Friday, June 3, 2005

0 to 60 in 2 seconds and i didn't even have my coffee!

ok. so. this really made me angry and i'm not sure
if it's a worthy enough reason to be this pissed off,
OR if maybe, perhaps, i'm wound a little too tightly today
but whichever, here goes:
i was standing in line at dunkin donuts earlier and since
we weren't moving very quickly, i looked at the guy
in front of me and noticed that he was wearing a t-shirt
that said 'heroes are made in america' i can't exactly explain
WHY this made me irrationally upset - almost to the point of
spinning him around and shaking some sense into him, but i
rather prudently restrained myself, got my iced coffee and
got the hell out of there. do people really believe that shit?
are they such zealot 'patriots' that they think america is the
only place that exists? i mean, i understand the definition of
ethnocentricity, but this just takes it waaaay too far, i think.

also, i read this article on the 'new' way
we're going to be fighting the war on drugs
just say no
someone's (finally?) come to the conclusion that instead of
busting the nickel and dimers, they should go straight to the
source - is this a new revelation?


and i read this in the ny times today -
only 78,000 jobs added
the article went on to say that unemployment was down to it's
lowest percentage since 9/2001. what it failed to mention was the reason
this was the case. and that would be that most people who have been on
unemployment for the last 6 months or so have used all the extensions
afforded to them and are now SOL.

8 comments:

da mountain said...

Sonja, I think you're on to something with the unemployment stats - i know a fair amount of folks here in SF (some from my company) who have taken jobs at car washes and gas stations because their benefits couldn't be extended any more.

Joey said...

The biggest mystery in America, right now, is why the poorest and most undeducated citizens consistently vote Republican in overwelming numbers. That party, one whose ethos is epitomized by Bush, does NOTHING for we common folk.

sonja said...

i agree completely. that's why i almost lost my mind this past election - not that i thought kerry was in any way a knight in shining armor come to rescue the country...but to actually ELECT bush this time around was as perplexing then, as it is now!

Del said...

sonja,
most canadians are as bewildered and perplexed by this too. i'm not sure what the reason is, but i do feel the media plays a part in this. of course the rise of the information available on the internet through blogs and alternate news sources can't be discounted, but cable news networks are still very powerful and i find what we see on comparable networks in canada just seems to be more well-balanced and far more inclusive. i mean even ted turner was complaining about cnn this week. that's got to mean something.

sonja said...

bewildered is exactly right, del.
where in canada are you? i usually am in montreal every june for the formula 1 race - love that city.

Joey said...

I think that Kerry was a decent candidate who couldn't campaign for shit. He was horrible, the nadir coming when he told MTV how much he loves hip-hop music. I would have been more convincing at a Death Cab for Cutie concert.

sonja said...

i'm with you, joey. that hip-hop comment made me cringe with embarrassment for him. i thought he was smart and most definitely could do a better job than shrub, but he was a disaster face to face with anyone. i just wish that the democrats would stop trying to be as centrist as they have recently become, and stand up and do the right thing by our country. say what needs to be said, no matter whose boat it rocks - but i guess i'm just pissing in the wind (is that just a guy saying?) thinking that it will ever happen.

Del said...

sonja,
i'm in toronto, but i have to agree that montreal is a great city. i was there last year for the jazz festival which is coming up again in a few weeks.