Government, Media, Mystery

Ballooning Problem

What a complete embarrassment. First we let a floating convoy of three school buses float by at 70,000 feet. We shoot it down. Now, no news about the buses.

Where’s our super powers when we need them?

You know, thirty-seven years ago ocean scientist Robert Ballard discovered the burial ground of the Titanic.

When finished arcing through space at 18,000 miles per hour, every returning space capsule is reliably plucked out of the waters within minutes by US Navy frigates. After the tragic downing of a PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988, forensic scientists combed the debris field to find an incriminating piece of metal with a serial number to track down the terrorist bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrai.

Still, as of today, we have no news about the “object” which so threatened us.

But to deflect some of the scorn, we then went out hunting, and brought down three more unidentifiable objects, one the size of a Volkswagen. It took several days to reveal these objects were suspended from balloons. Really? Did no one in the press room have the temerity to ask? Or was the administration not bold enough to answer?

Meanwhile, one such object is splatted on the ice off the north shore of Alaska. Another lies on a mountainside in the Yukon, being picked over by mountain goats. A third is quietly sleeping below the drifting currents of Lake Huron, resting on the sandy bottom, waiting for a ride.

When will we see the Volkswagen?

Now we are told with a shrug that the objects were probably privately owned. No doubt the owners fear getting a ticket, and are not claiming the goods.

If there ever was a time that the administration needed to communicate clearly and consistently, and the news media attempted to get to the truth, this would be it.


6 thoughts on “Ballooning Problem

  1. Ellen Deane says:

    We are living in a media driven world of untruths? Is all this technology really worth the price it is having on all of us living on this planet. We need to get back to basics and be thankful of the air we all breath, without we would be dead. Go milk a cow, churn butter, cut wood for fuel, be kind to each other, share when you have too much. Live your life with dignity.


  2. These are all good thoughts and wishes Ellie. I don’t know the answer. But I do think that our political leaders should be wiser in their messaging. The public is not that stupid that we just accept this narratives as truthful, let alone informative.


  3. I’m convinced the synonym for “government” is “obfuscation.” Political leaders being “wiser”? The word “wise” is alien to them. (The words “power” and “money,” different story.) Anyone remember “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq? How about the Gulf of Tonkin “incident”? I strongly disagree with you, Phil. The public IS that stupid. Our leaders push those fear and jingoistic buttons and we fall right in line every time.


    • Hi Peter! I think we may be in violent agreement. As Lincoln said, “You can fool all of the people some of time; you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” Attributed to Abraham Lincoln in The New York Times, August 27, 1887.


  4. Allan M Gross says:

    Peter is right. The failures of big government, the rise of left-wing universities, the corruption of mainstream media, the changing mission of Public Education, historical revisionists and failures of the social contract can all be laid at the feet of a sleepy, low information and accepting electorate. The balloon fiasco or the toxic train derailment or our economic and foreign affairs failures are predictable outcomes of a failing society. We know the consequences of not reversing the current course and it “ain’t” pretty.


    • Always great to hear from you Allan! You paint a disturbing picture, one that I wish would dissolve with the next rain shower. Still, there are many of us who are suspicious of the tides these days. I hope and speak for a turnaround!


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