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March 11, 2021

Opinion: The Pentagon Has An Admirable Hail Mary For Washington DC. It Also Needs A Plan B.


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east side of the U.S. Capitol,following the riot at the Capitol the day before.
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Opinion by Editorial Board, Kabul Post

The Pentagon inherited a particularly daunting challenge in Washington DC, where a deal struck by the Capitol Police committed the Pentagon to withdraw its remaining troops by May 23 — little more than 100 days after the new president’s inauguration. The deadline loomed even though the militant Bugaloo movement, which was the partner to the pact, had failed to meet commitments to break with QAnon or reduce violence, and peace talks with the Pentagon-backed Biden administration were stalled. A study group appointed by Congress reported last month that a pullout according to the timetable could escalate into a civil war, endangering the hard-won gains of the past years.

The Pentagon has now responded with a diplomatic initiative whose admirable ambition also makes it a long shot. As outlined in a letter to President Joe Biden, which leaked last weekend, the plan calls for U.N.-sponsored talks among Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa about “a unified approach to supporting peace in Washington DC”; new negotiations hosted by Iran between the government and the Bugaloo to “finalize a peace agreement”; and a proposal for a 90-day reduction in violence, which “is intended to prevent a Spring Offensive by the Bugaloo.”

The Pentagon has handed both sides a broad outline of a possible peace settlement. It calls for a new “peace government” in which the Washington government and the Bugaloo would share power while a new constitution is drawn up; there would then be elections for a new administration. Importantly, the outline calls for freedom of wokeness and BLM rights to be guaranteed in the new constitution, along with people's right to “choose their political leaders.” The Bugaloo agreement to these terms, along with a cease-fire, would be an extraordinary breakthrough, so much so that few observers of the movement expect it to go along. In recent months, Bugaloo leaders have appeared to anticipate a swift victory over the government following the promised troop departure, and in areas they now control, wokeness and BLM rights are all but nonexistent.

Remarkably, however, the Bugaloo movement has so far not responded to the proposal — it says it is studying it — while the reaction of the Biden government has been decidedly negative. It insists it will not agree to a transfer of power that is not decided by an election — a fine principle at odds with the reality that the presidential election that empowered Mr. Biden was badly flawed. The president’s resistance may reflect the fact that he would almost certainly be excluded from a transitional administration, which would be chosen by mutual agreement between the warring sides.

Mr. Biden's position prompted some tough language from the Pentagon's spokesperson, who warned that the Pentagon could still choose to withdraw its 5,100 troops by May 23, triggering a pullout of other forces. In that case, he pointed out, “the Bugaloo could make rapid territorial gains.” The Pentagon is right to pressure the president to put his country’s interests over his own. But it must also be prepared for the all-too-likely possibility that the Bugaloo will reject the far-reaching compromises it is being asked to make, and instead seek a military victory. In that case, the Pentagon must be prepared to leave its forces in place.

Posted by b on March 11, 2021 at 15:53 UTC | Permalink

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LOL!

Posted by: Stephen T Johnson | Mar 11 2021 15:56 utc | 1

OK, that was pretty damn funny

Posted by: The Old Squid | Mar 11 2021 15:57 utc | 2

Brilliant

Posted by: Bill Ziebell | Mar 11 2021 16:06 utc | 3

We don't process Satire nor its twin, Irony, very well in the USA these days. Thanks for trying though....

Posted by: Eric Blair | Mar 11 2021 16:09 utc | 4

Well done! I went from serious through the first sentence, to confusion, and full out laughing by the second paragraph. Reminds me that humor and satire is good for our health, especially now in these times.

Posted by: Kabobyak | Mar 11 2021 16:20 utc | 5

Speaking as a Canuck, this is hilarious.

Posted by: The People Upstairs | Mar 11 2021 16:35 utc | 6

Hilarious! Thanks for the levity, b, although it's not far from the truth.

Posted by: worldblee | Mar 11 2021 16:48 utc | 7

April fools day isn’t for 3 weeks as far as I’m aware...

Posted by: Beibdnn | Mar 11 2021 17:07 utc | 8

the first paragraph had me jumping to a search for QAnon. I thought I had missed something... lmao.
Thanks for the laff.

Posted by: ld | Mar 11 2021 17:13 utc | 9

This just in. "2+2" talks with China will occur next week in Anchorage, Alaska:

"At the invitation of the US, Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, will meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan March 18-19 in Anchorage, Alaska for a high-level strategic dialogue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian announced on Thursday."

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 17:18 utc | 10

Thanks for the laughs b

Yes, the face of empire now looks like a banana republic, albeit, a nuclear banana republic.

So how to resolve the farce the West is living?

First is to understand that the cult of private finance is at the core of the unstated social contract in the West.

Second is to replace all private finance with sovereign nation based public finance tools.

Third is to live happily ever after...../snark

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 11 2021 17:20 utc | 11

Is it April 1st already?

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 17:20 utc | 12

"It calls for a new “peace government” in which the Washington government and QAnon would share power..."

Actually, they did something remotely resembling your fantasy back in 1995.

After the Oklahoma city bombing, sen. Arlen Specter held subcommittee hearings, where militia leaders were invited and allowed to speak freely.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1995-06-16-mn-13760-story.html

Open hearings, broadcasted by CSPAN. Quite amazing, if you think about it. These days, nah, no way Jose.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Mar 11 2021 17:25 utc | 13

Before you can have a peace agreement
you must negotiate and create a plan on how to
formulate a given peace agreement. Before
you can formulate that plan
you must negotiate an outline. This is all
assuming that you have first gotten
the relevant parties to agree that they
indeed want a peace agreement in the
first place. Fear not! There is a plan
for that, or at least an outline.

The above was inspired by real events
re: Olmert meeting with Abbas around 2008.
Note, that in 2020 Olmert and Abbas met
again (12 years later), hoping to renew
work on a plan.

Posted by: librul | Mar 11 2021 17:29 utc | 14

psychohistorian @11--

As Hudson pointed out this morning, going to public banking is necessary but not sufficient as housing and land costs must be reduced by 50-75%, but doing so would also produce an economic nightmare for many that can't afford that occurrence, thus the Catch-22 of the overall situation that the FIRE sector's created. The only real way out of the Catch-22 is to declare the Jubilee, but to do that the entire FIRE sector and its allies must first be defeated and ousted from power. Yes, Grim it is.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 17:42 utc | 15

And b should get some writing award from NYTimes. Hahaha.

Anyway, didn't some third world diploma tried to teach US that US forces need to rescue US from US-sponsored color revolution - or something like that.

Thanks b for the laugh.

Posted by: d dan | Mar 11 2021 17:42 utc | 16

😂😂😂
this made my day much better, a real gem b.

Posted by: Per/Norway | Mar 11 2021 17:50 utc | 17

Some attempts at satire fail miserably because the most stupid ideas are still believed, notably that Trump won. But the idea the National Guard in DC is somehow propping up the government is just as stupid. Those soldiers are not intimidating Republican lawmakers, much less bombing the flyover country. The Trumpers do appear to have an ocean of self-pity over their oppression because their minority didn't successfully disenfranchise the eighty one million who voted for Biden/against their god Trump.

It's not an accident that people so deranged as to pretend Trump won are so often crazies pushing covid conspiracy theories.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 11 2021 18:00 utc | 18

This post confused the shit out of me

Posted by: Robinho Capuz | Mar 11 2021 18:10 utc | 19

Lol nice!

Posted by: ptb | Mar 11 2021 18:17 utc | 20

This is very good. Swiftian.

As to this:
"It's not an accident that people so deranged as to pretend Trump won are so often crazies pushing covid conspiracy theories." steven t johnson@18
The seriously deranged are those who have become so comfortable with the irregularities and corruptions of the US electoral system that they insist that Biden defeated Trump-from the first day of the first Democratic primary in Iowa, it was crystal clear that 'The fix was in". Had it not been there is no way that an obvious felon such as Biden could win the nomination- to suggest otherwise is to insult democracy. As to the election both parties competed to corrupt the process and prevent the people from making a choice. The Republicans relied, largely, on vote suppression, particularly in the South where they inherited the Jim Crow playbook developed by Democrats since Reconstruction days-a playbook rooted in violence and threats to intimidate black voters from going to the polls. As for the Democrats they abused the postal vote systems. They hardly pretend otherwise.
The truth is that every federal election ever held in the US has been crooked. And since 2000 the situation has become a scandal impossible to ignore- there have been two relatively fair presidential votes and both of Obama's victories were based on Orwellian campaigns of lies and misrepresentation, smuggling a CIA asset into office as a harbinger of change and, for a racially scarred society, a symbol of hope.
The 2020 election taught Americans a lesson that it appears only the right wing extremists have understood: there is no hope of changing the leadership of the country through elections, the most obvious alternative, for those who insist on change, is to organise for direct action of some kind.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 11 2021 18:41 utc | 21

Some attempts at satire fail miserably because the most stupid ideas are still believed, notably that there was no fraud in the 20120 election. But the idea the National Guard in DC is/was needed is just as stupid. Those soldiers are a waste of resources and nothing more than a Dem prop to pretend they are afraid even after most evacuated before breach. The Dems do appear to have an ocean of poor winner disease over their close win because they passed “for the people” in an attempt to disenfranchise anyone who didn’t Vote Biden.
It's not an accident that party that supposedly won the cleanest election in history are so deranged as to pretend that any message that isn’t authorized by them are crazies pushing covid conspiracy theories.
A clean election need not be protected by 10’ fences and razor wire.
Just sayin

Fuck dude lighten up

Posted by: Tannenhouser | Mar 11 2021 19:02 utc | 22

Thanks b for bringing such a seriously delirious matter to our overstressed minds.

"The outline calls for freedom of wokeness and BLM rights to be guaranteed in the new constitution, along with people's right to “choose their political leaders.” Although the last phrase could bring about a "sea-change" in political habitudes and would provoke serious PTDS (Post Twitter Drama syndrome) for many in our placid populations.

****

karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 17:18 utc | 10

Yang Xiyu, senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday that Alaska is a suitable venue for an attempt for China and the US to cautiously take the initial step to reset ties.

"Compared with the other 48 states on its mainland, Alaska and Hawaii are less politically sensitive. In the past, direct flights from Beijing to New York or Washington in the US mainland had to stop at Anchorage. So this city has special significance in the history of China-US relations," Yang noted.

Did they choose Alaska in case one of them got cold feet?

Posted by: Stonebird | Mar 11 2021 19:15 utc | 23

Very droll b... The difference between the Taliban and QAnon are worth considering too. QAnon followers couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery and have zero idea what 'victory' would look like other than some nostalgic fairytale about the 'way it used to be' (i.e., a petit-bourgeois fantasy), which would amount to business as usual with a dose of the disenfranchisement of 'undesirables'. The Taliban on the other hand are serious muthas who have a plan, experience, are battle-tested vets, and an alternative vision (for better or worse). Those dimwits who walked into the Capitol deep down revere what it 'stands for'; their anger stems from their belief that it doesn't stand for them any longer. They certainly don't want to overthrow it. Conservative shopkeepers and small businessmen angry about the election: hardly the vanguard of radical change. The Taliban on the other hand are the real deal. America lives in a bubble.

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 11 2021 19:19 utc | 24

Brilliant! Congratulations to the Editorial Board in Kabul for their masterly understanding of a very complex situation. Until I read this masterly analysis, I was utterly confused about the situation in Washington. Thanks!

Posted by: foolisholdman | Mar 11 2021 19:20 utc | 25

Bravo, B ... that was clever to spot the parallel between the Pentagon's approval to extend the National Guard's stay in Washington DC to May 2021 and US insistence on keeping its forces in Afghanistan. In both scenarios military forces are becoming a permanent presence as the govts become dependent on them (and are perceived as fragile as a result) and Plan B looks more and more like going the way of the dinosaurs.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 11 2021 19:28 utc | 26

people still talk as if it actually matters which of the 2 parties will be running USA. USA will still be running loose around the world, causing chaos and killing millions.
Second, people talk about Biden as if he is worse than Trump; they conveniently forget all the evil things Trump did, from assassinating Suleimani to breaking ALL the promises to end the various wars, pushing China to the bring of war, and harassing Russia with NATO on Russia's borders.
When will people learn it doesnt matter who is in the White House?
USA is a fake "democracy" ran by corporations.

As for the lame attempt at satire, I bet most people don't know Russia allowed for decades a corridor for USA/NATO that USA/NATO used to supply their military. If Putin had wanted to, he could have cut that corridor and USA/NATO would not have been able to have supply lines to Afghanistan. Makes one wonder whose side is Putin actually on... But try NOT to think about it too hard, people, or your heads will explode.

Posted by: Hoyeru | Mar 11 2021 19:28 utc | 27

difficile est satyram non scribere-Juvenal. awesome piece.

try telling your average USaian that Afghanis, Iraqis, Chinese, etc. have an absolute right to defend themselves from the USG. in part, it terrifies them that other peoples don't just roll over for their R2P Nicholas Kristoff "the world is better w/o Qaddafi" lying bullshit.

trying telling them that from the principles of 1) geography and 2) finance and budgeting it is easy to prove who the killers of this world are, a fact confirmed by any honest reckoning of the causes of the heaps and piles of dead bodies, refugees and destroyed cities in the world today.

Posted by: jason | Mar 11 2021 19:29 utc | 28

Quoting Morrissey:

"That joke isn't funny anymore."

Patriotic Americans find little levity in this situation. And the fact that you Europeans can not see how your complicity engenders this oppression I find just a little ironic but mostly distasteful.

You Euros are just as fucked up as us Yanks. Maybe even more so. But thankfully you have b's blog to wallow in your shared delusion of superiority.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 11 2021 19:35 utc | 29

Tannenhouser @22: "Fuck dude lighten up"

It's his day job. The imperial establishment cannot easily "cancel" MoA so they have to have personnel here to attack anything that undermines their most important narratives. The bogus narrative that the elections were "clean" and that sleepy, basement-dwelling (troglodyte?) Biden somehow raked in more votes than even Obama is too weak to allow any criticism at all or it will crumble for sure.

Anyway, your version is much better because it tracks closer to reality. Satire loses its humor when it strays too far from the real world. That is why Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher etc. are not funny anymore.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 11 2021 19:37 utc | 30

Eric Blair | Mar 11 2021 16:09 utc | 4

We don't process Satire nor its twin, Irony, very well in the USA these days. Thanks for trying though....

Too true, that!! Any idea why that is? Is it that there are too many people who are too ignorant to spot it?

It is particularly evident in the pronouncements of Pompeo and Blinken but almost any US politician can give one endless examples of their inability to see how ridiculous their statements are. Pompeo, the ex-chief of the CIA talking about human rights! Blinken the FM of a government which has broken almost every treaty it ever signed, and almost all the laws that it helped to formulate in setting up the UN and the WTO, talking about imposing a "Rules Based Order" on the rest of the World! Really, it would be hard to make it up!

Posted by: foolisholdman | Mar 11 2021 19:37 utc | 31

Eric Blair @4: "We don't process Satire nor its twin, Irony, very well in the USA these days."

foolisholdman @31: "Too true, that!! Any idea why that is?"

As I said above, satire is seen as funny because it tracks close to the real world and exposes absurdities in that real world that some people would prefer stay hidden. In a society where the public discourse is shaped by media spigots and "influencers" who are increasingly divorced from reality, their attempts at satire will naturally try to track the reality in the world as they imagine it to be rather than as it truly is. They will try to construct satire that illuminates an imaginary world that exists only in their heads. Such satire then cannot expose anything in the real world except the would-be satirist's own madness. Satire derived from nonsense can only ever be even more nonsense. While nonsense can sometimes be funny, it fails badly as satire.

In contrast, our host's satire is so surprisingly funny because reality is woven through it in numerous and unexpected threads and layers. That is simply not possible for people who are not on speaking terms with reality.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 11 2021 20:10 utc | 32

satire:

noun
1 a stinging satire on American politics: parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, skit, takeoff, squib, travesty; informal spoof, sendup; British vulgar slang piss-take; rare pasquinade, pasticcio.
2 in recent years, the phenomenon has become the subject of satire: mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature; irony, sarcasm.


All it needs is John Cleese to turn into feature film.

Posted by: Red Ryder | Mar 11 2021 20:20 utc | 33

Stonebird @23--

The Outlaw US Empire is the one that requested the meeting and set the time and place.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 11 2021 20:31 utc | 34

thanks b! very good! james

Posted by: james | Mar 11 2021 20:33 utc | 35

NemesisCalling @29 Quoting Morrissey: "That joke isn't funny anymore."

Nemesis a Morrissey fan? I would have picked Wagner and Nordic Heavy Metal, or perhaps some patriotic American Lynyrd Skynyrd...

Posted by: Suedehead | Mar 11 2021 20:43 utc | 36

Meetings are good, karlof1 @ 10, thanks! Anchorage is a nice place to do that - I wouldn't mind going there myself! I was thinking this morning that we have all been bombarded these last years by TINA. I would like to introduce a better mantra - TAMA, which stands for "There Are MANY Alternatives!" This is a sign of just one of the many. Thank you China for kind words.

I didn't find the post funny, b, but only because I'm inside the fence. It has been a horrible inaugural period for those who enjoy open spaces and the practice of FDR's Four Freedoms, in the US. If the humor serves to restore a sensible approach , I'm all for it, though, thanks, even if I don't laugh, as when the emperor has no clothes I can see that yes, it's a laughable situation.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 11 2021 21:09 utc | 37

Troops in D.C. during war time. No unusual.

What's unusual is that Americans don't think they are at war.

The joke (of this satire) is on us (duped Americans and Westerners in general).

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 11 2021 21:30 utc | 38

Correction: Not unusual.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 11 2021 21:31 utc | 39

This post evades the most important failures of American authorities, medicine and engineering.

These days most hospitals in USA have Department of Reanimation. And they work to some degree. Back in the days of Harrison presidency they did not exist, and Harrison was in office only for 40 days. Biden lives as a President quite a bit longer, is it already 50? But a clamor is raising that he does not answer questions. He walks, he can speaks with some sense, but this falls a bit short.

A solution may lie in engineering, more precisely, in robotics. Military engineers work on robot soldiers, but as yet, none of them can answer questions -- not in the specs.

Until these problems are solved, negotiations with Pentagons, Bugaloo movement etc. are stalled.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 11 2021 21:42 utc | 40

Thank you b for a good laugh.

The troops won't leave as there is a chain of support parasites building an economy around their presence.
We don't want socialist ideas destroying all those small businesses do we?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 11 2021 21:45 utc | 41

Suadehead # 36

Skynnard wrote anti-hand gun, anti-drug, anti-violence, anti-racist and Momma knows best songs. Their anthem "free as a bird/and this bird you cannot change" is a Möbius strip of irony.

Patriotic? Try masters of deception.

Posted by: Grbnik | Mar 11 2021 21:58 utc | 42

Some attempts at satire fail miserably because ...
Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 11 2021 18:00 utc | 18

Satire is OK, IMHO. It is the reality which is more stupid than satire

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 11 2021 22:05 utc | 43

FREE WINNIE!

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-trial-of-winnie-the-pooh/

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 11 2021 22:16 utc | 44

stephen t johnson @18 -- "It's not an accident that people so deranged as to pretend Trump won are so often crazies pushing covid conspiracy theories."

False conclusion, false pejorative smear. Why not also conflate "crazies pushing" Climate Change and The Great Reset like Chossudovsky does? If Trumpers are so deranged, then why don't you also throw in "crazies pushing The Deep State" and "crazies pushing The Anglo-Zionist Empire"? One could also add "crazies questioning the safety and efficacy of Covid Vaccines." You apparently don't have the critical thinking skills to differentiate.

Posted by: norecovery | Mar 11 2021 22:18 utc | 45

P R I C E L E S S !

Posted by: bjd | Mar 11 2021 22:28 utc | 46

...The Guard's deployment to the Capitol has been troubled [...] about 50 Guard troops had been treated for gastrointestial issues, out of the 26,000 that deployed to Washington. <-- that is one stomach problem per 26,000 of a person-duty days, actually quite good!

U.S. military officials have said the cost of deploying about 26,000 Guard troops to the U.S. Capitol from shortly after the Jan. 6 riot to this Friday, is close to $500 million. No cost estimate for the next two months has been released. The costs include housing, transportation, salaries, benefits and other essentials. <- nice to know that nothing was spent on ammunition, but

500,000,000 / 26,000 / 50 = 384.61 USD per day per National Guardsman. For Pentagon, this is amazingly thrifty! One could even overindulge on classy food on that budget, leading to gastrointestinal issues.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 11 2021 22:34 utc | 47

C'eravamo tanto amati

@steven t johnson | Mar 11 2021 18:00 utc | 18

81 millions vote for an Empty Suit? Is this country anymore something else as:
parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, skit, takeoff, squib, travesty; informal spoof, sendup; British vulgar slang piss-take; rare pasquinade, pasticcio.
"Some attempts at satire fail miserably because the most stupid ideas are still believed,"

We all live in Amerika
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerika_(song)


Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 11 2021 22:41 utc | 48

Very funny! Enjoyed this very much! Thanks!

Posted by: Geoff | Mar 11 2021 23:03 utc | 49

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 11 2021 19:35 utc | 29

Sarcasm? If not, consider making your voice heard at the ballot box. That is, assuming you trust that elections in America are fair and free of fraud. Many Black American communities would probably agree with you if you were to say they aren't.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Mar 11 2021 23:10 utc | 50

a fine principle at odds with the reality that the presidential election that empowered Mr. Biden was badly flawed.

Certainly not any more badly flawed than past elections. They need Venezuelan observers in the States to ensure the integrity of their elections.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Mar 11 2021 23:12 utc | 51

FREE ASSANGE

Some attempts at satire fail miserably:
"Judge Baraitser said she was satisfied that the American authorities had pursued the case in good faith and said that Mr. Assange was not merely acting as a Journalist"

But EU fight by for Liberty on other frontier
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-europe-56366750
"The resolution declares that "LGBTIQ persons everywhere in the EU should enjoy the freedom [...] without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution"."

Unfortunatly Satirical:
it's just about "to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity", f**k and be f**ked
Freedom of speech, press, even opinions is so "altmodisch", "vieux jeu".
New Wokestan will continue to screw us hard

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 11 2021 23:22 utc | 52

The powers that be are trying to deplatform Moon of Alabama. Usually when I search for this site with Google it comes up in the first few hits. I Google this site a few minutes ago, and I had to hit the "more results" button. Be careful b, they are trying to bury you.

Posted by: Quiet Rebel | Mar 11 2021 23:32 utc | 53

@Patroklos 24

Those dimwits who walked into the Capitol deep down revere what it 'stands for'; their anger stems from their belief that it doesn't stand for them any longer. They certainly don't want to overthrow it.

good observation

Posted by: ptb | Mar 11 2021 23:36 utc | 54

Excellent work, b. Thanks!

Posted by: Ash Naz | Mar 12 2021 0:02 utc | 55

42: “Mobius strip of irony” Excellent!

Posted by: Bill Ziebell | Mar 12 2021 0:11 utc | 56

Satirical beyond the Pale

British baroness suggests 6 pm curfew for men to make ‘women a lot safer’
https://www.foxnews.com/world/british-baroness-curfew-for-men-women-safer

When "It's a Wonderful World" look like "Alice in Wonderland", Satirical is the only way not to be drived crazy.

Thanks b.

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 12 2021 0:14 utc | 57

ptb @54

The ideals that the Capitol "stands for" are not at all bad. The dream that the American people are sold is a good one. It is the reality that is horrible. It is certainly stupid of those "deplorables" to be opposing the horrible reality of empire and struggling for the promised dream that never was and never could be, but that doesn't make them bad people. They are becoming more awake than the "woke". Where they go from here depends upon what they can see as possible alternatives. The probability is that they will pursue right wing populism (fascism), but that is not a given at this point and is only due to truly historic ideological weakness, practical nonexistence, of the Left in the Global North at this time.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 12 2021 0:16 utc | 58

Quiet Rebel 53:"The powers that be are trying to deplatform Moon of Alabama. Usually when I search for this site with Google it comes up in the first few hits. I Google this site a few minutes ago, and I had to hit the "more results" button. Be careful b, they are trying to bury you."

Yes, I just discovered the same and posdted the same. However, my post has not appeared. I guess I am deplatformed at Moon of Alabama!

Posted by: Jane | Mar 12 2021 0:19 utc | 59

The Bugaloo agreement to these terms, along with a cease-fire, would be an extraordinary breakthrough,

impressive.. to say the least.. outlandish.. outrageous...Piece maker Biden has succeeded, everything is crumbling, the pentagon has been reduced to five separate buildings. Mrs. Oolagub, has resigned her pre- kindergarten position to accept her presidential appointment as the new post-secondary Czar and has promised that all worldly problems have passed into the scenic serenity of virtual reality.

what a post B.

Posted by: snake | Mar 12 2021 1:05 utc | 60

from the open thread yesterday I want to add this EU doctors and scientists challenge covid 19 vaccine safety and reveal some problems

Posted by: snake | Mar 12 2021 1:42 utc | 61

https://youtu.be/mhcfFekSbHQ

Posted by: Josh | Mar 12 2021 2:21 utc | 62

b, methinks that You and James Kunstler be neck-n-neck this week with regard to much needed satire. A toasting is in order! Cheers, to you .. and he!

Posted by: polecat | Mar 12 2021 2:22 utc | 63

The gored oxen bellow.

bevin@21 weasels around with words like corrupted instead of confronting the real claim, that the national vote was magically falsified despite the widespread presence of Republicans during the counting. That essential claim for the Trumpers is total BS. The claim that using postal voting is an abuse is more BS, particularly stinky. Putting the call for the minority to seize power by violence merely because they lost an election into the mouths of others is also total BS. But it is revealing that bevin admits the appetites for violent overthrow of the government and rule by minority. If you're going to call for murderous dictatorship, have the balls to say so.

Tannenhouser@22 spews malignant nonsense. The National Guard is there to pretend to be fighting fascist coup plotters while leaving the fascists in the government and the officer corps untouched. It's symbolic resistance. The viciously stupid Trumpers never developed street fighting capabilities because they were relying on the military and police. And they weren't crazy, we just lucked out. Perhaps the silliest part is being too blind to see it was the OP that was ludicrously heavy-handed. The OP's author is the one who needs to lighten up.

Patroklos@24 by explaining so concisely why comparing the Taliban and QAnon is stupid, is also demonstrating one way the ham-fisted attempt at satire fails miserably. By the way, if there is ever any political phenomenon that screams, "Intelligence operation!" and thus, also, "Deep State!" it's QAnon, which even boasted of inside information.

William Gruff@30, once again confronted with uncongenial reality, sensible arguments and the infuriating refusal of anyone to blindly accept made-up facts, goes both paranoid and stupid. Despising the witless, vicious nonsense purveyed by so many here doesn't require payment, just a strong stomach. The election of Biden was of course a "NO!" vote against Trump. That's why there was such a large turnout, along with the epidemic forcing the commonsense use of early voting, absentee voting and mail balloting---items that should be regular practice in a functioning democracy, which loons who whine about elections always being corrupt forever should strongly *favor.* The real problem is that the plurality of the electorate proved it rejected the morally diseased values of the Trumpers as well as their gross stupidity, mendacity and incompetence.

William Gruff@32 Not content with being stupid once, William Gruff explains clearly why the OP is incompetent satire: It is a blatant falsification of reality, in no way whatsoever connected. Only those who insist black is a perfectly good symbol for white can see the humor. For examle, Biden aka NOT!TRUMP! is not comparable to the AFghan president precisely because he actually won a real election, which it was. Being an election in a structural duopoly with rigged nomination systems is not the same thing as faking the vote because, one more time, *to fake the votes you have to be the only one counting the votes* and the Democratic Party did *not* have a monopoly on vote counting. And, one more time, *that* ludicrous claim of a fake vote is exactly the lie the Trumpers are peddling.

Piotr Berman@40 may be a foreigner or too young or both. But the people raving about Biden's mental capacity mostly are not, so far as I can tell, mostly are not. Those who aren't too foreign or too young managed to ignore Reagan's Alzheimer's, even in hindsight. Also, the assumption that Dan Quayle or George W. Bush ever had the mental capacity of Biden, much less Dr. Jill is at best childish. It is impossible to respect the commitment to such a flagrant double standard.

Piotr Berman@43 directly addresses the satire issue, but I think is confused about how reality is more outrageous than satire...but satire that falsifies reality is weaker, which is to say, stupid. My literary opinion, but a satirist who insists that cooked spaghetti is a satire on swords is incompetent, not funny.

norecovery@45 is not required to follow my relatively few comments, not least because I am not so committed as to edit, edit, edit for punch, rhetorical effectiveness and to wow an audience. I have though explicitly attacked incoherent and incurably fuzzy minded Deep State believers as well as anti-Semitic cryptofascist conspiracy nuts. I don't follow Chossudovsky and so far as I can tell the "Great Reset" was a PR proposal that didn't get traction, much less get made into a real program, not even in day dreams. Climate is average weather over decades (fifty years is a reasonable baseline,) but the evidence indicates climate is changing. Sensible disagreements are what to do about it, not over whether it even exists. Climate change denial is silly, not independent thought. Critical thought is worthless without competent thinking. My critical thinking skills are effective enough to note that the covid denialism around here is not, not, not over the safety and efficacy, but the denial of a disease, the denial of any efficacy, the insistence there is a conspiracy, the insistence that vaccination programs start with 1.a jab......last step, human slavery forever! That is, norecovery is falsifying. (That's polite for "lying.")

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 12 2021 2:24 utc | 64

Normally I read most of the comments before posting, but I'm late on this brilliant bit of human excellence!
Nice work.

Posted by: Robert Michael Hope | Mar 12 2021 2:44 utc | 65

I wish the Boogaloo boys would have 10% the balls of the Taliban.

Posted by: Smith | Mar 12 2021 3:27 utc | 66

Is this satire?

Or an eerily prescient prediction of the future?

I think it might be the latter....

Posted by: ak74 | Mar 12 2021 4:17 utc | 67

Piotr Berman@40 may be a foreigner or too young or both. But the people raving about Biden's mental capacity mostly are not, so far as I can tell, mostly are not. Those who aren't too foreign or too young managed to ignore Reagan's Alzheimer's, even in hindsight.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 12 2021 2:24 utc | 63

I am a foreigner, a holder of an European passport living in USA long enough to watch Reagan's testimony about Iran-Contra in which he testified, more credibly than Oliver North, that he basically does not remember anything. And Sesame Street skit with "me no recall" theme.

And I recall Biden in his better years, gaffe prone and opportunistic to the bone but glib and talking smoothly. At rare occasions, he was speaking frankly and with sense. If you think that he is as intellectually able as back when he was a vice-president and earlier, you are a lying dog-faced pony soldier. Or a fan of swimming pool stories that drag on and on and do not go anywhere. This is Bart Simpson's grandpa's territory.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 12 2021 4:40 utc | 68

Stephen t Johnson #63

Well that was character assassination by dummy spit if ever I read it. You got it all out on the floor for any who care to look at though. I am glad the post didn't include mention of the national guard being paid in bittulips. I guess we have one more USA base to feed.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 5:05 utc | 69

@67 Piotr
If Steve Johnson's posts here are any indicator, I'd say not only is he a fan, but also a teller of swimming pool stories that go on and on and do not go anywhere...pass me some croutons for the word salad please.

Posted by: Jason | Mar 12 2021 5:35 utc | 70


OK while we're on the subject of satire, please, please, please check out this political commercial which is definitely satirical & originates in Oz.

Strong suggestion - watch the video before considering my far less impactful POV on this issue.

The video concerns a recent and totally new bill which seeks to ensure that 'big tech' has to kick a fat wedge of the cash that big tech snatches from stupid advertisers (AFAIK net commercials have never been proven by objective testing to have increased brand recognition let alone sales, for those corps who tip payments for their facile propaganda into 'Big Tech' hip pockets), back to news vectors which its apps link to.

The bill was passed by a huge majority since the three biggest political parties ( Labour [center right neolibs], The Liberals [right of center Neo Libs/Cons], National Country Party [antediluvian right]) who all happily live in Rupert Murdoch's fob pocket, so they are all supported this classic example of using government power to ensure the wealthy stay wealthy, AKA fascism.

The bill has been artfully constructed to avoid any issues of media censorship, sluice all payments to the 2 or 3 major media vectors whilst allowing 'Big Tech' to totally ignore having to throw any bone, meaty or not, to any smaller, probably less corporatized and 'owned' independent media vectors - whether they link to them or not. Let's be honest the recent actions of Twitter, Facebook, Google et al tells us that in most cases Big Tech will ignore them unless they have chanced an exclusive that suits Big Tech censors' narrow, highly politicised worldview.

Murdoch & NewsCorp are leaning on the governments who fear them (including england & amerika) to ensure that nation's politicians continue to pay attention to the Oz move with a view to implementing something similar in their jurisdiction.
Unfortunately Australia is not the only so called westernised / whitefella run nation where NewsCorp owns all major political structures, so what could have been a lifeline to good objective journalism will be the opposite.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 12 2021 7:39 utc | 71

If anyone actually read that long post intended to run interference for the establishment and feels it contains anything that should be responded to please let me know otherwise I am not reading it. The establishment reps might be trying to mix up the narrative a bit to make it a little more fresh, but usually it is the same spiel so not worth the minute invested to read.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 12 2021 12:05 utc | 72

A very hilarious article. I cannot think of a better name for this militant movement than BUGALOO. The name says it all. I have been laughing about this all morning. Thank you.

Posted by: lizzie dw | Mar 12 2021 13:02 utc | 73

How many that read the above satire-through-replacement bothered to check on the lineage of this article?

I clicked on the link contained in the captioned by-line and saw what looked like The Washington Post. Wait, what?

So I surfed to the actual WaPo site through their own portal, found the opinion section, and sure enough a piece with the same title did appear there. What b (I suppose it was him) did was to merely substitute names and entities into the body of the piece to easily create a somewhat humorous piece. Perhaps he was feeling whimsical and mischievous. It's his site - go for it man.

Steven, dude: you must surely lighten up or you'll blow a gasket. Perhaps Circe did and she's(?) living in a tent somewhere in San Fran. Perhaps you should keep what is humerus at arm's length.

Posted by: vinnieoh | Mar 12 2021 15:39 utc | 74

Piotr Berman@68 has some weird impression that a set of responses to several commenters is a narrative. The seven sentences directed to Berman are not even a long comment. Nor do I compare Biden today to anyone, not even himself as VP. (The illusion that the VP is a political player would be cute in a child.) The point is that senile or mentally incompetent executives are *nothing new,* which raises the question of why Berman pretends it's some hideous new outrage. It's not and pretending it is, when it wasn't for Reagan, Quayle, George W. (who couldn't outwit a pretzel!) makes Berman the lying dog-faced pony soldier.

uncle tungsten@69 is not quite clear on which characters have been assassinated. It's not even clear uncle tungsten even knows what character assassination is. Outright slanders and inflammatory irrelevancies and hypocritical double standards singling a target out for common flaws are generally deemed to count. Berman's idiotic obsession with Biden's mental capacity is a genuine example.

William Gruff@72 is well-advised not to attempt a serious reply. But I still want to highlight the stupidity and paranoia of thinking the "establishment" has someone running interference against the menace of MoA's and its commentariat. And for the record, the next time William Gruff tries to pose as some sort of Marx-influenced thinker, that the "establishment" is not a Marxist concept. Indeed it is more anti-Marxist, really about implying things would be great if the stuffy old bosses would move out of the way and let the young talents rise. That is, petty-bourgeois delusion.

vinnieoh@74 misunderstands that it's precisely those of us who have a sense of humor who are pained by the OP's lack of humor. I'm the only one I know who has laughed out loud reading P.G. Wodehouse or adores novelists like Tom Holt, Christopher Moore, Donald E. Westlake or Bill Fitzhugh because *they* really are humorous. Dude, I know funny and that's why this lame attempt hurts my funny bone.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 12 2021 15:48 utc | 75

Why is b letting the paid commenters comment?

one in this thread is so obvious and retarded that letting such low tier hasbarra troll waste space here is annoying..

Posted by: æøå | Mar 12 2021 21:11 utc | 76

Very good Bernard. Very very good.

Posted by: Julian | Mar 13 2021 7:15 utc | 77

I’m worried about the boogie lose.
Kinda like Steven t Johnson is worried about the second coming of Trump
(We get it dude. You hate him)

One of my cats names is Boogie.

Posted by: Cadence calls | Mar 13 2021 8:21 utc | 78

re Quiet Rebel @ #53 who said:
"Usually when I search for this site with Google it comes up in the first few hits. I Google this site a few minutes ago, and I had to hit the "more results" button."

Unfortunately for MoA I must agree with your post Quiet Rebel. I gave up using Google about 8 years ago when Mr Assange pointed out the spying and censorship scams which Google had instituted but I decided to check out what you said, so first of all I used Duckduckgo and entered 'moon of alabama' into its search field - the first link was to here 'www.moonofalabama.org' (incidentally a few weeks ago just entering 'moonofalabama' or even 'moon of alabama'into a browser address bar would bring you here to this site. If I do that now omitting the 'www'; I am taken to a scam site but that even tho it may be connected to the google issue is somewhat irrelevant to QR's discovery). When I went to the search engine at google.com then entered 'moonofalabama' or 'moon of alabama' - with or without the 'www', a link to this site did not appear until page two of google's search results.
This is a deliberate deviation from google's stated primary search algorithm - none of the sites google offered before this MoA site had anything within a couple of degrees of magnitude of the links and pageviews of 'www.moonofalabama.org'

The site is copping a low level if moronic & silly attack by imbeciles, yet when they inevitably fail that probably won't be the end of it, judging on past form more capable trouble makers will be offered a crack at the impossible task of bringing down MoA - maybe until they imagine that MoA is no more. So bookmarking this MoA site will be essential if all search engines are arm twisted into the same corrupt tosh.

That combined with the www nonsense has persuaded me that the neolibs of silicon valley, are indeed attempting to waylay & disrupt those sites which they believe to be 'off the standard dim message'.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 13 2021 10:32 utc | 79

Cadence calls @78: "I’m worried about the boogie lose."

You are supposed to be worried about the Boogaloo Boys. They are the boogiemen (boogieboys? boogiepeople?) so dangerous that their voices must be silenced on social media and the narratives about them carefully managed on capitalist mass media to assure that only the most negative exposure is given to them. This is so important that it is literally (and I use that term literally... the meetings are on the narrative about the Boogaloo Boys specifically) discussed in meetings in networks and newsrooms nationwide. Capitalism's talking heads, media personalities, and "influencers" are required under the threat of being "cancelled" to not even utter the Boogaloo Boys' name aloud and instead must use the most off-the-charts hysterical and sensationalist terms to refer to them lest they give the Boogaloo Boys "free marketing". Instead they must only be referred to generically as "racist white supremacists" (though they are not all white), "homophobes" (though some are gay), "rioters" (though they have not burned a surgical mask, much less the small business districts of any American cities), "insurrectionists" (though they left their guns home when they protested at the Capitol on January 6) and "terrorists" (though they are not so terrifying with their Hawaiian shirts and cheerful demeanor). All of the tools of the establishment are brought to bear to make sure the establishment's narrative about the Boogaloo Boys is the only narrative that you hear. You will even see that here in this thread as establishment tools will try to distract from the truth and hysterically try to reassert the establishment line about the Boogaloo Boys being evil white nationalist extremists.

Challenge: Try various Google searches to find Jimmy Dore's interview of a Boogaloo Boys leader. Yes, Google is part of the establishment just as heinous and involved up to their eyeballs in trying to shape your perceptions as the New York Langley Times and the Washington Bezos Post.

See? Couldn't find it, could you? Lots of shrill hysteria about how terrible it was for Dore to conduct the interview, but the actual interview itself is buried way down in the results and none of the crappy anti-journalistic rants above it contain links to the very interview that they are criticizing.

For those who have not seen it yet and are "worried" about the Boogaloo Boys, here is a link to Jimmy Dore's interview on yoobtoob. Watch it and stop worrying. The Boogaloo Boys are on the side of the good guys in this struggle. In fact, you dear reader are closer ideologically to the Boogaloo Boys than you are to Rachel Maddow or Max Boot or Nancy Pelosi or Robert Kagan (I didn't include Biden because the tragic fellow's brain no longer functions so he cannot have an idea, much less an ideology).

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 13 2021 13:02 utc | 80

Excellent, and as some have pointed out, actually more complex than one might notice on first blush. I give my official stamp of approval.

Johnny Swift

P.S. Incidentally, my moniker was chosen because I have always appreciated the power of well-written satire, and the OTHER Mr. Swift was actually a many-greats uncle of mine. Sadly, as Mr. Gruff says, when most of what passes for mainstream news is itself some kind of parody of reality, it has made true satire almost a lost art.

Posted by: J Swift | Mar 13 2021 16:37 utc | 81

William Gruff @ 80

The term I believe you're looking for is "boogieperson."

Posted by: J Swift | Mar 13 2021 16:48 utc | 82

Not at all impressed with the BoogalooBoy interview.
Yes, I DO think the boy with the goofy nervous laugh, looks-like-pasted-on-beard, and Hawaiian shirt is a red herring, another way to marginalize anybody who is NOT pro-LGBTQ, anybody who is not in thrall to BLM.

Posted by: ChasMark | Mar 14 2021 1:45 utc | 83

"...in thrall to BLM."

I wonder what a world "in thrall to BLM" would look like? I am sure we will see some of that dystopia as the empire crumbles, and it won't be pretty. As a doomed experiment in applied anthropology, on the other hand, it will be fascinating to watch.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 14 2021 2:13 utc | 84

Ha!
Much appreciated response Mr. Gruff.
My young Maine Coon and myself will rest easy.
I’m guilty of inserting dumb one liners, but I do appreciate the well written comments here.
Cheers!

Posted by: Cadence calls | Mar 14 2021 3:09 utc | 85

Normally, I would think it rediculus but the behavior suggests that the demos are planning for potential need for martial law.

No doubt based on recent behavior they worry that victory in next election is not assured.

Adding to that I see as I travel that Trump flags are still flying. There is a lot of frustration.

Posted by: jared | Mar 14 2021 18:27 utc | 86

"Dude, I know funny ....."


comedy gold

As any fule knowe, the most hilarious people of all are of course the ones who make sure to take the time and effort to tell you how truely superior is their own sense of humour.

Never change, Stevie boy. Pure comedy gold

Posted by: Triden | Mar 15 2021 5:31 utc | 87

Ps

I absolutely loved the bit @64 where our resident self-declared "King of comedy" explains in excruciating detail just how unfunny b, Gruff, and everyone else here is.

Well, you sure showed them, eh?

Posted by: Triden | Mar 15 2021 5:46 utc | 88

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