February 6, 2013

Signs that people are tired of thinking about politics.

Here are the "most popular" stories in The Washington Post right now:



#1 is Michelle Obama's ass. #4 is a bird laid an egg. And both of these are stories that I blogged yesterday. The First Lady's ass attracted 197 commenters here on the blog. I blogged the bird story too. In the comments, Inga made fun of the WaPo headline saying that the bird had given birth, and I note this morning that the headline has been rewritten, and now it's producing a chick. But there we were, talking about whether it's silly to say a bird gave birth.

Give birth is an interesting expression, even as applied to mammals. Which is my point: What is interesting this morning? Something tells me it's not politics.

Meanwhile, even politicians seem to know we're tired of dreary politics. Apparently, Republicans want to win us over with "happy talk" — #3 on that list:
At a retreat for Republican leaders last month, former House speaker Newt Gingrich told them to “learn to be a happy party” and a “cheerful” one, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said they should be a party “that smiles.”...

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took this don’t­worry-be-happy strategy seriously, and in a heavily promoted “major” speech to the American Enterprise Institute [that]... began with an uplifting anecdote about the Wright brothers and quoted the inspirational words of Emma Lazarus. He spoke from a lectern decorated with a foam board carrying the slogan “Making life work for more people”....
Decorated with a foam board... That's like a bird giving birth. The WaPo is bumping up the rhetoric inanely. Even when mocking the GOP for its strained cheeriness, they're goosing us with inappropriate but exciting words.

And then there's that coin. It's moving closer to reality.  Here I am over here in Reality. And there... somewhere out there.... a coin... it approaches!

Words, words, words... What kind of words do you have an appetite for this morning?

58 comments:

EMD said...

The Op-edding (yeah, it's a verb now) going on in those 'news headlines' is great.

Colonel Angus said...

I think I need new glasses because I initially thought it said Vagina coin.

LilyBart said...
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LilyBart said...


Golly, I'm sorry if people are tired of talking about politics.

BUT, if you vote for politians to manage and control every aspect of your life, you're going to have to get used to to hearing about it all the time. Welcome to your new life, folks!

rhhardin said...

Some economics talk wouldn't be out of place.

Obama is killing the economy.

rhhardin said...

Private money works okay, through a mysterious system that I can't exactly follow involving clearing houses and who accepts what. Scotland apparently got it to work.

Perhaps the original meaning of par value for stock has to be restored, as meaning that you're on the hook for the debts of the company up to the par value of the stock you own.

I don't think state money is going to work. It lacks the checks and balances. Quite the opposite, the state is going to pay its debts with new money.

Shouting Thomas said...

Words? I'm studying the form of the Mass this morning.

My purpose? I keep trying to figure out new ways to get the congregations singing along in the parishes where I play.

Politics is so one dimensional and it always gets people screaming at one another. The issue is always the same.

My self-interest is good and holy! Don't tell me about your self-interest, you asshole!

This is the entire breadth of the political discussion. That's all there is.

Joe Schmoe said...

I posit it's not entirely that we're tired of politics. I think we retreat to the banal to catch a breather from gut-wrenching stories like the Newtown school shooting, the Benghazi attack, the Aurora movie theater shooting, etc. And those of us who favor limited government and freer societies have been hit upside the head enough by the Obama admin. Let's make fun of his wife for awhile.

We're people. We have varying but finite levels of tolerance for the truly nefarious things that occur in the world. News dominated by banality means nothing really awful, on a grand scale, has happened recently.

The Farmer said...

Shouting Thomas said...
I keep trying to figure out new ways to get the congregations singing along in the parishes where I play.


Stop playing anything written after 1960. You know who wants to sing Lord of the Dance? Nobody, that's who.

Scott M said...

I'm certainly worn out by the topic. The illogical has an exhaustive quality that little else can claim.

Shouting Thomas said...

One of the ideas I keep trying to inject into the political discussion (usual to no avail) is that it's all about self-interest.

Everybody seems to want to pretend that politics is about these lofty moral and philosophical ideals. I think this is just about entirely bullshit.

For illustration...

Althouse's great enthusiasms are feminism and gay marriage, which just happen to pay off for her and her son.

My self-interest... well, Althouse calls it "stupid!" And, she thinks I should just chuck it. Or, perhaps, amend it in light of what she thinks it ought to be. Embrace open borders and amnesty, etc.

That's all there is to politics. My self-interest = Good! Your self-interest = Evil and Stupid! There's a whole lot less to talk about here than we imagine.

Mitchell the Bat said...

"What kind of words do you have an appetite for this morning?"

“Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern."

-- Frank O'Hara

Scott M said...
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Scott M said...

My self-interest = Good! Your self-interest = Evil and Stupid!

If they could converse, this would be exactly the basis of an argument between an antelope and the cheetah running it down.

We humans are only different because we use punctuation.

Shouting Thomas said...

Stop playing anything written after 1960. You know who wants to sing Lord of the Dance? Nobody, that's who.

The Catholic songbook needs to expand so that I can sing these hymns that were covered by Elvis!

campy said...

Very few people ever think about politics.

Most people emote about politics.

chickelit said...

Words, words, words... What kind of words do you have an appetite for this morning?

The Germans have the wonderful word Wortschatz, which translates as "vocabulary." Wortschatz conveys the notion that words are precious and to be valued like treasure (Schatz).

"Vocabulary" sounds so civil servant--like constabulary--and thus menacing, like word police.

Shouting Thomas said...

Very few people ever think about politics.

I just explained why. It isn't about thinking. It's about self-interest. We don't have to think to understand our self-interest.

Most people emote about politics.

Self-interest is a very emotional issue.

Bob R said...

@The Farmer - That's not actually true. Well, it may be true in churches that are shrinking, but not in churches that are growing. The problem with contemporary church music is the same thing that is the problem with everything contemporary - 99% of everything is crap. Of the tens of thousands of hymns that were composed in the 18th and 19th centuries we now sing a few hundred. No one will remember most of the current crop a few years from now, a few will survive.

@Thomas - Probably not telling you anything you don't know, but essentially no one in the congregation sings anything that's not on a downbeat. I think they like a little syncopation on the verses, but they just listen and lip sync. They will sing the chorus if its straight quarter notes - subtle as disco.

traditionalguy said...

Moscow has had the most snow in over 100 years this winter, the polar bears have doubled in numbers, and the South Pole has a third more ice cover over it than 10 years ago... and we are told this all proves that CO2 concentrations that went up by a third over the last 10 years are a green house gas pollution by the high priests of the UN Malthusian World Religion.

In a world that is so far addicted to government sponsored fantasy, nothing said in the media outlets is modulated to truth anymore.

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virgil xenophon said...

LilyBart hits the central "dilemma" of those who vote for a collectivist statist totalitarian government: there IS NO "personal space." EVERYTHING is political. The reason that the Israeli Kibbutz fell out of favor is that they were HIGHLY socialistic--right down to group discussions as to what color one should paint one's bed-room (I am NOT making that last up) Socialism--hell, ALL statist forms of government--simply grinds the individual down over time. We're just beginning to get a taste of our future..

The Farmer said...

Bob R said...
That's not actually true. Well, it may be true in churches that are shrinking, but not in churches that are growing.


I don't know about that. Our parish is growing at a pretty good clip. The average age is mid-30s. The difference in response between a hymn like How Great Thou Art and anything written by Marty Haugen is huge.

EDH said...

Althouse: Here are the "most popular" stories in The Washington Post right now: #4 is a bird laid an egg...

"And just what is so wonderful about that?"

"Well, can you lay an egg?"

Shouting Thomas said...

How Great Thou Art is a great hymn.

Elvis covered it, too. So, you know it's got some balls.

Bob Ellison said...

I always have an appetite for "spork" and "onomatopoeia".

Inga said...

OMG!! I got a tag!

Now I'm off to see my new female doc, I wonder if we will discuss my lack of eggs, which is not at all unusual at my age.

Scott said...

If the country were well run, people shouldn't have to think about politics, except to perform civic duties like voting. P. J. O'Rourke compared civic involvement to taking out the garbage. It's something you have to do once in awhile, but to make it the center of your life is a little kinky.

So how did we get to the point where we have to pay close attention to what Washington is doing all the time?

** We gave the unaccountable and faceless bureaucracy the power to legislate through the regulatory process. And, naturally, it uses this power to preserve itself.

** Both Democrat and Republican elected officials can't seem to resist the temptation to bribe their constituents with their own tax dollars.

** The progressive Marcusians who took over the Democrat party are unwilling to listen to or work with their political opposition as a matter of philosophy. And, they view every social phenomenon through the lens of politics; forcing their opposition (the rest of America) to defend everything all the time.

America finds itself deeply fucked. We need to look at the Second Amendment again, not in terms of the specific right it protects, but in terms of WHY the Founders felt it was necessary to enumerate it. Americans who love their country and their neighbors are going to have to think about when to engage in civil disobedience. What are we willing to go to jail for, or even die for?

The crises we find ourselves in today were completely avoidable. They were created by the people we elected. We need to begin to think the unthinkable.

Like the Chinese curse, we find ourselves in interesting times. Damn it.

Hazy Dave said...

Egg. Salad. Sandwich.

tiger said...

I'm tired of seeing articles that call Michelle Obama a 'fashion leader' -a 'fashion icon'- or a 'fashion anything'.

She's a middle-aged black chick with a huge ass and shitty attitude. Why it's declasse to point this out is beyond me.

Scott said...

If Michelle Obama is an icon, who venerates her?

Bob R said...

How Great Thou Art is absolutely one of the best. And of course it helps your point that the high point of Chris Tomlin's How Great Is Our God is the quote from the old hymn. But the fact that a lot of people like traditional church music doesn't prove your original point that "nobody" like contemporary church music.

And yes, this is more fun than talking about politics.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

We have totally stopped watching the "news" on television. [note the scare quotes]. Our mornings consist of companionable silence or music in the background while we look at what is happening in the world using the magic of the internet. Conversations between us of interesting articles, actual news, world wide news discovered and laughs provided by the wide range of opinions and quirky humour out there. Requests for that next cup of coffee and discussions between us on our own lives and businesses.

We are still informed and our stress level has gone down. Instead of being immersed in the cesspool, we are able to view it from a reasonable and detached distance.

No constant and relentless drum beat of propaganda, negative news, Sandy Hook until you want to puke.

We became calm and detached from the political news with the realization and acceptance that we are totally fucked as a nation and that there is nothing that WE can do about it. Our political lackeys don't care about us. There is no such thing as an honest election. It is a bitter joke. The government actively wants to keep us subservient or incarcerate us or kill us if we try to get out of line.

The realization and acceptance that all we can do is to try to take care of ourselves, family, friends and neighbors has calmed and centered us.

There is NO POINT in getting worked up about politics since we have no ability to do anything about it. Out of our control.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.


The "don't worry be happy party", the RINOs who want to crush any opposition to the status quo, the fascist Liberals, the Green Enviro Nazis, almost all of the Members of Congress, the President and his fat assed bitter beard, the local politicians, the judiciary, the DOJ.....can all go to hell. We will not miss them.

In fact....it would be a huge relief.

edutcher said...

Note 2 of those articles were posts on Althouse yesterday.

Hmmm....

Colonel Angus said...

I think I need new glasses because I initially thought it said Vagina coin.

No, you just have a dirty old mind.

Shouting Thomas said...

One of the ideas I keep trying to inject into the political discussion (usual to no avail) is that it's all about self-interest.

Oh, come on, part of the problem is too many people vote their self-interest.

Or at least what their short-sighted, instant gratification view of it is.

Scott said...

@DBQ

"...the President and his fat assed bitter beard..."

You really think Barry is gay? It's not outside the realm of possibility, but I just don't see the evidence.

Scott said...

@DBQ

I don't see how giving up is an option. The Marcusian Democrats rely on people to adopt just that kind of attitude. I for one don't see how that makes my life better.

Scott said...

The Third Step is not "Be a doormat."

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I'm not giving up.

We are focusing our efforts on things that WE can control. Immersing ourselves in "political" news and propaganda shows is debilitating and draining to the soul.

Tilting at windmills is exhausting. I will leave that to those who have the energy and means. We will donate to and help those who CAN make a difference. We will pick and choose wisely (we hope) and support those who have the skills and punish quickly those who are merely pretending.....Republican party....are you listening.

Right now, it is all about self survival.

And, yes. I do think Obama is gay. The guys at Hillbuzz who should have the best gaydar ....seem to think so.

Nomennovum said...

"But there we were, talking about whether it's silly to say a bird gave birth."

I don't think it's silly at all. After all, Madonna, who is, I am pretty sure, a human, has laid more than one egg on a movie set.

edutcher said...

Dust Bunny Queen said...

And, yes. I do think Obama is gay. The guys at Hillbuzz who should have the best gaydar ....seem to think so.

Jerome Corsi's working on evidence, so we may not have to rely on gaydar much longer.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Relevant link to the discussion

We Live in the Orwell|Huxley Hybrid

cf said...

Scott and Dust Bunny Queen say it pretty well.

I would make the point that not only is the public ready for diversion, it serves the interests of our Elite Media Overlords to feed it to them. That way they can avoid reporting as much as possible on the disastrous administration that is the result of their demagoguery.

The breeziness of NPR news these days, for instance, is remarkable. Hip and cheerful for every item. La-la-la happy face attitude for covering everything from continued Hurricane Sandy homelessness to economic stasis from now through 2016, wahoo.

Compare the "color and tone" to any report out of 2004, haha, you would be astonished. The trademark somnolence is now a smiling Calm. Back then, it was a terse one, Dark and So Serious.

Specifics? Unravel the lies of their report the other day in Fed actions against Standard and Poor. An Occupy Wall Street intern must have put it together, why this company is out to Make Money! The hapless Federal government is at great pains to keep them under control! Haha. No mention that the Feds threatened them about lowering the nation's ratings, no mention this admin has an interest in hiding the Decline, and attacking the messenger has been working so far.

Fascist, Pigs, liars and thieves, every one of them.

But you ask for our words today? My new one is "Nusrah Front"

Scott said...

@DBQ

Glad you're not giving up. Libertarians and conservatives need to write a new political playbook; one that leverages the internet. I'll probably blog about it anon.

As for Barry being gay: There is the phenomenon of gay men speculating whether certain sexy somewhat androgenous celebs are gay. The old queens speculated about Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt forever. It was probably wishful thinking. But Obama? He doesn't set my gaydar off -- he's more of a Steve Urkel type, but with his father's abusive attitude toward those whom he perceives as not being his social equal.

Obama's sexual orientation doesn't interest me as much as his use of marijuana. How does he get it into the White House? Where does he smoke it? Does the Secret Service help him get it in, or turn their backs on his supplier? This fascinates me.

ken in sc said...

Evidence: Obama throws like a girl, he wears mom jeans, he rides a girls bike, he does not know how to hold a gun, his wife is more masculine than he is, he acts like a passive-aggressive bitch with congress and the supreme court.

I too think he is gay.

Scott said...

That's no evidence at all. I personally know gay men who are as butch as anyone you could care to name.

Bob Boyd said...

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”
― David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!

EMD said...

Yeah, I don't see Obama as gay, either.

He's just a beta male in that relationship dynamic. He's the pathetic baseball tossing VW dad in that horrible commercial that would never dare impugn the abilities of a mother.

He seems like a good father and I wish he would talk much more about that. This book came out in 1996 for crying out loud ... has it gotten any better?

ricpic said...

Obama is killing the economy.

True. But in today's climate, bigoted. The Republicans totally buy into the bigoted part. Which means Obama cannot be opposed. Ergo the smiley face.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I don't care IF Obama is gay....except for the fact that in government, those who ARE gay or lesbian and who are not open about it can be subject to the potential of being blackmailed.

Same thing applies to those governmental employees and politicians who are breaking Federal laws by using drugs.

Government is corrupt enough without having the worry or issue that your (so called) elected leaders can be blackmailed or extorted from because they are trying to hide their personal peccadilloes.

I really don't think the Obama's like each other very much. It just seems like a sham relationship or one that has gone sour a long time ago. Only a feeling. No proof.

Baron Zemo said...

In a few years all of the "little people" will start writing books about the Jug Eared Jesus. Secret Service agents. White House ushers. White House chefs. Waiters.

I think they will have a hell of a lot to reveal about the Obama.

If you read similar accounts you find that the Presidents and families that were loved by the little people: Trumans, Kennedy, Reagan, both Bush families. Disliked if not hated: Johnson, Nixon, Carters and Clintons.

Where do you think the Obama's will fall?

Baron Zemo said...

You can tell everything you need to know about someone by how they treat their waiter.

ricpic said...

Is tipping less than 15% waiter abuse?

Baron Zemo said...

Not if you are Jewish ricpic.

Then it is cultural.

Baron Zemo said...

If Ed Koch were alive he would say that is anti-semitic.

Lydia said...

Shouting Thomas said...
I keep trying to figure out new ways to get the congregations singing along in the parishes where I play.

Catholics sing?

Even before Vatican II, I always noted that they were happy to listen to someone else sing during Mass and much preferred to remain silent themselves.

Anyway, there's a book that may explain it all: Why Catholics Can't Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste

ricpic said...

Well at least I now know I'm not cheap, I just suffer from a cultural affliction.

Scott said...

I think President Obama would be a wife beater if Michelle wasn't so tough.

kentuckyliz said...

Michelle's ass looks like it's hoarding a giant egg or three. I wouldn't be surprised if she copped a squat and popped some out.

Obama would be waiting with a hot frying pan. You know he wants to kill oopsie infants born alive who were supposed to be aborted tissue.

POC* omelets for all!

*Product of Conception (part of the linguistic dance of abortionists)