Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Mighty Fortress Is Our Barack...

From AOL's front page yesterday:


Not only is he lowering the seas, he's re-speciating the amphibians!

Meanwhile, there's been this New York Times advertisement that's been all over the intertubes of late. It gave me the creeping willies, but I couldn't figure out why...

Then it hit me...


Yeah, baby, if you want a financial tip, I'd invest in makers of bunting and flags, because those are going to be the only two sure-fire growth industries in the coming months as Barry tries to sell one "rescue plan" after another. Well, those, and any companies that make the supplies that unruly mobs use to make effigies of "rich people" to burn in their little snits of class warfare...

15 comments:

staghounds said...

Inaccurate effigies, I might add.

They always seem to be clothed in man made fibers...

Anonymous said...

Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Führer!

Hadn't been reminded of that for a long time.

Brings chills, doesn't it?

GeorgeH said...

"Ein Volk,
ein Reich,
ein Führer!"


And armbands, look for lots and lots of armbands.

Weer'd Beard said...

Very neat, Durring the Acid Rain scare that seems to have vanished come the turn of the new century the peddlers of junk science were talking about all amphibians being extinct within a short time.

I was wondering if this Meme would resurface....

Anonymous said...

And here all this time I thought it was going to be Shrillery that would be up on the dais leading the chants.

I do suppose its nice that the frogs are staging a comeback, they are rather tasty.

Gmac

Anonymous said...

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
- Julius Caesar

Anonymous said...

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

- Hermann Goehring

Tam said...

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/dubiousquotes/a/caesar_quote.htm

...and there's no "H" in "Göring".

spine said...

I think it's funny to see the Old Gray Catboxliner attempting to ride Barry's coat-tails back to profitability.

Read our paper-please! The invisible hand is delivering a stinging bitchslap to the NYT.

LabRat said...

There's actually been a number of recent new-species finds, mostly as a result of officially credentialed boffins mounting long expeditions into formerly impenetrable areas and tripping over various critters that the natives have been familiar with for the last thousand years.

I hate to burst AOL's bubble, but it's hardly a "sign of hope" to go somewhere that's never been formally or competently surveyed and find something new. Then again, diversity and extinction is a... thorny issue even just within the walls of academe, let alone once it gets through the journalistic machine.

Noah D said...

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood."

And any passing reading of history will show it to be false. Then again, when you're quoting a Nazi to make a political point (that doesn't directly bear on Nazis), you're kind of reaching in the history department.

WV: 'terophos' - sounds Greek, and that'd be a good place to start with the military history lesson, Anon.

Billy Beck said...

Spleenco shares just went up twenty-two percent.

"Is there a small ductless gland in your portfolio? Buy Spleenco today!"

staghounds said...

The fact that Goring and Caesar didn't say these things doesn't make them inaccurate.

Tam said...

True.

It's the origin of both made-up quotes and the vapidity and smug historical illiteracy of the people who are most often found repeating them that chaps my butt.

Joseph said...

Why are you so concerned about Obama? He's obviously hailing a cab.