Григорий Громов (abcdefgh) wrote,
Григорий Громов

"Письмо от Jay Leno" - снова кажется набирает популярность .

Речь идет о расходящемся в email списках "письме счастья", которое написано в сущности с тем же самым - с точки зрения чувства юмора автора розигрыша - по сути подтекстом с которым Раш только что выставлял на аукцион в eBay письмо лидеров демпартии обвиняющих его в "неприязненном отношении к ... солдатам" (письмо то было куплено по итогам аукциона за два с половиною миллиона долларов!), а несколькими годами ранее кем-то запущенный "фейк-факс" с речью Гора где была чуть перефразирована всего одна только фраза, однако в итоге он стал для всего мира тогда посмешищем "Гор - изобретатель Интернета".

На этот раз это все выглядело весной 2007 следующим образом (спасибо progulshik о том тока что напомнил)

Claim:   Essay by comedian Jay Leno urges Americans to focus on the positive.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, March 2007]


The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ''What we are so unhappy about?''

Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess
having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?

The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?

Think about it ... are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the "Media" told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a "general" discharge, an "other than honorable" discharge or, worst case scenario, a "dishonorable" discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by "justifying" them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way ... Insane!

Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.

We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.

With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

Jay Leno

Origins:   In September 2005, the U.S. was still reeling from the physical, emotional, and political fallout of Hurricane Katrina (and several other recent severe storms), and national debate was ongoing about the Pledge of Allegiance and the appropriateness of its reference to the U.S. as one nation "under God." That month, comedian Jay Leno riffed on the emotional climate of America in one of his Tonight Show opening monologues:
As you know Hurricane Rita is headed toward Florida, Texas and Louisiana. Another hurricane! It's like the ninth hurricane this season. Maybe this is not a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance.
A year later, Craig R. Smith penned the above-reproduced essay exhorting Americans to focus on the positive aspects of their country rather than the bad events that typically comprise our daily news fodder. By March 2007 the original had been altered through multiple e-mail forwards, with the closing paragraphs (which quoted B.C. Forbes) removed and a paraphrase of Jay Leno's joke (with misplaced quotation marks) appended to the end, creating the mistaken impression that the talk show host was the author of the entire piece (as evidenced by its new opening line, "Jay Leno hits the nail on the head ..."). However, only the last sentence originated with the lantern-jawed comedian; the rest is the work of someone else.

  • Smith, Craig. R.     "Made in the USA: Spoiled Brats."     WorldNetDaily.   20 November 2006.
  • WorldNetDaily.     "WND Column Tied to Jay Leno Now Hot Urban Legend."     29 April 2007.
  • _____

    Небезинтересно сравнить стили обсуждаемого типа "атак" и "конртатак" экспертов подобного рода "операций" от двух соперничающих партий.

    Республиканцы запускают веселые розигрышы которые как правило красиво даже и в зрелищном отношении бьют их оппонентов в том числе и по той причине что те по определению как правило полностью лишены чувства юмора. Вот скажем чуть подробнеее один из последних среди такого рода примеров.

    Руководители демпартии постоянно атакуют Раша Лимбо разного рода отвратительно грязными трюками. То разузнали что он принимает болеутоляющие лекарства в больших дозах чем то допустимо и напустили на него таможню когда он возврашался из отпуска, то - бери выше - извратили контекст высказывание его в диалоге с радислушателем и с трибуны Когресса стали его обвинять в ... "неуважении к солдатам".

    Мало того послали подметное письмо владельцу радио-станции с котрой вещает Раш. Что делает в ответ Раш - по получении от владельца станции этого письма (тот оказался дружески к Рашу настроен и просто отдал ему этот политический на Раша навет) выставляет оригинал этого письма на продажу аукционом с тем чтобы вырученные деньги передать в фонд помощи детям погибших солдат.

    Таким образом Раш в тот же день собрал для этих детей более 2 миллионов долларов по итогам ... направленной проти него лично клеветнической акции демократов.

    Иными словами демпартия - это ... вот именно. Потому как каждый человек - или партия людей - есть в коненчом счете тот стиль которым он атакует и конртатакует. Ничего ярче натуру человека не проявляет.


    Update: уважаемый progulshik опубликовал в своем дневнике вышецитированное "письмо Jay Leno в его "рукописном подлиннике" - без каких-либо к тому пояcнений или ссылок - и в награду за то немедленно же и словил на ту блесну два следующих комментария:

      solomon2 2007-10-21 02:06 am
      Я уверен, что Джей Лено этого "письма щастья" не писал.

      ivan_ghandhi 2007-10-21 03:22 am
      I did not get the joke. I know Jay Leno is a smart guy, with a great sense of humor. Is it just that I'm too dumb to appreciate the joke?
    Встряну пожалуй в эту задушевную - пусть и не в моем дневнике - беседу.

    Дорогой Иван Джавахарлавочив, не совсем так мрачно дело обстоит. Дело нe в том, что Вы или кто-то еще "too dumb to appreciate the joke". Просто это шутка из того 'другого санатория' * , к которому ни сам Jay Leno - да и никто из почитателей его яркого таланта - не принадлежат: "чувство юмора патроны у него другой системы"

    */ три юные дамы бегут искупаться - и нагишом позагорать чтобы - рано утром пока никого вокруг там нет по пустынному с ночи пляжу. И вдруг видят что там мирно посапывает видно сморенный сном после вот также утреннего в море омовения мужчина. При том всего себя для вящей видимо к утреннему солнышку неги песком засыпал и только причинное место с под песка видно.
      - Одна с дам, глянула и, пожав плечами - "это не мой муж" - побежала дальше.

      - Втoрaя, чуть поотстав и присмотревшись: "да, это не твой муж!" - засеменила вслед подруге.

      - Третья же, внимательно оглядев: "и вообще это, кажется, не из нашего санатория..." - задумчиво присела рядом.

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