American fables.

Have a little itch to do some 21st Century updates of Aesop’s Fables.  That seems like a lot of work, but there are some nice possibilities:

Labor unions/markets = The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.

“Moderates” + Obama = The Frogs Who Desired a King

Whoa, had forgotten this fable!  What could go wrong with a reprise?

The current crop of GOP candidates puts me in mind of this one.  Alas.  Except that the O. Henry-ish twist is that we finally get the grapes, which are sour as can be.

There’s a bunch I’ve never heard of or don’t remember.  Even without the truly formidable Perry Index

Anyone have any good ones that spring to mind?

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5 Responses to American fables.

  1. D.J. says:

    Ron Paul: The Dog in the Manger?
    GOP vs Tea party: Gardener and his Dog. (Gardener pulls his dog out of well, dog bites his hand, gardener throws dog back again.)
    GOP vs Tea Party, mk 2: Angler and the Little Fish (Please, fisherman, let me go! No…if I let you go you’ll run away!)
    Social Security: The Ant and the Grasshopper
    Big Government: The Horse and the Stag. (“Not so fast, friend horse,” said the man. “I have you under bit and spur, and from now on you shall remain the slave of man.”)
    Moderates + Obama, mk 2: The Hawk and the Pigeons. (So the hawk became king of the pigeons, to protect them from others…but once established decreed that every day a pigeon would be sacrificed for his dinner.)

  2. Mountainbear says:

    This is delicious: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/here-comes-fiattackwatch-bernanke-goes-watergate-prepares-eavesdrop-everything-mentioning-fed

    Now, ignore the whole constitutional issue this poses for a second and look at it from a tech point of view. This is a sheer nightmare for any techs. The amount of traffic this will create, the amount of useless data that will be stored so that it can be examined. It’s delicious. The Fed will effectively spam itself. And even the most advanced program running over text messages, trying to analyze them has a massive error quote, not to mention the computing time and the simple fact that there is not a single program in the world that can actually understand the syntax of a sentence, none can understand sarcasm, none can understand writing showing human emotions (nope, not even the CIA/FBI programs can do that). Only humans can do that. Oh the amount of wasted time and data this idea will bring. I find that alone very delicious and see it as evidence that the people making such calls can, at best, identify and turn on a computer and that’s about it.

  3. Mazzuchelli says:

    I don’t get the fox and the grapes as it relates to the ‘Pubs. This is a terrific group of candidates. They all have some baggage but by political standards, they are all but virginal. Newt is the real deal. He can’t get a break even in the Plains. Of course his multiple liaisons are frowned on but we need a man of vision and intellect. That is Newt. They are all traipsing through Iowa like there’s no tomorrow which might be an accurate analogy.

    • wormme says:

      Okay, good points. Obviously the least of them is better than The One. But as soon as I start getting happy about someone, they kick me in the face with big feet of clay. It’s exhausting and humilating.

      So currently I’ll take Herman Cain and be grateful. He had some screwed up replies about radica Islam recently, but I have no worries he’s working toward an American Caliphate.

  4. Mazzuchelli says:

    Thanks for linking the Perry Index. In my boomer ignorance, thought it was some political gauge based on the Texan. One really does learn something new every day.

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