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Profiles in Cluelessness

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I overheard a conversation today between two twentysomething girls, who were evidently recent college graduates. The first part of their conversation was all about budgeting, and how hard it was to make ends meet. One explained her budgeting process to the other, which involved listing her expenses, and then comparing it to her income. This, she allowed with some gravity, was typically negative. Her next step was to see where she could cut back, with a goal of cutting out ten percent. Cigarettes were one example she cited of things she could do without. She went on about she'd like a dog, but seemed amazed that she would have to pay for its food and veterinary care.

The other agreed that things were hard, and that she was usually short of money. She said she was glad she didn't have a lot of things weighing her down, and felt sorry for all the people who had lost stuff because of Hurricane Sandy. I noted they both had recent model iPhones.

About this time, the second girl received a text from a friend (this sort of thing went on throughout their conversation), apparently concerning the FEMA director at the time of Katrina criticizing Obama's haste to weigh in on Sandy. After deciding this wasn't something out of the Onion, they proceeded to ridicule the notion in a fascinating verbal shorthand. It took three sentences to indict Bush, the gist of which was his response was poor. Sole data point was the charge that some people in NOLA were still in their houses three days later. I wondered if they would remember NOLA's mayor and LA's governor, both democrats, but I should have known better.

At about this time, an Obama commercial came on a nearby TV warning of all sorts of contraception bans if Romney is elected. Bang, and we're off to the races! Their mood improved tenfold, and whereas up to this point they had been somber and serious, they now became lighthearted and smugly superior. In no way questioning the premise of the ad, they took it as gospel, even bringing up Rep. Akin's ridiculous remark as a rare example of when someone said what “they” all believe. They then all but high-fived each other on reproductive rights and how as women they know something about that. Case closed – the election would save their birth control and hurricane response to the stuff they don't have because they can't afford it.

There were several times when I was tempted to interject, but refrained, finding the insight too good to pass up. Here I was, sitting at a table not four feet away, fully able to hear every word they said, but they didn't give that a thought as far as I could tell. We conservatives are more circumspect here in Boston, but liberals seem to assume everyone around them thinks the same way. Their support for Obama was, of course, uncritically given, and they did not strike me as two people who a week out from the election thought there was a chance Obama might lose.

After they left, I pondered the intellectual disconnect in their unnuanced lives. These girls were clearly not stupid, but neither were they thoughtful. Their thoughts proceeded from received dicta, and completely predictable, right down to their parents being clueless about texting. Yet, each was dissatisfied with work and career prospects. The first one clearly understood basic budgeting, and the need to reduce spending to meet income. But neither ever mentioned, because I doubt it ever occurred to them, the connection between Obama and their straitened economic circumstances. That Obama doesn’t understand basic budgeting. That wasn't something they had been told to think, and so they didn't. They were the very definition of clueless.

Joss Whedon Jumps the Zombie

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Wow. I can't believe how stupid Joss Whedon believes his fans are. Check this Whedon ad out.

Again, all I can say is wow. What on earth is he trying to convey here? That Mitt Romney will bring about a currently fashionable event called the Zombie Apocalypse? Um, I have a newsflash for Joss – zombies are not real.

Now, I am a fan. Love Buffy. Thought Angel was great. Serenity – can't stop the signal. Dollhouse – ok, you have me there.

But now Whedon is trading on his nerd cred to influence the election. Sorry, that's where you cross the line. I don't give a flap about what Joss Whedon – or anyone else in the entertainment biz – thinks about politics. But it is pissing me off that they keep trying to deploy their celebrity in the cause of politics. That they somehow think their entertainment will blind us to our own cognitive faculties. Astonishing for a guy whose fans tend to be pretty bright.

Thus, I will ignore Whedon in the future. I already own his shows I like on DVD so I can watch Buffy any time I like. But here you go Joss – for interjecting yourself into the election above your weight, I will ignore anything you do in the future. You are creatively dead to me. In short, no more money for you to renovate that nice kitchen in which you filmed the ad. I will also circulate this among my friends who are your fans. They may or may not agree with my stance, but that's your problem.

One more thing Joss. Romney's going to win this thing. So how do you like them brains?

 

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October 30, 2012 at 12:57 am

Messing With the Unemployment Number

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7.8%.

Piffle.

I have all along expected the unemployment number to magically decrease just before the election. The BLS has been cooking the books all along. Is it really credible that people have “stopped looking for work?” There is a difference between being discouraged and throwing in the towel.

I would have been disappointed if Obama and his BLS didn't try to buffalo us at this point. 23 million+ fewer people (according to Obama) in the workforce. Add back a few hundred thousand in part-time jobs and hey, the “private sector is doing just fine.”

Really? Job recovery begins as soon as Obama loses his.

 

Written by martinipundit

October 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

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