Driven By Paranoia We Soldier On


There I was, on a treadmill at the gym, the big screen in front of me tuned to CNN,  informing all who dared watch that the federal government had been hacked, probably by China.   That the nasty Chinese had hacked a database, stealing information on federal workers.    Well, they weren’t exactly sure it was China.   I mean, they couldn’t prove China was responsible,  but the experts CNN rolled out onto their stage for instant analysis thought it could have been the Chinese.    That it probably was the Chinese.  One thought it was “likely” the Chinese were to blame and that was that.  The Chinese, were now the “likely” hackers of the federal government.   From  there it was a short hop to officially fixing blame, facts be damned.

I was just getting over the implications of CNN’s speculation that the United States Government had (likely) been hacked by Communist China (probably) and what we might have to do about it at a time when Congress (coincidentally) is voting to limit spying by the NSA, when they hit me with more alarming news.   ISIS, the all-encompassing evil ISIS, had turned off the water at some dam somewhere in the desert and Iraqis were running for their lives.  Again.   Oh no!   But why do we care?

Because more trouble in Iraq,  is sure to lead to another round of expert advice from former military personnel now consulting for CNN, advising us that the problem will only be solved by more American “boots on the ground.”    Even with the massive sectarian religious overtones driving the fight, even though we have been ineffective in our efforts over more than a dozen years in Iraq (25 years if you take it all the way back to the beginning with “Desert Shield”),  only more “boots on the ground” will fix things in the Middle East and North Africa.    Only more funding for the military-industrial complex will help.  The only way to extricate ourselves is to dig a deeper hole.   What would you expect ex-military personnel to say?   Their training, their very fiber, is tuned to achieving victory not withdrawal, which they surely associate with defeat.

Never is there any mention of what can be done to achieve peace.   Just more war and spending more for war.  It’s what we do.  And the media, gone mad in the rush for ratings,  is all in.   You don’t think so?

From there it only got worse, with a story about a 26 year-old in Boston who was shot dead by police because he had a knife and was suspected of harboring thoughts of killing police.   CNN had a terrible picture of the young man wearing a baseball cap on backwards, down low over his forehead, youth rapper-culture fashion,  making him look like something less than a member of the local high school debate team.

They kept flashing the photo over and over as they talked about the way ISIS is brainwashing American youth to do their bidding on U.S. soil.   The connection was obvious, as the young suspect’s family is “well known among Muslims” in the Boston community.   There it is.  Not too difficult for the tv people to figure it out.   THEY ARE EXPORTING TERROR!

ISIS is here!   ISIS is there!   ISIS is everywhere, cutting off the water and brainwashing our youth while, at the same time, evil Chinese Communists (our business partners to whom we are deeply in debt) hack our sacred national database, stealing information about federal employees!  Although no one is exactly certain why.

If you want any peace of mind at all, avoid CNN.  Especially when you go to the gym.   It’ll blow your workout all to pieces.

3 thoughts on “Driven By Paranoia We Soldier On”

  1. Excellent analysis, Ron. I couldn’t agree with you more on the topics at hand.

    Rumor, speculation, and innuendo rule at the networks. The slothfulness in the reporting is overwhelming.

    What in the world does anyone expect all of those military consultants to say, “Kill my cash cow, by implementing diplomatic relations?” Duhhhh… Of course they’re going to advocate for more “boots on the ground.”

    The treasonous bastards are hogs feeding at the troth, and the networks are enabling them to dumb down everyone.

    I’ve been saying for quite a while that CNN is, “Fox Light.”

    Lately, they’ve been vying to eclipse Fox in their pants on fire, the sky is falling rhetoric, and they’re getting closer to achieving that goal. Paranoia, hate, and division is the end game.

    BTW, CNN’s best product is Anthony Bourdain – period…

    On a similar note, I’m not buying any of the BS about the mass murders of black folks in Baltimore, either. The lazy creeps calling themselves journalists in our old home town, better put their thinking caps on, and start looking at resentful cops.

    The accuracy of the wounds that killed most of those folks on that “bloody weekend” wreaks of diversion tactics by cops, to me. The pattern of all of those “shots to the legs,” and the assailants being described as wearing masks (as in ski masks) does NOT fit gang or thug related activity.

    Bandanas, and scarves okay, ski masks, kiss my a–.

    This business of taking the police department’s word on everything is amazing.

    Let me ask your audience this question Ron, if white men and white boys were being slaughtered by cops at the rate that we see it happening to black people, would anyone dare to be so nonchalant?

    The excuses these “fake journalists” are allowing these so-called police experts to tout as fact (unchallenged), is mind boggling. If black cops were coming up with these lame ass excuses o justify killing white men and boys, the press would be tearing into their butts something fierce… WTF?!

  2. Other generations explored thye world, built the railroads, the interstates and their rich made their money doing big things. This generation spends it’s money on endless war and their rich make their money doing nothing whatsoever.

  3. Masters of War. What a sorry legacy the war mongers have left us since 9/11. A vacuum of darkness where there could have been so much positive leadership!

    Speaking of now and then, back then, both parties voted to invade Iraq, unleashing greater darkness on an ever-turbulent Arab world, while now comes an opportunity to take back democracy, as the pendulum reverts toward neutral. Note that both parties are talking of the supremely unfair distribution of wealth now, a topic that was unthinkable, then.

Leave a Reply to Anonymous Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.