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The Forgettysburg Redress

Exactly a full year ago events testing the legacy our fathers bestowed upon this continent, this nation’s crumbling commitment to freedom, a betrayal of the proposition “liberty and justice for all”

Now we are engaged in a vaguely defined war, revealing that a nation, or any nation so detached, and so deluded, can long dolor. We are met on an already abused symbol of that war. We come to desecrate a portion of it, as a neatly packaged placation for those who never died here, creating pitiable tokens for those who live. This may, in pop psychology, give “closure”. But, in a truer sense, we aggrandize -- we embellish-- we cheapen, this ground -- The ordinary people, living and dead, who struggled here, are trivialized, lost beneath our superior power to dehumanize and brand. The world will forever syndicate, and incessantly license and rerun what we say here; while it will never know, or understand why they died here.

It is unfortunate for us, the conned, the consumer and the consumed, we here ignore the great lessons looming before us -- that, from these telegenically cleansed dead we make increased idolatries to that aggressive propitiation for which they here, experienced but an iota of the full measure of consequence -- that we here blithely empurple these dead through didactic commercialization; that the nation, shall trade platitudes for latitude, so that commodification of the devastation by the government for the corporation, shall forever degrade memory’s worth.

-Clinton Fein


Jejune Journalism
by Clinton Fein
Sunday, September 01, 2002

Treason Season
Part One

by Clinton Fein
Thursday, June 20, 2002

WARtertainment Reality Television
by Clinton Fein
Monday, February 25, 2002

Keep the Change
The New America

by Clinton Fein
Monday, January 14, 2002

Moronic Irony and Patriotic Hypocrisy
Publishing's New Refrain

by Clinton Fein
Monday, October 01, 2001

The Second Coming
The Age of bin Laden

by Clinton Fein
Saturday, September 15, 2001


Dirty Lie Liberty Die
Thursday, August 29, 2002

The Psalm of Adolf
Monday, July 29, 2002

Carlo Giuliani
Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Atta Boy Blues
Monday, June 10, 2002

Dot Gov
Friday, May 31, 2002

Priority: Penis Confidential
Friday, May 24, 2002

Faith Based
Thursday, March 14, 2002

Qibla Quibblers
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Jingo Bells
Friday, December 21, 2001

Justice for Just Us
Monday, November 19, 2001

Statue of Osama
Thursday, November 01, 2001

Missile Defense
Friday, September 14, 2001


Things Go Better
Globa Cola
Who Knew?
The Scream
Missile Smile
RIAA Responds
Conned It
Let's Puke


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln, Transcript of the "Nicolay Draft" of the Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

1963 "Things Go Better With Coke"
Coca Cola Dates and Slogans, Coca Cola History and Collecting, February 6, 1999

I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love
Grow apple trees, honey bees and snow-white turtle doves
I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company
The New Seekers, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Coca Cola Jingle, 1971

It's the little things that make the difference...things go better with Coca Cola, things go better with Coke.
The Supremes, It's the Little Things, Coca Cola Jingle, 1966

On November 16, 2000, Coca-Cola agreed to pay the highest amount in history to settle a racial-discrimination lawsuit. The total $192.5 million dollars will include compensation of about $40,000 apiece for former and current black employees.
Econ-Atrocity Bulletin: Things Go Better. . .Without Discrimination, November 19, 2000

In a normal election year, the second week of September would be a time for candidates and their campaigns to begin the final drive toward the November general elections. But this is not a normal year, as evidenced by the saturation Sept. 11-related programming being planned by broadcast and cable television networks leading up to the anniversary date. There will be broadcast time and attention for little else...Former attorney general Janet Reno, seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Florida, "will be taking September 11 as a day to commemorate the events of last year," said a campaign spokeswoman. Her chief rival for the nomination, lawyer Bill McBride, will attend a memorial service in his hometown of Tampa. "At most, there will be a photo op," said a McBride spokesman.
Edward Walsh, Politics to Take a Day Off on Sept. 11: Democrats, Republicans to Refrain From Campaign Activities, Advertising, Washington Post, August 29, 2002

She was checking out with her groceries and a man in front of her ran out of money when paying for his groceries. He was $1.50 short. "Lisa" gave him the $1.50 and he thanked her. She then paid for her groceries and went out to her car. The man approached her to thank her again. He said that she was the first person to treat him kindly since Sept. 11. He had had things thrown at him, nasty words said to him, and run off the road because he is Middle Eastern. He said he wanted to repay her, and she said not to worry about it. He then told her that he will repay her by giving her some information she may find valuable: Do not drink Coca Cola products after Sept. 5, 2002. Then he ran off to his car.
Don't Drink Coke After September 5 - Fiction!,, August 19, 2002

The not-for-profit Ad Council, which produces public-service announcements (PSAs), expects the networks will air its "Freedom" ads on 11 September. Coca Cola has nixed ads, and McDonald's may, too. Television networks, as well as radio stations, donate air time to the Ad Council for its PSAs, so it has no way of knowing how much time it will get to air the series of ads, aimed at boosting American pride.

"We believe that these PSAs have the ability to comfort and inspire Americans as they reflect on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks," says Ad Council spokeswoman Susan Jacobsen...In response, she says, the ad agency that produced the ads, DeVito Verdi, is publishing a book of all the "wonderful" responses from Americans all over who were touched by the spot.
David Schepp, 11 September creates ad quandary, BBC, September 3, 2002

Mayor Giuliani and a group of his senior advisers are set to cash in on his immense popularity by starting a company in New York offering public affairs, crisis management and other business advice.
"I want to take on challenges that maybe I haven't had before in business... maybe there are more things I want to prove to myself," said Mayor Giuliani.
Julia Day, Giuliani plans communications consultancy, The Guardian, December 14, 2001

Countless lights illuminate New York's skyline, reflecting the bright memories of a proud city. The Twin Towers rise - landmarks of greatness amidst the fireworks of freedom - symbols that will forever stand tall in our hearts...And, your purchase benefits the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widow's and Children's Fund...Salute the pride of a city and a nation! Order now.
In Their Glory Collector Plate, The Bradford Exchange, collectiblestoday, September 2002


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