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In the meanwhile, just to get things going, and because I'm supposed to be a literary critter, here's a comment on "metaphor." Which may or may not be literarily correct.
Paddy Chayefsky’s NETWORK, a satire of television news and a bitter and prophetic attack on Globalism, is certainly a metaphor of mid-20th Century corporate America, standing “astride the world like a colossus.”
And the picture in the upper right hand corner of this page, painted by Nadja, is a metaphor of geo-political America. Vide the hot glowing wedge thrusting up from the south into the clusters of urban forms from which centrifugal columns flee.
Here's another metaphor -- a much earlier and gloomier work. Does it reflect America’s plight in this beginning of our new century?
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him.
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
And he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace;
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
Edward Arlington Robinson.
Are we, the great majority of Americans, just sitting around, fat, dumb and happy, enchanted by the boob tube, certain that we understand the world swirling around us while extremists and ideologues of Lunatic Left and Ridiculous Right, and worse, fire their deadly bullets into America’s head and heart?
Chew on this bitter cud, folks. And let us know what you think.
Liberal with the People's Liberties.
Conservative with the People's Property.
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News Flash, June 8, 2006, the insane monster Zarqawi is killed by US F-16 bomb attack.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whose bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings made him the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq, was killed when U.S. war-planes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safe house, officials said Thursday. His death was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
The targeted air strike Wednesday evening was the culmina-tion of a two-week-long hunt for al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Tips from senior militants within the net-work led U.S. forces to follow al-Zarqawi's spiritual adviser to the safe house, 30 miles outside Baghdad, for a meeting with the terror leader. The adviser, Sheik Abdul Rahman, was among seven aides also killed.
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The Jordanian-born terrorist, 39, was Iraq's most-wanted militant and nearly as notorious as Osama bin Laden, to whom he swore allegiance in 2004. The United States put a $25 million bounty on his head, the same as bin Laden.
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As the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Al-Zarqawi oversaw a wave of kidnappings of foreigners and the killings of at least a dozen, including Arab diplomats and three Americans. He personally is believed to have beheaded two Americans – Nicholas Berg of West Chester, Pa., and Eugene Armstrong, formerly of Hillsdale, Mich. – prompting supporters to dub him “the slaughtering sheik.”
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U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said U.S. and Iraqi intelligence found al-Zarqawi by following his spiritual adviser, who visited al-Zarqawi at the safe house, prompting the air strike. He showed a videotape of an attack in which he said F-16 fighter jets dropped two 500-pound bombs on the site.
“We had absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Zarqawi was in the house,” Caldwell said, adding that Iraqi and U.S. troops carried out 17 raids around Baghdad after al-Zarqawi's killing.
The safe house was located in a remote area 30 miles from Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, officials said.
Baqouba has in recent weeks seen a spike in sectarian violence, including the discovery of 17 severed heads in fruit boxes. It also was near the site of a sectarian atrocity last week in which masked gunmen killed 21 Shiites, including a dozen students pulled from minibuses, after separating out four Sunni Arabs.
“Those who disrupt the course of life, like al-Zarqawi, will have a tragic end,” the Iraqi prime minister [Al-Maliki] said. He warned those who would follow the militant's lead that “whenever there is a new al-Zarqawi, we will kill him.”
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Santa Maria, California, dateline September 23, 2006:
Hi, Folks - I'm really mad as hell and I think you will be too when you hear this one.
This afternoon I'm driving back from Office Depot where I had picked up some office supplies. As usual, I'm tuned into one of the only two Talk Radio stations our remote California Central Coast offers.
The Guru of The Magic of the Market, Bob Brinker, host of Money Talks, was having a conversation with a soft spoken, hesitant lady who asked our Swami about US economic policy with China. Which caught my attention because the shelves and aisles of Office Depot, like most retail vendors these days, are stocked almost entirely with goods manufactured in China.
Which subject preoccupies me and our other writers here at Howard Beale because, for the life of us, we cannot see how America can possibly survive economically by our massive importation of incredibly low cost goods, manufactured by labor paid a small fraction of what US workers requires to sustain life, which has resulted in the loss of jobs by millions of Americans. How does a market based economy survive when production becomes ever increasingly efficient, but consumption -- meaning the ability to purchase goods -- becomes ever increasingly inefficient?
It may provide short term profits to the corporations and their investors, but what is the over-all effect on the national economy, on our people?
Anyhow, the lady asked the Great Guru if it is true that the US and China have agreed that the importers to the US of automobiles manufactured in China need pay a duty of only 1.5% but that the importers to China of automobiles manufactured in the US have to pay a duty of $12.5%. (I believe these are the numbers I heard but the blood in my ears was boiling so hard I really can't be sure. But these are close.)
Brinker went into his usual pitch about the awesome economic decisions our incredibly over-paid corporate executives have to make and how such decisions affect the value of stocks, blah, blah, blah, but the lady was adamant, insisting he answer her question about about the cozy tariff deal.
"Yes," Bob sighed, it was true. And tried to change the subject.
The lady then asked him if it was true that American corporations can take their US earned dollars and use them to build factories in China and other countries providing low cost labor, but not have to pay US taxes on the income their earn by such operation.
"Well," our Doughty Defender of Market economics replied, "I really haven't studied that the tax aspects of the matter, but yes. It's true."
And promptly switched to another caller. Didn't even give the lady the satisfaction of a sweet "Thank you, Mr. Brinker."
Well, like Bob Brinker, I really haven't studied this particular matter either. But I do believe that US individual citizens have to pay such taxes unless they remain out of the United States for a certain length of time. But, of course, a real person cannot divide him or her self and therefore must make a painful choice, whereas corporations, under the cozy deals they have worked out with our politicians, can divide themselves over and over again, moving the corporate body and the corporate assets hither and yon as their awesomely paid executives may choose with impunity.
What about it, folks? What do you know -- I mean, really know -- about these fascinating subjects? Please, let us hear from you.
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MEMORIAL DAY USA
Santa Maria, California, dateline May 28, 2007:
Hi, folks. I'm still mad! How about you? Well here's something to think about.
I just received a most provocative letter from George Selkirk, M.D. which, in caption, asked “Why Does Ted Kennedy Hate America?” Dr. Selkirk, you may recall, was the near legendary Sacramento psychiatrist whose Milieu theories rocked modern psychiatry and who, on his retirement, then incurred the wrath of California’s women’s libbers and Democrat politicians with his satirical kiss-and-tell novel Paper Doll.
Dr. Selkirk noted that there seems to be a remarkable absence of psychological analyses of Senator Kennedy’s behavior since his ascension to Prime Mover of Democratic Party policies on virtually every issue of national importance. And one must agree that this void is intriguing because, over the years, we have seem an abundance of , political rhetoric based on learned professional discussions of major Republican political figures. One would think that Senator Kennedy, having endured the incredibly traumatic shocks that fate has inflicted upon him and his family, would be viewed professionally as an extraordinarily interesting bundle of all those neuroses, psychoses, and myriad other classifications of aberrant behavior the world of psychology and psychiatry is heir to.
Well, politics is politics, and one can readily understand why mental health professionals of Liberal political bent would not want to enter such a mine field. However, the question remains, does Senator Kennedy truly hate America? Does he yearn to see America destroyed, both from within and without? Does he, deep in his troubled heart, mind and soul, equate America with White Anglo Saxon Protestant Americans? Are the shrill Democratic political adventurers of the day the instruments of Teddy Kennedy’s vengeance?
WHY DOES SENATOR KENNEDY HATE AMERICA?
COUNT THE WAYS. LET ME HEAR FROM YOU.
Liberal with the People's Liberties
Conservative with the People's Property.