People in Britain view the United States as a vulgar, crime-ridden society obsessed with money and led by an incompetent president whose Iraq policy is failing, according to a newspaper poll.Britons tire of cruel, vulgar US: poll - Yahoo! News
In answer to other questions, a majority of the Britons questions described Americans as uncaring, divided by class, awash in violent crime, vulgar, preoccupied with money, ignorant of the outside world, racially divided, uncultured and in the most overwhelming result (90 percent of respondents) dominated by big business.
On the other hand, we still do movies, software, and rapid pizza delivery better than anyone on the globe.
And speaking of Anglo-American relations, movies, vulgarity and violence (how's that for a segue?) as I read the news story above, I couldn't help recalling the old-fashioned country ass-whipping that Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett, played by Gene Hackman, administers to "English Bob" (Richard Harris) in Clint Eastwood's unforgettable movie, Unforgiven:
Little Bill Daggett: You been talking about that Queen of yours, again, Bob?
Little Bill Daggett: On Independence Day?
[Little Bill viciously kicks English Bob]
Little Bill Daggett: I guess you think I'm kicking you, Bob. But it ain't so. What I'm doing is talking, you hear? I'm talking to all those villains down there in Kansas. I'm talking to all those villains in Missouri. And all those villains down there in Cheyenne. And what I'm saying is there ain't no whore's gold. And if there was, how they wouldn't want to come looking for it anyhow.
English Bob: A plague on you. A plague on the whole stinking lot of ya, without morals or laws. And all you whores got no laws. You got no honor. It's no wonder you all emigrated to America, because they wouldn't have you in England. You're a lot of savages, that's what you all are. A bunch of bloody savages. A plague on you. I'll be back.