People And Things I (and America) Hate: Michael Moore and Seth Rogen

Cowards often confuse bravery with stupidity

There is a psychological phenomenon known as the Dunning-Kruger effect; Its defined as “a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.” (Wikipedia Definition). Alternativly it also points out that people who suck at something lack the skills to properly understand what it means to suck at something and subsequently rate themselves as better than they are. Don’t believe me? Ask John Cleese:

This was on full display this week by Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, and other stupid members of Hollywood who have made a career of taking shots from the cheap seats. In response to movie ‘American Sniper’ based on the book of the same title by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Michael Moore had this to say on twitter:

“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse”

This is big talk from a man who seems to be afraid of diet, exercise, and good health and who has made a career out of taking shots from the cheap seats.Who taught you this? Who taught you that ALL snipers are bad and that  Invaders are worse? It’s the kind of statement that could only come out of the mouth of someone who has absolutely no idea what the they are talking about. I would be willing to bet that if his uncle had heard this he would turn over in his grave to listen to you speak about American Servicemen like that. This is all putting aside the discordant logic of the statement itself: So your uncle, the American “invader” (using the definition of the term as loosely as he is) deserved the bullet because, as you said yourself,  “Invaders r worse”.

and if that wasn’t bad enough Seth Rogen had this to say on twitter:

“American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglourious Basterds.” IE comparing it to a fictional Nazi propaganda film. I’m assuming this is because both American Sniper and the fictional movie from Inglorious Bastards were about snipers…that’s where the similarities end. But obviously Seth Rogen gave this comment a lot of thought; We finally found evidence that Pot can be bad for your: You say stupid things that offend the entire armed forces of the US; the side effects can be deadly.

I’m not even going to get into the military justification for why snipers are not only important but extremely necessary for minimizing casualties on both sides since there are people much better qualified than me to make that argument; To make such a blanket statement about anything without even the most basic understanding of the topic with such confidence is the kind of thing that only the echo chamber that is Hollywood can produce. This is all never mind that Michael Moore hasn’t done anything important in the last decade (unless you count single handedly supporting a Krispy Kreme Franchise) and Seth Rogen’s major accomplishment is wringing money out of the same Pot jokes over and over and not getting murdered by North Korea which up until this week I was against.

I’ve had a theory for a while that the Liberal Elites from places that produce people like Michael Moore and the like, these self assured idiots; the people who try and use their status to lord their moral superiority over us less perfect than them have no ability to conceptualize what a soldier is or what makes a person do what soldiers do. Since the end of the draft in the US the decreasing participation of the American population in the armed forces has lead us to the point where the average person can no longer relate to soldiers in any meaningful way. It’s  gotten to a point where the average American liberal, the ones whose starbucks order takes more than 15 seconds and when the barista get’s it wrong they make a face that only someone who thinks they are the most important person in the world can make when an over worked and underpaid barista adds a “dash” of cinnamon instead of a “pinch”. It’s the type of people whose instagram account is an offensive collage of yuppie bullshit like a picture of a salad or their tiny little dog.

The part that is so infuriating about this is that these people have not let their lack of education get in the way of making stupid comments. (Dunning and Kruger would be proud) One member of the academy said “He seems like he may be a sociopath,” “he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around”;  a critic for the new republic wrote: “I have not seen ‘American Sniper, But if the trailer is any indication, Eastwood’s film, like ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ tries to make a straightforward situation more complex than it is.” These people are so open minded that their brains have fallen out; you can’t judge a book by it’s cover (or it’s content when it comes to the Koran) but you can judge a movie by what you’ve heard. Like I said too stupid to know how stupid they are.

It’s the “I am the most important person and everything must be perfect for me” group of people who have no conception of  what would make someone  wake up one day and do anything other than be a self serving piece of’s barely within their mental grasp of being more than an Uber ride away from a wholefoods. The notion of sacrificing your freedom, comfort  and perhaps your life, for a greater cause like their country is beyond them. They can no more understand someone who would put themselves through something like basic training, or BUD/s (SEAL training) than humans can understand why dogs eat their own shit (well most Humans anyway).

Don’t believe me? Just as Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer: “No, cowards are people who didn’t have the guts to serve, and are happy to sit back in a free and protected country and call our service members cowards. I find it funny that this Moore guy would only say this after Chris Kyle was killed. I’d have loved to see him say that to Chris’s face.”.

Here are some friends of Chris Kyle talking to Sean Hannity and gd bless them for they’re response, they are better men than me for having this to say to them: (if you don’t want to watch the whole segment skip to the last minute)


Tom Friedman Is a Moron Part I: The French Connection

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Tom Friedman is a Moron; plain and simple. If you’ve ever read anything he has written and you have a 5th grade education and/or a basic grasp of how the world actually works can see that he lives in a fantasy world one vampire short of copyright infringement; take the his most recent “article” for example titled “We Need Another Giant Protest”.

In commenting on the march this week in France he bypasses the fact that Obama couldn’t be bothered to attend or at least send a representative saying that this would not be the end of Islamic violence and extremism anyway; his prescription instead was:“a million-person march against the jihadists across the Arab-Muslim world, organized by Arabs and Muslims for Arabs and Muslims, without anyone in the West asking for it — not just because of what happened in Paris but because of the scores of Muslims recently murdered by jihadists in Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Syria”

Good thing you were here Tom; he might as well have prescribed “more cowbell” for all the good that it would do. In what universe is he living in that he thinks this is even a remote possibility (forget helpful)? Look at the countries he listed: Pakistan? really? Islamists are deeply embedded at every level of government and the military as well as the use of radical groups by Pakistan in the tribal regions as a sort of proxy against Afghanistan and India; Pakistan was given a choice in 2001 by the US: With us or against us and the best they could come up with was with you…sort of…when it suits us Of course the US accepted that as enough because of their strategic interests in neighboring Afghanistan. and Nigeria? They just had their bloodiest week yet with 2000 dead at the hands of Boko Haram; i’m sure there are those there that hate Boko if only there was something that they could do about it. The fact that Syria made this list made my head hurt; Even at the depths of my loathing for Friedman I can’t imagine that he is seriously counting Asssad’s vigorous “protest” against radical groups in his category of eligible states; Syria is just one of many countries that are so far away from anything resembling spontaneous anti-radical Islamic protests.

He continues on by quoting Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, a respected Arab journalist, who wrote Monday in his column in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat:

 “The story of extremism begins in Muslim societies, and it is with their support and silence that extremism has grown into terrorism that is harming people. It is of no value that the French people, who are the victims here, take to the streets. … What is required here is for Muslim communities to disown the Paris crime and Islamic extremism in general.”

How does he expect the Arab/Muslim community to disown these terrorists when the Western World won’t even admit that Islam is the problem? The amount of people trying to foist this problem onto anyone else other than radical extremists. Future dead president Jimmy Carter said on the daily show: “One of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem, and this affects people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza – what they’re doing now, what’s being done to them”. How in the hell does anyone expect the global Muslim population to stand up to this issue when we won’t even acknowledge that it’s the source of the problem!

And then he continues pointing out something that everyone has known from the start: That the US doesn’t confront the radical tendencies of allies like Saudi Arabia because of our oil addiction.

 Ambivalence runs through Washington’s ties with Saudi Arabia. (Wait, didn’t we say that it didn’t matter that Obama was ambivalent about attending the rally this week?) This Saudi right turn — combined with oil revenues used to build Wahhabi-inspired mosues, websites and madrassas across the Muslim world — has tilted the entire Sunni community to the right. Look at a picture of female graduates of Cairo University in 1950. Few are wearing veils. Look at them today. Many are wearing veils.” …But U.S. presidents never confront Saudi Arabia about this because of our oil addiction. As I’ve said, addicts never tell the truth to their pushers. The Saudi government opposes the jihadists.”

He has either the balls or the crushing stupidity to contradict himself in his own damn article! It’s not ambivalence that has the US not pushing the Saudis harder on radical Islamic groups, it’s the oil (ok he mentioned that) but also the strategic interests.

“In short, jihadist zeal is easy to condemn, (you mean like you do regularly?)  but will require multiple revolutions to stem — revolutions that will require a lot of people in the Arab-Muslim world and West to shed their ambivalence and stop playing double games.” It’s almost as if a sort of Spring for the Arab world is needed. If only that hadn’t already happened in 2011 and failed to liberalize the Arab world in any meaningful way. Double games are how the Middle East has run since the end of the Cold War, Why? Because of individual strategic interests.

It’s a typical Tom Friedman solution: Everyone will just kind of spontaneosuly wake up and realize what is best for the world…and then do it. It’s something that would get a student kicked out of International relations 101 course…or, apparently,  published in the NY Times Op-Ed Section.