October 26, 2010


Nothing else can explain the inexplicable discovery I just discovered that nearly the entire month of October has disappeared. Why, just the other day it was Friday the First, and then I woke up today and found out it's already the St. Bean's Feast Day!

Well, I want all my days back. Whoever you are, just bring them back, leave them on the doorstep, and there'll be no questions asked.

Oh, speaking of thievery, it's also almost Election Day. All of you be sure and go out and exercise your franchise on the 2nd. And remember, as I always say, it's not the stupid people who're the problem, it's the people who think they're smart.

Related to that, there's this guy who has a blog, and of late he's been noting the difference between being truly elite and merely being credentialed. It's worth keeping that in mind when you go about electing people to represent you.

So, anyway, there you go.

A LATE ADDITION, since the subject of stupidity has come up in the comments.

I've been meaning to say this for a while, and I finally remembered it at the same time I had five spare seconds. I know a lot of conservative types can't stand Robert Gibbs, but I think he's proven himself to be unique. Who would ever have believed there was a person alive who could make Scott McClellan look like a genius by comparison? That's high praise, indeed.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at October 26, 2010 08:31 AM

I feel really bad when I think about missing out on being an "elite". I suppose it come from my being a R.A. Heinlein reader during my misspent youth and beleiving his maxim that "the physical sciences require intelligence and hard work, the other "sciences" require mere scholarship". I was doomed early to be non-elite although not necessarily possessing he level of intelligence Heinlein was referring to.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at October 26, 2010 08:59 AM

That reminds me of my OTHER favorite sayings: if you can't overwhelm them with your brilliance, baffle them with bull#!*&.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 26, 2010 01:39 PM

Hanlon or Heinlein's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which may be adequately explained by stupidity.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at October 27, 2010 10:47 AM

And there's the ever-reliable--"All eat up with stupid."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 27, 2010 01:20 PM

"Stupid is as Stupid does" Forest Gump

"It ain't Stupid if it works, Stupid". USAF Master Chief Sgt.

It's either stupid or insane to do the same actions the same way and expect differing results.

Posted by: Chef Tony at October 27, 2010 02:25 PM

"Stuck on stupid" Gen'l Honore

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at October 27, 2010 02:30 PM

Lord, I miss the days before Terry quit blogging. I fondly remember highbrow discussions such as this occurring several times a week.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at October 27, 2010 03:55 PM

It's only a matter of time before someone remembers Gibbs is from Alabama.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at October 27, 2010 03:57 PM

I'm just glad he went to NC State instead of the university closest to his house.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 27, 2010 04:50 PM

Hey now, let's not besmirch the fine institute of higher learning, NC State. Speaking of fine institutions, I hear a certain team of Tigers is rated #1 in the nation ... well, some of the polls. You'd think that would be enough to get someone to emerge from the non-blogging swamp. I could understand the desire not to prematurely boast or possibly jinx somethin' - plus the Crimson Tide is still waiting on the schedule.

Enjoy while you can!

Posted by: Marc V at October 27, 2010 09:40 PM

Hey, I'm just glad he's not a Plainsman.

And yes, I am quite aware that in five weeks, Number 1 could wind up out of the top 25 and be 8-4. As I always say, "It's not the stup--", no, wait--the OTHER thing I always say is that it's better to be lucky than good, and so far we've been both. That luck might run out, though, and I'll have to endure yet another year of ill-spirited teasing from the ever-classy Bama fans I work with.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 27, 2010 10:11 PM

Yeah, that would be almost as bad as Christiane Amanpour (URI, '83) being a fellow alum.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at October 28, 2010 08:48 AM


Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 28, 2010 12:38 PM

I hope you'll note the Dem moonbats, the anti-USA Left, Machine Repubs & all "right thinking" academia are saying this election was stolen. Me, I say "gridlock" & am happy. I haven't forgotten the Bush Repubs at all.

Posted by: Chef Tony at November 3, 2010 09:56 AM

Well, as that professor guy keeps saying about the winners, "Don't get cocky, kid!"

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2010 12:46 PM

Or, as a fine bard once remarked:

"You got lucky son, don't get cute"

Posted by: skinnydan at November 4, 2010 08:03 AM

I also seem to recall The Poet's disdain for people who get money for nothing. And their chicks for free.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 4, 2010 10:50 AM