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War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Doesn’t Anyone Use Their Brain Anymore?

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OMG, run for your life!

If you see a small sign with a lighted cartoon character on it, what would be your reaction? Well, if you are in Boston, apparently you would assume you were under attack by Al Qaeda! I mean, anyone with half a brain can see that the device above is a toy! What in the name of God is wrong with this country? Or more specifically, what the hell is wrong with Boston? These toys were placed in Boson many other cities weeks ago and most people were smart enough to realize they weren’t a threat. And now, the Boston police, ashamed to admit they over-reacted to a non-threat are trying to blame the advertising company that placed the toys around the city.

Dear God, the real terrorists must be soiling themselves with laughter. Quick, now we can spot Al-Qaeda members by looking for the Arabs with brown stains on their robes. Maybe I need to add a new category to this blog…stupidity. What most annoys me is this is because our decider-in-chief has spent his whole term in office doing his damnedest to scare Americans and make us afraid of everything that goes bump in the night. The media isn’t helping either, they go along with this crap by calling these toys “suspicious devices” and basically lauding the authorities for going kookoo bananas. What the hell ever happened to “we have nothing to fear but fear itself?” The new motto appears to be “be afraid, be very afraid…all the time.”

Reality check…the threats facing the USA are no worse than the threats it has ever faced. (With one possible exception.) The world is a dangerous place, sometimes bad things happen. Going ballistic over every little blip on the radar screen doesn’t make us any safer. In fact the opposite, people get so on edge that they can’t tell what is real and what is memorex. If Bush had been in charge at the Battle of New Orleans he wouldn’t have said “Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes.” More like “I see something moving, open fire.” By the time the British really showed up his army would have been low on ammunition and their nerves would have been shot. (Kind of like how they are now.) Mark my words, when there is another attack in the USA, our defenders are going to respond like they did last time. They are going to run around like chickens with their heads cut off, and blame everyone on the planet but themselves for their manifest failures.

Hysteria doesn’t make us safer. Spending countless trillions of our grandchildren’s money on “homeland security” and “defense” doesn’t make us safer. Invading and occupying foreign lands doesn’t make us safer. Stretching our military to the breaking point doesn’t make us safer. Freaking out every time some nut-bar on the other side of the world looks at us cross-eyed doesn’t make us safer. Using common sense and getting on with our lives would make us as safe as can be, but we sure aren’t going to hear that from Washington where terrorist fear mongering has been the most mind-numbingly profitable scam since the Cold War. Dear God, chill out people.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

—Psalm 27:3

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, it is central to illustrating the post, and unfortunately it is an historically important image.)

Written by unitedcats

February 2, 2007 at 9:39 am

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  1. This is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard! Who gave the cops the “tip” that these things were suspicious? Unbelievable…what a culture of fear we live in. Scary.

    David Schleicher

    February 2, 2007 at 9:43 am

  2. Hi

    Actually, I was pleased to see an over-reaction of this type. If anything, my guess would have been a slow motion, dumb, fat and happy one.

    I’m glad I’m not a Boston elected official or a police officer. It’s impossible to explain this nonsense away.

    Thanks for this post.

    icanplainlysee

    February 2, 2007 at 10:03 am

  3. One of the rarest things is common sense. :)

    Manas

    February 2, 2007 at 10:33 am

  4. Doug,

    I agree with your article but disagree with your comments on Boston which is my favorite city in USA. Boston is the city of friendliest most peaceful people I ever lived in my entire life. They did close the Chalres river where I was living very near to Howard Square.

    Love Boston and the angels living there.

    Quran Bible

    February 2, 2007 at 11:45 am

  5. I indeed agree with you sir. The local and federal authorities overreacted to this harmless advertisement campaign. The whole idea, as you say, is that we should all be very afraid. I on the other hand plan to be courageous in the face of suffering and blight. I am sure everybody watched the press coverage. Why in the world did the media keep asking the two guys questions? There was no threat, no bomb, nothing, only a hoax, and only a hoax because the cops say so. Why should the two guys go to jail? As if someone found a piece of junk in your front yard then all the press came to you and asked you about the suspicious terrorist device in your yard and when you reply that it was only a piece of junk, they all disbelieve you and ask you why you aren’t taking this serious enough!?! Hey if you don’t shiver in your boots, then you’re with Al-Qaeda. :P

    enthousiazo

    February 2, 2007 at 2:02 pm

  6. atta boy doug
    i bet cheney and kissinger were ROTFLMA

    of course Georgie went into a rant about how God told him they would come in the guise of Light Brights as the four horseman charged Boston, Barney peed on the blue room carpet, and Laura called their dealer since the stash was low; and the Joint Chiefs put in a supplement to cover this new threat and cut a contract with Halliburton, and FEMA asked where Boston was….

    PS – despite MIT and Harvard pride.. the really smart people got in wagons and headed west along time ago….

    PS PS since you borrowed shaw i am borrowing psalm…. heck we didnt write either LOL :-)

    Carolyn Rose Goyda

    February 3, 2007 at 1:36 am

  7. hello doug, just dropped by to check out the latest entry in your blog. what is amazing is the fact that several other cities were involved with this type of media blitz and nothing happened… Bostonians have been primed to announce “the redcoats are comin’ ” for 230 years. peace.

    chrisfiore5

    February 3, 2007 at 9:56 am

  8. I apologize if it sounded like I was disparaging Bostonians in general, I’ve heard it’s a wonderful city with wonderful people, and I would like to visit someday. I’m just so tired of this “there are terrorists lurking everywhere” mindset that is sapping the country’s vitality, sanity, and especially our pocketbooks. This incident was literally jumping at shadows, this is crazy for such a great and powerful nation.
    JMO —Doug

    unitedcats

    February 3, 2007 at 10:56 am

  9. It is my humble opinion that when this ad campaign did not get any media attention at all, the creators called 911 and started hyping it. That is likely the reason that the ‘artists’ were arrested, as these so-called geniuses were not aware that 911 traps all calls and knows the number/ID of every caller.

    I could be wrong, but it is one explaination for how this campaign sat unnoticed for 10 days, and then took off in a massive over-reaction.

    Shoulung

    February 4, 2007 at 9:31 pm

  10. […] conceived preview for some new movie or reality show? Like the lighted cartoons that triggered a terrorist scare in […]

  11. I mean, everyone knows we are afraid of the dark/things brown or black (unwhite)/shadows and the threat of a shadow not to mention whispering and the sight of untraditional garb but lighted cartoonish symbols […] well possibly these were forerunners of [….]

    fma7

    April 25, 2007 at 12:30 pm


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