Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Free and fraudulent association

By Capt. Fogg

A tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth, 5. 5

lthough the party has traditionally and dishonestly tried to associate itself with adulthood, restraint and responsibility, the members and supporters of the GOP often remind me of the kid who sat in the back of the room in 6th grade and flicked boogers at people or were quick to blame their enemies for that suspicious puddle under their desks.

You may remember the September 2005 confrontation between Dick Cheney and the heroic Doctor Ben Marble, reported in Human Voices, and how Cheney, upon being told to go fuck himself by that great American Patriot and musician immediately blamed the incident upon the fans and followers of John Kerry rather than on the tragic and grotesque mishandling of the Katrina disaster.

Is the tactical conflation of unrelated things as essentially Republican as monetary inflation?

Take the tale told by an idiot Fox News correspondent Martha McClullen about a Texas State Employee who flung egg salad at a Secret Service Agent in Austin Texas. Barak Obama was speaking at the State Capital and the woman was angered upon being told she would have to wait to return to her office. To a Fox fabricator, that's sufficient magic to transform her into a "big fan of Obama" and abracadabra, presto-changeo, this whole thing is a reprise of the attacks on civil rights protesters in the '60's and supported in fine and fallacious tradition by video clips. Unfortunately no video of the Lincoln assassination, Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot or the Defenestration at Prague were available.

Are we witnessing Historical fiction being written before the events are even historical?

Fox and the other News-as-Entertainment outlet stores have turned an important national decision into the kind of steroidal shouting match that wrestling promoters use to build excitement . The more civilized the campaign, the harder they work at it and the more creative they get. I think that what we need is for everyone to be his own Ben Marble; to stand up and say Go fuck yourself Fox - and that goes for you too, CNN and CBS and ABC and anyone else creating phony controversy for private profit and public detriment. You're all as much of a hindrance to Democracy and good government as any other kind of election fraud.

Cross posted from Human Voices

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Anonymous rockync said...

I wonder when they are going to understand that there enough of us still standing who have not been dummied down by the mainstream media machine and that we aren't impressed or amused.

12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I hope you're right that it's not just us.

2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous rockync said...

Hey, there's always the boat and Cuba! LOL!

4:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I have to wonder if there IS enough of us Rocky. A lot of America is clueless about this stuff. Nonetheless, I like to think that our numbers are growing.

5:20:00 PM  
Blogger expatbrian said...

I tend to agree, Libby. Most Americans are so brain numb, preoccupied and gullible that when Fox tells them they have uncovered evidence that Bobby Kennedy was a gay racist that molested his children, they will believe it.

And even if our numbers are growing, are we just talking to each other? And do we have the ability to organize well enough to be able to influence the masses as well as Fox News can?

6:32:00 PM  
Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

Not meaning to cast a dark mood over an already dark subject, but the links provided above are no longer operative. No, it is not my browser. I had bookmarked the same Cheney FU piece myself some months ago.

After reading Capt. Fogg's post today, I went back to those links and they are gone. Conspiracy theory? Has anyone here been following the Don Siegelman story, and the CBS 60 Minutes broadcast blackout in Alabama on Sunday?

Here is Lindsay’s account

And Lizardbreath’s account

There is an unfathomable stench in the MSM, in Washington, and in Alamaba. Do you smell it?

10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The links in this post are working as of this morning - unless you're talking about something else.

As to the low tide smell, I noticed it a long time ago.

10:06:00 AM  
Blogger ECOPHOTOS said...

The Daily Kos is no longer available in my area. My Internet gateway is Embarq. I understand from Lindsay, there are more extensive blackouts in Alabama. Anyone having similar issues?

12:18:00 PM  

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