Jan Column to accompany lead story
January 1, 1970Column by Steve Shapiro
Tell is a noun in poker. A tell gives away the sublime, the unconscious is revealed. And there’s ‘can you tell?’ Still, a matter of perception, but conscious and not so subtle.
Like the war in Iraq: Can the President tell when it’s over? Can the military tell when they won? Like in Carmel: Why can tell the trees were taken away down the center strip, down Ocean Avenue? Can you tell? Do we care?
Problem with James Baker that he can’t tell, he’s too ‘pinkies’ up.’ He can’t put the story out there in plain language. Together, both sects cover the board. The Big Board. The Sunni’s are pissed off because Bremmer took their prosperity away, and once they retaliated against the poor, the Shia, counter retaliation has finally lead to organized crime. It’s all in the report, but Baker is too proper to say it in plain language.
When, the expression was once ‘who cares?’ There, we could tell we had a problem. Big campaign, in the ‘60's over all kinds of major national problems besides war, and the word was ‘Do you Care?’ Or, ‘Don’t you Care?’ Then, in High School . . . we’re still talking about the ‘60's when “Who cares!” lead to the ‘Greed is Good’ ethic. The water on the sugar cube, and ‘who cares?’ The nation was going down, dissolution but some were active, so who could tell where it was going?
Our current US President can’t tell us anything. The Army War College can’t tell the students what a winning war looks like, so who can tell? The press isn’t real, just a reflection of what’s going on and they can’t tell anyway.
Anybody call out to Sue McCloud, “What up with all the trees going down?” Who can tell it’s over? Trees are up. Tell a tree lately? Go ahead, this is Carmel.
What’s to notice about a leader who responds to serious questions with one word answers, snickers and then tries to make up a response with more incomplete sentences? He’s dumb. Any dummy can’t tell when the point is made and the subject is over. Maybe we won, already and the President can’t tell.
Word is, our Secretary of State still tells it like she’s told to tell, and nobody can tell Secretary Rice holds interest in Chevron oil.
The idea of giving away fossil fuels is open now to the Iraqi government, and if every Iraqi citizen gets a share, then they can tell why they have to have pride in their nation.
General Schwarzkopf was able to say: “It’s over because I say it’s over.” No diplomacy lost there.
The new leadership has a chance to tell when it’s over, but no one can stand up and say so. The grip by one party over the other is over, can you tell? Our town is back to normal, can anybody tell what’s normal? Prosperity has returned to the nation, who’s to tell?
It’s time we care.
Where do we go with this? I say to anybody who cares: I read the political policy and see it’s the same locally as national, and international ‘girlie’ controversy in our local news. Same tune, sung in a different key. Boys make the policies, girls arrange the table afterwards. So who cares? Who can tell?
We have a president who’s too dumb to tell what’s going on, and who’s to tell him? Anybody out there care?
How can a local community be compared to National Politics? Do tell!
Word is: When you care, you can tell.
. . . say it’s the man, LET’S BLAME GEORGE W. BUSH.
Though we’re talkin’ trees and he’s a shrub. Here’s a breath of fresh air, what about a president, who’s a girl?
Find Sam and let him know that I repeat myself every month, so who’s to tell?
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula 40 years authored “Carmel - A Timeless Place.”)