The stupid things people say and do
OK, I was going to blog about Ahmadinejad’s visit to America, Bush, and some of the amazingly stupid things said by all concerned, but it’s all too boring and depressing. At least for a single blog post. So I thought I’d expand it a bit and cover some of the other stupid things in the news that have made me cringe lately. The more I study politics, current events, and world history…the more cynical I get. I’d say it’s pointless to even try and have a rational discourse with people sometimes, but then what would be the point of blogging? This way at least I can at least hope that I am inspiring the occasional reasonable thought and debate in some quarters. Heck, I’ve even learned things from reader’s comments, ceases never miracle.
When it comes to Ahmadinejad and his visit to America, though, It does seem pointless. As far as I can tell almost everyone in America thinks that Ahmadinejad is some terrible crazed Hitleresque dictator who is trying to get a nuclear bomb so he can blow up Israel. That is how he media portrays him with almost 100% consistency. It would be laughable if I didn’t see smart people regurgitating this silliness as if it was fact. Ahmadinejad is not crazy, he’s not a dictator, he never said anything about blowing up Israel, and anyhow…Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons backed up by thousands of American nuclear weapons, it’s not like they can’t defend themselves. Some people need to grow some nards, I’m tired of the media and our government screaming “Hitler!” and trying to make us quail in our boots every time some yahoo in the other side of the planet says something dumb. Oh well, at least Ahmadinejad is up for re-election in 2009, with any luck he will be out the door and someone with less inclination to put their foot in their mouth will take office. Bush will be retired by then too, maybe they can go golfing together.
The president of Columbia college did his part to say something dumb. He basically used Ahmadinejad’s visit as an excuse to pillory the man, shrilly repeating the mainstream cartoon view of Ahmadinejad. Yeah, that’s befitting a speech by a college president about a visiting foreign head of state. As for the idea that Ahmadinejad shouldn’t of been allowed to speak at the college, give me a break.
Then the 9/11 thing, Ahmadinejad wanted to lay a wreath at the site. Of course all sorts of people thought this was a terrible idea, though no one ever really said why. A gesture of peace from a foreign leader is a problem? There were pro America demonstrations in Iran after 9/11, this was a lovely way to spit in their face for showing solidarity with us. I’m beginning to think that a lot of people hate us because we don’t give them any other option. If they’d let Ahmadinejad lay a wreath and the sky didn’t fall, maybe we could start to put 9/11 behind us, because frankly the never ending hyper-sensitivity around 9/11 is rather tiresome. No disrespect intended, but they’re dead, along with millions of other people who have also died unjustly since then. Probably everyone has known a friend or family member who couldn’t ever get over the tragic death of a loved one and obsessed over the loss for years or decades. We’re in danger of doing that as a nation it seems.
Sigh. A lot of people said stupid things the past few weeks, so much yadda yadda yadda. Let’s see. MoveOn.org placed an article in the NY Time questioning General Petraeus’s testimony before Congress about the Iraq war. I couldn’t even find a copy of it on line, granted I didn’t look all that hard because it’s not exactly an important issue. Apparently it was somewhat angry and mean spirited, the left’s studied ability to alienate the people they most need to reach is always amazing to me. Even more amazing, Congress found time to condemn the ad! Which pretty much proves how screwed we are. Dear God, there’s a war on among other important issues, and our elected leader’s are blathering about a newspaper ad? MoveOn and the left does have a point, if the people want us out of Iraq, the government needs to listen. You know, the democracy thing.
Moving right along, stupidity so powerful it can be viewed from space. @@ The navy is going to spend $600,000 “fixing” a building so that it doesn’t resemble a swastika from orbit. Yeah, there’s money well spent. World War Two has been over for decades, Hitler is dust, and it’s way beyond tiresome that extremists and politicians are still getting mileage out of the topic. It’s a freaking building, what it looks like from space doesn’t matter.
Finally, just so people don’t accuse me of picking on America, other countries also have their stupid things. A famous Bollywood actress was just arrested at the airport regarding a kiss Richard Gere gave her on live TV. From the western media, one would think this was a big deal. From my Hindu correspondent in India, nothing of the kind. Just a handful of religious extremists making noise…and politicians pandering to them. (What, the gentle reader thought that only happened in America?) The typical Indian person in the street really has more important concerns.
OK, that’s out of my system. For now. Next week I review a soon to be released book about the American Civil War. In fact I will be giving away a copy in some sort of contest. And of course continuing weird and terrible news from Iraq. A post on transparent frogs too. Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image is from Google Earth and I suspect it’s public domain as long as i is not used commercially. Nonetheless to be safe I am claiming it as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and it is central to illustrating the post. Credit: Google Earth.)