Monday, June 14, 2010

What Not To Say

"It's a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time." — Mayor Larry Vaughn in Jaws.

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Politicians along with BP CEO Tony Hayward seem to be having a difficult time with words lately. They want to spin this environmental calamity into some kind of delicious milkshake, or on the other hand, make the world feel sorry for them. "What the hell did we do to deserve this?" whinged Hayward. Well, let me remind you Tony about the 760 "egregious, willful" safety violations, and oh yeah, don't forget your company is destroying the Gulf of Mexico!

Oh, and while I'm on the subject of unhelpful cretins, let's not forget the religious nuts. They, of course, also have something predictably irrelevant to say. I don't have a specific quote, but I'll sum it up for you: "See, this is what happens when you sinners don't listen to us!" They say it gleefully because they secretly look forward to the apocalypse. And yes, the oil does kind of look like blood, and I'm sure you can find many references to the sea in Revelation, but no, this is not the end of the world.

But let's for a moment assume it was Judgment Day. Wouldn't you prefer that your God found you trying to make the world a better place rather than piously sneering at others?

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