Monthly Archives: June 2010

We’re Comatose, Mentally Moribund & Easily Distracted

If I were to attempt to explain to another country how we think in this country, I’d start with “We don’t.” We react, scream, hoot and howl but don’t think. Here’s a for instance.

With all the discussion about General McChrystal and Afghanistan in general, never was the question inspired as to why we were even there. Especially after CIA director Leon Panetta said there were fewer than 100 al Qaeda in the entire country! But we’re after the Taliban, right? Right? How many are they? Better yet, don’t tell me. Surprise me.

We’ve 90,000 troops in “Pashtunistan” along with some NATO folks here and there. And we’re involved in a bellum novum. It’s a counterinsurgency. Quick, for $20,000 and a new car, what’s a counterinsurgency? Nobody knows. Except Petraeus who authored it. Poor sumbitch. Think about it, he’s demoted back to Afghanistan from Centcomm in Tampa, my hometown. Come to think of it, in summer, I’d rather be in Kabul.

And as I write each word I think to myself: nobody cares about this. Nobody. The average American thinks this has something to do with 9/11. Or something. They just don’t care. They’ve no clue, no interest and no concern.

We’re Comatose, Mentally Moribund & Easily Distracted

If I were to attempt to explain to another country how we think in this country, I’d start with “We don’t.” We react, scream, hoot and howl but don’t think. Here’s a for instance.

With all the discussion about General McChrystal and Afghanistan in general, never was the question inspired as to why we were even there. Especially after CIA director Leon Panetta said there were fewer than 100 al Qaeda in the entire country! But we’re after the Taliban, right? Right? How many are they? Better yet, don’t tell me. Surprise me.

We’ve 90,000 troops in “Pashtunistan” along with some NATO folks here and there. And we’re involved in a bellum novum. It’s a counterinsurgency. Quick, for $20,000 and a new car, what’s a counterinsurgency? Nobody knows. Except Petraeus who authored it. Poor sumbitch. Think about it, he’s demoted back to Afghanistan from Centcomm in Tampa, my hometown. Come to think of it, in summer, I’d rather be in Kabul.

And as I write each word I think to myself: nobody cares about this. Nobody. The average American thinks this has something to do with 9/11. Or something. They just don’t care. They’ve no clue, no interest and no concern.

We’re Comatose, Mentally Moribund & Easily Distracted

If I were to attempt to explain to another country how we think in this country, I’d start with “We don’t.” We react, scream, hoot and howl but don’t think. Here’s a for instance.

With all the discussion about General McChrystal and Afghanistan in general, never was the question inspired as to why we were even there. Especially after CIA director Leon Panetta said there were fewer than 100 al Qaeda in the entire country! But we’re after the Taliban, right? Right? How many are they? Better yet, don’t tell me. Surprise me.

We’ve 90,000 troops in “Pashtunistan” along with some NATO folks here and there. And we’re involved in a bellum novum. It’s a counterinsurgency. Quick, for $20,000 and a new car, what’s a counterinsurgency? Nobody knows. Except Petraeus who authored it. Poor sumbitch. Think about it, he’s demoted back to Afghanistan from Centcomm in Tampa, my hometown. Come to think of it, in summer, I’d rather be in Kabul.

And as I write each word I think to myself: nobody cares about this. Nobody. The average American thinks this has something to do with 9/11. Or something. They just don’t care. They’ve no clue, no interest and no concern.

We’re Comatose, Mentally Moribund & Easily Distracted

If I were to attempt to explain to another country how we think in this country, I’d start with “We don’t.” We react, scream, hoot and howl but don’t think. Here’s a for instance.

With all the discussion about General McChrystal and Afghanistan in general, never was the question inspired as to why we were even there. Especially after CIA director Leon Panetta said there were fewer than 100 al Qaeda in the entire country! But we’re after the Taliban, right? Right? How many are they? Better yet, don’t tell me. Surprise me.

We’ve 90,000 troops in “Pashtunistan” along with some NATO folks here and there. And we’re involved in a bellum novum. It’s a counterinsurgency. Quick, for $20,000 and a new car, what’s a counterinsurgency? Nobody knows. Except Petraeus who authored it. Poor sumbitch. Think about it, he’s demoted back to Afghanistan from Centcom in Tampa, my hometown. Come to think of it, in summer, I’d rather be in Kabul.

And as I write each word I think to myself: nobody cares about this. Nobody. The average American thinks this has something to do with 9/11. Or something. They just don’t care. They’ve no clue, no interest and no concern.I know this sounds mean. Because it’s true. And as long as that continues, so will this Shi’ite.

Less Than 100?!

So let me get this straight. We were attacked by al Qaeda on 9/11, al Qaeda is in Afghanistan, so that’s why we’re there, right? CIA Chief Leon Panetta doesn’t think so.

“I think the estimate on the number of Al Qaida is actually relatively small. I think at most, we’re looking at maybe 60 to 100, maybe less. It’s in that vicinity. There’s no question that the main location of Al Qaida is in tribal areas of Pakistan.” [Source]

So why? Why are we still there? (I feign actual ignorance, please note.) As they are wont to say on the Daily Show, WTF?

Another Year!

The enormity of the BP disaster is nonpareil and knows no comparison. Our MSM try their best to cover the story but are limited and strictured greatly because of the paucity of groovy graphics that are available. Zeus forbid a thorough, open-ended discussion without frill and video gimcrack. But it distracts us from our feigned interest in World Cup soccer and the latest drivel so we lose interest. Pass this on to others.

Great Names of Products

I snapped this in my local Vitamin Shoppe. I love the sinistral version: ESPECIALLY FOR MEN. Smooth.

There’s No Period After S. Unless That Was A Sentence.

I’ve no idea anent the truth of this. It screams apocryphal. Then again, so do I. It was in an email. Snopes gives it the usual mezzo mezzo.

If not, let’s just pretend. It’s a beautiful thought.

Harry Truman was a different kind of President.  He probably made as many or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an “allowance'” and,  later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

I say dig him up and clone him.

What Will the Conspicuously Hip Do Now That We Lost in Soccer?

OK, Futbol. Football. Whatever. For the conspicuously hip soccer fiend, overnight for the most part, it’s back to obscurity in search of the next hobby, bit, schtick, anything that may and might define him. Anything. Like a junkie looking for the next score, the faux soccer fan moves on. What next?

This evening on a Popsicle run, I happened by a neighborhood Irish pub and standing outside was a pal, dejected and forlorn. Clad in a USA soccer jersey, he look inconsolable. His identity had been lost to and by Ghana. His gimmick. For my pal had set out to “outfan” the most ardent of soccer aficionados.

Almost overnight he was a veritable repository of soccer arcana, stats, history name it. He tried his best to keep up with Irish publicans and barkeeps stat for stat. That proved rather easy as many Irish bartenders are known to go round for round with their patrons. One in particular was the most easy to wax authoritative with: think a ruddy completed, marble-mouthed sot. But a good egg.

My ersatz soccer fiend loved how his friends marveled at his extensive knowledge and couldn’t remember when he became so ardent in his new-old passion.

But today it all ended due to Ghana’s win. It wasn’t the same rooting for Brasil. No, it was his team, our team, or the highway.

His conspicuous hipness was gone. Or Ghana.

And I laughed a mighty laugh. Sucka!

The Synapse Will Be Televised

A dear friend of mine posited the following. He’s a pearl diver.
Isn’t it inconsistent to demand the expulsion of undocumented aliens while continuing to enjoy the fruits (literally) of their presence? If one is going to demand that all illegals be deported, then you should not patronize restaurants that use undocumented aliens in the kitchen or as busboys or as deliverymen. You should not stay in hotels that hire undocumented aliens as maids and janitors. You should not purchase meat that was processed in meat packing plants that employ undocumented workers, nor fruits and vegetables that were picked by undocumented workers. You should not live in a house or apartment building that was built using undocumented laborers, nor hire contractors that use them. You should not employ a landscaping or yard maintenance company that hires illegals. You should not hire a nanny or health aide that cannot prove their legal status. In that way you will not only be logically and ethically consistent, but contributing to the solution by reducing the number of jobs for them. And they wouldn’t come here if there was no work for them.