Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bag of Severed Heads Left Near Mexican School

Texas Governor Rick Perry's camp immediately takes responsibility

Five severed heads were left in a bag near a Mexican primary school, the latest example of the ruthless violence plaguing the country. Authorities speculate the cloth bag, found near an Acapulco resort, is connected to Mexico's growing drug violence, or to a stunt to rebuke charges Texas Governor Rick Perry is soft on illegal immigration.

"To think that Rick Perry isn't ready to protect our borders is simply wrong.", insists supporter Bebe Rodgers. "This here sends the right message. As President, Rick Perry can do even more because he can eliminate federal interference. I'll personally strap on my gun and ride with him into Mexico next time." While the governor’s top aides publicly insist they have no plans for real or even symbolic changes to their campaign, the only pivot they’ll make, they have said, is to "become more aggressive".

This defiant response in the face of unsteady debate, and a decisive trampling in Florida's GOP straw poll, is a reflection of Perry’s own pugnacious style — the best defense is a good offense. In responding to his young campaign's first dose of adversity (allowing children of illegal immigrants to pay discounted tuition to Texas colleges), he's doing what he's always done: hit harder.

"You want to stop something? Leave a sackful of heads.", chuckles Arlen "Trout" Rodgers, Bebe's grandfather. "I'm not for sticking them on poles at the border, but a sackful next to a school will make people think won't it? Come into this country legally, or don't come in at all."

Local police also speculate the grisly find may have been connected to extortion threats against teachers. Some 140 schools have closed their doors in recent weeks due to frightened teachers going on strike, according to The Associated Press. With the government cracking down on the drug trade, gangs are turning to extortion, and last month dozens of teachers in Acapulco said gangs had threatened them with violence if they did not hand over half their salaries.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Gender Affirming Toys

Of course we want all little girls to feel . . . well . . . special. But somehow, I think these toys take the little ones in an entirely new direction.

DISCLAIMER: I've always liked maids and strippers. But I'm more than a little disturbed by these toys.

My cleaning trolly. Really? Teach little girls to be like Jennifer Lopez in that horrible chick flick? Here's another;

And here are real winners - both racial and gender insensitive. I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say both of these toys were manufactured in China.

And here's another (I gotta admit - having a bi-racial child, I chuckled at this one).

Tramp stamps for little girls. This will be the rage at next seasons' child beauty pageants. By the way, did you know that had she lived, Jon Benet Ramsey would have turned 21 this year?

And finally, my absolute favorite:

What do these say about us, as Americans? Actually, nothing. But they speak volumes on how Americans are perceived by other countries. Think about that for a while.

The middle class in America no longer exists. Children have two paths to choose from. Get incredibly lucky and therefore impossibly rich - or be simply satisfied with your lot in life. Its a sad end to a Century of Aspirations.

Who would buy toys that encourage their little girls to be maids or strippers when they grow up? Someone is.

Q: Where can men over the age of 50 find younger women who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction.