Monday, July 09, 2007

"Get rid of all these rotten politicians"

Hear! Hear! That was Robert Kennedy creating part of the sound and fury signifying ... well, nothing ... at the Live Earth Concert:
[I]t was nonmusicians at this concert who made the most passionate pleas about demanding action for the environment. "Get rid of all these rotten politicians that we have in Washington, who are nothing more than corporate toadies," said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmentalist author, president of Waterkeeper Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy's son, who grew hoarse from shouting. "This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors."

Well, I like the part about getting rid of "all these rotten politicians", but why for refusing to move more quickly to forestall anthropogenic, anthro-centric global climate change? I say "Hear! Hear!" to that! Stall forever, says I!

There were more maudlin appeals:
Primatologist Jane Goodall offered a greeting in chimpanzee language, before saying, "Up in the North the ice is melting, what will it take to melt the ice in the human heart?"

And there was this bit of bloviating:
For John Mayer, the raised awareness that Live Earth U.S.A. brought to the issue of climate change made the event a success. "I think a lot of people at Giants Stadium today want to listen," he said. "Awareness works likes a vitamin. You go to the bathroom and 99 percent of it is gone but you hope that you retained 1 percent."

How apropos to use bathroom similes for this event.


RFKJr. said...

Hey Crank,

Weren't you a character on the Electric Company circa 1974 ?

Steve Erbach said...


In 1974 I was working my first full-time job in Appleton, WI. I was four years out of high school.

I checked your MySpace site. I'd definitely rather vote for Ron Paul. Mr. Kennedy was the fellow who accused Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour, for preventing the U. S. from signing onto the Kyoto Accord, thus exacerbating global warming thus making for more violent hurricanes. Kennedy is certifiable.

Steve Erbach
The Town Crank