All Things Imbecilic


There are many good reasons to listen to NPR.  You can listen to the classical music at night to help you fall asleep.  If that doesn’t work, you can listen to Garrison Keillor for the same effect.  I like to listen to NPR in order to determine if I possibly have a brain aneuryism.  Because, when something incredibly stupid, patently false or lacking in any logic or reasoning (usually a combination of the three) comes out of the radio it causes me to shout "That’s Bullshit!" at the top of my lungs with an eye-popping, neck vein-bulging ferocity.  Which, if I had a brain aneuryism, I should drop immediately dead after that.  So today, thanks to NPR, I got a clean bill of health.

On tonight’s broadcast of "All Things Considered", they did a feature on a group of burnout jazz musicians called the Liberation Music Orchestra.  These dopes get together every decade or so when they have their panties bunched up about how much America sucks, and record an album of unlistenable music. 

What got my hose in a knot wasn’t the anti-Americanism or Bush-bashing or whatever the cause d’jour of the perpetually upset applecart of our homegrown whiner class is this week.   It was the little story of how they formed this cacophony of complaining in the first place.

They claim to have started in 1968 when "Nixon was bombing Cambodia".  Here’s a little tip for you kids who slept through history class.  Nixon wasn’t President in 1968.  He suceeded Lyndon B. Johnson on January 20, 1969.  He didn’t start bombing Cambodia until March of 1969.  So they can’t even come up with a good story of when they started playing music without making up some shit about how it was Nixon’s fault that they sound like cats being thrown into a saw mill.

Then it struck me, who does that sound like?  Who else recently ran around claiming that "Nixon blah blah Cambodia blah blah 1968 blah blah."  Who indeed.

"I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me."  John F. Kerry said that.  He said it several times.  He said it to anyone who would listen.  Problem was, it wasn’t true.

Yes, Nixon did bomb Cambodia. He just didn’t do it at a convenient time for opportunistic gold digging hucksters and out of tune horn blowers to be able to demonize for their own purposes.  Hey, if you want to listen to some good music that was a direct result of American interference in Cambodia and the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge directly after it, check out Concerts for the People of Kampuchea.  It also features a shoutout to former UN Sec-Gen/ex-Nazi Kurt Waldheim.  You really can’t top that for the irony sweepstakes.


2 Responses to “All Things Imbecilic”

  1. Exador Says:

    I like listening to NPR for the sole reason that they don’t yell at me.And it’s nice to hear the left wing view of things, despite their new ombudsperson.

  2. Peptodismal Says:

    Somehow, I have managed to not destroy anything I own while listening to NPR, but I am sure that there are lots of folks who wonder what on earth is wrong with that guy in the truck – he’s having a conniption fit.Perhaps the Catwalliter Band actually got together when Pol Pot took up a hoe and started gardening. It’s hard to remember dates and facts when you are pontificatin’ for the cause. Besides it’s the feelings that you experience that really count – not some in-your-face neocon fancy ha ha fact dance.Well, the windshield is cracked a little bit…

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