Commentary on the more inane aspects of our society.  Inspired by the movie of the same name.
WE have met the enemy, and THEY is US ~ Walt Kelly

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not totally absurd."
~ Bertrand Russell


"The dog has ticks!" "Then WE must flea!!"
the Firesign Theatre

--  "I don't care to belong to any club that would have me as a member."
    ~ Groucho Marx

Hey, you're not the United States any more, you're US!!
(a wholly owned subsidiary of the US Plus Corporation)

After how many lessons?
"A Day Which Will Live In Infamy!"
You can't put a name on it!!

“Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    ~ Mark Twain

WE - The Greatest Scam Every Perpetrated Upon The American People
WE is nothing more than 'mob rule'
Why didn't WE see US coming?

Change We Can Believe In: In December, the city council in Brighton, Mich., passed an ordinance making it illegal for anyone to be "annoying" in public, "by word of mouth, sign or motions."
Violators can be ticketed and fined. [Detroit News-AP, 12-19-08]

Remember, WE are not alone..
Firesign - everything You Know Is Wrong
Listen to this audio clip from an "Alien Invasion Training Film"
procured from a secret base in Arizona by The Firesign Theatre

(Return to Table of Contents)

Are You a Brainless Obeyer?
Is America's Love Affair with Stupidity Finally Over? - Americans' embrace of the Obamas and other intelligent public figures may be part of a much-needed cultural shift.
How Anti-Intellectualism Is Destroying America - Sad but true: Intelligence is a political liability in the US. Author of The Age of American Unreason Susan Jacoby explains why
16 of the Dumbest Things Americans Believe -- And the Right-Wing Lies Behind Them

"When the language is perfect, the Revolution will be complete."
    -- George Orwell's "1984"

“While it is true that we in this nation remain free to
be idiotic, it does not necessarily follow that we must
be idiotic, in order to be free!”
- H. Mumford Jones

It's baaaad for you ;)

-- “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
    ~ Edward R. Murrow

The Evolution Of Man To Sheep

"It is incredible how soon as a people becomes subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and so willingly that one is led to say ... that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement."
~ Étienne de La Boétie

"The Future is fair!  The Future is fun!
You may already have won!  You may already be there!"
~ The Firesign Theatre

Picking Up By EarsPT Barnum
"US Blues" -  Shake the hand that shook the hand of PT Barnum...

Welcome to the World of Madison Avenue
Which cigarette do you smoke?  Which one are you?
As was asked of Gordon Gekko in the movie "Wall Street", how much is enough?

Sarah P

“If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
~ Anatole France

“In their anti-rational propaganda the enemies of freedom systematically pervert the resources of language in order to wheedle or stampede their victims into thinking, feeling and acting as they, the mind-manipulators, want them to think, feel and act. An education for freedom (and for the love and intelligence which are at once the conditions and the results of freedom) must be, among other things, an education in the proper uses of language.”
~ Aldous Huxley

No EvilCurrent Pavlov's Monkeys Pap-Culture Catch Phrases
(also classified by biologists as "Boobus Americanus")

- "We're health food"
- "Big beer-who", or "Big beer who?"
- "Boo-hoos....", "Booze who?", "Booze is who?"  and the ever-popular, "Boo-who's?"  (Remember, you can always repeal the 21st Ammendment ;)
- "Voi-seee" (the French word for 'here is' is voici)
- "You (fill in the blank)ed yourself"
- "Yes!!"
- "Hi!" (often mis-underinterpreted as the Japanese word for 'hello')
- "Shhhhhh...." (be werry, werry quiet about the US debt clock or a never-ending war)
- "You won't share your (fill in the blank)"
- "Piece", or the homonym (hey, I'm not prejudiced) "Peace"
- "(some vague mumblings, you think maybe you can make out a word or two) fear..."
- "Don't you (alternately 'didn't you') like (fill in the blank)"
- "What's (fill in the blank)?"
- "Ir's your fear"
- "You use it..."
- "These are taxes..."
- "Choose..."
- "Whooo?"
- "Death..."
- "Tense"
- "Poof!"
- "It's a great conspiracy" (A 'great' conspiracy?  Is that like wayyy better than a regular conspiracy?) - got news for ya chum, there are conspiracies out there.  Same as there were 4000 years ago.  People want power, control and money.
- "It's a test..." WE want you to protect the Constitution.  That's why WE violate it!!  Get it? (gosh darn, I never saw that one coming...)
- "Whew!"
- "It worked!"
- A Pavlov's Monkey claps its hands once.  It means something.
- "Deuce"

-- H.L. Mencken was more to the point, as usual, when he wrote that the purpose of schools is:
to manufacture an endless corps of sound Americans. A sound American is simply one who has put out of his mind all doubts and questionings, and who accepts instantly, and as incontrovertible gospel, the whole body of official doctrine of his day, whatever it may be and no matter how often it may change.

and as the Lone Ranger said to Tonto...
"Indians all around us!  What are we going to do Tonto??"
and Tonto with a grin on his face replied...
"What you mean WE, kimosabe?"
Charles Darwin said it's about "Survival Of The Fittest"
I believe it's more about, "Survival Of The Faddest" ;-)

(Desiderata parody)
from the album Greatest_Hits_of_the_National_Lampoon
(c) 1972 Visa Records
performed by Norman Rose
written by Tony Hendra
music by Christopher Guest

Go placidly amid the noise and waste,
and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Avoid quiet and passive persons, unless you are in need of sleep.
Rotate your tires.
Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys.
Know what to kiss... and when.
Consider that two wrongs never make a right... but that three do.
Wherever possible, put people on hold.
Be comforted that in the face of all erridity and disallusionment,
and despite the changing fortunes of time,
there is always a big future in computer maintainance.

Remember the Pueblo.
Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate.
Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI.
Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
especially with those persons closest to you...
that lemon on your left, for instance.
Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love, therefore; it will stick to your face.
Gracefully surrender the things of youth,
birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan,
and let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
Hire people with hooks.
For a good time call 606-4311. Ask for Ken.
Take heart amid the deepening gloom
that your dog is finally getting enough cheese,
and reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot,
it could only be worse in Milwaukee.

You are a fluke of the Universe.
You have no right to be here,
and weather you can hear it or not,
the Universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore, make peace with your god,
whatever you conceive him to be:
hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin.
With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal,
the world continues to deteriorate.

Give up

Rosa Parks on the Bus

Rosa Parks

Don't worry, it's all just part of the "Mzzz Information Show" (courtesy of the Firesign Theatre) :-)

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