… exceptional exceptionalisms for an unexceptional Friday…

No bombardment with clichés. No torture of language.

And three exceptional articles from exceptional blogs that bring even biting irony, dripping sarcasm to the doctrine of exceptionalism, a doctrine derided and repudiated by all but the self-deluded – Hellfire or Tomahawk missile or not.

Over at commondreams comes a post from Tom Engelhardt, The American Exceptionalism Sweepstakes

And from firedoglake comes a sardonic look at still persistent, nationalistic self-delusion, Frankie’s exceptional exceptions to American Exceptionalism And, from the opulence of the Vatican, can come chastising words to the plutocrats, we know the Last Rites should not be far away…

And, again, from firedoglake, a thoughtful look at realising the dream of Ending One War, Ending All Wars Another day of death and destruction in Iraq or Libya – yet scantily reported on without context? Crime and punishment? Yes, ‘Republican’, ‘Democrat’, same difference – near complete corporate control and agenda, clearly no ‘shining example of democracy’ for the world.

…such blogs, harbingers of the inexorable passage of the discredited MSM into terminal irrelevance. Now that is exceptional…

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