Thank Heavens For Green Chile Roasting

By Thomas Wark

They’ve started roasting the green chile here in southern New Mexico.  This produces one of the great food aromas in the world, like baking bread or fresh-brewed coffee or grandma’s roladen.

All great chefs understand the importance of the olfactory element in  food.  So, too, do dogs, often with results that displease their human companions.

A few fortunate folks have developed keen olfactory skills for political odors, as well,.  In this country they’re called liberals.  Every now and then they catch a political aroma like green chile roasting.  More often than not, in these United States, what they smell is rotten meat.

They are underwhelmed of late by a really bad stink on the wings of the winds out of Texas.  Gov. Goodhair, as he was dubbed by the late, great Molly Ivins, wants to be our President.

Honest Injun!  THAT Gov. Goodhair.

The one whose only policy decision about the state’s record, impoverishing drought was, “pray for rain.” (It didn’t work.)

The one who brags about the “Texas miracle” of increasing jobs during the recession, whereas in fact in true job creation data Texas ranks last among the 50.

The one who has compelled the state’s history teachers to tell their pupils that Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Schlaffly are “great Americans,” whereas Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez are not.

The one who primed his base for his presidential run by staging a great pray-in featuring some of the most whacko, racist, ill-informed Christofascists on the face of the earth.

The one who set the all-time gubernatorial record for executing prisoners who suffered from mental disability.

Ramblin’ Rick thinks he can pull Texas out of the union with a stroke of his pen; calls Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional and — get this — thinks the way to get this country moving again is to suspend ALL Federal laws and regulations. And one of his lesser gaffes: Fed Chief  Ben Bernanke commits “treason” when he takes even mild regulatory action to keep the country solvent.

In Iowa, a handful of kooks got together in Ames to eat pork tenders and proclaim Michelle Bachmann, a Minnesota congressperson, their favorite for the Republican presidential nomination. This makes her Gov. Goodhair’s principal rival.

What a pair!

Bachmann could improve her knowledge of her country’s history by studying even Goodhair’s cockeyed version of it.  Last I heard she thought Paul Revere crossed the Delaware to warn Manchester, NH, that the British were comin’, which alerted Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys to win the battle of Lafayette, Ind.  Something like that.

She and her hubby made their little fortune by praying homosexual people into heterosexuality, the way God intended it.  Maybe her contest with Goodhair will come down to a praying contest.  What a choice to inflict on God!

Meanwhile, vile odors waft unto us from Minnesota and from Texas.  Fortunately, they come together right at the point of heavy green chile roasting, which neutralizes them.
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  1. Maureen Said,

    October 3, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Mr. Wark, you state, “No politician running for president is talking about ending the wars that put us deeply into debt…” I beg to differ with you, sir. Have you heard a single word spoken by Ron Paul? He’s been talking about this very subject for a long time. Whenever he’s been asked what he would do about these wars, his answer is always the same: “We just marched in, we’ll just march back out.” He is the ONLY one talking about this, and saying what he’d do if elected. Please don’t tell me you are part of MSM who is taking part in the smearing/marginalising/ignoring of this man. Please look him up and see what he’s been saying for decades. Consistentcy, honesty, integrity…that is Ron Paul. Even if you don’t agree with all he says, or even much of what he says, he is one of the rarest kinds of politicians this country has ever seen: he says what he means and means what he says. No flip-flopping, no hypocrisy, has never taken a cent from corporations, gives back part of his congressional budget, never taken a tax-payer junket, always voted against congressional pay raises, voted against the Pat. Act…I could go on, but I know you are capable of researching this yourself.

  2. Maureen Said,

    October 3, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Pardon a few misspellings. This is a subject about which I am rather passionate.

  3. Maureen Said,

    October 3, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Oops! I seem to have posted these comments under the wrong article! Meant to post under, “It was a good time for tossin’ th’ haggis”. Ah, well, such is life.

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