Even the days the PD is sent our way, it is the shell of its former self - which wasn't too substantial to begin with. It registers the same as a weekly neighborhood paper that prints 'police blotter' and things about animal activities. Oh, and comics.
With people posting stuff on their blogs and Facebook, it's tough to ignore the news, but lately, if I could avoid it all, I would.
ISIS. the Ukraine. Israel. Ferguson. Jennifer Lawrence's dirty pillows hacked from the Cloud.
None of this can end well.
I'm not saying this is the End of Days, but if that so existed, this would what I think it might start to look like.
Now a second beheading.
ISIS with their Iraqi and Syrian strongholds - and beheadings - and raising terror alert levels across the world and almost nothing gets done worldwide.
I am so tired of the GOP position that Obama is not moving fast enough on this issue - and wearing a tan suit whilst talking about it.
Obama is in a no win situation.
The GOP would have given him hell if he had done anything immediately in the first place and now they're raking him over the coals for not moving fast enough. If I were the president, I wouldn't be moving so fast with no commitment from other countries. I mean, look how well that worked for us in 2003.
How the fuck are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Powell sleeping these nights? I wouldn't doubt they see no correlation between their starting this mess and today.
But the GOP thrives on war, wartime spending and naturally, war profiteering. Screw the debt. Screw the lives lost.
I know the beheading videos are out there somewhere, but I can't watch. I saw some of the lead up of the captives being forced to talk, but in my mind, I thought the knife would be some gigantic thing that was wielded in Raiders of the Lost Ark market scene. In reality it was much smaller and the brutality even worse than imagined.
The fear is ISIS will infiltrate the U.S. and UK. Terrorism is now here in the States, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was the next wave. But people can't bitch about 'how we can stop them here?' and bitch about NSA surveillance of communications here and abroad.
(btw, don't you love how the story of Germany tapping Hillary Clinton's phone, years ago, got completely swept under the media's rug, but it was such a fucking big deal when "we" were doing it to Germany and they were so appalled?)
I find it almost unfathomable that Putin can just invade the Ukraine, say 'not to mess' with Russia and saying they are a nuclear power to be reckoned with, we watch it happen.......and no one does a thing.
Oh, yeah - we did stop some trade. That so stopped the Russians in their tracks, didn't it?
But seriously, the subtle threat of nuclear retaliation if 'we' interfere. It is like there is this surge in madmen - completely insane powerfuckers - who are taking over the world. He's like a villain in a bad Austin Powers movie (you know - the second and third installments) come to life. ....and just as unfunny.
Still, with the possibility that Putin is mentally unbalanced, I wouldn't ignore his willingness to push that nuclear button. I'm not sure what he'd get out of doing that - since there won't be history books to talk about him after that launch sequence is successful.
And while I'm not thrilled with how the mid-east conflict is going, I think both sides have valid points -both on grabbing land and being recognized. But it's the incessant fire power both are using that is discouraging. Cease-fires mean nothing. It's quite sad.
It is hard to see any valid points from Russia's or ISIS' perspective.
Still with the probability that terrorism is on the rise, even domestically and the possibility of nuclear incidents, it is hard not to think what will be our tipping point into oblivion. I mean, besides another Beyonce album.
It should go without saying that I'd just as soon watch a slow, painful beheading video than see Jennifer Lawrence's boobies.
(the other people mentioned in that Cloud-hacking story, no one really has heard of, so they're just thankful for the publicity. Hell, their managers probably hired the hackers just to get their client's names in social media.)
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