Brutally Honest Audio Rant: End-Of-August Ramblings
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Good evening, and welcome to this week’s Brutally Honest Rant. I’m David Matthews 2, writer of the weekly online column Brutally Honest.
Well here it is the end of August… Labor Day weekend is coming up, and I’ve got quite a few things to talk about, so let’s just get on with it.
We’re into the first anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina Fiasco. This wasn’t just a disaster. The hurricane itself and what it did to the Gulf Region was the disaster. What happened afterwards was the FIASCO.
Now some of you are wondering just why President George W. Bush is making REPEATED trips to the New Orleans area, especially now, and why the Imperium ass-kissers and the talk show hosts – both liberal AND conservative-leaning – are making so much fuss and putting so much spin on this, right? I know I was wondering it for a while.
But then the answer hit me. The reason why Bush Junior is putting so much emphasis on Katrina is because not only did HE screw up on it, but HE KNOWS that he screwed up on it!
Human nature is a wonderful little thing. If you screw up on something, and you KNOW that you screwed up on it, then you’re going to do everything possible to reverse it and to BEG for forgiveness. Human nature says that you will overcompensate for any revealed deficiency.
Now to be fair, there was plenty of blame to go around with Katrina. The levies in New Orleans were flawed to begin with, but nobody really cared because the system that was supposed to safeguard it and inspect them was so corrupt and so inept that they cared more about spending four hours at lunch than to doing their jobs. Do the governor and the mayor deserve some of the responsibility for this fiasco? Absolutely!
But there was more to the destruction than JUST New Orleans. The disaster itself also affected one of America’s key oil depots – Port Fourchon – as well as severing the two key pipelines that provided oil to both the Northeast and Southeastern parts of the United States! We had gas outages and gas prices through the roof, which were already unreasonable to begin with. That was certainly a NATIONAL issue and it pretty much got ignored until after the FIASCO was well underway and there were nationwide gas outages and instances of price gouging.
There was a lot about this thing that was just a HUGE fuster-cluck, and it was all being played out on national television, on cable news channels 24 hours a day, and people were looking for leadership, and you had FEEBLE-FEMA director Michael Brown drowning in bureaucratic horsecrap. Things weren’t working. And the President of the United States spent that time being more concerned about going to fundraisers and avoiding any contact with Cindy Sheehan than in doing his job! This guy should have cut his vacation short and flown back to the White House BEFORE the hurricane got near Louisiana. Instead, he first does a fly-over three days later, looking out over the devastation absolutely disconnected to the stuff going on below him, and then SEVERAL DAYS LATER he actually shows up with the needed support and that’s when he realizes that he REALLY SCREWED UP!
So yeah, Junior needs to make it up to these people. It’s sheer guilt. I mean this thing really cost him what credibility he had left in the eyes of many Americans, and they certainly didn’t buy serving Brown up as the scapegoat.
And now, of course, talk about ANOTHER hurricane coming near Florida… more panic… more fear… and more concerns that the federal government wouldn’t be able to handle this one. Riiiight. You know what? Given the guilt trip being put on the Imperium by the media right now, these guys would send everything they have just to take on a mild drizzle if it was spun just right. And that’s what Tropical Storm Ernesto is right now. A mild drizzle.
Speaking of gas prices, you notice they’re going down? Yeah, I was taken a bit by surprise on that one as well. But there’s only one reason why that’s happening, and no it’s NOT because "they’re switching to the fall blends"! That excuse would have applied AFTER Labor Day anyway.
Let’s get brutally honest here… the only reason why gas prices are going down now is because enough of the great unwashed FINALLY got the frigging message! The prices got high enough for people to cut back on their driving, PLUS some folks have been paying attention to the economy and where it’s heading. The oil companies don’t want you to stop driving, especially going into the Labor Day weekend, so they’re lowering the prices to convince you to drive even more. My guess is that you’ll see gas prices creep back up after Labor Day. And again they’ll chalk it up to Iran or some other Middle East crisis.
Hey, speaking of Iran, how about the flake factor with the leadership over there, huh? So the president of Iran – who may or may not have been one of the original terrorists who took Americans hostage in 1979 – wants a DEBATE with Bush Junior? Yeah, right! I can see that happening… right after I see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sitting down with Junior and eating a huge pork sandwich. Iran is basically looking for something that it doesn’t have, nor has it ever earned… respect. All it has right now is oil and a pissed-off attitude... oh and a few billion that they’re spending on terrorist groups like Hezbollah.
Now, do you know what would REALLY put the Middle East in its place? What would REALLY force these mullahs and sheiks to clean up their act? Having Ford, General Motors, and Dahmler-Chryster all announcing that they have started mass-production on all-electric vehicles and that they would be made available for under $10,000 a piece. The technology EXISTS, people! General Motors had these vehicles OUT ON THE ROADS as part of a test program!
Now you put those cars out and you sell them for under $10-grand and you’ll see the price of oil drop, you’ll see the price at the pump drop, and you’ll see a lot of the crap going on in the Middle East come to a quick END! The demented troll in North Korea wouldn’t be so flippant, Mahmoud wouldn’t be as arrogant, Venezuela’s demented leader would shut the hell up, and guess what? The automakers would be RUSHING for jobs because we’d all be replacing our gas-chuggers for the electric models! And guess what that spells? Economic recovery! And we need one right now if we want to stave off the bad times that are less than two years away from happening.
But I guess that would make too much sense, wouldn’t it?
Okay, one more issue, and you know I gotta talk about this guy…
John Mark Karr!
Boy oh boy did this guy pull a fast one on the media!
Now folks, I had my suspicions on this guy the moment I first heard about his claim that he was the one that kidnapped and killed JonBenet Ramsey ten years ago. I’m sorry, but you don’t come out of the blue from halfway around the world to say that you were the one responsible for the biggest media circus right after the Olympic Park Bombing.
And then when he changed his story, that’s when I knew he was a fake. First he said that he drugged her, then when the evidence said she wasn’t drugged he changed his story and said that he DIDN’T drug her. Come on folks! That should have been a big red flag right then and there that we were getting played!
Oh but the media didn’t care! Why should they? Facts don’t matter! HYPE matters! SPIN matters! HYSTERIA matters! And they were hell-bound to see this loser brought over to the United States, giving us the ongoing play-by-play of every single detail this guy did at the airport, on his first-class flight over, what he ate at taxpayer expense, his arrival, his transportation, and then finally his incarceration.
And all the while these jackals were spinning this belief that THEY GOT HIM! They got the bad guy! The case is closed! We have him! Poor Patsy Ramsey can rest in peace somewhere in the great beyond knowing that WE GOT THE BAD GUY! He confessed! He confessed on camera! He’s GUILTY! We have him! There’s no need for a trial! There’s no need for any other evidence! HE’S GUILTY! We, the all-powerful, ever-knowing, all-judging, egotistical MEDIA have so decreed! So let it be videotaped, so shall it be done!
And then, of course, the REAL evidence came out. DNA proved that this guy didn’t do it. He was a faker. He was a fraud. This guy would have confessed to doing ANYTHING if it got him out of police custody in Thailand! He would have confessed to being the shooter on the grassy knoll in Dallas of 1963. He would have confessed to being the guy who kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby, generations before he was even BORN! He was in trouble, and he gambled that this one unsolved media hysteria would be his ticket home.
And it worked! The media bought the whole scam! The taxpayers of Boulder, Colorado, paid for his extradition, and then he let the criminal justice system do its work to let him off.
Well… not completely. This creepy-looking jerk still has to answer for the kiddy-porn charges in California. Plus his days of working with children are pretty much over now because even if he doesn’t get convicted, nobody in their right mind will EVER hire him as a tutor or teacher or to be anywhere NEAR children.
So now the Boulder prosecutors are trying to DEFEND their decision to bring this guy over on what was essentially a pig-in-a-poke trick. Why did they bring this guy over on such WEAK evidence? Why put him up on a FIRST CLASS ticket at TAXPAYER expense?
Look, there’s no great secret behind it, and so far I’m the only one with the balls to tell it like it is! The reason why the Boulder prosecutors sent John Mark Karr over here on taxpayer expense is because THEY KNEW that they weren’t calling the shots on this media circus! They weren’t the ringleaders of this fiasco; they were the lion-tamers! If they didn’t bring this guy over, then the media would have been CRUCIFYING them for not doing their jobs! They were damned no matter WHAT they did, so they played their role as lion-tamers and they did their jobs.
And now people are wondering what to do to make up the money wasted on this farce! Well I’ll tell you what… I know EXACTLY who should pick up the tab for this! Boulder officials should send a bill over to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Associated Press, Reuters, Fox News, and of course to John Mark Karr and the people who were willing to shell out big bucks for the rights to his story. They profited from this fiasco. They milked it for all it’s worth. They’re STILL milking it for all that it is worth; so LET THEM pay for his first class transcontinental ticket and his first class meal. Then maybe the next time the media won’t be so damned pompous and trying cases before they even appear in court.
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There’s one little question that I want you folks to ask yourself when the media goes on these hysterical tears… What IS NOT getting reported? Or what is getting UNDER-reported? You see, every time the media over-hypes an issue, it’s usually to hide something else that is going on.
And this past weekend there were a few things that went under-reported. A bill that would require all federal contractors to be identified when they receive federal funds got placed on a "secret hold" in the US Senate. Rumor has it that the "secret person" blocking that is none other than Alaska’s Senator Ted Stevens, who threw a temper tantrum about his goldbricking "bridge to nowhere". We have Hezbollah refusing to honor their part of the cease-fire against Israel, and Israel has no reason to hold up to their end right now. We have the Federalist Christian Censors looking to retry past complaints at the behest of the freedom-hating moralists. Oh, and we have BP – part of Big Oil – facing possible CRIMINAL charges for price-fixing.
All of these little things that are going under-reported because the air-fluffed media is too busy getting us concerned about John Mark Karr, and whether or not Bush Junior REMEMBERS what he didn’t do about New Orleans. And all of these things have a much BIGGER importance on our lives.
Oh, don’t worry folks, the media will be going back to kissing White House ass in about a week. After all, it’s five years since 9/11. It’s time for our regular dosage of Orwellian fear-mongering, and the media benefited from the aftermath of this tragedy just as much as the neo-cons did. Just remember to keep an eye out on what else is going on during all of this reminiscing.
Brutally Honest is a Get Brutal production, all opinions expressed are those of the commentator, and may or may not be shared by the online provider. This is David Matthews 2 saying good night, and I’ll speak with you soon!
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