Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Squirrelly FOURTH "Best of" Entry

Before I give you today's recycled goodie, I wanted to show all of you my male slut side romantic side and include a YouTube video in honor of Valentine's Day. (Now, who says I'm "cold?")

Here 'tis:

Dedicated to someone who broke my heart, and for all the wrong reasons.

And now, back to whatever passes for "normal" around here!

This week marks the second anniversary of David'Z RantZ, the blog I "retired" in March of last year. I often feel that a lot of my current "Foxyblog" readers missed out on some really good RantZ, so I've been posting "The Best of David'Z RantZ" since the 11th, and will do so until the 17th. Where necessary, I've done the most minor of edits.

Today's post is one of my own all-time favorites. Hope you like it even half as much.

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Time Scurries On!

"Gimme cookie, damnit!"

One of the online newspapers I subscribe to via email is the British Reading a British newspaper gives me an idea of how another country -- a similar country, one which doesn't (yet) hate us, and one which more or less speaks the same language -- views the USA. Sometimes I even learn about things going on in the USA before I read about it in an American paper.

Plus, I'm entertained -- if I may use such an inappropriate word -- by their obituaries. They're generally dedicated to 1. World War II heroes, 2. lords or ladies with hyphenated names, or 3. American celebrities. But I digress.

Anyway, a day or so ago, my eyes were immediately drawn to the headline of an article entitled, "Mutant threatening to wipe out grey squirrel." (Clicking that link will open a new window -- or tab -- featuring the article itself. I'll be using only the briefest of quotes, to stay beneath the umbrella of "fair use." I actually contacted the to obtain permission to reprint extensive quotes, because I love you that much, dear readers! However, they would have charged me to do that. And frankly, I don't love you that much!)

My first thought was that they'd announced another sequel in the X-Men movie franchise, and that the plot was conceived by some moronic studio exec during the recent writers' strike. [Please note: This was originally posted in late April of 2008, hence the "recent writers' strike" remark.] But no.

The article begins by telling us that the grey squirrel -- and I know that in the USA, "gray" is preferable to "grey," but I like using "grey," so freakin' deal with it -- is being supplanted in various areas of Britain by its "faster, fitter, and more aggressive black counterpart." The grey squirrels were themselves "introduced" to Britain more than 200 years back, and began "forcing out" the native red squirrels.

Well, I think some of us have already figured out what's really going on here, haven't we?

As always, we humans are projecting our prejudices onto these poor furry tree rats. Suddenly, a minority population is increasing, endangering the status quo. "They" are taking over. The humans are pissed, and as for the squirrels themselves?

They probably don't care too much.

But, you wanna know something? If I didn't know better, I'd say that this whole squirrel business was going on here, in the United States. I almost wondered if this was an actual news article, or an allegory dreamed up by a British novelist.

Look at what we have here. The minorities are beginning to outnumber the greys, or "grays." (And in this country, "gray" is right up there with "honky" and "cracker" as an ethnic slur against white people.) And these "greys" had originally taken the land from the "reds?" History does indeed repeat itself, dunnit?

(Okay, let me check again. Yup. This is going on in Great Britain, not North America.)

These uppity black squirrels first showed their dark & furry faces in Britain less than 100 years ago, but now comprise "half of all squirrels in some parts of the country" (emphasis mine), a confusing percentage, at best.

Yup, they're "taking over." Pretty soon all of our -- I mean, Britain's -- squirrel signage will have to be written in red, grey, and black squirrelspeak.

These black squirrels evidently have higher levels of testosterone, too, which makes them more aggressive and "territorial." Furthermore, the always fashion-conscious female grey squirrels are apparently lured toward the blacks' pigmentation. That makes me think of the looks I see on some people's faces as they pass interracial couples on the street. Some white-bread blonde babe -- and yeah, I prefer the word "blonde" with the final "e," too -- walks by on the arm of an African-American or a Latino, and there's usually some whitey nearby who is giving them a dirty look without even realizing that he or she is doing it.

Geneticists warn that the ever-expanding black squirrel population will probably "overrun most of the eastern counties" within ten or so years. And, horror of horrors, they're genetically able to interbreed with the greys, which would result in fuzzy little black or brown babies!

Blacks and browns? Oh, no! Miscegenation!

And not only that, but the blacks' impending takeover could further impact the dwindling population of red squirrels. One scientist was quoted as saying, "The small pockets of red squirrels that still exist already have to be protected because of the grey's dominance."

(Pockets? Or reservations? Hmm?)

Lindsey Maguire of the National Squirrel Rescue team -- and yes, Virginia, there apparently is a National Squirrel Rescue team -- says that the greys may eventually "get their 'just desserts' [sic]," no doubt meaning that it would serve us right after what we did to the Native Americans.

Wait, wait, wait! Scratch that last crack. I'm thinking of the United States again.

Ms. Maguire also wonders "how long it will be before we see a 'save the grey' campaign," as well she should.

I can see it now. Disgruntled groups of humans and grey squirrels, racists all, uniting to form a society of sorts. And they can come up with some sort of freakin' handbook simply by rewriting some White Supremacist literature.

Well, all I can say is... Nuts to you, you bigots!

Thanks for your time.

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Tomorrow: Two combined RantZ, both featuring Superman: "Truth, Justice, and... Name That Tune?!?" and "Up, Up, and... Oh, Sh*t...!"


  1. I've yet to read this to Mom ( still have it saved...somewhere ), about the squirrel thing, I mean... and can't view vids on my wrecked system...***SIGH***

    And you missed quotation mark, heh, heh...

    I'm glad your recylcing a lot of the Rantz tho'; you've some great stuff in there :)

  2. @Subby: You, personally, aren't missing much if you can't see the video. And I just re-read the article. Where's the missing quotation mark?

  3. I believe the other colours infect the poor little reds with viruses they can't cope with, rather than simply warring with them via fisticuffs.Victory for the virus, again.

  4. Heh, heh...just reading this to'll email ya...

    She says it's, "Very intellectual."

    Good morning...!

  5. Well, I'm sorry some one broke your heart...are there really 'right' reasons to do that? LOL! What was she thinking?

    The black squirrel is cute. I've only seen one of those and that was a few years ago! Couldn't figure out what it was at first since I'd didn't know they existed! ha.

    Happy Valentine's Day, David!

  6. @Betsy: Well, keeping in mind that one doesn't necessarily have to be a "lover" to break someone else's heart... This person assumed that something done by someone else was done by me, and after finding out she was wrong, apologized for her error, and then cut me off from all communication anyway! There's more to that, and I wouldn't mind telling you, necessarily, but I certainly won't be writing it on my blog, out of respect for her.

    And I'll bet that wasn't really a black squirrel you saw. It was probably a red or grey squirrel wearing a Zorro costume, looking for its missing cape!

    Happy VD to you, too. (Or should I re-phrase that?)

  7. Oh dear...people can be so cruel.

    LOL about the squirrel!

    Um...yes, re-phrase please! ha.


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