Monday, May 20, 2013

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

The Second Season of HBO's Newshour is bearing down on us.  Who could forget Jeff Daniel's speech about the Myth of American Exceptionalism that opened Season One?

... You—sorority girl—yeah—just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don't know what the fuck you're talking about?! Yosemite?!!!

Here's where we stand ...

I am exceedingly fond of the small red nipple just below the red blotch near his underarm.  And then it came to me:  A series of attached nipples!  Something we can suck on for comfort during those times when things look bleak.

Nipple close-up ...

Terrible picture.  Here's a better one ...


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