Friday, December 7, 2018

And Another Thing...

"Those who don't remember the past are doomed to jump on their own junk with cleats." -Aesop

When you can’t correctly diagnose the problem, any suggested treatment is almost certain to be a load of horseshit as well.

Those who knee-jerk disagree illustrate the point better and more concisely than I could, as a poster child for That Guy.

If you’re still not seeing it, pay attention.

Historical note: you got Hollywood as a largely (but not then nor never entirely) Jewish invention, precisely because of the same white-hooded goose-stepping anti-Semitism in the OP and responses, except at the turn of the last century, coupled with the avarice of Thomas Edison Inc., Philadelphia lawyers, and Tamany Hall politics conniving to try to sue Jewish filmmakers out of business every time they made a movie, and the subsequent and reflexive decamping of the Thalberg/Mayer/Goldwyn/Selznick types from corrupt East coast environs, where justice was sold by the pound to the highest bidder, and getting off the train in Phoenix AZ on the one day in 365 it ever rains there.

That wouldn’t do at all, so they all got back on the train, arrived in Los Angeles, saw they had 300+ days of sunshine/year, ocean, desert, mountain, plains, forest woodland, and city-scape all in close proximity, coupled with a thriving and booming metropolis, hard-working people absent trade unionism, and dirt-cheap real estate, with none of the East Coast kleptocracy previously noted, and the match was made that gave you the single greatest cultural achievement in America since ever: the movie business.

They could shoot cowboy and indian flicks three miles from downtown L.A., because in 1910, everything from that point to the Pacific Ocean was bean fields, cactus patches, and rocky chapparal, and hordes of broke-dick former ranch hands became cavalry troopers and Schmoe-hawk tribe Indian stunt men.

Squeeze Jell-O, and you always end up with a mess all over yourself. If Edison, Tamany Hall politics, and robber-baron kleptocracy hadn’t squeezed the Jews out of the East Coast, Hollywood would have been called Long Island, Connecticut, and/or New Jersey. Well-played. How’s that working out for those areas now?

Hollywood is not a Jooooooooooos!!! problem; those exact folks gave you The Wizard Of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach (starring some B-list singing cowboy), Goodbye Mr. Chips, Of Mice and Men, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Dodge City, Drums Along The Mohawk, Gunga Din, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Jesse James, Young Mr. Lincoln, and about 100 other movies, including a couple of Secret Service-entitled flicks starring some kid from Illinois, all in just that one year (1939)!

If you can’t suss that out, that year was the Yankee’s “Murderer’s Row” of movie-making, compared to ever in history, anywhere.

Now tell me the names of the producers and studio heads, just for those 12 flicks, in 1939.

As Casey Stengel noted a time or two, “You could look it up.”

Tell me about the Hollywood that produced, e.g. It’s A Wonderful Life, Sahara, Twelve O’clock High, Ben Hur, and 30K-40K other films, some 1000 of which are international treasures, and the high points of the entire quintessential American art form; then compare and contrast that with the Hollywood that makes any four examples of the current shite you’d care to name, and see if you can spot what changed between Hollywood 1915-1990ish, versus Hollywood from 1990-present.

If you didn’t know that around the break point in that tale, the overwhelming bulk of movie financing and box office revenue started coming from overseas, which is why Hollywood no longer gives two wet shits for mainstream America’s viewpoint, nor caters to same, you’re waaaaaaay behind the curve on this topic.

Pay more attention to the “business” half of the entertainment business.
In short, “follow the money“.

Hollywood happens to be located in America, but it caters to everyone but America. This isn’t a Joooooooooooos!!! problem, it’s a ¥en/€uro/riyal problem.

WTF do you think the mediocre Red Dawn reboot was CG-scrubbed of the original (as written and shot) ChiCom villainy, and the Norks’ notional invasion scenario CGI-inserted into the entire film in post-?

The man who pays the piper calls the tune, only since about 5000 B.C.

The answer isn’t armbands and goose-stepping.
And for the really, unbelievably culturally dense, Major Strasser was not the tragic hero of Casablanca.

Finance your own viewpoint, and kick the whole corrupt bundle of current Hollywood douchebaggery right in the pussy.

As I noted, Mel Gibson, dragooned bassackwards into the wrong end of this conversation, proved that point: No one in anti-American/anti-Christian mainstream Hollywood wanted to finance a film in spoken Aramaic about the trials and crucifixion of Christ. So Mel coughed up $30M of his own money, shot what he wanted, released it, and as the producer/sole-owner of that flick, raked in the lion’s share of the >$600M gross it returned. So far.

You really want to f**k Hollywood where it hurts, without any lube?
Do that.
THAT was “Operation Gibson”. He laughed all the way to the bank.

Anything else is just babies shitting their diapers, and flinging the contents as spackle.

Masthead point: The only way to fight a culture war is to FIGHT a Culture War.

But disagree: name one war-by-boycott that ever won anything.
Show all work.

I’ll pitch you a softball along that line:
Explain how sanctions and embargos in the late 1930s-early 1940s brought the Imperial Japanese war-mongering of that era to a swift and bloodless halt.
Bring in supporting evidence from the embargoes and sanctions against Saddam’s Iraq from June 1990-January 1991, showing how that worked out.

I’ll be over here watching.

What changed is who pays for films to be made. Around 1990, give or take.
When you lost the checkbook, you lost the industry’s attention.

This is what happens when you abdicate fighting culture wars, and think you can ignore them, which was the Right, inclusive, from 1960-five seconds ago. Not “conservatism”, not “Boomers” (aged about 0-15 when that clever plan was hatched), but rather every swinging Right-side Richard for 60+ effing years, and counting


Keep doing that, and call me when it succeeds spectacularly.

Like it never has, nor ever will.

This is why those railing against Hollywood, particularly in the vein of "It's all run by Joooooooooooooos!" are mouth-breathing morons with the IQ of a cup of custard, and less culture than a cup of yogurt.

Hollywood is an American invention, not a Jewish one.

Currently, a ream (Common Core grads, that would 500 sheets, i.e. one sealed bundle of same) of paper at Office Depot runs about $3.

Only in Hollywood can I add $2 worth of ink to any 200 sheets of that ream of paper, turn it into a screenplay, sell it for $1,000,000, have it made into a top-grossing movie, lather rinse, repeat, and retire like George Lucas when DisneyCorp buys your empire, for $6,000,000,000 dollars.
(Not bad for a guy who only actually wrote two movies in his entire life, and only actually directed about four.)

Initial investment, $5. In 1970s dollars, about $1.80.

J.K. Rowling is even worse/better: she was unemployed and living in her car when she penned the first Harry Potter book. In spiral-bound notebooks, with ink pens, FFS. Ten movies, ten books, and a gazillion dollars of promotional merchandise later, she's a wee bit better off.

Try that in any other field of endeavor.

So, show of hands: who doesn't know what a "muggle" is, and never heard of a light-saber?
Beuller? Beueller? Ferris Beuller...?"

{Double hint: that's another example, courtesy of the late great master of adolescent American angst, John Hughes. Clever folks may spot a trend here.)

And, ZOMG, Ben Stein is a Joooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
WTF cares? He was brilliant, and hilarious.

And there's another absolute Semite, who AFAIK only wrote two songs, and everyone in the Anglosphere from age 10-65 can sing them, in their entirety, word for word.
The guy was Sherwood Schwarz.
If that name sounds familiar, it's because the two songs are the opening theme songs for Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.

There's a famous audience-warm-up guy for live-audience television in Hollywood who opens his act by singing just the first line of either theme, and in about 0.2 seconds, the entire audience will complete the tune(s), in a rousing crescendo chorus, from memory.
Every single time he does it, for thirty years and running.

"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip..."
"Here's the story...of a lovely lady..."

You have now received a concise lecture, illustration, and demonstration of cultural penetration.

So, you want to win the cultural wars?

Invest $5, and do that.

Boycotts, anti-Semite mouth breathing rants, etc.?
STFU and die. Of dick cancer.


Unknown said...

The diff may be perception; the IJA of that time perceived the round eyes as gutless cowards. Well, that plus Generals insistent upon open war. Today's China knows better. Too, China's economy is too entwined with the USA consumer. They may engage their sabre rattling but will not take action other than economic skullduggery (hello, Canada) (hello, currency manipulation) against the USA. Maybe that will change once China has a real fleet.

For proof of effectiveness, China blinks on tariffs.

Aesop said...

Yes, but.

"Everybody" knew that Britain and Germany would never go to war with each other, because the Kaiser and Queen Victoria were cousins, and it was in neither nation's economic interests, long- or short-term, to have a war.

And then 1914 happened, and that brilliant piece of prognostication was last seen running around with its ass on fire.

Chip Anderson said...

You got that right. In the eighties, yes I am oldish, during SP tech school for the Air Force we PT'd to the "Gilligan's Island" theme song and, from "Stripes", "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". I don't recall calling cadence to the "The Brady Bunch" but it is a distinct possibility.

Anonymous said...

Bravo!! Thank you! Well written, and absolutely correct.

Now, if a lot of people would find their imaginations again and start writing stories (even derivative, as Star Wars is to a lot of stories like Flash Gordon, The Seven Samurai, actual history, etc., and Harry Potter being a near duplicate of Star Wars)... people need to write stories well, and do it with some imagination. Hollywood will follow those trends and make movies about them.

Right now Hollywood is risk-averse. In the 80's they weren't so much (maybe Aesop can explain why because I don't know), so we got all sorts of movies then that are just being remade, rebooted, or copied now. Write an original story and have it published first (Hollywood seems to like best-selling graphic novels so team up with an artist friend), and your story can come in and slowly but surely turn the prevailing culture on its head.

The right needs artists, writers, entertainers, educators - people who will NOT stick their heads in the sand instead of understanding and being around that culture. Aesop has said the same. To seize the culture, you need to seize the culture by the sack, really. Understand the current culture and be a little insidious in your storytelling. Just a little, don't whomp people over the head with a bat. The socialists were insidious, they didn't come storming into all areas and say "YAY SOCIALISM!". In the 80's they would likely have been fired on the spot. They were quiet at first.. incremental. Do the same. And for God's sakes tell a story well, please.

I think a movie that COULD use a remake is Colossus:The Forbin Project. Sure Terminator is a work based off of that, but do Colossus itself again, with a few changes (the USSR is gone). Put in a little tiny bit here and there about PC culture and how it's ruining things - even some of my most liberal friends are getting tired of it all (attacking Rudolph pissed them off too). It would also appeal to people who are getting tired of the Silicon Valley thinking they know better than everyone else (so pretty much everyone). It'd be a hit. Maybe Aesop knows someone who could do a treatment on that. *nudge nudge*

Anyhow, thank you Aesop. I'm off to tell a few mouthbreathers on Gab off, in the most gentle way possible. Honey instead of vinegar and all ;) You and I have different approaches to changing minds, but they both seem effective.

MachtNichts said...

The only thing I can come up with is you're being sarcastic. JK Rowlings living in her car while writing the first potter book. She has been privileged from birth. Don't believe me, try and slog through this:

"Judged as literature, it is garbage, judged as propaganda, it is brilliant."

How do you get from a car to this in a short amount of time?

Be it as it may, but I think that woman has been promoted by all the wrong characters and might not even have written her own books. Same with Stephen King, who used to be my favourite author. But, that's just me.

A little band-aid from Disney, 1938, when they still had the touch.

Irish said...

Off topic.

Good morning Aesop. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of weird shit in your day but, I would bet this isn’t one:

Anonymous said...

Bravo Aesop

Aesop said...


You're always entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.

RM said...

While Satan hates all mankind and wishes them to either worship him or die, Satan has a special hatred for the Jews. This hatred has infected many since God chose Abram. I have always been baffled by the sheer stupidity of it but as you eloquently stated, it comes from "...mouth-breathing morons with the IQ of a cup of custard, and less culture than a cup of yogurt." All I can say to that is AMEN!

Anonymous said...

SO glad to see comments above and can only add my paltry AMEN to your piece and to those above. While I am proud to say I've been following you for some years now but the words quoted above must rank in the Aesop pantheon.
Boat Guy

T-Rav said...

Thank you so much for this. The biggest threat to the "hard Right," or whatever one wants to call it at this point, is the Stormpooper faction at a few blogs I won't name out of respect, who act in such a retarded manner I'm tempted to think they're left-wing plants. This is a much-needed antidote, and one of the myriad reasons I've made this one of my go-to blogs in the past year. Hats off to you sir.

Allen said...

This one gave me a laugh, great one. I did enjoy how they were talking about all that money. What did they use $50 billion a year as the revenue in Hollywood? I have no idea how close that is to reality, but I do know that's a rounding error in the Federal Budget. What's all that money used for and how does it affect the culture? Focus people, focus. Can't see the mountains for the molehills.

elysianfield said...

"He was brilliant, and hilarious."

...still is....

Anonymous said...

"That wouldn’t do at all, so they all got back on the train, arrived in Los Angeles, saw they had 300+ days of sunshine/year, ocean, desert, mountain, plains, forest woodland, and city-scape all in close proximity, coupled with a thriving and booming metropolis, hard-working people absent trade unionism, and dirt-cheap real estate, with none of the East Coast kleptocracy previously noted, and the match was made that gave you the single greatest cultural achievement in America since ever: the movie business."

You mean they didn't do it because of the tax breaks, state government subsidies, and cross platform promotions? /sarc

Amazing how things have decayed in a century. Californians have not recreated every single thing they were escaping, but they perfected the fascist kleptocracy.

Aesop said...

You mean they didn't do it because of the tax breaks, state government subsidies, and cross platform promotions? /sarc

Epic fail.
None of those things existed then, nor do now.
CA is well into the process of driving the entertainment business out, precisely because they don't do anything like that to keep it here.

Google "runaway production" sometime.

And that brilliant foresight wasn't "Californians", it was carpetbagging fucktards: the toothless banjo-playing kinfolk from 49 other states (kudos to heavy hitters from NFYS, Massholes, and the Joisy crowd for creating ruin well above their weight) and about 15M illegal aliens that nobody else's congressweasels could notice for 50 years.

O, if only we'd had a governator here, just once in the last decade or two, with some vague idea about the movie industry, and a desire to stimulate business growth in an industry that's a license to print money.

Old NFO said...

Well said, and damn sure on the money!

Anonymous said...

Indeed, this site has become my daily go-to. Always thoughtful posts, with some good humor mixed in.

Bear Claw Chris Lapp said...

OT. Answer to your post on another.



So many great stories are the hero archetype (a la Joseph Campbell). The problem, as I see it, is laziness in trying to work from a proven framework to create a new story.


I've long felt that one of the reasons we've been hated is that we don't bow to earthly authority; we're also - I believe - the first religion that said that there is ONE G-d, and that even Kings are subject to Him. Since time immemorial, Kings and Emperors have been deities or near-so, that didn't sit well with people who were raised from birth to think they were divine in flesh.

In general, I see a large part of the problem as the edge moving. For example, a few years ago there was a woman on the Emmy's red carpet with virtually nothing on underneath the dress. A year or so later, definitely no undies. And then, IIRC, a "sneak peek crotch shot". To get edgy, one must exceed the depravity of prior years. Since "extreme" gets press, which gets views, which gets traffic and movie tickets and so on, there is the obvious impetus to keep pushing.

TiredPoorHuddled Masses said...

Great post! I'm sharing this with all my Alt-Right friends who think hating Jews makes them conservative.
Like I've been telling my neighbors for two years, the first person who writes a show or movie catering to the Trump demographic will be able buy their own island before the week's over. Roseanne was well on her way to doing that before she go the axe. There's a big market waiting to be tapped.

Anonymous said...

There was an article on the front page of Yahoo this morning that said Ebola has gotten into a BIG city. It disappeared within 15 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Aesop, re your 11:44.

I think we are in violent agreement. Hollywood was started without any of the bribes that modern government think are necessary to attract industry and jobs. Those people in early Hollywood took their chances and did their best. Some failed. Some succeeded and built an amazing industry.

I definitely agree Foreign Sales drive the repudiation of US Patriot content. The Chinese Totalitarians will never accept Pro-American content like Superman's "Truth, Justice, and the American Way," in their censored, government reviewed and approved box office movies. Chinese Box Office dollars are more valuable than patriotic US Box Office Dollars, because they can be quantified and identified and locked down upfront even before the movie is released.

I don't know who started California's Democratic Downfall, but it is a definite fact, driven by the voters in the metropolises of LA And San Francisco.

Hollywood is continuing in California based on inertia and the huge support industry built in the last century, despite your local and state governments attempts to destroy it. I don't know if anyone can bribe "Hollywood" to move, but a lot of states and Canadian provinces are willing to try. I don't know if they will succeed, but if California's restrictive rules and regulations and crazy taxes drive out enough producers we may find out?

Unknown said...

I just read something sent to me about Justin Beiber and his baby. Beiber tells of being wined and dined by the Hollywood elite and how they tried to introduce him to drinking the blood of babies or fetuses. Revulsed, he backed out. Now he is ostracized and become a target.

Roy said...

Again with the "...toothless banjo-playing..."

What is it with you and banjo players?

Those "...heavy hitters from NFYS, Massholes, and the Joisy crowd" and those "15M illegal aliens" certainly aren't.

MachtNichts said...

Ja, Aesop, I don't clamour for the last word. I'm sure you wouldn't let me do that. But, citing the Business Insider as a provider of facts is stretching it a bit.

My "opinion" of the rolling woman's rags to riches story still stands.

But, as Felonia von Pantsuits would say: "What difference does it make?"

Be well, Ent(d)e gut, alles gut.That refers to the ugly duckling.

MEALONE said...

You can't win a fight by trading punches with a heavyweight. There are a number of small Christian movie producers out there and they are making some in-roads but the majority of the sheeple still flock to the carnal movies and will for the foreseeable future.
Money is power and the deprivation of money demeans that power. If JOOOOs use money as a weapon then all we can do is deprive them of the weapon by not giving our money to them. If the Jooooooooos of Hoolywood want to take money from the chinks to make garbage and shiite movies then fine, let'em. Americans need to husband their money better and not waste it on the trash. Instead invest in production companies that give us a better and more hopeful message of life. There is a new site called PUREFLIX. Put your money there even if you're not an avid and devout Christian follower you can still thumb your nose at Follywood by doing the exact opposite of what they present.
Remember, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Jess said...

You're right, and most of the envy is misdirected.

Aesop said...

Rowlings' pauper beginnings have been chronicled multiple places, not just BI. Her penniless start vs. current wealth ($1B or so) beyond the dreams of avarice is well-attested beyond serious dispute, which was the point of the exercise.

The best way to stick it to Hollywood is to beat them at their own game, because they don't know their own audience.

And they aren't heavyweights, MEALONE.

As another famous industry JOOOOOOOOO! once noted,
Nobody in this town knows nothin'." - William Goldman
This will always be true where the two positions on any movie at the very bottom (production assistant) and the very top (producer) are both entry-level jobs.
Given the cachet of an American production and premiere, and the surety of foreign interest and box-office in anything made here, it's virtually impossible to lose money on a movie, yet Hollywood does it 2/3rds of the time, 24/7/365, because they want PC over performance in nearly every case. This is how they can kill blockbuster franchises like Star Wars or Avengers in just a couple of movies.

That's fighting a heavyweight who's blind in one eye and crippled in both legs.

Anonymous said...

"less culture than a cup of yogurt." Love it.

Aesop said...


Allow me to explain:

Roy said...

Okay, Aesop, but I still don't get it.

The link is to the dueling banjo's scene in the movie "Deliverance" - made in Hollywood *California* - about a place most of Hollywood has never been - Appalachia.

How does that connect, exactly?

The people you most complain about - the heavy hitters from NFYS, the Massholes, and the Joisy crowd", and those "15M illegal aliens" are not from anywhere near there. And they are certainly not known for playing banjo's.

Anonymous said...

To another topic that matters a tad bit more...

Anonymous said...

Canadians play some mean banjos! :)

Aesop said...


1) the film in question was filmed on location in Geowja, IIRC.
Not Hollywood. Not even within five states of Hollywood, and in fact, 95% of the way to the entire other coast.

2) The first great migratory wave to CA after the initial Gold Rush and subsequent statehood, was hordes of displaced Okies after the Dustbowl. Grapes of Wrath was only superficially a work of fiction rather than documentary, and penned, in fact, by native Californian John Steinbeck.

3) We survived and absorbed that onslaught - only just - but couldn't hope to do so against the tide of 10M of your toothless banjo-playing kinfolk from the Other 49, let alone 15M illegals. Hereabouts, we have been, for some three quarters of a century, the nation's tampon to absorb the fucktards and fruitcakes who didn't fit in out in East Cackalacky, for any value of that from Bangor ME to Guam.
My offer stands: I'll pay a bounty of $1@head for every native Californian who's actually befouled anyone else's state (by most estimates, I'd be out maybe $50, total), in return for all y'all coming out here and taking your idiot nephews and crazy catlady aunts back home, and locking them in the basement or the root cellar where they belonged in generations past.

4) At last look, and per the estimation of no less an authority than Jeff Foxworthy, Appalachia currently extends pretty much from Key West to Kiska, inclusive.
If you doubt his judgment, I invite you to visit the inside of any WalMart in any US state, and solely from the pictures taken therein of the inhabitants, to determine with any degree of certainty the state in which the photographs of said inhabitants were taken.

It cannot be done.

Anonymous said...

We got some good out of state folks Aesop. We did. The actual engineers who came out to work for Lockheed and Fairchild Semiconductor (the REAL Silicon Valley, not the absolute joke it is now), people like my father-in-law who came here from Europe to be an engineer for a defense contractor, my father who came here to go to university and then work for those defense contractors, etc. My father-in-law is still a conservative behind enemy lines, as they say - there are a few. My father and Uncle, both former Marines, buried there now also.

I remember in the 90's those bumper stickers though - "Welcome to California, Now Go Home". I remember yelling at the asshats who were rude and honking everywhere with no manners, I KNEW they were from the East Coast. I'm wishing they'd paid attention to those stickers. Most of us natives have moved up to the hills now, and it's not a friendly place for out of staters, really. For every dipwad talking smack about this state, look at a political map of California. Your relatives moved to the coasts. Californians moved inland. See the difference? Good. Shut up.

Aesop said...

True, but.
For every adopted Californian we gained like Reagan, or your family members, I guesstimate we got three Charles Mansons, and four Julios y Marias from Oaxaca. That's not any sort of a fair trade, and as events have proven, not a sustainable one either.

And the same thing is happening to Florida and Texas.

When they both turn purple in the next decade - for good, absent a biblical cleansing - that's the whole electoral ball game. Depending on a few thousand votes in Michigan or Wisconsin was a fluke.

It won't be enough to simply drive them out locally, it's going to require the equivalent of Sherman's March to the Sea, wherein we pull them up root and branch, from the San Diego to Seattle and the DC-Boston corridors all the way to the Canada border in both instances.

And they're pushing for that contest.

Dad29 said...

Well, yes, about MGM....

But RKO was owned by Joe Kennedy (yup, the rum-runner sorta Catholic guy.)

And a VERY Catholic guy named Connolly wrote a lot of those classics:

 Face in the Sky (1933) (Spencer Tracy);

 The Right to Romance (1933) (Robert Young/Ann Harding);

 It Happened One Night (1934) (Clark Gable/Claudette Colbert) for which Connolly won an Oscar;

 Youth Takes a Fling (1938) (Joel McCrea);

 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (Jimmy Stewart), nominated for 11 awards, winning Best Original Story;

 “Tarzan” movies of the 1940s;

 Music for Millions (1944) (June Allyson) for which Connolly was nominated for an
Academy Award;

 Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) (biography of composer Jerome Kern with a host of stars including Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra);

 Two Sisters from Boston (1946) (June Allyson/Kathryn Grayson/Jimmy Durante);

 The Unfinished Dance (1947) (Margaret O’Brien/Cyd Charisse);

 State of the Union (1948) (Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn comedy);

 Here Comes the Groom (1951) (Bing Crosby/Jane Wyman);

 Hans Christian Anderson (1952) (Danny Kaye), nominated for six awards;

 My Son John (1952) (Helen Hayes/Van Heflin/Dean Jagger) for which Connolly was nominated for an Oscar. It was directed by his friend and fellow Catholic Leo McCarey who had directed Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945).