Working On A Print Zine For #RVA

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I love zines. I love to write and a I love to take pictures — and I can layout a print publication fairly well — so it seems I have all the ingredients needed to pull off a zine that is decent. It isn’t going to happen anytime soon — probably will be a few months from now at best — but I think the finished product will be pretty cool.

I just need to be patient.

It will be interesting to see how everything does — or doesn’t — fall into place.

We Have To Take Trump’s CNN GIF Tweet Seriously

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I am hearing some people say that Trump’s faux GIF of him beating up the CNN logo in a WWE match is something silly that we shouldn’t take seriously. I totally disagree. The point is that he’s the President of the United States and he’s signaling to his mouth breathing supporters that he not-so-tacitly advocates violence towards the press.

It is probably only a matter of time before something tragic happens to a news organization because of Trump’s anti-press Tweeting. Something really tragic and memorable may happen that we will all — including even Trump, maybe — may regret. I feel as though we’re hurdling towards something that in hindsight will seem very obvious.

We have to take this tweeting by the president seriously. There have to be, at last, consquences. Someone, somewhere, needs to stand up to the president in a meaningful manner. We are slip-sliding towards a classic fascist situation that may be difficult to snap out of.

Remember, the fascists of the 1930s did not start off by being the evil, sinister people that we think of them as now. They started off as a joke. They were comical and entertaining to the masses. It wasn’t until later that things grew dark. So, we need to collectively stand up NOW, while we still can.

This is something of a joke now, but it won’t be a joke when real lives are in danger — or worse.

Talk To Me Internet: Daydreaming About Living In #NYC

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This is a really long, really good edition of Talk To Me Internet. This is probably the longest one I’ve ever done. I talk a lot about wanting to live in NYC in this one. I think it’s worth watching most, if not all of. The wide-range of topics I cover are pretty interesting, at least to me.

‘Modern Day Presidential’ — Lyrics To A Woke BritPop Rock Song

So, Donald Trump is going on a Twitter rant today and he keeps spewing out song titles like crazy. No one ever reads any of these lyrics and if they do the don’t care. So, I’m just yelling out into the void because I’m upset over what a insane moron we have as a president right now. The music I’m thinking for this would be something like Pulp’s Common People.

Modern Day Presidential
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

it’s the second decade of the new cent’ury
we’ve got a reality TV president I’m afraid
what are we gong to do with his madness
it causes me great sadness when he tweets
tweets about stupid shit in fits of rage
he declares Mika was bleeding for her face
he makes me want to roll my eyes
but he says it’s

[chorus]
he says it’s modern day presidential
no need to have a press secretary
he’s modern day presidential, modern day presidential
there’s nothing more for us to say
but that we wish he’d be impeached
to end his version of modern day presidential

we got Trump with Russian help
the tweets come and come all day long
make us all wish Trump would leave us alone
maybe move to Moscow for a new home
he won’t leave, though we’re stuck
with a president as mad as can be
that’s my fear, you see

[chorus]
he says it’s modern day presidential
no need to have a press secretary
he’s modern day presidential, modern day presidential
there’s nothing more for us to say
but that we wish he’d be impeached
to end his version of modern day presidential

[bridge]
we’re all going to have to deal with this
Trump’s the president I’m afraid
for the next few years
he could push the little red button
get us a nuke instead of a coke
by mistake, mistake, mistake

now nothing will happen anytime soon
but we would be remiss if we didn’t hiss
that Trump’s not modern day presidential at all
he’s just a reality TV star
with failing ratings
that is all
that is all
that is all

In Defense Of MTV News (Sorta)

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

So, MTV News is the latest news organization to “pivot” to video as an excuse to, well, lay people off. While I do believe that video is the future of online news, I am doubtful that it will be as successful in the near term as maybe people would hope.

There is a real need for good text journalism online and no amount of pivoting to video is going to change that. I might suggest doing video journalism in conjunction with text, but not as a replacement for it. Regardless, I think in the end all of this will be quaint 20 years from now when we’re using our iVizors to interact with AR and VR newscasts.

So, in that respects, MTV News — and others — are ahead of the curve. Though it’s amusing that Nick Denton about five or so years ago was babbling about video journalism…and then never delivered. That’s just weird. Don’t know what’s up with that.

But we’ll see. We’ll see how things work out, I gues.

Korean War 2.0: DPRK, TrumpRussia, Ukraine & A Possible WWIII

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Something’s up. My spidy senses are tingling. I have grown very jaded and cynical about anything having to do with North Korea, but the curious statements coming out of the Trump Administration the last few days about the DPRK make me scratch my head a little bit.

I see the North Korea situation as a major gimme for Trump. It’s his huge backup fail safe should the TrumpRussia problem finally go China Syndrome and look like it’s going to end his administration. It may very well be that nothing happens. It could be that Trump will leave office in four to eight years and the DPRK will still be there and this long-term problem we have with them will be kicked down the road for another long bit.

Or…the Trump Administration is singling that they’re going to strike the DPRK in some way and let the chips fall where they will. Now, remember, the DPRK is very unpredictable and they very much want to survive, so the States might do some limited bombing and, well, nothing might happen.

Or, all hell will break loose and 500,000 people in Seoul and beyond might die in the first month of the conflict. Such an enormous regional war would have a dynamic all its own and some pretty amazing things might happen. It doesn’t take too much to think maybe Trump might use the DPRK to wag the dog. He might attack the North Koreans, sit back for them to freak out and in the ensuing chaos use pardon the hell out of people left and right and maybe even fire Bob Mueller along the way. There simply would be so much going on in Washington D.C. and beyond that the press wouldn’t be able to keep up. Add to this the possibility that Trump doing this might be seen by Russia as a green light to attack Ukraine in a big way — not to mention whatever Iran might cook up — and you have the makings of something that would be marketed by the American press as WWIII.

Or not. I am so jaded that I have a feeling the whole kick-the-can-down-the-alley option is what is going to happen with the DPRK. It would be so callus, so transparent if Trump wagged the dog with the DPRK at this point that, well, I don’t quite know what to think of that prospect. That Trump would use the potential death of half a million people — at least — as political cover to save his own presidency kind of blows my mind. But it would make a lot of sense. By the time the States finally got around to winning the war in three to six months, TrumpRussia would be a forgotten scandal and Trump would be in a strong position to win the mid-terms and potentially a second term.

But so much could go wrong with a war with the DPRK that I just don’t know. I just don’t know if I’m reading too much into all of this or what. I can’t get a handle on it. I think everything is going to work itself out and nothing is going to happen. The alternative is to horrible and bloody to brood on for too long. I mean, the Chinese and the Russians could get involved, the DPRK could attempt to bomb Japan. Or they could attempt to nuke Seoul in some sort of blackmail situation. Wars are easily started and difficult to end as the old adage goes and Korean War 2.0 would be no different.

Only time will tell, I guess.

Ok, Intelligence Community: You Say, ‘Time To Buy Popcorn’….But Why?

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

So, all these people seemingly in the know are atwitter on Twitter about Something Big about to come out. Something big enough that we should all buy some popcorn to enjoy it with. It seems a lot of people know about it from a wide spectrum of types of people because people on both the Left and the Right are kinda beginning to freak out.

That makes me believe that either there’s something floating around in secret that’s about to pop out, the intelligence community knows something we don’t, or some reporters are about to break a big, big story. What this super-secret information could be, however, remains a mystery.

I’m thinking it has something to do with TrumpRussia. If I got way too excited, I would go so far as to say it was the notorious “pee tape.” But, more likely it’s something that can easily be rationalized out of existence by the Sean Hannnity’s of the world. Or not even rationalized out of existence, just spun so hard that they will collectively shrug their shoulders and tell us it’s both fake news and no big deal even if it was true.

Regardless, it seems as though both sides know about it and are prepping their respective audiences for it to drop and drop soon. I have no idea how “soon” it is or how big it is. But it’s coming. It will be interesting to see how entertaining and important it actually turns out to be.

Let’s Talk Trump, Collusion & What Happens Next For The Resistance

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It pains me to say this, but the Right is, in real time and right in front of our eyes, processing the fact that Trump probably really did collude with the Russians and by the time the process is over they will say they’re cool with it and we should just move on.

Let that sink in for a moment.

So, if you think that when and if collusion on the part of Trump and or his “satellites” is proven that we’re all going to hold hands and collectively get rid of Trump, you got another thing coming. There won’t even be a moment of silence on the part of assholes like Sean Hannity. They won’t even skip a beat. They will have their talking points prepared, they will rationalize it out of existence and for them, at least, there won’t even be a hiccup.

Let that get through your haze of fury when it is one day — maybe sooner than you think! — proven that Trump is, relative to previous standards of such things a fucking traitor. The Vichy Republicans are going to suck Trump’s treasonous cock so hard that they’re going to gag. All they care about is power. All they care about is winning the argument of the moment. They don’t care about the country, they don’t care about you and your patriotic feelings. They just care about keeping Trump president for as long as possible.

I used to think that there would be the Pence Pivot if Trump was proven to be a traitor. But given what’s going on with the Right right now, that won’t even happen. They’re going to stick with Trump until the sun burns out. And, given the evils of gerrymandering, it’s possible nothing will ever happen to Trump. He will not only survive, but prosper.

He will prosper because people like me will waste months of our time being furious about Trump’s collusion as he pushes through insane Federal judges, even more insane legislation and executive orders. So, really, we’re fucked. The only fucking thing that’s going to save our sorry asses is some sort of magical Blue Wave in 2018. Think of all the horrific damage Trump and his ilk can do to the nation between now and — at the earliest 2019. That’s only if we’re able, as The Resistance, to overcome some big hurdles.

And it’s very possible that should we manage to get anywhere close to impeaching and convicting Trump that the real crazies will pop out of the woodwork, go mainstream and demand a few states leave the Union. I’m being completely serious. It’s possible that, like President James Buchanan, Trump’s the only thing stopping a real secessionist movement from happening now instead of later. In hindsight, just like the late 1850s, we will say that the late 2010s were obviously the moment in time when the nation was about to tear itself apart, it was just a matter of the conditions being right.

So, for the duration we are stuck with Trumplandia. We live in a dystopian present. Nothing is going to happen. And it’s very likely possible that it could be four or six or maybe never before Trump is impeached and convicted. And if he is, there could be consquences far beyond what we ever imagined.

I don’t have much hope in the short term. We’re fucked. Even if there is proof that Trump colluded in some way, the Right will have already processed it and moved on to something else. This is not fiction, this is reality. This is what’s really going on in America right now and there doesn’t seem to be much we can do about it for the time being. I would thus suggest we all take a deep breath and figure out ways to engage, not rage.

There doesn’t seem to be much other course of action for the time being.

Talk To Me Internet: Sean Hannity Is An Ass, Update On My Novel, Other Stuff

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This is sort of blah. It is what is it is. Meh.

Sean Hannity, Fuck Boi

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I get it, it’s Sean Hannity’s thing to piss people like me off. But sometimes he gets under my skin so much that I get hives. Oh, how I wish he would shut the fuck up. He’s such a fuck boi. What an asshole. He’s so fucking smug and so unwilling to admit that Trump isn’t infallible that even if Trump murdered someone, Hannity would figure some reason why he was cool with it.

The world is going to hell in a bucket. It’s horrible. And Hannity seems content with pouring gas on the flames. He has got to be the worst of the worst on FOX News. Fuck that guy.