"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jun 15, 2010

Update: Militarizing the "Homeland"

First this.

Then this.

Now, this:


Out of commentary, myself, but BDR has the right of it:

"Odd times: there's something weird going on in what remains of the blogosphere well beyond the traditional slowdowns of the Blog Days of Summer. People, normally prolific people, are posting less; those blogrolls at some friends' places that automatically update when sites post are remarkably static.

I've a theory: what I find myself - and maybe some of you - avoiding lately is saying what I say you say I say you say; it's not boredom as much as the depressive repercussions of reiterating duh's plenitude, pennies on the hundred-bushel. 

What, dad's an apocalyptic megalomaniac addicted to zero-sum gaming, mom's a corrupt enabler, my brothers and sisters are vile and self-entitled, fighting so viciously over the dwindling inheritance the fighting accelerates the inheritance's dwindling, and I'm considered the hypocritical parasite of empire's destruction for saying? 

Yes, yes I am. I find not giving a fuck as problematic as giving a fuck given I need give a fuck in my complicity to eat and have shelter. The silly illusions stripped away, I'm behind the curtain. How many times need I write that?"


Ethan said...

Oh Jesus Christ.

The perspective of the AP article bmaz links to is instructive. "Safety concerns"?!?!?

drip said...

"Jesus Christ" is an appropriate reaction to the story. As for your approving quote of BDR, for me, it has become unhealthy to dwell on current events. I feel that I have a strong understanding of the processes from which these events arise. They are drearily predictable, easily explained and seemingly inexorable. This leads to depressed, negative thinking when we should be working to explain and organize. They may have all the guns and drones, but we have the brains and something's got to give.