Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

The stupid things people say and do

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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.)

Written by unitedcats

September 28, 2007 at 9:06 am

Posted in Iran, Politics, World

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  1. Americans have become intolerant and hate to hear any different opinion than their own. Lee Bollinger attack according to David Duke was to save his job and this is intelligent analysis by him.

    Ahmadinejad win the election because of US presence in the region coming from nowhere defeating moderate reformist Rafsanjani. Is this comment informative?

    QB

    September 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm

  2. Brilliant post, Doug. I was so busy last week, I missed reading most of my favorite bloggers.
    I think the media is a bane of America. They make all news so US centric, there is nothing like a world news. I wonder why the most powerful and apparently free nation in the world has such a sycophantic media. When I was in US in 1999 there was a war going on between India and Pakistan, not a single news channel carried the news. Guess what was world news, George Bush visiting China!!! I think the US media recognized that things happen independent of the US in other parts of the world only after 9/11

    I have to tell you that in India we have a much freer media. We have news channels every major Indian language and English news channels which offer different perspectives. No single individual has monopoly over these channels, so lot of uncensored information reaches the public.

    Regarding this bollywood actress, I am at a loss as to why such a fuss. You should see the kind of things they do on screen, if that is not indecent how can a kiss be!!!!!

    archanaraghuram

    September 28, 2007 at 6:54 pm

  3. The Petraeus Move On ad is here

    https://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html

    Ann El Khoury

    September 28, 2007 at 8:54 pm

  4. Thanks. :)

    unitedcats

    September 28, 2007 at 10:15 pm

  5. What a rediculous waste of taxpayer money to remodel that building. Is anyone really accusing the US Navy of being Nazi supporters? I’ll bet nost of the people who live in that barracks never even realized the similarity. Sheesh.

    camsavwin

    September 30, 2007 at 5:20 am

  6. You should check out your lady of the link if you haven’t done so already. You will have no call to complain about a “me too!” perspective : in fact, she might just about “blow your mind”.Not too quiet an Aussie and researches like mad.
    Were you getting your “murds wixed” ? Phrases at any rate – ‘ceases never miracle’.
    Doug, U.S. media have been under monopolistic control since forever. The lack of fairness in reporting is not anything but chronic today – not even an attempt at balance. The pervasiveness is new – and has only happened in the last several years. Frankly, anybody who says this is dissed as an extremist : as I’m sure I’m starting to be perceived myself.

    opit

    September 30, 2007 at 6:45 am


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