December 27th, 2008

Obama Loses Power

Electric power, that is.
The island of Oahu lost power during heavy rain and lightning, blacking out the population of some 800,000 people and thousands of tourists including vacationing President-elect Barack Obama.
Hey, doesn't protocol require that you capitalize the "Elect" part of his title?

Also, are we already paying him a salary? Is this a paid vacation?

And why doesn't the Secret Service have generators on hand? Do they at least have flashlights?

And do they, or don't they, have a submacopter on hand to help him escape in case of another enemy attack on Oahu?

With a submacopter,
with a nuclear power supply,
he could chill out underwater,
or be audacious and fly.

Not So Magical

One of the Republican Party's best-known operatives is under fire for distributing a CD containing the spoof song "Barack the Magic Negro" as part of a campaign to be elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.
It's sung to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon".

Wikipedia has a definition for "Magic Negro":
...a supporting, often mystical stock character in fiction who, by use of special insight or powers, helps the white protagonist get out of trouble.
Notice that the definition specifies a supporting character, which pretty much rules out Obama in advance, since he's clearly in a lead role!

Wikipedia goes on to note that the word "negro" is "now considered by many as archaic and offensive".

From English it's practically vanished,
but a word that's spelled the same persists in Spanish.

Without it, Spanish speakers would lack
their everyday word for the color black.