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Uh hu hu – I'm all shook up
I love the smell of brick dust in the morning
It's been a while since the earth moved for dear old Kieren McCarthy, bless 'im. Tim Gerchmez reckons he should try it out:
Your story was cute, but as a person living in WA. State who experienced the quake firsthand, it doesn't seem quite so funny. I don't know if you've ever been through an earthquake (especially a 6.8), but I assure you the thought "I'm about to die" is quite on everyone's mind while occurring.
Anyway, I appreciate The Register's dry, irreverent sense of humor (especially compared to much of the bland, dull, humorless and dumbed-down American media), but there's a point where perhaps one should take into account whether they may be stepping over the line just a little, so to say.
No apology requested or necessary, but just a morsel of thought offered.
Phew, and we had an apology all ready. None required to Daniel Skaff, who, in traditional Reg reader style, has used one subject as a springboard to another - entirely tangential - matter:
Re: "The crack in the Capitol building was also seen as a sign that the big G didn't like the fact that elected representatives of "God's people" - as Americans are often known to call themselves - had prostituted themselves for idols not made in his image, namely, money."
You forgot to mention that the "elected representatives" are usually white Anglo-Saxon protestants that are direct descendents of loony birds from England. The "normal" people here are too lazy to get out and vote. (Count the number of remote control devices by the number of people..I rest my case on that point)
The Republican party hit a gold mine when they stopped to think one day. If we can say "praise the lord" and say the right things to the right wing types, we can get their votes. Think about it, these are people that will take their vacation in the summer, pack up the family and drive 1500 miles to protest in front of an abortion clinic, and in some cases get arrested. Surely you can say the right words to get them to walk two blocks to vote Republican.
The majority of Americans don't think they are Gods people. Lazy... well, guilty as charged. We allow the Clowns run the Circus. Land of the free my ass. In Alabama it is against the law to buy or sell vibrators, dildos and the like. Imagine the fun you would have if you told your fellow prisoners what you are in prison for. Where I live you can not buy beer on Sunday of course, but you can not buy cars or homes either. The people in various states have voted in the use of medical marijuana, only to be told, no, you still can't have it. This is a country that is in a war with it's citizens over drugs, and has literally locked up millions of them.
Believe me, people in Europe are far better off when they started shipping off the religious nuts few hundred years back. It is not NEW York, NEW England..it is the NEW Devils island. We have a Attorney General that does not believe in dancing, and states like Kansas that does not want evolution taught in school.
Yes, it was a great day when we waved the Mayflower goodbye. According to Bill Roland, however, its an occasion we might come - if not necessarily live - to regret:
Your disdain for Americans is seriously evident. Tell me, what is it, other than the fact that we are the most powerful nation on Earth that could easily crush you British in 2 weeks, that makes you hate us so much? Is it because our industries make the world turn? Is it because we still use the English System of Units instead of the metric system? What is it?
Two weeks? Seems like a long time compared to the short work you made of Vietnam ;-P