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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"The Ant And The Grasshopper"

"The Ant And The Grasshopper"

*OLD VERSION*:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

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*MODERN VERSION*:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where then ews stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote.

38 Comments:

Blogger Jay said...

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6:58 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

Interesting new version. It's not clear who the grasshoppers (a new deviation from the original as now there are more than one grasshoppers in the story)?

10:34 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

If I read your story right, the ants represent a modern civilised society where everyone puts other first and their own needs second for the good of society. If one needs help, there are the neighbourly ants helping and supporting.

I presume the grasshoppers represent those greedy, selfish members of society who only see things in terms of how it will effect them - a bit like those stupid right-whingers like Bushco who see a nation with lots of oil (Iraq) and are envious and want to grab it all for themselves and their friends. Moreover, these nasty grasshoppers make up all kinds of lies in an attempt to convince the stupid ang gullable that there is a 'noble' mission to accomplish in attacking the ants.

Mind you, there are still some stupid and gullable grasshoppers out there who think that their leaders are a fountain of truth!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

Mark,

Since Jay's version has deviatated significantly from the original version of tale, there is no clear way to know what he means.

Your take is consistent to Jay's opinions, but really, without his definition, we can't really know what he means by his version.

It's a lot like trying to acertain what Don McLean meant by the lyrics in his song, "American Pie".

10:27 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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8:06 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Like the lyrics to American Pie, the meaning of the parable is obvious once you think about it a bit."

Over the years, a lot of people have speculated about what the lyrics symbolized. The song's author, Don McLean has denied intentionally trying to have the song have any of the many "meanings" people think they have found in that song.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:33 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

So you say.

Btw, see Jay? I don't delete your comments so that I can have the last word like you do on your site.
And I certainly don't, after deleting your comment, make a comment where I lie about why I had to delete your comment and slander you falsely in the process. ; )

10:07 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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3:31 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"I tend to mind my manners when I'm at somebody else's place. Still...you can delete anything I write. It won't really upset me."

I too mind my manners when I'm at other people's sites. Unlike you, I don't delete people's comments because I can't refute them, just so that I can "get the last word".

I furthermore, wouldn't post a comment full of lies about what the commenter said, and use those lies and character denegration as my excuse for why I deleted their last comment.

But then again, I'm not you. ; )

9:30 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:27 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"I believe both of us can be happy about that."

Yeah, I'm happy that I don't need to use tactics like yours to debate a topic. So, yeah, I'm definately glad that I'm not like you. : )

12:48 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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6:39 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Tactics? Oh...you mean things like facts and sticking to reality?

Yeah. That does require a bit of thinking."


Those aren't the tactics of yours that I was referring to. The tactics I was referring to was your deleting the last comments of someone debating you and then posting a last comment of your own which is full of lies where you denigrate the person's character and "get the last word". Those tactics of yours on your blog is what I am talking about.

I don't see much evidence of your tactics involving facts nor necessarily sticking to reality.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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8:43 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Right...and your constant harping about me and whining because I don't let you wander all over the place on my blog make for great tactics."

I never "wandered all over the place" I simply kept responding to your challenges. If we were wandering all over the place you were leading.

"Seems to me that you can't resist the temptation to start personal attacks with anybody who doesn't agree with you."

No that would be you, in the form of the last comment you post directly after you delete the other person's comment. I'm merely pointing your tactic out to readers here so that they are forewarned what to expect before they waste their time trying to debate with you on your blog.

"You're welcome on my blog anytime. I'll make an exception with you and let every little word you write stand.

Be careful what you ask for though. I bite."


That's ok. So do I.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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5:08 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"I went back and looked at your last round of non relevant rants in a post I did last February. From what I can see, you were the one who deleted your own comment."

I guess "nonrelevant rants" are how you describe counterarguements that you can't challenge.

What does last February have to with what you did this past April?
I'm quite sure I didn't delete my comments. The only one deleting comments of mine at your blog would be you. It's part of your tactics. ;)

8:39 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

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4:35 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"I describe non-relevant rants as pretty much what you are doing right now."

Calling you out on your deception is ranting? Not hardly.

"The post you slithered into was written back in Feb. Go look yourself. Author deleted the comment..not me."

I've gone back and taken a look and have discovered a third tactic of yours. Not only do you delete comments you can't refute, and then post your last comment full of lies about what was in that comment that YOU deleted, but once you are called out on it, you go back to that post and delete your previous last comment and then manufacture a "deleted comment" so that it will look the author deleted the comment, and then post another last comment with yet another lie in it that the user deleted the comment.

Fortunately, at the time I copied the whole exchange of comments in that February post (minus the comment of mine that you deleted).
Here is what it looked like before your deceptive handiwork:

"Clay said...
Jay,

I see you have deleted my response to your last comment. I guess that pretty much means that I won in the exchange. After all, you have deleted my response because you know that you can't refute it.

Good trick on your part. It is evident that "giving yourself the last word" gives the illusion that you have somehow triumphed in the debate.

Your gullible readers will think so.

But you and I know different. Don't we.
11:54 PM

Jay said...
If you need to feel you won anything, be my guest. You didn't change any of my views and I'm pretty certain I didn't change any of yours.

My blog. I don't have to post your words if all you come up with in the end are personal insults at me and my loved ones. And, yes...I will always get the last word here, just like you get the last word at your blog."
6:17 AM


And here is what your latest handiwork has created in the comments section of that same post:

"Clay said...
Jay,

I see you have deleted my response to your last comment. I guess that pretty much means that I won in the exchange. After all, you have deleted my response because you know that you can't refute it.

Good trick on your part. It is evident that "giving yourself the last word" gives the illusion that you have somehow triumphed in the debate.

Your gullible readers will think so.

But you and I know different. Don't we.

11:54 PM


Jay said...
ummmmm.....you were the one who deleted your last comment, not I."

7:00 AM


I am glad I acted on my hunch about you at that time.

"I wouldn't ever dream of deleting your posts to keep you from looking like a lunatic. I just wish you would pick something more current so my readers could be as entertained as I in reading them."

Yeah, Jay, you were so "entertained" in reading my comment that you deleted it, lied about why you had to, and then tried to cover it up by redesigning the end of the comments section, probably yesterday, or at the moment you saw yourself called out here.

As for me looking like a lunatic, hardly. I suspect that the comment of mine that you deleted was making your arguments look ludicrous, and of course you can't have that.

If any one looks bad here, it is you.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

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3:40 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Well...if you have quote marks, that must mean I've written them.

gotta go, my eyes hurt from rolling them
{sic}"

Do you roll your eyes alot when you've been caught red handed with your pants down?

8:10 AM  
Blogger James said...

Clay,

This is so typical of Jay. That was why I had stopped engaging him for so long. As soon as I acknowledged him over on your blog he came back to mine and started his same old crap. After all, he "takes a special interest in guys like me."

Of course, with all the pictures I posted he had to give up his tactic of accusing me of pretending to be in the military. Now he's switched to attacking me for not serving enough.

Of course, like all whining liberals, when he constantly frames and reframes the debate he always gets to feel like he's winning.

6:01 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Of course, like all whining liberals, when he constantly frames and reframes the debate he always gets to feel [emphasis mine]like he's winning."

And like all liberals, it's all about feelings vice facts. ; )

6:30 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Hi, "james". Shall I publish what I found that made you totally revamp your blog a while back?

http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies.htm

Great site. Exposes cowardly little fakers like you.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"Hi, "james". Shall I publish what I found that made you totally revamp your blog a while back?

http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies.htm

Great site. Exposes cowardly little fakers like you."


Jay, congratultations on your google skills. There's just one small problem. James isn't listed any where on that site.

Simply finding a site that exposes fradulent claims of people pretending to be in the military, is not enough. You have to go one step further and be able to demonstrate that that person is on that site.

And I know very well, that you aren't going to be able to do that. I know from first hand knowledge that James is in fact serving in the Air Force, is stationed now at the Pentagon, and has been in as long as he says he has.

8:17 PM  
Blogger James said...

Jay,

Revamp? Please tell me what you think I've "revamped." My blog is what it has always been: my usually very conservative opinion on whatever I feel like posting about.

And by all means, please publish whatever you think you "found." After all, I know how you like to "take a special interest in guys like me."

By the way, in a few weeks I'll have some more pictures up for you that will help you show your ass more than you already are.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

James,

I think it is safe to say that Jay has slithered back to his "Monday Morning Cat Blogging" and "Der Monkey" ranting.

It's typical with him.

He comes to your or my site, makes a snarky comment, to which we slap it down and expose it for what it is, and then he cowers back to his blog, where he hopes we will be stupid enough to comment on his blog. Because if we are, he will then respond for a while, then delete our last comment and make one last one of his, complete with lies about what we said in our last comment, thereby first, getting the last word and then secondly, duping his gullible readers into beleiving that he is much superior in intellect and his position is so much logical than ours.

Of course, his latest trick is to then manufacture a "comment deleted by user" comment, followed by his claim that I deleted my comment, it wasn't him.

His behavior is typical of alot of liberals I have encountered. He's just not quite as bad as the others I've seen with hiding behind ad hominem, name calling attacks. He uses other forms of trickery.

What Jay seems to fail to notice is that on our blogs, his slithering away after being exposed just makes him look like an ass and everyone can see that he uses, (in his favorite term about my discourse attempts with him), twisted logic.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I notice that I seem to be the only one visiting this blog....along with "james" wagging his tail in the background.

And that neither one of you has the balls to face me on my turf where people can get a good look at you.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"And that neither one of you has the balls to face me on my turf where people can get a good look at you."

It's not a question of having the balls to face you on your site. It's the knowledge of the tricks you play on your blog to make you look like you got the last word.

You need those tactics to cover your butt. Why else would you be taunting us in hopes that we come over to your blog and fall into your little trap?

I don't need comment moderation or the kind of nonsense you pull on my blog. James doesn't either.

8:14 AM  
Blogger James said...

My "balls" being challenged by an insecure, fat-assed, self-loathing wannabe who can't even flash a peace sign like he's got a pair. My fortitude being questioned by a guy who's most substantive posts consist of "Monday Cat Blogging," "FOAD Thursday," and endless "What did I do to deserve this ____________ (Fill in the blank.)

Jay's pulled enough of my comments where I've rubbed his face in his own crap and swatted his butt that I know better than to waste my time. It takes a better man than that to goad me into posting comments that he's going to pull anyway.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

And jay remains silent.....

4:12 PM  
Blogger James said...

And you notice that he hasn't been back. He comes over and picks a fight then when you take the fight into his yard he cries because you're off-topic. Typical liberal whiner.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous jay said...

At least I'm not some lying scumbag bragging about service he never did.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

"At least I'm not some lying scumbag bragging about service he never did."

No, Jay, you are a lying scumbag who denies he deletes comments from his blog that he can't deal with. And you happen to also be a lying scumbag claiming James isn't in the service. Yet, you can't back that claim up with any evidence.

I can assert that James is in the service. He is the godfather of my youngest daughter and I worked right along side him before he left for the Pentagon.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

For readers of this blog, every occurence of "this post has been removed by the author", is cowardly Jay trying to cover his tracks.

You see, if you go to his blog and call him out on ridiculous thing he as posted here, he refers to you as a "nut".

You will also notice that the coward has removed the hyperlink to his blog from his name. He's trying to hide.

His blog is called: "One Way Or Another" and you can get to it by following the link provided in my "Wrong Headed" blog links.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous jay said...

You can also have my email: jay.sheer@gmail.com

I ain't afraid of you little pussies, I just don't like my blog filled up with the spam this blog generates to any links on it.

But, as clay and james bond demonstates so well with their tears....no WTBs tolerated either at my blog or email.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

"You can also have my email: jay.sheer@gmail.com"

Yeah, that way it all remains private and no one will ever see the challenges to his position, nor see him deleting them from his blog because he is incapable of responding to your dissent in any sort of logical fashion.

Brilliant move, Jay!!!!

"I ain't afraid of you little pussies, I just don't like my blog filled up with the spam this blog generates to any links on it."

It looks like the only pussy here is you Jay. You have to delete your comments and hide behind a name without a link to your blog because you can't deal with arguments that are counter to your claptrap.

I, myself, have no problem responding to any one on my blog who disagrees with me.

"But, as clay and james bond demonstates so well with their tears....no WTBs tolerated either at my blog or email."

The only tears and whining I see are coming from you. I'm not sure what a WTB is. I don't speak in acronyms, unless I spell them out first.

Your blog is full of tears and "poor me" attitude, and Monday Morning Cat Blogging, and poor me, I can't quit smoking, poor me, I'm being mistreated at my job etc.

That is, when you aren't ranting about Bush being Hitler, or Der Monkey.

Keep hiding Jay. No one will ever find you out. It's be our little secret.

9:59 PM  

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