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03 August 2008 @ 10:47 am
In which Dusty Rhoades deconstructs the USAian presidential campaign  
You do read Dusty's column, right?
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: Maratfatfred on August 3rd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)

American Poly Ticks as usual.

Stephen Harrissweh on August 3rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Gee, electoral candidate distorts reality to make himself look better. News at 11! On Fox, of course.
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Stephen Harrissweh on August 3rd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.
Dr. Rivka: Obamarivka on August 3rd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
You know, if the Powers That Be stayed up all night trying to come up with a philosophy that would discourage people from trying to change things about their government, or keep them from noticing that some politicians are less corrupt than others, or prevent them from demanding high standards from their leadership, they couldn't come up with anything better than this philosophy you're espousing.

This kind of knee-jerk cynicism about government serves no one and nothing but the status quo.

Just saying.

Edited at 2008-08-03 07:20 pm (UTC)
Stephen Harrissweh on August 3rd, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should have added <blink>This is a joke</blink> indicators?

See, I'm not an American. I live in America, but I don't get to vote (no taxation without representation? Hmm...).

This means I get to laugh at your right wing and extreme right wing politics (the Democrats are to the right; the Republicans are that much further that they need a telescope to even see the middle, let alone the left).

If you can't tell the difference between a joke and a philosophy then you've got bigger problems than a few cynics!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 3rd, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I did perceive that as not-so-much-a-joke. Since it was meant that way, though, I'll offer one in return.

You know how you can tell an extroverted engineer?

When s/he talks to you, s/he looks at your shoes, rather than at his/her own.
Stephen Harrissweh on August 3rd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Huh, the politician joke wasn't even original to me; a quick googlegroups search finds a copy of it in a 1998 posting and it was considered old, then. It's old old old.

Re the engineer... the fact that the engineering was in a face to face communication in the first place meant you were talking to an extroverted one. Otherwise the communication would have been by email...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 3rd, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've also heard the engineer joke before; this time it was told by an engineer who actually had to speak to a group of non-engineers (accepting an award of excellence for his company, presented by IAAP).

Again for what it's worth, most of the times I've heard the politician joke, it's been accompanied by indicators (either non-verbal or textual) of the "ha ha only serious" variety.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 3rd, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Granted, most politicians / candidates do shade the truth to some extent. I just liked the way Dusty wrote it up.