1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.

1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.
A view through the wheel. The black, horizontal line is the axle, the single largest forging to that time.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Last Time. I Promise!

I just have to get in on this.
My President, while delivering a stand-up routine that pulled down the voluminous pants of The Donald, was simultaneously setting in motion the completion of what George the Incompetent was unable to pull off - and, he was cool (and funny) throughout.
Not even with all the King's horses (asses) and all the King's men (Men? Alberto Salazar, John Yoo, Dickless Cheney) helping to make the naked emperor look ... less than naked - with very limited success - could George the Idiot even make a fair imitation of a triumph.
Now the Monday-morning-quarterbacks are screaming "George got the lid of the pickle jar loosened!" (paraphrased).
He was just too classy a guy to have claimed all the glory when it was the new guy's turn.
That was it.
So shit, Lex Luthor's dead. What's Superman gonna do with his time now?
This is just too precious; a symbolic end to a symbolic struggle. A struggle that we lost by the way.
For your edification: Peter No-Tool telling it the way it is.
The good bit is just around 3:00. Stick around after only if you want to hear Anthony Hopkins being accused of sodomy.

I remember 9/11.
I remember thinking, at the time; "This - is - fucking - brilliant."
Whoever came up with this plan was a fucking (evil) genius.
Two big buildings down, three thousand dead and so much symbolism candy it made my teeth hurt.
Disclaimer: I am in no way trivializing the deaths of these people. That is and will remain for many, many people a lifelong tragedy.
Bin Laden was a sociopath. He didn't care about the buildings - or the people.
More than not caring - they were just incidental. he was a Randian - if you will.
What he wanted was the symbology and he nailed it.
He gave America a rallying cause, warfare against an amorphous group of people - extreme fervor with no focus - and more eye candy than anyone could handle.
Not to mention; 9/11... that would be... the emergency phone number. The two towers looked like the number "eleven".
Talk about memorable.
He knew it would be - and was - widely filmed and played over and over and over.
And he knew that Americans in the Reagan era (may it pass quickly) operated on naught but emotion.
One never even had to move beyond the infantile level of consciousness to be outraged - and outraged we were.
Not to mention, Bin Laden also wisely picked the moment when America's most reactionary and least intelligent President was driving the bus.
An overgrown frat-boy with a hard-on for Iraq (You know, Saddam tried to kill his Dad - he along with lots of Japanese back in the day but they seem to get a pass. No oil! Got it).
Now, almost ten years later, the dim-bulb's policies have left us virtually bankrupt (Maybe the all those John Galts could bail us out).
We've given the store away to rich fucks who are said to... what? I forget - oh yeah, create jobs.
We've maxed out the credit card on the Bank of China just so we could have lots of dedicated folks out driving around in other countries so they could be bombed or shot at.
Good thinkin', Georgie.
So now our comic book villain is dead.
he wasn't entirely successful. We're not quite in the toilet. We didn't elect John "who do want me to be now?" McCaine and got a smart grownup instead.
He's the wrong color but... we'll repaint later.
The witch is dead.
Good. No tears shed.
And, it's better that it was like this rather than natural causes because, a war of symbols needs a symbolic ending.
Taken alive, brought back here for a long, drawn out trial would have been just more cheap, tawdry spectacle and, God knows we've had enough of that.
And he would have ended up dead anyway - or in a SuperMax prison, costing yet another pretty penny - and therefore winning again.
I believe in the consummate professionalism of SEAL Team Six (My Nav again!) so it was all righteous and legitimate but, I really don't care.
Bin Laden's been written out of the script.

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