The Incontiguous Brick

August 24, 2007

How to write a letter with a punch (or a finger)

Filed under: Ramblings — iknowkeith @ 12:10 am

Americans suck at protesting.

There, I said it. Back in the day we were pretty good. The infamous Boston Tea Party made quite a statement for its time. Even the 1960s had some good protests. People took notice.

Not anymore. Now you get a couple of losers on a corner with signs. Maybe a peaceful march downtown that gets a 30 second news clip (if they are lucky) and everyone goes about their day. Its not like Americans a lacking things to be mad about these days, but nobody does anything.

23927.jpgCompared to the rest of the world, we Americans have given up the radical protesting that was once part of our beliefs. We say we want freedom of speech, press and assembly but we barely use it when it matters.

I am not going to compare our lack of passion about things to the suicide bombers of the middle east because that is the stupidest, lamest, most irresponsible way to protest I can think of. Sure, it make martyrs and that’s all well and good. But killing only hardens the resolve of the very people the bombers are protesting against and suicide is a chicken-s#!t way to go about politics. So moving on…

A Japanese man took protest letters to a new level and added a personal touch. He added his finger. He also sent along a DVD of his finger removal (so no one thought it was taken against his will?). Now that is a letter. You would think he was protesting war or some other major injustice. Actually, he was upset that the prime minister was absence from a shrine on the anniversary of the end of World War II. Wow. I wonder what he would have cut off over something important?

Talk about a strongly worded letter!

I am impressed. Watch out America. Next time someone does me wrong, I might just send them a toe.

Or not.



  1. That’s crazy.

    You’d only have 10 chances to complain about something.

    I’d be toeless by 10am.

    Comment by engtech — August 24, 2007 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  2. “You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon… with nail polish.”

    Comment by mikeelliott1 — August 27, 2007 @ 6:31 am | Reply

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