Total contempt for my country

I know we got here somehow, but I cannot for the life of me understand how… I feel like neutering myself with a sharp rock and crawling off into a mud pit somewhere. Which, I guess, was kind of the objective of this PSA.

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  1. Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    It could be worse; at least those two aren’t breeding.

  2. Knox
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    The one of the left has. That’s Sarah Palin’s daughter, our nation’s spokeswoman for abstinence. She was brought up in an abstinence-only household, and has one lovely child to show for it, which she had out of wedlock, as a high school student. The other creature is famous for fighting, being an unnatural shade of orange, and having a stomach that steroids have stripped of fat. He even has a name for his stomach. It’s called The Emancipation. He has likely bred as well, spawning on the shores of New Jersey for a few television seasons now. As far as I know the two have not mated with one another. If they had, the world would surely end. These are the role models of America’s youth.

  3. Posted November 19, 2010 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Wow. How stupid.

  4. Glen S.
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Don’t laugh. These two will probably be the Republican Presidential ticket in 2028.

  5. roots
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Knox: Here! Here!

  6. Edward
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    The Emancipation would be a better name for a fat guy’s gut. His should be called something else. Nothing funny is coming to my mind at the moment, tough, except The Ejaculation, which doesn’t really fit. It is funny, though. I’m sure Mad Magazine has dealt with it. Does anyone still read Mad? I loved that shit as a kid.

  7. Steph
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    In case you missed it, AlterNet posted this letter a few days ago.

    As an American expat living in the European Union, I’ve started to see America from a different perspective.

    The European Union has a larger economy and more people than America does. Though it spends less — right around 9 percent of GNP on medical, whereas we in the U.S. spend close to between 15 to 16 percent of GNP on medical — the EU pretty much insures 100 percent of its population.

    The U.S. has 59 million people medically uninsured; 132 million without dental insurance; 60 million without paid sick leave; 40 million on food stamps. Everybody in the European Union has cradle-to-grave access to universal medical and a dental plan by law. The law also requires paid sick leave; paid annual leave; paid maternity leave. When you realize all of that, it becomes easy to understand why many Europeans think America has gone insane.

    Der Spiegel has run an interesting feature called “A Superpower in Decline,” which attempts to explain to a German audience such odd phenomena as the rise of the Tea Party, without the hedging or attempts at “balance” found in mainstream U.S. media. On the Tea Parties:

    Full of Hatred: “The Tea Party, that group of white, older voters who claim that they want their country back, is angry. Fox News host Glenn Beck, a recovering alcoholic who likens Obama to Adolf Hitler, is angry. Beck doesn’t quite know what he wants to be — maybe a politician, maybe president, maybe a preacher — and he doesn’t know what he wants to do, either, or least he hasn’t come up with any specific ideas or plans. But he is full of hatred.”

    The piece continues with the sobering assessment that America’s actual unemployment rate isn’t really 10 percent, but close to 20 percent when we factor in the number of people who have stopped looking for work.

    Some social scientists think that making sure large-scale crime or fascism never takes root in Europe again requires a taxpayer investment in a strong social safety net. Can we learn from Europe? Isn’t it better to invest in a social safety net than in a large criminal justice system? (In America over 2 million people are incarcerated.)

  8. iso crin
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Fuck, Steph, that’s some depressing shit. Thanks for ruining my holiday.

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