Sunday, April 29, 2012

Only in America...

John Hawkins has 20 ironies that can happen only in America.

Sampling:



1) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event.

...3) Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

4) Only in America will you find people who burn the American flag and call America an "imperialist nation," but who get offended if you say they're not patriotic.

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9) Only in America could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."

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11) Only in America could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

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13) Only in America would we think teaching kids at college is an appropriate job for communists, terrorists, and other dregs of humanity.


14) Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether the oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when for every penny of profit the oil companies make, the government tacks on roughly 24 cents’ worth of taxes.

15) Only in America could the first people asked to weigh in on the seriousness of a racial incident by the media be professional race hustlers like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Ben Jealous. In other words, it's like calling in a car dealer as a neutral source on whether or not you need to get a new car.

18) Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation ever has before in all of recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more that it has per year, and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough to money.


19) Only in America could the rich people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

My favorite:

20) Only in America could the people who approve of slaughtering 25 million females babies via abortion accuse OTHER PEOPLE of waging a "war on women."

8 comments:

  1. The delicious irony is that #13 makes you a commie. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas, Mike.

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    1. How is Egnor a commie? I didn't catch that part.

      TRISH

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    2. Think harder, TRISH.

      (Hint: Egnor is a professor at Stony Brook.)

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    3. I'll have to second Trish's thoughts.

      Dr. Egnor never claimed that all college professors are either communists, terrorists, or other "dregs of society," thus, Oleg's conclusion fails.

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    4. By the way, I apologize for replying to a month-old comment. I've just now discovered this blog thanks to Uncommon Descent, so I'm a bit late to the party.

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  2. You've got a real problem with reading comprehension, Oleg. Nowhere did the writer say that teaching MAKES you a communist, terrorist, or other dreg of humanity.

    But there are communists, terrorists, and dregs of humanity in our school systems, and even in pedagogical schools. The people who are teaching the teachers are...Bill Ayers? Bernadine Dohrn?

    Let's put it this way. Not all teachers fall into the category of communist or terrorist. But retired communist terrorists have an odd habit of going into education, and the education establishment seems to have no problem with this.

    You're not really adding much to these discussions with your gotcha comebacks. You are a typical liberal.

    TRISH

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    1. TRISH, you have no sense of humor, do you? Like the author of this silly tripe, I exaggerate.

      Of course, Egnor is not a commie. But it's funny that he posts the very nonsense that turns him into a suspect.

      Get it now? I hope so.

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  3. These 20 points are instructive in the sense that they not only characterize some quirks of the United States, but also shed some light on the twisted worldview of a conservative "professional blogger" (that's who John Hawkins).

    It's pretty demeaning to anyone who works in higher education to read that "teaching kids at college is an appropriate job for communists, terrorists, and other dregs of humanity." It's hardly a surprise that conservatives generally don't like academia. This kind of a sick joke just makes the relationship more strained.

    In fact, anyone who has gone through higher education at a decent university will attest that their professors were, well, professional. By and large, they did not come across like "dregs of humanity." Egnor, who had the benefit of studying at Columbia, and is a professor at a pretty good research university, acknowledges that. It's a shame that conservatives fall for tripe like that written by Hawkins.

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