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January 25, 2005

If It's All The Same To You, I Prefer My Consciousness Un-Seared

When I read that Peter Wehner Social Security memo, this section reminded me of something:

Our strategy will probably include speeches early this month to establish an important premise: the current system is heading for an iceberg... That reality needs to be seared into the public consciousness; it is the pre-condition to authentic reform.

But what? I couldn't remember what it was.

But now I can. It was a statement by Moshe Ya'alon, the chief of staff of the Israeli military. A few years ago, Ya'alon declared his aim was to "sear deep into the consciousness of Palestinians that they are a defeated people." That was a pre-condition to authentic reform.

Anyway... all of this makes me hungry. Because you know what else is good seared, besides American and Palestinian consciousness? Salmon! Pan-seared salmon is delicious!

Now, salmon may prefer to remain un-seared, just like your consciousness does. But I'm afraid your consciousness has no more choice than the fish.

Posted at January 25, 2005 03:27 PM | TrackBack

I also remember that word choice from an Israeli spokesperson---perhaps it has been used more than once---and I found it disturbing, if not surprising.

Searing flesh is sometimes known as branding ... pain and ownership all wrapped up together. great.

Posted by: pulaski at January 25, 2005 03:43 PM

Rubbing salt into it is also a lot of fun, both before and after the searing.

Posted by: Jim Shanahan at January 25, 2005 04:30 PM

I'm not trying to be difficult, but couldn't I have the smoked salmon?

Posted by: Harry at January 25, 2005 06:28 PM

Rather than being seared, I'd prefer one of those temporary tattoos, that you can get off with cold cream after you're tired of it. A rose design can be tasteful, or a yin-yang, or one of those Hindu "om" symbols.

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at January 26, 2005 02:02 PM