The Graveyard of Zombietime Flops

One might get the impression, from reading zombietime, that I put together a photo essay about every single political event I go to.

Well: one might be wrong.

The truth is, what you see on zombietime are only the successful events I attend. I find myself at all sorts of rallies, meetings, protests, art exhibits, and other public (and private) political shindigs, and often as not come away disappointed. There was either nothing there worth photographing, or I couldn’t take pictures without looking suspicious, or (most often) the resulting photos of the event in question were pretty uninteresting once I looked at them after the fact.

Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your point of view), I’ve saved some of these flops, and I’ve decided to rescue them from complete obscurity by presenting here a selection of “the ones that got away” — the worst, least interesting and most pointless zombietime reports that never got published. And so I present:

The Graveyard of Zombietime Flops

Voting at the Venezuelan Consulate: December 2, 2007


The nation of Venezuela held a national referendum on December 2, 2007 over the issue of whether to grant dictatorial powers to Hugo Chavez. The referendum barely lost, which was considered a huge victory for Chavez’s opponents. A little-known aspect of the vote was that overseas Venezuelans were allowed to vote as well — and the only place in the entire United States where they could vote was at the Venezuelan consulate on California Street in San Francisco. I decided to go check it out, in case pro-Chavez thugs tried to disrupt the voting with violence. But when I got there — not much was happening at all, aside from what you see in the photo: dozens of expatriate Venezuelans milling around on the sidewalk, talking about politics, as the cable cars rumbled by. From what I could tell in my attempted eavesdropping, they seemed mostly anti-Chavez — so the people you here here may very well be the ones who pushed the “No” vote over the top and stopped Chavez from ruining the country forever.

Dennis Prager Appearance at U.C. Berkeley: May 5, 2008


Radio talk-show host and pundit Dennis Prager gave a speech at U.C. Berkeley on May 5, 2008. I went to it, expecting to see the same kind of protests that had earlier greeted Daniel Pipes, Michelle Malkin and Alan Dershowitz. But nothing happened at all. Prager came in, posed for pictures with members of various campus Jewish groups, and then started to give a speech that didn’t sound much different from one of his radio shows. To top it off, I brought the wrong camera and couldn’t get a decent picture of him in the dimly-lit lecture hall. There wasn’t a single protester in sight, so I left early.

Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby in a Toilet: August 31, 2007

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s egregious book The Israel Lobby was scheduled to be released in early September 2007. By sheer happenstance I obtained a pre-release copy of the book, and decided, as a parody of the many rumored “Koran flushing” incidents that had been reported around then, to put it in a non-functioning toilet at an undisclosed location and take a picture of it there. Although this was an obviously artificial scene, I had never before or since “staged” a picture, and because of that I felt a little uncomfortable putting it online. Although this picture was all by itself featured in a post at Little Green Footballs, I never uploaded it as part of any zombietime report, since I had no other pictures to go with it. (And no, the picture is not Photoshopped — the book really is in a toilet.) Finally, “Mearsheimer and Walt in the Toilet” earns a spot on zomblog here.


Later, I visualized what the book would have looked like if it had been released in the 1930s, and created this satirical version of the cover (based on this infamous book).

[UPDATE:]
         
zomblog reader “gegenkritik” sends the two images shown above, first reported on the Lizas Welt blog, along with the following explanation:

Sadly, reality once again is ahead of satire:

On the left you can see the cover of the German edition of Mearsheimer/Walt’s “The Israel Lobby”.
And on the right is the cover of a book from 1942, written by Johann v. Leers, an influential Nazi-ideologist, who emigrated to Egypt after WWII and continued his anti-semitic struggle there, supported by the Egyptian government and his friend, Mufti Amin al-Husseini.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Note that both the Mearsheimer & Walt book and the Nazi book share the same cover design: An American flag sprinkled with Stars of David. So my parody-cover ended up being quite true-to-life.


There — I think that’s the maximum dosage of fizzled zombietime reports that a person can take at any one time. I’ve got plenty more, but I’ll leave it at that, and save the rest of the flops in case I want to torment you in the future.

25 Responses to “The Graveyard of Zombietime Flops”

  1. 1Lifeofthemind on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:29 am:

    Even your flops are aces.

  2. 2pre-Boomer Marine brat on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:34 am:

    Is this the Un-Dead’s morgue? … heh

  3. 3Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:35 am:

    Not flops, zombie – more like illustrations on events which are not quite in the limelight.

    Mind – your alternative title for that Mearsheimer/walt book is spot on!

  4. 4debutaunt on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:36 am:

    I shall toss a flip-flop towards the graveyard, Zom.

  5. 5debutaunt on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:49 am:

    It wasn’t all that anonymous, yma o hyd.

  6. 6pre-Boomer Marine brat on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:49 am:

    (explanation of #4) … meant in a newsroom/newspaper context

  7. 7gegenkritik on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm:

    Hey zombie,

    Interesting photoshop-work with this crap-book. Sadly, reality once again is ahead of satire:

    Here you can see the cover of the German issue of Mearsheimer/Walt’s “Israel Lobby”.
    And here is the cover of a book from 1942, written by Johann v. Leers, an influential Nazi-ideologist, who emigrated to Egypt after WWII and continued his anti-semitic struggle there, supported by the Egyptian government and his friend, Mufti Amin al-Husseini.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  8. 8average_guy on Feb 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm:

    Much like a movie DVD has outtakes, which I find fascinating, this post is also fascinating. I would enjoy seeing some (or all) of the others as time permits.

    Thanks Zombie!

  9. 9zombie on Feb 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm:

    #7 gegenkritik:

    Great find! I have now updated the post with those two images, along with credit to you and a citation of your comment. Excellent!

  10. 10gegenkritik on Feb 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm:

    Thanks, but the credit for this one goes to a friend of mine, LizasWelt (the best weblog in Germany) who revealed this story at that time: http://www.lizaswelt.net/2007/09/krfte-mit-tradition.html
    By the way: The cover of the Nazi-book means “Powers behind Roosevelt” and suggests that the “Jewish Lobby” controls American Policy. Sounds familiar.

    Best regards,

    gk

  11. 11zombie on Feb 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm:

    #10gegenkritik:
    OK, I have now added a link and acknowledgment to the Lizas Welt blog. Thanks.

  12. 12outsidephilly on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm:

    What may be a ‘flop’ to you became conversation for us.
    — thank you for sharing scenes and news we’d never see published in our local newspapers.

  13. 13SSG David Medzyk on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm:

    Yeah! Special Edition Zombietime!

    Love it….gimme more of the mundane and non-eventful, as it is usually much more interesting than prefabricated “news events”.

  14. 14DangerousNate on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:48 am:

    Thanks for showing us these!

  15. 15Ken on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm:

    I, too, enjoyed this. It’s sort of like “Zombietime: the Lost Episodes.”

    I’m sure you have more. Why not one more update like this before returning to regularly scheduled programming?

  16. 16Ken on Feb 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm:

    Not related to this topic, Zomb, but I’ll post it here anyway (because I can’t remember your email):

    I was, by coincidence, reminded today of the line you wrote (which I contacted you about before):

    “China labels Uyghur separatists as Islamic terrorists, though it’s doubtful there’s any substance to the accusation”
    (http://www.zombietime.com/olympic_torch_relay)

    And thought I’d bring this to your attention:
    (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/196481.php)

    “The Islamic Party of Turkistan has released its first Internet publication through Al-Qaeda’s Al Farj media center.”

    I’d say that’s at least some substance, eh?

  17. 17Anonymous on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm:

    Hey Zombie – I almost miss the excitement of last year’s Code Pink vs. the USMC stuff. Almost. Thanks for the pictures of the Bas Relief — or was that “Bad” Relief sculptures attached to the the already bad sculptures on the pedestrian bridge. I found the dogs offensive until I realized that the artist was equating their actions to those of the tree-sitters and Critical Mass. It makes sense, unless he’s venerating all of them. I think he just left off the “International No” symbols…you know, the red circle with the bisecting diagonal line?

  18. 18MondegreenMom on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm:

    Hey Zombie – I almost miss the excitement of last year’s Code Pink vs. the USMC stuff. Almost. Thanks for the pictures of the Bas Relief — or was that “Bad” Relief sculptures attached to the the already bad sculptures on the pedestrian bridge. I found the dogs offensive until I realized that the artist was equating their actions to those of the tree-sitters and Critical Mass. It makes sense, unless he’s venerating all of them. I think he just left off the “International No” symbols…you know, the red circle with the bisecting diagonal line?

  19. 19nora on Mar 1, 2009 at 12:13 am:

    Dear Zombie,
    Thanks so much for your blog. I know I can count on you to get the good stuff. We just returned from visiting our son at a UC and his roomate, a Political Science major was reading that awful book, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. My son just shrugged when I told him the book was anti-semitic. We are Jewish and I really worry about my boy in that world of leftists and anti- American, anti-Israel, sentiment.

  20. 20شات كتابي on Sep 27, 2010 at 10:20 am:

    “The Islamic Party of Turkistan has released its first Internet publication through Al-Qaeda’s Al Farj media center.”

  21. 21شات كتابي on Sep 27, 2010 at 10:46 am:

    Hey Zombie – I almost miss the excitement of last year’s Code Pink vs. the USMC stuff. Almost. Thanks for the pictures of the Bas Relief — or was that “Bad” Relief

  22. 22شات صوتي on Jan 7, 2011 at 6:23 am:

    The Beastie Boys should play this

  23. 23Andrew Goosby on Mar 30, 2013 at 9:00 am:

    An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you ought to publish more on this issue, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people do not talk about these subjects. To the next! Many thanks!!

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    Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a really good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get anything done.

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