Archive for the America Category

America goes to the office, Europe goes to the beach

Posted in America, other on March 17, 2010 by Jonathan

I had a job interview today. There were fourteen candidates for the position, and we all sat in a room as the interviewer asked each of us about our skills and career goals. The youngest candidate was 18; most of us were in our 20s; a handful was over 30. In answering, each person came across as determined, professional, and forward-thinking – people who were serious about a career. In other words, people who were very American.

I can’t imagine these candidates’ responses occurring in Europe, where the state is paramount and zaps the will of its citizenry to strive for worthy jobs. One reads about the strikes in Greece, where almost half of the country is on the government’s payroll, and thinks, these are grown-ups? How would those strikers, accustomed to la dolce vita, have answered the questions in that room today? My guess is, not very well.

Which, by the way, makes me think it will be easy to convert vast numbers of Europeans to Islam, without resorting to the threat of violence or civil war: Just tell ‘em Allah promises vacation time.

California RIP

Posted in America, culture, other on July 9, 2009 by Jonathan

Man among bloggers Iowahawk on the recent funeral procession for California:

LOS ANGELES – Millions of fans from around the globe gathered along Sunset Boulevard to pay final respects to California today, as a slow moving funeral procession transported the eccentric superstar state’s remains to its final resting place in a Winchell’s Donuts dumpster in Van Nuys. The self-proclaimed ‘King of Pop Culture’ died last week at 160, in what coroners ruled an accidental case of financial autoerotic asphyxiation. The death sent shock waves across the world and sparked an outpouring of grief by rabid fans.

“I don’t care what the tabloids and the Wall Street Journal say,” said a weeping Illinois. “I still love you, Cali!”

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Blast from the past: 1987 New York

Posted in America, books, culture on May 1, 2009 by Jonathan

Here’s an interview with Tom Wolfe promoting his book The Bonfire of the Vanities.

My thought while watching this was, some people today are nostalgic for New York City as it was back then?

The American Trinity

Posted in America, College, other on April 29, 2009 by Jonathan

I think I learned more about America in this 5-minute video than in a whole semester in college.