Monday, June 09, 2008

Always Hurt the Ones They Love

What do these two stories have in common?

The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind
'This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol.’ One old friend of the McCains said: ‘Carol always insists she is not bitter, but I think that’s a defence mechanism. She also feels deeply in his debt because in return for her agreement to a divorce, he promised to pay for her medical care for the rest of her life.’

Carol remained resolutely loyal as McCain’s political star rose. She says she agreed to talk to The Mail on Sunday only because she wanted to publicise her support for the man who abandoned her. Indeed, the old Mercedes that she uses to run errands displays both a disabled badge and a sticker encouraging people to vote for her ex-husband. ‘He’s a good guy,’ she assured us. ‘We are still good friends. He is the best man for president.’

But Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said. ‘After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.'

Rural U.S. Takes Worst Hit as Gas Tops $4 Average
...Sociologists and economists who study rural poverty say the gasoline crisis in the rural South, if it persists, could accelerate population loss and decrease the tax base in some areas as more people move closer to urban manufacturing jobs.
Or as James Howard Kunstler puts it, in his usual delicate fashion:
The New York Times reported Monday that rural Americans are being hit hardest by the rise in gasoline prices. Duh. It's worst, naturally, in the big southern states where wages are low and the distances are vast. There's a reason why Nascar is the second-biggest religion down there: the automobile rescued southerners from the tyranny of geography. Cheap gas allowed them to build a "new " economy based mainly on the construction of suburban sprawl. In the process it deified the pickup truck. Guess what? The rural South made a big mistake. The Dukes of Hazard show is now drawing to a close. They are about to take a turn back to being what they were before the Second World War: an agricultural backwater.
Hmm, interesting. Everyone is feeling the pain from these gas prices but it's these big Red states, with their long commutes, agricultural economies and total absence of any public transportation that are really taking it where the sun don't shine. I can't help but see a thematic connection here. But you know me- I'm crazy.


  1. Though i believe we'll get some surprises from rural america this year (we have Iowa to thank for Obama) watch these poor folks continue to vote in droves for the GOP, because their pastor tells them to.


  2. Of course. It's like that quote I read in 2004 from some idiot in Ohio whose job was exported- he voted GOP because his eternal soul was more important than putting food on the table. He was referring to the gay marriage issue- he didn't care if he was living in the poorhouse, just as long as a handful of gays weren't allowed to get married.

    These people had a wonderful time for 30 years- the power structure waited on them hand and foot. Now the bills come due and they're scurrying for cover faster than the apostles at Gethsemane.

  3. Some are touting the EU for usurping the US position, and definitely one thing essential is Public Transport. The roads here are sooooooooo full.
    Britain in its schizoid balance between the US and Europe has seen the effects of privatising Public Transport - less safety , more deaths, delays, nice share dividends.
    Mainland Europe, esp. the East has the 'positive' leftovers of Communism, cheap public transport. Well, it's trying to be cheap.
    Europe also has to integrate all its different systems together which seems to dissuade monopoly and associated corruption.

    It will be wonderful to see Southern Boys transport themselves in the new tiny SMART Cars - check them out if u haven't seen them. U can just about fit a gun into the back seat, but definitely no steer

  4. Ross Perot, remember him? He was that election years 3rd-guy-that-won't-win-but-we'll-chuck

    Either-or of course meaning, both funded by the same corporations anyway, and both having to answer to some aspect of the same secret society; a secret society which n'est-pas bears no actual relation to anything it took its name from.

  5. There was a (black) comedian in the early 80s called Paul Mooney who joked about Americans in comas miraculously waking up to vote against the prospect of a black president; seeing Dracula for the other party and 'giving him a chance'.
    Between erroneous 'black antichrist' theories, Fox news looking for Al-quaida hand signals, and that Appalachian idiot i saw on TV saying "it'll be his chance to enslave white people", it looks like Mccain's got it in the bag. And if you think Bush was bad, I've got a feeling Mccain would just love to see those big bombs fly in time for 2012... insane hikes in food and energy prices could see all kinds of wacky foriegn policy adventures on their way.

  6. Anonymous,

    I doubt very many of those people would vote Dem anyway... But in this coming election i do expect to see the worst of our country's racism to rear its ugly head. Pretty gross, but a boil has to come to the surface before we lance it.

  7. Remember that 'Onion' headline?
    Carter: "Let's talk better mileage."
    Reagan: "Kill the bastards".
    America makes its choice!

    That says it all about US elections (I must confess I'm British, but our elections use the same discourse). Obama's talk of 'hope' has a hard time against soldier-boy McCain... racism has the lead on ageism every time.

  8. You could hand out Oven Chips at a GOP rally this weather, and nobody would even bat an eyelid as they helped their fat-f-ing-fingers to some fries.

    "You got any buffalo wings to go wit' that?"

    Buffalo wings. wtf. They've been priming those psychos for genetically engineered foods all along.

    "Nope, it sounds perfectly normal to me that Jesus would have made goats that secrete silk along with their milk."