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Friday, July 31, 2009

Cash for Fuckers

Maybe it's the sleep deprivation, but I am loving this NYTimes piece on the "cash for clunkers" program. Favorite passages so far:

Some lawmakers succumbed to the temptation to use car-and-road metaphors.

Representative Steve Israel, Democrat of New York, said Americans had taken the program “for a test drive” and liked it. He predicted that $2 billion would be enough until Congress returns in September, but he urged quick Congressional action to minimize public alarm and confusion. And Representative Candice Miller, Republican of Michigan, said the country may be about to turn a corner on its way back to prosperity. “This road is paved by the ‘cars for clunkers’ program,” she said.


In his district in East Texas, he said that Pilgrim’s Pride, a poultry producer, had recently filed for bankruptcy. “Where’s their ‘cash for cluckers’ program?” he asked, liking his line enough to repeat it on the House floor on Friday.

Basically, I think all political stories should engage in snide, bitchy editorializing. It's fucking hilarious, and I genuinely believe that it treats this stuff at the appropriate level of seriousness.

Friday, July 24, 2009


From a blurb on the front page of the (electronic) NYTimes, linking to this article:

"Anthropologists worry about a possible a wave of cultural extinction among tribes that have long relied on nature, now changing drastically, for survival."

I know, technically only one word is wrong, but it just comes across as so damn awkward. Maybe this is a metaphor for me?