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fun historical note for young people as you watch trump use the department of homeland security as an enforcement arm for his illegal orders: that department didn’t even exist until after 9/11 when george w. bush basically wished it into existence (rubber-stamped by congress) and is another thing that seemed almost comically jingoistic to the left at the time — “homeland,” really? — but that’s just normal now i guess

how many such things will come out of the trump administration that we’ll be expected to pretend are normal for the rest of our lives is yet to be seen

USAvengers so far seems to be an experiment in separating the “MURICA, FUCK YEAH” aesthetic from all the shitty white supremacist jingoistic bullshit that usually comes along with it, which is… pretty interesting honestly. So far Al Ewing is accomplishing that by building almost the entire team out of immigrants, and setting them against an unabashedly capitalist, “greed is good” villain (I think that’s what Golden Skull is, I didn’t actually read Ultron Forever). It’s good. Read it. There’s a flying volcano lair on like the third page.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Audio Commentary:

“If you’re not a comic book fan, when you think ‘Captain America’, you probably think ‘jingoist’, a propaganda piece. But if you know the comics, every time something happens in the world, he gets to address it: the hippies, the civil rights movement, the Watergate. And our MCU Cap missed all that, he missed 9/11. So he gets to address where we are now without having seen what forced us to make these decisions. He did not have the same slow descent into the cynicism that we all had over the last 40 years. He comes out with fresh eyes.

One of the great things in the comics that we hoped to replicate in the movie is that his reaction is never the sort of knee-jerk old man conservative reaction you would think the man dressed in an American flag would have. He exemplifies the spirit of America, not a party, not a government. He’s never going to fall on a political line. He stands for an ideal and he stands for principles that are translatable across the board. What he is against in this film is subversion, subterfuge and lies, that line between freedom and fear.”

“Archangel”

This Illustration is based off of a story of mine. To clear things up, it is supposed to be some kind of in universe propaganda image (hence the religious/jingoistic undertones).

Anyways, it was my first time modelling a dragon, and I actually had a lot of fun doing it.

Terry Pratchett clearly admired ordinary people, but he also maintained an utterly un-romanticized view of what ordinary people are actually like. So almost all of his heroes are working-class heroes, but he also knows how to depict jingoistic fervour or the murderous, unthinking bloodlust of a mob in a very convincing way.

this does remind me of how much better wow rp is than swtor rp. i was actually surprised by someone turning out to be an idiot rather than on swtor where it is pretty much a given that anyone you meet will be a hyper-jingoistic American Patreought who is leaving home in 2 weeks for us army basic training

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Only in America can the story of a hate-filled racist psychopathic mass murderer be twisted into jingoistic, crowd-pleasing Oscar bait. Wait, scratch that; only in America and fictional Nazi Germany, because, as Seth Rogen pointed out - and it’s rare you’ll ever find me quoting him - American Sniper is essentially “Nation’s Pride” from Inglorious Basterds but aimed at the hearts and minds of the good ol’ US of A.

Adapted from the autobiography of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL with more than 160 confirmed kills as a marksman in Iraq, Sniper takes the now-well-established route for biopics, veering away from a more traditional narrative structure to more of a “series of events” take on the life of Kyle, who has since been confirmed as, to put it politely, an unsavoury character. Sod’s law that that shitty of a person gets Bradley Cooper playing them in the film of their life. Cooper himself is a fairly limited but still highly likeable screen presence, but the fact that he was nominated for an Oscar for this performance, especially over David Oyelowo in Selma (or if the Academy was insistent on only picking white dudes, Ralph Fiennes in Grand Budapest Hotel, Brendan Gleeson in Calvary, Ben Affleck in Gone Girl… hell even Chris Pratt in Guardians) is outrageous. That’s not to say Cooper doesn’t try to bring some complexity to the role, but he’s hamstrung by a rather shallow character based on a terrible person. The only real conflict Kyle is given is that he wants to go back to war when his wife doesn’t; that he loves his country just too gosh-darn much. The film wants to be a character study, but there’s just not enough there with this version of Kyle to analyse in any depth.

Were it not based on real life, Sniper would probably end up being a hilarious satire of the suffocating machismo and masculinity which seems to thrive in society, specifically America (a similar theme appeared, with far more tragedy and elucidation, in Foxcatcher). The lunkheaded way Kyle reacts to a cheating girlfriend, the Full Metal Jacket-lite military training sequence, his possibly abusive father; whereas Foxcatcher played a similar overtly masculine world as a dangerous thing, Sniper seems to elevate it to something to be proud of, the proper American way. In flashback, we see Kyle’s first kill on a hunting trip with his father, and are taught that “hesitation is a weakness” and that “there are only three types of people: sheep, wolves and sheepdogs” and that Kyle “will be a fine hunter someday”; the former two sounding eerily like a 25 year old George Carlin routine, and the latter equating Kyle’s future victims to animals. Swiftly returning to the battlefield, we come to witness the voyeuristic borderline eroticism with which Eastwood employs Kyle’s actions in the Middle-East; the shooting of his rifle is essentially one big allegory for sexual pleasure (note the heavy-breathing and increased heartbeat), with the slow-motion bullet shot late on being a near-pornographic climax.

What’s strange about the film is that there’s no dissenting voice, no alternate take to balance things out, especially since it took Eastwood two separate films - Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima - to portray both sides of the American-Japanese conflict of World War 2. There’s no such equality here; we’re only allowed to observe the action through American eyes. Before bailing in 2012, Steven Spielberg was originally attached to direct and planned to include an Iraqi sniper, allowing an opposing viewpoint on the battle (and giving us a updated quasi-remake of the underrated Enemy At The Gates), but for reasons known only to himself, Eastwood did away with the concept, leaving us with a horribly blinkered film. The Iraqis, be they civilian or otherwise, are contemptuously afforded little depth or character, becoming mere fodder for the valiant American troops to pick off in one shot; troops who are afforded the whole Bubba Buford Blue treatment upon getting shot themselves, whilst Kyle’s death at the hands of another PTSD-afflicted vet is apparently deemed far too sacred to be shown on screen. Within seconds of the film beginning, we’re told a woman in a chador and her child are “enemies” to be eliminated immediately. You need only look at the reaction to the film on social media to see how brown people are viewed by America, and this film won’t do much to improve that.

Sniper is an ugly film; ugly cinematography (once you’ve seen one dilapidated Middle Eastern city, either thanks to The Hurt Locker, video games or the news, you’ve seen ‘em all), ugly screenwriting (all your favourite war genre cliches are here), ugly morality, and at two hours long, sluggish and dull, only perking up for some genuinely well done action scenes. Even if you’re able to stand back and ignore the political side of things, it’s still basically a highly unremarkable instalment of Call Of Duty. With that context added back on, it becomes a deeply worrying piece of propaganda.

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it’s true china got thoroughly messed up by foreign powers in the “century of humiliation” but the present-day chinese govt is really good at whipping up this sense of grievance into a jingoistic form of nationalism that turns even clear acts of chinese imperialism into victimhood. we’re stuck on this narrative of humiliated china™ instead of china, the long-time asian titan & expansionist empire that yes had its ups and downs but is very much an empire.

If no one else will, I’ll call Nigel Farage unpatriotic because I believe the women, Muslims, Jews, Africans, homosexuals and basically everyone who’s not one of the white males who he represents are equally important to British society and don’t deserve the crap him and his party gives out… He’s not a patriot he’s a jingoistic nationalist

This is what I said about Trump.

This is the day America may weep. The burning tears of a self made immolation. The racism, bigotry, misogyny and homophobia, the gun toting, poor people despising , minority has grabbed the wheel behind a bloviating, ruthless, rudderless, careless, thoughtless, rude, callous, rancorous, vituperative snake. No respect for the office, no sense of stewardship, no plans for the future just raw self interest and a infantile monomaniacal need for attention and acclaim. A media whore with a track record of business failures and banal reality shows. No standing with other leaders, no known ability to negotiate or compromise. No sense of deference. No politesse. Simply a venal, loudmouthed, jingoistic, sexist, hate mongering, tough talking empty suit. Who encourages intolerance, violence, insensitivity and building a wall with our sister republic and trade partner. Heedless screeds and fathomless falsehoods litter his road to the nomination. He is a not an anomaly. He is the direct result of looking the multi cultural, inclusive future of America in the eye and running screaming toward the gaping abyss that is the pretend past. The past of lynchings, segregation, division, gay bashing, violence towards women and genocide of my enemies real and imagined within and without our house. A fake past of two car garages and benevolent white people wielding power that never existed.

Love will Trump hate. Trump must be banished to the dustpile of history with Andrew Johnson, George Lincoln Rockwell, Father Coughlin, Phyllis Schafly and David Duke. We dignify him and what he stands for at our own peril. civis cave

the term poc is used by many who identify themselves as poc, it seems to work for some people, though i’ve also seen quite a few complaints about it being problematic

since i’m white, i don’t really feel it’s my place to say that this particular turn of phrase is good or bad as it relates to the people who identify themselves as such, we’ve generally adopted it as a phrase to mean non-white and that seems to work in the us (i won’t pretend to know)

however, as someone who is greek and slightly more aware of race relations within the mediterranean and europe compared to most us-bloggers, i find it simplistic at best to use the same term to describe people living in that region

skin color has little to do with how these civilizations have historically interacted and how that affects the relationship between the modern countries. jingoistic islamophobia for example is high in greece, though people have to take into account that this has mostly to do with being occupied by the ottoman empire for 400 years with tensions between greece and turkey skipping between heightened and actual war every so often (though it doesn’t mean both sides are not racist af- greeks at least are)

it also largely ignores the complexities of actual race in a region that played let’s-invade-the-neighbors every second tuesday. greeks can have very pale or nut brown skin, quite a few of them have light colored eyes, or curved noses, or very very curly hair. we’re a genetic potluck of the people that invaded us and that we invaded.

both the players below are as greek as can be, but one is as pale as i am and the other looks like what you probably assume the average greek to be. 

thing is: both consider themselves white and within greece enjoy the same privileges. we might have some problems with europe, but that isn’t the rest of europe exercising their white privilege, because it has shit to do with race the way americans perceive it. it has a lot more to do with othering and socioeconomic factors.

that is not to say that there isn’t for example anti-blackness in europe, far from it. it’s a discussion that needs to happen. but mediterrenean europeans consider themselves white (and are racist) and people label them poc anyway cause they’re tan. and while polish people are as white as can be, if you think that within europe they are privileged boy do i have news for you.

similarly, i have commented before about how much i hate the term “white-passing jewish person”, because any white privilege an american might assume they have is simply not in play here and given the well known historical parameters it is beyond insulting

it’s also amusing to me how the portuguese and spanish have achieved poc status by people who claim to know history. hint: the oppression had been coming from their side for centuries before they and the rest of mediterranean europe became scapegoats for a failing system (and the much revered ancient greek culture everybody loves was built on slavery in case someone thinks i’m being biased)

and yet certain american bloggers insist on making the distinction between poc and non-poc in europe(and i assume the term doesn’t really apply in other continents from the little i know about the relationship between china and japan) cause it suits a narrative they know, without giving a damn about the truth and how their false narrative affects a discussion they should observe and not insist on trying to rewrite

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American Oxygen by Rihanna

By Matthew

Less than two weeks old, and millions have watched, and countless words have already been written about Rihanna’s new song, American Oxygen. But everything I’ve read so far doesn’t seem to get it, at least the way I interpret it. As the song unfolded for me, I saw something about American pride. That felt problematic for me as I tend to not be so jingoistic, and it felt odd to see an immigrant from Barbados raising the American flag so high.

But the images of American exceptionalism were soon paired with the other side – Wall Street and America’s financial strength got matched with Occupy Wall Street and the UC Davis cop casually pepper spraying protesters, Martin Luther King Jr. is joined with police beating blacks and other protesters today around Ferguson. Then there were the heartbreaking images of 9-11 and the fire fighters and police officers bravely carrying out the rescues and clean up. There were also the images of America’s military and its bravery which were joined with pictures of police brutality. Throughout, pictures of children of all stripes leap out of the frame.

Ultimately, what I think Rihanna is trying to say is that America is this big beautiful complicated mess of a place. That is our identity – our extremes. And these polar opposites are what make us exceptional – those amazing feats of bravery, our ingenuity, and all the other amazing parts including our ability to speak out and protest and make change, our complicated relationship to immigration, our sometimes overzealous police, our complicated racial politics – all of this is what makes up America. And maybe one day, Rihanna seems to be saying, those children will fulfill the American promise.

Ultimately… [American Sniper] is not even about Chris Kyle. The young man turned sniper is the physical incarnation of White America. Viewed through the third scene, Kyle becomes the stand-in for America’s imperialism, the embodiment of itself as the Sheep Dog bestowed with the “gift of aggression” and the overpowering charge to protect the Western way of life by any means necessary, and, of course, with God’s blessing. At this point we have to ask the obvious question: If Chris Kyle represents the Sheep Dog of White America, who then is the Wolf?

In overwhelmingly jingoistic fashion, film maker Clint Eastwood answers repeatedly: Muslims. After watching Kyle — aka, America — repeatedly kill one Iraqi after another, all of whom miraculously are guilty of some crime, it is hard to arrive at any other conclusion. No matter how wrapped in star-spangled banners, Eastwood essentially tells us the real crime is being born brown, Iraqi, and Muslim.

Their agenda is to carry out what the leading guru of the PR industry, Edward Bernays, years ago called the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinion of the masses. Which he regarded as a central part of democracy. He was, incidentally, no reactionary. He was a Kennedy-Roosevelt liberal, highly respected around Cambridge. And what he was presenting – this happened to be in the main manual of the PR industry but it reflected general intellectual attitudes – that means creating artifical wants, atomizing people, separating them from one another, making sure they don’t disturb us important folk in the political arena, turning them into isolated atoms of consumption, obedient, having the ‘right’ opinions which don’t bother us, and properly jingoistic and supportive of power. That’s the agenda. And they’re happy to tell you about it. And they spend huge amounts of money on it.
—  Noam Chomsky
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Jingoistic Shithead Arrested for Protecting US Flag from Desecration

What a great way to start the morning. A jingoistic shithead gets hauled away by the fucking cops for harassing flag burners.

Cops, finally doing their mother fucking job right. And a victory for freedom of speech! I hope millions of Conservatives see this post and seethe and snarl and scream in impotent rage while I savor this video with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

The government that Canadians have just cast off in the recent election was guilty of gross hypocrisy in military as in other matters. While pursuing a jingoistic foreign policy, that government also cheated Canadian veterans out of the resources for their health care and social assistance that had been voted for them by Parliament — and it compounded the offence by closing down veterans’ affairs offices, making it impossible for many to access the services that were still being offered.

The new government has pledged to work to undo that damage. It has promised to restore lifelong pensions for injured veterans, help returning soldiers pay for their education, increase a fund to pay for funerals of veterans in financial need, and work with experts to improve mental-health services.

We should applaud these promises. More important, we should demand that they are kept without delay.

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Michael Keefer, Toronto Star, 11.11.15, A11

Regardless of policy, we have a moral obligation to take care of those whom our elected representatives have put in harm’s way. But let’s also remember war itself is a moral failing.

I mean honestly who do people think they’re expressing solidarity with by filtering the French flag on their pictures?
Like as a gay I know how utterly meaningless it is when people display or use rainbows as gestures of “solidarity”–that’s so empty, it doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t mean you know jack about the history of our struggle, it doesn’t mean you’ll speak out against popular but fucked campaigns, it doesn’t mean you actually support us or do the hard work of accompliceship– it ONLY means you want to be seen visibly taking part in something thru a gesture that requires no effort but gives you cred.

France was one of the biggest colonial powers–France is the reason Haiti is and will be impoverished for god knows how long.
France as a country is racist and xenophobic and STILL imperialist.

There are ways to support victims and survivors of a bombing that don’t include buying into and spreading jingoistic nationalist BULLSHIT for an imperial power that still destroys other countries.