Monday, December 07, 2009

Irrefutable Stupidity

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I refer you to an article in The Smirking Chimp by Cenk Uygur, “The Irrefutable Stupidity of Sarah Palin.” Using excerpts from three of her interviews, Uygur points out that there is no conceivable way anyone could conclude Palin is anything but unbelievably stupid when it comes to even basic knowledge of the Middle East, her qualifications for the Presidency, or even for carrying on a knowledgeable conversation. I confess I have to agree with him, although I never believed she was anything but stupid in the first place. What I found amusing about this piece of Uygur’s was his obvious outrage and exasperation about the entire Palin phenomenon. He appeared to be almost in mental and physical pain when discussing McCain and Palin. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s true, Palin makes George W. Bush look intelligent.

And talk about irrefutable stupidity, think of Tiger Woods. I almost wanted to say “poor” Tiger Woods, because he is in such deep and probably unforgivable and never-to-be-forgotten trouble, and all because of his apparently insatiable lust. I can’t keep track of all the women, and I don’t know if all of them are telling the truth, but the count now seems to be somewhere between seven and ten. I heard today that his wife has, in fact, moved out. How could she not have? I mean one affair, maybe two, might be sufferable, but multiple affairs with so many different women? Obviously, she had no choice. I mean, a woman has to have at least some pride. And she is going to become very, very rich, which may not be enough to heal the terrible hurt she must feel. What is so unforgivably stupid about all this is that Tiger left emails and telephone records of his wrongdoing. You might think a Stanford graduate would have a better grasp on reality and modern technology, but apparently that knowledge didn’t rub off on Tiger. Perhaps he was just too busy practicing his golf game. Doesn’t it make you wonder, with all his “extracurricular” activities, when did he have time to practice? It is in a sense a genuine tragedy, the greatest golfer of all time, undone by his inability to keep his pant s on. I wonder how he will be greeted when he returns to the tour. Will he be greeted with masculine admiration as “macho man,” or jeered for being such an unmitigated cad. Only time will tell.

Well, it turns out that President Obama’s claim that we will be withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan in July of 2011 was just another misleading political move. It seems clear now, from what Hillary and Gates have been saying, there is no firm deadline for withdrawal. I knew this couldn’t be true because it doesn’t make sense from anything I know about what has been happening in the Middle East, and firm deadlines for “wars” are impossible to predict. I don’t know if Afghanistan is still properly considered “Pipelinestan” or not. If our presence there is not somehow related to oil and pipelines I cannot see the point in our being there at all. Afghanistan is not a threat to us. The Taliban are not a threat to us. And even al Quaida, realistically viewed, is not much of a threat to us. Surely Obama does not expect us to believe we are there to “spread democracy” or improve the status of women. Maybe he really believes we are there because we are so worried about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. If so, it seems to me what we are doing is increasing the chances of their falling into the wrong hands (as if nuclear arms were ever in the right hands of anyone to begin with).

Another example of what I think must be seen as irrefutable stupidity has to do with that good old example of unmitigated stupidity, Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma. They grow some strange Senators down there in Oklahoma. Inhofe is going, with two others of his non-global warming fantasies, to Copenhagen to prove to the world’s greatest scientists they are wrong and there is no global warming. It is, according to Inhofe, the second greatest myth in the world, next to the idea of the separation of church and state. Bon voyage, Inhofe, I wish you luck, when the men in the white coats come to take you away. Remember, you won’t be in the U.S., where at least some fellow nutcases might take you seriously. I really believe people should take the election of Senators a bit more seriously. I mean, one or two or perhaps a few more really stupid Representatives don’t make much of a difference, but even one stupid, egotistical, or loony Senator can cause a great deal of trouble. Perhaps, as some have suggested, we should just do away with the Senate.

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
Gustave Flaubert

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