A few Sundays ago, my wife and I went out for an entertainment event for the first time since the pandemic lockdowns began in March of 2020. We bought the tickets to see comedian Hasan Minhaj (of PATRIOT ACT show fame) months ago. It was the first time we’d been in a crowd of any size; there were undoubtedly thousands at this very restrictive (vaccination / negative covid test required and cellphones bagged) event at the Long Center across from Auditorium Shores here in Austin.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the show and Hasan’s very personal stories about becoming a father at the same time as he was becoming a social media comedic-activist-icon.
Besides hearing about the dangers to his family’s safety resulting from his work on his PATRIOT ACT show – particularly his fears concerning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – he also described an incident from his childhood in 2002 that he says spurred his aspirations of becoming a comedian.
Hasan related his childhood experience of with an extreme body-builder fellow who wanted to convert to Islam and joined the Mosque that his family attended. He told of how obvious it was that this non-Muslim was an infiltrating law-enforcement provocateur who was trying to spur young Muslim kids into confessing to wanting to commit acts of terrorism. Hasan went on to describe the police and anti-terror task force descending on he and his friends after he (Hasan) decided to prank the obvious government shill … all of which convinced Hasan of the power of humor to strike back against those who would abuse their power and influence as this infiltrator (and so many more, as it turns out) had done.
He went so far as to show clips of the CNN news reports on these and other such FBI infiltration campaigns, including a report which specifically showed the body-builder agent~!
As someone who has reported for decades (with great concern for the implications for our country’s soul) about such FBI-entrapment efforts, this story was not surprising, and it made me very happy to know that someone directly effected by one of these ludicrous efforts had used it to turn his life towards a path of empowering himself and others against such discriminatory tyranny.
– SMiles Lewis
For more on these types of FBI entrampment cases, see the links below.
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As recently mentioned over on my personal blog (SMiles Lewis dot com – August 2020), I’ve been trying to resume posting to my various websites. This site is an amalgamation of the remains of an old project with some friends called AnomalyTv.com which became AnomalyTelevision.com …
The video below I came across back in June 2020. I’ve been a fan of Donald Glover’s since becoming aware of him through his role in the 2009 flick, Mystery Team, and his stand-up comedy show, WEIRDO. Until the release of his This is America video in 2018, I was totally unaware of his musical career as Childish Gambino.
Soon I was buying more and more domain names for more and more projects, turning the Elfis zine website into a network hub for weird alt-media websites. I think at the height of my web-work I had maybe 70 or more domain names that were all interconnected and would re-syndicate each-others content using early XML and RSS feeds.
With the ever worsening trollish hack-attacks on vulnerable websites, coupled with the rise of social media sites draining away the content that used to be based at people’s personal websites, I’ve increasingly pulled back (after each hack) from the scope of such interconnected website activities. I’ve gotten sucked in to the big social media sites like most people… and I’ve lamented that drain’s diminishing of my efforts at curating my own websites.
As much time as I’ve thought I might have to spend rekindling that effort (during these Strange Days of Covid-Lockdowns), life pulls me back from making any progress. Its a slow process anyway, so I should just embrace the small steps that help make larger strides possible.
To that end… for several months now I’ve been planning on using my own nostalgic archival backup work on my personal files as the potential driver to get back to it! Back in late June I created a TON of draft posts of things I was coming across and wanted to share… but here it is mid-August and I’ve still not posted any of those drafts.
So, may this signal my effort to renew these efforts.