Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Are We Dumber than Dogs?

I was thinking the other day about something that is happening slowly and maybe deliberately.

I am talking about the 'dumbing' of America.

Not hard to see how dumb we have become, just look around at your fellow occupants of America and it will be painfully obvious what is happening here today. We are doing stupid things in record numbers. Lets start with the TV and see where it goes from there.

Laugh tracks, 1/2 hour sitcoms, surviving ridiculous scenarios, people willing to subject themselves to ridicule for their 15 minutes of fame and misfortune. All the while the masses soak it in and bring the previous nights' episodes to the workplace and yak around the water cooler for hours about it while getting paid minimum wage. What a country!

Traffic reflects the stupidity of the masses by having collisions at speeds less than 25mph because they were reading and yakking on cell phones when they should have been paying attention. Carry those same actions to the left lane(passing lane) and driving 5 to 10mph slower than or equal to the adjoining lanes making it impossible to get around their busy little selves, all the while they are oblivious to anyone around them.

Neighbors are not much better at being smart with barking dogs at all hours, while tuning in to the latest episode of Survivor, mowing lawns 1/2 hour before dark, parking their cars on your lawn for the redneck brew fest next door.

Who is responsible? Well the hard truth is, we are. Once we tolerate ineptitude we in effect condone it. By refusing to improve we become retarded and stagnant. Political considerations are the furthest things from their simple little minds. By turning over our children to a school system, who as their main concern, is to keep the student flow going out the door and graduating with lower reading and comprehension skills, just enough to move them out we condone it.

We have set ourselves up for what we see today, total rule by a dictator. Only thing is we are too stupid to see that because of all the aforementioned items, have prepared us as sheep ripe for the slaughter by those that would use us for their own gain.

They have established a financial system that favors the rich and gleans the poor, they have established a government that rules with an iron fist and can imprison at will anyone they feel is not towing the line.

Yes what a fine mess you all have gotten us into now. By allowing stupidity to flourish you have set us up like dominoes, to be knocked down at the governments will. And right now theres' not a damn thing you can do about it.

The dogs ARE smarter, they have us working for them.


O'Reilly said...

Pachacutec says:

January 16th, 2007 at 9:36 am *

One juror said she had three children. Fitz said, “I assume these are young children?”

She was very quick, saying with a southern inflection, “Oh, aren’t you sweet!”

The whole press room busted up laughing.

Carey said...


That's a wonderful anecdote. I loved it, really a nice way to start off the morning.


One thinks to oneself, oh I'm just being a whiner and a pessimist when you contemplate the dumbing down of America. As you wrote, one of the things that amazes me the most is this sick perversion of wanting 15 minutes of fame. What's wrong with you people? Didn't you get enough teasing in Junior and Senior High?

I used to love to go for long drives. No more. After a long, and for you Den, torturous day at the office, you not only have to go face traffic, you have to face the grocery store lines. Ay, ay, ay!

Y'all will have to excuse me today. I have one sick puppy, my son, who passed it on to me cuz it's one of those slower to develop bad colds, We couldn't tell how sick he was becoming. I didn't take the precautions. I blame all of this on the cold. Even my cats are sick.

Speaking of the dumbing of TV, I just tried an HBO show called Extras. It's the creation of that incredibly funny man, Rick Gervais, who created the British version of The Office. I know some of you don't watch the tube so if you don't get HBO, that's too bad. This is an intelligent, sarcastic and critical treatment of just what you're essay's about today, Den. It's on Sunday nights at 10:30 and I recommend it. Gervais is something else.

Den-I love the way you came full circle in your essay. It's hard to write about these angsts, and you did a good job.

Well, the good news is:

Obama Announces His Exploratory Committee

Ms. Clinton is going to put up a tremendous fight and with that humongous treasure chest and on-the-ball political machine, she will put up a hell of a fight.

We shall all see. I'm not in the mood for attempts at pithy comments today!

O'Reilly said...

Firedoglake is live blogging the Scooter Libby Trial. David Corn is sitting right next to Pachacutec, FDL's liveblogger.

I asked Pachacutec to ask David if he'll open up comments again. link

His answer link

DEN said...

This old rooster is missing some chicks!

Someone leave the henhouse door open?

Here chick, chick, chick!

Here chick, chick, chick!

David B. Benson said...

Duhh, I getting to dumb to even read the posts, but yes, dumber than dogs.

And that is dumb. Cats, now...

Alan said...

I would think that David Corn is losing alotta money without "comments". I'm assuming he gets ad revenue tied to his traffic numbers, and I'm betting his numbers are a small fraction of what they were. Myself, I go there maybe once a week now, just to check. I go to A/R exactly NONE. haha Who knew D/C would be a non-player just like THAT ?!! *snaps fingers*
He's just another book on the library shelf that noone's reading. That's a shame.
D/C, bring back comments and we'll return.

Alan said...

BTW, David Corn is online right now, but I won't IM him. I never have, and wouldn't wanna bother him. I'm assuming he's using his Blackberry, if he's at Libby's trial.

DEN said...

David C. gave us all a home for quite a while, but there is no reason to restart comments with AR doing it for him.

O'Reilly said...

The NewsHour look good tonight:


Jim Lehrer speaks with President Bush in the Cabinet Room of the White House for an extended interview about the new Iraq strategy plan.


Jim Lehrer joins regular NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks for reaction to the President’s interview.


Jury selection began in Washington Tuesday for the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Gwen Ifill reports on the trial and speaks with Carol Leonnig, who has been covering the case for The Washington Post.


NewsHour Guest Essayist Allen Morris Jones talks about a symbol of rural America, the pickup truck.

DEN said...

Four submarines in the Persian Gulf?

Why two aircraft carriers and four submarines?

The Russians are right on top of the goings on.

Jeanne said...

I just saw this on Raw Story. If you haven't seen it you have to watch it. SO so classic.

Jon Stewart 'seduces' Condi Rice 'for the good of our nation'

Jeanne said...

I love Shields. He looks at Brooks sometimes and you can see that he's reminding himself he can't do the eye role on TV.
He's barely containing his contempt for the statements being made.

I love it. And since I'm a Shields I really love it.

Alan said...

"...but there is no reason to restart comments with AR doing it for him."

Except that, like I said, if he gets revenue on ads tied to his site traffic, then he's not getting squat anymore. If Pajamas Media gives him a flat rate, I guess it's their prob then. That would mean that D/C's popularity and book-selling ability has dropped off accordingly as well. Surely he won't think it's worth it for a flat rate from wingnuttia.

DEN said...

Wingnuttia? next to Freedonia?

Carey said...


That's so bitchen!!! Live blogging from the courtroom. Wowie-zowie.

Interesting answer from David C. We shall see.

Wow, O'Reilly, you're like the cub reporter who just outclassed a star reporter.


The hack job they did on David's site was pretty bad. Also, he was really constantly on book tours, didn't have time for blogging. His book is so powerful, I'm sure alot of money and power went into that hack job. They blew it to smithereens from what I understand.

They tried to shut us Dems up. We still won, didn't we? You would hardly know it listening to psycho in the White House

How do you know when David's online? That's weird.


That's one of those things I can't get on easily (Jon Stewart--Raw Story), and now have even a slower version of dialup. I'm so happy!

This is not so good news.

The truthiness must have hurt

Remember Stephen Colbert's performance at last year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner? The White House Correspondents' Association does -- and it's making sure that nothing like it happens again this year.

The group has chosen is-he-really-still-alive impersonator Rich Little to headline this year's dinner. As Editor & Publisher reports, WHCA president Steve Scully is hoping that Little's presence will make the event a "comfortable venue that is enjoyable, funny and interesting." "You don't want to offend anyone," he said.

Scully said that Little is the kind of entertainer who can appeal "to the Bob Novaks and the bloggers of the world." By choosing him, former WHCA president Ron Hutcheson said, the group hopes to avoid "a blogfest and a partisan slugfest" this time around.

-- Tim Grieve


I didn't actually catch Colbert's performance last year, but I sure as hell heard about it. It was billed as pure genius. Spineless, just spineless, choosing Rich Little. Geez!

Carey said...

I just read David Corn's post from yesterday. Oy vey!

I told my brother (in-law) about the submarine idea. That Israel, after purchasing the German subs, would fire off a shot at an American carrier and false flag it on Iran. He thought it wouldn't be even that clear cut. All things considered, this is imminent. (Iran). My God--that is so horribly frightening. Economic chaos. Couple that with the overwhelming speed with which global warming is happening. Suicide begins to look good. No, one can't--we all have children.

DEN said...

Rich Little doing comedy for the a little rich crowd!

Carey said...

Iraqis Will Never Accept This Sellout to the Oil Corporations

Since I have a slower dialup now, I'm not always able to post excerpts quite so easily.

This article is of import because, since the surge talk began (and of attacking Iran), we've heard only talk of an assured passage of this oil law. I also saw a deeply buried article a few days back in the LA Times about U.S. attempts to dissuade international banks from financing oil projects in Iran. This is an act of war. Where, I asked myself, is the outrage on all of this? I finally found the above link written for The Guardian today.

I'm afraid folks, this is a done deal. There are so many things that are done deals at this point, this truly is reminiscent of Hitleresque days. A very, very frightening moment in history.

Carey said...

The Libby case, I've been meaning to mention, is so small really. Of tiny proportions.

That Cheney will testify will mean nothing. You all know that.

Oh now, I'm getting on my high horse!

DEN said...

Bush on Newshour,

This guy is the President?

What is an ideological battle anyway?

Can anyone believe this guy?

Why is he STILL there?

Stupid human tricks continue,
stay tuned.

Saladin said...

WHY is he still there? OH DEN, I think you know. He will be there until the next useful idiot comes along. In the mean time, Iran has dumped the dollar in favor of the Euro and gold is looking happy, but our economy, especially the fake housing bubble, is falling fast. As usual, nothing I have ever predicted has come to pass! Good thing no one invested 18 months ago.


Saladin said...

Smoking Mirrors

...Something bothers me. There’s something I can’t put my finger on. When you look at Bush’s performance over these last years you see someone who has failed in spectacular fashion at everything he has done. He has wasted enormous amounts of money. He has stolen enormous amounts of money for his friends. Grievous crimes are committed in broad daylight every single day. Halliburton and a number of corporations are doing things that at any other time would demand prison sentences. People who have nothing to do with AlQaeda or terrorism are locked up incommunicado at Guantanamo Bay. Their lawyers are being threatened. Nearly everywhere you look the natural order of life has been bent into tragic and uncomfortable shape. And Bush wasn’t legally elected even once.

The reality of terrorism is that it is a minor nuisance. More people die from eating peanuts than from terrorism and the biggest act, the 9/11 assault was engineered by the present government with the help of various associates in order to fabricate a fear that makes it possible to steal your freedoms for your own protection. Any sane person can see through the veneer of bullshit and lies. By now it is obvious to most of us that 9/11 was an inside job. A CNN poll some months ago found that a shocking 84% believed that the government was somehow involved. But… nothing is done.

It just goes on. Bush is now so out of control that people everywhere are seeing it yet nothing is being done. His own party opposes him and it makes no difference. It only takes one state legislature to institute impeachment proceedings and it looks like New Mexico is going to do it, so maybe something is going to happen but people… look what is happening to your world. Look at all the lies that have been exposed, the crimes committed. What is this dreadful miasma that lies over the land? There’s a television laugh track running alongside it. I can’t get a grip on it. It’s like something in the corner of your eye that keeps looming but when you look at it, it disappears.
YEH, any SANE person. Everyone else is in some kind of Alice in Wonderland mushroom world. Everything is JUST as they say, take their word for it, they ALWAYS tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help them God.

O'Reilly said...

Carey said... "The Libby case, I've been meaning to mention, is so small really. Of tiny proportions."

Carey, this is the big thing I read about why the Libby case matters:

this is what we like to call justice. It may not be swift, but exposing all of the little nasties to sunlight via a forced public reckoning under oath is an awfully good first step in accountability. And we aren’t changing our coverage, so please stop asking us to do so — we feel that this is important for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that Cheney will be forced to answer questions publicly and under oath if and when he is called to the stand, along with a whole host of other individuals tied directly to the Office of the Veep — which will lead to a whole host of follow-up opportunities for Congress, should they choose to avail themselves of them and/or for us.

This trial has never been simply about the charges filed or the verdicts rendered. It is about exposing the festering cronyism and the mess that is this Administration to public scrutiny — and I say more power to the judicial system for having the ability to do something that the Republicans in Congress have failed, miserably, to do for the last six years. If you want speed, you’ll have to go with the Queen of Hearts (verdict first, trial afterward) in Alice in Wonderland. In the US, the presumption of innocence is taken very seriously — and the methodical presentation of every piece of evidence in this case regarding every single person who goes on the stand under oath is going to be one, long indictment of the way the Bush Administration conducts its business.

It’s about time someone did this work. And I an grateful for the opportunity to witness it. So, I’m sorry, but I’m not walking away from my seat at history for anything in the whole world — this is important detail, and we’re going to cover it as thoroughly as we possibly can because someone ought to do so.


Alan said...

"How do you know when David's online? That's weird."

Carey, he's an AOL'r and I have his screen name on my Buddy List. The instant messaging was an AOL-only thing for years. Of course others can do it now also and have some form of 'buddy list' for their system. And of ocurse now, AIM is free so non-AOL'rs can interact with AOL'rs or even with other non-AOL'rs. Get AIM and you too can see when David is online, if you know his screen name/addreess.
As for D/C being too busy to blog... I disagree. He's always blogged, even when traveling. I think Pajamas Media controls his ads and pays him a flat rate, so he don't give a shyt if he has 'comments' and a larger 'footprint' of traffic.

Alan said...

They're already having to make new maps of Greenland. Ice melting is uncovering islands and features hidden for hundreds of years.

The Warming of Greenland

All over Greenland and the Arctic, rising temperatures are not simply melting ice; they are changing the very geography of coastlines. Nunataks — “lonely mountains” in Inuit — that were encased in the margins of Greenland’s ice sheet are being freed of their age-old bonds, exposing a new chain of islands, and a new opportunity for Arctic explorers to write their names on the landscape.

“We are already in a new era of geography,” said the Arctic explorer Will Steger. “This phenomenon — of an island all of a sudden appearing out of nowhere and the ice melting around it — is a real common phenomenon now.”