Monday, November 27, 2006

Unbelievable

This ridiculous story says that a southern Colorado homeowners' association is trying to get a woman to remove a peace-sign Christmas wreath decoration; among the ridiculous reasons offered, you can pick your own (the last is my favorite)

First, some say it could be construed as an anti-Iraq war protest;

Second--yes--some people actually think the peace sign is a symbol of satan;

Third, my favorite, her homeowners' association feels the peace sign could be "divisive."

Modern America is often considered Orwellian. You heard it here, L's and G's: Peace is divisive.

Lisa Jensen said she wasn’t thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, “Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing.”

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“Now that it has come to this I feel I can’t get bullied,” she said. “What if they don’t like my Santa Claus.”

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Serge Gainsbourg Graverobbed

My head shot up in astonishment today to hear Serge Gainsbourg's "Bonnie and Clyde" issuing from the television today. It wasn't his original version, I don't think, and certainly not the sample in the MC Solaar rap "Le Nouveau Western." It was apparently a remake. Before my astonishment could give way to rapturous delight, however, I saw what it was advertising: the Cadillac Escalade.

Gainsbourg did do advertisements during his life. However, there is something revolting about this defier of convention being used to sell Escalades, ultimate symbol of selling out.

Interesting to find out that Gainsbourg, whose family apparently had fled Bolshevik Russia, and later had to wear the Jewish yellow star and flee Nazi-occupied Paris, was last involved with a relative of Generalfeldmarschall Friedrich von Paulus (the wikipedia entry doesn't say "von," but I think he was a "von"), who was ground down at Stalingrad until he surrendered to the USSR, and ended up working for them. Paulus had rebuked Admiral Canaris for suggesting that the Nazis were committing war crimes (wikipedia's entry on Canaris contains a misstatement or two--Himmler had actually protected Canaris from his rival Heydrich, who reported to Himmler, until the July 20, 1944 plot made it impossible any longer to do so).

I'm glad things worked out better for Gainsbourg in the last half of the 20th century than they did in the first.