I just wanted to explore what a stark reminder this week has been to previous Bush administration fear mongering. Obviously, Bush World knew about the London terrorism investigation, but clearly likes to seize the headlines and minds of the people to its advantage. Here are some past notable stark reminders:
A month prior to the 2002 election, Bush said, "It's a stark reminder that there's an enemy which hates freedom-loving countries, an enemy which does not value human life like we value human life here in America."
Cynically enough, two hours after making that statement, Bush then also said, "Any time we're getting a suggestion that somebody might be thinking about doing something to America, we're responding, within the U.S. Constitution. We hold that document sacred." That's some news!
A month prior to invading Iraq, Bush said, "Last week's decision to raise our national terrorist threat is a stark reminder of the new era we're in; that we're at war and the war goes on."
Just last week, amid the growing criticism for supporting the continuing destruction in Lebanon, Bush said, "And one of the things that -- one of the things that came out of this unfortunate incident in the Middle East is it is a stark reminder that there are those who want to stop the advance of liberty and destabilize young democracies. And they're willing to kill people to do so." Taken out of context, one might think he was actually talking about Israel, in some other reality of U.S. politics.
So, within the last week, we were given two different stark reminders by Bush World. The timing is ripe for something majorly bad to happen again, according to conspiracy theorists, like radio DJ Alex Jones. Eerily predicting 9/11, Jones has once again become so agitated that he recently broadcast his second warning concerning the coming weeks.
While researching the Bush Administration's use of buzz words, bumper sticker politics and Orwellian double-speak is mildly entertaining, I think the Rovian bullshit spewing forth from the leaders of our government has a troubling trickle-down effect. Shit truly does roll downhill.
Consider the heightened alert law enforcement is straining under. If Bush more or less says, "be wary, be scared" and it is then parroted by the alphabet soup of his cabinet members at FBI, DOJ, DHS, et. al., what is the average cop on the beat supposed to think?
Read the article and note how the local sheriff and the prosecutor of this sleepy hollow say things like, "... the phones are being modified by terrorists to make untraceable international calls and also in the production of roadside bombs." Apparently, Mayberry RFD just joined the frontlines on Bush's War on Terror.
The paranoia rolls down into media at every turn. These two college students are being linked to terrorism by the local sheriff, linked to supporting Hezbollah in other stories, and in some insane jealously of the U.K. having homegrown terrorists -- being called All-American Terrorists.
The neocon racist bimbo blogs are eating this stuff up like it was Senator Kennedy on YouTube biting off the head of a fetus. Michelle Malkin and Debbie Schlussel use words like "Dearbornistan" and make statements of fact from thin air. These bimbos are just trying to hype the presidential message that "all these young men are terrorists, they're guilty, and they're trying to kill us all right now."
The facts are a little less exciting. The specific facts about these college students will likely be that they were trying to make some Summer cash. The bigger picture of paranoia, and actual convictions resulting from people being charged with terrorism-related charges is even less supportive of the neo-con bimbo hype.
But, just remember when the media and the neocon bimbos assert that the city of Dearborn is some festering cauldron of terrorism, you might note that the Department of Justice's own June 2006 press release might suggest the bimbo hype as simple self-promotion and racism.
Out of all the sparse convictions ultimately obtained from the mass amounts of cases of people that had been charged with terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 across the country, only one came from the Detroit area when the man plead guilty to racketeering. The DOJ press release notably lists Zacharias Moussaoui, Richard Reid, John Walker Lind ... but one conviction came out of the Detroit area, or Dearbornistan, in 2003.
One. The DOJ press release does make mention of some terror cell in Virginia. So, why not call that Virginiastan? Perhaps it is because Dearborn has a public, outspoken population of Muslims who are tired of being the easy target for racism.
Given a lack of facts, the only motivation I can perceive for the neocon hype is self-promotion, paranoia or simple Arab bigotry. Either way, it's troubling to see the neocon fear mongering roll downhill to the bimbo bloggers with no bullshit meter checks on them. Like BushCo and Republican-controlled U.S. Congress, they don't need facts when they can just make them up, and then hype their lies until it becomes the popular truth.
British Intelligence and Metropolitan Police conducted raids overnight to arrest some two dozen people suspected of being part of a massive terror plot to blow up passenger airplanes enroute from London to the cities in the United States. British and U.S. law enforcement gave little details, citing that the investigation is continuing and neither wishes to jeopardize the investigation or any criminal trial evidence.
However, everyone else seems to want to leak information or speculate on the story. According to CNN, "A senior congressional source said it is believed the plotters planned to mix a British sports drink with a gel-like substance to make a potent explosive that could be ignited with an MP3 player or cell phone."
Spotty, the Department of Homeland Security mascot reminds all airline travellers that we are now in alert level red. President Bush also took some time out from his vacation to remind everyone to remain frightened until you can go vote Republican in November. The Transportation Security Administration published a warning and some detailed security guidelines for airline travellers.
Here's my advice: Register to vote, get drunk and fly naked.
With the current Bush administration in power for the last five years now, and their patronage to Christian nationalism with billions of taxpayer dollars in faith-based initiatives that curiously never found their way to any non-Christian faith's charities and community groups, the rise of religious right issues into the political discourse has never been greater. It affects BushCo goverment policies both foreign and domestic.
Obviously, many end-times evangelicals are pro-Israel, and that plays into the BushWorld foreign policy as much as neo-con democratization of the Middle East by military means. This is a bittersweet pill that supports an Israeli democracy to advance Armageddon, so their messiah will show up.
Domestically, it is more apparent when the majority political party can't show any oversight responsibilities by dragging out a Congressional investigation for years — but can fly back to Washington D.C. in the middle of the night to rally against Terry Shiavo's right to die with dignity, or use a veto to block stem cell research federal funding, or try to amend our Constitution of the United States against gay marriage.
Here are some quotes on homosexuality for your perusal and entertainment:
"Of course we let lesbians and gays march in our St. Patrick's Day Parade. What would Ireland be without its fairies?" -- City council member of Dublin
"AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals." -- Jerry Falwell
"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work. 'Hello, can't work today. Still queer.'" -- Robin Tyler
"State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse." -- James Dobson
"The Religious Right dislikes both abortions and homosexuality. But who has fewer abortions than gays?" -- George Carlin
"Gays started with the Renaissance. It was probably two gay guys at a party saying, 'Wouldn't it be fun to make religious paintings of hot naked guys, and sell them to churches? Oh, that would be a hoot!'" -- Robin Cook
"You know, they say that marriage is reserved for only a man and a woman... I of all people know that simply does not work." -- Elizabeth Taylor
Thanks to defconamerica, brainyquote, and wikiquote for info. I'm not anti-religion – I helped Blogdrive publish a poll on God and faith issues – I'm just a person who thinks that mixing politics with religion is not helpful to either social institution. There are enough bad examples of that construct around the world now, and in past history.
Check out funkysmell for more extremely smart comics. The comic above made me laugh, but also inspired this entry. It made me wonder aloud, "Do we need a lesbian, a pot head, and a talking dog to save our country from theocracy?"