Thursday, October 21, 2004

Take me back to the ball game!

Okay, enough already with the "God Bless America" routine at the baseball games. I guess it was understandable that we would feel the need to be united after the angst surrounding 9/11. But we are no longer a country united. GW has seen to that by his invasion of Iraq that has left us as perhaps the world's most hated nation since the days of Stalin!
Plus, there is a fine line between patriotism and nationalism. We are getting dangerously close to the kind of paranoid nationalism seen in the McCarthy era, IMHO!
Maybe I am risking future deportation to a right wing gulag to suggest the following: Bring back Take Me Out to the Ballgame! To me this seems more American than feeling like you have to stand up for two nationalistic anthems at a ball game to be considered a loyal American! After all isn't what America is about more about freedom than flag saluting?

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Hummer drivers are Ugly Americans!

Hummer taking 4 spots

I remember the early sixties movie The Ugly American it was about how American's, and our government, are self centered and only concerned about our own wealth, even if it causes the suffering of others. When I see a Hummer I think of the Ugly American. Here is a driver, squandering an obscene amount of resources driving a military vehicle that is an offensive weapon that is so big it is dangerous to drive and designed in such a way that it will likely kill anybody in any vehicle it hits. In my opinion these are vehicles for road pigs and are the embodiment of being an ugly American. When I saw this Hummer in 4 spots, I had to photograph it!