Thursday, September 21, 2006

Eightfold Noble Path: Part 3, Mental Discipline

A slow and vagrant ant trundles past the catnip in the carrot with the bell attached to the end of it. Awakened by the vacuum cleaner, Guy Debord aks, "Do you mind if I clothe you in tobacco smoke instead of Parisian chic?"

Total Information Awareness; Tora Bora; "God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East"; bombing Al Jazeera; spying on Kofi Annan; putting Ann Coulter in charge of U.S. Port Security; Swift Boats for Truth; David Kelly; "the air at Ground Zero is healthy to breathe"; Lynndie England; Richard Clarke and Paul O'Neill; "Hamdi et al. versus Rumsfeld et al."; the death of Tariq Ayoub; fake electrocutions; 6 August 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing, "Bin Laden determined to Strike in U.S."; water-boarding; "We will be greeted as liberators"; the establishment of the rule of God on Earth. Election fraud.

Phyllis tries to get Bill O'Reilly to move into the vacant apartment in the building. Mary and Rhoda make sure he never signs the rental contract. Mary startles the coffee table when she rubs her cheek against it. She sits in front of the bathtub spigot, waiting. Nothing happens. Nothing ever does.


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