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17h55 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 7 MARCH 2012: No wonder conservative Zealotry and True Belief, among its deeply- and dearly-held articles of faith, hold dear a hard-wired "stay the course" brand of complacency as such which will save and strengthen Our Dear Lovely Nation and Her National and Sovereign Identity as a Peculiar Among the Nations as Ordained and Established by God. This unaware of the clear and present dangers of such complacency upon especially the Lower Classes and National Minorities--and, come to think of it, the Nation as a whole.

And one particular area of complacency which these same Zealots want maintained solely out of "national identity and cohesion" is the maintenance of tax incentives and subsidies to the oil and gas sector, never mind that many of the established oil fields in the Lower 48 may be reaching the end of their productive and viable lives. For one, the very idea that abolishing such subsidies to what you would call an Essential Industry would translate into sudden and spontaneous increases in gas and diesel fuel pump prices is highly unlikely absent any credible evidence to substantiate such an interconnexion (cf. the practice of overseas dictatorial regimes to subsidise gasoline and diesel fuel prices, among other Essential Commodities, for those on State Aid, or what passes for it, as an agency of pacification and appeasement to the regime--buying loyalty, as it were, with what essentially amounts to a very low grade of gasoline as can only worsen engine wear problems, heavy as it is in performance-robbing particulates).

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Meanwhile, the cultural conservatives' ideal acid test of Amerikanischer Leikultur definitive, otherwise known as Branson, MO, in seeking to maintain its Good and Loyal Customer Base of the Racially- and Socially-Aware among the Fox News crowd (for the most part poor, ignorant, lacking in realistic job or career skills and easily open to suggestion, exploitation even) following recent tornadic damage, is offering through the local Visitor and Convention Bureau special $25 gas cards for such arriving by car and staying at least two nights in partner motels or autocamps.

Which, based on a current average price in Branson of $3.54/gallon (94 cents/litre) for regular unleaded, is likely to buy only about 7.062 gallons (26.73 litres) thereof.

And when you get down to it, Branson seems to be too car-centric, much to the delight of such holding the maintenance of complacency to be a Sanctii Sanctorum of AmeriKKKan National and Sovereign Identity, even with talk for awhile there about the construction of a monorail line linking the major tourist areas (and, in the interim, no serious organised effort at decent public transport apart from taxicabs) and upgrades of US 65 to Interstate standard unlikely within measurable distance. With the nearest Amtrak service being to Kansas City, Jefferson Lines offers a bus connexion to Branson twice daily absent any viable high-speed rail plans as would connect Branson to Springfield, MO or Kansas City, and that's about it for such who choose not to drive.

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Is it just me, or is the RepubliKKKan/"Tea Party" call for "preemptive action" against Iran vis-a-vis Tehran's supposed nuclear aspirations (which it insists are "solely for peaceful purposes") one of those things they'd just love marketing as a "Sacred War" in the North Korean stylee (if only to maintain an unhealthy complacency on conventional fuels "in the national and sovereign interest")?

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The imminent "crash-and-burn" of The Oxycontin Boar (t/n Rush Limbaugh) within measurable distance may be all the more so, considering where:
  • 43 companies have now dropped advertising on his radio programme, according to monitoring of the situation by ThinkProgress (most recent high-profile departures: AccuQuote, Matrix Direct, GEICO, Netflix, JCPenney, Sensa, Deere & Company, Stamps.com, VitaCost.com, Bare Essentials, Polycom, ServiceMagic, Reputation Rhino, Capital One and Constant Contact, plus a number of local advertisers in various markets where the show is broadcast);
  • several female veterans of the military have launched an online petition calling on Armed Forces Radio to drop Limbaugh's programme from its worldwide facilities because of his comments posing a risk of undermining troop cohesion and morale; and
  • another online petition drive calls upon Clear Channel Communications, which owns the show's distributor, Premiere Radio Networks, to drop Rush Limbaugh from their stable of programming.
And in any case, those monitoring Rush Limbaugh will want to pay especially close que vive for the prospect of Meneer Limbaugh crossing a very dangerous, high-voltage even, live wire of attack through his resorting to:
  • questioning the loyalty and patriotism of such behind the online campaigns targeting advertisers on Limbaugh's show, real or suspected, by regarding such as "Communists" or "Communist sympathisers" in McCarthyist stylee (even with his insisting on Monday that the advertisers who left "profited from YOU!");
  • resorting to even cruder language on air as more advertisers leave and increasing numbers of affiliates pull the plug on his show, in particular the "Seven Dirty Words" and their variants or such as could risk FCC intervention per the Indecency Rule;
  • becoming even more juvenile in his on-air tone and delivery (think here a hybrid of Red Skelton's Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid, Stewie Griffin on Family Guy and Eric Cartman on South Park); and
  • pushing the rather fatuous meme implying that there exists an "unwritten" interconnexion between the defence of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe "gebore ons die Volk, die Volk te doen" and Our National and Sovereign Identity, Antient and Peculiar, with the defence of one being seen as that of the other, such expected to coexist For Mutual Benefit.
Not to mention the prospect of The Oxycontin Boar, himself with a history of obesity and serious medical issues (especially with highly-addicting pain-relief medications and dependency on erectile-dysfunction treatments), suddenly suffering a heart attack on air during a highly-charged and loaded rant, collapsing in mid-sentence to the point that dead air ensues for an extended period on the ether waves ... with his fellow conservative prolefeeders calling for "spontaneous" North Korean-stylee weeping and wailing and bawling and boohoohooing in National Mourning among the "REAL AmeriKKKans" across social media almost as spontaneously.



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