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 This is bizarre

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May 03, 2002

More diaries by em
Stuck in Canada
back from Canada...
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Cuidao, que viene la jara...
Raving paranoid readers
This is disturbing.
Heh, even the president of Brazil got into the act:
President Fernando Henrique Cardosa claimed it "brought a distorted vision of Brazilian reality".
Well... yeah.
A spokesman said: "What really hurt was the idea of the monkeys - the image that Rio de Janeiro was a jungle. It's a completely unreal image of the city."


Typical foreigners. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by moriveth on Fri May 3rd, 2002 at 03:43:20 PM PST
Foreign people frequently fail to grasp the amazing freedoms we, as American citizens, enjoy. As the puzzled Egyptian consul general wondered about the ACLU, "Is it banned here?" No, my ignorant foreign friend, in a free country like America, or to a lesser extent Canada, even elite anti-American liberals like the ACLU are allowed to operate!

This display of cultural ignorance by Rio de Janeiro demonstrates how far many non-Americans have go to comprehend universal First Amendment rights. After all, in a third world country such as Brazil, Italy, or China, Matt Groening would be rotting in the Gulag.

How can you possibly be free? (3.00 / 1) (#4)
by gordonjcp on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 05:39:54 AM PST
You've got the DMCA, and various other laws that destroy your "fair use" rights there. You can't move about because of all the extra "security" brought in after the September 11th attacks. Your people are running from the shadow of terrorism, and the shadow of your own government.
Why don't you excercise that second amendment right you're so proud of and sort out your government?

by DePumpo on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 08:09:10 AM PST
The "elite anti-American liberals like the ACLU" are not anti-American. Where is the evidence? I think they are anti-bible and pro-mess-your-own-life-up-and-go-to-hell-but-have-a-good-time-doing-it. Does that make 'em "anti-American"?

Forgive me, but would Matt Groening be even worth it? Is he that dangerous?

One last thing, being ignorant that I am, why must we "enjoy" our freedoms? Freedom kick us out of "The Garden". What has freedom really given us? Think about it.

Freedom (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by hauntedattics on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 09:26:33 AM PST
has "given" me a great education, nice friends, a fantastic husband, an interesting and well-paying job and a beautiful apartment.

But damnit, what has freedom done for me lately?!? Absolutely nothing. I demand justice and recompense! Off to the gulag with freedom!

The ACLU (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by Icebox on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 09:42:21 AM PST
The ACLU is as anti-American as any Berkeley professor you'll find, meaning that if they were any further to the left they would all be on a raft somewhere between here and Hawaii.

Sure, they stand up for civil rights. Want to smear shit all over yourself and run naked through a grade school? That is free speech, the ACLU will fight for your rights. Want to smoke crack and play bongo drums on the White House lawn? That is your right as an American! How about a gun? Do you want to buy a pistol to defend yourself against the drug addicted bongo players? Sorry, we can't help you exercise that right.

The ACLU doesn't care about civil liberties, they care about whining, and liberalism, and keeping their coffers full.

I learn something then... (none / 0) (#11)
by DePumpo on Tue May 7th, 2002 at 07:32:29 AM PST
You have a good point. Do you have any more information on where I can get more facts on the ACLU? I want know what they really stand for. I want to know the good and the bad.

I was under the impression (none / 0) (#12)
by Illiterate Bum on Tue May 7th, 2002 at 10:10:46 AM PST
that the ACLU was a non-profit organization?

However, I believe that the main ideal behind the ACLU is about as American as they come. Our civil liberties define us as Americans, and the defense of these freedoms is a noble cause.

Tell me Icebox, just out of curiosity; what's your take on Amnesty?

"...normal, balanced people do not waste time posting to weblogs." --tkatchev

OT. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by tkatchev on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 10:24:34 AM PST
Random thought:

"Gulag" is short for "head management of camps".

Bosnus points for political correctness, I guess.

Peace and much love...

the writers hit the nail directly on the head, tho (none / 0) (#2)
by momocrome on Fri May 3rd, 2002 at 07:16:53 PM PST
I have recently been to Rio, and can verify that just as depicted in that episode of the Simpsons, there are plenty of thieving street children, all of the taxi drivers are desperate and insane, everyone there is heavilly into 'boom boom' (that is the local term for buggery), and many of the men have that speedo wearing fruitery common to Greece and Italy, and so at least give the impression of raging homo-/bi- sexuality. Oh, and the city is in fact cut in completely in half by a huge swath of raw jungle full of sleazy little monkeys and toucans.

Maybe... (none / 0) (#5)
by hauntedattics on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 06:32:58 AM PST
you and I went to different Rios. Given that I was the honored guest of a large corporation, that is entirely possible.

The scumbags should be glad (none / 0) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat May 4th, 2002 at 10:15:52 PM PST
that the writers didn't mention the death sqauds that used to sweep through various neighborhoods in the name of "urban cleansing," many of their victims children. Monkeys, rats, and men of ambiguous sexual orientation should have been the least of their concerns.

"Used to"? (none / 0) (#9)
by tkatchev on Mon May 6th, 2002 at 10:23:07 AM PST
I heard that they're still functioning.

Although, all of my info about Brasil comes from second-rate Soviet comedy acts, so I'm really blowing hot air here.

Peace and much love...


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