Friday, March 2, 2007

The Wrong Lizard -Who's you're 2008 presidential canidate?

Excerpt from So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish 
by Douglas Adams

[An extraterrestrial robot and spaceship has just landed on earth. The robot steps out of the spaceship...]

"I come in peace," it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, "take me to your Lizard."

Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, "It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No," said Ford, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy?"

"I did," said Ford, "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, 'the wrong lizard might get in."


sinincincinnati said...

You know the comic strip, BC?
It's creator is a Christer who gets on my nerves.
He had a strip recently where he was disparaging of the serpent as was God in the story of Adam and Eve.
Well, the strip drew a couple of letters in the Sinincincinnati Inkwar. As usual, the authors were as loony as the creator of BC. I couldn't decipher if they were members of PETA standing up for herpes (lizards and snakes) or Jews just generally pissed at this Christer.
Bottom line: The tyrany (Tyrannosaur) of the majority is more frightening and destructive than a herp, for sure.
By the way, you should know that the creators of South Park are tight with the eggheads at Reason Magazine.

Heather Annastasia said...

Why should I know that?

Can you hook me up with a gig at either place??

BTW, did you catch my Garden of Eden take on the LOL blog?

It was quite infuriating, it I remember correctly.

Heather Annastasia said...

Hmmm... that didn't link linkify, let's try again.

sinincincinnati said...

You should know it in the sense of "that's why I'm now a-tellin' ya."

RE: your Garden of Eden on the LOL blog. One of the problems of the Bible is translation. Any Bible-thumper who believes in every literal word would change her mind in about 30 minutes of listening to a person who speaks the original language, translating the Bible from whichever appropriate "original" language, on the spot.
But here's another discrepancy:
In the Ten Commandments, God says he's jealous of other gods. (Is he admitting the existence of other gods? But that's not my main point.)
Further down, in the same string of Commandments, He says "don't be jealous."

Has anybody ever told Him to practice what he preaches?

Heather Annastasia said...


Your right.

And when people who study the languages of the ancient texts try to weigh in on the literal meanings, it gets even more confusing.

I don't believe that a precise interpretation of any written work is possible. Even the author of any given work may have a different take on the work decades later.

I think all literature is very subjective, and the Bible is no exception.

Still, I love to argue with the Bible thumpers.

Jason said...

All this lizard talk reminds me of
This dude is far out (probably in a bad way) but if nothing else he provides entertainment.

Heather Annastasia said...

I had never heard of this guy.

He seems alright. A little cooky, but I'd take him over a Christian.

I don't know, I saw one part where he called Cheney a Satanist.

Thems classic christian tactics there, so maybe them folks is all the same.