The avalanche has started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Arizona Takes The Whole Month

Just when you think Arizona can't get any stranger, they up the ante.  Not content with racist legislation that will affect legal citizens of the US, their State Legislature has time to pass all sorts of nonsensical bills.

For instance, they passed a bill that states: “intentionally or knowingly creating a human-animal hybrid.” is now illegal.  Wow, were people doing that? If they were it certainly explains why the legislature has their heads up their asses.

Then they really let their freak flag fly.  They sent a bill to the Governor that prohibits ethnic studies programs.  Unless the ethnic group is Caucasian because that is the only correct version of history and the world had better get used to it.
The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."
Attending military schools most of my life I soon realized that there were seven continents but only two of them were important.  Europe and North America.  And by North America they meant the land between Canada and Mexico.  Canada was a wasteland between us and the North Pole and Mexico killed American heroes at the Alamo.

As far as my history/geography classes went, China was where Marco Polo visited and brought back spices, spaghetti and gunpowder. Genghis Khan may have controlled most of the known world in the 13th century, but he was a barbarian whose contribution to history was summed up in one sentence.  He was a barbarian.

Japan was important because of Pearl Harbor, kamikaze pilots and Hiroshima.  Nagasaki was never mentioned.  Africa was where slaves came from and Egypt wasn't part of Africa, it was the home of Cleopatra and this guy named Livingston was found there. Southeast Asia was mentioned because of Vietnam but it had no history before then.  India was nonexistent except as the name of an ocean and Australia was where British criminals were sent.  New Zealand had sheep and Korea is where MASH was set.  Russia was full of bad guys and South America had some guy named Simon Bolivar.  The Panama canal was built in one sentence, whereas the Suez appeared magically.

Women were famous because of who they married or how they died, they most certainly didn't invent anything.  As a matter of fact, only Caucasian males invented things that were useful to society.  Native Americans were savages that scalped people for no reason and they couldn't hold their liquor so they had to be rounded up and sent to reservations for their own safety.  It's not like they were native born citizens or anything.

Fortunately I was addicted to reading and spent many hours in the 900 section at the library, otherwise I wouldn't have known anything except the pablum that was recited year after year as if it was Gospel.

By all means limit the information to give kids a well rounded background by claiming that ethnic studies foment rebellion, separatism and resentment of a particular race, which is code for Caucasian males.  Somebody has to buy those Texas schoolbooks.

In ten years the United States will be irrelevant as the rest of the world moves into the 21st century and we make our way back to the 19th.  No wonder our economy is tanking.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Used To Be An Isolationist, Then I Grew Up

So far Arizona's paranoia has nothing on the French, but I'm sure that will soon change.  The French police arrested a three year old boy as a suspected terrorist.  What the hell is wrong with people?  A three year old boy cannot be considered a terrorist unless he's flinging poo from his diaper.  And even then that assumption would be a little over the top.

We are all human (or are we dancers?) and if aliens came from outer space they wouldn't differentiate) between a Frenchman and a German, or an African and an Asian.  It would be highly doubtful that they would differentiate between a man and a woman, so why are people acting like the country that they are a citizen of is the be all and end all of existence and that only they are entitled to live there?

We may be human, but we have lost our humanity.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

You Can't Fix Stupid

But you can definitely point it out.  The Arizona "Papers, Please!" amendment is the case in point and George over at Skippy's place brings up a valid argument.
will hopi and navajo police officers be able to stop anyone they think is in arizona illegally?
Once again people prove that just because you can have children doesn't mean you are a good parent.  Hiring an evil clown to stalk your child as a birthday present doesn't seem to be in the child's best interests.  And I sincerely doubt that most kids enjoy being terrified, even if there is cake at the end of the week.  And why does the headline say pie while the article says cake?

Umm, duh!  Of course the standard of living is declining for most Americans.  What part of sandwich board guy finally getting a job after two years isn't a clue?  And for fifty percent less than his previous job.

A gay dog?  One would expect to find this story in The Onion, but you would be wrong.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Senator Tom (I sterilize under age women) Coburn of Oklahoma. Mr. Coburn uses the excuse that he's a doctor (Ob-Gyn) and a deacon when dealing with the blowback from Senator John Ensign's affair so he doesn't have to disclose what advice he gave the cheating senator.  That gets him the Chutzpah award.

The Stupid award is for holding up unemployment extensions for what he terms a "small group of people."  This week that amounts to 212,000 people and next week and the week after that will add many more.  His arrogance prevents him from understanding that the 212,000 only applies to the people receiving benefits and doesn't include spouses and children.

Meanwhile, in the real world that the rest of us live in, 1.2 million households in America have disappeared.
So it's likely that the full impact of the 8.4 million jobs lost and nearly three million homes foreclosed on since the recession began has taken an even bigger toll on the number of American households.
Those numbers probably aren't big enough for Mr. Coburn either. But funding two useless wars, tax cuts for rich people and corporations while enjoying automatic pay raises for Congress, that's okay.

Remember in the early nineties when it seemed like every exit off the freeway and many a four way stop had people with signs asking for help?  That went away under President Clinton but they're back again.  Except now they include children.

Maybe he meant small people?