Who will claim the nadir of stupidity?

March 9, 2009

It seems there is a contest going on right now among media figures and cabinet-level Obama administration heads as to who can do or say the stupidest thing imaginable. Here are the entrants in this laughable race to the bottom.

Our first entrant is Mr. Christopher Buckley. In general all he seems to have inherited from William F. Buckley is his last name, but even that does not explain the insanity of his recent Forbes column.

Hoping Obama was a centrist last year was foolish, if not implausible, but I see little reason for him to assault John McCain and Sarah Palin, as in the excerpt below:

Our choice, last fall, was between an angry 73 year old with a legislative record far from consistently conservative, who nominated as his running mate a know-nothing religious extremist; on the other side was an appealing, thoughtful man who–for a brief shining moment–seemed to be more than the sum of his ideological parts.

If I had to vote all over again, I’d pull the same lever. Maybe I’m obtuse. Or maybe I just haven’t yet entirely given up on the old audacity of hope.

John McCain was not my choice in the primaries. The first time I ever even considered pulling the level for him was on November 4th, 2008. That being said, John McCain has to be the calmest example of an angry old man yet to be seen. In regards to religious extremism and thoughtfullness? Obama is a man who had his children baptized by a preacher known for spreading lives about God and the Bible, bought his house from a slum lord currently under federal investigation, and didn’t even flinch when he served on the same board as an unrepentant terrorist. If Barack Obama is the standard bearer for thoughtfulness, thoughtfulness is very overrated indeed.

If Chris Buckley didn’t like McCain’s voting record, why would he vote for the biggest liberal in the Senate?

One final note: It appears Mr. Buckley forgot to analyze Obama’s Vice Presidential choice of Joe Biden. Is that because the choice wasn’t thoughtful or that when it comes to idiocy, Joe Biden’s record surpasses those who have willfully attempted to surpass it?

Entrant two in this contest is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton has made two noteworthy gaffes in the last week.

The first is giving the Russian Foreign Minister an incorrectly translated “reset” button. Instead it said “overcharged.” This sniping at the previous admnistration is very Clintonesque to begin with, but why does anyone give the Russians a big red button? Furthermore, why would anyone be so cheap and tacky with their gift, and then not even bother to make sure the incription is correct? Nikita Khruschev is laughing from his grave. When will the Clintons learn that America’s enemies can greet them warmly and initiate a missile strike simultaneously?

The second comes from her audience with European Union leaders.

Just read the whole thing. The short form is that she claimed US democracy was older than European democracy, that she couldn’t understand how a multi-part system could work, and made various mispronounciations of European leaders’ names. It seems like wherever she goes, the leaders there humor her as if she’s a lost child. Technically speaking, the US is a multi-party system, it’s just that no 3rd party candidate tends to successfully win elections.

And lets not forget the bone-chilling words that seem to come from all hacks in the Age of Obama: “Never waste a good crisis.” If anyone who has said that comes within 10 miles of your house, lock your doors and shut your windows. Not that it will help, I suppose, given that the more the economy tanks, the more bilge Obama and co. can stuff down our throats. Reagan said the most terrifying nine words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” “Never waste a good crisis” has to be the most terrifying five words in the English language.

You already know the other candidates, of course. Treasury Secretary/Tax Cheat Tim Geithner still hasn’t revealed his economic recovery plan, Obama’s urban czar (whatever that is) remains as corrupt as anything Obama touches, and Joe Biden, the guy nobody messes with, is supposedly in charge of the recovery. Let us hope that Neil Kinnock had a good economic policy speech that Biden can plagiarize.


Hitchens gets one right.

March 3, 2009

Via Slate

I’ll be up front here: I do not like Christopher Hitchens. His zealotry seems to be sourced in an irrational hatred for all religion and religious people, and his venomous and incendiary commentary is usually enough for me to set him on auto-ignore. That being said, unlike other haughty nonbelievers I could mention, Hitchens evades the single most derogatory descriptor I could imagine: coward.

For this reason alone have I decided to break snarky tradition and use a serious headline rather than something like “blind squirrel finds a nut” or somesuch. Hitchens’ distrust of all religions rather than mere Christianity is not a new development, and therefore the power of satire: impugning with truth, loses its sting.

The context of Hitchens’ correctness lies in his attack on an even more absurd agent of insanity: The United Nations. The UN, not fit with raping children in the Congo, creating human rights commissions run by human rights violators, or paying off dictators and despots for personal enrichment, has now decided that those who challenge the Religion of Peace should be silenced. It seems the only thing more offensive to the UN than guns is ideas. Censorship is the new Freedom. Control is the new Liberty. All ideas are welcome, as long as we agree with them.

Bravo, Mr. Hitchens. If only you made this much sense all the time.


You are Dust and unto Dust you shall return.

February 25, 2009

Lest you think I take everything as a joke, time for serious introspection.

Today is Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of Lent in the litugical calendar and is a day of fasting for Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, and abstinence for Catholics above age 14. On a fast day, Only 1 complete meal is allowed the entire day. Abstinence is abstaining from meat and poultry (fish is excluded.)

The purpose behind fasting and abstinence is self-denial. Self-denial increases will-power because it must be done conciously. Food is used because it is the lowest common denominator, and hunger is an immediate feeling rather than a long-term effect. The idea behind Lent is to make yourself more mindful of how you act towards yourself and others. It is a time of reflection and repentence.

Ultimately human beings have only one life on this earth. Our bodies are from dust and unto dust they shall return. Only the soul remains after death.


Harris Poll: New Messiah More Popular than Old Messiah.

February 23, 2009

From noinvite:

President Obama is followed by Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King. Others in the top ten, in descending order, are Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, Chesley Sullenberger and Mother Teresa.

The Harris Poll was conducted online among a sample of 2,634 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive between January 12 and 19, 2009. The authors point out that when interpreting the results, one must keep in mind that these heroes were named spontaneously by those surveyed and they were not shown or read a list of people to choose from.

Note this poll was before President Obama’s innauguration day.

It is extremely disturbing when a politician who is best known for spending time in office running for a higher office is thought to be a greater hero than the professed savior of a majority of Americans. Placing all of one’s hopes in a single man, especially one so prone to displays of arrogance and egotism is dangerous. Obama’s touchstone campaign style is messianic imagery. He literally said at one of his speeches that his election will be the day the waters recede and the planet starts to heal.

Obama is not the first politician to use messianic imagery in tandem with impossible promises and a cult of personality. I don’t want to invoke Godwin’s Law, but lets just say the last time someone like this came along, the results were disatrous for the entire planet. This is terrifying.


Quixotic Atheist Attacks God Windmill.

February 23, 2009

(HT Big Hollywood)

Andrea Peyser has nominated Bill Maher for Celebutard of the Week, on the heels of Mr. Maher using the Oscars as a launching pad to attack forms of expression honoring deities he believes non-existent.

My view on this and just about every other assault on religion is the same:  I disagree with your non-belief but will defend to the death your right to not believe it.

An atheist attacking God or religious believers is fundamentally absurd. If you do not believe in Him, you are essentially throwing invective and vitriol at thin air.  There’s a word to describe people who accost the illusory: insane. Waylaying into religion as a general concept is at least somewhat less deranged, but has no basis in reality. The religious are generally more charitable, more caring, more willing to sacrifice for random strangers than those whose belief system (or lack thereof) does not compel them to consider the less fortunate. Yes, there are generous atheists and stingy Christians, but Ebeneezer Scrooge is not the model for either.

As a Catholic, I believe in God and do my best to follow His word. I am in many ways a failure, but my faith is always dwelling in the forefront of my mind. I do enjoy a ribbing satire, but the point of satire is to make amusement of the absurd. I have no personal hatred for Mr. Maher, Barack Obama, or any other ridiculous character as yet to be lampooned.