Egypt: Told You So


The people of Egypt are revolting against their brutal, repressive dictator, Hosni Mubarak. We Americans are glad. We hate tyranny, and oppose it whenever we can.

If only the political class of the Federal government felt the same.

This dictator is same one in the five photographs at the right…one of each president since 1980.

The one that the US has helped keep in power for over thirty years, handing out $2,000,000,000 to their tyrant each year. If you adjust for inflation, this feeble country’s tiny economy has benefited from over one hundred billion dollars in American taxpayer dollars, plus military aid, technology, et cetera. How much interest in the National Debt has accumulated because of this?

Each time I’m listing the evil tyrannies the Federal government has supported in our name abroad, I mention Hosni Mubarak. And the neocon types carefully ignore it. But now we see why.

When Mubarak is, hopefully, overthrown by the people of Egypt, will they forget that we’re one of the main reasons they suffered under this evil regime for all these years?

The Iranians didn’t forget. They were forced to turn to the Soviet-funded Islamic Revolution, because we supported the Shah of Iran, their own tyrant. They then, rightfully, saw the US government as having made itself their enemy, by having supported their dictator.

Now the Egyptians may well turn to Islamic Fundamentalist movements of their own, against their own US Government-supported tyrant.  Should the next Egyptian government feel any different than the Iranians?

Sure, real Americans have never actually supported this kind of promotion of tyranny…but we’ve stood by and allowed our government to do it in our name, in violation of everything American.

How long are corrupt Federal bureaucrats going to keep supporting evil around the world, while we real Americans reap the blowback when people finally find a way to strike back against it?

We just gave more military aid to the tyrants ruling Saudi Arabia, for example. They are hated not only by their own people, but by almost all Muslims around the world, who see them (correctly) as a foreign-supported monstrosity, occupying their holiest city. How long before this chain reaction of revolution against American-supported dictators reaches Saudi Arabia? If their next regime hates us, who could blame them?

We need, as an increasing number of Americans are beginning to say aloud, to stop violating other countries in ways that we would not want other countries to do to us, like supporting tyranny abroad.

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Ozzy Osbourne Caused the Arizona Shooting


We here at Pithy Pontifications are fairly certain that World of Warcraft AND Ozzy are to blame for pretty much everything

Blaming anything for the Arizona shooting is insane, because the shooter, Jared Loughner, is insane.

What the control-freak prudes of each generation forget is that when someone’s that kind of crazy, it’s not that some specific thing sets them off, it’s that they’ll find something to set them off, no matter what.

I remember when Dungeons and Dragons was causing an outbreak of mayhem and badness around the country. And when it was heavy metal. And then it was video games. At one point it was the Ouija board. Oh, and television. And comic books. Movies. At one point, of course the madness was caused by reefer, and teen sex by Rock & Roll. Oh, let’s not forget science fiction…pure evil.

And kids did play with all of those things, then hurt themselves or others…because if they hadn’t fixated on one thing, it would have been another. The problem is in those specific, screwed-up kids, not the object of their fixation. Should we blame John Lennon for the lunacy of Mark David Chapman? Jodie Foster for John Hinkley Junior?

Now, Dungeons and Dragons is considered something that encourages learning and creativity in kids. Heavy metal music is used in educational cartoon themes. Comic books are considered the gateway to literacy. The objections were all nonsense, people being alarmed by “different”, more than any actual threat. Some of the “outbreaks of violence”, examined later, were actually all-time lows in violence, but specifically covered by a sensationalist, politically motivated media.

Let’s not forget the most laughable example:

When Ozzy Osbourne caused an outbreak in teen suicide.

Some crackpot group of ninnies actually took him to court, claiming his songs, like Suicide Solution and Paranoid caused kids to kill themselves.

“I tell you to end your life, I wish I could but it’s too late” from Paranoid was specifically mentioned. And a song called “Suicide Solution”, well…case closed!

Apparently, the incompetent lawyers and guilty parents involved didn’t even bother to actually check out the details of their accusation: In court, while suing Ozzy for the suicide of especially dimwitted teen John McCollum, it came out that the lyric in Paranoid was actually “I tell you to enjoy life, I wish I could but it’s too late”. And that Suicide Solution was a song warning against the dangers of alcohol abuse. That pretty much ended their case.

What we have, right now, are corrupt political thugs on both sides trying to doubly victimize Gabrielle Giffords and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green by exploiting Arizona massacre, claiming it’s caused by freedom of speech (and we need to censor that with the Fairness Doctrine), or legal guns (and we need to reinstate the Brady prohibition, itself an exploitation of another shooting it never would have prevented anyway), or too much freedom for the dangerously common folk (whom we should ban from carrying guns within 1000 feet of any public official), et cetera.

Like Rahm Emanuel said:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

But, really, you might as well blame Ozzy Osborne.

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