Archive for the ‘idiocy’ Category

The government wants to protect you from ham

Friday, June 19th, 2015

The government wants to protect you from ham, and not just from any old ham, but from the gold standard of celestial hammy exquisiteness.

Read my article here.

While Customs and Immigration protect us from ham, here are a few Drudge headlines,

Starting the day with Smart Diplomacy

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Lurch brought a friend to Paris:

Some of the reaction:

John Podhoretz

May God help us. Our secretary of state brought James Taylor with him to Paris and had Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” THIS HAPPENED. I want to escape America in a balloon.

Venezuela: Inspired by Marx!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Marxist Nicolas Maduro’s making a fashion statement inspired by Marx.

Groucho Marx, that is:

Nicolás Maduro introduced the new symbol of the revolution: The mustache cap.
The Venezuelan president surprised all during at event by showing the new icon of chavismo, by which all his followers can have his mustache.

Nicolás Maduro presentó el nuevo símbolo de la revolución: la “gorra del bigote”
El presidente venezolano sorprendió en un acto al mostrar un nuevo dispositivo del chavismo, gracias al cual sus seguidores pueden tener su bigote

The cap has a detachable mustache you can place under your nose.

I’m not making this up,

Maduro wore a blue one, but it’s also available in red or green.

Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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It’s not racism, kid, it’s just plain grammar

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Ah, for the days of Dean Wormer. . . Students at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information accused a professor of racial discrimination after the professor corrected their grammar:

In a letter sent to colleagues in the department after the sit-in, Rust said students in the demonstration described grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals as a form of “micro-aggression.”

Ponder that:

  • graduate school students
  • in “education and information”
  • who haven’t mastered grammar
  • in their dissertation proposals
  • staging a protest when, maybe for the first time in their lives, they come across  a professor who’s doing them a favor
  • because they feel that not letting them get away with their errors is a form of micro-aggressive racism.


The protestors are upset that Professor Rust also corrected their citations and their bibliographies.

As a Latina, I particularly resent the students’ premise that this constitutes racism. I fully understand that grammar for bilinguals sometimes is tricky. However, all education that is worth its name is rigorous by nature. Deal with it, kids.

(As an aside, spell-check and grammar-check are your friends.)

Indeed, graduate students in Education and Information ought to be embarrassed that their work is substandard. A dissertation is not a quiz: it’s a work that takes months to complete. A dissertation proposal by definition must be carefully drafted, and ought to be subject to scrutiny.

I also suggest that Prof. Rust contact FIRE.

But back to Dean Wormer,

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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“72 is the new 30″? Only if you compare to cavemen

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany found that

Those primitive hunter gatherers, at age 30, had the same odds of dying as a modern Swedish or Japanese man would face at 72.

Which doesn’t mean that you’re as spry at 72 as you were at 30.

But you didn’t need me to point that out, did you?

I’ll now go back to nursing my cold. Beeehave while I’m away.

Note to Chris Rock: It’s a President, not a Tsar

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It wouldn’t be worth noting, if there weren’t so many who share his opinion:

You’d think that he was making a joke and that he would understand that we live in a Constitutional Republic, but it wasn’t a comedy routine:

I’m just here to support the president of the United States. The president of the United States is, you know, our boss. But he’s also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don’t, it usually bites you in the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the president.

Back in the days of Tsarist Russia people – including Lenin – referred to “our father the Tsar“. How did that work out?

Luckily, we can still poke fun at the idiocy,

I wonder what Oleg would say to this…


In other news, TIME mag named Marco Rubio “savior”,

Marco has the good sense to not be amused,


You can’t bring 8 ounces of shampoo…

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

into an airplane, but someone managed to bring 18 human heads from Rome.

Stacy: “Whose brain is it?”

In other gross news,
Man falls to his death after defecating between subway cars; another injured at same station.

To paraphrase Petula, Don’t Poop in the Subway, Darling,

That songs begs the question, how did she end up with a boyfriend that needed to be told not to sleep in the subway, nor stand in the pouring rain, but I digress.

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Today’s blasphemy is brought to you by…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Jamie Foxx:

JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama.

Ed Driscoll:

A few observations though, before you go: Didn’t the first-round of “Obama is God” (and at times BHO himself and his Pangaea-sized ego didn’t seem to argue with the notion) peak in early 2009 with then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas’s shark-jumping quote on the subject? Since then, most liberals — particularly at the Washington Post, oddly enough — constantly ran the man down as just another hack, centrist politician.

And the above quote from Foxx brings to mind Umberto Eco’s observation in 2005: “G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: ‘When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.’ Whoever said it — he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.”

Add abundant stupidity, too.

Biden: “How many of you know someone who served in Iraq or Iran?”

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Harry Reid does!

Remember, Joe always says what he means,

We’re in the best of hands…

“We discourage people from walking over hot coals,”

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

and I sure won’t walk the coals,

After the event, which ended about 11 p.m., the crowd walked across the street to the park, where 12 lanes of hot coals measuring 10 feet long and 2½-feet wide rested on the grass.

Jonathan Correll, 25, decided to check out what was going on when “I heard wails of pain, screams of agony.” He said one young woman appeared to be in so much pain “it was horrific.”

“It was people seriously hurting, like they were being tortured,” he said. “First one person, then a couple minutes later another one, and there was just a line of people walking on that fire. It was just bizarre, man.”

Correll, a San Jose City College student, said he saw between 10 and 15 people being treated.