Two Years – Reflections on Drivel

I just noticed that this month is the second anniversary of Swatting at Flies. I’ve managed to drive away most, if not all, of those who visit this site. I’ve stopped actually checking site visit statistics, but if you’re reading this and you’ve been reading this from the beginning I can only say hot sex hot sex transvestite new york yankees wild girls vixens washington taxes death abortion George Bush Hillary Duff free lottery games Rove U2 Beatles…. there, there are all of the keywords that will attract more traffic to this website.

Once, back in 2003, this website was actually linked from one of the major political websites AND mentioned… at least in the comments section. I was responding to this little blurb at a blog called ‘Little Green Footballs’: ‘Sean Hannity had a bombshell revelation on his radio show today; a leaked memo showing that Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have been plotting to use classified information against the White House in next year’s Presidential campaign.’ Here is the winning exchange:

#240
JSF 11/5/2003 11:04AM PST
Wow. This memo is staggering! You mean the Democrats don’t like Bush? You mean Congress is full of politicians who seek out how to politically beat their opponents? Wowee wow wow wow wow. As a life-long supporter of the write-in candidate ‘Bugs Bunny’, I’ll be sure to vote for Sean ‘Great Hair’ Hannity next time.

#241
J.D. 11/5/2003 11:13AM PST
#240 JSF
Quote: “As a life-long supporter of the write-in candidate ‘Bugs Bunny’, I’ll be sure to vote for Sean ‘Great Hair’ Hannity next time.”

That’s a great idea, JSF. Have your therapists prescribed busywork, or are you undertaking this exercise in futility all on your own? Way to go!

#242
Viking the Kitten 11/5/2003 11:25AM PST
If only everyone who was as stupid as JSF also threw their votes away on cartoon characters … the Republicans would have filibuster-proof majorities.

(Is “stupid” too much of a personal attack? Try… everyone who laughs off unethical, sleazy, political tactics intended to divide and undermine our country in a time of war. On second thought, “stupid” will work just fine.)

#243
J.D. 11/5/2003 11:34AM PST
Viking the Kitten, I fear your post will confuse our guest.
JSF: Your write-in vote most certainly is counted.
By all means, carry on!

#244
Geepers 11/5/2003 11:39AM PST
JSF (#240),
Quote: As a life-long supporter of the write-in candidate ‘Bugs Bunny’, I’ll be sure to vote for Sean ‘Great Hair’ Hannity next time.

But, from your website, in your own words:
Why Vote? Since it’s all rigged anyway.

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I actually never bothered to see if anyone responded to my little off-the-cuff, sarcastic comment, but apparently people don’t understand humor when they come across it, or they’d rather ignore it and attack it at face value. Like throwing chicken bones at rabid dogs.

Obviously, the truth is 1) I have never written in ‘Bugs Bunny’ on any election ballot. My votes have always reflected my Independent political affiliation, voting Republican when, in the spirit of our great Democracy, no other candidate was offered. But, anyway, the point about Bugs Bunny should have been obvious. 2) I still maintain that those in power have no intention of allowing a popular election to decide who leads the country, and the choices are quite few, as I’ve mentioned, so it’s not like you have much of a chance at deciding. The point is pretty much moot. Talking about ‘strategy’ during an election, is sort of like talking about the color of shorts a professional wrestler will be wearing into the ring. It may be fashionable but it doesn’t really amount to much.

One more word on that subject – a representative democracy is not about the people deciding who they wish to lead them (they may indeed pick someone such as Bugs Bunny – Arnold Schwarzenegger, a perfect example). It’s about picking leaders who are most representative of those who are actually in power. Truth be told, neither Al Gore nor John Kerry were all that representative of many people in the country. They were intelligent, thoughtful, patient men who had clear visions of how best to lead America. Bush on the other hand, having led many failed companies in the private sector, being a born-again Christian, and having had a lot of help from friends and family contribute to his overall success, is very much like many other Americans. He is flawed, yet faithful. He is arrogant yet compassionate to those who agree with him. He appeals to all of those, and there are many, who see the world in a right and wrong, black and white, way. He’s a great American President.

Also, we all may as well face it – whatever those in power are seeking to accomplish is going to happen anyway. The President is either a participant or a pawn or a puppet. Points awarded to those who guess which one Bush is.

Anyway, thank to all the readers who read the words presented in electronic form here. If this site has become far less interesting it’s only because I have had too many other priorities. I’m in a Master’s Program at Virginia Tech in Public Administration, first of all. That’s taken up a lot of my time.

But… tune in next time and I’ll try to provide more wonderful drivel laced with sardonic humor and pseudo-serious, quasi-intellectual ramblings that almost make sense enough to make you just barely want to respond in some way, but …. eh, it’s not worth it…. where’s the porn?

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This Week’s Playlist

1. 1,000 Homo DJ’s – Supernaut (Reznor vocals) (6:32)
2. Adam & The Ants – Zerox (3:48)
3. Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right (3:30)
4. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (3:51)
5. Beastie Boys – Sabrosa (3:31)
6. Blue Oyster Cult – Godzilla (3:39)
7. Folk Implosion – Natural One (Unkle mix) (4:50)
8. Hiroshima – Distant Thoughts (5:50)
9. Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World (2:21)
10. Monkees – Stepping Stone (2:19)
11. Morrissey – I Have Forgiven Jesus (3:41)
12. New Order – Jetstream (Arthur Baker Remix) (7:04)
13. Portishead – Roads (5:05)
14. Propellerheads – History Repeating (4:02)
15. Radiohead – Planet Telex (Karma Sunra Mix) (5:21)
16. Svenson & Gielen – The Beauty Of Silence (Extended Mix) (9:01)
17. Shamen & Terrence McKenna – Evolution (with Future Sound Of London) (8:36)
18. The Darkness – I Believe In a Thing Called Love (3:36)
19. Pixies – Velouria (3:39)
20. The Ponys – We Shot The World (4:02)
21. Archer – The Time I Handed You Ten (5:01)
22. TISM – Death Death Death Amway Amway Amway (Live) (2:46)

The New Straw Empire

I keep telling myself it’s useless to talk about politics, but I noticed a startling quote from one of those quasi-junk e-mails I get from various sources virtually on a daily basis. It’s my fault for finding some of what they say somewhat interesting, though fraught with hype. This one came from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Here’s a snip of it…

“In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend – but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

This quote is apparently from a former Wall Street Journal reporter named Ron Suskind which he wrote in the New York Times Magazine.

One of the key lines here is ‘We’re an empire now.’ I guess there are really two issues with that. First, the concept that America is an empire seems counter to the idea that we’re just trying to make the world safe for democracy and all. I have never heard of a democratic empire before. Then, I guess, I have to ask if this quote is even accurate. Who is the Bush Aide who said this? Maybe I’m just being mean, but I have to raise doubts about a senior White House aide making this statement since it’s far too esoteric to come out of the mouth of anyone tied to this administration, which is known for its simple, easy-to-swallow soundbites (‘Let’s roll’ comes to mind).. But, it’s an interesting statement, nonetheless.

The really interesting thing is the philosophical idea that you can create your own reality. There is a small truth to that. The truth stems from the fact that when we wish for something and it happens, we feel validated. We interpret that validation to be truth or reality. Passive people feel a greater sense of validation when they get their way despite their lack of action. Active people feel a greater sense of validation when they get their way having had a hand in every step, every nuance. Bush falls into the latter category.

What passive and active people in these situations fail to realize is that causal relationships between actions and reactions don’t always follow logical structures. The only ‘logic’ is established in the mind of the observer. This logic can be shared with others as a ‘common reality’. However, simply because there is one or a million people who believe something, doesn’t make it so. Essentially, there is a swirl of chaos and the way we all survive is by creating logical patterns in our mind about what life is like. When we find things that don’t make sense at all or things we are not willing to accept we use imaginative devices to fill in for logic’s failure. Some people etch it into stone and call it ‘faith’. Some people write it down in scholarly journals and call it ‘science.’ Science proves religion wrong on a constant basis and religion proves science wrong on a constant basis. My own survival strategy is to always keep a small part of my mind open about the nature of reality. That way I can be open to what I can only describe as the very essence of life – constant discovery.

Turning to the idea that America is an ’empire’, I guess this statement stems from our needless invasion of Iraq. We’ve successfully thumbed our nose at the world community and are in the process of taking over some prime real estate with no one around who can tell us we can’t. I personally don’t have a whole lot of feeling one way or another about the empire notion. I would feel better about it if this Administration were to come out and explain that Bush’s vision for the U.S. is indeed to establish an empire, with the objective being total world domination. I’m an American. I live in America. I think I would benefit from that fact if we controlled the world. However, we have to be utterly sure of ourselves to make such bold statements. Sadly, though ultimate world power is wondeful to think about having, empires are hard to acquire, harder to maintain, yet so easy to lose.

Today’s Playlist

1. Adam & The Ants – Zerox (3:48)
2. Zvuki Mu – The Source of Infection (2:54)
3. Morrissey – I Have Forgiven Jesus (3:41)
4. Johnny Marr And The Healers – In Betweens (3:39)
5. 77s – I Can’t Get over It (4:37)
6. Blue Oyster Cult – I’m Burning For You (4:31)
7. Cracker – Low (4:33)
8. Danzig – Mother (3:24)
9. David Bowie – Fascination (5:51)
10. Donnie Iris – Ah! Leah! (3:45)
11. Echo And The Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever (3:57)
12. ELO – Rock N Roll Is King (3:43)
13. Fear Factory with Gary Numan – Fear Factory with Gary Numan (3:37)
14. Foo Fighters – Darling Nikki (3:25)
15. Lords of Acid – Speedracer Porn Mix (6:18)
16. MC5 – Kick Out The Jams (Uncensored) (2:46)
17. Monkees – Stepping Stone (2:19)
18. Archer – Why I Shot The Bear(6:33)
19. The Shamen – Move Any Mountain (3:26)
20. The Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends (3:53)
21. Wesley Willis – They Threw Me Out of Church (2:29)
22. The Ponys – We Shot The World (4:02)
23. New Order – Jetstream (Richard X Remix) (7:42)
24. The Dead Milkmen – Surfin’ Cow (3:34)
25. The KLF – 3am Eternal (4:38)

Today’s Playlist

1. The Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends (3:53)
2. Adam & The Ants – Zerox (3:48)
3. Zvuki Mu – The Source of Infection (2:54)
4. Morrissey – I Have Forgiven Jesus (3:41)
5. Johnny Marr And The Healers – In Betweens (3:39)
6. Alphaville – Big in Japan [Culture Mix] (6:09)
7. 77s – I Can’t Get over It (4:37)
8. Andy Summers & Robert Fripp – I Advance Masked (5:14)
9. Bjork – Violently Happy.mp3 (4:59)
10. Blue Oyster Cult – I’m Burning For You (4:31)
11. Cracker – Low (4:33)
12. Danzig – Mother (3:24)
13. David Bowie – Fascination (5:51)
14. Dead Milkmen – Surfin’ Cow (3:32)
15. Donnie Iris – Ah! Leah! (3:45)
16. Echo And The Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever (3:57)
17. ELO – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King (3:43)
18. Fear Factory with Gary Numan – Fear Factory with Gary Numan – (3:37)
19. Foo Fighters – Darling Nikki (3:25)
20. Lords of Acid – Speedracer Porn Mix (6:18)
21. MC5 – Kick Out The Jams (Uncensored) (2:46)
22. Monkees – Stepping Stone (2:19)
23. apotheosis – O Fortuna (apocalypse chorus mix) (11:45)
24. Archer – Why I Shot The Bear(6:33)
25. The Shamen – Move Any Mountain (3:26)
26. The Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends (3:53)
27. Wesley Willis – They Threw Me Out of Church (2:29)

Today’s Playlist

1. Tom Waits – Back In The Good Old World (gypsy) (2:29)
2. Jevetta Steele – Calling you (5:20)
3. 77s – I Can’t Get over It (4:37)
4. 77s – Bottom Line (3:51)
5. Bobby McFerrin – Sunshine of Your Love (3:39)
6. Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love (4:10)
7. Cream – White Room (4:57)
8. KLF – 3AM Eternal Blue Danube (Orbital Mix) (7:37)
9. New Order – Jetstream (Pete Heller’s Phela Vox) (9:02)
10. New Order – Jetstream (Richard X Remix) (7:42)
11. New Order – Jetstream (Tom Neville Remix) (7:35)
12. New Order – Jetstream (Arthur Baker Remix) (7:04)
13. Orbital – Chime (8:02)
14. Orbital – Little Fluffy Clouds (4:27)
15. Spinal Tap – Stonehenge (4:37)
16. Tea Party – Transmission (5:17)
17. The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (3:49)
18. UB40 – Fools Rush In (3:26)

Super Revamp Away from the Political and Into the Realm of the Actual

OK… for the remaining five people still ignoring this blog, I’m officially shifting its focus from pseudo-intellectual, quasi-political commentary and other drivel to personal observations and journal-esque chronicling of the everyday. Additionally, expect a heavy dose of nonsense poetry, songlists, and existentialistic folk lyrics…

As Andy Warhol once said – “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

Enjoy!