Did We Hit Our Cultural Peak In 1984?

The year 1984 was not just the year in which Apple rolled out the Macintosh to an iconic commercial about stopping Big Brother and being free of crap:

It was also the year Miami Vice began. A show where Men were Men and Women were Women (and could beat men in various ways…), and a Black Guy and White Guy were a Team, but their boss was an Hispanic Man (Edward James Olmos – a Hispanic guy born in Los Angeles BTW and with skin worse than mine, something that has inspired me to this day..)

The cars and women and sex were all hot hot hot. The men and deals and drugs were cool cool cool… Guns were just another tool of the trades, for both sides. Music was oh so sweet… Politics were generally not a thing, and life was something to savor.

It kinda feels that way.

Today we can’t celebrate a Hot Babe in Bikini (let alone a dozen on a boat deck just using what they’ve got to their best gain…) nor a Macho Guy with a Big Gun doing what it’s most useful for him to do. We can’t have a Black and White Cop Partners as hero set du jour. Hell we can’t even celebrate The Best Of Us protecting the rest of us. When a Black Guy from the North and a White Guy from the South could partner up and depend on each other for their life…

Sexy Sexy Stuff is “exploitation” (or worse, “Trans exclusionary” because I’m a Super Strait and don’t want to do anything with a guy who cut off his, um, er, “stuff”; thinking it would make him a desirable her…) when in reality sexy stuff is the peak of human experience. (Don’t think so? Then you need the right partner in the right kind of dress-up in the right kind of fantasy… I don’t care if you are an inny, and outy, or a confused; the right setting will set you free…)

So in commemoration of what was, and is now lost:

I lived on a boat like his, shorter and wider, but still, for a couple of years in the ’80s, so I can relate.

This is the world we lose with the Green New Deal (no hot cars) and the demonizing of police (no undercover excitement) and the BLM / CRT All Whites Bad thesis (no Black & White partners who trust each other with their lives) and Sexism Hysterics (no Man can love a Women for being a Woman and no Woman can love a Man for being a Macho Man… heck, you can’t even know who’s a man or woman without them “stating their pronouns”? WT? is that?)


Wine was involved with the production of this posting. As I think that is a feature, I make no apologies. “Drink up me hearties Yo Ho!”

(Um, no “Ho’s” were involved in the making of this posting. Damn it…)

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11 Responses to Did We Hit Our Cultural Peak In 1984?

  1. YMMV says:

    And not least, you knew who the president was in 1984.
    Peaks are usually a bit vague, but the Challenger accident in 1986 confirmed it was all over (as in accident waiting to happen, when bureaucracy finally swamped the excellence)

  2. jim2 says:

    Trump was and is a cultural beacon. He may be an exception these daze, but he had and still has a yuge impact. He is what America was and needs to be again. Even now, his actions taken in the four short years of his exceptional Presidency are working to good effect for us, the common people.

    Most recently, Trump-appointed Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana implemented a nationwide injunction on the Biden administration’s “pause” on new oil and gas leases, saying that the president does not have the authority to overrule laws requiring the administration to sell those leases.

    “Although there is certainly nothing wrong with performing a comprehensive review, there is a problem in ignoring acts of Congress while the review is being completed,” Doughty wrote in his opinion.

    In another instance, former Trump Supreme Court shortlister Amul Thapar slapped an injunction on an element of the coronavirus stimulus law that used race and sex to prioritize which restaurant owners could get government aid.

    “This case is about whether the government can allocate limited coronavirus relief funds based on the race and sex of the applicants. We hold that it cannot,” Thapar wrote.


  3. DoNoNorth says:

    Always have been a big fan of Gina! Have entire series on Blu Ray, although I actually watch the show on Starz via Roku.

  4. Power Grab says:

    LOL! Even though I’ve heard of Miami Vice, certainly, I am not familiar with it because I didn’t even have a TV between 1976 and 1986!

    That video of one guy playing multiple synthesizers was amazing! When I do a track that has to have variation in the tempo and stuff, I program it in on my software.

    I wonder if they ever did that track with all live musicians?

  5. E.M.Smith says:


    Just the amount of exposure of the Deep State and GEBs that has occurred on his watch is phenomenal.

    I ‘d thought there was a little election cheating around the edges on elections, but not enough to really matter. Now I know the whole system is crooked and broken to the core.

    I’d though our schools were a bit liberal / progressive / lefty but basically doing an OK job of basic education. Now I know they have become indoctrination camps in the last few years / decade. The school boards pwned by evil forces.

    I’d thought the FBI had a few bad bits, mostly in the past. Now I know it’s a political machine that cares not one whit for America or Justice.

    I’d thought the Court System had some lousy judges but overall was an honorable thing (unlike the legal profession as a whole…). Now I know the entire “Justice System” is a political hack job. Soro’s DAs pretty much proved that in spades, and the Supremes running away from anything that might be unpleasant says it is “rotten to the top”. DOJ needing a new name… perhaps Department Of Political Persecution? Dopp. Maybe Department Of Persecuting Enemies? DOPE?

    I’d thought the Republicans at least were on the side of Average Americans and not as scandal and crime ridden as the Democrats. Now I know that at least 1/2 of it is just as fraudulent. Maybe more. RNC or DNC, makes no difference. (In fairness, about 1980 something I went “independent”. IIRC I was registered Democrat somewhere in the 70s, briefly Republican about the time we tossed Gov. Grey “out” Davis, and then did some 3rd party… I think it was Libertarian then whatever Ross Perot was, Reform Party? It then evaporated leaving me “undeclared” and I’ve stayed that ever since. So it isn’t like I’ve had a sudden epiphany about RINOs. “A pox on both your parties” has been my basic status for about 30 years…)

    The list goes on.

    If nothing else survives from his time in office, Trump forced the whole dirty mess into the spot light. Once seen, it can not be unseen.

    Even the degree of Chinese and maybe even Russian “diddle” of companies and such, trying to destroy America. I’d thought in the 1990s to 2000ish that there was hope for China to join the Western Democracies and continue their march to freedom. Now I know it was just a brief thing under one leader, and the rest of their government is fundamentally evil.

    Oddly, Putin comes out of all this looking rather good. I’ve realized that a lot of the slander of him was just that. The Russian People love him as he has defended them against the onslaught of the International GEBs and their installed “Oligarchs”. I now “get it” why the Russian people like him so much. He’s their Trump. A Russian Nationalist fighting to keep Russia Russian and not pwned by the WEF / GEBs.

    I wonder about just how many others have had that epiphany moment too. Realizing how corrupt the Global System has become at all levels, and how much it has corrupted our American system.

  6. YMMV says:

    “I’d thought the FBI had a few bad bits, mostly in the past. Now I know it’s a political machine that cares not one whit for America or Justice.”

    J. Edgar Hoover was corrupt and ran the FBI as his own personal Stasi. Corrupt from the top, from the very first day. However, it may have had a few good bits.

  7. philjourdan says:

    @YMMV – Hoover blackmailed everyone, regardless of party. So in essence, by being equally corrupt, he was also equally just. That is long gone. Now the clown at the top does not even try to hide his incompetence! His lies are so bad, you would think that Resident Bumbleshoot is writing them for him!

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    My mistake was thinking that after J. Edgar it has been cleaned up. I knew it was rotten before then, but thought under Reagan it was a different deal. Now I know it was just doing a “duck and cover” for a while… (Under Clinton with Janet “shoot ’em up” Reno it had clearly gone off the rails again, but that I attributed to the Clintons, when in retrospect it was likely just being let run off leash again..)

  9. Pinroot says:

    I always liked the Miami Vice soundtrack. Jan Hammer did all the music. The theme song sounds like it has guitars, but it’s all keyboards, Hammer was like a guitarist born in the body of a keyboard player. I haven’t watched any of the videos in the post (I’m on my phone, and I’ve probably seen most of them before, tbh), but I’m looking forward to watching them (again).

  10. Logau says:

    And in 1984 that particular virtue
    had not caught on yet in the U. S. A. and GB where the Caliban* Taliban now wield the scepter.
    *) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Caliban

  11. YMMV says:

    In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

    Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

    Does that sound like a movie promo sound bite? It might be in the future, because Hollywood has its fingers on this book. Meanwhile, it is an excellent book and I recommend it in particular because it describes the backhanded way that J. Edgar Hoover got to be head of the newly formed FBI.

    As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case.

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