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Smoke, Mirrors, and Fox News

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Could stories about how the small coalition of military, bureaucrats, police, and clergy in Spain, who tamped down the demands for better condition from the farmers and workers in the mid Thirties, be a warning to the protesters wearing Guy Falk masks to the Occupy events?    

Isn't it enough for Fox News to run a quote from the President saying that holding the debt ceiling hostage won't be tolerated and a quote from John Boner (from the codpiece party) saying "We'll see about that!"? Isn't that a marvelous example of fair and balanced journalism?   Aren't the buttinskis who inject any commentary way out of line?  

Do the liberal pundits think that Americans have to be told that if an order doesn't carry an implied threat, it is useless?   If a fellow receives an order from a boss, a sergeant in the Army, or his girlfriend there is an implied threat behind the order.   If you don't follow the boss' order; you will be fired.   If you don't follow the sergeants' orders you won't get a weekend pass.   If you don't follow a girlfriends' orders . . . something bad will happen.

When a kid delivers an ultimatum and indicates that if the threat isn't accepted, he will eat worms how much gravitas does it carry?   How much serious consideration does it inspire?   If the Republicans hold the debt ceiling hostage, will President Obama hold a press conference and eat worms?

If America has a debt crisis on Super Bowl weekend (or thereabouts) will anybody care?   Will the Yankees finally win Super Bowl rings?   Can the Super Bowl and Oscar - events be compared to a chance to dance to "our song" on the Titanic?  

Is Jim Morrison's wish to see anarchy reign supreme in America about to be granted?

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Recent news reports indicate that there may have been as many as 400,000 unjustified home foreclosures.   (How many foreclosed homes were owned by journalists?)   Does that upset journalists?   Fallows quotes Michael Kinsley, of Crossfire, as saying:   "Being paid more than you are worth is the American dream."  

Now the disk jockey will play "Born to lose," Iggy Pop's "I wanna be your dog," and Frank Zappa's "It can't happen here."   We have to go see about joining the SF Press Club.   Have a "the check is in the mail" type week.

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