Posted On: Thursday - March 25th 2021 10:05AM MST
In Topics:   Music  Media Stupidity  Race/Genetics  Guns
OK, "Crazy Al-Issa" to be precise. I would think that's what his friends might have called him, seeing as his full name is Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, or "Ahmed Triple-Al" might work. Of course, we Americans are supposed to be tolerant enough to know exactly how to pronounce these the RIGHT way, or else the immigrant may get very pissed off, black out, and ka-boom-yow!
See, now the Lyin' Press has a really hard job with these acute stories, that is, ones that must be discussed with appropriate solutions right away. Hell, Peak Stupidity is on this one a coupla' days later, and the Lyin' Press outlets need to stay ahead of us. It's tough because you have to get the story out, at least within a few hours of the twitterers, facebookers, and instagramers, yet you need to know how it will fit into one or more the ongoing narratives too.
Sometimes, this rush to opinion, called more properly "the late-breaking news", causes fuck-ups. Actually it happens quite a bit if we all save Lyin' Press screenshots and keep their initial rantings in our memories.
Because he looks white enough, you know, with that un-suntanned pot belly and all, Crazy Al there in Boulder, Colorado was said to be a White Man for most of the 1st day of that story. That depends on the Lyin' Press outlet. If they don't pay their subscriptions for their Journ-o-list e-news, some (as per Adam Smith in the comments here) may stick with the evil gun-owner White Man Shooter way too long and look even stupider than the pack. (You don't want to do that - bad for career progression.)
Between the Atlanta mass shooting and this latest Boulder one, it looked like a real lock for the Establishment. The Lyin' Press department was doing its job diligently in providing infotainment that complied with the narrative of:
1) White men hate Oriental people because Donald Trump keeps using the phrase "China Flu", and it has riled them up enough now to shoot people willy-nilly.
2) Normal law-abiding sane White People should not be able to have guns. Look what happened. It was especially bad in the grocery store in Boulder, as unarmed people are sitting ducks, so there ... so there should not be guns ... cause .. that's, like, the only way to kill people.
What hadn't gone into the narrative in the infotainment being provided Americans was the sex-trafficking and illegal immigration angles of that story. These aspects were simply not useful. There's no
It was going well, but that freakin' Crazy Al fellow turned out to be Crazy Al-Issa instead. Dammit! Yeah, his friends and even his family saw him as a normally good Syrian-immigrant kid, a member of the wrestling team and all, who just went a little overboard in his anger on occasion. It was nice that he had an out, threatening to call anyone giving him too much shit back a racist or xenophobe.*
Man, that has GOT TO SUCK! You've got the news that you can use ready to insert into a couple of the big narratives, but one of your premises gets changed last freaking minute! This 2nd shooting didn't support narrative (1), because, unfortunately, there were no Oriental people in the line of fire that day, or the guy only wanted to shoot White People. If that wasn't bad enough, then narrative (2) couldn't use this story either. Yet, the story was already out there.
It was that stupid, stupid little piece of punctuation in his name, maybe an arithmetic operator symbol for those math-inclined, that came out last minute. No, it's not Alissa but Al-Issa. Who knew? Without that stupid dash that has something to do with being a Moslem Arab , we would have had support for the narrative through the rest of Spring! "Yeah, he and his family were from Syria, but that's Syria, Kentucky, pronounced 'Seye -Ray'", we could have told them.
It's time to just switch the whole story to GUNS! GUNS! GUNS! period. That's what you are going to hear and read now, people. The Lyin' Press has wasted a lot of their time with this story, already, but there's still that piece of "news you can use".
Really, readers, this is basically how the mass media operates in 2021. '
As for young Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is he the guy Paul Simon was writing about in his 1986 hit You Can Call Me Al? The lyrics are a bit uncanny:
A man walks down the street.Holy moley, there's even a line saying "Mr. Beerbelly". I shit you not. Due to this blogger's chronic lyricosis, most of the lyrics are ones I had never known and could only have gleaned off the internet.
He says why am I soft in the middle now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard?
I need a photo-opportunity.
I want a shot at redemption ...
You Can Call Me Al and lots of the other songs on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland are not in the style of his older music written/sung as a single artist. It's just my opinion, but the best of it was his entire There Goes Rhymin' Simon album from more than a decade earlier (1973). He liked to experiment with different styles. I like the horns and sax, and I like this classic old music video with Chevy Chase:
* Peak Stupidity will have more on the immigration aspect of this mass murder in another post. ---