The Beat Generation

Hello CityBeat Readers. I’m the new kid on the CityBeat Block. (Okay, I’m the new dumpy middle-aged guy on the CityBeat Block. Picky, picky.) In the days (weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennium, eons…) to come, we’ll have more time to become acquainted. I look forward to the dialogue we’ll develop in these digital pages. For now, though, I’m too exhausted to be witty having just watched the State of Denial address by President Bush (along with all the scintillating, if predictable, commentary—PBS thought he was okay but probably didn’t help his numbers much; Fox thought he was the second coming come to life.) For the numerologists amongst you, have fun counting how many times the word “Iran” was used tongith. Change one small letter and you’d think it was a few years back and the President was talking about another rogue Middle Eastern regime. Augury of the future? We’ll talk.


3 Responses to “The Beat Generation”

  1. mlaiuppa Says:

    Hey, I’m the first one? Awesome.

    Well in the words of my friend Wendy commenting on the State of the Union: “(translation): Quack. Quack [hobble hobble limp] quack. ”

    Iraq/Iraqi(s) was mentioned 2 times in 2002 and 34 times in 2007. Iran was mentioned 2 times in 2002 and 5 times in 2007.

    If you want to count occurance of words in the last six state of the union speeches, try this link:

  2. carlluna Says:

    Thanks Mlaiuppa — and congrats on being #1! You win a “Living in Lunacy” T-Shirt — as soon as we start making them…

    Many thanks also for following me across the digitial divide from UTland to CityBeat. Meanwhile, I’ve had a blast playing with your link to the Times. Endless interesting correlations. For example, the guy who brought us 9/11, Osama, was mentioned only twice last year and once this. Guess you don’t talk about your failures. Heck, Saddam –whose dead, least we forget—got four times as many mentions as the ostensible leader of our greatest enemy. Go figure. Meanwhile Al Qaeda was mentioned 10 times Tuesday, higher than in even 2003 ( 8 times) and the run up to war. With Saddam gone (but not forgotten) Iran seems to be emerging as the new evildoing coordinator of all that is bad in the Middle East in conjunction with Al Qaeda. What that means about future policy, one can only speculate. — Lunacy

  3. Antibush Says:

    Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren’t a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
    Are we safer today than we were before?
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

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