November 05, 2009

Belling The Cat

Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
Michael Ledeen is one of the most dishonest and ludicrous jokes on the political scene. Will that stop George Stephanopoulos from using Ledeen as an expert source on Iran? No, of course not, because once one obtains Seriousness credentials in Washington, they are irrevocable no matter one's conduct...


1 comment:

Bukko_in_Australia said...

I thought you had linked to Greenwald's post about the bogosity of initial "reporting" (i.e. rumormongering -- and now that I'm in North America, I'm going to start spelling things the N.A. way -- no more "rumour" etc.) on the Fort Hood massacre. But it was about Ledeen's bogosity instead. But since I had composed a comment in my head, I might as well let fly. My thoughts are so damned important, I must not let a single one of them go to waste without being written down! I should be Twittering, except, as you've probably noted, I can rarely confine myself to 140 characters...

Anyway, we heard the initial sketchy reports about an attack on a Texas military base as we were riding in a taxi to the Melbourne airport at 0930. "Multiple gunmen in several locations," the radio said. It put me in mind of what those Muslim dipshits from Melbourne were supposedly planning to do at the base in NSW; a coordinated gunslinger assault. A veritable Kelly gang of suiciders, they wanted to be...

Then we were swallowed up in airportworld, where news does not exist. They must do this on purpose, so people do not get agitated if there's a crisis, or freaked if there's a plane crash. Although I did catch the initial word of Steve Irwin's death when we were killing time in the Singapore airport on the way to Europe. Those Singaporeans -- they're too damn smart! They are the Swiss of the Orient, I tell ya.

Even in Auckland, where we had three hours waiting for our connection to Vancouver, they had three TVs at the bar on sports, and one on a cooking channel. Mrs. Bukko had an interesting conversation with a Kiwi horseman who works for the Sultan of Oman and travels around America buying racers. Perhaps I can relay his observations on the sad, sickening decline of the U.S. someday.

Anyway, for 24 hours in transit, I was left wondering if there was an Islamic terror attack in the U.S. I thought it would be the thing to set off an oppressive security clampdown, or senseless pogroms against anyone with swarthy skin, or who knows what blind, lurching violent counter-reaction. Not that I was worried for myself, because I try to stay away from the U.S. as much as possible. But I hate to not know what's going on.

Anyway, it turns out that I was pointlessly worried. Just another deranged American. Ho-hum. That's what I get for listening to the meeja. Thdey're fuckwits, but then again, so am I for giving any credence to what they say in the immediate aftermath.

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