What kind of message am I sending? | Eastern North Carolina Now

Maybe I am just a bit picky on this issue, but it seems to me that we are desperately searching for a point when we start looking for a hidden meaning for every action.


What kind of message is President Trump sending?

   Maybe I am just a bit picky on this issue, but it seems to me that we are desperately searching for a point when we start looking for a hidden meaning for every action. I fully realize that there are twenty-four hours in a day and seven days in a week. I think that would mean that the term 24/7 is code for " twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week" Back in the early days of Television, there was a Sign-Off Message at the end of the day. It usually was a brief statement indicating that the broadcasting day was coming to an end. Then there would a rendition of the National Anthem while there was a picture and later a video of an American Flag or some patriotic footage. Then would follow the loud sound that indicated all broadcasting was coming to an end. Sometimes there was a test pattern. Then the screen broadcast signal would be switched off and the TV would go into the hazy never-never-land that electronic instruments do when there is not a signal.

Here is an example of CBS sign off.
CBS Sign Off

   Now that is what I call a Message. Somewhere in the ever advancing march of technology the Broadcast morphed into 24/7 cable broadcast and the idea of only one message a day was apparently lost. I do notice that FOX News has a brief Sign-off/Sign-On at 6:00AM every morning. They play the National Anthem with the obligatory Flag video. Then they immediately go into the Fox and Friends show.
I guess you could call that a message.

   For the rest of the day all TV News shows and Pundits spend 24/7 trying to see if President Trump is sending a MESSAGE to ISIS with the dropping of the MOAB on April 13, 2017. The MOAB is a short for Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb.
"The basic operational concept bears some similarity to the BLU-82 Daisy Cutter, which was used to clear heavily wooded areas in the Vietnam War and in Iraq to clear mines and later as a psychological weapon against the Iraqi military. After the psychological impact of the BLU-82 on enemy soldiers was witnessed, and no BLU-82 weapons remained, the MOAB was developed partly to continue the ability to intimidate Iraqi soldiers. Pentagon officials had suggested their intention to use MOAB as an anti-personnel weapon, as part of the "shock and awe" strategy integral to the 2003 invasion of Iraq."

   I may be wrong but I don’t really think that we need to try to find a hidden message in the dropping of the MOAB in Afghanistan. I think it is just another SIGN-OFF, followed by that fuzzy screen that indicates the day was at an end for ISIS.


   As a kid, I would occasionally be allowed to play with firecrackers. You could not buy them in Georgia, but if you were lucky enough to get to Alabama you could buy your fill as long as your money lasted. My favorite was the dreaded M80 Firecracker. It would blow up almost anything a young boy could dream about. One thing is for sure though. Every time I lit the fuse of one of those old M80s, I was not trying to send a "MESSAGE" I was trying to blow something up.
   Dropping the MOAB stands on its own without interpretation by every pundit on television. If you insist on trying to find a "MESSAGE", then here is a short one:

Turn out the Lights, The Party's over.

   I am so proud of myself. I got all the way through this article without having to use the "MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS" cliché. I hate clichés!!! That may be a MESSAGE in and of itself there.

   Stay Tuned for my next edition.

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