Sunday, August 28, 2011

Voice of Empire, Ctd

Two, correctional-facility-based questions bookended the Mouse Circus today: one asked and one unasked.

  • Asked: Why the Hell weren't prisoners being held on Riker's Island evacuated?

  • Unasked: Why the Hell isn't Richard Bruce Cheney and most of the rest of his Republican politico-criminal enterprise rotting away the rest of their lives in federal prison?

Interred beneath the vast, complicit media silence between the implications of these two questions is where you will find most everything that is wrong with the United States in this Year of Our Lord 2011.

Which is why, rather that daring to look Evil in the eye and asking "Why?", everyone instead settled into their comfortable media roles, giggled and whispering uncomfortably about how little regard cyborg and unindicted-war-criminal Cheney had for anyone that stood in his way, and how really, really unapologetic Vice President Sociopath is for anything.

As if this were some kind of surprise.

Also David Fucking Brooks was on teevee to basically re-read his Friday New York Times column verbatim.

Nice work if you can get it.

Our Mr. Brooks' reveals to a stunned nation that his Republican Party is now completely captive to a mob of bigots and yahoos who think Ned Beatty shore has a purdy mouth!

For those of you keeping score out there, these are the same people that Our Mr. Brooks has spend most of his career ignoring, preferring instead to measure out his life's teaspoons of bile onto Dirty Fucking Hippies whenever the opportunity presents itself do so in complete safety:
"In certain circles, it is not only important what opinion you hold, but how you hold it. It is important to be seen dancing with complexity, sliding among shades of gray. Any poor rube can come to a simple conclusion -- that President Saddam Hussein is a menace who must be disarmed--but the refined ratiocinators want to be seen luxuriating amid the difficulties, donning the jewels of nuance, even to the point of self-paralysis."

All of which only served to leave a depressed and distracted America with one more unanswered question:
Hurricane Irene: Good for John McCain...or great for John McCain?
You have now seen Sunday's Mouse Circus, except for the Fox News bit, which I understand was like bobbing for turds in a barrel of molten lead.

As an added bonus, J. Michael Straczynski explains in one minute and twenty seconds one quick way to begin to unfuck our

unholy clusterfuck of a media.


Blotz said...

You can see a lot of Jerry Doyle's real life crazy in Garibaldi.

Michael said...

I've always liked the talents of JMS.
His embrace of Harlan Ellison and Rod Serling only enhance my respect for him. I can ignore Murder She Wrote, we all have our faults. On a more serious note...Yes, David Fucking Fuckety Fuck Cakes Brooks still has his head up his ass. Always has, always will. It is somewhat pleasurable to see him backtrack a bit, even if it is on a scale of amoeba fetus size.

Brooklyn Girl said...

Rikers, like Roosevelt Island, was not in Zone A; that's why it was not under an evacuation order. It's all the way uptown, at the north end of Manhattan, farther north than Roosevelt Island, Randall's Island, City Island ... none of which were under an evacuation order.

J. said...

I believe it was Jon Voight who had the "purdy mouth". Ironic, isn't it? Is that a form of Stockholm Syndrome?

Batocchio said...

Great clip. If only... But leaders have to care more about things running well than personal control and ego to go that route. That's sadly rare.

(Also, I suspect you'll enjoy Doghouse Riley's latest.)

David in NYC said...

@Brooklyn Girl --

-- Rikers Island is between Queens and the Bronx, not at the northern tip of Manhattan.
-- The southernmost point of Rikers is roughly due east of 105th Street in Manhattan.
-- It is almost directly east of Randalls and Wards Islands, and significantly south and west of City Island.

So, thanks for the bad geography lesson.

But, more to the point of the question raised, why was/is there NO PLAN AT ALL for Rikers Island? Why is it not in ANY zone? Every one of the other islands surrounding Manhattan is in either Zone A or Zone B; Rikers is not ANY zone at all.

You might find either this or this useful. Oh, and this map might help with your geography.

Mark Q said...

There was a bonus clip following the intended one. A guard, and clearly a Fox news fan, regurgitates the party line on the Liberal Media.
Sadly, I once thought as he does.

Ormond Otvos said...

Rikers is mostly twenty feet above sea level, and the SE corner rises to sixty. What's your problem?

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