Thursday, August 10, 2006

What's The Haps?

So what’s been the haps this week?

While Republican in Sheep’s clothing, Joe Lieberman was busy getting served by a nobody in Connecticut Democratic primary, Israel massively stepped up it’s invasion of Lebanon. Apparently unfazed by the growing numbers of dead children and innocents. But to what end is this madness for?

Speaking of the Connecticut primary, it seems ol’ Joe will jolt from party that he couldn’t win and become an independent. Sez Joe of his rationale for leave the party to become an independent, “…I cannot and will not let [the primary]result stand.” It’s a really wonderful peek at what democracy actually means to these wicked bastards. What a disgrace. No word yet from Joe’s camp on whether they plan on taking up Karl Rove's offer to help the Lieberman campaign in November.

Even before the news of the thwarted British airliner plot this morning, I was gonna thrown a some text and a link to a report from a 2004 issue of Regulation magazine by Ohio State University’s John Mueller titled, A False Sense of Insecurity. It succinctly lays out an approach for a more rational approach to dealing with the threats posed by terrorist organizations. It also makes some sterling commentary as to some instances where our leaders have used our fear of terrorism to their own advantage.

I hesitated to put it on here this afternoon, but upon reading it again, I feel it’s more appropriate than ever. Passages like the following illustrate his point quite well:

What is needed, as one statistician suggests, is some sort of convincing, coherent, informed, and nuanced answer to a central question: “How worried should I be?” Instead, the message the nation has received so far is, as a Homeland Security official put (or caricatured) it, “Be scared; be very, very scared — but go on with your lives.”


As [risk analyst David] Banks puts it, “If terrorists force us to redirect resources away from sensible programs and future growth in order to pursue unachievable but politically popular levels of domestic security, then they have won an important victory that mortgages our future.”

The article comes highly recommended and in the midst of today’s international panic regarding terrorist plotting, it’s truly essential reading.

That is, if you believe the thwarted plot was in fact real…which I, in fact, do not. See, not only has every single red-flag, panic-button busted terrorist scenario been massively overblown by the media, but nearly all have had some level of governmental complicity in their stages of cooking. Whether it’s a placed informant being the actual mastermind of a group of half-assed day-dreamers (as the already forgotten Miami-Chicago terror bust last month turned out to be), or completely fabricated terror scares like at LAX last year, or the endless, unsubstantiated “chatter” rumor dwelling--these incidents are almost entirely fake or the product of paranoia and fear feeding off themselves in some kinda Satanic echo chamber.

In any event, I choose not to buy this bullshit. Not to buy whatever it is these inhuman manipulators are selling. And once that choice is made, I am truly free. Free to look into the abyss and judge for myself. Maybe I’ll conclude, once the “evidence” is in, that today’s near-miss was indeed legit, a skin-of-our-teeth bullet dodge. Who knows. But at least it’ll be my decision, not the government’s or the media’s.

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