CROSSBALLS AND ALEXANDER COCKBURN
July 22, 2012 § 4 Comments
Okay so America is divided.
A great writer/journalist recently died.
As I read some of his obits and checked with Wiki, I discovered a wonderful paradigm/parable written by this man.
Alexander Cockburn recently passed away at the age of of 71.
He was angry with the Media (as defined two or three decades ago). He had bad things to say about MacNeil/Lehrer for heavens sake calling them the Tedium Twins. hahahah
So he wrote a piece that one might have viewed decades later on a satire called Cross-Balls.
Three journalists/pundits/empty-heads argue the merits of slavery.
The conservative lauds slavery as Calhoun and his constituents might have argued it 175 years ago.
The Negro is subhuman and needs ‘our help’ just as horses and jack-asses and dogs need our help.
And blah, blah, blah….
The liberal argues a sort of ASPCA perspective.
We must be kinder to our Negro friends!
And the abolitionist is cut off by the ‘mediator’ every frickin time he opens his mouth.
Here is another imaginary broadcast of MacNeil/Lehrer by this eminent satirist concerning a decision of the Roman who ordered the execution of a nice person:
MACNEIL: Good evening. The Roman procurator in Jerusalem is trying to decide whether a man regarded by many as a saint should be put to death. Pontius Pilate is being urged by civil libertarians to intervene in what is seen here in Rome as being basically a local dispute. Tonight, the crucifixion debate. Jim?
JIM LEHRER: Robin, the provinces of Judaea and Galilee have always been trouble spots, and this year is no exception. The problem is part religious, part political, and in many ways a mixture of both. The Jews believe in one god. Discontent in the province has been growing, with many local businessmen complaining about the tax burden. Terrorism, particularly in Galilee, has been on the increase. In recent months, a carpenter’s son from the town of Nazareth has been attracting a large following with novel doctrines and faith healing. He recently entered Jerusalem amid popular acclaim, but influential Jewish leaders fear his power. Here in Alexandria the situation is seen as dangerous. Robin?
MACNEIL: Recently in Jerusalem on a fact-finding mission for the Emperor’s Emergency Task Force on Provincial Disorders was Quintilius Maximus. Mr. Maximus, how do you see the situation?
MAXIMUS: Robin, I had occasion to hear one of this preacher’s sermons a few months ago and talk with his aides. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a threat to peace and should be crucified.
MACNEIL: Pontius Pilate should wash his hands of the problem?
MACNEIL: I see. Thank you. Jim?
LEHRER: Now for a view from Mr. Simon, otherwise known as Peter. He is a supporter of Christ and has been standing by in a Jerusalem studio. Robin?
MACNEIL: Mr. Simon Peter, why do you support Christ?
SIMON PETER: He is the Son of God and presages the Second Coming. If I may, I would like to read some relevant passages from the prophet Isaiah.
MACNEIL: Thank you, but I’m afraid we’ll have to break in there. We’ve run out of time. Goodnight, Jim.
LEHRER: Good night, Robin.
MACNEIL: Sleep well, Jim.
LEHRER: I hope you sleep well, too, Robin.
MACNEIL: I think I will. Well, good night again, Jim.
LEHRER: Goodnight, Robin.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has ‘drawn a line in the sand’ with regard to gun control following the Aurora catastrophe.
Now is the time to strike on this issue as writers at Salon and Dailybeast have written.
Look, the Left is sick and tired of the NRA owning this issue for less than 3 mill a year. This is just damn silly.
Hunting is one thing but I doubt Buffalo Bill would countenance scopes on hunting rifles with laser features. I mean why not develop a heat sensing bullet/missile that could claim your prize in the ‘wilderness’?
But automatic weapons (fuck this stuff about semi-automatic weapons; I just viewed the Pale Rider again last night and a colt-45 is an automatic weapon. Eastwood simply kept entire bullet holders in his belt—not single bullets) that carry 6 rounds as opposed to the 60 round machine gun carried by the Aurora shooter are indefensible.
Here is the argument from the Right I was not going to duplicate:
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.
During a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!” show, Gohmert was asked why he believes such senseless acts of violence take place. Gohmert responded by talking about the weakening of Christian values in the country.
“You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.
I do not know what to say to this guy!
I question whether or not he should even be quoted since he and other NAZI sympathizers like Rush get all this air time anyway. Hell, Goopert will be re-elected anyway because his constituents would not vote him out of office if they aired a video of him having coitus with the likes of Madoff.
But the real reason for this analysis began with a comment replayed on cable and the net by some gun nut.
Basically the fellow, once again (following similar comments by NAZI pricks over the decades) that this tragedy would not have occurred if the ‘good guys’ had been armed at the theatre.
But our anti-hero wore a bullet-proof vest as well as a helmet and gas mask and the shootings occurred after he filled the theatre with tear gas.
WHAT IN THE FUCK WOULD YOU BE SHOOTING AT?
You cannot see and the fellow had over half his body protected from your goddamn 32 caliber bullets!
To say nothing of the fact that when you are blind you might ‘hit’ innocents including yourself.
There is some hope on the horizon. I mean we see little rays of sunshine sometimes emanating from ominous clouds.
Wolf Blitzer has drawn a line in the sand per the latest rantings of Michelle Bachmann, our Minnesota Representative with the mental illness issues.
It seems that Wolf is not the least bit sympathetic to her recent rants against Muslims in the State Department—well Muslims throughout the entire Obama Administration.
And there is hope that the Democratic Challenger for Michelle’s seat might actually succeed in his challenge because of these mental lapses by Michelle my belle and because there is no independent challenger involved in this campaign—one must recognize that in 2010 the independent candidate actually received 10% of the vote.
And other Repubs have joined in the attack upon Bachmann and her terroristic perspective.
Just as an aside, Minnesota has been represented in Congress by the likes of Hubert Humphrey and Gene McCarthy and Frazier and a host of wonderful statesmen and stateswomen.
But Minnesota has also seen the likes of Pawlenty and Vin Webber and Rudy Boswich along with a host of other repub pricks.
Our State Electors appear locked into a second Obama Presidency but Minnesota is plagued currently with birthers and anti-women nuts and paid corporate fronts and other repubs dedicated to turning our State into a Walker Wisconsin.
Thank the Good Lord that a man called Dayton (from an old and trusted Minnesota aristocratic clan) became Governor with a margin of victory reflecting the margin of victory for Senator Al Franken, who has managed to stop the conservative/corporate/plutarchist movement in this state.
As another aside, Governor Dayton previously served six years in the Senate and was more than just a vote helping to get Obama’s legislation through the Upper House between 2009 and 2011 when we still had some hope for change in this nation.
Maybe we should all appear in public with bullet proof vests and leggings (better include a bullet proof cup) and concealed weapons in order to protect ourselves from psychos.
Or maybe we should open up the courts to civil suits against the Masters of War who continue to arm those psychos!