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Friday, July 08, 2005

Back; Brain is Mush

Back from vacation. Thanks for checking in, yo.

Was not ready to deal with reality today. The 15 hour drive from the Tetons did a number on me 'ed - which is now mush. (Loverboy is playing at the Silverton Casino in Vegas - July 23rd - BTW.)

So the London bombing is troubling. Troubling because...a small corner of my tiny, Catholic, road-tripped brain keeps coming up with the same thought:

Something ain't right - and it's tin-foil hat kinda stuff.

Yeah - I know - bullshit conspiracy theories are flying around the web - but I'm more interested in "convenience" theory - which is this : If two more more entities profit from a seemingly "random" event, then...the event might suggest some shenanigans.

Oh, what the hell. Let's take a trip into bad B-movie land.

First off:

"Gallup: Fear of Terrorism in U.S. Was At LOW EBB -- Before London Bombings"

Interesting.
NEW YORK - How much will Thursday's London bombings influence Americans' fear of terrorism in this country and their confidence in President Bush's efforts to stem the tide? A recent Gallup poll on American fears of terrorism -- TAKEN shortly BEFORE the London bombings -- showed such fears at a relatively low ebb.

Only 8 percent in late-June said they were "very worried" about being personally victimized by terrorism. More than 60 PERCENT were "not too worried" or "NOT WORRIED AT ALL."
That's bad for the Bushies - who've mastered the art of ruling by fear.

Now - the return of THE PARTY LINE:

"This is a wake-up call - 9/11 - the WAR ON TERROR is not over - we must re-commit ourselves to defeating the evil-doers - we must take the fight to them - WE MUST SUCCEED IN IRAQ, yada yada yada."

You heard THE PARTY LINE all day yesterday. A "re-call to arms." At a time when the world was focusing on Global warming, AFRICAN AID and the Pink Floyd reunion in LONDON.

We even heard the re-call to arms from Tony Blair - who's been forced to withdraw troops from Iraq - natch, "The War on Terror" - because of the pre-bombing, anti-war climate in the UK.

(On that front - it'll be interesting to see if Blair tries to use this attack to send British soldiers - or "support for the War on Terror" - BACK to Iraq.)

Then this:
The "Secret Group of al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe" claimed it was behind the attacks, but the claim could not be immediately verified. In a posting on a Web site, the group said the bombings were punishment for Britain's involvement in the war in Iraq and invasion of Afghanistan.
The Secret Group of al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe?

The Secret Group of al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe?!

If I'm a development exec - and a writer gives me a script with THAT NAME for the bad guys? I'm telling him to go back to his lap-top.

Knowwhutahmsayin'?

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So my question is this?

Who's gonna PROFIT (or benefit) from this re-call to arms?

Brit Hume's been thinking the same thing.

From Media Matters:
SHEAPRD SMITH: Some of the things you might expect to happen, for instance, a drop in the stock market and some degree of uncertainty across this country -- none of that really seen today, and I wonder if the timing of it -- that it happened in the middle of the night and we were able to get a sense of the grander scheme of things -- wasn't helpful in all this.

BRIT HUME: Well, maybe. The other thing is, of course, people have -- you know, the market was down. It was down yesterday, and you know, you may have had some bargain-hunting going on.

I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, "Hmmm, time to buy."

Others may have thought that as well.

But you never know about the markets. But obviously, if the markets had behaved badly, that would obviously add to people's sense of alarm about it.
"Time to buy."

Time to buy what, Brit?

What "futures?"

Did YOU buy?!

Dick.

I'd love to see his portfolio: Bet he's making money off the War on Terror.

"And what's wrong with that, commie?!"

I'm just saying.

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Back to the PARTY LINE and the continued exposure of that line on FAUX NEWS.

Again, from Media Matters:
BRIAN KILMEADE: And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- was GLOBAL WARMING, the second was AFRICAN AID. And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that TERRORISM SHOULD BE NUMBER 1.

But it's important for them all to be together. I think that works to OUR ADVANTAGE, in the Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened.

STUART VARNEY: It puts the NUMBER 1 ISSUE RIGHT BACK ON THE FRONT BURNER at the point where all these world leaders are meeting. It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner.

It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again.

BRIAN KILMEADE: Yeah.
"I think that works to OUR ADVANTAGE."

Man.

Our advantage.

You know some Bushies said THE SAME f*ing THING.

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In the end - methinks the London bombing was a horrific terrorist attack that will benefit some "other players" in the War on Terror. Politically speaking, that is. Which is also good for that business.

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However...

The Faux News exchange brings me back to my original feelings about the bombing. If these Faux reporters were OFFENDED by the world's PRE-BOMBING MOOD - by the world's focus on global warming and Live 8 - WHO ELSE WAS OFFENDED?

You feeling me?

Lot easier to deal with the rabble if they're scared of gettin' blown up.

Hard to deal with them if they're asking questions.

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Quick note: Rode the LA Subway from LAX to Hollywood yesterday - as a bit of an experiment.

No cops on the Green Line platforms between LAX and the Blue Line exchange at Imperial.

?

The Green Line cuts through Inglewood & South Central.

There was an LA County Sherrif on the RED LINE - from Downtown to Hollywood - but NOT on the Blue Line - from South Central to to Downtown.

The Blue Line is 3X more crowded than the Red Line. With a noticeably "different" group of riders.

Wink wink.

These folks "less important" than the riders to Hollywood?

I did see an LAPD car parked off the Blue Line platform at Pico - but dude was reading the paper.

Orange Alert, you know.

More later...

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