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The year is ending like a very bad movie.
We now have real life pirates, the killing kind, starring in their very own Pirates of the Arabian. They are hoisting their Jolly Roger on captured ships then using the ships to coordinate attacks on a great Indian city. After spraying fusilades of bullets on various hotels and other targets, the pirates swing away and disappear.
Mind you, these pirates are not to be confused with the Somali style pirates. The Somali style pirates, which made their debut onto the world news front pages recently, are the traditional sort. The Somali style pirate is mostly interested in loot. They want whatever is the modern equivalent to pieces of eight.
The non-Somali pirate style appears to be in the game for the killing – of us and our societies.
Our government, sharp as ever, assures us there is no need to worry or doubt about our safety – fact is we don’t have to worry or doubt – because an attack is sure to come. Those who wish to fret can do so. The worriers can eency-meency-miney-mo twix nuclear or biological weaponry. But rest assured, we have no need to be worry ourselves with uncertainty – an attack is on its way.
A nuclear or biological attack might be rather superfluous. The way the economy is being looted, first by the George W. pirates for eight years, and now by the Chicago dirigistes, there might not be much left to destroy. The rot from the inside might do us in before any ship-riding pirates board our decks.
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That’s not the way it was supposed to be. We were supposed to hear angelic choirs, not see the radar turrets of the Russian destroyer Peter The Great basking in the Carribean sun on a visit to Venezuela.
There have been no celestial choirs, no magic wand. Instead there has been an S-O-S. The S.O.S. cry for help was get Hillary to pick up that 3:00 a.m. call ’cause I’m not qualified nor experienced enough to know what to say or do without a teleprompter and lots of lead time.
Some in Big Media are beginning to see that the celestial choirs they sold tickets to won’t be making an appearance any time soon. Perhaps Big Media is reading what we wrote immediately after November 4.
Beyond the media’s contribution to divisiveness is the reality that November’s exit poll continues to show deep divisions in the country — divisions that will not be healed easily, no matter the president-elect’s intentions.
There are divisions because the issues are important and need to be discussed, not race-baited away. The divisions will persist no matter how much Big Media plys consumers with Hopium and Hype.
Further, the size of Obama’s victory and the nature of the problems that he will confront don’t suggest the end of division.
Obama’s 53 percent victory was a solid win, far more decisive than the last two presidential elections. But it was hardly a blowout.
His apparent margin of 6.8 points (based on near-final numbers from CNN) was well below the true landslide margins in Richard Nixon’s and Ronald Reagan’s re-elections (23.2 points and 18.2 points, respectively), but it also was below Bill Clinton’s re-election (8.5 points). Maybe more importantly, it was significantly below Reagan’s margin over Jimmy Carter (9.6 points) and slightly below George H.W. Bush’s 7.8-point margin in the 1988 open-seat race.
In other words, America did not “come together” to elect Obama. The country was divided, and while most Americans now hope that he can solve the nation’s problems, the new president’s choices will invariably require him to make trade-offs — trade-offs that are likely to anger some, maybe many, Americans.
While many Americans say they would like the country to come together, what they often really mean is that they would like others to change their views. [snip]
But unless our new president is smart enough and lucky enough to preside over the transformation of the American economy, and unless he places a higher priority on uniting the country, rather than pursing an ideological agenda, we are likely headed for more nastiness and division sooner or later.
Cancel the celestial choirs. Cue the pirate movies.
The film The Princess And The Pirate starred Bob
Barack Hope and is a comedy. The 2008 Hopium filled version of the Princess and the Pirate is anything but funny.
In the 2008 version of Princess and the Pirate, a pirate from a great lake city hijacks a nomination then makes a great show of keeping the princess on board to steer the ship – it seems he gets seasick. The pirate loves to swash his buckle in front of crowds but gets droopy eyed after too much work. He rather acquire jewelry for his wife anyway.
Adorned in pink fabrics, the wise refuse to cheer the vacuous swashbuckler and continue to remind the circus loving crowds that they are cheering a pirate. Eventually the circus grows dull, and the bread becomes too costly.
The crowds, not able to afford bread and tired of the too loud circus, say “Get rid of that pirate, bring back the princess.”