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Enron, the Koch Brothers, and Grandma Millie’s Revenge


SCENE: A small, tidy kitchen, with a wide shot of AN ELDERLY WOMAN pulling fresh cookies out of the oven and placing them on a cooling rack on the countertop. She turns toward the camera . . .

ELDERLY WOMAN:

Remember Enron and the rolling blackouts here in California about a decade ago? I sure do.

ELDERLY WOMAN sets down empty cookie sheet, wipes hands on apron.

ELDERLY WOMAN smiles — an evil smile.

ELDERLY WOMAN:

Now’s our chance for revenge: defeat Proposition 23.

Oil billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have donated over a million dollars to try to derail our greenhouse gas laws, joining with two big Texas energy companies to try to stick it to Californians.

Again.

Just like the Texas energy companies did a decade ago.

ELDERLY WOMAN turns to her computer, clicks the mouse, and two male voices are heard:

Enron Trader in CA: So,
Enron Trader in TX: (laughing)
CA: So the rumor’s true? They’re fuckin’ takin’ all the money back from you guys? All those money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?
TX: Yeah, grandma Millie, man. But she’s the one who couldn’t figure out how to fuckin’ vote on the butterfly ballot.
CA: Yeah, now she wants her fuckin’ money back for all the power you’ve charged right up – jammed right up her ass for fuckin’ 250 dollars a megawatt hour.

ELDERLY WOMAN clicks mouse to stop the voices. ELDERLY WOMAN smiles sweetly.

ELDERLY WOMAN:

I’m Grandma Millie . . .

ELDERLY WOMAN smiles not-so-sweetly.

I know how to vote, fellas, and I’m voting no on Prop 23.

ELDERLY WOMAN smiles malevolently into the camera as the shot pulls in tight.

And I f****** approve this message.

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Enron, the Koch Brothers, and Grandma Millie’s Revenge

SCENE: A small, tidy kitchen, with a wide shot of AN ELDERLY WOMAN pulling fresh cookies out of the oven and placing them on a cooling rack on the countertop. She turns toward the camera . . .

ELDERLY WOMAN:

Remember Enron and the rolling blackouts here in California about a decade ago? I sure do.

ELDERLY WOMAN sets down empty cookie sheet, wipes hands on apron.

ELDERLY WOMAN smiles — an evil smile.

ELDERLY WOMAN:

Now’s our chance for revenge: defeat Proposition 23.

Oil billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have donated over a million dollars to try to derail our greenhouse gas laws, joining with two big Texas energy companies to try to stick it to Californians.

Again.

Just like the Texas energy companies did a decade ago.

ELDERLY WOMAN turns to her computer, clicks the mouse, and two male voices are heard:

Enron Trader in CA: So,
Enron Trader in TX: (laughing)
CA: So the rumor’s true? They’re fuckin’ takin’ all the money back from you guys? All those money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?
TX: Yeah, grandma Millie, man. But she’s the one who couldn’t figure out how to fuckin’ vote on the butterfly ballot.
CA: Yeah, now she wants her fuckin’ money back for all the power you’ve charged right up – jammed right up her ass for fuckin’ 250 dollars a megawatt hour.

ELDERLY WOMAN clicks mouse to stop the voices. ELDERLY WOMAN smiles sweetly.

ELDERLY WOMAN:

I’m Grandma Millie . . .

ELDERLY WOMAN smiles not-so-sweetly.

I know how to vote, fellas, and I’m voting no on Prop 23.

ELDERLY WOMAN smiles malevolently into the camera as the shot pulls in tight.

And I f****** approve this message.

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I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect.

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