Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Wal-Mart and Porn: American Traditions

Via Terrace Agenda is this intriguing map of the spread of Wal-Mart, a blight on this great land of ours. Kansas fought it for a little while but we were just too close to the epicenter of the spread. It's a little hard for me to imagine that for the first few years of my life there wasn't a Wal-Mart within 50 miles of me considering I can't get away from them now.

Then there's Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild sleazebag Joe Francis asking the government for some, ahem, stimulus money for the porn industry. How's the smut business, Jackie? Not good apparently.
“The take here is that everyone and their mother want to be bailed out from the banks to the big three,” said Owen Moogan, spokesman for Larry Flynt. “The porn industry has been hurt by the downturn like everyone else and they are going to ask for the $5 billion. Is it the most serious thing in the world? Is it going to make the lives of Americans better if it happens? It is not for them to determine.”
Lest you think they're only doing this for their own pocketbooks it appears there's a more altruistic motive:
"People are too depressed to be sexually active," Flynt said in the statement. "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex."

"With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."
Hmm, good point. But, in typical Flynt fashion it's actually some pretty good satire.

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