As one of our favorite chroniclers of the Apocalypse, Juventino Manzano never fails to impress. In this story, “Back on the Home Front,” we meet two warriors – Mad Masturbator and Slave Trader – who for some reason remind us of the Horsemen.
In 2012, the battlegrounds are ending contraception, killing skittles-wielding teens, starting a War in Iran, and preventing gay marriage. In 2004 they were electing conservative judges, maintaining our “bubble” economy, ignoring our quagmire in Iraq, and keeping “gay” criminal. Proudly declared by then-President George W. Bush, the war between “Faith-Based vs. Reality-Based America” is still being waged with new generals and the same-old “troops we have.” Already it’s lasted longer the Civil War I. Which side will win?
In 2008, Tyrone Nagai published an exciting story which aligns two events – the film Run Lola Run and the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes. Given today’s pairing of The Hunger Games and Trayvon Martin, it seems appropriate to reprint his story here.
As a companion piece for the editorial I posted earlier today, I’ve added Harold Jaffe’s Revolutionary Post-Mill, a docufiction which takes as its starting point the May 1968 Paris uprising.
Jaffe is a frequent contributor to Armageddon Buffet -as a guest editorialist and a fiction writer. He is Professor of English at San Diego State University, editor of Fiction International, and author of such extraordinary books as OD and Terror-Dot-Gov, among others.
We will convert our Armageddon Buffet website to WordPress. This is the first of the editorials we are adding here (in Pages). It was written in March 2010, when Cassandra-in-Chief Stephen W. Potts first saw the pending “revolution” of the Mad Tea Party. His observations are still relevant, particularly when you observe the destruction that resulted from their victories in the 2010 mid-term election. Moral: Don’t take any election for granted. Or – a bad idea has a very long shelf-life!
Ever wonder why the U.S. and other countries are determined to keep fighting wars against imaginary enemies? Ask George Zimmerman. Or Jared Loughner. They are two of the “horsemen” who ride their trusty steeds (F.E.A.R.* for Zimmerman; paranoia for Loughner) into any and all situations of perceived threat.
But Loughner and Zimmerman are men, human manifestations of the desire to unleash War, Conquest, Famine**, and Death – the official Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Will the world ride these four into war against Iran – another terrorist “threat” designed to exploit our human tendency toward experiencing F.E.A.R. and paranoia?
Already several nations are amassing the “evidence” – faked or mis-captioned photos, assertions from ginned-up “experts” – they need to justify the decision to bomb Iran to rubble.
* F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real.
** Who knew the Famine they would unleash be would be a dearth of oil?