New Hampshire's State Emblem
The writer Nathaniel Hawthorne used the Old Man Of The Mountains, a rock outcroppingthat resembled a human face when viewed from a particular angle, as inspiration for his short story "The Great Stone Face," published in 1850, in which he described the formation as "a work of Nature in her mood of majestic playfulness." The profile has been New Hampshire's state emblem since 1945. It was put on the state's license plate, state highway-route signs, and the back of New Hampshire's Statehood Quarter.
The Old Man Of the Mountain collapsed on May 3, 2003.
It no longer exists. New Hampshire residents discussed replacing it with plastic, but the idea was nixed. So now the state's official emblem, License Plates, Signs, Coinage, and various sundry promotions are false. They merely recall what once was, not what is. New Hampshire and indeed the entire U.S. should have seen the parallel between what happened to their symbol and was actually happening to their states and to their country. It was crumbling at the base. It was sure to collapse. And it did.
Of course many saw what was happening, they tried to take measures to prevent the erosion.
New Hampshire residents did what they could with cables and spikes, but alas the weathering, in the end was triumphant.
Many fought the erosion of American principles, it's prosperity, and foundations with whatever means were available as well. But alas; the Neocons, plutocrats, and corporatist theives; in the end, also triumphed.
All the King's Horses...
Can we reconstruct the noble aspects of what existed before the great looting? Maybe. I think there is a chance, and the new U.S. President is just the man to do it if it's possible. But let us not forget that many of those who created the erosion are still chipping away at the foundation from entrenched positions on capitol hill and K street even as rebuilding begins. They and their easily manipulated feeble minded supporters want the efforts to fail. They don't care much for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or even the very concepts of equality, truth, justice, and liberty.
Theirs is a cult of personality, and codifications.
Even now as they grandstand, pontificate, and obstruct - pretending the last 8 years did not even occur, they promote the same failed tired nonsense that ultimately results in the rich getting richer, taking that last sliver of the pie not already absconded.
The world they are working to achieve is a feudal one, with masters and servants, lords and serfs, an aristocracy above laws, and a peasantry under foot. So here we are, you and I...on the cusp of a new era, one that regardless of eventual outcome, demands we accept a degree of decline. That we pay the pipers for tunes our overlords heard. Pick up their tabs at establishments we never even entered.
Now it's a funny thing about that folks, for as long as I can recall the obstructionists moaned and snorted about "their" money going to social programs that improve conditions for human beings.
And sure enough today they are moaning about the stimulus bill, yet I heard not a single of their voices raised in opposition to a billion dollars a day wasted in Iraq. I heard no opposition to the doubling of the already massive national debt under G.W. Bush. Why not? Because it went in the pockets of their friends and relatives. It was for corporate welfare not the welfare of human beings. What a divine and lofty purpose to destroy a nation for! To plunder it's wealth. To undermine it's laws.
Well at any rate, we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. It is said to be the best medicine.
So here without further delay is a dose. Just as New Hampshire lost it's symbol.
We lost our savings. Our Dignity. Our minds.
Let's lose touch with reality for a few moments and examine...
U.S. State Mottos
Do you know the mottos of the various states? Here you go then!
Alabama: Like The Third World But Closer and YES! We Have Electricity!
Arizona: But It's A Dry Heat
Alaska: Oil and Rednecks and Meth Oh My! (COLD -But It's A Dry Cold) Nothing To Do But Get Drunk And Elect Wack Jobs For Entertainment
Arkansas: Literacy Ain't Everythings
California: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda!
Colorado: Live Ski or Die! Now 100%% John Denver Free.
Connecticut: Our Middle C Is Silent Ya' Casshole - Were Like Massachusetts without The Kennedy's
Delaware: Better Mutations Through Chemistry
Florida: We Are America's Wang! Ask Us About Our Incisions!
Georgia: We Put The "Fun" In Fundamentalist Extremism
Hawaii: Haka Tiki Mou Sha'ami Leeki Toru (Death To Mainland Scum, But Leave
Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes...Well Okay, It's A Lie, But The Potatoes Sure
Are Real Good (even if we elect senators who like to tap their toes in men's room stalls)
Illinois: Please Don't Pronounce the "S"
Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free
Iowa: We Aren't Guam!
Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States!
Kentucky: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names
Louisiana: Cajuns Drunks and Alligators Sinking Into The Sea!
Maine: We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
Maryland: Gateway to Delaware!
Massachusetts: Home Of Young Girls From Nantucket...And Ted Kennedy...Hmmm, The Man is No Dummy!
Michigan: First Line Of Defense From The Canadians
Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes... And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes- but it sure beats Alaska!
Mississippi: Come And Feel Better About Your Own State
Missouri: Loves Company!
Montana: Land Of The Big Sky, The Unabomber, Cows, And Very
Nebraska: Ask About Our State Motto Contest
Nevada: Hookers and Poker! 3 to 1 You Leave Broke
New Hampshire: Go Away And Leave Us Alone
New Jersey: You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right Here!
New Mexico: Like Mexico, But New!
New York: More Than A City; We're A State - And Not New Jersey!
North Carolina: Bigger Than South Carolina! And You Can Spit On Tennessee From Here!
North Dakota: We Really Are One Of The 50 States!
Ohio: At Least We're Not Michigan And It's Easy To Spell
Oklahoma: Like The Play, Only No Singing
Oregon: Spotted Owl... It's What's For Dinner
Pennsylvania: Cooking With Coal
Rhode Island: OK, We Lied About The Island thing... and Size Doesn't Matter!
South Carolina: Still Fighting The Civil War!
South Dakota: We're Closer Than North Dakota
Tennessee: The Educashun State
Texas: Si' Hablo Ing'les
Utah: Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus
Vermont: Yep, Gettin' Jiggy With New Hampshire Since 1791
Virginia: Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don't Mix? And Don't Confuse Us With West Virginia!
Washington: Warmer Than Alaska And Full Of Slackers and Nerds!
Washington, D.C.: Just Like Nevada's Motto! Whores & Gambling! (3 to 1 you'll leave broke!)
West Virginia: One Big Happy Family... Really!
Wisconsin: Come Sniff Our Dairy Air! We'll Cut The Cheese!
Wyoming: Where Men Are Men... And So Are The Women
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