We are a nation of mutts. That is there is no such thing as a pure bred American is a celebration of the success of muttdom. That first hundred and fifty years after John Hancock signed his John Hancock was more ideals then reality, but despite the slow start, the great experiment in liberal democracy has taken some important steps forward ( recent set backs noted daily on this blog and others). If we must choose a group that deserves that distinction of being pure Americans it would be Native Americans whose ancestors, by right of the we were here first rule, settled the North American continent thousands of years before America was even a twinkle in Leif Ericsson's eye. That said we are where we are, there's nothing wrong with being a mutt. Mutt's tend to combine the best qualities of their predecessors much like the American incarnation of the pizza. American Pie
Pizza had wedged its way into the nation’s hearts and stomachs almost overnight, a phenomenon befitting a food that became synonymous with quick and easy. Americans seeking fun in the years after World War II found a good measure of it in pizza, a food that when eaten correctly (a matter of some debate among 1950s advice columnists) forced the diner’s lips into a broad smile. Pizza, like teenagedom and rock ’n’ roll, is a lasting relic of America’s mid-century embrace of good times.
Modern pizza originated in Italy, although the style favored by Americans is more a friend than a relative of the traditional Neapolitan pie. Residents of Naples took the idea of using bread as a blank slate for relishes from the Greeks, whose bakers had been dressing their wares with oils, herbs, and cheese since the time of Plato. The Romans refined the recipe, developing a delicacy known as placenta, a sheet of fine flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Neapolitans earned the right to claim pizza as their own by inserting a tomato into the equation. Europeans had long shied away from the New World fruit, fearing it was plump with poison. But the intrepid citizens of Naples discovered the tomato was not only harmless but delicious, particularly when paired with pizza.
Cheese, the crowning ingredient, was not added until 1889, when the Royal Palace commissioned the Neapolitan pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honor of the visiting Queen Margherita. Of the three contenders he created, the Queen strongly preferred a pie swathed in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella).
“Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. … And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up,” Limbaugh said on his short-lived television show on Oct. 5, 1995.
"Prisoners sentenced for drug offenses constituted the largest group of Federal inmates (55%) in 2003, down from 60% in 1995 (table 14). On September 30, 2003, the date of the latest available data in the Federal Justice Statistics Program, Federal prisons held 86,972 sentenced drug offenders, compared to 52,782 at yearend 1995."
Source: Harrison, Paige M. & Allen J. Beck, PhD, US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prisoners in 2004 (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, Oct. 2005), p. 10.
According to a federal survey of jail inmates, of the total 440,670 jail inmates in the US in 2002, 112,447 were drug offenders: 48,823 for possession, 56,574 for trafficking.
Source: Karberg, Jennifer C. and Doris J. James, US Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Substance Dependence, Abuse, and Treatment of Jail Inmates, 2002" (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, July 2005), Table 7, p. 6.
Assuming recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 20 Americans (5%) can be expected to serve time in prison during their lifetime. For African-American men, the number is greater than 1 in 4 (28.5%).
Source: Bonczar, T.P. & Beck, Allen J., US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Lifetime Likelihood of Going to State or Federal Prison (Washington DC: US Department of Justice, March 1997), p. 1.
Let this be a lesson kids, if you're rich, white and famous you can get away with anything.
Pandagon has more on the 101st Fighting Hypocrites, Real Men?.
You see, the Captain and the entirety of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists can’t actually put their asses in danger for their war and have to send others to do it because they have families.
Amanda has the actual quote from Kaptain Ed. Then there is the breathless swooning Rightwingtopia is having because of a supposed hack attack. These supposed attacks are becoming the Homeland Security warnings of the internet, a common occurence. The Islamic fundies striking deep at the cyber-heart of the right-wing fundies, but not to worry The Never Have Begun to Fight Keyboardists pulled out their patch cables in the nick of time. How many more will suffer from internet interruptus and the ensuing massive mayonasise loss? Let me apologize to those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for the Yellow Backed Pretend Patriots, every single day they make your efforts a mockery by their ceaseless callowness. You who have fought and suffered are to the right-wingers of America mere props, the armor of propaganda. Like the flag they disgrace daily, the constitution they've never read and walk on like old newspaper, the fighting men and women of America are just useful cover, something for the fringe righties to wrap themselves in. Write to old Kaptain and his blog clones and ask him why you have a family and still did your duty and went off to a war in Iraq based on lies and paranoia. Ask Kap and clones why terrorism is at an all time high under his messiah G. W. Bush. Could it be that Kap and his leader are in over their heads. They're handling the battle aganist terrorism the same way they handled Katrina, the same way they've handles the national debt, the same way they handle the environment. Competence, working for the common good and safe guarding the Bill of Rights are all beyond the grasp of modern conservatism. The net pundits, the Cheneys, the Malkins, the Kaptains, the Kristols, the Hansens, the freepers, the Rices will never be profiles in courage, they can't even face their own inner demons.
JOEL: That’s my fault. We took her to
the fair, when she was . . . eleven.
GERALDINE: Twelve. Seventh grade.
JOEL: There was a helicopter there, a small one, with the bubble up front, we called it a whirlybird. The fella, the pilot, was selling rides. I bought Karen a ticket. It was a short ride, but when she came down. . . I don’t think she ever came down, actually. After that she was . . . up there.
GERALDINE: She went back every day for the rest of the Fair. Used up all her 4-H savings.
JOEL: She didn’t say much after the fair, not a peep. Didn’t go collecting models of helicopters or go to air shows or nothing.
GERALDINE: Just shows up at the dinner table one day, just before graduation. She’s joined the Army, she’s going to fly helicopters. I was pushing her to be a nurse. She was always so independent.
JOEL: Got that from her mother. Stubborn, too.
GERALDINE: She was so proud when she got her
wings. We went to the graduation.
from the screenplay COURAGE UNDER FIRE by Patrick Sheane Duncan