Saturday, September 20, 2008

"A bomb under your butt"

"You sit comfortably on something and in fact you have a bomb under your butt," French citizen Caroline Morin said. She was referring to toxic recliners from China, but she may as well be talking about the United States. Oh, sure, we're "the greatest country in the world" with "freedom" and "prosperity," but in reality we're all a bunch of crazy bigots
Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent," responsible for their own troubles.
Violent? Really? That's like the pot calling the kettle black, no pun intended. As Dennis Perrin documented in Savage Mules, the Democrats have a long history of bloodshed, as much if not more so than their Republican counterparts. After all, the two parties are always working towards the same greater good - it's just not good for your average citizen.

Perrin is an interesting figure. I've been reading his current and former blogs on and off for a number of years, but recently he's renewed my interest with his ever growing critique and disdain for Democrats. His diatribes against Obama and liberals sometimes annoyed me, and then I realized that I probably come off the same way to my friends and colleagues. Yet, Perrin isn't off the mark. What hits me isn't that he's cynical, it's that he's pointing out an uncomfortable truth. I've heard similar from people like Jonathan Schwarz, but Perrin's voice has been the loudest and strongest. We're told America is a great country, and it should very well be, but when you look around, it's depressing. Frightening. Worrying. And, perhaps, exactly what we deserve:
Our owners offer us a "choice" between an eloquent speaker who appears increasingly lost and out of his depth, and an angry old man who seemingly longs for one final battle, smoking ruins over which he can declare "victory" before dying, passing the show on to a Bronze Age amateur. There's a lot of consternation among Serious Folks regarding Sarah Palin's lack of governing experience and her shallow understanding of the world. Should she somehow become president would be the ultimate joke and crowning absurdity, a fitting punishment for our many crimes.
I'm just kind of bummed right now. Between the election and the economy, there's not a lot to be optimistic about. Not even bear puppets:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Boob Tube

I was browsing for information about the socio-economic impact of the housing market when I came across this not safe for work video:



I'm not sure what she's doing, but she appears to be having a better time than this girl here:



However, no one, and I mean no one, is having more fun than this field hockey team:



I must admit that the Brits know how to live it up. If a random woman came up to a women's field hockey team in the U.S. and told them to join her in the locker room for a breast examination, they'd probably call security. Over in England, it's just another excuse to laugh and have a good time.

I'd organize my own testicular examination party but somehow I don't think I'd have as much fun.