The shenanigans coming out of the Republican National Convention are enough to make anybody want to pack up and move to the Alaskan Frontier with a gun, a bottle of gin, and the strength to pluck your own eyes out. But that’s not what this post is about. I’ve done enough screaming into a pillow about that.
Incidentally, according to the convention Web site, the theme for this election’s convention is “Reform.” Which one might say is a bit of a non-sequitur for the party that’s run America the last eight years…
Here’s the thing, though: How did the party in power react to hurricane Gustav hitting Louisiana? By praising charity work and asking for aid. Not by actually proposing any kind of aid package, but suggesting that good Christian folk should, well, do something. Send some food, or something.
And then, an aid package proposal comes out of the White House! But is it for people in areas devastated by Gustav? Of course not! It’s <pinkie finger> one billion dollars </pinkie finger> for the Republic of Georgia’s fight against Russia.
That’s right, wait for the cold hands of charity, Louisiana white trash—the Russkies could be getting uppity. We have to get on top of that stat.
Disclaimer: I used to live in Louisiana, and despite the state being a bit of a Faulknerian third-world backwater, I really like it there. Obviously not enough to stay, but I do like it.
Posted Wednesday, 03 September, 2008 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.