 'changing', etc.) Microforms were supposedly going to make books obsolete, and on and on, through to the Internet, of course. The bottom line is that a library is a continuum, an additive element of civilization you can rely on, not some flaky entity based on insipid 'strategic planning'. There's no big deal about running a library. You just take care of it, guard it, and add to it. Funding is the big deal, of course. But a library doesn't need gestures made by every new CEO who wants to advertise how big their dick/tits is/are. I worked in a large library for 22 years, and while I am pro-library in my sentiments, I know that the 'new' crowd running them are uninspiring, to say the least. BTW, it's library staff (as opposed to librarians) who actually make libraries work. Talk to them for the real story, not some poseur at the top. All forms of library materials are valid, and all must be maintained, especially for an upcoming era when patience and curiosity return to the world.
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Dec 13, 2014 Porter Melmoth commented on If You Like Goofy Bible Nonsense, You'll LOVE Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Of course, with the sensitivities of today's audiences, 'The Ten Commandments' can just turn into a three and a half hour smirk 'n sneer fest, as it just isn't cool to be wowed by this type of picture anymore. Still, you don't need to be a believer to get a huge entertaining kick out of the film. Plus, it's a superb example of studio technique of the time. Edward G. Robinson is great as a sleazy car dealer. I'm only going on about this because filmmakers today simply don't know how to do epic stories in the old unabashed melodramatic/sentimental/emotional style, so I wish they'd stop trying. They should stick to the goofiness they know how to do: sci-fi, fantasy, etc. Naturally, the studios wanna keep cashing in on 'Gladiator' & clones, so that's why these limp-dick epics still get made. They try to inject 'special effect realism' into stories that are much better treated with schmaltz, camp, and pure entertainment. Why make a pretentious, gritty, exploding pustule when you can have glamour, fun, wonder, and an all star cast? (BTW, the exodus story is wholly based in Judaism. Christianity comes later, I'm pretty sure...)
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Dec 13, 2014 Porter Melmoth commented on If You Like Goofy Bible Nonsense, You'll LOVE Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Readers may want to consider a film that isn't even mentioned here: C.B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments' (1956), which tells the same story. One of the grandest films ever made. It's got everything: epic scope, memorable lines, camp, hokeyness, (OK, some 'goofiness', naturally), awesome special effects, a tremendous score by Elmer Bernstein - and Vincent Price! All in VistaVision and Technicolor. Chuck Heston actually UNDER-acts. Yul Brynner is monumental. The new DVD version is fresh, stunning, and powerful. Dig it! Aging Ridley Scott ain't no DeMille. He's certainly an interesting filmmaker ('The Duelists' is an art piece, and 'Legend' will probably be regarded as his finest work, even more than 'Blade Runner'), but maybe his 'Exodus' will emerge as a funkadelic classic in about 40 years. DeMille pulled off 'The 10 C's' when he was about 75. Maybe Ridley still has his best work ahead, but time is running out. (And I'll take Otto Preminger's 'Exodus' over Ridley's, any day...)
Jun 6, 2014 Porter Melmoth commented on Want to Do Something About Gun Violence? Here's Where to Start..
Such a disappointment, that Paul's rather decent notice, aimed at those genuinely concerned about gun abuse, becomes just another tawdry 'forum' dominated by unhappy people who need to prove that their dicks are somehow valid in an uncaring world. As a guy, I'm actually a bit sympathetic. Testosterone can do terrible things to the human spirit.

Having been mugged once long ago, persons who flog the 2nd Amendment above all else are complete failures in the humanitarian art of empathy. However, if they happened to be that person now lying in Harborview, or friends or relatives, all would be transformed somehow. Tragedy of Greek proportions. The feelings they have must be insanity-inducing. In the larger picture, we might ask, why do certain peoples in this world resort to terrorism? Largely for revenge on wrongs given - not to destroy any 'American way of life'. Terrorism is an anathema, but in its political manifestations, it can at least be explained. And it tends to grow.

I suppose that even if any hardass gun nut were to be touched by aggressive tragedy in the firearm sense, they would probably not give in on their gun rights stance. If anything, the resolve is strengthened, as is the paranoia. I'm sorry that they have such a pathetic shrunken-dick view of the world. Such sideshows indicate a growing alienated society, of people who have nothing to lose, so it's 'Fuck everybody' time. Indications of an empire in its late stages, and it won't be saved by guns. Indeed, decline and fall will be hastened. Gibbon has been proven right time and again.

'Responsible' gun owners have long been taken for a ride by the NRA, ostensibly a gun 'support' group, obviously an armaments industry shill. For many, there isn't a bigger and better boner-inducer than a gun. And the NRA is a helluva pimp. Besides, Americans just LOVE to guzzle that snake oil.

Hardass and even sensible gun rightists seem to have a childlike trust of anyone armed. As if everyone will behave responsibly. Oh, but for those who don't, they think that if they're armed as well, a perfectly choreographed cinematic gunplay will ensue, with them as the Clint Eastwood-ish victors, naturally. Talk about shit happening, with guns, things usually result in excrement hitting the ventilation system.

There, just some thoughts by a fellow unhappy person - unhappy about gun tragedies. Keep going, Paul, and just ignore the comments.
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Apr 14, 2014 Porter Melmoth commented on The Nine Pieces That Made Jen Graves a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
Oh so delighted that Jen G. (PuPriFi) is getting such recognition. Her consistent intelligence and welcome sincerity are deserving of a Pulitzer every year.
Apr 14, 2014 Porter Melmoth commented on 2014 Pulitzer Prizewinners Announced: Guardian and Washington Post Win for NSA Coverage; The Goldfinch Wins for Fiction; The Stranger's Jen Graves Named a Finalist for Criticism!.
Delighted to see you're getting such recognition, Jen. Your intelligence and sincerity are deserving of a Pulitzer every year.