Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Belated Thanksgiving Message

Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts

Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison

Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger

Thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcass to rot

Thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes

Thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through

Thanks for the KKK, for nigger killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces

Thanks for "Kill a Queer for Christ" stickers

Thanks for laboratory AIDS

Thanks for prohibition and the War Against Drugs (and the War Against Terror)

Thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business

Thanks for a nation of finks

Yes, thanks for all the memories... all right, let's see your arms... you always were a headache and you always were a bore

Thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.

And I'd like to thank Sisypharama for turning me on to this prayer by William S. Burroughs.

8 comments:

  1. But on the plus side we got Buffy the vampire slayer and peanut butter. So the USA is not all bad.

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  2. The US has given Bono a lovelly platform from which important ears have heard his lobbying
    Not to mention crap ass Celebrity reality TV shows (which started in the UK but in the US we've turned into sad sad self promotion)

    The iPod - American
    Play Station - American
    First artificial Heart - American and Canadian I believe

    We did come up with Brittny Spears, for that, I'm sure all of america shares its most deep regrets and apologies.

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  3. Despite the truth in Burroughs condemnation, we do learn, we do move forward, we do try to get better. I think the world overall is better for the US influence. Through history, how many nations can that be said of?

    That does not mean we should be smug or satisified in our own self righteousness

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  4. PlayStation American? I don't think so!

    America is a young country with a lot to learn. At the moment, it is going through its teenage years; swaggering around, wanting to prove to the world that it is big and strong. Invading Iraq is a bit like a teenager breaking the 11pm curfew at home - just pushing their parents a little bit in a voyage of self-discovery and independence. Give it time, it will learn. In another 250 years, the Americans will be as jaded and cynical as us Brits and all our culture will be imported from China wholesale and at half the price.

    Now I would like to say thank you. This poem is by someone a lot wiser than Burroughs...

    "Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
    Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
    Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
    What would life be?
    Without a song or a dance what are we?
    So I say thank you for the music
    For giving it to me"

    I than' you.

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  5. Maggi: I don't give a rat's ass about Bono and Darren's right, the Playstation is from Japan. America did give us global warming though which will help with my tan no end, oh and the idea of celebrity politics which is all style and no content (please see current leader for reference).

    Mallory: most nations that have dominated the world sphere have had a great influence and so they should. With power comes responsibility.

    Darren: you are so very right. *chuckle*

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  6. Excellent post. He's missing a few things.

    Thanks for a failing economy.

    Thanks for a sub-par education with an above-par price.

    I could go on and on.

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