Yes, and now we are governed, based on the inability to put verb and subject
together, by the Nattering Naboob.
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From: "Gunnar Jauch" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 2:19 PM
Subject: Re: Twain on War--OT or not?
> am 30.9.2002 22:27 Uhr schrieb Marsden Steven J unter
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> > I've posted the Twain quote around quite a lot in online communities,
> > gotten some good responses. The majority of Americans are never called
> > polls. The majority of polls cited support the cause of the day.
> > I believe men and women and goodwill and sanity are largely keeping
> > heads down. The rhetoric of the administration has shown a shocking lack
> > concern for even minimal standards of reason. Proof is never produced.
> To-day's "New York Times":
> "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today that American
> had "bulletproof" evidence of links between Al Qaeda and the government of
> President Saddam Hussein of Iraq."
> "Mr. Rumsfeld said that recently declassified intelligence reports about
> suspected ties between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government, including the
> presence of senior members of Al Qaeda in Baghdad in "recent periods,"
> "factual" and "exactly accurate.""
> Note the silly pleonasm "exactly accurate"... And we are governed by jerks
> who come out with such things. Remember the old wanker Agnew's "Nattering
> Nabobs of Negativisim"?
> > rhetoric and jingoistic bullying has more or less stood in where debate
> > should be. The distinctive whipcracky sound of dusty flags being waved
> > vigorously has drowned out most of the voices of dissent, and the major
> > outlets (in particular cable news) have blindly bought into and
> > every over-statement and cheap trick and act of terror-mongering.
> > I live in Texas, and work at one of the most politically conservative
> > universities in the nation. I'm teaching "Civil Disobedience" and
> > the will of the people.
> What an interesting --and ever so important-- topic, dear Steve! You ought
> to visit the peninsula of St.Pierre on the lake of Bienne, Switzerland,
> where J.J. Rousseau lived and taught. Drop me a line when you want to
> our guest room will be ready. No kidding.
> > I feel a chilly reticence in my students. Dissent
> > frightens them. Reason has been shown to have little weight in high
> That is sad but inevitable. A common reaction of many kids here, too. But
> ever so often, one finds some who listen to the bickering old gits...
> > These are the kids who will go and fight shortly. Some are in officer
> > training, some in the national guard.
> > I keep hoping there's some backbone and some brains left in America.
> > people will stand up and demand some answers. That they will realize
> > grief and shock don't necessarily demand the surrender of our rights and
> > reason.
> > I keep hoping.
> Good -- aren't we all. Let's keep hoping.
> Carry on, Steven!