Aside from our conditioning to spend, spend, spend on things we don't need with money we don't have and have no way of paying back ... we are conditioned to focus sharply on our immediate environment and consider that which occurs outside our circles of familiarity to be alien and uncomfortable ... an occasional minor distraction that presents in a characteristic haziness similar to that experienced by one who has consumed one too many Bloody Maries. That being said ... the subplots developing in the foreground are beyond reprehensible and irresponsible ... they are downright evil and nauseating.
No one took much notice of the Black Panther "incident" outside the polling station in PA on election day '08. Everyone was too mesmerized by the fanfair, antici-pation and anxiety on the results that would start pouring in with the first closures of the polls later that evening. Eyes were glued to the MSM stations for their state-of-the-art holographic interviews and multi-faceted analyses proctored by Talking Heads and Spin Doctors of all allegiances immersed in a "thorough discussion" of the technicalities and societal value of voter behaviors and predictions for the election's outcome. All attention was on the glitz and fanfare. We didn't need any Downer, like alleged voter intimidation to rain on our themed parade of Hope and Change. By god, we had survived eight years of being repeatedly beat about the head and shoulders with a blunt instrument affectionately known as W. Was so terrific, in the waning hours of his presidency, he inspired the production of theatrical productions, documentaries, and fine works of fiction ... all dedicated to eight glorious years of speaking in fragmented sentences, fumbling logic, goofy laughter (inappropriate at times), nearly complete incompetence ... and did I mention the flinging of footwear? And those are the highlights ...er, flashbacks that immediately come to mind.
Alas, in the wake of such trauma and manic response to the possibility of having a leader who would address the country in complete sentences without squinting as though he were looking directly at the sun ... we were in no mood to even contemplate that subplots were being positioned in obvious, yet entirely ignored, locations. And, now, nearly two years later, that lost footage has returned rabid ... carrying a messenger bag full of lawsuits, DOJ resignations, and investigative questions that are superficial at best ... and the foaming jaws are ready to take a chunk out of our ass whether we have been immunized or not. Anyone noticed? Anyone see this coming??? Nope. Pardon our complacent welcoming ... we are mildly distracted yet.
Get 'em when they are down. The Kagan confirmation hearings went off without a hitch ... I vaguely caught some laughter about Christmas and Jews eating Chinese, but the rest is a blur. The immigration law will be up for review here shortly and the poker-playing-powerhouse will be ready. Would you like that Kung Pao to go??
In the mean time, the paint of the backdrop has finally dried and NRA supporters are flying their flags high and proud. Violence on the border is escalating, I would have to say allegedly, haven't witnessed it first hand, but to take what the MSM is reporting it is turning into a war zone. And this week, I heard that the pres is finally making a trip down there to see for himself the plight of the Arizonians who are still a bit peeved over the signs the government had made for them to further publicize, er, warn of the violence and tension that permeates the suffocating air warmed by the desert sun ... And where is the attention of the American public ... The testimony of a former DOJ lawyer who resigned discouraged over the dismissal of the case which he successfully brought and prosecuted over the voter intimidation perpetrated by Black Panther members outside a polling station in PA on that overcast day back in November of 2008.
As I have said before, and I will say it again, if you haven't found a cause to get riled over .... wait. The divisiveness of the subplots being played out before us on the tube each evening are escalating on the "sensational meter" .... And again I say, allegiances are narrowing ... Watch closely ... When the strings are pulled just right anyone will dance ...