It is a recurring feature on this blog to highlight instances of people using the phrase "now, more than ever" as a way of exploiting the recession to advance some sort of agenda or highlight a bogus trend story. Here are 10 great examples from June.
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan)
Stop begging for food Michigan, go out and get a job like the rest of us.
Television critic Tom Shales writes a column about how there should be more television critics. Ladies and gentlemen, the newspaper business in 2009!
The Jewish Times
Article from New York Based* Jewish publication asking for more support in Jewish communities for Jewish day school. Personally, I couldn't agree more. I went to Jewish night school and it was a real pain in the ass.
The Toronto Star
Let's hope our neighbors to the north can contain them.
This is what I like to call a Hanging Now More Than Ever. The author makes no attempt to explain what it is about Donovan that is more now than ever. Landon Donovan: now existing extra hard.
Typical Huffington Post excuse-mongering column excorciating liberals for not supporting Obama more. The Huffington Post: where the choir goes to hear the preacher tell them to sing better.
Cumberland Times News
Typical conservative swill bemoaning the most recent Democratic tax plan that begins with a 63 word quote from the Declaration of Independence and ends with the following paragraph: "Now, more than ever, we must remember that 'freedom is never more than a generation from extinction' (Ronald Reagan). The generation of the Founding Fathers fought for their freedom. So must we." Is the author advocating an armed uprising against Obama? Ladies and gentlemen, the newspaper business in 2009!
CBS7kosa.com (West Texas)
From the article: "Now, more than ever, Texas drivers must become actively involved in vehicle crime prevention by practicing 'Hide, Take, Lock': hide belongings, take keys, and lock vehicle doors. The Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA) will hilghlight this philosophy throughout 'Watch Your Car Month,' which is being recognized this month of July." Do I make fun of the "Hide, Take, Lock" slogan, the oddly specific nature of the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority, or the fact that July is Watch Your Car Month? You know what? Let's just agree they're all funny and move on.
An Internet article written by corporate motivational speaker Jeffery Gitomer, whom I can personally confirm** is a talentless jar of unfiltered smarm. A hack's hack. He seems to be advancing the point that, after enjoying a 4.6 billion year harmonious relationship, the man-made system of demarcating the sequential relation that any event has to any other has now turned on us. Why, time? After all we've been through together, why now?
The Daily Observer (Banjul, Gambia)
An article from an African newspaper describing the lives of villagers in a region of Gambia called Baddibous. From the article: "The education of the girl child is especially enhanced now more than ever before. Initially, the thought had been as to where to take their female children without the danger of getting them pregnant, among other issues. 'But now, it is a different thing,' said Dibba. 'They school here up to grade 9." Apparently now more than ever is a great time to be a girl child in Gambia. Africa, you are hilarious.
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*Shocking, I know.
**He did a lot of work for a former employer of mine