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Is America's Love Affair with Stupidity Finally Over?

from neezy - Sunday, January 25, 2009
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" So, can we turn this short bus around? Could there be a world ahead of us where the Detroit elementary school that had to ask parents for light bulbs and toilet paper is financially sound while Ann Coulter has to sell books out of a milk crate at the local gun show? The trickle down should come soon, but for now the big signal that the era of style over substance (and not that much style) is on it's way out (probably through the "in" door) is the election of Barack Obama. "

To me Obama is just another windbag until he proves(ie actually fixes something...crazy I know) otherwise. But at least he's not a dumb-fuck redneck windbag.

I thought this article was hilarious. And when it comes to American politics, you can either laugh, cry, or move to Canada so...

Yes the author briefly draws parallels with the film 'Idiocracy'. Shoot me.

"There was a time in this country when smart people were considered cool -- well not cool, but they did things like build ships and pyramids and they even went in the moon ... I believe that time can come again."

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from Fish
Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 08:11


I find it ironic that this was posted by an Australian, a citizen country where idiocy is synonymous with national culture. While the instances of such idiocy far to numerous to tally here, two simple examples will suffice.

First, there is the repugnant national practice of suffixing words with a "y" sound, as if doing so made the term more "friendly" more "aussie."(fuck, there's an example right there!)

An example of a typical aussie conversation (convie) might be:

"Mate! Chuck a Uey, or we'll be tardy for the barbie, but pull over first, I need to use the dunny, I drank too many stubbies. Crikey! A salty! Oh, whewey, its only a joey!"

No. Sorry mate, not cool, just stupid and annoying. 

Second, there is the equally inane practice of just making words and expressions up, or using existing language in a stupid way. Only the English are allowed to invent new English words, even when Americans do its douchy, and when aussies do it, its entirely insufferable.

A "mob" of "roos?" Seriously? What about "wombat" and "dingo?" Whats this "She'll be right, mate" nonsense? No that I think of it, what the hell is up with the whole "mate" thing? "Mate" has something to do with procreation or "mating." So no, unless youre an attractive female, I'm not your mate.

I'm sure the reader can think up far worse examples, but as my head is about to explode, I will stop here. Fuck!
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From rainy
Friday, January 30, 2009, 01:06

Yeah, whatever Fish. Sounds like you've been watching too many Paul Hogan movies.
As far as making up words, how is the Australian "Dunny" different to the American "John" or the British "Loo"?

Australians don't use these words to be "cool" or cute. Most of them date back to the early settlers. A dunny was an outback toilet as opposed to a Water Closet.

Have you actually been to Australia? You'd have to really get out to a small town country pub to find people who fit your stereotype.(reply to this comment
From exfamily
Thursday, January 29, 2009, 09:00

"Mate" is used all the time in the UK as well. Took me awhile to get used to the idea of calling people "mate", but it's grown on me.(reply to this comment
from Phoenixkidd
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 15:15

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Neezy, on the subject of "Dumb Americans" check out this clip that I found linked to the conservative Drudge Report:

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From Samuel
Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 15:48

OMG!  That is hilarious!  "You got a gun charge?" "Yeah, but it was somebody else's gun!"(reply to this comment
from Phoenixkidd
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 14:26


I too could not believe my eyes when I saw that new story of a public school asking for TP and lightbulbs. Although they were in Detroit--Hello!!! That place should have been nuked ages ago and left to return into wilderness, it's one of the worst places to live in the continental US with terrible weather. Of course in a large country especially the US you will see all kinds of dichotemies, idiosyncrasies, and irony. You have to remember unlike many nations of the first world, the US is actually a nation of indepent states that create their own rules, taxes and budgets. I dare say we are still smarter than most and more open minded and liberal to even talk about these things. At least the word gets out that "WE ARE DUMB" and that in itself is a freedom and proof that there are intellectuals who do care about our image and stance in the world. On a second note, even if Obama fixes the economy or not I couldn't care less, no one man or even administration can be responsible for our economic success. I am just glad we don't have a dumb business-wrecking Texan to represent us to the world...Remove Texas from the Union!!

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from Baxter
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 13:34


It is easy to fling mud at the those of stature when you are small and your significance in the world is trivial. As a reluctant Limey, I direct this assertion at my self as well.

When G.W. passes unto the shadows of myth and legend, he will still have been an American president, a world figure of no small relevence, and to the betterment or degradation of the world, his legacy will be remembered. That is why will be logical and deserving that he recieve a state funeral upon his passing.

On the other hand, one really has to wonder why any nation would offer Steve Irwin a state funeral.......;)
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From neezy
Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 02:27

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From neez
Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 02:14

Yeah they're just giving them away these days.(reply to this comment
from neez
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 23:45

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His 'style' was that of a bumbling old fool who consistently did stupid shit. That is what he will be remembered by.

I find it hilarious that you're taking that comment so seriously and completely missing the fact that the author was using it as a segue for his joke.
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From neez
Monday, January 26, 2009, 23:47

eheh... meant for Neoublie.

*looks around to make sure no one noticed(reply to this comment
from Ne Oublie
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 13:18

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Call the guy "stupid" if you wish, call him "ignorant", "arrogant" or simply "wrong", but anyone who claims that Dubya was "style over substance" clearly understands neither, and only undermines any credibility they may otherwise have had.

With George W Bush, hate him or not, you knew what to expect - he delivered on his word, if anything to a fault.

So while we could argue whether he or MIT's "brightest and best" have caused the greater damage to Wall Street, but one thing for sure, it will be the 'substance' of Bush's presidency, rather than the 'style' that is his legacy.
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From steam
Monday, January 26, 2009, 14:22

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How could this have gotten a thumbs up? He most certainly did not deliver on his word. Are you referring to his "word" to shrink government. Or his word to keep America out of world affairs? Or his word to exhaust all possible diplomatic options before going to war in Iraq? Or Be a uniter not a divider? Or even that he would work hard for the people? Or maybe his word when he took the oath of office to defend the constitution? Oh you mean after he got elected and whenever he made a bad decision his word at that point to stay the course and reward anyone who did a horrible job, the more they cost America in blood and treasure, the worse they mismanaged things like wars, Katrina or our environment, the more they could be sure of a wonderful award from King George. Yes once he made a horrible decision he did keep his word to make sure it got worse and everything he would do would cement the error and exasperate the situation, but no he did not keep his word on anything he initially promised except tax cuts for the obscenely rich. As far as substance and style go it can be difficult to cleave the two as a huge component of his style was to refuse to work with anyone on getting things done making everything about personal attacks and caring nothing about consequences or truth. This naturally bleeds into substance as it affects how and if anything gets done.(reply to this comment
From neez
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 00:05

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Just remember that any idiot/samuel can vote.(reply to this comment
From Samuel
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 10:03


The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.(reply to this comment

From neez
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 15:10

lol Yeah I figured it was you.(reply to this comment
From neezy
Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 02:29

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

- George Bush Jr.(reply to this comment

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