Ever since the 60s, our society has worshipped "youth" as though they were imbued with an intelligence that, somehow, fades with actual life experience. In fact, the only traits "the young" possess in more abundance than their elders is energy, hubris and hormones, all of which are overrated. The 19 year-old that you wouldn't think of trusting for a week with the house, the American Express and our new car has long since become our seer and our advisor. Sorry, but "fresh eyes on the subject" is a handicap, not an advantage when the subjects include questions and problems as old as mankind itself.
Is Jonah Goldberg correct that young people are "friggin' stupid"? Yeah, that's a fair statement:
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I had no idea he was still alive.
In an interview with Reihan Salam for Vice magazine, pornographer Larry Flynt reveals that he's now a hardcore supporter of President Obama's just two years after calling Obama an "ineffectual wimp" for giving in too much to Republicans.
"I think President Obama has overperformed," Flynt says. "He got handed on his platter when he became president more than any president in history ever had to deal with.... I think he's done a marvelous job."Upon making this declaration, he dragged himself back into his hole.
Posted by Dale Weeks at 2:32 PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The State Department has launched a different sort of raid against al-Qaeda — hacking into al-Qaeda websites in Yemen.
In a rare public admission of the covert cyber war against extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says cyber experts based at the State Department hacked Yemeni tribal websites, replacing al-Qaeda propaganda that bragged about killing Americans.
“Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll al-Qaeda attacks have taken on the Yemeni people,” Clinton said Wednesday.Perhaps they would have, eventually, figured this out on their own (indeed, perhaps they already did), but shouting strategy from the rooftops like this seems to serve no purpose. I can't imagine a case where an al Qaeda terrorist finds his way to the propaganda website, hoping to fortify himself with some "Great Satan" or "Little Satan" hatred, instead finds pro-American counter-arguments and thinks; "hey, I've been all wrong about these guys, they're really swell fellows!"
Come on people, the government keeping secrets is sometimes a good thing, particularly in cases like this! Even if this had become common knowledge, what end does it serve to admit it? A little mystery goes a long way in covert operations.
Honestly, there seems to be more secrets being kept on the domestic policy front by this administration than on the foreign policy front.
Posted by Dale Weeks at 8:59 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
The more time goes by, the more I like Romney’s chances. All Obama has is race; his political wits are sorely lacking and his acolytes are grasping for any reason to maintain their support. I think it’s all but certain that the economy will, at best, remain anemic and at worst, will continue to fail. Democrats, save the increasingly small circle of true believers will distance themselves throughout the summer and, eventually, there will simply be no concrete reasons to reelect; “Hope and Change” will be seem cruelly mocking and Obama will become a caricature of all that's wrong with the Democrat Party.
If he had a fraction of the political aptitude of Clinton he’d be scary, but he doesn’t. They’re breaking out the messianic theme because that’s literal all they’ve got. The fact is that The First Black President is a one-trick pony who has ascended by virtue of his race and thuggish politics and as the country looks to a second act, they’ll be horrified to find that there isn’t one. In November he’ll be eased out and a substantial number of Democrats will publicly grouse but privately, they’ll be relieved to have the albatross removed from their necks.
Posted by Dale Weeks at 3:12 PM