American Sarcasm

Any career diplomat will tell you that the language of diplomacy is an extremely delicate undertaking even among professionals who have practiced it for years. Issues covering a ten-point statement outlining a comprehensive policy shift that will be translated into hundreds of languages and have it understood by all down to the most infinitesimal of detail can be quite trying, even presented in a language understood by all. Depending on whom is doing the translating major points can be lost in the translation, turned to an offense, or a joke, or even an insult. The minuet of language is not danced to by all to the same music that is heard by everyone, some will not be able to hear the music or dance to it at all. American sarcasm is as difficult to understand by most native Americans as Greek speech would be to hand signing to the hearing not to mention the hearing-impaired.

“The distinctive quality of sarcasm is present in the spoken word and manifested chiefly by vocal inflections”. ‘The sarcastic content of a statement will be dependent upon the context in which it appears’. (Source Wikipedia).

Now picture a sarcastic remark by an American president at an important trade conference, that suddenly become so bating that it may take months to calm fears to turn the tables into a more favorable point of view from broken down negotiations as the President tries to walk back his remarks as an American joke…which may be too late to mend…

 

 

 

 

Not On Our ‘Air’

‘Golden age’, periods of happiness and achievements, as in television, but for whom? Not for all segments of the American population, those that were allowed to appear had to sing, dance, or do comedy, if in a drama, play a domestic with a rag (bandanna) on her head. I write ‘her’ and ‘rag’ as in 1950’s ‘pancake box’ attire, in 2016 has been morphed into the straight hair wig. Kinky hair makes everyone uncomfortable even those born with it, I dare not use the word, shame, something bald women, because of illness should not develop. Melba Tolliver, a local New York television journalist was not allowed to cover a White House wedding unless her head was covered with a wig or scarf. In the 1960’s natural afro-textured styles were a political statement, today it’s just in bad taste. Some television shows are turning to budgeting in the high cost of quality wigs going in depending on the cast. This fall television season most of the leads played by women will be blond or close to it, all will have long silky hair or close to it, just like the fantabulous image of women by most men. Women are not acceptable on television unless in a kind venerated state, odd hair colors, fake eyelashes, shaded greasy lips, and this is just those associated with broadcast news, drama brings on the scatty with pouty lips, the last stage of this new golden age will be devoid of conventional covering just as so many descriptions and depictions that was unthinkable just a few years ago are now common placed with an adult warning…Warning, kinky hair will be displayed…

Post Script…The blond is supposed to be rare, is not, what is rare, the fat, the skinny, the short, the tall and the dark skinned…everyone else, uniformitarian extrema…

 

Conventions 2016 Willy-nilly

The enjoyment of both conventions depended on whether you were in attendance or watched on television, the television audience were told in advance what to expect before it happed as a means to keep viewers, urging them to stay tuned, on the other hand, the attendees were surprised by whatever the next event was, much like watching a never before seen movie.

It seems everyone on the planet carries some sort of mobile device, the puzzlement for me as I looked over the convention attendees, it was not hard to observe many of them paying attention to their devices all the while history was being made live right in front of them. ‘How did you spend your time at the convention grandma’? Oh I caught up on my soap operas, watched the game, checked some emails and texted Sally in the delegation across the arena, and oh yes, engaged in a thousand selfies…

 

Make The Cost Of Doing Business, Higher

Whenever a politician raise’s the issue of immigrants you can bet it’s an election year and how they are taking jobs away from Americas, when the jobs they do are the ones that Americans will not do, like fruit and vegetable harvesting, are willing to work for lower wages then Americas, yes, without health or unemployment insurance. Here’s an another one, American companies should do their manufacturing state side, hire Americas, not workers overseas, if they did a $1.00 overseas manufactured product may cost $5.00 to be manufactured state side, with the added cost passed on to, you guessed it, Americans. Curtailing immigration would be like shooting the nation in the foot, all international economies depend of immigrants, none more so then the United States, who unlike Europeans, don’t have much of a recent colonial past to drew immigrants from.

America was once described metaphorically as a ‘melting pot’, then up graded to a more accurate ‘tossed salad’; have you tasted it? It needs something, how about some white potato’s, not yet, add some red onions, still not ready, how about some black olives, now that tastes much better, like a tossed American salad, a dish still in progress…after all these many years…

 

Here Is How You Must Look On Television

‘Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal’. Source Wikipedia…

How about what is not too obvious, while watching election returns, anchored by a male and female seated at a desk, the female in blond dyed streaking hair, long false eyelashes, red greasy lips, was told to go down the hall, (on camera), to get some updated data, her heels were so high she appeared at times to hold onto the walls as she made her way. As far as the viewers were concerned she could have been wearing tennis shoes under the anchors desk, but that would not fit with the characteristic role that have been mapped out for her on-air gender…image…

 

One As All

A crime committed by an individual is reprehensible in and of its self can be made to appear more egregious if it can be attached to a group from, fill in the blank______________. Said crime committed by an individual now becomes a crime committed by said group and all associated with said group, a mariage de convenance, if you will, when the true overall aim is to indite, to include, even the innocent. Example: ‘A __________ refugee shot and killed a group of ten women and children yesterday’, sparking new laws of restriction on immigration from _____________. Using words like ‘us’ and ‘them’ like a wedge to divide a populace that was once ‘one’ now at each other’s throats on almost every other issue involving employment, housing, and justice in the judicatory of national, city and state governments. A world that now seem turned upside down, neighbor against neighbor….

 

Why Bother?

If you own a pet, a dog, the food purchased for that pet has not been tasted by you, your judgement will be based on the label. At long last the two major political candidates have been selected by the two major political parties. We are now asked to make a selection based solely on the label, have not been tasted, meaning not governed yet, the top of both tickets blond dye their hair, wear make-up, their running mates at the bottom of the ticket, as far as I know, do not. Those in the business of reporting the news, the activity of the candidates, dye their hair, wear make-up too, why? You may ask, is it to make the reporting more palatable, even if the subjects are not. ‘I only watch channel X because the anchors are so pretty or handsome’, maybe… and find female kinky hair (not behavior) and greasy red lips offensive. ‘I am going to vote for candidate ‘A’ because I like her hair color’, or ‘candidate ‘B’ because of his rugged, brown make-up’. When you stop and start to drill down the reason for your presidential choice or a television news program you may find it to be very superficial if not darn right boring…any meaningful research on your part if any will be tedious, make that dreary and humdrum…so why bother?