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It's seems a little bizarre reading about how Europeans believe that the EU is strangling in it's disadvantages and worrying that France isn't a world power anymore. It seems to be a given that Deutchland makes the best electric shavers and coffee makers. Love the cars too. The US has dinosaurs running it's government and industries, cutting jobs and outsourcing our young people to oil-land for slaughter. Europe looks like heaven in contrast from here!

New York vs "the Heartland" is pretty much a tradition. There are people you meet who believe the country starts in Boston and ends down in Washington DC, the border being about 25 miles west of these locals. I live in St Louis MO, and seeing the LA-LA land TV industry portray us with cows outside our windows is galling. New Yorkers asking about the horse and buggies is really cute too. But that's just a little ribbing and we can take it. We just don't trust strangers here. New York Carpet World didn't last that long. Even a business from Chicago has a hard time getting a foot-hold! But "flyover country" was an 80's phrase and has been replaced by now. Haven't heard it in over a decade. Maybe it's time to let that go now

Finally, the very idea that violent resistance to tyranny is laughable. We've gone such a long way from when Jefferson said that the tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants (paraphrased, but I just ain't that staunch) to "damn kids better not riot on MY lawn!". We almost had a riot here 7-8 years ago because the mounted patrol tried to stop ladies from flashing their bewbies at the Mardi Gras parade. Good thing that police chief got sent to DC to work with the Bush administration! You never know what will set the populace off. $10 a gallon gasoline? Grocery stores out of "on-time-delivery" goods? The fact that the 20% of the population that controls 70% of this nations wealth might not be able to keep the other 80% of the people working? New York's 30,000 finest might make it the safest place in the world, but Main Street Murka might see some broken glass and fire. I find that more inspiring than thinking about people calmly starving in boarded up, repossessed homes while the jackboots go a'marchin'...

Kevin

by kevinearllynch (mr_kevinlynch@sbcglobal.net) on Mon Jun 30th, 2008 at 11:22:30 PM EST
I find that more inspiring than thinking about people calmly starving in boarded up, repossessed homes while the jackboots go a'marchin'...

I was told there's a novel by Philip K Dick where if people can't pay their rent they get locked into their apartments.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 04:39:26 AM EST
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"Flyover country" (in all its guises) served as a simple and useful test as to who I was willing to spend time and converse with while I was living in Boston. Those that used it as a framework were universally less traveled and less imaginative.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 01:17:59 PM EST
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