defrog: (life is offensive)
The 116th Congress is in session, and the new designated Enemies Of The People are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib for dancing and swearing, respectively.

And the internet is demanding I address these serious and grave issues. So here’s what I got:

1. You can’t say that on C-SPAN

All I really have to say about Rashida Tlaib’s “impeach the motherfucker” quote is: (1) Congresspeople swear all day, every day, and (2) at this stage, no one in the GOP gets to criticize or lecture anybody on civility and decorum.

Also, I’m pretty sure all the controversy is less about the MF-bomb and more about the I-word. Even most Demos don’t really want to talk about impeachment openly – at least not as if it’s a goal, mainly so that they can deflect the inevitable accusations from Repubs that the Demos planned to impeach Trump all along for no good reason. Which would be ludicrous, of course, but then so is politics, where the rule of the game is to always phrase things in ways that you can always claim meant something other than what you actually said.

2. You down with AOC? Yeah, you know me

Having seen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dance video, I honestly have no idea why anyone might have thought it would be a thing.

But I have a pretty good idea why they hoped it would be a thing.

AOC is basically the new Obama, in the sense that conservatives absolutely and viscerally hate her for the same reasons they hated Obama: (1) she’s young, (2) she supports democratic socialist policies*, (3) she’s non-white, and (4) liberals absolutely adore her. What’s worse (for them), she doesn't take stick from anyone and gives as good as she gets. She’s smart, she’s confident, she defeated a trad Demo to get her seat and she’s got a fan base. Worst of all, she might actually inspire young people in 2020 to do what she’s just done.

All of which makes her dangerous, politically speaking. If she wasn't, conservative pundits wouldn't waste so much time trying to discredit her. So – like with Obama – conservatives will criticize literally everything she does or says or wears (no matter how minor or inconsequential) as though it was the most scandalous and discreditable thing in the world. If it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, it pleases the base and triggers the libs, which seems to be a nice consolation prize for many conservatives these days. Even getting her to quit Instagram would be considered a victory.

So we’re going to be seeing a lot of this. Given how well that’s going so far, I can’t say I’m not looking forward to future AOC smear attempts backfire as spectacularly as the dance video.

You should be dancing yeah,

This is dF

*Technically Obama differed from AOC on this point – he was more to the center. But conservatives swore blind then and now that he was full-on Commie, so I think it counts.

defrog: (falco)
I’ve been listening to The Bird And The Bee’s new album, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future. If yr not familiar with them (and they’ve been on the Jimmy Kimmel show, so how could you not be?), it’s the sort of faux retro bachelor-pad alt.pop music that you get from groups like St Etienne and Pizzicato 5, with a bit of the arched-eyebrow melancholy you get on the average Pet Shop Boys album.

Musically pleasant, but probably not for everyone.

On the other hand, I have to respect a faux retro bachelor-pad alt.pop that writes love songs about David Lee Roth, as well as a dance song that issues the usual dance-commander instructions (i.e. get on yr feet, wave yr hands in the air, clap yr hands), but asks very nicely.

The video for the latter is also slightly demented.

This could grow on me.

Please get down,

This is dF
defrog: (devo mouse)
I’ve said before (on the old blog) that the most creative and entertaining music videos tend to come from dance music. Maybe it’s because dance music is about rhythm and feeling rather than innovation, and a lot of it sounds alike and isn’t driven by the personality of the artist, so you need extra-captivating visuals if yr going to stand out on the MTVs.

Whatever the reason, I hereby present evidence for my case [via Pink Tentacle]: the video for “Fake It!” by Denki Groove (Japan’s answer to Kraftwerk), featuring an endless chain of synchronized high divers.

The black-tape eyemasks are a nice touch.

Seriously, watch it. It’s the best three minutes of television you’ll see this week (unless you live in Japan, in which case you get this kind of TV 24 hours a day).

Off the deep end,

This is dF


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