The Week In Stupid
Sometimes there is so much stupid going on in the world that you have to just stop and take stock of it all.
Al Gore sells Current TV to Al Jazeera.
The Americans who owned the anti-American network Current TV soon will be replaced as owners by foreigners who operate the anti-American network Al Jazeera. I doubt any of the 40,000 regular Current TV viewers would have noticed had the news not gone public. Of course, most of them spend their time writing diaries at the DailyKos, when not being yelled at by their moms to clean their rooms. But the big winner in all this is former Vice-President Al Gore. The private-jet-flying, limo-riding, mansion-heating/air-conditioning bearded Pope of the Holy Church of Global Warming stands to pocket $100 million in dirty oil money from the deal. Unfortunately for him, in spite of his scrambling to do so, he wasn’t able to seal the deal before the end of 2012 and will have to pay the higher tax rates he tried desperately to avoid. Seems like Al Gore is looking to win the Nobel Prize in hypocrisy.
Sadly, the current line-up of Current TV, Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer, The Young Turks, Joy Behar, etc., are not expected to be retained when the new owners take over. Even terrorists have some standards.
The Dud Heard ‘Round the World
Have you heard about the resignation and/or ouster of Speaker of the House John Boehner? No? That’s so weird. It was the biggest story that wasn’t. Journalists, bloggers and activists took wishful thinking to exciting new levels when they assured their readers and followers they had the details, the inside dope on how the Republican caucus had had enough and planned a coup. Only it didn’t.
The “leader” of this fool’s caucus was a guy named Ron Meyer Jr., who works for something called American Majority Action. I’ve never heard of Ron and I’ve heard only a tiny amount about American Majority Action — but then, I’ve been active in the Washington, D.C., conservative movement for only about 12 years now, so what do I know? Ron assured the world he knew the truth…then came the vote. Oops. Forget an egg, forget an omelet,: Meyer Jr. had a chicken farm on his face. How did he handle it? The way everyone in the Washington Ron decries handled it — he blamed everyone else.
Ron is only 23, and he suffers from a tragic case of what afflicts nearly everyone at that age — an inability or unwillingness to simply admit you screwed up, that you aren’t as smart or important as you think you are. Come to think of it, in a lot of ways he’s guilty of exactly what he’d been accusing Speaker Boehner of.
Dude, Where’s My Money?
While President Obama and his supporters were busy crowing about finally sticking to those greedy rich people (you know, the people who sign the front of paychecks), a funny thing happened on the way to direct deposit. A lesser known feature of the “fiscal cliff” deal, one for which the president did not fight, was the end of the payroll tax “holiday.” For the past two years, this holiday has provided every working American a 2 percent bump in take-home pay. It wasn’t a raise, and it wasn’t a tax cut; it was a temporary perk to fool people into thinking having Obama in office was good for their bottom line. Well, since Barack Obama doesn’t need your vote anymore, he now cares for you about as much as OJ Simpson thinks of what his ex-mother-in-law thinks of him.
The payroll tax is back to where it was before President Obama needed your vote, and a lot of his supporters are confused. One took to the “progressive” website Democratic Underground to ask what happened to his paycheck. He’s not a millionaire or billionaire, so why is his check smaller? He’s since deleted his original post, presumably because he felt so stupid, but: the rest of the comments are still there: and they are golden. It’s like watching someone watch that scene in The Usual Suspects when Kevin Spacey’s “Verbal” Kint starts walking normally and they realize he was Keyser Soze and they’ve been just as fooled as Chazz Palminteri was. Good stuff.
Been Jealous Much?
Few groups have done as much to advance the cause of the American Dream as the NAACP. Its legacy is legendary, except for the part that’s been tarnished since the group was co-opted by progressives who put their agenda over anything resembling their original mission of equality. Today, NAACP President Ben Jealous spends his time not fighting for his people, not rooting out the true unfairness still baked into the American system, but attacking the Tea Party, Republicans, black conservatives and especially black Tea Party Republicans. Enter U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.
Scott, a Republican from South Carolina and the only member of the Senate who is black, found himself on the end of an attack from the NAACP for not caring about civil rights. Yes, you read that right. How did the NAACP come to this conclusion? Because Scott, as a member of the House of Representatives, didn’t support unions or progressives for judgeships and other government positions.: Because that’s what constitutes “civil rights” these days.
Jealous burns his calories attacking anyone who supports individual responsibility and a sense of self-reliance. So he doesn’t have the energy to address the destruction of the black family, the 50 percent abortion rate of black pregnancies, the 70 percent of black births to unmarried women, the education system that fails its children or the black unemployment rate of 14 percent. As long as blacks vote for Democrats, the progressive agenda will be advanced, and these numbers will get worse. It’s a sad truth the NAACP is more interested in advancing the progressive agenda and maintaining power than in doing anything that remotely resembles its mission. It’s ironic the NAACP would become a de facto arm of the Democratic Party, the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, and the party that replaced those chains of slavery and inhumanity of Jim Crow with the chains of government dependence and the inhumanity that accompanies it.
Then again, when you realize progressives founded the idea of self-appointed intellectual superiors overseeing those who didn’t measure up to their standards, including the extermination of people they deemed unworthy or unproductive, it only makes sense they’d be silent on a system and culture that does nothing but produce dupable dependent voters to maintain their hold on power. Were Ben Jealous capable of shame, he would be drowning in it. Since he’s clearly not, he’ll just keep cashing those fat checks and attacking role models such as Tim Scott. Sickening.
Of course there was a lot more stupid this week, but there’s only so much that can be crammed into one column. I’ll revisit this topic throughout the year because stupid is the only thing being created faster than the Federal Reserve is printing money.
Go about your week.
Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist.: You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.