Saturday, August 1, 2009

prelude to rudeness

i notice that people persist in anger over mostly-predictable issues, like obama having beers with so-and-so or whatever the whine was this past week. i honestly don't know because i don't watch tv and i don't waste much time on fake outrages aka big fat distractions from the real outrages that most people don't begin to imagine. you know, because it would be rude to notice how we're getting fucked by our so-called leaders and so-called best friends. but it's also rude to notice that people tend to waste their perfectly good outrage on nonsense put into their heads from so-called experts, so anyway it poses a conundrum sometimes if you want to engage people on current events.

i mean, where the hell do you even begin to disabuse people? how do you take a basically hard working guy at the blue collar bar who gets his chest all puffed up over obama and explain that the coke he just snorted up his nose came into this country because the cia wanted it to and the money he spent on it will probably get laundered through the cigarette company that made the poison wads he's smoking or maybe the beer company that brewed the beer he's drinking. and they'll take that money and add it to other giant piles of money from illegal weapons trading or the sex slave trade or pornography or whatever money they shake down from people with various human frailties and we're talking enormous sums of money that form the black economy, and this is on top of the money they shake down from people "legally," and corrupt intelligence and law enforcement and governments and corporations use this money to set up illegal covert ops and other corrupt schemes all over the world to keep everyone sick and fighting and dying and addicted, and he'd be like what are you a fucking whack job? um yeah. i guess so. i mean i've been reading about this stuff for years and seriously the corruption will just turn your hair white. you know when they produce some of these hollywood movies what do you think they make all that stuff up?

sometimes i say hey you have to stop watching tv just don't even watch that shit. if you want to know what's going on you have to take some time out of your day and go find out, you have to go get your own news. they tell you lies on tv and in the papers from morning till night you can't believe these people, these experts, they're full of shit. too many people just want to collect their paychecks so they tell themselves little lies and they compartmentalize everything they do all day long, just like the people who work in the banking industry they process their transactions their little piece of the giant crime puzzle and their piece doesn't look so bad so they just say hey i'm not doing anything wrong i'm just doing my job. my company is ethical i have to quadruple check my work i can't make a single mistake or i'll hear from my boss so there's no way that there could be anything corrupt going on here so we're good. somebody else will have to be a hero because i can't do it. that's what people tell themselves because they're all so scared they're gonna lose their house and car and the kids have braces and have to go to college. and the american dream hangs over our heads ready to fall down and snap our necks like dry little twigs off a weak wooded tree if you miss a mortgage payment or something. meanwhile the guys upstairs have a different rule book. they're not being single checked double checked triple checked, nothing. no checks. they do what they want and they want to have plenty of easy money. and they're getting it. but it's rude to notice because in america people who succeed surely only did succeed on the basis of their own hard work and superior talent you slacker you're just jealous, and if you want to insist on taxing them to death then you must be some commie socialist liberal like obama so fuck you. that's one line of reasoning i have heard.

then again it's rude to notice that we're really not going communist or socialist we've pretty much arrived at police-state fascist and that's from the other side of the political spectrum the george w bush side but it's rude to notice that either because he's gone now so don't be looking that way you're just trying to distract people from the liberals. then again obama and bush have basically the same damn policies but it's rude to notice that either because all these well meaning people have spent lots of time and money getting obama elected so that we could have change and oh crap, sorry but that turned out to be a big waste of energy so you don't point that out either because they will surely be bummed and it hasn't been that long and a few still have hope. you know it would be cruel to dash their hopes on the rocks like all those poor iraqis and afghanis and palestinians having their dreams and lives smashed into little tiny pieces by american foreign policy. but i digress. and the bush people still don't want to admit their guy totally sucked even though that's plainly evident but see they survived that and now they're off the hook so ha. basically you can't notice anything without bumping into somebody's glass feelings.

and all that is really just beating around the bush, because the stuff that is really *really* rude to notice i haven't even begun to touch yet.


  1. that was really good. so was this:

    "people tend to waste their perfectly good outrage on nonsense put into their heads from so-called experts"

  2. quite possibly it's not really rude to notice, but it's definitely rude to mention.

  3. yes, i find that a lot of people agree but they don't have the nerve to say so except in private conversation. which is not all that helpful in changing a thing in my experience.

  4. ... in which case:

    thanks for being rude enough to mention it!

    and you might enjoy this (very old) piece from my archives

  5. it's my pleasure. that's a great piece you wrote so long ago. a guy could get in trouble indeed, but some guys don't care. some girls neither. and thank god for that.

    speaking of which, you inspired me in my rudeness after benazir bhutto died, i don't know if you remember but i had a theory and i ran it by you and you said yup that could be. which was very helpful to me, so thank you again.

  6. well ... ha! I DO remember that, and I STILL think you could be right. So there!

    Keep up the constructive rudeness. It's badly needed around here.

    And thanks for your kind words as well. I appreciate your support.

  7. and by the way, you have become a much better writer than you were just a few years ago, which is also good to see! :-)

  8. hey that's funny. i'm glad you remember and thanks and you're welcome. i say we pile on.