Go, Team, Go!

Just like any other blood sport, P.R. Burn-em’s Two-Party Circus needs its cheerleaders. And oy, boy, the War-Whore Cheerleaders are coming out in force now, in garish, clownish street-walker outfits. They surround the center ring of the Circus, flashing the crowd a little nipple, snapping the garters on their sheer stockings while shouting out slogans and sound-bites of propaganda they got from the Clowns themselves. Lots of skin showing, black lace and a flash of red panties, but there’s really nothing sexy about these Presstitutes. It’s seamy, grimy stuff, dirt and blood smeared on their stockings. The War-Whore Cheerleaders of the Circus look more like buzzards circling a fresh kill, smelling blood and decay in the air, more like the junkie girls on a dark New York street closing in on a slow moving Cadillac, than teenager prom queens with pom-poms cheering on their muscular champions.

Israel and Saudi Arabia are loudest of these War-whores, right now, cheering on this new Trump war ploy against Iran. They are feeding him a little joy… and probably some big bucks on the side.

The Saudis have been cheering on this war from the start.

And now there’s this from Jerusalem Post, which writes in very short paragraphs as though they expect their readers to be stupid. Stupid enough to accept this trumped-up war, anyway. Go, team, go. Kill, team, kill!

The military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials further claimed.
“The bombing will be massive but will be limited to a specific target,” said a Western diplomat.
The decision to carry out military action against Iran was discussed in the White House before the latest report that Iran might increase the level of uranium enrichment.
The officials also noted that the United States plans to reinforce its military presence in the Middle East, and in the coming days will also send additional soldiers to the area.
The sources added that President Trump himself was not enthusiastic about a military move against Iran, but lost his patience on the matter and would grant Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is pushing for action, what he wants.

We’ve been through this nightmare too many times. Will we allow it to happen again? And when it someday happens to us, will we remember then what we did to other countries through the first twenty years of the 21st century? Count the list of the countries we have destroyed. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria. So now, Iran? How much death will we let our government spread around the world? Will we accept the war-whore cheerleaders’ lies again?

I know, I know, that wasn’t very funny. Don’t worry. Here’s the comedian cum pontificator Jimmy Dore’s take on this fake war supported by the fake news to make you laugh a little. Even a fake laugh is better than none. And this is a better than usual Dore segment, though the first few minutes are best. Dore sure says “fookin’” a lot– even more than I do. But I’m not as funny as Jimmy, and I’m not on TV. Maybe I’ll try saying fookin’ a little more to make up for it.

Fookin’ Adam Schiff, who I had hoped might be brave enough to call Trump out for his crimes, just proves once again that both Clown parties are War Parties. I wonder if it bothers Schiff that a hu-u-uge national security risk like Trump is also commander-in-chief in war. Dude needs to decide which side he is on.

Both the fookin’ NYT and the fookin’ Wash Post have agreed to call Trump’s trumped-up aggression toward Iran a “crisis”. More War-Whore Cheerleaders here, and they sure have their dance moves well-coordinated. Fook that. It’s a crisis only because Trump is making it one. For years they’ve been avoiding calling the destruction of the environment and alteration of the climate a “crisis”. But a few aggressive provocations by Trump and Pompeo and Bolton, a couple of fake news accusations, and these mainstream war-whores are right on board with this new war. It’s a fookin’ crisis, all right, when all the mainstream papers are fookin’ war party papers. This is only a crisis because Trump created a crisis to serve his own needs.

NBC calls it a crisis, too. It’s a crisis when all the mainstream news outlets use the language provided to them instead of writing their own stories. “Created Crisis” is a phrase we should remember in the coming days. Trumped-up crisis. A bogus, phony, fake crisis. A crisis of will and morals in America and in the American media. A crisis of caring, when we callously threaten to blow Iranian children to bits. This is a crazy crisis, a stupid crisis, a completely Trump-created crisis. Step back from the brink, folks. Take a deep breath. This isn’t a crisis. It’s a negotiation. It’s politics, and doesn’t have to be war.

CNN at least is still using the more accurate “tensions”. They don’t, however, say that the tensions are Trumped-up invented tensions intended to cover-up Trump’s crimes and derail the ongoing investigations and coming impeachment. I wonder why not.

Speaking of language, Grist, which is a leader in climate reporting, is a little behind on the crisis language thing. But now they’ve got it. I’ve been discussing this one for a while. The Guardian and others have already switched to using the terms “climate crisis” and “global heating” in their coverage. “Environmental emergency” works for me. Even climate catastrophe. Or maybe something like, “The fookin’ tent is burning down!” Exclamation points are always handy, in a crisis.

But all joking aside, language does matter, and the words we use to describe the world shape the way we see the world. If we talk about the climate crisis as a crisis, maybe we will begin to treat it that way, too. This is good informative article from a good, informative source. Read Grist. Heck, they even throw in a “heck” here. Gotta love that! But I’m a little disappointed that they don’t say “fookin’” even once.

The thing is, I don’t really believe in formulaic language, however important one’s topic is. Using cliched phrases is actually part of the problem of inaction, because, by being familiar, familiar language tends to normalize and soften the very “crisis” it is trying to reveal.

In the metamodern age, we seem to find news and information more acceptable from comedians than pundits. That might actually be a reflection on the nature of the Clown Show in Washington. Those jokers have got us used to it by all their clowning around. But this reliance on comedians for information is a bit problematic to me. Laughing at the crimes and misdemeanors of our leaders helps us get by, but also can tend to normalize the abnormal, allow us to accept the unacceptable and not change what must be changed, because we are too busy, or made too comfortable, laughing. The Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz says, “… I would like to render a different thanksgiving,/And generously, without irony which is the glory of slaves.” And, yet, irony has always remained an important weapon of language in the hands of word-warriors, poets, and meme-makers of all ages.

And, you know what? This John Oliver segment is pretty fookin’ persuasive on impeachment. And it’s funny, too! Maybe America can understand this approach to explaining why impeachment is needed now, if they couldn’t understand Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer, or even me. I wonder if Nancy Pelosi watches Oliver. Maybe she can fookin’ understand this. Impeach the mother-fooker!

If you can’t take that much sarcasm, or you don’t like all those “fooks”, you might be moved to think about the real world by reading fiction. It’s always worked for me!

Finally, though, when the morning comes, I always turn back to poetry and music for comfort, joy, and motivation, too. Without irony. I’ll end today’s view with a little Sweet Honey in the Rock rockin’ “I Be Your Water” to send you off. Enjoy!

Heck, I might just sit over here on the Side for awhile. I could listen to that Sweet Honey all day long.

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