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February 22, 2008

Kick In The Ash


A little Friday comic relief … or more than that?

Some Q’s:

Is the (remarkable) tone here a way to rip on (or, even send a signal to) second- and third-world players that refuse to play along with the corporate/globalization model?  (…Or, is a cigar just a cigar?)

Any thoughts on the specific elements and composition — the label, the height, the angle, the smoke…?

Could you just fantasize what Bush would deserve?

(photoillustration: unattributed. Economist Cover, February 23, 2008.

  • Gasho

    A fine cuban cigar in a clean porcelain ashtray… Frank Sinatra should wish to be framed so well by history!
    And Bag, to answer your question: To picture Bush’s legacy one might call to mind a bloated body in the oily New Orleans floodwater or an endless row of toxic trailers; a bombed out shell of a mosque with the smoking bodies of dead children in the street; a homeless veteran screaming from a fenced in free speech zone miles from a political event, where King George is pretending to be addressing We the People. One might picture a floor of government spies eavesdropping on lovers, political opponents and corporate board rooms – or clean shaven SSCIA men torturing taxi drivers in secret black hole prisons. The list of Bush-related horrible visions goes on and on.
    Castro lived on his little island and “did it his way” to the end.
    Bush is bastardizing the entire planet with all the might his crumbling empire can muster.

  • KansasKowboy

    To me it looks like a missile ready to be launched from its pad.

  • jtfromBC

    “How did you do Pierre?” he asked, as I walked through the door.
    “Very well,” I answered. In fact, I’d gotten 1,200 cigars. Kennedy smiled, and opened up his desk. He took out a long paper which he immediately signed. It was the decree banning all Cuban products from the United States. Cuban cigars were now illegal in our country.

  • lytom

    The exclamation point!
    No passaran…and they, gusanos and gringos, did not…

  • Jacques

    I’m going to Cuba on Sunday, I’m hoping Georgie Boy and “Dick” are too busy to visit that week.

  • jtfromBC

    i will remember George W Bush knowing that -
    There is little to choose between a man lying in the ditch heavily drunk on rice liquor, and a man heavily drunk on his own ‘enlightenment’! – Sesso

  • Sion Touhig

    On a somewhat related visually symbolic note…sometimes a penninsula is just a penninsula.
    An unofficial British cinema censorship test used to be referred to as the ‘Mull of Kintyre Test’:

  • Peter

    Ah yes, “players who refuse to go along with the corporate/globalisation model”. By which you presumably mean, in plain English, dictators who refuse to allow free elections.

  • jtfromBC

    Peter, I presume the BAG was thinking along these lines – but then again presumptions are just presumptions – but here’s mine
    “The election of Lula as President in Brazil — the world’s eighth largest economy — who ran on an anti-globalization platform; the election of Gutierrez in Ecuador, who also ran against the IMF and World Bank.. The Chavez regime in Venezuela. We have virtually an entire continent in protest against unworkable globalization formulas. Similar political trends are beginning to appear in Africa and Asia.”
    So Peter as the above extract is dated 2003 consider recent anti-globalization developments in Argentina and Bolivia, to my knowledge none are dictatorships despite the best efforts of the corporate media.

  • Mark B

    That cigar is tilting, leaning. Extinguished, done, inconsequential, but still barely upright, for a moment in time anyway.
    Like the Tower of Pisa.
    It’s over — a dead relic. Done. It will crash to the ground…any second now. Wait for it. Wait for it. Any second now.
    It’s coming…
    Wait for it. Any second, he’s gonna collapse onto the ground like a sack of commie potatoes…

    WTF did you just say there’s YouTube video of him and Chavez jogging with their pomeranians?

  • Smith Wigglesworth

    I see a Star of David in the smoke.

  • MonsieurGonzo

    Castro’s Legacy : “snuff, sprach Zarathustra.

  • jtfromBC

    The Economists *smoking cigar*, is proof Fidel’s back toking Cohiba’s after quiting 23years ago.,2540,4,00.html

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