Big-city culture is a hard sell in the Old Pueblo. The vaguely demeaning phrase "absurdly talented" says it all.
Dear Dalefromvail (in all capitals),
Thanks for pointing out that point. This was a humor piece, you know. Good luck with those free rocks...
Jan Brewer once hit a golf ball. Now we call it the Moon.
I find it perplexing that this simple, long overdue sentiment would need clarification. It needed no clarification back in the northeast (that blue state bastion) where it was published, distributed, read and apparently appreciated by tens of thousands. Let's analyze the cartoon: "Hope" has become "Nope," and I'm specifically calling him "status quo" while enumerating the promises he's welched on. Hmmm...what could I possibly mean by that?
Perhaps it's simply too difficult (and depressing) to realize that the Democratic party is also crap. We have a two party system where one party hates the other; and yet both parties are corporatists/capitalists. It's a farce. Anyone doing his/her homework would have realized that Obama was backed by banks and credit card companies; that's where he got his presidential campaign money. Get over it already; the Democratic party is complicate in this.
These examples are some of the symptoms, but not the actual causes of the alleged "suckiness."
This is a great parody - personally, I found it first on Juan Cole's "Informed Comment" blog. But, more seriously (as I wrote in a previous comment) the US media and our government/Coast Guard are complicate with BP in playing down the extent of this disaster. I would encourage anyone to READ FOREIGN NEWS SOURCES. (In this case BBC was, predictably, not much better.) The most in-depth and accurate source I found on this spill was - like it or not - Al Jazeera, who had journalists out on boats dipping bottles into the muck and interviewing locals. Any American should ask themselves: Why did Al Jazeera report that the broken pipe was leaking from three places a full week before ANY major US news source or government official reported that? If you start to read domestic and foreign news sources on a regular basis, it becomes quite clear that there is always a lag/spin cycle here. Free speech? Give me a break.
We can blame BP, the fourth largest corporation on the planet...that's easy. But who gave them the carte blanche to drill without a contingency plan? Our government (including our current Democratic government) and the Coast Guard have been complicate in downplaying this catastrophe. Rear Admiral Mary Landry in particular should be keelhauled for her outlandish, logic-defying statements since this event began; she and other public figures have been running PR for BP since the beginning of this disaster. It's truly despicable. Underwater plumes are headed for the DeSoto Canyon of Florida's panhandle, where the food chain begins for Florida's fish industry. The oil has been conveniently broken down by BP's dispersants, so it will enter the food chain more easily. This disaster has only begun.
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