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Friday, September 17, 2010

Toast Soldiers

Pride and joy and greed and sex
That's what makes our town the best

Shattered, The Rolling Stones

Once upon there was light in my life

But now there's only love in the dark

Nothing I can say

A total eclipse of the heart

--Total Eclipse of the Heart,

Bonnie Tyler

You know you've got a job and a little bitty chick

Six-pack of beer and a television set

Little bitty world goes around and around

Little bit of silence and little bit of sound

--Itty Bitty
, Alan Jackson

Another metaphor for the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and all it begets comes to mind: Behold -- the paper shredder.

We have fed the Constitution into the hopper and shredded the concepts intrinsic to our national beliefs.

We have fed soldiers into the military, and shredded its ability to address military threats to our nation by turning them into little strips called "warriors" that cannot be glued back together again.

We have fed our economy into this shredder, destroying hopes of a healthy, viable pre-2001 type of economy. We have also fed the U.S. legal code into the shredder, producing little strips called "military tribunals", which are a perversion of U.S. justice.

The shredder's job is one alone: to take the most damning, revealing
or incidental materials and turn them into homogenous, inoffensive strips. We are taking the finest aspects of our union and converting them into common dross, content to lose those things that identify the best of us.

In exchange we get itty bitty pieces and parts, the simulacra of a once proud nation.

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Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Lisa,

The first thing I do when I read a RAW post, besides giving your words serious consideration, is to guess whether it was written by you or Jim. This one was a no-brainer. Jim would never use the word "simulacra". Ha ha.

Great cartoon!


Friday, September 17, 2010 at 6:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


You've outed me :)

[I do edit most posts, and Ranger doesn't cotton to my twenty-five cent words :) Those posts that are solely me I i.d. with my name.]

Brilliant cartoon, eh?!

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Serving Patriot said...

Brilliant cartoon to go with a brilliant metaphor!

BZ Lisa.

Retired (once-Serving)Patriot

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 4:21:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

i don't know what "dross" or "simulacra" means and i was too busy building this to look it up in the dictionary.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 7:36:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"I hate it when they say, 'He gave his life for his country.' Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don't die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them."
Gene La Rocque

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 8:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

SP: Thank you.

GD: That's o.k., my little pet.

(Are you affiliated with the Black Keys?)

Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 12:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Congrats on your life transition.
You'll get the hang of it soon.
I hope our paths cross some day.
You know where i stay at.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

I ain't even able to pronounce these words.
I don't get it, i write a simple piece and it gets all gussied up.
Sorry you got confused.
BTW i use her computer, hence her pic on my reply.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2:18:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies — the man who searches painfully for the perfect word, and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said — there is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.

H. L. Mencken

Hi Jim,

Even though I consider myself well-read, I have to admit that I had to look up "simulacra". Lisa's writing reminds me of Mencken, whom I had to read with a dictionary close by.


Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 8:44:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"But when everyday life gets detached from reality, metaphor is all you've got left. And in this ridiculous, sickening culture, with its toxic stream of electronic simulacrum politics sucking all the oxygen out of the collective brain-space..."

Watch out! It's catching! Jim Kunstler at Puke Time Clusterfuck Nation used it also unless Lisa ghost-writes that also.

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 1:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...



Y'know, there's a whole lot o' simulacrum people out there. Faux folks striking poses and pursuing faux pursuits. Been this way for while, now.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 4:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

p.s. --

FWIW, I did not read Jim Kunstler.
[I did read Baudrillard :) ]

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 4:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Mencken is a joy. (You're too kind.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 5:02:00 PM GMT-5  

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