Friday, August 11, 2006

"Sack Up, People"

Over at Kung Fu Monkey, John Rogers has just dropped off his daily dose of brilliance. This time it's a choice set of words for the chest-thumping, pants-pissing members of the 82nd Chairborne:
I am absolutely buffaloed by the people who insist I man up and take it in the teeth for the great Clash of Civilizations -- "Come ON, people, this is the EPIC LAST WAR!! You just don't have the stones to face that fact head-on!" -- who at the whiff of an actual terror plot will, with no apparent sense of irony, transform and run around shrieking, eyes rolling and Hello Kitty panties flashing like Japanese schoolgirls who have just realized that the call is coming from inside the house!
The whole thing is, as always, brilliant. Do yourself a favor and read it all.


Smitty said...

Man, I wish I could write like that...

My favorite part of the whole piece was about not "assign[ing] all dangers and risks equal value." That there is a difference between panicking and taking something seriously.

The Diane Rehm show on NPR this morning had a few interveiwees; one was a chest-thumping guy full of bravado, talking about how we're "too PC when we call these people 'homegrown terrorists' instead of their nationality, when it's really their nationality we're needing to prifle..." (I switched stations at that point). The other guy, though, was an Irish guy talking about how well law enforcement was able to work to find these guys, track them for months, and wait to spring when they knew the greatest number of them would be out of the woodwork. And he'd know. He's Irish. He said it himself.

The contrast was stark: on one hand, a fear-monger full of anger and a whole heap of hopelessness (HOW can we keep UP??) and a guy who trusts our well-trained law enforcement folks to do this stuff right and stay on top of it.

I'll put my money on the law enforcement and continue to live my life, thanks.

Otto Man said...

I'll put my money on the law enforcement and continue to live my life, thanks.

Me too. I'm just worried that President Clusterfuck and his cronies are driving away a lot of the professionals in law enforcement with their whole intelligence-is-for-fags attitude.

sideshow bob said...

What we need is for someone like Feingold or Obama or some other Dem who's mad as hell and not going to take it anymore to hire this dude as a speechwriter.

We needs us some righteous indignation up in here!

Of course, his post was longer than three sentences and none of it rhymed, so I suppose most Americans would tune the message out...