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End of the ’00s: for Maureen Dowd, it was the Flintstones Decade.

December 30, 2009:

Were we clever and inventive enough to protect ourselves from the new breed of Flintstones-hardy yet Facebook-savvy terrorists?

December 13, 2009:

Gates and his generals in Afghanistan talked a lot last week about “partnering” with and “mentoring” the Afghan Army and police. But given the Flintstones nature of the country, it’s more basic.

March 20, 2009, interview with Fresh Dialogues:

… for the last eight years that Bush and Cheney were in it felt like we were going backwards in every way. You know we weren’t coming into the 21st Century and we were kinda like the Flintstones – just not moving forward.

Sept. 20, 2008 (column allegedly composed by Aaron Sorkin):

I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep who thinks “The Flintstones” was based on a true story, so let’s call it even.

Sept. 23, 2007:

After guns, sports, Moses and a reference to his young ’uns, there was only one other ingredient needed for Flintstone Fred’s testosterone cocktail: a sexy blonde.

Sept. 23, 2006:

General Musharraf told Steve Kroft he found the Stone Age crack “very rude,’’ and Mr. Armitage was on the defensive yesterday, explaining that he had been tough with Pakistan just after 9/11 but had not made any Flintstones threats.

Feb. 18, 2006:

Gone were the days when Rummy and the neocons thought a big Shock-and-Awe blaze of American might would make Islamic terrorists tremble in their Flintstones caves, never to challenge us again.

Sept. 11, 2003:

As Donald Rumsfeld finished up an upbeat talk at the National Press Club here yesterday, brushing off hecklers and calling the global war on terror “well begun,” cable began airing fresh Flintstones video of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri encouraging the Iraqi and Islamic fighters to “bury” American troops and send them to their mothers in coffins.

Oct. 10, 2001:

Just after President Bush tells us about the bombs, an image of Osama Bin Laden, sitting on rocks, pops up. It’s utterly ridiculous, like being at war with the Flintstones, but utterly terrifying at the same time.

See also: Thomas Friedman. And Pebbles and Bamm Bamm, of course.

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