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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Your smugness is showing

This political cartoon is from today's Telegraph. What a fair and balanced cartoon it is, don't you think? Gee, with friends like this, who needs enemies. If I had found this on the Guardian, I would of understood, but not this newspaper. I find this cartoonist, at the very least, irresponsible; and at the most, inflammatory. The disdain drips from his nose as he passes judgment.

I hope, and pray that The United Kingdom never, ever has a natural disaster such as the one that just blew through the United States. Never, ever.

Just how ready will you be.

And, just in case you are just a bit smug in the knowledge that your country is just too civilized, just too organized, just too polite, and have just the right amount of 'love thy neighbor' perhaps you should read this little tidbit from one of your opinion columns.

I would laugh, if I didn't find all this condescending on a daily basis so depressing, because this bit of patronizing is coming from a country that has a complete melt-down when two inches (approximately five centimeters for those who are lovers of the European Union measurements) of snow gently falls from the heavens in the wintertime.


At 12:22 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

this is shocking. coming from my favourite e-newspaper. absolutely shocking. i've always believed that if it can happen in one place[or to anyone], it can happen anywhere [to everyone else].

much as i love the country, but to think no vehicle owner has tyres for winter.

At 12:39 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

No tyres or common sense.

At 6:13 PM , Blogger Mystic mog said...

I was in the Police when we actually did have rioting in mainland Britain - Remember St Paul's in Bristol? We had full blown rioting, cars on fire, shops being looted and a whole weekend of chaos. We restored order without resorting to shooting anyone !

At 6:39 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Congratulations then go out to you mystic mog. Perhaps you should volunteer to go down to New Orleans and help out with the thugs that are cropping up down there trying to gun down engineers who are trying to save their city. Maybe they will listen to you, especially if you say, "Halt....please."

At 9:23 PM , Anonymous David Vance said...


I'm afraid that the Daily Telegraph is a proverbial curates egg - good in parts. I find it frequently lets my down - this cartoon is pathetic and unworthy of further comment. What gets me is the lack of British sympathy for our American cousins at this hour. It sickens me and is evidence of a nation requiring therapy after too many years of a leftist Junta in power!

At 10:03 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Thanks David, for that. I'm getting so I don't want to look at a newspaper, or watch the news.

At 2:12 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

It's terrible - especially since it was actually the feds who got those poor people out of there.

The governor (Blanco - Democrat)refused to allow the feds in for several days while the people who elected her slowly died and suffered. She's a disgrace and has exhibited zero leadership ability. The blood of those people and the pain and suffering are on her hands.

At 6:20 AM , Blogger Lin said...

There is no excuse for the response of the federal and state government to the long-predicted natural disaster that hit the gulf region...none. Don't waste your breath trying to defend that which is indefensible. Republicans and Democrats alike want answers. Those people were left to rot in that city, pure and simple. Everyone knows N.O. has a large drug problem. Those armed thugs were drug-crazed junkies in need of a fix. No excuse, but a reason. Most of them are now incarcerated, thank god, and at least the beleaguered rescue crews can carry on unmolested in their grisley task. I know what it's like to live in the UK and hear the anti-US rhetoric that so many people seem to spout. Let it go. It's naivity on their part.

But you have to accept that as America is the only remaining superpower on this earth, it will naturally come in for some battering. Unless it starts acting like a superpower, it will just get harder and harder to defend it.

At 8:40 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Thanks lin, that's what my husband says about letting it go. I'm finding it very difficult, but I'm getting there.

At 8:45 AM , Blogger Mike's America said...

As Lin said, there is no excuse for what happened in New Orleans. But I see a massive C.Y.A. (cover your a##) operation designed to deflect blame on the very folks who are most responsible, and that is the city and state government.

Also, I've usually found the Telegraph to be pretty good as a newspaper. I could understand such garbage coming from the Guardian.

At 6:27 PM , Blogger GaffaUK said...

I love America and Americans and what happened to New Orleans was appalling. However the emergency response from Bush (or lack of) seems shocking. And yes when the sea rises and the weather gets worse - we will probably be badly unprepared.

And if we are then we will have reason to be angry will those who are paid substantial amount of money to ensure we do have some basic rescue plans. How can Bush tell Michael Brown that he was doing 'heck of a job'. At least Truman knew where the buck stopped.

At 1:03 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Oh, gaffuk, you have an awful lot to learn about the American government system. In this case, it's the bottom up, not the top down. And furthermore, who has ever told you that the federal government was never to blame? No one that I know of. What has been pointed out, however, is that they are not solely to blame. Big difference.


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