Metallic Pea

Frustrating People Since 1971.

As We Went Marching Along (Or, American IDOL)

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‘Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace” when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.  Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.’  ~ Micah 3:5-7


Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:


– courtly manners [I am better at portly manners.]
– writing about me to the side [I prefer a face-to-face composition.]
– Honourable
Mention: poisonous South Ossetian midgets [Nice try, Nathan!]


I learnt a few things from the Republicrat Convention coverage this evening:

  1. John McCain worships ‘America’.
  2. John McCain loves war.
  3. Sadly, he is not alone.


  • Michael S. (20) of Hagen [Germany] was stopped by police at 1:05am, when he was seen swerving back and forth in his electric wheelchair. The student was on his way home from a birthday party and after drinking beer and schnapps, he could barely drive in a straight line. He even fell out of his chair at one point.’




  • In the Land of the Free Report: ‘Eighteen pro-life protesters were arrested, shackled, jailed and/or strip-searched after they held signs and shared their message on a public street.’




  • Sarah Palin is being put forth as an outsider who is not part of the Washington Establishment. However, she appears to be a follower of the same Dispensational Christian Zionism movement that threatens to keep us bogged down in Middle Eastern wars on behalf of Israel for decades, if not centuries.  (This explains her decision to ditch Phyllis Schlafly for AIPAC the other night.)



I took to calling Jack Anderson ‘Happy Jack’ back when he was first learning to walk, primarily because he almost always seems to be in a good mood.  If you run across young Mr Anderson, you will notice that 99 times out of 100 he has a grin on his face.  (It is often an amalgamation of a Cheshire Grin and a Cat-That-Ate-the-Canary smile, but that is neither here nor there.)

Many of you may not realise, however, that the moniker came to me as a result of my having been steeped in Classic Rock; it is, in fact, the title of a lesser-known hit of that name by The Who.  I give you the clip below of the song.


  • ‘What Palin and Romney did not note [at the Republican National Convention] is that a “terrorist” is anyone the president says is a terrorist.  Although this possibly was slightly reduced by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, anyone in the world, including American citizens, could be branded a “terrorist” and held, possibly indefinitely, in detention.  Even Romney and Palin might be held that way, never to be heard from again.’ 




  • Good news!  One Million Dads reports that, ‘As a result of your dedicated efforts in convincing every major advertiser to pull their commercial ads from Swingtown, CBS has decided to pull the plug and give up.’ 




  • ‘Most of all, to-day, parents need to inoculate their kids against the coming flood of war desire.  It will come, it will be insidious and invisible, and if not explicitly battled it will take ones [sic] children and possibly kill them, no different from a pestilence or pandemic.’ 




  • ‘According to [a] report by veteran Washington Times correspondent Arnaud de Borchgrave, the close cooperation of the Israelis with the Georgian military in the run-up to President Saakashvili’s blitz of South Ossetia was predicated on a Georgian promise to let the Israelis use Georgia’s airfields to mount a strike against Iran.’ 



  An alert police officer felt that something–something–didn’t seem right about this ID.





  • ‘Don’t American people even wonder why this sudden outburst of military operations in peaceful Georgia which all of a sudden decided to challenge powerful Russia and invade territories inhabited by Russian citizens? Don’t people wonder why and how come Russian tanks are in no hurry to leave “independent” Georgia?’


When Lyndon Johnson told the nation
Have no fear of escalation
I am trying everyone to please.
Though it isn’t really war
We’re sending fifty thousand more
To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese.
~ Tom Paxton, ‘Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation’



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