turf and surf platter: $9

1/5/05

Working up a good political rant has been hard for me since the election; the American Coastopia brouheehee sated my desire for immediate discourse, and of course, I’ve been on a self-imposed media blackout so as not to hear Bush’s voice even for a nanosecond. But America’s reaction to the tsunamis has, in my humble opinion, been utterly shameful.

The second those waves hit Southeast Asia, we should have had a disaster-relief program ready to go, funded by at least 500 million dollars, on the level of a sped-up Manhattan Project. If we can put people on the moon (35 years ago), we could have some massive humanitarian project that kicks into gear in the case of mass casualties, like the hundreds of thousands of souls lost two Sundays ago. I don’t care whether they are Sumatran, Norwegian or American, that shit should be ready to rock.

Why us, you ask? Because we’re the richest motherfucking country in the world, gobbling up 26% of the world’s resources with only 4% of the world’s population, that’s why. We fuck the world every day, so when Nature fucks back, we should call for the ball. Any other response is abject racism, tribalism and greed of the most repugnant variety.

But what did we do? Barely anything, initially, and when we were criticized, we dished out a comparatively paltry $350 million. Australia on the other hand, whose Gross National Product IS A THIRD LESS THAN OURS per capita, is already pledging $810 million. Yeah, sure, Australia was nearer to the tsunami than we were, but we’re all human fucking beings, aren’t we?

More sickening was Colin Powell, who thought the U.S. response would give us an image boost in predominantly Muslim countries. Only the United States could stage a P.R. move on the drowned backs of 170,000 floating Asians. It’s enough to make you want to gargle Listerine for three hours just to get the taste out of your mouth.

Bush, for his measure, has donated $10,000 – which seems gracious only because we can’t contemplate his personal wealth: $26 million, and an eventual inheritance ten times that. Bush could find $10K between the naugahyde cushions of his La-Z-Boy if he had the maid look for it. If that’s his definition of personal sacrifice for the global good, then by all means, I encourage all of you to send .0004 of your income to tsunami relief as well. For most of you, that’s about nine bucks. Get cracking!

0 thoughts on “turf and surf platter: $9

  1. Lisa in Maui

    $9.00? I am a self employed wedding planner and even I sent $25! Obviousely, nothing in the big scheme of things, but it’s what I could send and if everyone sent that much (the cost of a nice bottle of wine, maybe), we as citizens of American could at least attempt to compensate for our government’s lameness.
    Aloha….lisa

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  2. Scotty

    Oh you nutty writers. $9 is %.0004 of $2,250,000, heady company indeed. Don’t forgot the “%” has two built-in decimals places. If accountants could only right. Ha ha. Or be funny. Ah.
    “Innumeracy” is in your own damn farmhouse library. You must be a poser.

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  3. Salem

    I’m not as dissappointed in the time to respond as I am our ability to respond. We have Amber Frey’s menstrual cycle in real time on the Fox news ticker, yet it took almost a week for a clear picture of what actually happened in Indonesia. The irony is that conservatives are supposed to be the party that prepares for the future, keeps their powder dry. Conservatives are supposed to be saying “no” to unneccessary spending so that we are prepared for the unexpected. When the Tsunami hit, I get the feeling that Rummy and G.W. were running around the Soldier of Fortune weapons expo like two Tri Delts at Nieman’s with Daddy’s credit card. I know what they must have felt like when they saw the news. I remember thinking how important it was to get that $100.00 alligator belt when I had an empty tank of gas. I remember using my credit card for a spring break plane ticket and having the transmission fall out of my car the next day, but I was nineteen without anyone depending on me. Anyway, the American people will settle G.W.’s tab, our citizens will donate the money , and our relief agencies will ultimately do and give more than any other nation regardless of what the numbers look like today.

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  4. kevin

    Agree w/ Salem. i think we will be the number 1 contributor by the time this is over. We are also giving a lot of non-cash aid in the form of our military ferrying goods to remote areas and other logistical support. I also think we were drunk and in our holiday stupor when this event happened on the other side of the globe. We are awakening from our slumber and are putting our better foot forward now.
    But,I do agree with Ian.. $350M is paltry for something of this magnitude when we are spending $200B+ in our playground in Iraq. The scariest thing about this is Powell carting around Jeb in SE Asia.. what is the gov of Fla doing there? Right now there is no clear front runner to replace ‘W’ on either side of the fence in 4 years. I think this is the beginning of the gooming of the successor. Imagine the Bushes… 3 of them in the oval office. Who would have thunk it? k

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  5. Betty R.

    I am a proud resident of Americana Coastopia and I hate the Bush and his comrades as much as the next person, but I think people have a lot of nerve to be complaining that the US didn’t contribute enough money for the Tsunami relief. We are the hub to all hands reaching out- there are so many countries out there that want our help and money and when we give or don’t give enough, we’re still criticized and hated.
    Most countries want and need our money and we are pulled in all directions. I’ve even heard people bitching that we gave too much money- money that could have gone to AIDS relief or all the shit happening in Sudan. Or the troops in Iraq. The world has a lot of problems and making everyone happy is impossible.
    I think we (the President and his crew) gave an initial chunk of money because maybe we hadn’t quite realized the magnitude and didn’t want to give too much if it wasn’t needed? I don’t know the answer, but I hardly think we were being stingy on purpose. Give them SOME credit.
    And if Colin Powell is going to use this as good PR- we need it, though I doubt it will do a fuck of good. Countries out there hate us guts and will continue to hate us regardless of what we do. It’s funny how countries love us when they need us, but once they get what they want, they walk the other way and say FUCK YOU with food, weapons, money and knowledge in their bags.
    My last question/comment- If the United States were to have something catastrophic happen…let’s pretend a tsunami destroyed the entire East and West Coast and tornadoes wiped out the Midwest…Would anyone come to our aid? Who would help us? I hope I’m not around when that situation comes to life.

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  6. Alan

    Is you Australian GDP correct? I think you have slipped a decimal as Canada is roughly 10% of the US in everything and Australia is 50% of we of the north. If you look at the link below you will see that Australia has a GDP which is about 5% of the USA’s. This of course makes your point even more so and – while my math sucks – would appear to require the US to make a donation of 16,200,000,000 to be equivalent on a GDP basis.
    see: http://www.economist.com/countries/Australia/profile.cfm?folder=Profile-Economic%20Structure

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  7. kjf

    and lets not forget that gwb sat around crawford for a spell before he even pledged the initial 35 million! (i believe i read somewhere that bushies inauguaration (coronation) is going to run over 40 million bucks and think of all the money those republicans are going to drop that weekend. and where is dick cheney’s contribution? with the zillions he’s made from halliburton you think he would want the “image boost.”

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  8. scruggs

    Thanks, Steve, for the Americares info. I’ve been pussyfooting around trying to figure out which of the 25 or so orgs I’ve seen out there I should use. They will work fine. Also, folks, check to see if your employer has a company match program. Mine does so I’m able to ultimately send double.

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  9. hilary

    is it something like 500 million that the Pubes are spending on the big inaugural ball? and for what? i’ll tell you: This is part of the line-up, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
    Guy Hovis, a vocalist from Tupelo, Miss., who performed on the Lawrence Welk show, will sing, “Let the Eagles Soar,” a song written by Attorney General John Ashcroft.

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  10. M

    Ian is typically out of line with his distaste for the US. We give more than 35% of all foreign aid in the world annually, and that doesn’t include private charitable foreign contributions (~$35 billion) and the billions more we spend in military assets subsidizing the defense of other countries (South Korea, Japan, most of Europe, etc.).
    As some other commenters have noted here, before it’s all said and done we will probably have given the most to the December 26 disaster. But perhaps not. With Australia and Japan kicking in such huge pledges we may not need to this time.
    Let’s also not forget the costs that won’t be counted among our contribution. Namely, our naval ships and aircraft. The USS Lincoln alone has operating costs of nearly $1 million per day.
    Our military has always participated in these kinds of humanitarian efforts. In 1991, I was crossing the Indian Ocean on the USS Tarawa (returning from the first Gulf War) when we were diverted to Bangladesh where a cyclone had just killed 140,000. (How much press did that get?) We spent two weeks there along with our Ready Group delivering food and medical supplies. We are always “ready to rock”, even if it doesn’t seem that way to folks like Ian.
    Kevin, Jeb Bush has gained a lot of experience in disaster relief as governor of Florida. In places like India, Thailand and Indonesia, where family ties are important to personal success and even survival, the presence of a First Family member will be taken seriously.

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  11. Loving Bledsoe

    Tell you what: When you come here to West Virginia and help me put shoes on the feet of the children who don’t have any or help me find a decent place to live for families who are living in schoolbuses and abandoned coalmines because they’re “too white” to be “disadvantaged,” then I’ll start to think about spending money on the victims of a relatively commonplace (in the grand scheme of things) natural disaster on the other side of the world.
    Charity begins at home… and so does the third world.

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  12. Loving Bledsoe

    ps. I hate George Bush and his neocon pals as much as the next guy, but let’s face up to the fact that Osama bin Laden shirts are a hot seller in the part of the world that was hit by that tsunami, and most of the people there would be happy if we all disappeared off the face of the earth. So why should I shed a tear?

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  13. Salem

    You should shed a tear because compassion should trancend politics and geography. If it helps you cope, talk tough, but don’t be fooled. I understand the desire to avoid taking action and I don’t judge you for taking a pass on helping with this disaster, but the idea of creating reasons why we should not care is simply barbaric. Be angry about Appalacian poverty. Cry for America’s needy children. Spend all of your charitable funds in the U.S. if you choose, but don’t color code your compassion.

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  14. Loving Bledsoe

    I can see your point, but at the same time I’m enough of a realist to understand that if a massive tidal wave had hit the US instead and had wiped out 100,000 Americans, the residents of Indonesia would be dancing in the streets.

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  15. Ian

    Good comments all. And I was quoting Australia’s GNP, not GDP, but I’ll need someone out there to explain exactly what the difference is. Either way, Australia is really amazing in the face of this thing.
    By the way, I am all for feeding the hungry in the Appalachians (something the Repubs could give a fuck about), but in the face of 170,000 dead, it’s a little disingenuous to bring up in argument.

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  16. Loving Bledsoe

    ps. You tell me not to “color code [my] compassion,” but isn’t that precisely what’s going on here? As I’ve stated, my own people here in Appalachia are undergoing genocide according to the definition of the word*, and our suffering is almost a silent holocaust, but no one sheds a tear. The minute a dark-skinned person suffers in the slightest, though, people like the author of this blog are up in arms about the White man’s lack of compassion.
    You can call me a heartless bastard. You can even call me a racist, if it makes you feel better. But at least you can’t call me a hypocrite.

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  17. Salem

    I do not get the impression that you are a heartless bastard. I think your heart hurts for folks in need and you are protecting yourself from anymore heartaches. There is a good reason our creator made us different. Basically, so shit gets done. My mission is Child Abuse Prevention via home visitation programs for first time parents, but I’m glad Bob Barker is out there snipping Rover’s goodies too. The problem I have is when we point to disagreement with any culture as a justification to ignore their suffering. I will make one harsh judhement. As much as I am aware of the poverty and inequity that must be addressed in our own Country, your references to genocide and holocaust are obscene. Nothing in the history of our Country (including slavery)comes close to the horrors of the Sudan in recent years. TWO MILLION slaughtered. With two loving parents in this Country, you’ve got a chance of survival.

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  18. Annie

    LB,
    If you’re trying to argue that the US gets its panties in a wad without exception over the suffering of people of color, think back a few years to Rwanda, and a few DAYS to Sudan. While I have compassion for people in the rural US whose lives are barely better than those who were hit by the tsunami, no one’s getting hacked to death with a machete (yet), and it IS a disgrace that the US did not offer aid (or, did so grudgingly and after much foot-dragging) in those dire situations.

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  19. Ishtar

    Yup, I’m donating money too, and I noticed the official donation figures were a little low. I’d have been happier seeing that what… 90 billion that went into Iraq going to our own development, the tsunami victims, and the Sudanese, with some leftover to spare.
    What’s with the either/or stuff anyway? Kids in the Appalachians are suffering and dying, therefore screw the furriners? Huh? Help all of them; donate to both. Or donate to your favorite at the moment but offer sympathies.
    Would they jump for joy in the streets if 150K Americans died? Well, almost none of them did when 3K Americans died. What’s changed since then? Oh, right…
    Maybe some would jump up and down. What do I care? Does that mean I’m happier because their children got sucked out to sea? Ha ha!!! Your kids are dead and your water supply is contaminated and your buried under the stench of your own dead people! That will teach you to celebrate our demise in the imaginary extrapolation I have constructed!
    My heart goes out to ALL the suffering and I contribute as much of my pittance as I can to them all around. Right now there is a huge need in Asia, so that’s where my money is going, but that is not the only charity that needs help anymore than the 9/11 fund was the only one that needed help at the time where we all pulled together.
    At the same time, I can look at what our government spends on other things and our government reaction to this crisis, and figure out that our government contribution doesn’t even really make a large statement as a PR move. And considering how much the government has spent on actions I actively do not condone, I cannot help size up the differences in my mind.
    Ishie

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  20. CL

    It’s so great to see so many people giving a damn…even if you disagree on whom to give the most damn about. (Hmmm.)
    As for the Appalachians, it tends to be true that whatever gets the most publicity gets the dough…we tend to know about the suffering in our own backyards or on the news, but not much in between. Which is one of the arguments I make to those who claim that the govt shouldn’t be in the business of helping the poor because churches can do it. There has to be a fair way to help those who aren’t close to a charity or who fall through the cracks. (Not that gov’t is perfect either, but.) There are undoubtedly people suffering in all regions of this country who aren’t getting the help they need. If you can’t save the whole world, pick a corner.

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  21. Just Andrew

    Ian,
    I must say I find today’s rant disappointing to say the least. I’m no fan of Bush or his cronies, but turning this disaster and the response into a polital stage is really annoying. There is a much bigger picture here.
    Dollar amounts given is also frustrating – as mentioned by several others above, we’re offering tons of aid in a myriad of ways. Consider a great organization like Doctors Without Borders – they raised all they needed to do their work and have asked people to donate to their general fund instead of requiring that their donations be earmarked for the tsunmai relief. The fact of the matter is that DWB does a lot of great work in areas that don’t get so much press, but the American conscience seems to feel that if we donate to a specific cause we can absolve our guilt. Remember the outcry when the Red Cross tried to divert some of the excess 9/11 funds to other relief efforts?
    Should we donate money – yes, but instead of trying to feel good about ourselves for helping a specific newsworthy tradedy, donate it to help support the countless generous people who work help clean up and rebuild.
    Another point I’ve heard was that all the money the governments are pledging will go to governments – and if you think we’re the only corrupt ones, think again. How much of the combined millions pledged will actually go to help the victims is probably very low. Yet of the organizations that send people to help, the ones who are ready to react (who are primarily US based) continue to rely solely on private contributions. And I might add, they get the contributions from the numerous generous Americans on both sides of the political aisle.
    NOAA has the Pacific Tusnami Warning Center. We’ve tried to get other countries to get involved other than the 29 pacific rim countries we already serve, but we’ve seen resistance. One number I saw was that Indonesia was given the opportunity to create a similar warning system for a platry $2M and declined.
    We need to help, yes, but don’t turn it into a partisan thing. Post 9/11, for the first time in my life I felt like I was proud of my country – we came together. Point the finger at the Republicans for the many things they need to change in their collective way of thinking, but don’t point the finger just to point the finger because then your valid arguements just seem like watered down rantings.

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  22. Ian

    Ishie! Welcome to another topic!
    Andrew, I wasn’t trying to be partisan and point the finger at Republicans, as much as I loathe them as a group. I was pointing the finger at this particular administration that happens to be Republican. If Clinton had behaved similarly, I would have been just as pissed off.

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  23. Loving Bledsoe

    ps. Ian, I very much enjoyed _13th_Gen_. I didn’t know that you were involved with that until just now, as I actually surfed into your site while doing a google search for images related to the Mingo Indian tribe. :-)

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  24. Salem

    Um, golly. I think your taking the current generations aversion to the fiddle a bit too far. It seems curious that you only see these people as victims whose fate is always being controlled by others. From your story, it appears that the Quatamalan gangs are adapting more successfully in Appalacia and maintaining there cultural identity. I’m just glad you did’nt blame the mudd people for your woes. Well, ya kinda did.

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  25. Piglet

    I for one have always been fascinated by Appalachian mountain culture and very sympathetic to the raw deal people have been getting there economically, educationally and in terms of respect.
    The one thing that baffles me is this: THEY VOTED FOR BUSH. The Appalachian counties gave the Republicans a bigger percentage of their votes than did the Rockies, the farm belt, even East Texas. West Virginia voted for a President who wants to reduce coal mine safety and increase pollutants. South Carolina elected a US Senator who wants his constituents to pay a 23% national sales tax. Kentucky re-elects Harold Rogers again and again, although Rogers serves the interests of the wealthiest Americans and not his own people, who have the lowest per capita income of all 435 Congressional Districts in America.
    Why? Why did they vote for the very people who outsource your jobs, who bulldoze your houses to build Wankermart Strip Malls, who prevent you from getting a decent education, who grind the iron heel into the faces of the poor?
    Did the IWW vote Republican? Did they think the GOP would be more likely to get people to view “Matewan” instead of “Schindler’s List”?
    We liberal Democrats have always been about bringing broad prosperity and a better future to all Americans, not just the privileged few like the GOP. But it’s kinda hard, even for your own Robert Byrd, when he is continually kept in the minority by Appalachian votes.

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  26. Loving Bledsoe

    Piglet,
    What we had in this last election was a situation in which neither candidate truly represented the interests of the American people. Basically, we were given a choice between neocon zionist who wants to subject us to the tyranny of the corporate oligarchy and a communist who wants to subject us to the tyranny of the minority.
    I think middle America (ie. traditional, White America) voted for Bush because he at least gives off the _illusion_ of being one of them. Now, you and I know that this New England socialite with a fake Texas accent does not represent middle America in the slightest, but at least he pretends to. John Kerry didn’t even make that effort.
    Neither is an acceptable choice, to my way of thinking.

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  27. Loving Bledsoe

    Salem,
    Your last comment proves my point. If a Bantu tribesman had made a post here lamenting the fact that the children of his tribe don’t want to learn about their traditional songs and culture because they’re being taught to emulate the White man’s culture, everyone here would gush with sympathy. If he wrote of foreign tribes bringing drugs and violence into his homeland, everyone would express their horror.
    But when I do it, I’m overreacting and should just accept that the criminal gang from Central America is “adapting more successfully” and “maintaining their cultural identity.”
    I’m so tired of the double standard.

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  28. Loving Bledsoe

    ps. I myself voted for Kerry, simply because I saw Bush as a bigger _short-term_ threat.
    I should have voted for Nader — he at least has policies that make sense. Of course, no one with policies that make sense will get a fair shake in the media.

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  29. Piglet

    I hear you, loving bledsoe. Personally, it puzzles me why people want a President who acts like “one of them”. It seems to me that average people are not qualified for leadership of the free world, and no serious candidate for President is average. They’re all elites who went to big schools and have had privileged lives, and probably, they should be. People should get used to that instead of expecting Bush, Kerry, etc., to make spectacles of themselves attempting to milk cows, operate heavy machinery, and other things Presidents never need to do and probably have never done outside of the stupid photo opportunity. It seems to me the issue is not that Bush is “better at seeming to be one of the common people” but that he pretends to be what he is not, and Kerry doesn’t. It’s hard to see how that should reflect worse on Kerry than Bush.
    It’s also hard to see how Kerry could be considered a “communist”. Even if he were, it wouldn’t explain why the rural poor would choose someone who panders to the upper, upper class over someone who would work to make everybody equal.

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  30. Salem

    Piglet,
    I live in the foothills of Appalacia in North Georgia. We are an extraordinary but poor county. Historically our only industry was Moonshine and Marble mining. What neither you or LB have mentioned is religeon. The democratic party has allowed itself to be defined by those who mock and scorn Christians. It doesn’t matter if it’s true, it’s what country folks believe and dems need to take responsibility for allowing this perception to grow. Most Country Christians couldn’t imagine voting for a democrat. Many Country Baptists believe that abortion is the ONLY issue. Apparently being labeled an elitist party is not as damaging as being labeled an anti-Christian party. From our collection of Self-taught Southern Folk Art to weekly Old Time Appalacian music (the real thing. Fiddle and claw hammer Banjo) we value the culture of Appalacia. We have an aggressive charitable giving agenda in our community. I just don’t feel the need to find a bad guy or someone to blame. Personally I blame water. Historically, no river, no trade, no way to get the hell out of town. Perhaps, as people escape the cities they will bring some economic relief and show some respect for the mountains.

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  31. Loving Bledsoe

    Hi, all.
    Good posts. I think that Salem has hit the nail almost squarely on the head with the religion thing, and it goes a long way toward answering Piglet’s question, but I also think that too many people discount the impact of plain ol’ tribalism. Much of America is dissatisfied with the results of many changes that have taken place in our country, particularly those which started in the 1960’s — the fruits of the Civil Rights Act, the 1965 “Chain Immigration” Acts, etc. Much of middle America believes (and in many ways, rightly so) that the changes taking place in America’s ethnic make-up are leaving no room for the culture, traditions, and way of life of ‘traditional’ Americans. They view the Democratic Party as being primarily responsible for that, not understanding that Bush and his neocon pals are equally guilty, especially in light of the fact that the Bush administration absolutely refuses to enforce our existing immigration laws, and is in collusion with the Vincente Fox government of Mexico to actually _encourage_ illegal immigration. It’s very difficult for us to reconcile ourselves to the fact that, even though we suffer from a poverty that even most minority groups will not experience, we don’t get the same kind of governmental helping hand that others do, simply because our skin doesn’t fit the ‘disadvantaged’ mold.
    It’s all too easy to forget (especially for the children of the secondary and tertiary waves of immigration to America) that Old America’s Scots-Irish heart, which was born on the bloody streets of Belfast and baptised in the fire of our Revolution, is by its very nature both tribalistic and bellicose. That’s why America’s most successful and beloved presidents have often come from that same background and have generally pandered to that group’s interests. It’s also why they would rather march off to war (even one most of them know, in their heart of hearts, has nothing to do with them) under a president who at least pays lip-service to their interests, rather than stay at peace under a president who appears to solely represent the interests of other ‘tribes.’
    I think that in the long run the only viable solution is a weakening of the federal government and a resurgence of States’ Rights. People are tired of judicial activists on the Supreme Court dictating community morals. They’re tired of the Federal Department of Eduction (which did not exist until the late 1970’s) dictating what is taught in local schools. They’re tired execessive taxes which usually don’t show any returns in their own communities. They’re just plain tired of big government.
    In any event, I think this dissolution of the fedgov and resurgence of the states is inevitable, though I fear it primarily hinges on whether or not the rise of the euro and the devaluation of the dollar brings about the collapse of the American economy.

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  32. Ian

    I’m all for states’ rights. In fact, 19 of ’em would like to secede right now.
    LB, glad you liked “13th-GEN” – Neil and Bill were quite prescient, after all was said and done.

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  33. badbobusnret

    The USN is THERE, and has been for a week, flying 24/7. At 10 million a day to operate that’s a lot of moola that all of us federal (blue & red) taxpayers are funding.
    Practical matters- money ain’t the answer right now. It’s supply chain logistics and distribution. Only the US can make that happen (well maybe the UN can send all those limos’ choking every lower east side parking spots to distro food/water).
    What, EXACTLY, is wrong with you cheese-dick (and dickesses’)?
    You sound like those crazie mullahs blaming the administration for a friggin tidal wave…not very rational…..I guess in your minds 9-11 was planned by the Mossad!
    Piglet,
    Do you really want to understand those poor “Appalachian mountain culture” folk?
    Read “Born Fighting” by Jim Webb. I can’t believe an “intellectual” like yourself would get all their information from blogs like this.
    B2

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  34. Ian

    Badbob,
    If you don’t stop calling people names, I’m going to erase the fuck out of every comment you make. I’ve read your other writings on the other threads and you’re too smart to need to do so.

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  35. Piglet

    So the secret of the rural poor voting Republican is religion and tribalism, is it. I would hope that isn’t so, but maybe it is.
    I’m Scotch-Irish, myself, and I usually go out of my way to avoid talking down to people different from me. I like to think most rural people are a lot smarter than the cultural stereotype would suggest. Even so, I can’t help thinking that this whole “Democrats are anti-Christian” nonsense reflects really bad on the intelligence of those who choose to believe it.
    For one thing, it’s hard to name a single Democratic politician anywhere from Ted Kennedy to Barbara Lee who is not either Jewish or Christian.
    For another thing, you don’t call a church anti-American if it refuses to display the flag and the Bill of Rights. Why is it any different if we resist having religious displays in secular public buildings? Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. Would you go to a minister for advice on national defense, jobs and the economy? Why then expect politicians to be spiritual counselors?
    Finally, my experience has been that the most Godly, trustworthy people are those who quietly live by Christian values but keep their displays and trappings within home and church, while those who talk the most about it are the ones most likely to screw you behind your back. I hear some say that Democrats would do better if they went around praising Jesus as often as the Republicans. Why would voters, even devout voters, want us to do that? It’s nothing more than pandering. People should know politicians by their deeds, not by what they say at election time.
    People also talk about how things may not be that way, but it’s how they are perceived. It seems to me that people ought to make sure they perceive accurately before they vote. Otherwise they swallow Republican snake oil (or even Democratic snake oil, for that matter) and fail themselves and the rest of us. People aren’t safer than they were four years ago, they’re not better off, and the schools aren’t any better. The fruits of the GOP are all around, and yet the voters did not choose to see. They grasped at shadows and neglected the substance.

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  36. Ian

    My blog, my rules:
    I can call Republicans as a group – and their leader – anything I want. People in this comments section can feel free to call me personally anything they want. Both of us put ourselves out there for criticism and we’re fair game.
    However, I won’t tolerate any commenter calling any other commenter something derogatory or mean-spirited.
    If that’s too inconsistent for you, then there are plenty of knitting blogs I can link you to.

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  37. Rich

    Um, I’m not even sure what “cheese-dick” means. I mean, we all know the moon is made of cheese, but have you every actually met anyone with cheese instead of a dick? And if you have, was it kind of cool or more horrifying?
    Second question: what would a “cheese-dickess” be? Anatomically female but also blessed with a dick, made of cheese? The more I think about it the more confusing it gets …

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  38. salem

    Piglet,
    If your trying to sell a product, and noboby is buying, it doesn’t serve you well to talk about how stupid your market is. You must take responsibility for the markets perception and change your communication.

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  39. Loving Bledsoe

    Guess what, guys! Our machete-wielding friends in MS-13 are coming to a town near you, and they’re bringing their friends from the Middle East! This just in from the Boston Herald:
    “Michele McPhee, Boston Herald, Jan. 5
    A burgeoning East Boston-based street gang made up of alleged rapists and machete-wielding robbers has been linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, prompting Boston police to

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  40. Salem

    This gang is horrible, but the natural occurence of such abominations in our Country are so pervasive, that you cannot possibly consider this an arguement on either side of the immigration issue,nor does it suggest that we not assist humanitarian need in Central America. So, what’s your point? You seem to imply that a “pure” white Appalacian male would be less likely to commit such a cruel act. You know the notorious title of “serial killer” is almost exclusively a white, American, male fraternity. They would distinguish themselves from most international political and religeous massacres, in that they kill for the pure pleasure they get from the act of murder. Despite this horrible reputation, I dine with white people frequently and even provide a special section for them in my restaurant.

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  41. badbobusnret

    Loving Bledsoe,
    You said-
    “I’m not sure why people act like Webb’s book is so groundbreaking. After all, the works of John Dinsmore predate him by nearly a hundred years. Sure, Webb’s book may open a lot of eyes, but what he’s saying is nothing new.”
    I agree and Webb does reference Dinsmore in his book.
    Back a long time ago I went on a Yankee college sponsored bus trip to Appalachia (WVA) to “help” the locals. Man, was that trip an eye-opener. My second immersion in the culture was when I entered the military and started to date the women of N.West Florida, Alabama and Missippi and went quail hunting with their brothers! Their story has always been there- Lewis & Clark, Jackson, Crockett, Boone, the TVA, etc. Webb just tied it all together for me.
    I think you get the point of why I make reference to the book for Piglet and the others. If some of the educated Coastopians who follow this blog read that book they may come to understand just who they are discussing when they flail the red-zoners. And especially why they (the redzoners) will never back down, money/power can’t influence them, etc.
    The Coastopians will continue to underestimate ’em and continue to lose elections!
    There are a lot of folks out there who fall into this Scots-Irish culture whether they are blood or not…most just consider themselves Americans!

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