Friday, January 12, 2007

God Willing, the Bottom of the Barrel.

The entire NPR commentary is contemptible, with Rod invoking Andrew Sullivan's theatrical outrage and 9/11 and his children, all the while positioning himself as a Carter-hating Reaganite when he just spent a year praising the "malaise" speech and villifying economic conservatives as godless materialists.

Rod continuously sets new lows in making completely asinine comments; I pray it gets no lower than this, the single most ridiculous sentence ever uttered by a thirty-nine-year-old who doesn't suffer severe mental retardation.

Naturally, it comes from the lips of a self-satisfied pseudo-intellectual.
I turn forty next month: middle age at last, a time of discovering limits, finitude.
Someone should tell the ridiculous little schmuck, the chimeric nothing of a man, the unprincipled hack: YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DISCOVER LIMITS AND FINITUDE WHEN YOU'RE A CHILD.

It's what happens when a beloved grandparent or pet passes away, or when those little lighting bugs you collected last night are dead in the jar the next morning, or when you watch Bambi or Ol' Yeller for the first time. Soldiers half his age understand that there are limits to human life, as do kids who've already buried their parents or had to endure cancer themselves.

I'm not sure whether it's worse to conclude that he sincerely believes what he said or whether, incredibly, he actually thinks it was a clever segue from his personal narrative to the limits of American military might. But a man who deliberately broadcasts nonsense that severe has no business weighing in on Christianity, political conservatism, foreign policy issues, parenting, or any other serious topic.

Other than a comment here or there, I'm back on hiatus, but it was worth the minute or two to point out -- in the strictest sense of the term -- Rod's single most juvenile thought.

10 Comments:

Blogger Pauli said...

It's so weird; Kiefer, Rod and I all being 40 at the same time. Kiefer just signed a $40 million contract. So much for his finitude.

I'll probably kick back on my 40th with my 40-inch TV and a 40-ounce and watch Stand By Me yet again while my wife hides the baseball bats.

I think I can deal with Rod being almost as famous. But I'll be really jealous if he gets his own action figure before I do. (Do Daniel Schorr and Terry Gross have action figures?)

5:45 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

It's so weird; Kiefer, Rod and I all being 40 at the same time. Kiefer just signed a $40 million contract. So much for his finitude.

I'll probably kick back on my 40th with my 40-inch TV and a 40-ounce and watch Stand By Me yet again while my wife hides the baseball bats.

I think I can deal with Rod being almost as famous. But I'll be really jealous if he gets his own action figure before I do. (Do Daniel Schorr and Terry Gross have action figures?)

5:45 PM  
Blogger SiliconValleySteve said...

You know Bubba,

You just don't appreciate the courage of Rodney's convictions. Here he stands alone defending true conservatism and taking all this unfair abuse. Including from you. Our lone hero forsaking the evil Catholic church for the company of the only true Christians following Archbishop Bob, riding through the hot Dallas summer in his non airconditioned crunchy mobile to the temple of Wholly Foods in search of the perfect peach.

And to think, he and his family went without a proper vacation for almost 4 years. The inhumanity of it all. Still he eshews the base comforts of electronic entertainment unless it's from an iPod playing Diana Krall. (exceptions of his exceptional crunchy tastes must be made) He doesn't send his children to the base public schools of Dallas or the expensive private school either. No, he courageously and with great taste and foresight has found the one-and-only perfectly crunchy school. He is a man of wisdom and of-course "taste."

And, he is the true keeper of the flame of Ronald Reagan. Indeed his devotion to supply-side economics in spite of the no-nothing criticism alone along with his stance on free trade make him one of the most faithful.

Will they say he was a great man, a kind man. (points if you get the reference)

6:09 PM  
Blogger Cubeland Mystic said...

SVS,

I can't figure out if I got off of the boat in the dark days or if I was really on the boat then, or if I am off the boat now. I think I am off the boat now. Never get off the f***ing boat. Absolutely god damn right.

I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas.

I am outta here man, not with a bang, but a wimper.

Dark Mystic

8:23 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

Steve, you're an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.

This reminds me of my fave Onion article.

9:57 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

what the hell do you know about surfing? you're from goddamned [dallas].

11:17 AM  
Blogger Pauli said...

More commentary on the NPR scat here. Funny.

8:20 AM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

You know, when I first went over to the CrunchyBlog, part of me was afraid of what I would find and what I would do when I got there. I knew the risks, or imagined I knew. But the thing I felt the most, much stronger than fear, was the desire to confront him.

8:42 AM  
Blogger kathleen said...

i just listened to dreher's (pronounced "drear" by the NPR guy -- how appropo) commentary. he sounds *just* like his orthodox buddy Frederica Mathewes-Green does on her similarly insipid NPR commentaries -- same sing-song syntax, same lilting tone at totally inappropriate moments (try sounding appropriate saying the following in a folksy lilt "president bush has shamed our country with weakness and incompetence"), same totally self-focused commentary, where 80% of the sentences begin with "To me" or "I" or "My".

1:04 PM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

Why-o-why-o-why did you make me listen to that, kathleen? What did I ever do to you to make you do that to me?

I guess The RodSter was one of that influential voting bloc of "Mondale Conservatives", aka "Lifelong-Reaganites-Against-Reagan".

And he has the nerve to accuse GWB of fraud.

P.S. The only way I could deliver that spiel in That Voice would be to practice it so many times in the mirror that I was no longer thinking about what I was reading.

P.P.S. Nothing will get you on to NPR faster than being a "conservative" that turns on Bush. Perfect. That way, NPR can bump up the count of all those conservatives that they let comment on their broadcasts.

P.P.P.S. Someday we will ask ourselves "Why did we scorn Rod so blithely?"

3:30 PM  

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