The Manolo has been musing at his humble shoe blog about how much the Madonna’s Super Duper Bowl halftime show resembled the Nuremberg Rally.
Beginning with its imperial fanfare and militaristic pomp, progressing through the forced adoration of the Glorious Leader (L-U-V Madonna! L-U-V Madonna!), and culminating in her apotheosis as the goddess and chief priestess of her own cult of personality, Madonna was urging on us nothing less than her hegemonistic vision of the Madonna-based future.
It was the strange performance, part greatest hits lip-sink-a-thon, part middle-aged prance-a-thon, part dawning of the New Age of Madonna-a-thon, in which all of us (including Cee Lo Green and Nicki Minaj) will be absorbed by the all-consuming Ego of Madonna.
No one will be spared!
It was, to use the oft used phrase, beyond parody, it was also, if you paid the close attention, more than the little bit creepy.
The Pundit of Instant has just linked to the Daily Mail story about the ridiculous trend emerging from the rural wilds of northern Mexico, the pointy-toed, botas picuadas, worn by the young men of San Luis Potosi.
Naturally, the few months back, your humble shoeblogger, the Manolo, was among the first bloggers on the interwebs to notice this eruption of ridiculosity, which he compared to the pointy-toed poulaines worn by the dandies of Medieval Europe.
The key to understanding this trend is that it is confined mostly to the teenaged boys, who being the teenaged boys, are suffering from the dual curse of excessive testosterone and low common sense.
But this is the modern era, and mere words alone cannot convey the utter silliness of this fad, not when amateur video abounds.
This video, above, in which the boy tries to explain his boots to the working men, never fails to make the Manolo chuckle.
Finally, if you live in the Southwest, do not worry, soon you will be able to see these boots in person, as they have begun to appear on the feets of peoples in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Dallas!
Perhaps not safe for your place of the employment, but, the Manolo offers this clip from the 1977 documentary Pumping Iron….
One can only imagine how much he spends on the dry cleaning.
“Celebrities have other needs,” so says the Israeli super-duper model Bar Refaeli, she of the Illustrated Sports sexy swimsuit edition, and the part-time girlfriend of the aging boy actor, Leonardo DiCaprio.
This plain fact statement was not something Bar Refaeli said as she jumped to the front of the line at the El Al counter, but rather it was offered as part of the justification for why she used the fake marriage to avoid having to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, something required of all young Israelis, both male and female.
Here is the full quote from the Israeli website Ynet.com.
“I really wanted to serve in the IDF, but I don’t regret not enlisting, because it paid off big time,” she said. “That’s just the way it is, celebrities have other needs. I hope my case has influenced the army.
“Israel or Uganda, what difference does it make? It makes no difference to me. Why is it good to die for our country? What, isn’t it better to live in New York? Why should 18-year-old kids have to die? It’s dumb that people have to die so that I can live in Israel.”
The operative word here being “dumb.” Yes, the Bar Refaeli is immature and selfish and shallow, but more than that, she is just dumb.
Well, at the least, that is the message that the Manolo takes from the picture shown above, although perhaps the actual statement from His Tibetan Holiness was more nuanced.
As a human being, Bin Laden may have deserved compassion and even forgiveness, the Dalai Lama said in answer to a question about the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader. But, he said, “Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened. … If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.”
No, that seems fairly clear to the Manolo.
Happy Cinco de Quatro!
Wait, was that yesterday? The Manolo finds these new federal holidays very confusing.
Let us go straight to the top for clarification, to the El Presidente himself!
“Cinco de Mayo marks a singular moment in Mexican history, nearly 150 years ago, a ragtag band of soldiers and citizens, badly outnumbered, and facing impossible odds, held their ground on a muddy hill to defend their nation, from what was at the time the most fearsome fighting force in the world.”
Ah, yes, Cinco de Quatro, when the “ragtag band” of Mexicans defeated the most “fearsome fighting force in the world”: 8,000 Frenchmen, against the “impossible odds” of 2 to 1.
Wait, the most fearsome fighting force in the world in May of 1862, was one regiment of the French Army?
The Manolo admits to not knowing much about the history of the world, but would not the 24,000 casualties at Shiloh Church, or the soldiers of the Union Army who were chasing Stonewall Jackson around the Shenandoah Valley, beg to differ?
But, what does the Manolo know about the history of these 57 states? Certain not as much as the brilliantly brilliant El Presidente Esperanza y Cambio.