LETTERS  PCR #318      (April 24--30, 2006)

  • Nicholas Rex on Brandon Jones (Both Brandon Jones and Vinnie Blesi respond)
  • Terence Nuzum on Everything


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    NICHOLAS REX ON BRANDON JONES

    Readers,
    I Have Had Enough.

    I have had just about enough of this crap. What I am speaking of dear readers is the bile and filth spewing forth from the mouth of one Brandon Jones. Now although I have never met this man face to face based on his previous attacks against myself and Citizen X (who, by the way, wrote an excellent column), I have made the choice to speak out. Brandon, this is my opinion, not Nolanís nor anyone elseís (although there are probably some who would agree with me).

    The fact that you had the nerve to liken the conflict between the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds in Iraq as the nominally hilarious hatred between Red Sox fans and Yankee fans shows a level of ignorance Iíve seen become all too common in this country. These three groups, which share the same religion, have ideological differences which have had them at each otherís throats for the better part of 1000 years! As for your claim that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11, you obviously donít spend a great deal of time reading any major publications do you? If you had then you would have known that Saddam wanted nothing to do with Al-Qaeda because Osama Bin Laden is a Shiite cleric. Saddam was a member of the Baath party, made up of the Sunni minority in Iraq. The war in Iraq had nothing to do with WMDís or connections to Al-Qaeda. It had everything to do with both oil interests (since this country obviously has no intention of truly investing in alternative energy sources) and a personal vendetta with Saddam.

    I understand that you believe very firmly in your Republican ideals. That is an admirable trait. But when that belief becomes fanaticism, you become no better than the people who attacked us and destroyed so many lives. Yes I am likening your obviously flagrant obsession with the very people that would seek to destroy this country. Thanks to the incompetence of President Bush, we have now found ourselves in a financial rut that will take about 5 years to dig ourselves out of, many nations that we once called allies calling us the scum of the earth, and a foreign war that is becoming more and more of a clusterfuck than ever before. How you can stand there and defend these Republican criminals is beyond me.

    In closing I would to state this. I have no party affiliation. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I do not even vote in the elections because they donít mean a goddamned thing. The owners of this country bought this place lock, stock, and barrel decades ago and weíre not a part of the big club. If you honestly believe that the people in government care one whit about you, you have deluded yourself to the point that you will hear nothing any of us have to say. What the hell do you think politicians are? Many of them are millionaires. Youíre little $5 or $100 donation to their party isnít really important. Itís the business interests that invest millions of dollars in donations to both buy the votes of those in power and to place people in those seats that will do their bidding. Why do they have this power? Because we gave it to them, thatís why. The citizens of this country gave up their right to bitch and moan when it became more important to find out what movie stars are banging each other and who gets to win some reality show. We are to blame for this countryís woes.

    Nicholas King (Nicholas Rex)

    P.S. - I want to thank Nolan again for giving me this space to voice my opinion. Heís been an excellent friend and sounding board for many of my views and opinions.

    BRANDON JONES REPLIES:
    While itís mildly flattering that Iíve ruffled your feathers, your response reiterates my previous assertions of the political playground of ďlikemindednessĒ in this PCR universe. Iím sure the others agree with you; hence the failure of debate or analysis of facts and data. So, before I spew more bile and filth, letís start with my intentÖ

    If you want to quote Vietnam-era dictionaries, so be it, but a modern view of the word deals with conflict Ė conflict within the same country. Am I dramatizing the use of war when making a partisan and baseball analogy, hell yeah I am!

    Sorry to disagree with your facts, but the daily update of violence by our biased media isnít conflicts between the factions of Iraq. I'm not saying there isn't any violence! But Sunnis and Shiites are not taking up arms against one another. In fact, applause should be given to all of these groups that have set aside their differences as they create political structure and support for freedom and democracy.

    The horrible violence is NOT a civil war, but further acts of terrorism by radicals that strap on a bomb to themselves to kill Americans and civilians alike. Moreover, you can buy into the segregation between Saddam and Osama because of religious sect, but we have learned differently.

    In fact, even dating back into the first Iraq conflict, Saddam aside those differences to pursue allegiances and support to the terrorist factions. This was not well received in the Muslim community at the time and some believe thatís why Saddam didnít get the Muslim uprising he hoped for after invading Kuwait. There were regular contacts between bin Laden ďlieutenantsĒ and Iraqi intelligence (including Saddamís son) Ė (key reading sources would be the 9/11 commission report and Yossef Bodanskyís books)

    We will continue to part viewpoints as you can attribute the war to oil and a personal vendetta. I see a deep-rooted problem that started with Jimmy Carter and spiraled out of control throughout the '90s without retaliation. I believe these core beliefs in motives is what separates most people into factions who support the war/Bush and those who do not.

    Likewise, we are NOT in the financial that rut that claim. Isnít that real estate or stock market bubble burst yet? Go back and analyze our debt as a percent of GDP and you may see that things arenít as hopeless as Howard Dean and the DNC want you to believe.

    For the record, since you share the likeminded opinion that Iím Republican, I am not. I have been honest and supportive of a very conservative foreign policy and the Democrats havenít illustrated they even have a foreign policy. In fact, my voting for Bush was more of belief that I vote for someone, NOT against someone.

    I responded to Terenceís challenge on the message board to point huge problems with the administration, mostly domestic issues like the borders, immigration and social security. Of course, not of that matters, since I donít see the war the way YOU do.

    I canít agree with what I consider an over-simplified view of our politics and the state of the country. Willís letter to Senator Martinez and his response is exactly an example of how we, the People, need to make our voices heard. In fact, your absence from exercising a voice (by not voting), is exactly what I consider a real problem Ė apathy.

    You can hate big business, rich politicians Ė fine, but where is that hatred getting you.

    ďWhy do they have this power? Because we gave it to them, thatís why.Ē That isnít the problem.

    You gave up! Stop crying in a world of friends that all agree with you and go fight for your government to do what you think is right.

    As far as the ďCitizen XĒ and his Creature Corner antics, I didnít find brilliance in his article (as you said), I found the ďcartoonyĒ approach to Bush-hatred and oversimplification of the war.

    I never stated that Saddam was responsible for 9/11 but there are ties to his support of terrorism, support to bin Laden dating back before Somalia and training facilities for terrorists in Iraq.

    Conspiratorial citizen couch has insulted me and called me names for over a year. I shouldnít even have responded to his column because itís just a reminder of the polarization in this country.

    I have nothing to retract. Call yourself Citizen X, but he was still a Russian serial killer (not a bad movie btw). I donít really care if your Citizen Q, itís part of the whole ďthe government is coming for youĒ schick. We got it.

    I also agree that I appreciate the free speech that Nolan supports. Now impress by reading and researching the history and let me know what you think. Maybe youíll change my mind.

    --Brandon Jones

    VINNIE BLESI RESPONDS TO BRANDON JONES:

    "While itís mildly flattering that Iíve ruffled your feathers, ... "

    So you state outright that your intention is to ruffle feathers, and really has nothing to do with any of your personal beliefs. What a shame.

    "The horrible violence is NOT a civil war"

    Obviously you are brainwashed by Bush'isms. There was no civil war until we invaded. There was no terrorist action until we invaded, either.

    "For the record, since you share the likeminded opinion that Iím Republican, I am not."

    Why do you continue to live in this personally conflicted denial personal political status. Maybe more people would take you seriously if you quit this "I am a Democrat" bullshit and state your true colors of republicanism, big business, and facsist control of the media. I know where I stand on personal, religious and political issues. You are just confused.

    "As far as the 'Citizen X' and his Creature Corner antics, I didnít find brilliance in his article (as you said), I found the ďcartoonyĒ approach to Bush-hatred and oversimplification of the war"

    As was previously stated, there is no connection with the Citizen X column and any serial killer. If you do not retract your false allegations I will seriously consider this as libel, and may consider legal action against you. What the connection with Creature Corner that you suggest is beyond me, and may as well be evidence of your continuing libelous statements.

    "I also agree that I appreciate the free speech that Nolan supports. Now impress by reading and researching the history and let me know what you think. Maybe youíll change my mind"

    The pot calling the kettle black? I suggest you do some soul searching as to what is right for this country and your family, and stop being brainwashed by Fox News.

    Sincerely,
    Vinnie Blesi
    May you and your famly have much happiness.

    Nolan here. I just got off the phone with Brandon. The "Creature Corner antics" he referred to above was his take on the Citizen X opening paragraphs about being kidnapped by dark agents, which he likened to John Lewis' typical opening of a Creature's Corner column ("The demons in the castle have ruffled me from my slumber and Gorblie the devil is poking me into action for this week's column..."). Admittedly, the analogy is not terribly obvious even if you're a regular John Lewis reader, and John's only sent two columns to date this year.

    As for the business about "Citizen X" and any relationship to a crime, see below.

    BRANDON JONES REPLIES:
    I, Brandon Jones, want to acknowledge that Andrei Chikatilo, the Russian serial killer from the 80's and 90's, is a different Citizen X (as labelled by the media) from the Citizen X on CrazedFanboy. I hope that this statement will let the Citizen X (II) sleep easier.

    "So you state outright that your intention is to ruffle feathers, and really has nothing to do with any of your personal beliefs. What a shame."

    See, everything is always dismissed that I can't possibly believe the things I write.

    "Why do you continue to live in this personally conflicted denial personal political status. Maybe more people would take you seriously if you quit this "I am a Democrat" bullshit and state your true colors of republicanism, big business, and facsist control of the media. I know where I stand on personal, religious and political issues. You are just confused."

    Again, I can't analyze information and decide what I believe. If I'm Democrat I have to in agreement with Vinnie. Don't even get me started on the media, because like Lisa, Vinnie cannot differentiate the difference between entertainment shows (like talk radio) and the news. They put the big three networks on the same playing field with Fox news who has a minute audience in comparision and fills most of its airtime with entertainment and commentary NOT just news.

    "The pot calling the kettle black? I suggest you do some soul searching as to what is right for this country and your family, and stop being brainwashed by Fox News."

    What facts. Where and when is Vinnie giving me/us something tangible that will refute what I have put forth. See, I'm the brainwashed fool blindly following Bush, Fox news while he knows what is "right" for this country.

    There's no reason to perpetuate the (lack of) debate, just the same 'ole.

    Brandon


    TERENCE NUZUM ON EVERYTHING

    Nolan,
    OK, maybe I'm just an ass or maybe I'm scum but I think I'll be the first here not to cite political differences; I don't care if you have some sort proof that you claim is the end all and be all of the reasons we are in Iraq and just say that I don't think we should be in Iraq, right or wrong! I'm sick of seeing a President coming on TV who is obviously lying to save face about killing casualties, wasting soldiers' lives, etc.

    As for [Brandon's] ignorant comment about how we bitch but don't do anything about well I got this: I did vote! And I didn't vote for the failure that's in office. This may be politically incorrect, but guess what, I don't care about Iraq, I don't care about Bush's reasons. Just pull the damn troops out and put the money towards our fucking country! Like the homeless on the street, like the people who are victims of hurricane Katrina. Why should I care more about Iraq? This is my country and my people and they are being put aside for another? Is it wrong? Maybe. But it doesn't stop me from feeling that way about it. And do I feel better about 9/11 because we attacked Iraq? Hell no! We didn't catch Bin Laden and we might not ever. I'd like your answers to this. Of course, I know you have them.

    Terence Nuzum


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