I have mentioned several times how one of the benefits of living in Greater Metropolitan Arab is its newspaper, the Arab Tribune. The name is somewhat traditional in the Yankee republic even though it is a bit overblown or inadequately upheld. Still, we have to recognize that there are limits on how much even the traditional media can do to protect the rights of the people. In fact, in this age, we should be happy that the traditional media does anything to protect the people given the track record of the national media to subvert and corrupt that protection. But enough blather about the shameless pandering of that estate to the holy democrat fuhrer.
The Tribune is a bi-weekly periodical, which is an ambiguous way of saying that it is issued twice a week – the term might equally well mean that it is issued once every two weeks, but such are the joys of our language. The contents of the journal run a bit heavily to mystical rants and prognostications of impending doom from the
thieves politicians in Guntersville (the county seat)/Montgum/the District. Such are often absent for the inner circle that direct Greater Metropolitan Arab, although whether this is doe to fear of their oppressive vengeance or some realistic apprehension of the newspaper’s lack of influence with that band of fascists.
Such aside, I have to make note of an excellent article on the occasion of the ninetieth birthday anniversary of one of my colleagues, Total Angular Momentum Energy, who is also in some sense the Token Yankee of Greater Metropolitan Arab. This is a bit of a misnomer in that he was never the solitary Yankee in town, there being several black tag people for years, and of course, with the influx of the last BRAC, a horde from St. Louis if such may be called Yankees and not just Midwesterners misplaced doubly, first to that city and thence to Nowth Alibam where gun carrying is even more widespread but considerably reduced in daily usage. And, of course, with the next round of BRAC there is the high probability that the political demographic of Arab will shift from its current Good Ole Boy network of native sons and daughters to one at the behest of emigre barbarians.
The Athenian model is not imappropriate. Arab seems as prone as Athens to the rule of old family autarchs and demogogues. And no matter how long one resides, those who come from without are never truly accepted as citizens, however grudgingly they must be accorded the franchise, by the dictate of outside governance, and how appreciated their tax payments.
Nonetheless, my colleague, despite his continued status as a barbarian – although one of my other colleagues, Magnetic Induction Force, who resides as immediate neighbor to Total Angular Momentum Energy, and did a stint of graduate education in his home state, avers that his Yankee accent is not pronounced and definitely not incomprehensible “bah bah”‘s – was recognized for the excellent and righteous man that he is. Sadly, the article has not graced the newspaper’s web page [Link] and so is generally unavailable to those who reside outside the precincts of Greater Metropolitan Arab.
This is also one of the great merits of living in small towns, the vastly reduced population. Since the number of elected governance officers is relatively constant regardless of population, this means that the local autarchs are more readily accessible than they would be in a larger city such as Huntsville or New Yawk City. Indeed, this also assures that those who are not good people are less able to band together and those who are good people can exert their propensities more effectively, although reducing the impact of superstition and mysticism is still difficult to impossible, just due to the insentient perversity inherent to humans. Nonetheless, it may be said that this able individual, Total Angular Momentum Energy is both virtuous and educated and hence what makes humanity strong.
1. Tribune Trib”une, n. [L. tribunus, properly, the chief of a tribe, fr. tribus tribe: cf. F. tribun. See Tribe.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) An officer or magistrate chosen by the people, to protect them from the ppression of the patricians, or nobles, and to defend their liberties against any attempts that might be ade upon them by the senate and consuls.