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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Obama & Kerry: Such a Fine Line Between Stupid & Clever

I was watching (for the 100th time, at least) what I consider one of the two greatest modern Hollywood comedies ever produced, the 1984 "mockumentary" This is Spinal Tap (TISP)--the other being, The ProducersTISP, of course, is a fake documentary about "Britain's loudest band" as they attempt an American come-back years after their expiration date has come and gone. They are not only loud, but possessed of little talent, even less self awareness, and all the while exceptionally self-centered and pompous. While watching this classic, I came to realize that our beloved and beleaguered Republic is now governed by Spinal Tap.

There is a bit of dialogue in the "mockumentary" that is particularly applicable to our current group of "leaders." In a wonderfully inane discussion with band member Nigel Tufnel (played by the great British-American comic, Christopher Guest), band leader, David St. Hubbins (played by the superb American actor, Michael McKean), makes the following stunning observation, "It's such a fine line between stupid, and, uh . . . clever."

I thought of this brilliant observation hearing SecState John "Xmas in Cambodia" Kerry discuss the most recent Paris atrocity and compare it to the Charlie Hebdo massacre of last January. Listen as the clever Kerry finds that fine line mentioned by St. Hubbins and crosses it firmly into the land of stupid,

There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.

Just cogitate a spell on what the allegedly most important foreign affairs official in the world has said. Let it sink in. Let it take you on a magical mystery tour of the Land of Stupid. 

Let's put it bluntly: Kerry tells us that certain acts of mass terror are not as bad as others if the terrorists have a "legitimacy" or a "rationale" understandable to your average progressive elite moron, one that said moron "could attach to." You find encapsulated here the self-loathing that progressives feel for Western society, a loathing so deep that they could  "attach" themselves to those who would kill us in cold blood as long as the killers had an understandable reason, of course. This is the same sort of "cool detached intellectualist logic" at work, say, as Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland, as Stalin conducted his murderous purges, as Castro and Che ran their firing squads 24/7, as Chavez/Maduro dismantle democracy in Venezuela, or as thugs take over universities in the name of "tolerance" and "black lives" etcetera, etcetera  . . . 

For the progressive, the victims at Charlie Hebdo, of course, had committed the crime of treating Islam to almost the same level of mockery to which they subject Christianity, Judaism, Israel, and conservative politicians. They violated the Molotov-Von Ribbentrop Pact that exists between Islam and progressivism. It was too bad they had to die, but it was understandable. The massacre this month in Paris presents a bit of dilemma to the progressive because as the roster of dead clearly implies, most of those killed were undoubtedly highly tolerant progressives who did not like Bush, Thatcher, NATO, the CIA, or water boarding; they were mostly young people out partying in Paris, one of the  most progressive cities on earth. This was akin to the Boston marathon bombing where, again, the attack took place at one of America's most progressive cities. The progressives, ably represented by Kerry, ex-ally of the Viet Cong, are searching for an explanation as to why their third world brothers would randomly kill throngs of progressives. 

To highlight further the point about crossing that fine line, we have the alleged President of the United States make it all infinitely worse at his November 16 press conference in Anatalya, Turkey

In Turkey, The One made some breathtaking statements,
We'll do what’s required to keep the American people safe. And I think it's entirely appropriate in a democracy to have a serious debate about these issues. If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan. If they think that somehow their advisors are better than the Chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff and the folks who are actually on the ground, I want to meet them. And we can have that debate. But what I'm not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning, or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people, and to protect people in the region who are getting killed, and to protect our allies and people like France. I'm too busy for that.

How about that? Anybody opposed to whatever the hell his strategy is, is just "popping off." He makes it quite clear that he has no interest in "pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning." How about that? Just too busy, doncha know, to pursue "winning."  And he goes on,
There will be setbacks and there will be successes. The terrible events in Paris were a terrible and sickening setback. Even as we grieve with our French friends, however, we can’t lose sight that there has been progress being made.
There you go. Right up there with our dead in Benghazi being a "bump in the road" the atrocity in Paris comprises a setback. He can't even muster some faux outrage, some bluster. He can't bring himself to utter the words "radical Islam." His anger and passion, well, that he saves for discussing Rebel flags, or Republicans. He, otherwise, adopts that condescending, dismissive, cool attitude so beloved in the universities and among the faux intellectuals in the ranks of our progressive overlords, "Oh, those crazy conservatives think you can solve a complex problem by bombing, just like they think you can solve our oil dependency by drilling . . . pass the arugula bowl would you?" 

Unfortunately for Western civilization, the Obama misadministration is not a fictional mockumentary. This is real. The disaster is real. The blood being spilled by Muslim crazies is real. The Islamic world is at war with us as it has been for the past 1400 years. They attack us from the outside and the inside, taking advantage of our open borders, open societies and natural generosity--and our refusal even to identify the enemy.  Meanwhile. our putative leaders are either delusional, stupid, malevolent, treasonous or all of those.

43 comments:

  1. Some problem with the font size. I will keep working on it. Sorry.

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    1. Shhh. If you don't say anything, people will think you did it for emphasis.

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    3. I thought it was time to get stronger reading glasses at Costco!

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  2. "Meanwhile. our putative leaders are either delusional, stupid, malevolent, treasonous or all of those."

    I think all.

    Malcolm Turnbull is an embarrassment to Australia. First he says there needs to be a negotiated settlement and power-sharing in Syria, and when is trammelled for the obvious suggestion that ISIS be accommodated / appeased, then he says he wasn't suggesting ISIS be part of process. As ISIS are causing a good part of the trouble in Syria how can there be a negotiated settlement / power sharing if ISIS continue to occupy large parts of the country and to wage their internecine sectarian war.

    You couldn't make up this garbage.

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  4. And now in Mali....this time brought to you by the ISIS cousins, Al Queda. These are frightening times especially as we have moral cowards as leaders.

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    1. Fixed it for you:
      These are frightening times especially as we have moral cowards as people.
      The populations of our formerly great countries elected these cowards knowing full well they were cowards. It's what the people wanted.

      Mark in Portland

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  5. ... our putative leaders are either delusional, stupid, malevolent, treasonous or all of those.

    In the US case, all of those. In Canada, we now have the same spoiled buffoon as PM. Except he is only delusional and stupid, not having the whit to be malevolent and is not deliberately treasonous.

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    1. I think the advent of Obama, Justin Trudeau, and Jeremy Corbyn are indicative of a breakdown in the peer review function in the prog party in all three countries. One's had a simulacrum of a legal and academic career, nothing more; one is a lapsed school teacher who has abandoned two of the four academic programs he's started over the years (and the seven years teaching - drama more than anything else - was the most consequential thing he'd ever done 'ere his 36th birthday); and one is a lapsed labor meathead with an embarrassing academic history who has spent 32 years on the back benches because Labour MPs haven't trusted him to take care of a Chia pet.


      You'd think the electorate would discipline the party membership for this, but so far we're zero for 3 (and have to wait until 2020 to see what the British electorate does with Corbyn).

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  6. I think Kerry's talk of a rationale is defensible, but he shouldn't have said it in front of the children i.e. the electorate. A justification for its being said in private is that the State Department should be trying to work out whether there is a pattern in ISIS atrocities. It's striking that it, or its Head, hadn't worked out the key pattern, but there we are. Unlike you, Dip, I've always taken Kerry for a bloody fool.

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    1. I don't think that any semi-sentient life forms have taken Kerry for anything else than a fool since the 1970s.

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  7. Infuriating, both of them.

    Meanwhile, the French are investigating for her possible role in last Friday's attack a Syrian woman who spent 4 months in Ecuador & traveled to France under an Israeli passport stolen from a man (with apologies for the shameless self-promotion but all my links are to South American & Indian media outlets - i'm the only American so far) http://faustasblog.com/2015/11/breaking-syrian-paris-suspect-spent-4-months-in-ecuador-before-heading-to-paris/

    Now, anyone KNOWS that a Middle-Eastern woman traveling over the course of a year from Syria to Lebanon-Turkey-Ecuador-Colombia-France must have a huge amount of monetary and logistical support (for starters, the bribe to the Colombian customs agent was almost $1,300). One doesn't just "up and go."

    But, hey, let's bring in the widows and orphans!

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  8. "but he shouldn't have said it in front of the children i.e. the electorate. "

    I'm hoping some day our engineers work out a weapon like the neutron bomb which wipes out the British chatterati and leaves human beings and capital stock untouched.

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  9. The difficulty you have here is the inadequacy of Mr. Kerry and Mr. Biden, both of whom are rank and file attorneys of no special distinction who managed to get themselves elected to Congress.

    In Massachusetts politics, no Democratic Senator has been dislodged from office in a primary or general election since 1946. Once Kerry won the seat (emphasizing his military service, which his younger opponent lacked), it was his. In Delaware politics, it appears half of life is showing up but only a few do. Michael Castle was ejected from office unceremoniously by an otherwise hopeless young woman who did one thing that had never been done before: run a vigorous campaign against him. Not saying it's a simple matter to get elected to Congress, just that these two had that talent and were otherwise in unchallenging heats. Rick Santorum would be an example of someone who made it to Congress and remained there for 16 years against some severe headwinds.

    As for Obama, not only is his legal career and teaching career bereft of accomplishment, he never faced one challenging election prior to 2008. State legislative races are notoriously non-competitive. Obama was the anointed successor to a retiring legislator and then got her petitions knocked off the ballot when she changed her mind and elected to run. His Senate race in 2004 was aided by a mole in the offices of the clerk of the courts who leaked dossiers derived from the divorce cases of one of his primary opponents and his initial general election opponent, dossiers the press lacked the integrity to bury. (BTW, whatever happened to the tape of the Rashid Khalidi dinner). His one challenging race was against Bobby Rush, who wiped the floor with him.

    What we have are three rather ordinary men with very circumscribed accomplishments which make use of the skills for winning elections (i.e. fundraising and publicity), two of whom have had a palace guard media protecting them their entire career. (Do you recall that lickspittle from the Boston Globe trashing the Swift veterans on PBS in 2004? Or that Kerry released his Navy personnel file to a Globe reporter who then reported nothing of it?).

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    1. "Never faced but one challenging election".

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  10. Just out of curiosity, how do the FSOs here think BO, Kerry, and Biden would have done on the recruitment examination you all had to pass? Supposedly BO once had an aspiration to enter the Foreign Service.

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  11. The one undoubted writing sample from BHO that ever turned up was a garbled letter to a man named Jim Chen, who later taught law in Kentucky (I suspect everything else the O ever wrote was ghosted). I doubt the O could've passed the writing part of the Foreign Service Exam. Kerry might have been a different matter, and I have no idea about Biden. I suspect that Kerry's good command of French would've been a plus in a Foreign Service in which Canadian and European Affairs is the queen of the geographic bureaus.

    Then again, I ran into some people I wondered about in my own short and inglorious Foreign Service career; and I'm sure people wondered about me.

    Then again, apart from suspecting that Dip put Hatchetface Ketchup and the O in the "sometimes clever" category was just understatement or being charitable, I am in total agreement with what Dip wrote.

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  12. So Kerry spoke of the Charlie Hebdo attacks having a certain "rationale" or "legitimacy"? Was that something like "legitimate rape" that got one GOP pol into trouble a few years back?

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  13. No, nothing like that, Kepha. Completely different. No relation.

    That was said by a Republican.

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  14. I respectfully disagree. They (Obama and Jarrett--Kerry is a puppet), are neither delusional or stupid. They are malevolent and treasonous, but they are not stupid. It is not that they do not understand what is happening. They WANT this to happen.

    When we stop wringing our hands and asking "Why, Dear Leader, do you not see and understand the obvious!?" we will be one step closer to the true answer. Step back, and evaluate every major decision Obama has made. Who does it favor? Who does it weaken?

    Occam's Razor answers most of life's major questions, and this one is no exception.

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    1. paul_vincent_zecchinoNovember 24, 2015 at 7:52 AM

      Thank you for saying it.

      Why do they continue to ascribe to incompetence that which clearly is malevolence?

      As you say, they want this to happen. This is not failure on their part, it is success. They are leading and succeeding at every rotten thing they ever schemed to do.

      As the one said - and I well remember it from my teen years growing up and going to school in the long shadows of Brown University and its late 60s, druggie radical coven - they'd sit up nights just dreaming of ways to throw wrenches into the gears of society.


      They are not stupid. They're not bright but they're not stupid either, they instead possess the cunning of the criminal. And they're very good at what they do: destroy, subjugate, loot, and commit genocide.

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  15. I respectfully disagree. They (Obama and Jarrett--Kerry is a puppet), are neither delusional or stupid. They are malevolent and treasonous, but they are not stupid. It is not that they do not understand what is happening. They WANT this to happen.

    When we stop wringing our hands and asking "Why, Dear Leader, do you not see and understand the obvious!?" we will be one step closer to the true answer. Step back, and evaluate every major decision Obama has made. Who does it favor? Who does it weaken?

    Occam's Razor answers most of life's major questions, and this one is no exception.

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    1. Forget about Occam's razor; it's time for Occam's chainsaw.

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    2. I agree, this isn't cluelessness by Obama-Jarrett. I truly believe they are indifferent, at best, to the U.S. being hit hard. And I can see them actually welcoming a devastating attack, just so Americans would finally experience what the rest of the world does. See, America, where's your exceptionalism now?....bitches!

      His entire Presidency has been an attempt to bring America down to the level of the rest of the (uncivilized) world - payback, big time, for whitey, and all of this racist country's crimes against humanity, don'tcha know.

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  17. "They violated the Molotov-Von Ribbentrop Pact that exists between Islam and progressivism." Best analogy ever.

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  18. Von Ribbentrop/Molotov Pact? You mean, as if progressives and Muslims have a common enemy?

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    1. They do: Anyone who isn't a member of their cult.

      This is why any plan that doesn't start with "Kill out the Leftists who have infested our society and government" is not a serious plan. You have to secure the homefront first.

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    2. Juliette....Malcolm Pollack is a excellent read for sure.

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  19. If you read Huffington Post, as I do most days (Not all for heaven's sake !), you get a feeling for what the left thinks, or rather feels as thinking has little to do with it. For example, if you can stomach it, here is what it looks like.

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    1. You're right. I can't stomach it.

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    2. paul_vincent_zecchinoNovember 24, 2015 at 8:03 AM

      They live the delusion and make up their 'reality' as they go along.

      Locked-ward chronics always view psychiatrists, nurses, and attendants as 'crazy'.

      HuffBlo nicely explains why we're finished; the commies have done their work well.

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  20. I'm too busy for that.
    Sure, Barry, go get golfing.


    our putative leaders .....have gone to eleven.

    ..... the atrocity in Paris comprises a setback.......for the ummah.

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  21. One of these days we're going to run out of outrage and we'll violently explode.

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  22. Can Obama be behind the Turks shooting down a Russian plane?

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    1. Yes, His Petulance certainly could have done this. I sincerely hope NATO doesn't back Turkey on this; Turkey is trading with ISIS, attempting to establish itself in parts of Syria and assisting the muslim invasion of Europe. Do you not think it could not stop the flow if it wanted?

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  23. It is a fine line, Dip, and they ain't negotiating it very well. In fact, they're not negotiating it so well that it's fairly safe to say that they're driving the ship of state under the influence of something or other and things will not go well for them when the cops finally catch up with them.

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  24. The Instant Switch Review


    There are yet others who can be far more horrifying. Gathering secrets is their chief occupation, the aim and ambition of their lives. They tap phone conversations and hack emails and websites and then blackmail people when armed with secrets. Earning money through blackmail and extortion is their livelihood.

    http://togetherweearn.com/profiles/blogs/the-instant-switch-book-review

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