Sun 5 Dec, 2010 08:07 pm
90,000 Republicans meet at Texas Memorial Stadium for a "Republicans Are Not Stupid" Convention.
Pat Buchanan the host says, "We are all here today to prove to the world that Republicans are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer?"
The Alaskan goofball Sarah Palin gingerly works her way through the crowd and steps up to the stage.
Pat asks her, "What is fifteen plus fifteen?"
After 15 or 20 seconds Palin says, "Eighteen!"
Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then all 90,000 Republicans start chanting, "GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE! GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE!"
Pat says, "Well since we've gone to the trouble of getting 90,000 of you in one place and we have the world wide press and global broadcast media here, I think we can give her another chance."
So he asks, "What is seven plus seven?"
After nearly 30 seconds Palin eventually says, "Ninety!"
Pat is quite perplexed, looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh - everyone is disheartened.
Palin starts crying and the 90,000 Republicans begin to yell and wave their hands shouting, "GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE! GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE!"
Pat, unsure whether or not he is doing more harm than damage, eventually says, "OK! OK! Just one more chance...What is two plus two?"
Palin closes her eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, "Four!"
Throughout the stadium pandemonium breaks out as all 90,000 Republicans jump to their feet, wave their arms, stamp their feet and scream...
"GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE! GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE!"
I can see that happening.
A possible scenario out of Christopher Buckley's playbook.
Does one really need to know arithmetic to govern? The real essential question to be answered before one can govern might be, "Why is the sky blue?" (The answer: Because there are more Democrats than Republicans.)
I know some smart and reasonably kind (but misguided) Republicans. But for the most part intelligent Republicans are found among the very wealthy, or about to become wealthy (so they hope) who are voting for their economic interests. Among the less-than-wealthy Republicans we tend to find less-than-intelligent people who, as Republicans, vote against their own interests.
On the whole Republicans are the least socially responsible and hard hearted of our citizens.
This might not have anything to do with the thread, but I find the whole thing kind of interesting and funny at the same time.
Superman threatens to renounce US citizenship
Conservative commentators and bloggers react with disgust to the DC Comics superhero's decision
After years of declaring he stood for "truth, justice and the American way," Superman has provoked the ire of rightwingers by threatening to renouce his US citizenship.
In the latest issue of Action Comics, which went on sale on Wednesday, the Man of Steel decides to take the step after he intervenes in a protest against the Iranian government.
After the Islamic regime brands his non-violent protest as an act of war taken on behalf of the US president, the DC comic hero says he will renounce his citizenship before the United Nations.
"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy," he says.
Although Superman never actually renounces his citizenship in the story, conservative commentators reacted with disgust.
In a blogpost at The Weekly Standard, senior writer Jonathan Last questioned Superman's beliefs, now that he seems to have rejected the United States. "Does he believe in British interventionism or Swiss neutrality?" Last wrote. "You see where I'm going with this: If Superman doesn't believe in America, then he doesn't believe in anything."
Posters on comic book discussion forums drew parallels between the superhero's doubts about his citizenship and the conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's nationality.
Several posters branded conservative critics of the storyline "Earthers" - a reference to the Birthers - the nickname for the rightwingers who have questioned Obama's citizenship.
The plot comes as the superhero from the planet Krypton, who was raised by a Kansas farmer and his wife, looks to take on a more global mission for his battle against injustice. "The world's too small. Too connected," Superman says.
Superman, who was first introduced in 1938, has a long association with the United States, although Joe Shuster, the artist who helped create the character with writer Jerry Siegel, was born in Canada.
Superman's life story of assimilating into US culture has been seen as a metaphor for the immigrant experience, particularly Jewish immigrants.
DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio appeared to downplay their character's declaration in a joint statement.
"In a short story in Action Comics 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville," they said.
In a story published in 1974 Superman was granted citizenship of every member country of the United Nations.
I know some smart and reasonably kind (but misguided) Republicans. But for the most part intelligent Republicans are found among the very wealthy, or about to become wealthy (so they hope) who are voting for their economic interests.
Yup. They vote exclusively for who they think will give them lower taxes, but get upset about the deficit, and refuse to discuss any changes to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.
They're the same people who scream about local taxes being too high, and then wonder why their streets have pot holes.