The Watering Hole; Friday the Thirteenth; June, 2014; Fear

Without fear there’s no need for hate
Without hate there’s no need for guns
Without guns there’s no need for war
Without war there’s no need for fear
Without fear, what is life??

FEAR . . .

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” —Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his first Inaugural Address; March 4th, 1933.

Poor old FDR. He obviously never had to ponder what the potential fate of the United States might become if some future wayward foreign born Muslim Communist “Negro” second-term POTUS were to exchange, without consent of Congress, five Taliban 12-year POWs for one Taliban-held US Army 5-year POW. I mean, imagine the horror: there are now five — count ’em, FIVE!! — more dudes out there that kinda don’t like Amurka, and you can bet your last buck they’ll ATTACK US!! . . . and prolly kill millions in the process, maybe even ME! We’re doomed, DOOMED I say!! And all because of a foreign born Muslim Communist “Negro” second-term POTUS (that none of us TRUE PATRIOTS ever even voted for!!). Life is so unfair, so filled with FEAR!!!

And speaking of Fear . . .

“We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. There was, above all, fear. Fear of today, fear of tomorrow, fear of our neighbors, fear of ourselves. Only when you understand that can you understand what Hitler meant to us. Because he said to us: ‘Lift up your heads! Be proud to be German! There are devils among us. Communists, Liberals, Jews, Gypsies! Once the devils will be destroyed, your miseries will be destroyed.’ It was the old, old story of the sacrificial lamb.” –Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Sounds a lot like those rants that are far too common as verbal blasts from today’s fear-possessed Republican Party. In point of fact, I noticed just yesterday that Lindsay Graham apparently wet his choners during a hearing in which the administration detailed the scary scary parts of the current Iraq situation. After he changed his shorts, he demanded that the entire of the Obama Administration’s national security team be fired on the spot, all because Iraqi Sunnis were kicking Iraqi Shiite butts, and noting his fear that we here in Amurka are definitely next in line to get whumped by . . . well, by the bad guys over there; you know, those bearded Jihadist dudes who don’t like us. Over here.

It is, indeed, common knowledge amongst “our” fear-possessed Wingnuts that most of today’s really bad guys sport bushy beards — just like the five dudes Obama released from Gitmo in order to secure the release of the American POW held by the Taliban and whose father also has a beard and is, according to Fox News, therefore probably a Muslim Jihadist, making SIX bad guys that are gonna kill us ALL! And lest we forget, of course, there’s also President Obama whose middle name is Hussein, and . . . Uh oh. Scary scary.

So . . . maybe it’s a cosmic rule, one that states FEAR always rules, at least amongst those who are . . . ummm . . . who are not all that well equipped in their gray-mattered penthouse? If that’s really the case, then might it maybe be a worthy goal to somehow reach out to ‘the fearful,’ to enlighten them? I suppose we could reconsider FDR’s 1933 recommendations (spoken 81 years ago!) wherein he emphatically stated that “. . . our distress comes from no failure of substance . . .”

And that

We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men. [ . . . ]

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.

Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.

“Action, and action now” ?? Well, forget that. Not with THIS Congress, staffed as it clearly is with a majority of pejorative and fear-filled IDIOTS!

I do propose that there may be a solution, however. All those who are afraid of their own shadow, get a clue and do THIS next time you go out — to eat, to go to the store, to get scared, whatever.

Article II a

There. Consummate fearlessness fear wrapped in pretend fearlessness? Whatever. Maybe the final solution is embedded in the concept that when you’re afraid of your own shadow, simply carry a big gun and next time you see your shadow, shoot the damn thing. Rata-tata-tata-tata-tata-tata-tat . . . Yeah, that should work.

Final question: Why are so many so filled with FEAR about what amounts to nothing at all? Wherefrom derives their embedded cowardice? And why the hell are the rest of us required to pay them any attention at all?

Beats me. And while there are huge numbers of “them” in these here parts that I could ask about it, I’ve decided not to. And no, not because of fear, but because I don’t really care to waste the time listening to their nonsensical and fearmongering rants yet one more time.

I’d far more rather converse with brainy critters:


56 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday the Thirteenth; June, 2014; Fear

  1. If they really want to show off their manhood. Pound down all of those bottles of Tabasco sauce and try not to scream like a little girl when they have go to the bathroom.

  2. In 2006, Joe Biden, then the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, proposed splitting Iraq into three separate regions, with the Kurds controlling the north, and the Sunni and Shia factions segregated from each other in the rest of the country. Had the ‘coalition’ forces set up a partitioned Iraq in this way, would there be a civil war going on there now?

  3. A full moon isn’t the only celestial phenomenon on tap for this Friday the 13th.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned Wednesday that solar flares could send a “shockwave” to Earth on June 13 and briefly disrupt communications.

    How can we possibly cope without social media and texts? The end is nigh.

  4. Friday the 13th is a good day, since I’m driving to the coast to deliver a wholesale order, and then driving up to Portland to spend the weekend with my eldest.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  5. “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel” – Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

    Looks like the Sheik missed the bit about his grandson mounting a machine gun on his Land Rover and haring about chopping infidels’ heads’ off and raping every woman he could find.

    Here we go: full-on Shia v Sunni rumble – going to make the Euros Thirty-Year war look like a schoolyard dust-up. Versailles 1919 just fell apart.

  6. Somewhere along my backtrail I heard that the number 13 signifies Karmic Completion.
    Fearing this freedom, it appears that certain fear based religious power brokers wanting to further tighten their grip on the collection plate declared 13 to be un-fortunate.
    I feel Karmic completion could be a good thing… after all, who would want to come back here in the future?
    … but maybe I’m a just a-feared me-self…

    • What’s really scary scary about this Iraq crap is that I can well remember when, back in 1975 — some two years after we ended the war in Vietnam — the damn Commies headed south and took over that bastion of liberty for whom nearly 60,000 Americans had died. Man, talk about scary! The Commies even renamed Saigon as Ho Chi Minh City! Clearly the free world was doomed because the Commies were gonna get us all cause Amurka got the hell out of the Nam!

      Even today I know they’re still coming for us. I can tell because I have proof positive: the label inside the hiking shoes I’m wearing right now says “Made in the Republic of Vietnam.” Sneaky bastards.

      Or maybe they’re just coming for John McCain? If that’s the case, what can I do to help? (Them, not John).

  7. This one will likely cause more than a little screaming:

    Obama Rules Out U.S. Troops on Ground in Iraq

    President Obama said on Friday that he would make a decision “in the days ahead” about whether to use American military power to help the besieged Iraqi government stave off collapse at the hands of Islamist insurgents, but he ruled out using ground forces.

    “This poses a danger to Iraq and its people and, given the nature of these terrorists, it could pose a danger eventually to American interests as well,” Mr. Obama said of the offensive now threatening Baghdad. “We will not be sending us troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options.”

  8. Is there a connection between what is happening in Iraq and Elon Musk giving his electric vehicle patents to the world? Has the evil Obama hatched another plot to wean us off of oil or is this just a diversion from the mountain of scandals that will soon topple his regime?

      • I’m pretty sure that the Iraq civil war was orchestrated by Obama as a way to get attention off Bergdahl and the POW swap, which was orchestrated by Obama as a way to get attention off his failure to keep Putin from messing with Ukraine, which was orchestrated by Obama to get attention off . . . what, I forget.

  9. Wow, I thought that this was Moqtada Al Sadr (remember ol’ Blackbeard from the bloody days of 2004?) …. firing it up on the megaphone at Friday prayers…. but its not…. its the moderate, supposedly calmer, more considered Al-Sistani who is putting out the call.

    Well I think we parachute Billy Kristol, Yosemite Sam, Gramps and Senator Butters into this one, plus the ammosexuals above and any other Cliven Bundy- fellators who fancy playing soldier….. have at it boys!

  10. More good times in Iraq. ISIS’s position on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers gives it the ability to cause unimaginable chaos in Iraq:

    “ISIS now controls several major dams on the rivers, for instance at Haditha and Samarra. It also holds one 30 kilometres north of Mosul that was built on fragile rock and poses a risk of collapse. It holds at least 8 billion cubic metres of water. In 2003, there were fears Iraqi troops might destroy the dam to wipe out invading forces. US military engineers calculated that the resulting wave would obliterate Mosul and even hit Baghdad.

    ISIS has already used water as a weapon, in a smaller way. In late April ISIS stopped flow through the relatively small Nuaimiyah dam on the Euphrates in Fallujah, reportedly with the aim of depriving Baghdad and southern Iraq of water. It could also have been to block military approaches to the town. Instead, the river backed up and poured into an irrigation canal, flooding the town of Abu Ghraib and dozens of surrounding villages over 200 square kilometres. Five people died, and 20,000 to 40,000 families fled to Baghdad.”

    • How can that be? We were told:

      One of the rationales that the Bush Administration employed periodically during the run-up to the Iraq war is that deposing Saddam Hussein and installing a democratic government in Iraq would promote democracy in other Middle Eastern countries.[143][144]
      “When the gravest of threats are eliminated, the freedom-loving peoples of the region will have a chance to promote the values that can bring lasting peace.”[145] At a 2003 Veterans Day address, President Bush stated:[146]

      “Our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan is clear to our service members — and clear to our enemies. Our men and women are fighting to secure the freedom of more than 50 million people who recently lived under two of the cruelest dictatorships on earth. Our men and women are fighting to help democracy and peace and justice rise in a troubled and violent region. Our men and women are fighting terrorist enemies thousands of miles away in the heart and center of their power, so that we do not face those enemies in the heart of America.”

      “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” –Vice President Dick Cheney, “Meet the Press,” March 16, 2003

      “Freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.” —Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, adding “stuff happens,” April 11, 2003

      • War Through Rose-Colored Glasses

        Ten Assurances by the Bush Administration

        1) The Iraq War won’t cost a lot of money
        2) We are prepared for every contingency
        3) We won’t need a lot of troops
        4) We will bring peace and freedom to Iraq
        5) We will find WMDs
        6) We will be welcomed as liberators
        7) We have the best plan available for victory
        8 ) The Iraq War will transform the Middle East
        9) It will be easy
        10) It won’t take long

        • Number 8 seems to be pretty close to spot on, what with what’s gone down in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Egypt. Also Libya, if we allow it under the ME umbrella.

          Not sure why we wanted to “transform the Middle East” in the way(s) it’s been transformed, but then of course i always bow to the wisdom of neocons and wingnut warmongers. They do know all about everything, y’know.

          • Du hast rechts….. blowing up Sykes-Picot took nearly 100 years, but the US surely lit the fuse in 2003.

  11. Sen. Hindsight is at it again, to no one’s surprise. The fact that he has never demonstrated the slightest bit of understanding of Iraq is no bar at all to being the most quoted person on the topic.

    Here’s a nice roundup of some of the things McCain said when he was pushing to invade Iraq in the first place.

    Sample: “When asked if Iraqis were going to greet us as liberators, he answered, “Absolutely.” He said, “Post-Saddam Hussein Iraq is going to be paid for by the Iraqis” with their oil wealth (the war ended up costing the American taxpayer upwards of $2 trillion). And my favorite: “There is not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shias, so I think they can probably get along.”

  12. so….. Kevin McCarthy is going to become House majority leader?

    i guess the Invasion of the Body Snatchers really has arrived.

    • You know who the last McCarthy that was in the Republican House leadership position, dontcha?

      Hint: It was in the 1950s…

  13. An unnamed top Republican had told Politico that Cantor lost because he “spent too much time on the road and in the Hamptons.”

    Betcha can’t guess where Cantor is going this weekend. Go on, guess…

  14. Shane Harris explains why the US government was caught off guard by Iraq’s sudden implosion:

    “The CIA maintains a presence at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, but the agency has largely stopped running networks of spies inside the country since U.S. forces left Iraq in December 2011, current and former U.S. officials said. That’s in part because the military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command had actually taken the lead on hunting down Iraq’s militants. With the JSOC commandos gone, the intelligence agencies have been forced to try to track groups like ISIS through satellite imagery and communications intercepts — methods that have proven practically useless because the militants relay messages using human couriers, rather than phone and email conversations, and move around in such small groups that they easily blend into the civilian population.”

    • They were demolished. Robben’s a total wanker and there is little to like about the Dutch who are a pretty dirty team, but Spain expired today….. Chile might beat Spain too.

      • You can put a number of teams in that statement: ” there is little to like about the _____ who are a pretty dirty team”. And the diving make “The Beautiful Game” a little less likable.

        Still, a great display of one team giving up and the other keeping the pedal to the metal.

        • I hope to see a team play with joy and enthusiasm and for each other and then I can be fully and wholeheartedly behind them. I have hopes for Chile and the USA to be those teams…..

            • Actually though every bone in my body screamed “NEIN!” – Jurgen Klinsmann’s Germany in 2006 was that team… I hope that he has found the team for his philosophy in the US……

            • Jurgen Kinsmann certainly ups the US’s chances. Chile is almost as hot as the chili my wife made last night!!!!!

    • Been spending a lot of time ‘in Ukraine’ last 4-6 weeks…. after a crash course in spotting USSR-built tanks and reviewing video taken yesterday, I was convinced that these were captured T64Bs….. but wow, the facts of how these tanks got from one place to another so quickly and without being spotted – they seem to have come over the border. Putin is giving them to the Chechen and Cossack mercenaries on the Russian side… and using old T64Bs so he can say they are Ukrainian, if they were T72s they would be obviously Russian.

      OK, West what-the-fuck are you going to do now? …… yeah nothing, I thought so….. c*nts.

  15. The City of Los Angeles will pay $215,000 to end a free-speech lawsuit involving a man who was kicked out of a public meeting after showing up wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.

    The man, who is black, attended the meeting while wearing both the KKK hood and a T-shirt that featured a profanity and a racial slur used to describe African Americans. Oh, and the man’s name was —- wait for it —
    Mike Hunt.

    • There was a movie a few decades ago, can’t remember the title. A college boy prankster in a restaurant used the pay phone to call the restaurant phone, after which the waitress who answered said something like, “Someone’s looking for Mike Hunt. Has anyone seen Mike Hunt?”

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