Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mailvox: idiocratic rule

A reader learns that the idiocracy extends to the highest levels of government:
I thought you would enjoy this, given your recent post on our current state of idiocracy.  The following is an outline of actual remarks to be delivered by an actual high-level USG official, redacted to protect identity. 

Draft Remarks
[High-Level USG Official] Participation in the [EVENT REDACTED]

•    First of all, wow.  Just, wow. 

•    As [High Level USG] for the last five years, I have had the chance to travel far and wide across the Americas.  I have crossed borders between many countries, and have had the chance to see firsthand the professionalism, the challenges, and sometimes the difficulty of national relationships.  And one of the best ways you can determine the relationship between two countries is to look at how it structures, manages, or doesn’t, its shared border.
Wow, just wow, indeed. How far is the West fallen from the days of diplomats such as Talleyrand, Goethe and Don Giovanni de Medici.



Blogger Chrom March 29, 2016 6:48 AM  

Why come you don't have a tattoo?

Anonymous Determinator March 29, 2016 6:51 AM  

Wow. Just, wow. It is a good day to die. Wow.

Wow. Just, wow. Deus vult.

Wow. Just, wow. Carthago delenda est.

Wow. It just doesn't pack the same punch. Wow.

Anonymous FrankNorman March 29, 2016 7:00 AM  

Sounds like he's confusing cause and effect. How the border is managed is a consequence of the relationship between two countries, not a cause.

Blogger Rantor March 29, 2016 7:00 AM  

Tall TrumpWalls make for good neighbors.

Anonymous Dave March 29, 2016 7:02 AM  

I can't even. Whadya expect? We have a guy in the oval office who pronounced Marine Corps as Marine Corpses.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 29, 2016 7:04 AM  

The other best way is to see if they are fighting in a war with each other or if they are nice. If they are nice, it means they are friends.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 29, 2016 7:12 AM  

Can you imagine being a conservative intellectual still playing the game of failure theatre? Everyday is like losing to the residents of the adult group home for the totally fucked up head people.

Blogger Stilicho March 29, 2016 7:19 AM  

I find some comfort in the incompetence of my enemies. Unfortunately, their stupidity is only exceeded by their numerosity.

Anonymous Steveo March 29, 2016 7:25 AM  

Making fun of how others word stuff together is triggerable and can make safe spaces unsafe for children and other living things.

Got feelbadz?

Anonymous George of the Jungle March 29, 2016 7:36 AM  

This is a typical result of emanations and penumbras emanating from the current denizens of the Black House on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Anonymous George of the Jungle March 29, 2016 7:40 AM  

...or something like that there.

Anonymous DT March 29, 2016 7:45 AM  

* Wow. Just, wow.


* You're a white male!

* I can't even.

* Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

* The ride never ends.

Anonymous RC March 29, 2016 7:48 AM  

This must've been the introduction of Obama's speech at the annual White House Easter egg hunt.

Anonymous Anonymous March 29, 2016 8:01 AM  

Unfortunately, their stupidity is only exceeded by their numerosity.

Fortunately our winning m.o. is not numbers but concentrated quality.


Blogger Paul Widdecombe March 29, 2016 8:19 AM  

Wow man, just wow. Looks like somebody took a shit in the gene pool

Blogger Michael Maier March 29, 2016 8:22 AM  

Are you a non-technical GS9 or above?

Yeah... chances are you like to hear yourself talk WAY too damned much.

Blogger Rusty Fife March 29, 2016 8:46 AM  

Paul Widdecombe wrote:Wow man, just wow. Looks like somebody took a shit in the gene pool

Yeah, look at the kill stats on this one:

...from inside the kill box.

Blogger Sherwood family March 29, 2016 8:59 AM  

Not sure what agency but looks like State-style talking points which tend to be the most anodyne and gutless public remarks ever made. But that is because State Department has centralized all decision making for public remarks. You can't so much sneeze in public without clearing it with Main State first.

Blogger CarpeOro March 29, 2016 9:07 AM  

Not seeing the information that this is a white male. Don't forget die-versity is our strength, grrrl power and wise old latinas. This reads like a slightly pompous... well from interacting with the friend of a niece (wife's family), if she was pompous I could hear this 16 year old girl saying that.

Dave wrote:I can't even. Whadya expect? We have a guy in the oval office who pronounced Marine Corps as Marine Corpses.

There was a time when that would have been a Freudian slip, but odds are the queue card writer was simply an idiot.

Blogger dc.sunsets March 29, 2016 9:29 AM  

Sounds like one of the children the State Department sent to "manage" Iraq from the Green Zone.

Blogger Ilíon March 29, 2016 9:44 AM  

"There was a time when that [pronouncing 'corps' as 'corpse'] would have been a Freudian slip, but odds are the queue card [READER] was simply an idiot."


Blogger Ilíon March 29, 2016 9:46 AM  

... it's not for nothing that he's called the "Reader of the Free World"

Anonymous Eduardo the Magnificent March 29, 2016 10:35 AM  

Guarantee a woman wrote that.

Blogger frigger611 March 29, 2016 10:50 AM  

This is why I immerse myself in Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Rights of Man year after year. His rhetoric and prose was quite pithy, poetic, and inspiring. There is no modern equivalent.

I'm reminded that the Brits, at the time of our Revolution, would comfort themselves by ridiculing our own poor George Washington for his awkward and clumsy attempts at speech and the written word. But if you were to read Washington's letters today, there exists almost no one alive who could match them for their eloquence.

Today it seems that every politician desires to sound like Moon Unit Zappa or Jon Stewart.

To snark is divine. Apparently.

Blogger praetorian March 29, 2016 10:57 AM  

Current. Year.

Anonymous Uncle Maffoo March 29, 2016 11:28 AM  

What are the chances that this "high-level USG official" is a Gamma male who got Peter-Principled into a position of authority?

Anonymous Uncle Maffoo March 29, 2016 11:30 AM  


Of course, right after I wrote that, I realized the President himself is a Gamma male who got Peter-Principled into a position of authority, so...

Blogger Jon M March 29, 2016 12:07 PM  

Ran this through an online Readability calculator and spit out a 12th grade reading level. Heh. I half suspect the author did the same and thought, "Me am know it smart ideas because it hard to read."

Blogger Sheila4g March 29, 2016 2:20 PM  

Agreed it's probably female and State. The proud AA head of the consular section while I was in durance vile in Jamaica was well known for her malapropisms and general cluelessness, so this is quite familiar and unsurprising.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 29, 2016 7:10 PM  

I would be embarrassed to leave that comment on a YouTube video.

Blogger Jourdan March 29, 2016 9:01 PM  

Sherwoood and Sheila - We obviously have something in common. Let's talk off line.....kevinv90638 at gmail.

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