It’s ignorant pricks like Georgia governor Sonny Perdue that give the South a reputation for being composed entirely of ignorant pricks. It’s a reputation that ex-southerners like myself fight daily to live down. And so I am particularly indignant when ignorant pricks rise to high political office in places like Georgia, do ignorant shit, and make me look bad to my Boston neighbors.
I’m talking about things like having an official pray-for-rain service. Admittedly, he’s also trying conservation to cope with the drought, but he’s relying on prayer rather than real action to address the underlying problems that make the drought so bad, notably decades of piss-poor urban planning surrounding Atlanta.
He says “The only solution is rain, and the only place we get that is from a higher power.” That’s wrong on two counts. First, the solution would be decent urban planning, sane water use policy, and conservation. A little rain would just stave off the day of reckoning when Atlanta finally does run dry. Second, rain comes from clouds, you ignorant prick.
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It’s worth noting that this is the second major prayer effort by Perdue this year. The first time involved some sort of agricultural-related prayer. In that case, the sunny weather and lack of rain has apparently been fabulous for Georgia’s pecan harvest, which thanks to irrigation (groundwater?) is at record levels this year. Apparently Perdue’s problem is that his earlier prayers worked entirely too well, and now he’s got to counter-balance them with additional prayer.