20 Oct 2006

These Are The Stakes

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Here is the new Republican Committee Ad. A lot of people on the right are complaining that it’s unoriginal, just a take-off on Bill Moyer’s anti-Goldwater “Daisy” ad. Perhaps so, but as I recall Johnson did win.

The embedded player is a bit too small for easy reading. If you have a problem, just catch it at the original GOP web-site here.

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Dominique R. Poirier

This ad has strong content whose purpose intends to keep American awake, conscious, of realities from which there is, seemingly, no passive escape. A quote whose author’s name escapes my mind right know said once “We may forget chaos, but chaos does not forget us.” That’s exactly what this ad intends to tell its viewers.

Polls, testimonies, books, media, gossips, blogs, and else suggest Americans are worried, and tired by the War against terrorism. Truly, many American laymen don’t care that much today about whether peace and democracy will win or not in these remote locations. They bemoan the death and injuries of their sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and relatives; and they find hard to understand and to agree on the need to wage this war for the sake of people so different of them who, often, do not really like them, or just don’t know what is America, where is America on a map, and who are Americans.
For worse, the enemy himself is not clearly identified. Muslim Sunnis, Muslim Shi’as, Kurdishs, Talibans, Al Qaeda; what’s all this? What’s the common point, or the differences, between Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran? Aren’t they all Arabic? Were the plane hijackers Iraqi, or Afghan? No, actually. So, what?

It’s chaos.

It’s confusing, too complicated to understand, to comment, and to explain. So why not forgetting it?

That’s the problem.

We may forget it, but, for a reason we do not understand it doesn’t want to forget us. It threats us, attacks us; whatever we go to Iraq or not; whatever we pull back from Iraq or not.

That’s just what this add say. It says, no less, no more, there are some phony people who really want to kill us. At the end, it recommends to vote for the Republican Party.

On the one hand, I find it a punchy message, even though there is too much text, which is too small and does not stay long enough on screen to be read and understood by everyone.
On the other, it is a sad and threatening message, since, unmistakably, it says “we have to continue the fight.”
Actually, it is not a political ad for the GOP. It is war propaganda, like in WWII. It says we are at war and we all have to unite and defend ourselves against the enemy.
That’s the problem I find in this message. It is punchy, but it inescapably associates war and the U.S. Republican Party, which is wrong, untrue, and misrepresent the GOP. What if I vote Democrat then? Nobody explains? Shall the war be over? Will Democrats stop the war, and, by the same token, terrorism, if the Republicans promise us the contrary?

I just find this ad is a government ad, whose conclusion should be instead something as “You just saw why we are all waging this war. Stay united against the enemy,” for example.
It shouldn’t be a GOP ad. It is much too negative and there is even not the shadow of a positive promise in it. No promise of any issue of any sort. This ad just doesn’t say what the GOP is going to do to restore peace. For worse, it focuses on one point only, which is a negative point, regretfully. A point we all would like to forget, even though this point does not forget us.


Speaking of “terrorism” and 9/11…

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These “hijackers” somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastical far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Dominique R. Poirier

To Mr. (or Ms.) “Enlightenment.”

I’m sorry to tell you your comment doesn’t add anything enlightening. Theses similar to yours have already been published since long. It is of my assumption that the following links shall truly enlighten you further about it:






Now, would you have some other exciting enlightenment to suggest us about the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sept. 7, 1941. Something might be done too about topics such as the hole in the bottom of the U.S.S. Cole, or Princess Diana’s car accident.

Beware, however, since there are films about Pearl Harbor, and you’d loose some credibility if you attempted anything too daring about this event, but since there are none about the Diana’s car crash and the Cole, you would have the field free for you to give you a free hand. Well, I don’t know. A U.S. missile Tomahawk or a C.I.A. operative might have hit the U.S.S. Cole, and Diana’s car, for example.

Please Mr. (Ms.) Enlightenment. We are waiting for you!


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