Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blinky's Back and We Get to Eat Him!

Remember the 2nd Season of The Simpsons, Episode 4, entitled “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish”?   It’s the episode where Bart’s fishing downstream from Montgomery Burns’ nuclear plant and he catches a fish with 3 eyes.  

Burns tries to bribe the nuclear inspectors who come to close down the plant but no dice.  Homer tells Burns that if he were Governor, he’d get to decide what’s safe and what’s not safe.  Isn't that what it's all about?  Burns runs.  His strategists turn the 3-eyed fish into a cute rascal called “Blinky”, and brand him an evolutionary advance rather than a genetic mutation.  Burns’ poll numbers go up.   

To seal the deal as the “guy you’d want to have a beer with” he dines with Homer, Marge and the kids.  When Marge uncovers the main dish, there’s 3-eyed Blinky, fried and tasty.  Burns spears a piece of Blinky, puts it in his mouth and spits it out.  Poll numbers dive.  Burns is out.

Now Blinky’s back and it ain’t no animation.   The NYT printed some photos of two-headed and otherwise severely defected trout, courtesy of J.R. Simplot, a mining company dumping selenium and other pollutants into the creek waters of southern Idaho.  The trout were buried in the back of a scientific study Simplot commissioned    

I’m sure J.R. Simplot contributes to a business-friendly SuperPAC.  See what kind of candidates will come out of Citizens United?  Let them eat two headed trout.  I guarantee that they won’t spit it out.

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