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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-07-07 11:23 PM
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Piano Wire Puppeteers -- Sean Penn
By SEAN PENN

http://counterpunch.com/penn12072007.html

---SNIP---

Let me share something with you. Late one night in Caracas, I met with a couple of fellas, mercenaries I think you call them. Goddamit, I keep doing that. I mean contractors. They were Brits, their specialty: drug interdiction. These two were no great fans of Chavez. They called him radical and expected him to fall to an assassins bullet within the year. Like him or not, he had the cash to win their acceptance of his employ. And working alongside the Venezuelan military, these two, based in Caracas, had played the mountainous and jungled border between Columbia and Venezuela. A zone rife with paramilitaries, FARC guerillas, and merscratch that, contractors. What I was told that evening in Caracas by these piano wire puppeteers was that they had never worked for a government whose investment in drug interdiction was so genuine. Yeah, said one of the Brits, I gotta give the bastard Chavez that.

But I was talking about the Constitution. Most importantly, our own. And what an odd week it has been. Our culture is engrained with a tradition that blurs the line between what is right, what is just and what is constitutional, with what is a scam. That tradition is the cult of personality. What can TV sell, what kind of crap will we buy. And at what point are we buying and selling our rights, our pride, our flag, our children, and succumbing to meaningless slogans that are ultimately pure titles for un-Americanism. How do we know whats American and what is not? Because John Wayne tells us so? Because Sean Penn tells us so? Susan Sarandon? Bill OReilly? Michael Moore? Senator Bull? Or Senator Shit? Ann my bowel expenditure Coulter? No. Its our Constitution. We dont use it just to win. We depend on it because its the only us worth being. And because its our childrens inheritance from our shared forefathers and the traditions that really do speak best of our country...


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A brief chat with Larry King (not sure how current this is):

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VH0Fr5TccMM


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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-07-07 11:32 PM
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1. There is no such word as "jungled"...
...and there are plenty of other odd mistakes as well.

Smart guy, and progressive as hell, but can't write worth shit.
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 12:08 AM
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2. His heart and mind are in the right place...
Edited on Sat Dec-08-07 12:09 AM by Mr_Jefferson_24
...and he's genuine, not just talk, he's a real activist -- puts his personal time and money into his progressive ideals. I respect and admire him for that.

Here's a brief cut of him on C-SPAN in March of this year:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UwOLWp9Hlj0

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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 12:37 AM
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4. Definition of Jungled
http://www.lexic.us/definition-of/Jungled#1

... the jungled hillside, ...


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jungle (jnggl)

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/jungled

n.
1. Land densely overgrown with tropical vegetation.
2. A dense thicket or growth.
3. A dense, confused mass; a jumble.
4. Something made up of many confused elements; a bewildering complex or maze:
sorting through the jungle of regulations.
5. A place or milieu characterized by intense, often ruthless competition or struggle
for survival: the corporate jungle.
6. Slang A place where hoboes camp.
(Ultimately from Sanskrit jagalam, desert, wasteland, uncultivated area, from jagala-, desert, waste.)

jungly (-gl) adj.

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http://www.answers.com/topic/bataan?cat=travel

"Balanga is the provincial capital. A mountainous, thickly jungled region,
it has some of the best bamboo forests in the Philippines."


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It's really to bad you focused on one word and not the whole meaning of what he wrote.

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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 01:01 AM
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5. OK, OK.
It looks like a few dictionaries online and off have the word, although many do not--it's a pretty recent invention, created by taking an old noun and turning it into an adjective. (We've done the same thing with tourist and "touristy," which hasn't been around that long either.) But I concede the point--"jungly" is indeed a word.

What can I say? As a writer, I tend to fixate on these things. I never correct people's English when they post anonymously on the Web (unless they ask for it by calling me an idiot with every other word misspelled.) However, when someone posts authoritatively on a blog or online journal, I can't help but notice that some people don't always place that much care in what they write if it's just going to be seen online.
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 02:06 AM
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6. He's obviously writing as if in a conversation, or so I would think.
It's a familiar method to develop rapport between the author and the reader. (Although Derrida might claim "to develop rapport between the text and the reader"!)
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 01:02 PM
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11. Yeah, his grammar is the real issue here, right?
Sheesh!
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 12:20 AM
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3. A hero after Katrina also. Good guy. n/t
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:03 AM
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7. i'm giving this a jungled recommend.
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 08:26 AM
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8. How tropical of you -- my parrot thanks you...
...my fruit bat thanks you, my giant mosquitoes thank you, and my marching red ants thank you.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 10:27 AM
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9. what? -- no thobbing, lush, overgrown flora? please give my regards to your fruit bats.
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 12:54 PM
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10. I'll give this the 5th recommend simply because of this descriptive phrasing:
"Ann my bowel expenditure Coulter"

I have no idea what that means - but it invites all sorts of odd images, doesn't it?

:rofl:
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 10:48 PM
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12. I thought that was pretty creative too...
...I tried not to think on the imagery of it for very long.
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