Napolitano’s Influence on Diversity Lane


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  1. David Smith says

    Out of curiosity, when was the last time that the border with Mexico (or Canada) sealed in a manner as some have suggested?

    I.e., what’s the historical precedent?

  2. Methinks says

    You’re suggesting that since the border’s never been totally closed, we should just leave it that way?

    If not, what’s your suggestion?

  3. David Smith says

    Is that the answer?

    That the border has never been sealed/closed in the history of the United States?

    None of the articles that I have read directly address the issue.

    Most engage in some sort of cost-benefits analysis, such as this article from New Scientist : http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17046-why-travel-bans-wont-prevent-a-flu-pandemic.html or the LA Times : http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-swine-borders2-2009may02,0,7203381.story?page=1 which conclude that these measures only delay, don’t prevent, that the costs are prohibitive, and overall the tactic is not effective or recommended.

    If you have an alternate argument from an epidemiologist or similar scientist, rather than politicos who don’t like Obama, then I’m open to listening.

  4. What will be funny is when we find out the virus actually came from the US to Mexico not the other way around.

  5. Hey, you know, this is very apt. The steady liberal is having to suffer through yet another panicked freakout by the conservative.

    The little girl looks more like Rush Limbaugh than Glenn Beck though (the tears would make more sense if it was Beck).

  6. Methinks says

    Gee, and here I thought it was Vice President Biden who “told NBC’s TODAY show on Thursday that he had urged family members to avoid airplanes and subways for fear of contracting the H1N1 flu virus,” at least according to the AP.

    Who knew Biden was a closet conservative?

  7. Hey, Biden’s an idiot – he’s the Goofus to Obama’s Gallant.

    But in the cartoon, the analogue for the conservative movement is little Diversity Lane. And she’s come crying to her liberal mommy for re-assurance. And the mother looks like she’s thinking “Dammit, can’t this brat stop wetting her bed over every little thing so I can get some sleep before my very busy day tomorrow?”

    I also have deconstructed Adult Swim’s “Tom Goes to the Mayor” as a modern retelling of Dante’s “Inferno”, if you’re interested.

  8. Veritas Vincit says

    Klute, is that what you call your form of brain activity, *deconstruct*? And I see once again you have a thing for Glenn Beck. Is there some repressed emotions you are harboring for his “punchable face”?

  9. I guess that passes for humor…

  10. It’s a philosophical term, VV.

    “Deconstruction is the name given by French philosopher Jacques Derrida to an approach (whether in philosophy, literary analysis, or in other fields) which rigorously pursues the meaning of a text to the point of undoing the oppositions on which it is apparently founded, and to the point of showing that those foundations are irreducibly complex, unstable or, indeed, impossible.”

    The character “Glenn Beck” (unfortunately I don’t know the name of the actor who plays him) is hilarious, whether he’s crying on camera or pouring gasoline on another, he’s the greatest performance comedian since Andy Kaufmann.

    He has an extremely punchable face, a reference to Warren Ellis’ “Transmetropolitan” series.

  11. Veritas Vincit says

    Klute, you’re a throw back to the Beatnicks of the 50’s.

  12. I’m totally blurbing that on the back of my next book, “Angry Man Dinners by Swanson”.

  13. Veritas Vincit says

    … so Klute, who do you see that’s angry? Or are you projecting again?

  14. Jeez, not everything is about VV. “Angry Man Dinners by Swanson” is a poem about the American propensity to fly off the handle for no reason, also the title of my next book (available in June).

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