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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-29-2000, 08:10 AM
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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

THE CLASSIC VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house
and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks he's a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or
shelter so he dies out in the cold.

THE MODERN VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house
and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks he's a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands
to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others
are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper
next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with
food.

"America" is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a
country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?"

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries
when they sing "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Bill and Hillary Clinton make a special guest appearance on the CBS Evening
News to tell a concerned Dan Rather that they will do everything they can for
the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who
benefited unfairly during the Reagan summers, or as Bill refers to it as
"Temperatures of the 80's."

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the
news stations film the group singing "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the
group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Al Gore exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten
rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on
the ant to make him pay his "fair share."

Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Ant Act," retroactive
to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a
proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his
retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation
suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges
that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients who can
only hear cases on Thursday's between 1:30 and 3:00 PM when there are no talk
shows scheduled.

The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the
ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the
ant's old
house, crumbles around him since he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

And on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant's
food, they are showing Bill Clinton standing before a wildly applauding group
of Democrats announcing that a new era of "fairness" has dawned in America.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now
abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful
neighborhood.
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Ohhh... that is goooooooood [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Boy, does that ever hit home. Thanks!

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WhooHoooHooo!..What a great analogy. Have you considered writing childrens books? You could call it "The Honest Ant Survial Series." The issue you just wrote could be "The Democraptic Crisis."

So wadaya think?




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Re: OT- But on for the folks on this board!!

While I would love to take credit for this, I must admit I cannot. It was sent to me in am e-mail, and I immediately thought of the politically oriented (or dis-oriented if you will)[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] people on this board!!!! So I had to share.

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Re: OT- But on for the folks on this board!!

Beautiful, just plain beautiful!! That poor little ant. I got tears in my eyes.

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What a cute little story...But, we all know that ants do not live or work alone. They are a part of a major corporation of ants, forced into slavery for the big corporation. Left unchecked they will devour everything in their path in the effort to make the colony more powerfull than any other around them. In reality the poor little ant would never have been left to sit around in his house. He would have worked untill he was no longer usefull then discarded. The ant colony probably called in the media themselves to make a point of the ant acting as an individual. Cameras forgot to pan off to the huge ant mound with millions of ants eating grass hoppers as desert after a huge successfull consumption of all resources in the area. Yeah poor ant!

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Ummm- Ok Jeff. It'll be alright. Just rest for a few minutes. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


Seriously though, you do make a point, but i think the point of the story was that the ant worked for what he had, he didn't expect that he would be provided with everything, and then ultimately spoil it all by taking things for granted.

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Out standing story who ever wrote this should send it to Rush Limbaugh.

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Great story, I am faxing it to my dad as we speak.

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