Friday, August 05, 2005

Nobody Who Speaks Christian Could Be an Evil Man

In Episode 9F22 of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob is being cross-examined at a parole hearing following his conviction for the attempted murder of Marge's sister Selma. The prosecutor is attempting to determine if Bob would pose a threat to Bart if released.

Lawyer: "But what about that tattoo on your chest, doesn't it say, 'Die Bart, Die'?"

Sideshow Bob: "No, that's German for 'The Bart, The.'"*

A female parole board member then rules, "No one who speaks German could be an evil man!"

I was reminded of this hilarious, classic episode today while reading a CNN piece about Bush's continued slide in the polls.

Not good news for the man who claimed a "mandate" in November and declared his intention to spend his political capital. Alas, like the Clinton budget surplus, it done got spent already.

Overall job approval rating is at 42%, the lowest of his presidency. 38% approve of his handling of Iraq, and 48% say he is honest, compared to 50% who say he is not. (The remaining 2% are presumably waiting until the Senate can question John Roberts before they decide.)

Some folks stand by their man, however.

"He's a man of character," said Cheryl Cheyney, a school bus driver from Cumming, Georgia, and a Republican. "He's very honest in the things he says. I agree with his belief system, the way he believes in God and is not afraid to show it. That's very important to me."

*As I speak German, I feel compelled to point out that this is grammatically incorrect. Bart is a boy, so therefore it would have to be "Der Bart, Der."

1 comment:

Anthony said...

Technically speaking, it could also have been "Das Bart, das," Bart being a child and therefore neuter. (Being pedantic is such fun!)