Music and Cell Phones

At the top of the charts is an album by Country singer Toby Keith expressing the US’s desire to kick some ass:

And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass
It’s the American way.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the charts, is Steve Earle’s new tune John Walker’s Blues which investigates the mindset of US Taliban John Walker:

I’m just an American boy, raised on MTV,
And I’ve seen all the kids in the soda pop bands,
But none of them look like me.
So I started looking round, and I heard the word of God.
And the first thing I heard that made sense was the word
of Allah, Peace be upon him.”

It’s obvious to me why everyone loves Toby Keith, but hates Steve Earle. We don’t wish to understand our enemies…we just want to blow them up. For by blowing them up, we don’t have to spend the energy it take to understand them.

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In other news. Cell phones are having major social/political effects on society. Both good and bad

Excerpts:

At the University of St. Andrews, where he studies art history, the royal hottie Prince William can’t even go out for drinks with friends without being tracked electronically by a pack of wired women.

“A quite sophisticated text messaging network has sprung up,” an “insider” told the Scottish Daily Record. “If William is spotted anywhere in the town then messages are sent out” on his admirers’ cell phones. “It starts off quite small. The first messages are then forwarded to more girls and so on. It just has a snowball effect. Informing 100 girls of his movements takes just seconds.” At one bar, the prince had to be moved to a safe location when more than 100 “lusty ladies,” so alerted, suddenly mobbed the place like cats responding to the sound of a can opener.

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Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, accused of massive corruption, was driven out of power two years ago by smart mobs who swarmed to demonstrations, alerted by their cell phones, gathering in no time. “It’s like pizza delivery,” Alex Magno, a political science professor at the University of the Philippines, told The Post at the time. “You can get a rally in 30 minutes — delivered to you.”