Thursday, January 13, 2011

She's not the Momma Grisly?

Most of the news in Australia is news from the USA.  Even with torrential record floods in Queensland, they don't miss a beat on our latest depravity and I say, "Why do you follow our news?" and they say, "Because we're not massacring each other."

This is embarrassing!  How exactly do I answer that?  Order myself a glock pistol? 

I am so thankful for voices of peace like President Obama.  But these other so-called "leaders" who recklessly spout, put crosshairs on a map, never once pausing to admit that words and images might have an effect.  It's George Bush at his most appallingly heinous: arrogance without a mirror.  Never the slightest hint of an apology.  Pausing only to spin, and to spout about the right to be reckless, and god this and god bless and they all remind me of the Sinclair Lewis'  quote: "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and holding a cross."

How dare you equate crosshairs imagery with inciting violence!?  But equating Obamacare with death panels and killing grandma?  You betcha!  Domestic terrorism makes a mockery of the USA, same as foreign terrorism.  Think of the worldwide goodwill we had after 9/11 - summarily wasted and still wasted on wars in the multi-trillions (but the tea baggers rant about "socialist" Obama's expansion of government!  Why not engage a Tea Bagger in who expanded government the most with a sprawling Orwellian branded Department of Homeland Security?)

What has the TSA done to stop terror?  They got a tube of toothpaste off me once.  And the TSA color coded warning?  I imagine a warning shade of hot magenta as I enter the x-ray queue, chuckling as I watch fat people struggle to remove their shoes and place them gingerly in a gray bin.  All thanks to one shoe-bomber.  Whenever I think of that bumper-sticker platitude: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has - I think of the shoebomber, Mohammed Atta, and Al Qaeda. 

Thankfully, I don't have to wait years to look back and laugh at the fear fostered by the TSA and its  primitive tactics and lack of proactive vision.  I can laugh now, because the best thing about Americans (not including its political dogmatists) is the freedom to creatively mock ourselves with incisive civil disobedience.  So when it comes to air travel calendar girls, do you think I'm more of a Miss April or Miss September?

6 comments:

Tony said...

Definitely Miss April - it's the stiletto heels that made the difference.

Amen brother on the rant. Didn't know the Sinclair Lewis quote. So right.

Did you remember that mama grisly (nice pun) got passed over for Miss Alaska in 1984? By an African-American woman who has gone on to enter politics as a Democrat. My theory is that The Grisly never got over it and has been trying to compensate ever since.

I see that she concocted and dispensed her latest dose of poison from the echo chamber of her home tv studio where she can say whatever she wants without fear of contradiction. I'm all for the right of free speech, but she chose to exercise it on the same day as the memorial service for the victims of the Arizona shooting. Disgusting.

On a lighter note, commiserations to Bam on the defeat of the Aussie Cricket Team by the poms.
Believe it or not, that was in today's NYT.

Jesse Archer said...

Thanks Tony, this post really went all over the place. Can you see how disturbing it is to be in my head?

Wait, do you watch cricket for real?

Tony said...

No, of course I don't watch cricket for real. That Aussie- Brit match lasted 5 days. The only partial cricket match I've seen is the one in the movie "Maurice."
And I don't understand the lingo. Some of it can sound slightly off-color to a person with a perverted mind. Like, where is the "gulley?" Is that a body part? And what is "mid-off" ? Does that mean you can't quite get there? And "googly," is that a physical attribute or a some kind of after-leakage?
And you thought your head was disturbing.

Jesse Archer said...

Hahaha!! Clearly, I need to start watching cricket.

But I'll settle for Maurice ;)

Anonymous said...

"and they all remind me of the Sinclair Lewis' quote: "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and holding a cross."

Phony quote Sinclair Lewis never said that.

Jesse Archer said...

Anonymous, maybe he didn't or maybe he did. Did you ask him? In any case, thanks for taking time to not comment on the actual content of my post.