From designer/artist Nadine Jarvis
Via Signal vs. Noise]]>
In Arkansas, which had among the nation’s largest concentration of counties increasing their support for the Republican candidate over the 2004 vote, “there’s a clear indication that racial conservatism was a component of that shift away from the Democrat,” said Jay Barth, a political scientist in the state. [Emphasis added]
“Racial conservatism” is a new one. How about just racism? Pretty ridiculous. George Orwell is rolling in his grave.]]>
My favorite comes at 0:59.]]>
That’s messed up. For a well-educated white person who often makes idle threats to move there, it’s pretty sad that I don’t know who leads the country to our north. I feel even worse when I consider the fact that the entire world knows our president’s name and followed the election of Barack Obama with perhaps more fervency than the average American.
So Canada. Do you know?
Well, it’s Stephen Harper, and he’s been prime minister since 2006. Before Harper was a guy named Paul Martin. Before that, someone I actually remember—Jean Chretien. (Who was famously dubbed Jean “Poutine” by our president, who may know even less about Canada than I. Poutine, by the way, is Canada’s gift to the culinary arts: french fries with cheese curds and gravy. Mmmm.)
Anyway, the experience of not knowing Canada’s prime minister prompted me to compile a list of Countries Whose Leaders’ Names We Americans Really Ought to Know.
Mind you, many of these names I already knew—I’m not a complete ignoramus. But I thought I’d compile a handy cheat sheet for those who may blank on a name as I did.
Countries Whose Leaders’ Names We Americans Really Ought to Know
(As of November 2008)
IMPORTANT STRATEGIC ALLIES
- President Asif Ali Zardari*
- Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
- President Shimon Peres
- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert*
- Chancellor Angela Merkel
- President Nicolas Sarkozy
- Prime Minister Gordon Brown
- Prime Minister Taro Aso
- President Pratibha Patil
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
COUNTRIES WITH SIGNIFICANT U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE
(How’s that for a euphemism?)
- President Jalal Talabani
- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki*
- President Hamid Karzai
- President Felipe Calderón
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper
COMPETITORS FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOMINANCE
- President Hu Jintao*
- Premier Wen Jiabao
COUNTRIES THAT DON’T LIKE US SO MUCH
- President Hugo Chávez Frías
- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei*
- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
- President Raúl Castro
- Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il
- President Dmitry Medvedev
- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin*
COUNTRIES WHOSE GENERAL POPULATION HATES THE U.S.
DESPITE THE FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND OURS
- King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
- Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz
COUNTRIES WHOSE GENERAL POPULATION MIGHT LIKE US
IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEIR ANTI-U.S. LEADERSHIP
* Wields most power]]>
$40,000 for Todd Palin. That’s in addition to the 150k already reported.]]>
B/c I don’t have much else to say.]]>
Jason Kottke makes an apt comparison: the laser-like concentration of Barack Obama and that of Roger Federer. Both are sort of inscrutable too. And awesome.
Anyone else experience queasiness at this phrase? What about it is so awful? I mean, I like pastries as much as the next blogger, but for some reason, butter braid threatens to let loose the contents of my stomach.
While I really hope your child raises enough money to go on his soccer trip, I will not be buying anything called a “butter braid.”]]>