The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from the land of monsters and mythology, chillin' with Goliath and Paul Bunyan - "On Giants: or, Why We Want To Be small" - on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly.
"The Majority of Americans"Playing politics with terrorism is an art form among Republicans, with Rudy Giuliani recently saying there were, "No domestic attacks under Bush," but already one under Obama. Huh? Wasn't Rudy in NYC on that day - Surely we saw him in every 9-11 photo-op playing the mayor. Toying with reality is the new playground, "The majority of Americans... " is the catchphrase spewing from GOP lips like "I'm mad about blah blah, I have a boo-boo and want my ba-ba... ," at a Tea Party convention. Despite being swept from office, the GOP's denial is resolute, "There was no debate... No bipartisanship... " is their excuse/accusation of why they do nothing, and won't be held responsible for the two wars Obama inherited and is now trying to win (see below), as well as this minor mess dubbed our Great Recession. Of course Dems are wimps and falling into the same old traps: Still unsure of where to hold the trial of 9-11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (FYI: Dick Cheney has yet to be charged,) and overly eager to allay fears, VP Joe Biden is "guaranteeing" a conviction, making a mockery of himself (as usual) and our legal system at the same time. Meanwhile, a new Washington Post-ABC poll found that two-thirds of all Americans are "unhappy" or "angry" at how the federal government is working (the only clear "majority" these days - one which neither party wants to claim) with those polled saying that "53 cents of every dollar" sent to Washington is "wasted."
About Those Wars
While we were exchanging hearts full of candy and fake promises of fidelity, our troops were avoiding sniper fire and IEDs in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Operation Mushtarak ("Together") is underway as our "surge" of 15,000 US, NATO, and Afghan troops sweeps this Taliban stronghold, with Afghan Colonel Shirin Shah reporting, "So far we have cleaned 30 to 35 villages." Expected to last up to one month, intense battles in the city of Marjah have killed at least two US troops and over 30 Taliban; as of press time there is no word on when the cleaning campaign will include Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his corrupt administration.
Olympics, Willy and Wood(s)
When Haiti needed our help, we all knew this would happen, didn't we? Charity scams and Americans grabbing orphans like Madonna on an African safari. Oops! Some still had parents and, strangely, those 10 fine Idaho Christians arrested in Haiti for running for the border with dozens of non-orphans are still sitting in prison. Their translator has told investigators how they misled Haitians about their intentions ("A better life in America... " was the promise to parents before grabbing their kids and declaring them "orphans") and, now, their legal advisor, Jorge Torres Puello, is facing allegations of human trafficking in El Salvador and human smuggling charges in the United States. Good to hear he has expertise while giving legal advice.
Female Drivers and McHuggin
You know our infrastructure is falling apart when the most famous 2½ miles of asphalt in America needs work - The Daytona 500 (a NASCAR mention, don't be hatin') was delayed due to a giant pothole appearing on the track; somebody named McMurray won, while a woman named Danica didn't even finish her debut in the Nationwide Series. More successful was Jeff Ondash's attempt to set a world record in Las Vegas by hugging the most people in 24 hours - 7,777 people were squeezed by Ondash, who wore the costume of his alter ego, Teddy McHuggin, while also setting a new world record for the most complaints of creepiness and restraining orders filed on a single day.