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Shutdown Theater: The After-Party

Eugène Delacroix, "Liberty Leading the People" (1830)It was Slow News Time earlier this week, what, with things being pretty much back to normal, so when the President almost caught some lady who almost fainted during his speech, the media went all hog and talked about it ad nauseam. Which, of course, spurred a reaction from conservatives to the effect that the whole thing was staged. Not that it’s insignificant nonsense, mind you — but that it was faked. That makes sense. Because if you are trying to prop up the cult of personality of your favorite Kenyan Muslim Communist Supervillain, you don’t want to stage anything mundane, like for example him rushing into a burning building and saving a dozen babies, or diving into the ocean and fortuitously retrieving some amazingly well-preserved (and clean) 3000-year-old amphorae, or landing like a badass on an aircraft carrier and declaring an end to a war that’s actually kind of still ongoing in a big way. No. You want to awe the world with an act of heroism of gargantuan proportions, like, for instance, a tiny everyday courtesy that’s probably automatic for most people anyway (although, perhaps, not for Lady Patriot or anyone she associates with). Too bad Hussein ibn Obama’s amateurish Sharia Office of Communist Propaganda mucked it all up. This was all “poorly orchestrated drama,” Lady Patriot concludes, with all the authoritativeness of an expert. I bet every time the Usurper holds the door for someone, it’s poorly staged too. Obviously. Read more…

More Stupid Things People Like to Say: Third Installment

John William Waterhouse, "A Tale From the Decameron" (1916)People love saying things that sound clever. Especially people who aren’t very bright. Take that combination — an intellectually mediocre person and a desire to appear “deep” — and you’ve got the perfect recipe for the birth of notions so intensely stupid, they are destined to endure forever. These are notions that end up on “inspirational” posters of sunsets and beaches. These are notions that the world’s vulgarians repeat over and over — and still think themselves not only well-informed, but original. So here is my third list of certain pearls of “wisdom” that are common as dirt — and explanations as to how they are actually idiotic. (You can find prior installments here and here). Read more…

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