The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 03 September 2008]

Let them eat swamp water

More screwed-up priorities from Republicans.

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.

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