Friday, September 4, 2009

Your links for the past week or so...

First, the Ted Kennedy stuff: The play-by-play, Obama's eulogy, Ted, Jr.'s eulogy, the Big Picture, and Eugene Robinson's "A Prince's Fate" (and one more: What Teddy would do).

Then there's health care (the Huckabee plan is already in place!):

Where's the efficiency in this system?!?

And the rest...

Oh, the fakery. The faces of coal are fake. The anti-marriage Mainers are fake. Which is all very sad and pathetic. But this fake Ronald McDonald is pretty much hilarious.

Big Egg.

The Man Who Walked Around the World.

Ta-Da! The gays save marriage!!!

And finally, this is a jam-packed "New Rules" from Bill Maher, including these choice tidbits:
But, what did Obama actually say to make Karl Rove's head explode and the popcorn fly out? Well, cover your children's ears. When he was asked if he believed in American exceptionalism, he said he did the same way the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism. Yes, "President John F. Kenya" actually said that people in other countries might like their countries better.

Well, I was so shocked, I nearly dropped the Bible I was using to help me masturbate into my gun.

Sarah Palin, in her farewell speech kept telling us how she's wired. You know, I'm not a doctor--or an electrician--but, I suspect this is faulty wiring, this world view that, in her words, we should never apologize for our country. Really? Never? Not for slavery? Or Japanese internment camps? Or if we tortured the wrong guy at Guantanamo Bay? The Indians?! Nothin', Sarah? "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," maybe?

I mean, shouldn't John McCain apologize for…you?

Mitt Romney's new book is called No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. You can find it at Borders in the "Suck Up" section. It's such a perfect title for today's conservative, combining paranoia with arrogance. "No one has yet asked me to apologize, but if someone ever does, f*ck them."


Lucy said...

I am liking Bill Maher more and more these days.

I watched the service for Ted Kennedy last Saturday AM; I originally just wanted to hear Pres Obama's eulogy, but as I watched,I got more drawn in emotionally than expected, and Ted Jr's speech had me tearing was sniffling and water works from there on. It surprised me but I found myself looking at the various Kennedy kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, etc. and thinking how this looks like Bobby, that one looks like Eunice, etc. just like you do at your own family reunion. I realize how we have grown up looking at this family on TV and reading about them in the papers, and for all their flaws, they really still are America's first family.

Keera said...

Ted jr's speech moved me as did the photos from Ted sr's life.

Re Maine: My grandma, a Maine native herself, worked with gays in the art world of 1930's NYC and was against the discrimination against gays. I think she would have been so happy that her home state is supporting gay rights.

Johnny Walker ad was cool! I love the Scottish accent!

And Bill Maher rocked. I've been on the other side: Trying to explain to Norwegians that Americans' love for their nation isn't insanity; it's just plain ol' patriotism.

Finally: The video you've embedded. Privatized fire protection? (An excellent example, BTW.) Taking that idea to its absurd conclusion:

smijer said...

I definitely like the new feed. Thanks!

A Free Man said...

American exceptionalism is one of the things that bothers me about my homeland. Well, not American exceptionalism per se, but the idea that everyone else wishes they were American. I've been to a couple dozen different countries and lived in four and in every single one of them they were as patriotic and nationalistic as the USA. And if you were stupid enough to ask them if they were jealous of our freedom or wished they were like America, the best reaction you could hope for would be a guffaw.

alice said...

Lucy, I didn't get to see any of the TV coverage (we're between cable providers at the moment), but like Keera, I was moved by the coverage I shared above.

Keera and Free Man, perhaps we are all more sensitive to this issue because we've been (are living!) abroad, but it's one of the things that I find most frustrating about my own country's people. There have been times when I've been far afield and prepared to claim Canadian citizenship if anyone asked, because I've been so embarrassed by my fellow citizens' tone deafness (and sometimes willful ignorance) when it comes to exceptionalism.

Smijer, glad to oblige! :-)

Keera said...

I have never met "the ugly American" in Europe. I grew up with ugly Europeans, the sort that delighted in telling me what was wrong with my country (either I've changed or Europeans have learned to moderate because I didn't get that crap during Dubya's reign.)

Ultimately, nobody's right - and nobody's wrong. We're just different, is all.