No Invitation For Peace

All good moods must be destroyed
All dark thoughts must be enjoyed
An army of lies have been deployed
The path of truth I will avoid

No room for love in this hostile place
No chance of escaping this confining space
Better get used to this relentless pace
Fear and self-loathing you will embrace

I’ve stopped competing with the ghosts of my success
I can’t measure up.  I’m failing to impress.
An insatiable appetite for constant stress
Counterfeit thinking you refuse to address

There’s a rage inside me that knows no bounds
I’m always at the mercy of its seductive sounds
A frenetic heart that pounds and pounds
A gruesome force that frightens and astounds

There is no hope for a liberating release
How I long for this internal torture to cease
Misplaced resentment continues to increase
No forthcoming invitation for peace

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Monday, July 18, 2016
6:24 p.m.

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Fragile Entanglements

It takes a while to notice your absence
A sure sign you’re truly missed
Confirmed your rejection with a single click
I guess I should be pissed

I don’t know the reason
There really was no warning
Should I feel dead inside?
What’s the protocol for mourning?

It’s not like we had a real connection
We only chatted once in a while
Those encounters were always pleasant
Unless I’ve been living in denial

But you’ve decided you’ve had enough
So I’m reaching for my tissues
Time to call back the therapist
And sort through all my issues

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, July 17, 2016
9:44 p.m.

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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed

She is jittery.  She slouches and shrugs.  She tries to avoid eye contact.  But when she does, it’s with deep suspicion and fear.  She constantly acts as though she’s completely allergic to her own body.

One of the best things about the original Ginger Snaps is Emily Perkins’ effective performance.  She plays the awkward, unsmiling Brigitte, a sullen teenager who forms a morbid pact with her older sister, Ginger (Katherine Isabelle).  From that very first moment she walks out the family garage, we see a young woman completely uncomfortable in her own skin.

After Ginger gets infected by a werewolf bite, Brigitte goes out of her way to find a cure for her.  In the film’s final scene, she has a needle full of monkshood in one hand and a knife in the other.  When Ginger lunges at her, fully transformed into a four-legged, mostly hairless hellhound, all Brigitte has to do is puncture her with the needle to save her.  She uses the knife.

In Ginger Snaps 2:  Unleashed, Brigitte’s fateful decision to infect herself with her sister’s tainted blood has put her in a complete state of denial.  Every day, when she’s not shaving the little hairs that spring up all over her body, she injects herself with monkshood, a poisonous substance for everybody else, but a temporary solution to delay her inevitable transformation.  She meticulously keeps track of how long it takes for her self-inflicted cuts to disappear.  The healing time is getting shorter and shorter.  Whether she likes it or not, she’s becoming a werewolf like her sister.

Her life is even lonelier than it was in the first movie (no parents this time around, Ginger only shows up as a mocking, know-it-all hallucination) and disappointingly, a lot more depressing.  Whereas the original Ginger Snaps was darkly humourous and genuinely creepy (but also a lot of fun), Ginger Snaps 2 is dour, pedestrian and witless, a significant comedown.

While Ginger embraced her new reality with unrelenting gusto, her gradual evolution strangely similar to puberty, Brigitte’s dilemma is no different than that of a heroin addict and about as delightful.  (Trainspotting, this isn’t.)  Without regular injections, she looks like hell and starts experiencing withdrawals.  Knowing what’s coming she wants no part of it.  Considering how she has absolutely no life whatsoever regardless of this, it’s a curious reaction.  What else does she have to do other than rack up fines for overdue library books?

Not helping matters is her involuntary stint in rehab.  As she fears the return of a mysterious werewolf that’s been hunting her for a while, among other obstacles, Brigitte finds herself at the mercy of a sleazy orderly who demands sexual favours for her confiscated monkshood.  While a couple other young female addicts service him before getting their particular fixes, Brigitte resists and for a time, quietly suffers in solitude.  If only she would let nature take its course.  Her stubbornness is not as noble as she thinks it is.

Meanwhile, an irritating, comic book-obsessed blond girl named Ghost (future Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany showing surprising charisma at such a young age), who enjoys talking in third-person narration (that gets tired real quick), gravitates towards her for reasons that don’t become completely clear until the end.  She’s in the rehab center visiting her terrified, badly burnt grandmother.

When Ghost tells an anxious Brigitte that she can help her escape, there’s only one catch.  Ghost gets to leave, too.  By the time they make their move, the werewolf’s killing game is already strong.

The rarity of female-centric horror films is one of the primary reasons why I like the original Ginger Snaps.  Plus, from its jolting opening scene, it hooked me.  Normally, I have a big aversion to gorefests (excessive blood tends to replace strong characters and a suspenseful plot) but because of the film’s cleverness in seeing remarkable similiarities between menstruation and werewolf transformations, all that blood is necessary.

Ginger Snaps notes the frustrating double standards of female sexuality in smart and humourous ways.  In a society that constantly puts males above females, sexually aggressive women are seen as scary, overly demanding, selfish even for making their pleasure a central focus of their carnal pursuits.  Ginger openly acknowledges how unfair this is and then proceeds to do what she wants anyway because she’s too powerful to be denied.  Plus, she now has an outlet to release all that pent-up anger that’s been building after so many years of being an outcast in her own town.

In Ginger Snaps 2, the reluctant Brigitte is far less willing to embrace her destiny which is not nearly as entertaining to watch, nor convincing.  She’s a victim who doesn’t need to be.  Whereas Ginger was addicted to her newfound voraciousness because it greatly improved her life, her younger sister is addicted to the illusion of recovery that repeated shots of monkshood will never fully deliver.  She’s wasting everyone’s time pretending she can beat this.  What exactly is she trying to protect?  A boring, isolated life?

The film is colder than the original and lacks its biting quips.  Brigitte gets brutally mocked for all those slashes on her wrist.  One fellow rehab patient thinks she’s bad at suicide attempts.  (To be fair, she has contemplated it at least once.)  Ghost gets pelted with pennies in the TV room.  Other rehabbers say and threaten cruel things to each other.  And, of course, there’s that manipulative orderly who demands sex for drugs.  As if it wasn’t already abundantly clear, there’s just no fun to be found in any of these sequences.

By the time we reach the somewhat surprising finale, when the truth about Ghost and her grandmother are revealed, the impact is drearily minimal.  We just don’t care.

Unlike the original, Ginger Snaps 2 also lacks a dynamic opening which proves fatal.  Watching an overly confident library worker attempt to pick up Brigitte is more eye-rolling and pathetic than amusing.  (He’s full of shit when he says he’s “just kidding”.  You only say that when you strike out.)  Not only that, her clichéd dismissal of his pitiful advances is much weaker than the very funny way Ginger turns down a future lover in the original.  (All she needs is a dramatic pause and one word to get the point across.)  Like Brigitte’s dilemma, there’s no recovery from this.  The needless sadness of her life sullies the entire atmosphere of the movie.

There was a third film in this series, a prequel called Ginger Snaps Back:  The Beginning, but it went straight to video because of the lack of audience enthusiasm for Unleashed.  It’s a shame, really.  Ginger Snaps showed even with all its low-budget limitations the unique appeal of a feminist horror film.  We need more of them.  God knows it’s an untapped area of creativity.

But let’s hope for better offerings than this downer of a sequel.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
7:34 p.m.

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Zombie High

Talk about a misleading title.  You would be forgiven for thinking this movie, based solely on the name, is a comedic tribute to the works of George A. Romero.  (I mean, the living dead as high school students?  How could it miss?)

That’s not what you actually get.

18-year-old Andrea (a very young Virginia Madsen) receives a scholarship to attend an Ivy League-type secondary institution in her senior year.  Her jock boyfriend Barry (James Wilder) is right to be concerned.  He’s done some digging into the school’s history and has discovered that it was founded by some maniac who was kicked out of the military for brutalizing First Nations people.

That’s not the full story, of course.  But just that little troubling nugget of information alone is unable to convince the very blonde Andrea that maybe it was a big mistake to switch schools.  Also not bothering her, at least at first, is that one of her teachers (Richard Cox) wants to bed her.  In an early scene, he holds up a framed photo of himself with a woman who looks exactly like her.  Shades of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

This greatly alarms the ancient Dean Eisner (the late Kay E. Kuter who converted George Costanza to the Latvian Orthodox religion on Seinfeld) and with good reason.  You see, the faculty at this high-falutin’ academy are keeping a big secret, one that requires employing a huge suspension of disbelief.  When that big secret is inevitably revealed it makes no sense.  More on that in a moment.

The constantly smiling Andrea becomes friends with the obnoxious Emerson (Bridesmaids director Paul Feig in his first movie), an annoying classmate who hits on the few women invited to attend this traditionally rich white guy-only institution including Andrea herself.  She’s the only one endlessly amused by his hack material.  Even the boy-obsessed Suzi (the underappreciated Sherilyn Fenn), one of Andrea’s roommates, is repulsed by him.  And she’s not smart, either.  (She thinks it’s PSM, not PMS!)

Another classmate, the grumpily rebellious, spiky-haired Felner (Scott Coffey) resents his father so much for sending him here, the latest high school he’s been transferred to, that he gives everybody a hard time including Andrea who thinks he just needs Latin tutoring.  He eventually softens towards her after explaining that he’s not stupid (he knows how to translate), he just refuses to be a “fascist” like dear old dad.  (He graduated from this particular academy.)

At one point, after apologizing to Andrea and thanking her for her kindness, Felner decides to bolt.  But not that long afterward, he’s back in class, now a docile, highly obedient student.  That’s weird.  Even weirder is what happens to Emerson.  One minute, he’s being completely unfunny as usual, the next, the Dean announces to the entire school that he’s dead.

What’s going on here?

The answer lies in the school’s infirmary.  Finally realizing that something untoward is happening right on campus, Andrea sneaks in one night (couldn’t they afford decent security?) and finds Emerson’s body.  She finds a whole lot more in the basement.  Let’s just say she owes Barry a big-ass apology.

Zombie High was released in 1987 to little fanfare.  This isn’t surprising.  It’s one of the dullest horror films I’ve ever seen.  It’s so low energy you think Jeb Bush directed it.

It’s also a lazy comedy with no laughs.  There is zero attempt to make a satirical point about Ivy League schools.  (A campus statue wearing a tie isn’t cutting it.)  God knows there’s plenty of material in real life to draw from.

Angela is a middle class student entering an institution populated with the Jaguar set.  (In contrast, her boyfriend drives a shittymobile that overheats.)  We’re talking stiff rich kids with gold watches and fancy suits who devour The Wall Street Journal every day and dance like wooden robots to any kind of music.  They all look and sound the same.  Anyone with an actual personality like Angela’s roommate Suzi will eventually lose it not because of peer pressure but because of a ridiculous medical procedure.

As it turns out, the faculty of this supposedly revered centre of learning need the students to stay alive.  The way they accomplish this is so ridiculous it’s no wonder they want it kept secret.  Which leads me to an unanswered question.  If the only reason for this school to exist is to prolong your life, why would you want to prolong your life?  It’s not a good trade-off.

The Dean makes a speech early on claiming that a number of graduates have gone on to great prominence including one who became President of the United States.  But if the goal is to live forever without ever fearing death, why would you let one of your lobotomized students achieve power through your dumb procedure?  Why wouldn’t you want to become President?  Or at the very least, pull the strings in secret, which doesn’t appear to be happening.

To keep the student drones in line, The Dean keeps a running loop of a violin and a piano playing constantly throughout the school.  (It sounds like something out of Ken Burns’ Civil War.)  When Philo, the teacher that wants Andrea, suddenly decides he’s had enough of The Dean’s shenanigans and gives up on pursuing his confused student (who for a while can’t determine whether she’s attracted to him or not), he tells her to find a replacement tape he’s hidden.  Once it starts playing, the students will revert back to their former selves.

We never do find out what’s on that tape because Andrea loses it after being nabbed by The Dean.  Chances are, based on what happens in the film’s final scene it probably doesn’t feature bad 80s rock and roll.  (To be fair, I did like the first track during the opening titles.)

I’ve never seen a film so hesitant in its execution.  There is no serious attempt to be terrifying.  There is absolutely no confidence in the comedy.  Actors are selling jokes that land with the impact of a Nerf ball.  You have to feel for Sherilyn Fenn and Virginia Madsen, two charismatic cuties saddled with dumb characters to play.  They somehow manage not to embarrass themselves but imagine what they could’ve done with smarter material.

In the end, Zombie High feels like a blown opportunity.  There are no flesh-eating monsters patrolling this stupid campus at a sluggish pace, just a bunch of boring characters stuck in a dead-end story.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Monday, June 27, 2016
8:19 p.m.

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The Antidote

You murdered me with your eyes
A fog of indifference has lifted
As blue as the naked skies
The perception of self has shifted
A witness to transformation
An arbiter of powerful change
An undeniable confirmation
You’re attracted to the strange

Your surge of electricity
Has resurrected the dead
Harmonious synchronicity
This desire must be fed
Foreign emotions released
For the first time in years
Self-hatred has ceased
I’m no longer in arrears

Humbled by your strokes
I’m firmly in your clutches
There’s no need to coax
I succumb to your touches
Reduced to a hush
In the glow of detente
I still feel the rush
Oh, how your eyes do haunt

The breath of conquest
So confidently heaved
Incredibly impressed
With what you’ve achieved
The antidote to my disease
You could write a book
As seductive as the breeze
I was killed with one look

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
6:23 p.m.

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Dolls (1987)

She is a miserable little girl.  Her parents are divorced.  Her kind, loving Mom lives in Boston while her verbally abusive Dad is now married to a rich snob who can’t stand her.  Her best friend is a teddy bear.

While en route to Monte Carlo, there’s a sudden thunderstorm, an odd occurrence since the weatherman on the radio has just said conditions would be clear and cool.  The rain makes driving impossible and just like that, it’s the end of this dysfunctional family’s road trip.  Two sticks in the mud are stuck in the mud.

Conveniently, an old castle just happens to be nearby.  But no one is answering the front door.  After sneaking into the basement, they make too much noise.  A suspiciously hospitable old couple materializes.  They don’t mind having company for the night.

Shortly thereafter, three more people join them.  They’re welcomed, as well.  None of them have any idea what they will be in for.

That’s the set-up for Dolls, a peculiar horror film that’s remarkably short on scares, thrills and laughs.  (I did dig the catchy, electronic opening theme music, though.)  Mercifully edited to a tight 77 minutes, a better movie is surely lurking somewhere underneath this mediocre one.

The troubled, lonely little girl is Judy (pint-size Stooges-era Iggy Pop lookalike Carrie Lorraine).  How she feels about her dad (Ian Patrick Williams) and his second wife (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) is summed up in a daydream.  She reimagines her discarded teddy bear (bitchy stepmom thinks it’s slowing her down) as an enormous, vicious monster.  It’s the only time she feels powerful.

The three people who eventually join them are Ralph (Stephen Lee who played the indecisive contractor on an episode of Seinfeld) and two Madonna-inspired hitchhikers he picks up off-screen.  Judy’s stepmom almost runs over the two punks in the first scene.

The two young women (Cassie Stuart and Bunty Bailey who played the love interest in aha’s Take On Me video) tease the child-like Ralph about a possible threesome which is all a smoke screen for their real agenda:  stealing his wallet.  But once they get a load of all the antiques lying around the castle, the plan changes.  Bailey decides that she’ll start scooping up the goodies all by herself.  You know immediately this is a terrible idea.

Why is it a terrible idea?  I will tell you why it is a terrible idea.  It’s a terrible idea because there are dolls all over this place and they are alive.  Not only are they alive, they’re homicidal.  And they don’t like assholes.  Unfortunately, they’re not very terrifying or interesting.

Judy’s dad, her stepmom and the two would-be thieves have zero perception of the tragedies that await them.  When the inevitable happens to Bailey, Judy, who witnesses her ordeal, tries to warn her family.  She nearly gets smacked for bringing it up.  Needless to say, they’re not very bright.

So then Judy startles Ralph who initially shows skepticism but becomes a believer when he sees Bailey’s blood on the back of her slippers.  They go looking for her up in the attic but it’s her pal Stuart who eventually finds her.

So, what’s with all the dolls?  Well, they were made by the old man of this castle, Gabriel Hartwicke (the nicely understated Guy Rolfe) who has an unusual philosophy.  He thinks adults should keep playing with toys.  He believes one’s childhood should never end and no parent has any right to say otherwise.  Good thing the completely unfunny Ralph is a big kid at heart.

There is some intelligence at work in Dolls, most especially in some of the dialogue.  It’s clearly conceived as a fantasy morality tale with the old couple serving as self-appointed judges of bad adult behaviour.  But the movie never establishes a true mood of malice in this castle set that isn’t all that creepy.  The mansion in The Haunting could’ve loaned it its considerably chillier atmosphere.

While they don’t come off as unintentionally silly, the horror sequences don’t exactly send shivers down your spine, either.  These demonic playthings come to life through puppetry and stop-motion animation.  The differing standards are too noticeable and hurt the impact of every scene.

I never quite understood why Gabriel and his witchy wife Hilary (Hilary Mason) who appear to be childless care so much about children and the preservation of their love of play in the first place.  What’s in it for them?  I also don’t think the adults their dolls target are nearly as cruel as they should be.  (Throwing a teddy bear in a tree?  Come on.)  I never hated them enough to the point where I wanted them all dead.  That said, did we really need Judy’s dad threatening to smack her with the mere gesture of his hand?  Surely, he can generate heel heat in a less exploitative manner.

By the end, a pattern emerges.  We learn this is not the first time an inexplicable thunderstorm has come out of nowhere to strand dickish parents and their long suffering children outside the old couple’s castle.  My question is how come the authorities aren’t aware of this?

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 11, 2016
11:42 p.m.

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The Prowler (1981)

For two whole minutes, The Prowler is intriguing.  After that, it completely falls apart.

We begin in 1945.  Cleverly recreated newsreel footage covers the triumphant return of some 15000 American sailors from Europe following the surrender of Nazi Germany.  The narrator informs us that for some of these men the process of re-entering civilian life will be difficult.  For one thing, there is the serious matter of PTSD.  For another, it’s coming to terms with being dumped via a “Dear John” letter.

One year before the end of World War II, a young woman named Rosemary breaks the heart of one such soldier this way.  She reads aloud her complete note exposing incredible selfishness despite continuously claiming her ongoing concern for his well-being.  (She’s young, you see, and doesn’t want to be tied down any longer despite promising to be loyal.  Jesus, toots, would it kill ya to wait one more year?)  On the night of her college graduation dance, he kills her and her new sleazy boyfriend with a pitchfork.  Not cool, dude.

Exactly 35 years later, another class of college grads are preparing for their own dance, the first one allowed in Avalon Bay since the murders.  Sure enough, as night falls, that disgruntled soldier picks up where he left off as he systematically eliminates some of them one by one in the usual gruesome ways.  As a twisted tribute to his ex, he leaves behind a rose for every victim.

Since the town Sheriff has curiously decided to go off fishing all of a sudden, his flirtatious deputy Mark (Christopher Goutman) is in charge.  When smitten college journalist Pam (Vicky Dawson) barely escapes the psychotic killer (she’s written about him in her final school newspaper) after returning to her dorm to change her punch-soaked dress (nice going, Mark), he’s the guy she wisely turns to for help.  (She’s still mad she dances with someone else instead of her, though.  In his defense, the other woman wouldn’t let him go.)

Unlike most slasher pictures, The Prowler isn’t completely stupid.  Mark hauls ass to the school dance to order everybody to stay inside thereby saving dozens of lives.  Unfortunately, one such student leaves before hearing the announcement.  She meets a grisly end during an impromptu dip.  When a chaperone goes looking for her, well, we can’t have any witnesses now, can we?

When Pam flees the murderous veteran, she’s temporarily stopped by Major Chatham (Lawrence Tierney from Reservoir Dogs).  He’s the reason there hasn’t been a graduation dance in 35 years.  Rosemary was his daughter.  Now retired and confined to a wheelchair thanks to a serious stroke, he has zero lines of dialogue.  He also mysteriously disappears after the bizarre, unexplained encounter with Pam.  (Was he killed?  Did he have another stroke?  Where the hell is he?)  Maybe he was hoping to meet her roommate who humourously flashes him from her bedroom window (he lives across the street) in an earlier scene.

After leaving the school dance and jailing a drunken grad, Mark and Pam break into the Major’s house looking for answers.  Unbeknownst to them, they have company.

It’s a testament to how bored I was that I didn’t even bother to guess the identity of the killer.  (His face is concealed for the entire film.)  But if you’re paying attention, you’ll probably figure it out.  A number of possible suspects are presented – the disgruntled grocer, his weird employee, the pervy old guy who watches a young couple make out in the basement at the graduation dance – but they all seem too obvious.

At one point, thanks to a tip from the disgruntled grocer, Mark & Pam head out to the local cemetery where they discover Rosemary’s defaced tombstone and her missing body.  (A fresh one has taken her place.)  A second trip to the Major’s home solves that mystery.

Not knowing much about its history before pressing play, I didn’t expect much from The Prowler.  But because of its unconventional start, I was thrown a bit.  Where is this going, I wondered?  Unfortunately, after a briefly appetizing beginning, the film disappointingly descends into convention as it rips off Psycho, Vertigo, Halloween, Friday The 13th, Carrie and My Bloody Valentine.  How I wish it was more ambitious and original.  God knows it starts off that way.

Vicky Dawson & Christopher Goutman, the two likeable heroes of this story, are unexpectedly fine here, as they lead a fairly decent cast, a rarity in 80s slasher flicks.  They have an easy chemistry.  It’s too bad they spend most of their time quietly exploring their bland surroundings very slowly.  In general, though, the acting definitely elevates the subpar material more so than it really deserves.

But decent acting can only take you so far.  Without a good, suspenseful story and a strong villain (beyond his shellshock & pissed off attitude, there’s not much else to the disgruntled soldier), there’s just no escaping the fact that The Prowler is an average movie that isn’t particularly scary.  What a waste of potential.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 11, 2016
8:16 p.m.

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Rejected Donald Trump Brand Endorsements

It’s true.  When it comes to business, Donald Trump will slap his name on anything.

Well, almost anything.

As it turns out, even the Republican nominee for American President has his limits.  I managed to get my hands on a top secret list of potential businesses & products the would-be tyrant was thinking of endorsing but ultimately turned down.  As you’ll see from the proposed advertising slogans alone, he made the right decision:

1. Trump Laxative – “Because you’re always full of shit.”

2. Trump Kindergarten – “I love the poorly educated!”

3. Trump Energy Drink – “Recommended by Jeb Bush.”

4. Trump Hair Spray – “What global warming?”

5. Trump Restaurant – “Don’t try the veal.”

6. Trump Tampons – “When she’s got blood coming out of her wherever.”

7. Trump Surveillance – “Because I don’t trust Malaria or whatever the hell her name is.”

8. Trump Police Department – “Get ’em out of here!”

9. Trump Juice – “Always bitter.”

10. Trump Condoms – “Only in small.”

11. Trump Furniture – “Just as unstable.”

12. Trump Computers – “Pre-installed with Windows 10.”

13. Trump Compass – “Be as lost as I am.”

14. Trump Prostate Exam – “I’ve handpicked the doctors myself!”

15. Trump Dictionary – “All new definitions.”

16. Trump Cock Rings – “Only in small.”

17. Trump “Is My Daughter Bangable?” App – “When you’ve run out of options.”

18. Trump Eyeglasses – “Nope.  Still blurry.”

19. Trump Decatheter – “Still less painful than a Trump Presidency.”

20. Trump Books – “I don’t write ’em. You won’t read ’em.”

21. Trump Sperm Bank – “I’ve handpicked the donors myself!”

22. Trump Mayonnaise – “You don’t wanna know.”

23. Trump Moisturizer – “You really don’t wanna know.”

23. Trump Belt Buckles – “If Ben Carson tries to stab you, believe me, you’ll be protected.”

24. Trump’s Hot Sauce – “You won’t put this shit on anything.”

25. Trump Linens – “Perfect for your next Klan meeting.”

26. Trump Salad – [to the tune of Ricola] “E. coli! E. coli!”

27. Trump Microscope – “Because it’s too small.”

28. Trump Hot Dogs – “Endorsed by a real-life wiener.”

29. Trump Spray Tan – “Orange Is The New Black.”

30. Trump Pregnancy Test – “Make America Late Again!”

31. Trump Noose – “Perfect for your next Klan meeting.”

32. Trump Pyjamas – “Made in China.”

33. Trump Seatbelts – “Believe me, they’re safe.”

34. Trump Klux Klan – “I handpicked all the members myself!”

35. Trump Films – “Coming soon:  a remake of Triumph Of The Will.”

36. Trump Encyclopedia – “All new facts.”

37. Trump Coffins – “You’d rather be cremated.”

38. Trump Taxi – “Because Uber is too reliable.”

39. Trump Bread – “Like my supporters, it’s full of nuts!”

40. Trump Mortgages – “What could possibly go wrong?”

41. Trump Wooden Crosses – “Perfect for your next Klan meeting.”

42. Trump Space Shuttle – “Believe me, it won’t crash.”

43. Trump Human Zoo – “Look at my African-American!”

44. Trump Time Machine – “When your whole life is a mistake and you want a do-over.”

45. Trump Cable News – “Formerly CNN and MSNBC.”

46. Trump Insulting Nickname Generator – “When you can’t think of a persuasive argument.”

47. Trump Paper – “Like me, it’s always blank.”

48. Trump Breast Pump – “It’s disgusting. Like me.”

49. Trump Thongs – “Wouldn’t you want me up your ass?”

50. Trump Nukes – “Made in North Korea.”

51. Trump Bras – “If you’re flat, forget it.”

52. Trump Paperweights – “Just as thick and useless.”

53. Trump Video Cassettes – “Because they’re bound to make a comeback, right?”

54. Trump Insurance – “Not available to Muslims or Mexicans.”

55. Trump Health Care – “You’re gonna die sooner.”

56. Trump Picture Frames – “It’ll sell, right?”

57. Trump Weaves – “Because bald is too natural.”

58. Trump Lie Detector – “Because the press doesn’t care.”

59. Trump Slinky – “It’s all downhill from here.”

60. Trump Jocks – “Only in small.”

61. Trump Manure – “If it smells like bullshit, it’s Trump.”

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 4, 2016
4:26 p.m.

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Choke On Your Legacy

I hear their horrific screams
I see their dampened faces
You’re responsible for their pain

You’ve crushed so many dreams
Obliterated their safest spaces
You’ve earned their disdain

An executioner in the sky
A barbarian with no remorse
You’re addicted to the hit

You live to watch them die
A proponent of excessive force
“Hope and change” was bullshit

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
12:24 a.m.

Published in: on May 31, 2016 at 12:24 am  Leave a Comment  

American Gulag

It flies through the air
A living symbol of toxicity
A vulgar moment of rebellion
Hell has no elasticity
The names are all disappeared
Replaced with cold mathematics
Under the ever watchful eye
Of patrolling automatics

It hangs in the air
Like a floating death
You can feel the torment
In every hesitant breath
A bruise is a reminder
That the skin still feels
A sudden convulsion
At the sound of their heels

They never stop coming
There’s no humanity in this machine
No room for principles, either
So you mustn’t make a scene
Always armed for war
Hidden by an impenetrable shield
When you live in the darkness
The more violence you can wield

The first strike’s an announcement
“You will not resist”
They brutalize every part of you
The worst is the wrist
They constantly test you
To see how far you’ll bend
They demand complete submission
Then they’ll be your friend

You can’t demand your freedom
Without feeling their wrath
The stench of all these traumas
Along the beaten path
You distrust your vision
They dispute what you saw
Everything is lost
When cruelty is the law

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
12:03 a.m.

Published in: on May 31, 2016 at 12:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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