Friday, November 25, 2005

O, sir! you are old;

Nature in you stands on the very verge
Of her confine: you should be rul’d and led
By some discretion that discerns your state
Better than you yourself.
Shakespeare’s Regan, Act II, scene iv of King Lear

When people get very old they can tend to say and do goofy things. Often this behavior is attributable to dementia but it can also be a sign of a growing indifference to societal pressure.

In the latter case, utterances that reflect attitudes and reasoning that would have been “career-ending” at a younger age, flow freely in retirement. Interestingly, the mainstream media (MSM), trained observers all, have a difficult time recognizing when an individual whom they have lionized crosses that don’t-give-a-damn threshold. Still enamored with the speaker, the MSM dutifully reports what he (it’s almost always a man) says no matter how asinine it may be. One could say such reporting is merely objective. But, given the propensity of the MSM to consciously and consistently omit the facts of a story at odds with their agenda, that’s a hard sell.

This post was prompted by:
"The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."

Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Minister Of Defense, in a speech given On September 25, 2005 at the University of Toronto
Hellyer is 82

More of Mr. Hellyer’s current focus can be found in Former Canadian Minister Of Defence Asks Canadian Parliament Asked To Hold Hearings On Relations With Alien "Et" Civilizations

Other gray-beard insights:

"So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign."

Walter Cronkite, on CNN's Larry King Live, when asked for his reaction to the al-Qaeda videotape released just days before the 2004 presidential election - October 2004
Cronkite is 89

“There's an old saying in the days of slavery. There are those slaves who lived on the plantation, and there were those slaves who lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master. Colin Powell was permitted to come into the house of the master.”

Harry Belafonte – radio broadcast in San Diego, CA – October 2002
Belafonte is 78

“That voice is the voice of Tony Blair, ‘Mr. Bush knows what he's doing!’ But the fact is that Mr. Bush and his gang do know what they're doing and Blair, unless he really is the deluded idiot he often appears to be, also knows what they're doing. They are determined, quite simply, to control the world and the world's resources. And they don't give a damn how many people they murder on the way. And Blair goes along with it.”

Harold Pinter - House of Commons Speech - October 2002
Pinter is 75
“Well, the [infamous 60 Minutes II bogus documents] story is accurate.”

Dan Rather at the National Press Club - September 2005
Rather is 74

"The powerful winds and flood waters of Katrina tore away the mask that has hidden from public view the many Americans who are left out and left behind. As one nation under God, we cannot continue to ignore the injustice, the inequality and the gross disparities that exist in our society."

Ted Kennedy – Opening remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing considering John G. Roberts’s nomination to the Supreme Court – September 2005
Kennedy is 73


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