16h15 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 1 JANUARY 2014: First, my Appy Polly Loggies to John Lennon for Engrishfying as the title of this first post of 2014 the line "Another year over, and a new one just begun" from his 1969 anti-war number "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)", in case you ask about the inspiration.

And as you're no doubt aware, just as the A&E network caved into pressure from the so-called "REAL AmeriKKKans" as make up the fan base of their hit reality series Duck Dynasty to revoke the ban on patriarch Phil Robertson in the wake of homophobic and racist comments ascribed him in a GQ interview--in its turn prompting conservative prolefeeders to insist such remarks are The Voice and Conscience of "REAL AmeriKKKa" in her Luscious Glory of poverty, fecundity, ignorance and overzealously latent race-consciousness condoning "poor whiteism" as would make apartheid South Africa look like Disneyland--came fresh revelations of Meneer Robertson remarking thus from his very lips (click on same to see the relevant article):



(In case you need to hear those remarks for yourself to be convinced, please refer to the following video):



And as if that weren't disgusting enow, you have new videos where Meneer Robertson goes full-on racist, xenophobic even (or so claimed) ... and the National Enquirer is claiming in this week's number that he now wants off Duck Dynasty and wants nothing more to do with it.

Who exactly can you trust in this regard?

In any event, maybe it was time that Congress started conducting enquiries into whether "reality TV" ought be prefaced with the qualifier "so-called," especially with reports suggesting that some scenes on certain series in the genre had to be reshot "to maximise audience interest" in the underlying story arc. And there is precedent in this respect: In the late 1950's, Congress heard stories galore of radio station DJ's receiving "payola" from record companies to influence airplay and rotation of certain popdisks, not to mention the rigged big-money game shows as were prime-time favourites during much of the 1950's (some of the rigging coming by way of sponsor or ad agency pressure to maximise image consciousness) ... and in the early 1960's, there were enquiries into whether scriptwriters for certain popular TV shows were under sponsor pressure to influence program content enow to make the sponsor's product look good beyond the regular commercial breaks.

And for such who insist that the notion of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe is somehow "Christian" (howbeit according to the Fundamentalist/Primitive Christian reading conservatives prefer, as if insisting that the Roman Catholic Church is some class of an Evil Cult), consider this graphic discerned in Facebook (and see if you can discern the illogic and doublethink thus challenged):



And tell me, reader, if the following (via BBC News, know) sounds like something "Tea Party" prolefeeders wouldn't love to push in the New Year:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has spoken of the "elimination of factionalist filth" in his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle last month.

In a new year message broadcast on state TV, he said "resolute action" had strengthened the country's unity.

North Korea announced on 13 December it had executed Jang Song-thaek after convicting him of "acts of treachery".

The move raised concerns of instability in the secretive nuclear-armed country.

North Korea's new year messages are closely scrutinised by South Korea and other regional powers for clues to Pyongyang's policy goals.

Kim Jong-un said action to "eliminate factionalist filth" within the ruling Workers' Party had bolstered the country's unity "by 100 times".

"Our party's timely, accurate decision to purge the anti-party, anti-revolutionary elements helped greatly cement solidarity within our party," he said.

Mr Kim also accused South Korea and US of being "warmongers", working "frantically" to bring nuclear weapons to the peninsula.

An accidental conflict, he said, could trigger "an enormous nuclear catastrophe".

He called for the strengthening of North Korea's defence capabilities, adding that the country's dignity and the people's happiness depend on "the gun barrel".
In its turn, BBC Monitoring offered the following analysis thereof:
Kim Jong-un's address was aired four times, at regular intervals.

It was 26 minutes long, but Mr Kim is only seen in vision for approximately three-and-a-half minutes.

The speech is punctuated by regular and uniform applause - during which the facade of the Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Headquarters building is shown. The audience is never seen.

Although no other part of the room or hall where the address is being made is seen, sound quality is clear with a distinct echo. An analysis of the audio by BBC Monitoring suggests that the same clip of applause is used several times throughout the broadcast. It is impossible to ascertain whether an audience was present or not, and an official photo published by the official KCNA news agency is closely cropped, showing Mr Kim standing at the dais.
Which makes you wonder, then, if it was really a "lookee-likee" of the "Supreem Commander" delivering the message, or if stock footage of the "audience" was used to create the illusion desired of Beautiful Downtown Pyongyang.

Finally, may I close with these best wishes (if snarky, know) for my Good and Loyal Audience, or what passeth for it:



"Another small house is finished in the next block"
(to Engrishfy the closing remarks on every episode of
Vic and Sade through the years)

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