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Monday, January 09, 2017

Make America Awesom-O Again!

(Awesom-O, 116th Episode of South Park)

General Petraeus and Friendships?

It is good to see that General Petraeus was considered to be Secretary of State under the new administration. I do, however, have some reservations.

Does not General Petraeus... and Friend remind you of some other character whose loose lips sank ships? More correctly, sank many.... battlestars!

Yes, I'm talking about Gaius Baltar:

Gaius Baltar and Friend

of Battlestar Galactica infamy.  PetrAEUS... GAIUS, get it? (The link is even closer when you remember that Latin AE and AI pretty much were the same dipthong!)

Gaius Baltar, whose indiscretion allowed his Cylon-humanoid-paramour to destroy Caprica... (2003)
General Petraeus who resigned from the head of the CIA, the foremost covert intelligence agency of the USA, and whose indiscretion allowed his human paramour top secret information... (2012)
and Art anticipates Life once again.

In 2007, the organization MoveOn published a full-page ad in The New York Times referring to General Petraeus as "General Betray-us", saying he cooked the books for the Bush White House to justify more troops to Iraq.

I find it unnervingly odd, for Life is to precede Art, except in Sci-Fi. I mean, the meat packers are supposed to fight their way up from the slaughter houses and build vast cattle-processing empires and vaster fortunes before Upton Sinclair blows the whistle on the horrors.
Not the other way around.
When life becomes so sordid that the most outrageous imaginings of script writers becomes the mundane reality of everyday, I shudder. I do not await the incarnation of Quentin Tarantino's prophecies any time soon... complete with Samuel Jackson instead of Morgan Freeman doing voice-over!


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