This has been a good week for cluelessness as the cluebats have been literally crawling out from under the woodwork.
Since many of our cluebats resemble cockroaches, the metaphor is more than just a figure of speech.
There was Jay Bennish, the Colorado teacher/proselytizer whose anti-Bush rants (and anti-American tirades as well) were foisted upon his charges in the form of lectures. This creature achieved a modicum of notoriety when he appeared with apple-cheeked Katy Couric on The Today Show for which the 60’s throwback took a shower, cut his hair, and got dressed up in his best Sunday go to mom’s house for dinner clothes. Just yesterday, the cluebat was allowed back in the classroom, no doubt with some admonishment from the clueless local school administration who evidently thinks more of the Nutty Professor’s right to teach political fantasies than giving students what they go to school for: Knowledge.
Then there’s the left. I know, I know…It’s no fair of me to pick such a huge target. But try as I might, I could not find one single liberal voice in the MSM, in blogs, in academia, who had one positive thing to say about the situation in Iraq. Why is this important? Because despite the bloodshed and the dangerous tilt toward civil war, the forces of democracy are proving themselves much more resilient than we could ever dare hope to believe. Instead of dissolving into a puddle of despair and defeatism, the Iraqi government, army, and most of its people still have hope. The problems are monumental. But it appears that this has not dissuaded the majority of people from continuing to work toward a better future. The question has been asked before and will be asked again; how come we on the right can tick off what’s going wrong in Iraq as well as what’s going right while the left can’t? Are they preternaturally disposed to be to ignore the facts? Or are they just clueless? (Update: Please see comment #1 below for an example of what I mean.)
But without a doubt, the hands-down winner of Cluebat of the Week has to go to Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Feingold, author of the First Amendment busting Campaign Finance Reform bill now fancies himself a candidate for President in ‘08 as well as a leader of his party. The problem, as you and I know, with leading is that…well, in order to lead you have to, like, have someone following you. And when Feingold offered his Censure Resolution this week, his erstwhile followers decided it wasn’t a good idea to trail behind someone who was leading them over a cliff. Democratic Senators did not just tiptoe away from Senator Cheesehead – they ran like hell for the exits as if someone had yelled “fire!” in a crowded theater.
So for not only being clueless in offering a resolution that made the President of the United States an enemy in time of war but for not having the smarts to see that no one would be following him in his quest to kill the White Whale, Russ Feingold is the winner of our Carnival’s Cluebat of the Week.
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â€œNothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.â€
(Martin Luther King)
“Hey Rev! You been readin’ the New York Times Iraq coverage?”
A Different River brings us the sad story of Carnival contributor Betya of Shiloh Musings who is being evicted from her home by the Israeli government. There are many, myself included, who feel that the Israelis are incomprehensibly sleepwalking their way to disaster in giving away their land with no guarantee of peace. I believe the current leadership is going to live to regret their actions.
Betya herself talks about the cluelessness of the Israeli government in her post on eminent domain and how it relates to the process of disengagement.
Jack Cluth is on a rampage against South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds who recently signed the abortion ban bill.
The lovely and talented Mensa Barbie points out that it appears Cluebat Hall of Famer John Kerry has begun his 2008 Presidential campaign in earnest.
Josh Cohen offers some uplifting music for our Carnival goers pleasure. The lyrics in this song will live for a thousand years, a towering example of the genius of western culture. Then again, mebbe not…
Mark Coffey is back in the Carnival this week with an entry that either reveals that the left is not as clever than they think themselves or that we are correct in evaluating how truly clueless they really are. (Read: No matter how you look at it, they’re fools).
Here’s your weekly dose of satire from William F. Buckley: Top 9 Suggested Jay Bennish Book Titles. Number eight is “Superanticapitalisticjewsarequiteatrocious.”
Me-Ander has some fascinating information about the general cluelessness of men. I am biting my pen to keep it from scribbling some mean, nasty, degrading anti-woman tirade in response. Instead, I’ll only write one word: Blonds.
Are Sheik Mo and George Bush going to pull a fast one on us with regards to the ports deal? Iris Blog has the skinny on what may be a switcheroo in the works.
Those pachyderms prÃ¡cticos at Elephants in Academia pick on Hugo Chavez and his totally clueless redesign of the Venezuelan flag.
Pat Curley has the low-down on the curious way that the MSM treated the arsonists who torched those churches in Alabama.
Our Carnival Pin-Up girl Pamela has one of her semi-regular features giving us what happened during the week in Iran and what happened during the same time in Israel. Let’s just say that if the Iranians keep this up, they’re going to run out of rope.
Fred Fry gives us a learned and interesting exposition on the ports deal from the perspective of someone in the maritime industry. A fascinating read.
XYBA has a story from Colorado about a man who put up a sign about being a “proud, English speaking American” is being accused of racism.
Philomathean has an interesting post about the cluelessness of a Colorado Congressman who may have acted stupidly but in a round about way is probably right. Read it and you’ll understand.
Here’s the jaw-dropper of the day: Accountability International has the story of a man whose false claim of diplomatic immunity cost him a pretty penny.
Gullyborg at Resistance is Futile has a comprehensive look at the issue of illegal immigrants and the public schools. He also highlights the cluelessness of an emailer who doesn’t quite get it.
From Common Folk Using Common Sense, we get the real story of the decision by the Canadian publication to publish the obscene Jesus cartoon but not the Mohammed ones.
Silent in the Morning has a post entitled “Naomi Wolf is a Nutjob.” I don’t think I can improve on that.
The Canadian blog Centrerion is disappointed that the Harper government is exhibiting some cluelessness by funding Hamas despite laws on the books preventing the government from supporting terrorism.
Finally, here’s my take on the cluelessness of the MSM and their Iraq coverage.