Breaking News Snaps

It’s not news: the reaction of families to the reality of Flight MH370 being a casualty of the South Indian Ocean is not news.

It’s not news: the reaction of Mick Jagger to the suicide of his girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, is not news.

The reaction of protestors to the death of Fred Phelps, however, is news, since they turned it around, as a reminder you don’t know the world you live in until you take a look at the world through the eyes of someone else.

To the people who loved Fred Phelps, his death was a loss. When members of Westboro Church turned up in Kansas City to protest a concert of recording artist Lorde, they were met with a surprise.fred_phelps_rip (303x166)

This sign.

It’s humbling, when you step back.

Fred Phelps did nothing with his life. In fact, Fred Phelps did less than nothing with his life. If Fred Phelps had laid around in a hammock, the world would have been a better place. Instead, Fred Phelps turned private grief into public spectacle.

There’s a lot of it going around, where the unimaginative exploit raw emotion for the glory of a headline. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, the Right to Bear Arms, westboro_members_sad_people (303x166)none of these constitutional benchmarks were meant to be sneaky loopholes for the ethically challenged to use as leverage.

But the founding fathers were slaveholding misogynists with small dicks, so give ‘em a break.

It’s hard to know what matters. Is it Vladimir Putin? As little as I know about Crimea, and I can barely spell Crimea without the help of spell check, I get the feeling invading a sovereign nation is a throwback behavior of tyrants from the last century. Is it Flight MH370? mh_370_hope_springs_eternal (303x202)As irrational as it is to have a fear of flying, I have to admit you’re really just sitting in a tube, in a seat, in the sky, reclining, with little to no legroom. Is it mean-spirited protestors, phantom hijackers, suicidal debutants, grieving devil sympathizers? It’s hard to know what matters.

Maybe we’re all just bored, secretly wishing for another war, another terror attack, another flag waving psychopath to poke Uncle Sam in the eye, so we have a new bad guy to fetishize.

Even Germany has begun making fun of Hitler. Truth is, they’re all laughable, sad men, with bad mustaches, shirtless on a horsie, courtside with Dennis Rodman, positioning themselves for the crown in the post nuclear apocalyptic world.

BREAKING NEWS: there is no crown, there is no post nuclear apocalyptic world, media_spetacle_mh370 (303x179)there is only a plane at the bottom of the South Indian Ocean, and a lot of sad families on land.

So be nice, God Damn It, be nice.

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10 Responses to Breaking News Snaps

  1. Steven says:

    invading a sovereign is country is a throwback to now..Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,Mogadusha..Plus when you put santions on a country and try to bring them down financially and Have the CIA try to overthrow govt it is an act of war.. you can add Iran Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Venezuala,North Korea and many others..Basically the USA is just us trying to Steal Russia’s Girlfriend Ukraine by offering more money (i.e promises of European Union) and the young people went for that..Putin sat aruund and let us invade his old girlfriend Afghanistan cause he know how much trouble she was the last time…Iraq was not worth it..Syria he likes so he put up a little fight ..But Ukraine that would be like us letting Putin Fuck Canada..He’s going to fight for his girl Ukraine..We also tried to woo Georgia Putin stopped that..Thank God they is somebody standing up to Us ..We have become the rich guy or the high school quarterback who thinks he is entitled to everything..USSR fell but the KGB did not.And the KGB is known to be the most powerful and smartest intelligence service this world has ever known..The CIA would admit that..I have known people in the CIA and they have told me this..We can do nothing to them and we know it..and we should just be lucky if Putin decides not to fuck with us cause we deserve it the way we have been behaving since 2001..

  2. babs says:

    We have alot of acquaintences and a few friends who are Russian. As a matter of fact, Frank sponsored a few many years ago when they came here from Russia. The ones who could got out. The ones who couldn’t got screwed! The same thing that happened years ago and which caused Russia to fall apart will happen again, and it will because of the policies, or lack of policies, that don’t allow the good people of Russia the freedom they want to get a piece of the pie! You can thank Putin and the KGB for those problems, not the West. We may not be perfect, but we’re far from bad!!

  3. Andy says:

    And the KGB is known to be the most powerful and smartest intelligence service this world has ever known..The CIA would admit that..I have known people in the CIA and they have told me this..We can do nothing to them and we know it..and we should just be lucky if Putin decides not to fuck with us cause we deserve it the way we have been behaving since 2001..

    KGB (dismantled by Yeltsin)-Now the FSB and SVR was a great spy agency discounting their atrocities inside the former USSR and abroad. In the cold war the CIA’s budget was 32 Billion compared to the KGB’s budget 8 Billion. The KGB was responsible not only for espionage internationally but also border security, internal security, prisons, and counterintelligence. They had 10x the responsibility and 1/3 the budget of the CIA. And they had some great successes {Aldrich Ames chief of CIA Soviet Division} {John Walker and sons sold the Navy’s code book they read our messages for over 15 years and knew the location of all subs and warships} {Pelton-Ivy Bells Navy listening station} {Robert Hansen FBI agent gave away basically every agent we had inside the KGB} and many others we probably never caught.

    But they were also insanely incompetent. We had turned executive level KGB agents. We had their number 3 on our payroll for 15 years. We were able to look at the organization from the top down. The CIA almost to a crime exaggerated the fuck out of the USSR strengths and capabilities. The country was broke by the late 70′s and everyone knew it. I’ll give you an example Steven. The CIA was operating in Moscow and were always hounded and followed by the KGB. Do you know how the CIA was able to make the KGB cars? Wind shield wipers when it rained, only the KGB cars would be afforded wipers the rest of the people had to make do because the USSR was so broke.. That was the 80′s.

    Read “The Spy Handler” it’s a biography of the KGB station chief in Washington DC. He ran most of the KGB’s successful operations. They used women “honey traps” to trap men and blackmail them or in some cases marry them. That Anna Chapman nonsense a few years ago was an FSB operation. I read the indictment they kept it out of the media but the reason the FBI shut it down was she was getting VERY close to one of BHO’s cabinet members. Rumor had it they had went on a few dates. But her tradecraft was GOD AWFUL she made some very embarrassing mistakes there’s an excellent documentary about her on Youtube. I guess my point is they’re not all powerful and all knowing and responsible for every crisis or murder. They’re largely an arm of power. They don’t move without orders from the Kremlin. One shocking insight in Spy Handler was at the end of the day the author admitted in his career nothing was really accomplished by either side. They had some great turns we had some great turns but it never really effected foreign policy either way. Kind of like a VERY expensive secret professional sport.

  4. Andy says:

    The same thing that happened years ago and which caused Russia to fall apart will happen again, and it will because of the policies, or lack of policies, that don’t allow the good people of Russia the freedom they want to get a piece of the pie! You can thank Putin and the KGB for those problems, not the West. We may not be perfect, but we’re far from bad!!

    Barbara I don’t really blame Putin for invading. A little history. When the Berlin wall fell Gorbachev agreed to a unified Germany with US troops staying and Russian troops leaving. They let Poland have free elections but NO US TROOPS OR BASES EAST OF GERMANY, that was the agreement. This was a GIGANTIC concession. Why you might ask? Well in WW2 Germany invaded Russia for the 2nd time in 30 years in the most barbaric war that annihilated the infrastructure of the country and killed 22 million Russians before they were able to beat back the Germans. The Russians tended to distrust the Germans after that. Then Clinton became president (a big liberal) and expanded NATO to Poland Lithuania and many other former Warsaw Pact countries infuriating the Russians and breaking the deal. Then Bush pushed that idiotic missile defense shield which would basically render the Russian nuclear missile deterrent worthless. The Russians who had scaled back their military spending and nuclear stockpile reversed course and started acting like the old USSR (invasion of Georgia). Well you jump to 2014 and now we have this Ukraine shit. This country directly borders Russia. A potentially pro U.S Ukraine on the door step of Moscow. Would Ukraine also join NATO? You see the problem? We told them 20 years ago we would only go as far East as Germany. I can see why they might distrust us and invade Ukraine.

    As for the crazy morons suggesting Hussein should directly confront Putin and even consider a military option it’s why I don’t listen to the radio anymore. I can’t believe we have people advocating WW3 over this nonsense. Russia has been reduced to a regional power. We have to watch them and contain them but they’re NOT the former USSR and never will be. Good news is the too shall pass we’ll be on to something else in a few months and Ukraine will be long forgotten.

    As to Putin I think overall he’s been good for the average Russian. Salaries are up 8x since he was ‘elected’. He threw out killed or imprisoned the piggish oligarchs who were robbing the country blind, these guys were disgusting thieving pigs. Putin has provided political stability instead of Yeltsin’s vodka criminal thieving chaos. He personally sets a good example in a country plagued with alcoholism and corruption. While Putin’s far from perfect and we should hammer him on media censorship and silencing rock bands I think he’s a stable force and good for Russia and the region.

  5. BF says:

    In 1776, or maybe a little sooner, we formed a perfect union. Rrrrright. What is going on in Russia is almost exactly what happens in the U S of A since we started to form a more perfect union. It takes time and there are stages just like the stages of grief. There are no short cuts. A communist state and world domination was a good idea but over time economics and greed doomed this idealistic concept to failure just like kingdoms. Greed is the underlying cancer that causes these utopian concepts to fail. True democracy is an attempt to suppress greed but greed still raises its ugly head from time to time and stops democracy from really achieving its objectives.
    So what the fuck am I saying. The Russian people started to see what the rest of the world was enjoying back in the 70’s when the USSR could no longer suppress information and they said ‘I want some of that’. Russia opened up its doors to a little bit of capitalism and democracy crept in. Corruption was a big part of their failed state but crime was almost nonexistent in communist Russia so next came crime. The old generation got totally screwed with the change but soon died off with the help of their version of Medicare. The powers that really control government (no different than the U S of A) got rid of Gorbachev and the new money people started to gain power. The USSR started to build power and money people and stopped worrying about world domination. It shrunk down to a manageable nation.
    Now that Russia has gained a degree of stability it is making decisions that head it in different directions depending on what the money and power guys decide is best for them. Sound familiar? Putin does not care about the future of Russia. He only cares about the immediate future and how much money and power he and his can accumulate. Sound familiar? The people of Russia (mainly the money people) will decide the real future of Russia and it will take time.
    For an example of how long it will take I refer you to a case study …. The U S of A.

  6. Babs says:

    BREAKING NEWS!! Forget about this Russian old news. HHS just announced that 6 million peeps have signed up for Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare! So many folks will now be able to get health care and not go broke if something horrific happens to them or their loved ones! Lots of tweaking to do, but it’s a good start.

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