to the news, some quarter million protesters are
in New York City right now on account of the GOP
that's not really a surprise. A lot of people
hate the GOP, which is seen as cold, imperious,
contemptuous of ordinary people, and out to steal
the country. This may be because many people in
the GOP, especially the leadership, are cold,
imperious, contemptuous of ordinary people, and
out to steal the country. Think of it as a character
authorities in New York are in paroxysms of fear
and paranoia over all this, and have decided that
there is going to be a huge terror attack unless
they weld the entire Island of Manhattan shut.
the probability of a terrorist attack on the convention
is somewhat problematical. The middle east terrorists
don't enter into it. George W is the best thing
that ever happened to al Qaida, and the last thing
they want to do is kill off George and his buddies.
Thanks to George, terrorist cells in the middle
east have multiplied ten-fold, bin Laden is as
safe as a church, and they have a whole new country
to base their operations from -- Iraq. Further,
they don't have to struggle against Saddam and
the Taliban any more, and their respective followers.
In the Moslem middle east, George has truly been
a uniter, not a divider.
middle east terrorists want to strike at America
and frighten the American people half to death
so they can be sure to elect George for another
four years, the terrorists will strike somewhere
ELSE; a baseball game in the midwest, maybe, or
a county fair in California.
leaves domestic terrorists. Most of those like
George's stands on abortion and gay rights and
so on, and so they aren't likely to attack the
demonstrators themselves? To be sure, there's
some that wouldn't shed a single tear if George
were to drop dead while giving his acceptance
speech. And there's probably going to be some
that think busting some windows is going to help
the cause. But most are there to express an opinion,
not overthrow the state.
trouble is, in a paranoid and fascistic America,
the petty authorities can't tell the difference.
Any challenge to their authority is to be met
with the most extreme measures possible.
a result, in the former nation of America, all
demonstrators are being frisked. They are being
searched for guns and knives, and also large umbrellas.
Just where one might put a large umbrella that
would require searching I leave to the reader's
imagination. I doubt the authorities will give
special dispensation to small umbrellas if it
happens to be raining, or it's sunny and the protester
has fair skin. There shall be no provisions for
personal comfort if you oppose der Leader!
makes all this bizarre beyond reckoning is the
fact that the demonstrators are shunted off to
twenty blocks from the convention site. That's
about six or seven miles, separated by canyon
streets and a miasma of traffic.
with an umbrella, even a large one, your options
are limited. Even with ricin on the tip, such
as the KGB allegedly used for an assassination
in London, you need to get within five miles of
your intended victim. Anyone who wants to scream
and charge at the president and fifty or sixty
heavily armed secret service guards with an umbrella
is free to try, but it's a pretty safe bet that
he won't pose much of a threat, beyond leaving
a puddle of blood on the ground that someone might
slip on. Maybe if you're Doctor Ock, you can fashion
an umbrella that can toss kryptonite six miles,
forgetting briefly that kryptonite not only doesn't
exist, and actually has no effect on either Toby
McGuire or George W.
it, at six miles away, there's nothing anyone
can do with an umbrella, even a large one, that
is going to make the timid and jumpy George W.
Penn station, they're welding the trash cans shut.
This is so people won't notice that the president
is going through the trash looking for scraps
of food, and hit on putting a bomb in one in order
to assassinate him.
troops are everywhere in the home of the brave
and the land of the free, at least on the island
of Manhattan. Thirty seven thousand of them, or
so I'm told.
rumors are lurid. Shadowy and sinister groups
are sending thousands of hookers infected with
AIDs to troll the conventioners. Coals to Newcastle,
of course. If anyone tried bringing AIDs infected
hookers into midtown Manhattan, all the local
AIDs infected hookers would gang up and kill the
intruders. Since there really isn't much difference
between an AIDs infected hooker and a lobbyist
for a GOP special interest, it would put a lot
of campaign contributors at risk for death by
round' the world.
will be on all buses, subway trains, and monitoring
other vehicles against car bombs, of course, even
though thanks to tank stoppers and oppressive,
frightened, paranoid security, only those vehicles
equipped with nuclear weapons could have much
effect on the convention, and New York State vehicular
code forbids nuclear weapons on vehicles as part
of the clean air program. No word on what they
plan to do about taxi drivers. Surely someone
in the secret service has seen that Robert DeNiro
film. Maybe they will ban taxis from midtown Manhattan
for four days. That should get them lots of votes.
convention itself features an immense animated
CGI flag behind the huge podium, which will remind
you unpleasantly of the Nuremberg rally. Watch
for Leni Riefenstal's new documentary, "The Triumph
of the Ownership Society". And remember Shaffik's
words: "But always remember, my friend: when politicians
begin demanding patriotism of the people of a
country, fascism has arrived."
GOP convention will feature ghastly fascism and
unintentional dark humor, of course, but I suspect
the real show is going to be outside the convention.
you take a frightened, paranoid and rigid authoritarian
mind set and use it to control angry, free, and
fed up people, interesting things can happen.
the results will be a lot closer to the real America
than all the flag-wavers in Madison Square Garden
Posted: September 1, 2004