05 May, 2010

Dumbfuckery du Jour

Due to the vagaries of Aunty Flow, watching really awful but funny movies with Drew Barrymore, and working on whittling down ye olde book list, I haven't paid much attention to pollyticks tonight.  But I've been thinking of an old incident from several years ago. A friend of mine who worked tech support was listening to a coworker on a call.  A man was screaming at him that his computer had just turned off for no reason, he'd lost all his work, blah blah blah.  The tech, doing what techs do, told him they'd better start with the basics, and check the connections to make sure the power cord hadn't come loose.

"Hang on," the man said. "I'll go get a flashlight."

"Flashlight?" the tech said.

"Yeah, the power went off and it's too dark to see."

The tech sat there for a moment staring at my friend, then gave the customer a return authorization number for the computer, along with detailed instructions on how the computer should be packaged for shipment, finishing with, "You're too stupid to own it."  He then walked into the manager's office and quit.

I tell you this story because I'm reminded of that man, who couldn't understand that a power outage might indeed cause a computer to shut off, and what reminded me was this:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) doesn't want Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the failed car bombing in Times Square, to be Mirandized. Neither does Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.).
"Did they Mirandize him? I know he's an American citizen but still," King said.
"But still"? What does that mean, exactly?
That means that Rep. Pete King doesn't understand the Constitution.  You see, the suspect in question isn't some hapless enemy combatant (or funny-looking local mistaken for same) yanked off a supposed battlefield somewhere.  He's a motherfucking American citizen.  There is no "but still."  He's an American citizen, full stop, with all of the rights and responsibilities that entails.

Let me just summarize a document that used to be important to this country but apparently no longer is:

Now, that bolded bit came about because in another era, some folks got the idea that these rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights were matters of convenience, to be invoked only by those with a good civics education.  Alas for the "rights for me but not for thee" crowd, even those American citizens who either a) didn't get a decent education or b) didn't pay attention get to invoke their rights, and have the right to know about said rights.  Period.  End of story.

So, Rep. Pete King and Sen. John McCain, here is your return authorization number: 27746537.  I want you to pack up your belongings, ship them back to your respective states, and resign your positions immediately.  You're too fucking stupid to govern.

That goes for your good buddy Lieberman, too:

This morning on Fox News, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) suggested that Congress should perhaps create a process to strip “American citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorists” of their citizenship and, therefore, their Miranda rights. It’s unclear how this would be accomplished, however, since such a process would also presumably involve some sort of due process...
This sort of shit should make you immediately ineligible to hold public office, now and forever.  

3 comments:

Hank said...

Who are the dummies though? The old fucks themselves, the people who elect them or the people who sit by while it happens??

Anyway for a bit of levity, go to Beavais's blog. It's questforcanada.blogspot.com!

Cujo359 said...

In the old days, neglecting to tell a suspect his rights could lead to the police having to let him go. Now, of course, the government isn't required to follow the law. The Obama Administration have enthusiastically embraced this concept. Nowadays, having to obey the law is just for the little people.

King and McCain are part of the government, too. Guess they just forgot how to talk to the public.

Chris said...

The real irony of this is how these swaggering, neocon buffoons keep accusing liberals of being soft on terrorism - and yet are so frightened of terrorists that they would allow some schmoe with two tanks of propane and a bunch of firecrackers to destroy the very principles of human rights which have made this country great for over two hundred years. Its an insult to every soldier who ever gave their life on the battlefield to defend this nation.