AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: Mother Do You Think They'll Drop the Bomb DATE: 1/20/2005 11:38:00 AM ----- BODY:
Once again, we're fantasizing about our own demise, even as George W. Bush is inaugurated for the second time. This time, the threat is a so-called dirty bomb, the suspects are Chinese, reported in Mexico and rumored to be heading to Boston, none of which, of course, makes any sense whatsoever. However, the collective psychological state of the country today is full of tantalizing associations. For example, this description of the contents of a dirty bomb:
Americium, which is found in smoke detectors, is one of eight types of radioactive sources suitable for bombs. Four sources cause external injuries to skin and eyes, and three others, plus americium, can cause extensive internal damage, as well.
Come on. Tell me you're making that up. "Americium"?? Does it get much more heavy-handed? If this were fiction, you'd throw the book down. Wouldn't you? And Boston, Massachusetts? Home to the Senator defeated in the most recent election? What does that mean? I thought we were done with this. I thought we were done with orange alerts and looking askance at Asian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern people on our block. I thought we were done with paranoia and fear, because they had been replaced with Patriotism and Jingoism and flag bumper stickers and "Support Our Troops" magentic ribbons and admonishments from the government to "Support the President" because his Homeland Security initiatives and the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act are keeping us safe, along with the war in Iraq, which was of course good for freedom and democracy the world over and a major blow against the terrorists. I mean, isn't that why we elected him? Must be those filthy liberals, then. Pretty soon I'm sure we'll be hearing how liberals and the liberal elite and the liberal agenda that hates America caused all this cognitive dissonance. Then everything will make sense.
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