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Bill O’Reilly takes another stab at defending faith. Goes about as well as the first time:

Okay, how did the Moon get there? How’d the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the Moon get there? How’d the Sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it. How come? Why not? How’d it get here?

He does realize that nonbelievers actually do have theories for this stuff, right? Big Bang and so on?

I was thinking of making some wisecracks about his stupidity, but I’ve read this quote about six times now, and I’ve concluded that engaging with it is actually making me stupider. Click through to the link if you need some of that sort of thing. I really think this is so blatantly and obviously stupid there’s no way to make it sound even stupider. There’s no deep stupidity to draw out, it’s all right there.

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Bill O’Reilly takes another stab at defending faith. Goes about as well as the first time:

Okay, how did the Moon get there? How’d the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the Moon get there? How’d the Sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it. How come? Why not? How’d it get here?

He does realize that nonbelievers actually do have theories for this stuff, right? Big Bang and so on?

I was thinking of making some wisecracks about his stupidity, but I’ve read this quote about six times now, and I’ve concluded that engaging with it is actually making me stupider. Click through to the link if you need some of that sort of thing. I really think this is so blatantly and obviously stupid there’s no way to make it sound even stupider. There’s no deep stupidity to draw out, it’s all right there.

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Bill O’Reilly takes another stab at defending faith. Goes about as well as the first time:

Okay, how did the Moon get there? How’d the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the Moon get there? How’d the Sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it. How come? Why not? How’d it get here?

He does realize that nonbelievers actually do have theories for this stuff, right? Big Bang and so on?

I was thinking of making some wisecracks about his stupidity, but I’ve read this quote about six times now, and I’ve concluded that engaging with it is actually making me stupider. Click through to the link if you need some of that sort of thing. I really think this is so blatantly and obviously stupid there’s no way to make it sound even stupider. There’s no deep stupidity to draw out, it’s all right there.

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Bill O’Reilly takes another stab at defending faith. Goes about as well as the first time:

Okay, how did the Moon get there? How’d the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the Moon get there? How’d the Sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it. How come? Why not? How’d it get here?

He does realize that nonbelievers actually do have theories for this stuff, right? Big Bang and so on?

I was thinking of making some wisecracks about his stupidity, but I’ve read this quote about six times now, and I’ve concluded that engaging with it is actually making me stupider. Click through to the link if you need some of that sort of thing. I really think this is so blatantly and obviously stupid there’s no way to make it sound even stupider. There’s no deep stupidity to draw out, it’s all right there.

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Bill O’Reilly takes another stab at defending faith. Goes about as well as the first time:
Okay, how did the Moon get there? How’d the Moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the Moon get there? How’d the Sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it. How come? Why not? How’d it get here?
He does realize that nonbelievers actually do have theories for this stuff, right? Big Bang and so on? I was thinking of making some wisecracks about his stupidity, but I’ve read this quote about six times now, and I’ve concluded that engaging with it is actually making me stupider. Click through to the link if you need some of that sort of thing. I really think this is so blatantly and obviously stupid there’s no way to make it sound even stupider. There’s no deep stupidity to draw out, it’s all right there.
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Toast

Mmm, yummy...

One of the more amusing political subplots over the next four years or so is going to be watching Lindsey Graham try to convince conservative Republicans in his home state to let him get another term. For many reasons, Graham has so infuriated them that a primary challenge is certain, and I wouldn’t bet on Graham sticking it out. For my part, I’m mostly indifferent. Graham isn’t a psychopath and it’s pretty clear that he’d prefer to take on a Vintage McCain-like “Maverick” role if he could, and he did try that for a bit, but it didn’t quite work out. It’s true that he voted for both of Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, and he tried for a moment to help shepherd an energy bill through the Senate last year, but he evidently forgot what state he’s representing–it’s South Carolina, not New Hampshire or Oregon or some state like that where you can get away with a little maverickiness–and he adjusted accordingly. In fact, now he’s trying on some “true conservative” positions like this one:

Congress should cut a deal this year to raise the retirement age to 69, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.

Graham, who’d flirted last month with an increase in the retirement age to help address Social Security’s solvency, backed a phased-in hike in the retirement age. [...] Graham referenced as his model the deal cut between President Reagan (R) and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill (Mass.) in the 1980s that provided for a gradual increase in the retirement age to 67.

First off, I’m not sure I like the idea of society expecting people to work until they are nearly 70. If you want to, sure, but you shouldn’t have to. The logic of this position always seems backward to me: Social Security is facing a modest revenue problem in the long term, so what do we cut? The correct question should be: at what age do we want people to be able to stop working? You start with an average age to target retirement for and then figure out the funding, you don’t start with the funding and work your way back to what it pays. That’s just arbitrary and stupid, which amazingly doesn’t stop the Beltway types from supporting it.

Second, it occurs to me that Lindsey Graham just sucks as a conservative. Okay, he’s in trouble: conservatives don’t like him. They really don’t. His prior ways of making them like him are unlikely to help him now: nobody cares about flag burning amendments anymore, and while there is a president in the White House again that the Republicans can try to impeach, Graham is no longer in the House to help manage it this time. So what can he do? Before you answer, consider that Graham has been given Moderate Status by the Beltway elite, and he appears to value it highly. He has got to propose something “conservative” while also being something that won’t completely alienate him from his Beltway friends. I guess that somehow evolved into raising the retirement age? Seriously? I’m inclined to call him a dead man already. Seniors will never go for it, for the same reason they overwhelmingly opposed Bush’s Social Security privatization, despite assurances it would not go into effect for years: they like their benefits, and if you raise the retirement age once, you can do it again. Sure, it’ll thrill the people at Cato and National Review but voters don’t like the idea of cuts to Social Security at all, across all parties and groups, and unlike Rich Lowry they will actually vote in the 2014 South Carolina Republican Senate Primary. The secret to being A Good Conservative is to sound irrationally angry about debt and deficits while simultaneously proposing nothing to fix them, like our good pal John Boehner. That covers all the bases: elites are happy, Villagers are happy, everything’s looking good. Also, you don’t actually propose massively unpopular benefit cuts to constituencies that back you. Oh, wait, I guess he missed when all the Republicans abandoned Paul Ryan’s Medicare-slashing plan almost immediately after it dropped.

Seriously, though, that’s what Graham comes up with to save his hide? What’s amazing to me is that Graham has voted with Republicans on practically every single item of importance I can think of, with a few judicial nominations excluded. He’s tried again and again to reassure them that he’s one of them, and they’ve repaid him with repeated petitions against him from within his own state. Like his buddy McCain, he has no clue how to deal with anyone other than Beltway types. I say he’s toast.

Adlai Stevenson

He's still got a better chance than Joe or Kay in 2012!

Political Wire finds near-identical quotes from departing Senators Joe Lieberman and Kay Bailey Hutchison insisting they would have won had they decided to seek reelection.

I must confess that I don’t understand their motivations here. Clearly, neither of them was going to make it through a primary. With Lieberman, it was for a very good reason: you don’t get to take glee in sticking your thumb in the Democrats’ eyes for years and then get another term from them. As for Hutchison, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that Republicans would push her out, considering she’s a normal conservative and was quite popular the last time I checked. I get why Democrats decided they couldn’t live with Lieberman anymore and primaried his ass in 2006–he was a prominent hawk in an election where hawkishness was rebuked. But the idiotic thing about knocking off a Bob Bennett or a Kay Hutchison or attempting to knock off Lisa Murkowski is that you give up seniority–in the former two cases, considerable seniority–to replace someone who votes with you 95% of the time with someone who votes for you 99% of the time. A risk/reward analysis would suggest not doing this, but logic isn’t exactly the Tea Party’s strong suit, as we know.

Still, reading those quotes made me feel pity for these people. And I shouldn’t! Lieberman and Hutchison got to be United States Senators for about two decades each, and they’re acting like the kid who didn’t get picked for the kickball team who acts like they didn’t even want to play, that things worked out just great for them, that they could have played if they really wanted to. That’s not worthy of pity, that’s just pathetic. Maybe they believe what they’re saying, but since they’re (very likely) leaving public life for good, I would think that the end of your career is as decent a time as any to show some candor.