Be afraid -- be very afraid!

November 13, 2009 by barbara

barbara writes

So is it just me or do you sometimes receive disturbing emails that surprise you in light of who sent them?

Here’s the deal. I grew up and attended school in what I now recognize as a white bread, white kid, white glove, middle-class neighborhood. I had absolutely no idea what the political persuasion of my friends’ parents was. No, that’s not true. Our next door neighbors were Democrats. And my staunch Republican parents let it be known that Democrats were some kind of suspicious beings. My parents liked Ike and Barry, and later, Dick and Ronnie. Died before the ascendancy of George the Younger. My father loathed Hubert Humphrey and my mother despised Paul Wellstone because…well, just because...he irritated her.

Anyway, politics was irrelevant to kids when I was in school. So was religion. I was vaguely aware that most (but not all) of my childhood friends attended high steeple, mainline Protestant churches. Some of ‘em attended my little Congregational (now UCC) church. A few worshipped at synagogues.

Many of my Protestant pals got pretty heavy into a Young Life group that met one evening a week or so at a church across the street from our high school campus. Because I didn’t follow the herd to that particular activity, I never knew what it was about and assumed it was a purely social thing. And maybe it was. Or not.

I’ve kept in touch with a few of my high school friends over all these years. Fun to do, mostly. But with the advent of the internet, I began receiving strange stuff from them (and others – apparently I’m a magnet for weirdness, and please keep your thoughts to yourself, thank you very much).

From time to time (like today), I sit slack-jawed at my computer, reading a piece of dreck that has just washed up in the surf. It was like most of the stuff that trends toward the hysterical--racist, classist, religious righteous screeds, warnings, fear-mongering, none of it authenticated. Snopes and Google exist so people can check things out. Hmmm. Do Republicans know about Google?

Today’s exhibit was a piece about Golda Meir’s alleged bodyguard and terrorism savant Juval Aviv. Recognize this? It’s been making the rounds for four (4) years. And in it, Aviv is said to be predicting a terrorist attack in the U.S. within the next few months, to wit: Read on.

Aviv says the next terrorist attack here in America is imminent and will involve suicide bombers and non-suicide bombers in places where large groups of people congregate. (I. E., Disneyland, Las Vegas casinos, big cities New York, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.) and that it will also include shopping malls, subways in rush hour, train stations, etc., as well as rural America this time ( Wyoming , Montana , etc.).

The attack will be characterized by simultaneous detonations around the country (terrorists like big impact), involving at least 5-8 cities, including rural areas.

Pretty much covers the waterfront, doesn’t it? Well, you know what? As the saying goes, even a broken clock displays the correct time twice a day. Sooner or later, something dire will happen and just you watch the gleeful reaction to that!

As I have begun to do more often, I sent a reply to today's forward, pointing the sender to Snopes. I know, I know. Some day we’ll receive a frantic advisory that Snopes is a radical Islamic front that tells us lies about the truth to mask their evil intentions. You heard it here first.

In my reply to my long-time friend, I mused that I can only assume Americans are people who get off on fear. How else to explain thrill rides, “Chainsaw Massacre,” and the obsession with Glenn Beck? Adrenalin rush. Goosebumps. Ooooh, we need to be vigilant around brown, black and yellow people. Ooooh, beware of the godless left and the amoral middle. And most of all, do not trust the French or anyone who speaks their language. Ce que méchants traître!

As my daughter once said in high dudgeon when she was a child, “I am sick up and fed of this!”

Yeah. Pretty much. Just sayin’.

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barbara | November 13, 2009 - 7:09pm

Scary to read one's own stuff. How about this? Politics of others was irrelevant to kids when I was in school, ditto religion.

There. That's better.