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The devil and the deep blue sea…

Post by Karen Irwin on May 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm with 7 Comments »
May 29, 2009 2:10 pm

The brochure promises "the grand company of luminaries," and calls for all like-minded souls to congregate on a luxury cruise around the Mediterranean. For 14,000 dollars you and your significant other can sail the high seas with conservative royalty Karl Rove and Co.

When passengers aren’t busy partaking of the endless buffets and sunning themselves on their own private veranda they can cruise into the inner recesses of Karl Rove’s mind during "an exclusive cocktail reception."

All this aboard the beautiful Holland America’s Noordam or as the GOP could call it, the "S.S. We-Might-As-Well-Go-Down-With-Drink-In-Hand"

When you think about it, a cruise ship could be the perfect place for underscoring a Rove/ Limbaugh philosophy. In fact, these gentlemen might say a cruise ship makes for a perfect microcosm of conservative society.

Consider life on a cruise ship and compare:

Society needs hierarchy:

Father knows best and so does the Captain. Information from the bridge comes on a need to know basis. Complaints, criticism are insubordinate.

Beautiful women make the best messengers:

Think Sarah Palin, the women of Fox News and the recent conservative hero "Miss California." When these women say that corporations need more tax benefits not less, that civil rights should be limited, and healthcare is a privilege not a right, it just sounds better, softens the message if you will sort of like "Limbo on the Lido!"

Do not go down below:

Working conditions on a cruise ship are very hush hush. Many crewmembers work 12-14 hours a day seven days a week for about four hundred dollars a month, and yet I can almost hear Rush now " If crewmembers were meant to be lounging on the deck enjoying the drink of the day Peachaliscious, they would have worked harder. And don’t they have flat screen televisions and cell phones anyway? "

Who cares about the environment, we are having a good time!

According to a recent NY Times article, cruise ships emit twice as much carbon dioxide as airplanes and a one week voyage produces about 250,000 gallons of sewage, all of which gets dumped into the seas. Concentrations of bacteria, chlorine, metals and other pollutants are affecting marine life. But there’s limbo on the Lido.

It should be noted that liberals have had many cruises with their "luminaries," and that conditions aboard these luxury liners are rapidly improving regarding their employees and the environment, but that said, we still wouldn’t want to fashion a society after one.

Fun may be had up on the Lido Deck but without extreme authoritarianism any trouble down below will eventually find it’s way up and vice versa. Although some conservatives choose to ignore it, the fact remains that we as a nation, and as a planet, are all very much in the same boat.

Bon voyage Karl Rove, bon voyage.

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Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. OK, the juxtaposition of “Karl Rove” and “sunning” put me right off my feed.

  2. Karen Irwin says:

    Sorry squid…should have warned you…

  3. jimkingjr says:

    I recently enjoyed a cruise on the historic schooner Adventuress- three beautiful hours on Budd Bay the Friday after session (there was a similar excursion out of Commencement Bay last Saturday). On these cruises, the political passengers help the crew raise sails, and so forth- not all of the “real work” of sailing, but at least a taste. And with folks interested in our maritime heritage, it was much more enjoyable for this Republican than any cruise with Limbaugh or any loud-mouthed ignorant talk radio “celebrity” would ever be.

    I had much more confidence with Sen. Karen Fraser at the helm (with no Brian in sight) than I would ever have in Rove.

    And even better, the botton-line purpose of the Adventuress is environmental education. Anybody’s $14,000 would be far better used if donated to that endeavor(

  4. Score one for jimkingjr! Even a center-lefty (faintly/barely) like Squid would enjoy a trip aboard the Adventuress in such company. Even closer to home, I bet Tacoma’s own Tall Ship the Odyssey would provide a quality outing for groups of any stripe.

  5. Karen Irwin says:

    Jimkingjr that trip sounds so great! I love boats and anything to do with the sea but unfortunatly I suffer from sea sickness…really bad…so I can only dream about a trip like that…

  6. outtahere says:

    This is the exact reason that I will not pay money to read the Tribune. It is also the reason that I, along with my business and my tax money, am leaving the state. Enjoy your intolerance. That sucking sound is Washington going down the drain. You can all happily rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic while being environmentally correct and oh so witty. Cheers.

  7. Karen Irwin says:

    Sorry to hear TNT will be losing your readership. Even though you didn’t like my entry, you cared enough to comment, and goodness knows the world could use more people who care.

    Opinion blogs are relatively new territory. The format is casual and it sometimes employes humor and always opinion- two things that will never find 100% agreement. But it seems to me opinion blogs are becoming increasingly necessary. News comes at us at warp speed and an opinion blog can offer a place to digest, consider and comment. It’s a place where people get heard and the newspaper actually talks back. Pretty cool if you ask me.

    Thanks again for your comment and best wishes.

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