Someone post. I'm not a highjacker!

  1. Thank you Marie for posting, but it made me want to answer!
    The following article addresses the writers opinion on many subjects in this forum so I think a new thread is appropriate. I promise not to answer for a few days if at all.

    Affliction
    By John Cory, Sunday 22 June 2003
    It was a unique death. Nearly eight years ago now. Dave was only 32. He was the last of my truly close personal friends, and his death was as sudden as it was unique.

    Dave was a good heart, would-be pirate, and passionate failure at golf though he loved the game. He always had his hand out to help others. Just the way he was.

    Laid off, running out of money, my old $500 car was on its last legs when Dave told me to bring a case of beer to the house and he would help me fix the 'old girl' and keep her running. That was Dave. He would build you a barn for a beer.

    After we had torn it all down and re-assembled the afflicted parts, consumed most of the beer, and shared adventures and dreams, Dave fired up the engine. It purred like a fat longhaired cat. And then I saw them. A few odd o-rings, some screws and nuts from various engine parts, still sitting on the workbench. "Hey Dave, what are these?" I asked. The engine still purring, he gave me a lopsided "oops" kind of grin, took a swig of beer and winked, "Spare parts," he said.

    Dave had little brook for politicians. "All a politician does is stick his finger up his butt and fart to see which way the wind is blowing." He was pithily colorful.

    And then Dave died. He had been helping friends build a hunting cabin when he took ill. Hours after being admitted to the hospital he lapsed into a coma. Over the next two weeks his wife and a few of us friends split shifts, sitting by his bed, holding his hand, talking to him, playing his favorite Jimmy Buffet songs, desperately trying to reach through the coma and drag him back to life.

    His wife and I sat listening to the doctor explain what had happened. It was rare, only half a dozen cases in the medical journals. For whatever reason, Dave's body had generated a false signal to his brain that there was a virus in his system. The brain told the lymph and blood systems so his body began producing antigens to fight the non-existent infection. The problem was worsened by the fact that the body could not balance the attack, could not produce the "good" agents that normally maintain healthy cells while controlling the antiviral cells. The bottom line was that his body had betrayed him, sending false signals that produced overpowering agents that now, unable to find a real virus, had begun to attack the healthy parts of Dave's body. It had mercifully put him into a coma, protecting him from painful agony while it destroyed his life.

    America has this affliction.

    Recently I came across an interview with Matt Labash. He is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. The interview was given to the Web site, Journalismjobs.com.

    In the interview Labash was asked, "Why have conservative media outlets like The Weekly Standard and Fox News Channel become more popular in the past few years?"

    Labash's response was chillingly insightful, "Because they feed the rage. We bring the pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly, but it's true somewhat.... While these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We've created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective.... It's a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It's a great little racket."

    The virus message has been sent to the brain.

    In the heady days of impeachment, the pious Republicans marched in and out of Sunday morning television to announce, "It's not the sex it is the lying about sex." But these guardians of truth now sleepwalk through the steady lies about WMD and war and death. And the banner of respect for the rule of law is trampled under greedy self-serving parades.

    Out in California, it seems the GOP did not like the last election. You know how Republicans hate actual vote counting. A recall movement is afoot to undo the election, funded and supported by questionable GOP groups. Apparently if the GOP can't manipulate the courts and ballot box, they are willing to overthrow democratically elected governors via petitions.

    In Texas, the GOP is working hand-in-hand with White House advisor Rove to redistrict the state into a more favorable Republican stronghold. Normal redistricting occurs every ten years with the census, which was just done in 2000. But Republicans know that voters need the "right" people to vote for and this will show them just who is in charge and election worthy. As Tom DeLay declared recently, "I am the federal government."

    The virus message now spreads and reproduces.

    Everybody knows that money is free speech. That is why minorities like the wealthy need tax cuts. If you are rich you are a valuable minority and deserve affirmative action programs. If you are rich, your vote is important. The poor only need jobs to pay their fare share of taxes instead of slacking off.

    The media needs to be deregulated in order to force more competition and let the free-market forces help the consumer. That is the GOP reasoning. Mergers mean only two things; increased consumer fees to pay for the merger and job layoffs to improve cash flow from the merger. Like Bruce Springsteen sang, "57 channels and nothing on."

    The great Pundit Pooh-Bahs chatter from inside the electronic clubhouse. They can tell by the cover or the author, which books you should read - theirs. They don't even need to read a book to know its full of lies - such is their divination skill. As Phil Ochs wrote in his song The Party:

    The egos shine like light bulbs, so bright you cannot see them.
    Blind each other blinder than a sandbox.
    And the conversation sparkles as their wits are dipped in wine,
    Dinosaurs on a diet, on each other they will dine.
    Then they pick their teeth and they squelch a belch saying:
    "Darling you tasted divine."

    The brain is confused and dazed as the coma sets in.

    Opposition swirls and squiggles around chasing its tail, unable to respond. Looking for Democrats or the Democratic Party to balance the greed and gluttony of the GOP? Wondering why the Democratic Party let the GOP get away with sliming a true war hero like Max Cleland? How can anyone stand by and watch the dismantling of the Constitution? Because they all mill about with sheepish smiles hoping the growing mess will magically turn into 'spare parts' they can use later. Sorry guys, you don't have the class or Dave's charm to be able to pull that off.

    The false virus signal intensifies and the body fights the only way it knows how, it devours itself.

    Pundits claim Bush is set for re-election. Another soldier dies in Iraq. Mission accomplished. Take that Iran and you Dixie Chicks. The Taliban returns to Afghanistan but who cares? Pundits claim Bush is set for re-election. It has been 640 days since Bush said, 'Osama - dead or alive.' States are facing fiscal crises not seen since the days of the Great Depression. Keep those troops in Iraq; at least it's a steady job. Keep an eye on your neighbor - make sure they are the right kind of American. And don't worry about making mistakes when you vote next year, the GOP will correct it for you. The pundits claim Bush is set for re-election. The Democrats say, "Huh?"

    Dave is dead. Loving husband, doting father of two boys, and roguish chum, rest in peace my friend.

    Me? I'm puffing on a Havana while listening to Chris Rhea sing, "This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway, oh no. This is the road to hell."
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    States are facing fiscal crises not seen since the days of the Great Depression.
    I disagree with this exaggerated statement by the author. Pres Bush was handed a sluggish economy, it is on the rise now.

    The Democrats say, "Huh?"
    I say, "Find a candidate who has the backbone of President Bush, the courage, respect, trust of the American people" someone who will bring us out of this great Depression some Liberals think we are in.


    mkue
  4. by   memphispanda
    Because I am so disgusted by that article, let me just say that I am glad to be the virus the article says I am. Anything more and I'll be wishing I had just stayed quiet.
  5. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    Labash's response was chillingly insightful, "Because they feed the rage. We bring the pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly, but it's true somewhat.... While these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We've created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective.... It's a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It's a great little racket."
    I found the entire article laughable, but this paragraph was particularly so. First, if the conservative media outlets "feed the rage," what do you think the source of that rage is? Could it be that Americans are finally fed up with the entitlement for the poor, take it from the rich policies that have been foisted on us by liberals for at least the last 40 years? If there is rage, then there must be a source.

    Next, its interesting how this author can point the finger of subjectivity to the very few media outlets that could considered to be conservative, he somehow cannot see the same finger could be pointed at the vast majority of media outlets that are subjectively liberal.

    Kevin McHugh
  6. by   maureeno
    the entitlements which are in danger right now are Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Our country no longer has any entiltlement for being poor.

    Regards the crisis in state government, a Google search 'states fiscal crisis' gives up over half a millon hits, the first of which is a pdf file from the National Republican party on the topic. Sure is a crisis.... states must have balanced budgets, they cannot print money like Uncle Sam....
    http://kyl.senate.gov/rpc_050603.pdf -
    Last edit by maureeno on Jun 24, '03
  7. by   Ted
    Kevin, I'm not surprised that you find the article laughable. I bet you do! :chuckle

    There is a ring of truth to the article, politically slanted as it may be.

    The "conservative media" does attempt to "feed the rage". In the name of defending the politically conservative ideology, someone always seems to bring up those darned poor people and "liberal" entitlements, which is another example of an attempt to "feed the rage".

    The big question: "Is the American citizens really enraged or fed up with 'liberalism' as the 'politically conservative' would like us to believe?"

    The "politically conservative" are most certainly enraged. They'll be angry until hell freezes over! It's pragmatic to try to use anger to gain attention and advantage. People can be easily mislead through anger and manipulated by fear. Truth can be become distorted and twisted, and the "listening" population won't even know it! Anger and FEAR are their weapons. Objectivity and calm reason are their enemies.

    But is the American population as a whole really that angry?

    No.

    Conerned? yes. Frightened of the unknown? Yes.

    Easily mislead by their fears . . . and by anger? Yes.

    Uniformed? Most probably.

    But deep down, I have to believe that there is a general sense of fairness and a desire for "The Truth" by the American people.

    Sadly, I also see apathy. I don't always see the strength and desire to seek the truth.

    So, who are the bearers of "The Truth"? Certainly not the politically conservative in power. I just read yet another article today on how the current administration, for apparent political reasons, censored the EPA with regards to the environment. Worries and sickens me, actually.

    Censorship in a democratic nation? Very harmful. In order for democracy to work, we need unbridled truth for thoughtful discussion and debate.

    We also need an engaged population. Apathy is also harmful to democracy.

    I know the "politically conservative" members of this bulletin board have a deep respect for the truth. What concerns me is that they really seem to turn a blind eye to what is happening within our federal government and its current administration. Is following ideology so important that even truth can be compromised as a means to meet some kind of a twisted end??

    I'm leary of extremism. . . from both the politically left and the politically right. (I'm also leary of fundalmentalism and unbridled pragmaticism.)

    Currently, I see the extreme politically "right" having a strong foot hold within the running of our government. And I believe the our democratic principles are at risk.

    Thanks to the recent ruling by the FCC, near monopolies on the media is one PRIME example! Knowledge is power for a democracy to work. If the dissemination is in the hands of only a few people, truth can be cencored or down right withheld. Where's the "checks and balances" with such "near monopolies"? Who's going to safe guard the american citizenry from "those few" who hold such power over the flow of information? Certainly not this current administration who supported the recent FCC change in media ownership!!!

    Thankfully, many, many people wrote to their congressmen with regards to this recent FCC ruling. Honestly, I'm impressed by this "political activism" of the masses! Maybe we're not always apathetic to the political world around us! Now the Senate is examing and debating and hopefully will overturn this recent ruling. Hopefully they (the Senate) will have the guts to listen to the american citizens and not to the media giants who now hold great power!
    Last edit by Ted on Jun 24, '03
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    From todays Times:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/25/in...al/25INTE.html
    June 25, 2003
    Expert Said to Tell Legislators He Was Pressed to Distort Some Evidence
    By JAMES RISEN and DOUGLAS JEHL


    WASHINGTON, June 24-A top State Department expert on chemical and biological weapons told Congressional committees in closed-door hearings last week that he had been pressed to tailor his analysis on Iraq and other matters to conform with the Bush administration's views, several Congressional officials said today.
    The officials described what they said was a dramatic moment at a House Intelligence Committee hearing last week when the weapons expert came forward to tell Congress he had felt such pressure.
    By speaking out, they said, the senior intelligence expert, identified by several officials as Christian Westermann, became the first member of the intelligence community on active service to make this sort of admission to members of Congress.
    The House Intelligence Committee was examining questions concerning the Bush administration's handling of prewar reports on evidence that Iraq had illegal weapons and ties to terrorist groups.
    Mr. Westermann, officials said, is an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, a small but important office at the State Department that is intended to provide the secretary of state with intelligence analysis independent of the C.I.A. and other agencies.
    Mr. Westermann told lawmakers last week that while he felt pressure, he never actually changed the wording of any of his intelligence reports.
    He did not immediately provide lawmakers with details about his complaints, and it remains uncertain the degree to which his concerns related to Iraq or other regional issues.
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