June 11, 2010

Oh, my!

It HAS been a long time since I cracked open the door here, hasn't it!

Seems sort of a shame that I'd waste one of my irregular appearances on something so banal as politics, but I did feel compelled to note that our President recently had a sit-down with America's Sweetheart Matt Lauer to let it be known that he's in full hunter-gatherer mode searching for an ass to kick.

I must say, it put me in mind of the last great Democrat President, who proclaimed with a proud sign upon his desk, "The Butt Stops Here."

It also put me in mind of that fine old Southerism oft spoken around these parts when we find someone who puts on the air of being quite smart, yet isn't. We say of such a one, "He couldn't find his ass with both hands."

Finally, I also am reminded of that great descriptor of someone's ineptitude and fecklessness, that being, "He's as useless as a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest."

What an odd new world it's turning out to be, eh?

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 11, 2010 03:36 PM

"He couldn't find his ass with both hands." I like to add "And a seeing eye dog too." Butt (sorry) I think that of most politicians left or right.

Posted by: Chef Tony at June 13, 2010 08:16 AM

Agreed--there's more than enough stupid to go around in both parties.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 14, 2010 08:09 AM

The thought that we're being governed by morons comes to mind frequently.

Posted by: Jordana at June 16, 2010 07:48 AM

And that's being awfully uncharitable toward morons.

Remember, as Dr. Possum is fond of saying, "Stupid people aren't the biggest problem; it's the people who think they're smart."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 16, 2010 11:18 AM

Maybe that Dr. Possum ain't such a maroon after all.

But for the rest of the world, there does seem to be plenty of stupid to go around.

Posted by: Jordana at June 16, 2010 12:35 PM

As Mr. A. Bierce notes:

"IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but "pervades and regulates the whole." He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line."

Dr. Possum would also add that in highly advanced cultures he is allowed to be enfranchised.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 16, 2010 01:23 PM

I'll see your Bierce and raise you Twain:

Random pithy quote: Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

Posted by: Chef Tony at June 16, 2010 02:08 PM

And let's not forget P.J. O'Rourke: Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 16, 2010 04:14 PM