[Hpn] "Terra, terra, terra!" but "where's the beef?"

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 03:37:37 -0400


"Terra, terra, terra!" but "where's the beef?"

By Bev Conover
Online Journal Editor & Publisher

Aug 14, 2006

Clair Pellar may have gone to that big Wendy's hamburger joint in the sky, 
but the question that brought her 15 minutes of fame is more relevant today 
with each "terror" scare: Where's the beef?

The latest "terror plot" is the most preposterous of all. Yet, the corporate 
media have taken to it like flies to honey while the sheeple are dumping all 
their liquids and gels into airport trash bins for the "privilege" of 
boarding an airliner, after waiting in interminable queues to be grotesquely 
searched and groped by perverse airport security personnel.

Imagine, we're being told that "terrorists" were plotting to blow up 
airliners by mixing liquid chemicals in the planes' bathroom cubicles, then 
detonating them, therefore, travelers will not be allowed to bring any 
liquids -- with a few exceptions and at the discretion of the perverse 
security personnel -- gels or toothpaste aboard the planes.

Instead, the potentially explosive stuff must be dumped in trash bins right 
in the airport terminals. Got it? You are to dump and pour your liquids and 
gels into trash bins, allowing the possibly deadly stuff to mix and go BOOM 
right in the terminal. It's for your own safety. Right? Perhaps you should 
consider that in the Bush-Blair-neocons' bizarro world it is less messy to 
blow you and the terminal up, rather than have all this debris raining down 
from the sky. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, however, plans to 
give 11 boxes of unopened, potentially explosive, items to the city's 
homeless shelters. Homeless population control?

You would think this would have raised some suspicions among 
passengers-in-waiting and the corporate media. But no. Not a peep. Certainly 
not by the media and the passengers they chose to quote or put on the air.

Okay, there haven't been any explosions in the terminals. But George W. and 
Poodle Blair must be laughing themselves silly over the stupidity of the 
"keep us safe at any price" crowd. You can visualize

Saturday Night Live Bush impersonator Will Ferrell gleefully saying, "Terra, 
terra, terra!"

This latest absurdity, allegedly hatched by Blair and his cohorts, would 
have us believe that a bunch of guys (the number of which keep changing), 
none of whom had airline tickets, some of whom had no passports and none of 
whom had whatever substances to make their bombs, were going to blow up 10 
airliners. Despite that, according to the Brits, the Bushies conveniently 
messed them up by insisting the would-be perpetrators be grabbed now, 
despite the absence of hard evidence, making it nigh on to impossible under 
UK courts' evidentiary rules to convict the alleged wannabe "terrorists."

But does any of this bother the corporate media that regurgitates ad nauseum 
whatever "officials" (unnamed, of course) tell them? Have they all been 
lobotomized so that they are incapable of asking, "Where's the beef?"

Of course, it wouldn't occur to them that these "terror" alerts are trotted 
out whenever Bush and Blair need to divert attention from their current evil 
or their evil yet to come. Skepticism requires critical thinking and the 
ability to connect the dots -- none of which the corporate media mavens, 
most of whom also have erased the word alleged from their vocabularies, are 
capable of doing.

So to pile on, knowing there will be no questions asked by the media 
regurgitators, Blair and his home secretary, John Reid, have flipped out 
another fear card -- just in case the current one blows up, so to speak, in 
their faces. Why there are 24 more "conspiracy plots" under surveillance in 
the UK. Does this mean that Bush, who has vowed to preemptively strike 
"terr'ists" wherever they are, is going to have to do a "shock & awe" number 
on the British Isles?

Imagine what would have happened if they had thought of the 
"terrorist-terrorism" angle some 60 years ago, instead of the "godless 
Communist" one that vaporized with the fall of the Soviet Union. By now, 
every nation that didn't bow down to the fascist powers would be flattened.

As for any real terrorists who may be out there, they don't have to blow up 
anything. All they have to do is gather in Internet chat rooms, shoot off 
their mouths, then sit back and enjoy watching us lose more freedom in the 
name of "security." Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff is already 
salivating for more police state powers. And we get to pay the bill for our