Bill Maher on Teh Stoopid

A few days ago, Bill Maher was on CNN talking about the downward spiral of dumb that’s produced such things as Vice-Presidential candidates like Sarah Palin, birthers, baggers and an assorted bundle of born-again boneheads and spittle-flecked fascists:

Predictably, before the segment was over, CNN’s email boxes were bursting at the seams with a flood of angry, single-spaced, single-paragraphed, ALL-CAPSed Dispatches from the Dumb.  And why not?  Their rabid kneejerk responses are part of what makes them the Great Dumb — Maher is lucky nobody threatened his life (that we know of).

One of the points made during the interview was that the nation can’t be all that dumb — they elected a pretty smart guy as president last time around.   Maher countered “Look what he was running against”, but there’s something else.  Obama won, but only with about 53% of the vote — in almost any other country in the free world, he would have won by a lot more (something like 82% of Canadians surveyed said they would have voted for Obama).   Which kind of makes Maher’s point: while there are millions of very intelligent people in the USA, there’s no shortage of the Dumb.

Today at HuffPo, Maher elaborates on his theory with a New Rule:  Smart President doesn’t = Smart Country.

16 Responses to “Bill Maher on Teh Stoopid”


  1. 1 fern hill Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for that link, JJ. That was funny. Sadly true, but funny.

  2. 2 JJ Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Very sadly true. Sigh. Teh Stoopid is getting me down.

  3. 3 J. A. Baker Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Amen, Mr. Maher.

    Say JJ, any possibility of me being able to get a job up in “Soviet Canuckistan?” If the Rethugs are successfully able to shut down democracy and regain control in 2010 and 2012, I want to be able to emigrate in a hurry.

  4. 4 Bruce Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:10 am

    JAB, I’m not sure anymore with a Harper government in power. Oh wait, getting into Canada only seems to be problem if you’re already a Canadian citizen.

  5. 5 J. A. Baker Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Fun fact: In many (read: most) programming languages, the way you do “does not equal” is “!=” (without the quotes), while in others you write “” (again, without quotes).

  6. 6 J. A. Baker Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Gah.. that last one should’ve been “<>”

  7. 7 J. A. Baker Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

    JAB, I’m not sure anymore with a Harper government in power. Oh wait, getting into Canada only seems to be problem if you’re already a Canadian citizen.

    😆 😆 😆 Yeah, I read about the Abdelrazik case from CC. I shouldn’t have too much problem, seeing as how I’m white.

  8. 8 JJ Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

    JAB – Our economy wasn’t hit as badly as yours, and is already recovering (at least according to the TSX, which opened at about 10,800 today), so you could probably get a job up here, depending where you go and what you do. In Toronto, no problem.

  9. 9 JJ Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Bruce – Ah, but Harper won’t be in power for long. He’ll be history by Christmas.

  10. 10 J. A. Baker Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Our economy wasn’t hit as badly as yours, and is already recovering (at least according to the TSX, which opened at about 10,800 today), so you could probably get a job up here, depending where you go and what you do. In Toronto, no problem.

    Oh, goody! So, what’s the dating scene like? 😉 😆

  11. 13 deBeauxOs Friday, August 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    After you move to Canada.

    Who in their right minds would want to date a ‘murrican?

    😯

  12. 14 J. A. Baker Friday, August 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Well, hell, if y’all could help me find a job and emigrate up there, I just might consider it. 😉 😆

  13. 15 JJ Friday, August 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    JAB

    Oh, goody! So, what’s the dating scene like?

    Toxic. Even life-threatening, for people my age 😯

  14. 16 JJ Friday, August 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    deBeauxOs – Oh, there are lots of young ladies who’d like to date a smart and funny ‘murrican guy like JAB. He’d be EXOTIC up here!!! 😆


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