Jul 18, 2018
"All of us can take fright, but it requires greatness of soul
to laugh at the moment when not merely life, but humanity itself is
In my ongoing celebration of all things France I am reading a
book called 'The Banquet Years' by Roger Shattuck. It is about the
origins of the avant-garde in France from 1885 - World War I.
From this book I regal you with the story of Henri Rousseau
and the ridicule he faced while keeping his childlike innocence
Then our July fireworks reach their crescendo with the
spectacular story of Alfred Jarry and his groundbreaking play Ubu
Roi that created a scandalous riot when it premiered at Theatre
L'Oeuvre in Paris in 1896. Alfred Jarry was the precursor to the
Dada art movement, surrealism and the Theater Of The Absurd.
Learn all about this man who rode his bicycle around Paris
with a rifle over his shoulder, two pistols in his belt and tried
to make his life a living hallucination.
I talk about the triumph of France at the World Cup and how
they did what Napoleon failed to do and that is to be victorious in
I talk about how Vladimir Putin and the good people of Russia
are the real winners of the World cup and how we could all learn to
conduct our lives in victory and defeat the way the team of Japan
The opposite of Japanese politeness and concern for others is
President Trump, who I am now calling the Urine Pawn. Just this
week he called Canada and the European Union the enemies of America
and stood with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki never mentioning the
Russian influence on the 2016 election.
When asked directly by a reporter if he had anything to say to
Putin about this or the 12 Russians indicted days ago for hacking
our election he said that he takes Putin's word for it when he said
he didn't do it and asked why no one has found Hillary Clinton
e-mail server yet. This is theater of the absurd on the world
stage, which makes me think that this video of Trump with Russian
prostitutes urinating must be worse than we could ever imagine.
Where is the outcry from the American people over this treasonous
act at the highest level?
Thanks to the Urine Pawn we are now living in a world where
our allies are now our enemies and our enemies are now our
The tough bully president of America acted like a neutered cat
in the lap of the ultimate chess master Putin. And yet, this is
somehow Hillary's fault?
Back to reasons to be cheerful...