Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

George Bush’s critics rightly roasted him for his tortured syntax and waterboarded grammar, and used it to make the claim that the graduate of both Harvard and Yale was an idiot.  Well, perhaps, but I don’t recall him ever claiming that Austrian was a language.  It takes a highly-esteemed intellect, it seems, to miss the fact that Austrians mainly speak German:

It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.

Austrians speak German primarily — and I’m sure some Austrians speak languages ranging from Albanian to Swahili, being an intelligent and cultured people. However, none of the speak Austrian, because it doesn’t exist.

I got a deluge of e-mails on this, so thanks to all who sent the tip.  Other bloggers on this Obamateurism:

Update: LGF claims they have a clip of Bush bowing to Abdullah, but he’s actually bending down to receive a medal from the Saudi king.  Bush is much taller than Abdullah, which would have made it impossible for Abdullah to get the medal around his neck otherwise.  We can question whether Bush should have accepted a medal from the Saudis, but he wasn’t greeting Abdullah with a bow.

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Update: Removed the references to French and Italian. One tourist site mentioned them, but the CIA factbook doesn’t, and I’ll take them as definitive.


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this is a minority opinion.

-heh-

If so (and I don’t think it is), it’s just more proof that the majority doesn’t always know what it’s doing.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 11:47 AM

I believe the word he was looking for is “Potatoe”

29Victor on April 6, 2009 at 11:50 AM

you’re willing accomplices in stupidity. congrats.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Tsk tsk. Why waste your time with us, then? Should you seek an nuanced discourse on the issues of day, surely you could visit David Frum in his internet cul-de-sac and engage in some suitably urbane jousting.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 6, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Check for yourself how Charles will not accept any other explanation for Bush lowing his head other than that of bowing. My screen name was Kalixiri.

Bellerophon on April 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I always like to give Charles Johnson the benefit of the doubt but after reading your exchange (in which you were very polite) I have come to the conclusion that he has gone off the deep end.

Hilts on April 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM

an nuanced = a nuanced.

See, I can barely put three syllables together.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Oh, Goody. Now we have “Austrian is not a language” while “Africa is a country”. How will we ever get through our day without such controversy?
I am surprised that anyone listens to this idiot. That short clip was proof that his speaking skills are not there. He cannot speak a complete sentence without stammering. I cannot listen to him. That clip is proof that he is barely comptetent to speak at all.
Was there actual proof that Sarah said that Africa was a country? Or was it something someone else said she said.
I had a black principal back in the day who was all about Afro-centric education. She was all for putting up the “African” flag in the cafeteria right next to the American flag. There was even a “national” anthem that she wanted the kids to learn. It got nixed by the faculty, but there were a few of us that wondered what in the world she was talking about. The good news was that she wasn’t a graduate of Harvard or Yale.

BetseyRoss on April 6, 2009 at 11:55 AM

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

If I may be so bold, sir or madam, where would you place yourself on the political spectrum?

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM

it’s just more proof that the majority doesn’t always know what it’s doing.

unless, of course, you happen to agree with the majority. in those cases, “america is still a center-right nation.” in all other cases, americans are stupid and illiterate morons.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 11:57 AM

where would you place yourself on the political spectrum?

i’m scattered.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 11:58 AM

There is an Austrian dialect of German and I guarantee you that Austrians would not want to be folded into German. They have an unfortunate history with that don’t you know.

DeathToMediaHacks on April 6, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Du weisst nicht worueber du sprichst. What would one call an Austrian dialect of German? Answer: German.

There is no language called ‘Austrian.’ And if anyone between the two groups has a right to be POd about the history, it’s the Germans since Austria produced its last dictator.

Your woefully bad knowledge of WWII history is astonishing and the only thing that is more astonishing is the arrogance and smugness with which you put forth your disinformation.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 12:01 PM

unless, of course, you happen to agree with the majority.

So your thesis is for us to ignore the sputterings and gaffes that Obama has when he goes off the teleprompter?

At least President Bush spoke clearly, if not with few polysyllabic words.

Obama can’t get through a sentence off the teleprompter with a dozen ‘ums’ and ‘uhs.’

I’m not in the “Obama is stupid” camp (yet)…

…but I DO think it is quite evident that the man is not very articulate when he speaks in public and doesn’t use the teleprompter.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Isn’t President Obama the same person who mocked his fellow Americans for alleged being unable to speak a second language? Why, yes he is.

Obama’s programming sure is buggy.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM

The best part of these is watching Obama-trolls try to defend the goof-ups. In this particular case, DTMH took an early lead, but kanda ran away with the prize for continued self-pwnage.

Oh I am of german ancestry by the way.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Typical liberal thinking. Establish WHO I AM, and thereby inoculate yourself from criticism.

There are a lot of people in this country with German ancestry. Most know very little about the language or culture they came from. Saying you have German ancestry means nothing.

When I was stationed in Germany in the Army, some of the soldiers with us had German names which they consistently mispronounced according to the German language. So not only did they not know their own language, they didn’t even know how to properly pronounce their own last names. (Baum pronounced bawm instead of bowm, Reimer pronounced reemer instead of rimer, etc.)

They were not stupid, certainly. This sort of thing happens in a melting pot. But they were definitely not authorities on German culture.

They were not alone. I once worked for a man whose last name was Ming. He was of German ancestry, and his last name should have been spelled Meng, but the family somehow lost the proper spelling of the name.

Besides, German is a language of multiple dialects in the same country. Some have commented on the Bavarian dialect. There’s also the well-known distinction between Low German and High German.

Anyway I have to run. Obama is a real ineffective President so far. We are in trouble big time and you folks are more concerned about that language the Austrians speak. Ha ha ha!!!

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Bolting for the exit. Wise move.

Little late, though.

tom on April 6, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Isn’t President Obama the same person who mocked his fellow Americans for alleged being unable to speak a second language? Why, yes he is.

He also mocked those living in DC for canceling school over a couple of inches of snow…

…and then went and canceled a meeting with the British Prime Minister because of snow.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 12:08 PM

you’re willing accomplices in stupidity. congrats.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

No, you are. After all, O’bama won 70% of the high school dropout vote. No candidate has ever done that before. Closest was Algore in 2000 with 59%

congrats.

Del Dolemonte on April 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM

this is a minority opinion.

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

you’re willing accomplices in stupidity. congrats.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

You sound upset.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM

So your thesis is for us to ignore the sputterings and gaffes that Obama has when he goes off the teleprompter?

i’d encourage you to focus on substantive criticism instead on minor gaffes. chewing endlessly on these supposed gaffes draws your attention away from the really important things. keep your eye on the ball, and stop arguing with the referee.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:13 PM

There is an Austrian dialect of German and I guarantee you that Austrians would not want to be folded into German. They have an unfortunate history with that don’t you know.

DeathToMediaHacks on April 6, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Du weisst nicht worueber du sprichst. What would one call an Austrian dialect of German? Answer: German.

There is no language called ‘Austrian.’ And if anyone between the two groups has a right to be POd about the history, it’s the Germans since Austria produced its last dictator.

Your woefully bad knowledge of WWII history is astonishing and the only thing that is more astonishing is the arrogance and smugness with which you put forth your disinformation.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 12:01 PM

What’s funny is that liberals firmly believe they are smarter than conservatives. DTMH is going to have a very hard time digesting that.

tom on April 6, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Obama’s programming sure is buggy.

baldilocks

He’s still writing in Basic.

SKYFOX on April 6, 2009 at 12:14 PM

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:13 PM

What have you got against fun? Oh, wait… you’re concerned, right?

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM

’d encourage you to focus on substantive criticism instead on minor gaffes. chewing endlessly on these supposed gaffes draws your attention away from the really important things. keep your eye on the ball, and stop arguing with the referee.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:13 PM

We are multi-tasking, my dear boy or girl.

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

you mean cindy sheehan?

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:17 PM

A Balrog of Morgoth on April 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Kind of like how all those Democrats were hollering about “another Eagleton scenario” the weekend after Palin was announced. Because they were concerned. For McCain. Whereas it turned out she actually created or saved 60 million votes for him.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:19 PM

you mean cindy sheehan?

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Well, it was, wasn’t it?

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I am sick and tired of people who call you unpatriotic if you debate this administration’s policies. We are Americans and have the right to participate and debate any administration.

Hillary Clinton, April 29, 2003

Del Dolemonte on April 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM

How can anybody stand listening to that man speak? If it weren’t for “uh” he wouldn’t be able to finish a sentence.

His “uhs” remind me of that annoying Windows circle that rotates when a video loads too slow. It’s like he’s waiting for his brain to catch up with his mouth.

Jaynie59 on April 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM

i’d encourage you to focus on substantive criticism instead on minor gaffes. chewing endlessly on these supposed gaffes draws your attention away from the really important things. keep your eye on the ball, and stop arguing with the referee.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:13 PM

LOL, like you kids did the past 8 years? Don’t insult our intelligence.

http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blbushisms.htm

http://www.slate.com/id/76886/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGRYPYuFZLk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpZdv8YBdaE

http://www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_bushisms.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/03/bushisms-over-the-years_n_154969.html

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/03/heil_bush-isms.php

http://mindprod.com/politics/bushisms.html

http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/face_bush_isms/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2009/jan/09/bushism-random-generator

Del Dolemonte on April 6, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Mr. Teleprompter is quite a mess.

SC.Charlie on April 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Let’s not ferget those Arab-speaking Afghanis neither.

Akzed on April 6, 2009 at 12:36 PM

it turned out she actually created or saved 60 million votes for him.

right. 60 million votes to nowhere. since her favorability rate was actually lower than mccain’s vote share, she must have been a net loss, but keep deluding yourself and multitask yourselves into another electoral defeat.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Maybe Obama meant “Australian”, not Austrian?

He’s more Australopithecus.

Low brow and no know-how.

profitsbeard on April 6, 2009 at 12:43 PM

There is an Austrian dialect of German and I guarantee you that Austrians would not want to be folded into German. They have an unfortunate history with that don’t you know.

DeathToMediaHacks on April 6, 2009 at 8:09 AM

You have obviously never been to Austria. That’s like saying that people in the United States speak American.

patriette on April 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM

right. 60 million votes to nowhere.

Yes, I think we all realize Obama won. That’s the point where it all started to go downhill for you.

since her favorability rate was actually lower than mccain’s vote share, she must have been a net loss, but keep deluding yourself and multitask yourselves into another electoral defeat.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM

I’m not sure what a “favorability rate” is, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about. The prospect of another Republican defeat should make you happy. But you don’t seem very happy.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:49 PM

How do you say “wheeling and dealing” in Chicagoan? Maybe wheeling and Daleying?

Hitler was born in Austria, and considered himself German. The word Austria comes from the German word Osterreich, which means “country to the east”–of Germany.

Since Obama was in Strasbourg, he should have wondered how they wheel and deal in Alsatian, which is a real language, neither French nor German.

Can’t wait until Obama goes to Vienna and calls its people “wieners”.

Steve Z on April 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Ed, You need to make a separate vault for these so we can easily retrieve them when we need them.

thanks.

nolapol on April 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Yes, please.

Loxodonta on April 6, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Whew, we really dodged a bullet with that hickish rube from Alaska.

BardMan on April 6, 2009 at 12:58 PM

That’s the point where it all started to go downhill for you.

in what sense?

I’m not sure what a “favorability rate” is

a quick search would help.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I think they speak Mexican in Mexico and Canadian in Canada??

Ris4victory on April 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Time to say It.

She is so Pretty. What a smile. I miss her.

GunRunner on April 6, 2009 at 1:08 PM

right. 60 million votes to nowhere. since her favorability rate was actually lower than mccain’s vote share, she must have been a net loss, but keep deluding yourself and multitask yourselves into another electoral defeat.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Nothing like being lectured by the ADD, myspace, texting generation. Hey kid try a capital letter when starting a sentence, makes you look less childish. Then again you are a public school drone, so I am not sure it is even required in your world of low standards.

Done filling out your 1040EZ yet?

ClassicCon on April 6, 2009 at 1:11 PM

You’re reaching. There is an Austrian dialect of German

No, no, no, no, no. That’s not going to be the Officially Sanctioned Liberal Response at all. It’s going to be that of course he knew that it was wrong; you see, it was a display of his marvelous wit. While us peons will joke about “Sorry, I don’t speak Mexican,” the much more refined Obama will talk about speaking Austrian. It’s not his fault no one got the joke.

calbear on April 6, 2009 at 1:11 PM

“I’d encourage you to focus on substantive criticism instead on minor gaffes. chewing endlessly on these supposed gaffes draws your attention away from the really important things.”

Oh please, we spent eight years over the lunatic left parsing every single movement President Bush made.

Then their arrogant, unqualified hero and role model, who never misses an opportunity to classlessly badmouth his predecessor, presumes that there is an “Austrian” language.

What a dope. More proof that you can go through Harvard Law School and not learn one damned thing. That’s not a gaffe, that’s just a lack of education.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Hey kid try a capital letter when starting a sentence, makes you look less childish.

learn to punctuate, moron.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Actually, the official language of Austria IS German.

“Austrian” could be described as a local dialect, however that doesn’t work on the long run, since the nine provinces have different plenty of dialects themselves, just like Germany. It’s not possible to make a distinction between “German German” and “Austrian German” like you can do it with American and British English.

Thing is, I don’t understand the dialect from Tyrol or Vorarlberg, just like people from Tyrol don’t understand the southern dialect of my home province.

People in Austria speak German. Period. There is no “Austrian” dialect of German, there are plenty of dialects in Austria.

Penguin on April 6, 2009 at 1:16 PM

The prospect of another Republican defeat should make you happy. But you don’t seem very happy.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Odd, that.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 1:20 PM

I believe the word he was looking for is “Potatoe”

29Victor on April 6, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Dirty little secret. That is a correct derivative spelling of potato.

Quayle was right, the media was stupid.

Tim Burton on April 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM

learn to punctuate, moron.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Hahahah…nailed it.

So are going to default on your student loans like the rest of your ilk? Oh wait, that is right, you can courageously vote for your mama government to take money from me to pay for parasites like you.

ClassicCon on April 6, 2009 at 1:24 PM

in what sense?

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:02 PM

In the sense that you seem angry and miserable.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 1:24 PM

And you think 60 million people voted for John McCain because he’s John McCain. But hey, favorability rates don’t lie.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 1:26 PM

I don’t understand all the fuss. I took Austrian in college my sophomore year and Australian in both my junior and senior years to fulfill the core curriculum language requirement.

Of course I consumed an awful lot of alcoholic beverages during that period in my life as well, so it’s all kind of hazy.

ncjetsfan on April 6, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Shouldn’t we all learn Austrian so Obama will quit lecturing us on our lack of a multilingual populace.

ClassicCon on April 6, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I for one speak Ohioan.

Sloan Morganstern on April 6, 2009 at 1:31 PM

And you think 60 million people voted for John McCain because he’s John McCain. But hey, favorability rates don’t lie.

i have absolutely no idea why 60 million voted for mccain/palin.

you seem angry and miserable.

meh.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:34 PM

since her favorability rate was actually lower than mccain’s vote share, she must have been a net loss…

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM

I’d be interested in seeing the results of your statistical analysis of the impact of favorability of the VP candidate on the outcome of a Presidential race. McCain’s internal analysis has apparently convinced him that the Palin-effect was positive.

littleguy on April 6, 2009 at 1:38 PM

i have absolutely no idea why 60 million voted for mccain/palin.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Mark your calendars, kids: This may well be Squishy’s first honest comment at Hot Air.

Jim Treacher on April 6, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I guess we all understand why Hussein won’t release his G.P.A (-) public speaking -incomplete-

christene on April 6, 2009 at 1:45 PM

tom on April 6, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Ha Ha me defending Obama. That is too funny. What I am attempting to point out is some folks here are hung up on unimportant items like the Austrian language vs German language thing. Obviously some compare that issue to a dialect which is really not about england/america. American English is a language based on the english of Great Britan but is not the same as a dialect by a long shot. It is a derivitive language. Who can be the first to rathole this discussion about that next? A dialect is like boston vs, new york,vs south carolina etc which are actual dialects of american engish. I think it is hilarious that I can get in here and say Austrian is a distinct member of the germanic language family and here it is hours later and some of you are still discussing it saying it’s german, it’s german are you so blind that you cannot see the difference. Like it matters or has any importance other than to ridicule our president. ha ha I missed most of it as I have not even been here to fuel the fire. You are so predictable in your reaction to valueless topics. I love it but you miss the point completely. It is people like this who hang up about the most ridiculous issues while the liberals take control of everything that matters. You can’t see the forest for the trees. Some of you act like a self important guru of nonsense ha ha. I said it before and I’ll say it again. We republicans have bigger fish to fry and some of us waste our efforts on nonsense like this. Think about it.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

McCain’s internal analysis has apparently convinced him that the Palin-effect was positive.

and you’re surprised he lost? he was also convinced that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. he thought suspending his campaign would be a good idea. he even thought green was a winning background color.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Mark Steyn filling in for Rush today………..

……… the European press have woken up to Mr. Teleprompter after a cheap one night stand,

and can’t wait for the “thing” they invited home to leave.

If “it” didn’t have to come home to us……….

………. this would be very funny. But all that laughter you hear, is not coming from those who wish us well.

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2009 at 1:49 PM

“I’d encourage you to focus on substantive criticism instead on minor gaffes. chewing endlessly on these supposed gaffes draws your attention away from the really important things.”

Oh please, we spent eight years over the lunatic left parsing every single movement President Bush made.

Then their arrogant, unqualified hero and role model, who never misses an opportunity to classlessly badmouth his predecessor, presumes that there is an “Austrian” language.

What a dope. More proof that you can go through Harvard Law School and not learn one damned thing. That’s not a gaffe, that’s just a lack of education.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Finally someone who gets it….Kudos to you!!!

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 1:50 PM

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Maybe we figured out that we are able to keep our eyes on all sorts of things simultaneously ha ha, and that yes we can wonder about the intelligence of our president while the media informs everyone what a brainiac he is ha ha.

Bishop on April 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Now that this TOTUS stuff is gaining a lttle traction, I predict that the MSM and the moonbats will come up with the “he is so smart he has troubles synthesizing all his thoughts into small, easily-understood phrases so we unwashed masses can understand him” defense of this gaffe machine.

Huckabye-Romney on April 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

We republicans have bigger fish to fry and some of us waste our efforts on nonsense like this.

Democrats “wasted” their efforts on nonsense like this for eight years and guess what, it worked.

The have all three branches and all three branches are filled with worthless, corrupt and incompetent Democrats. Just like they promised, that is if you could read between the lines.

Or do you think the Democrats won because of their great ideas?

Please. They won because they managed to make President Bush and the Republican Party either a curse word or a punchline.

Democrats don’t bring a damn thing to the table. Obama is laughingly unqualified and a semi-literate, two-bit Malcolm X wannabe at best, to boot.

Congressional Democrats are some of the least respectable, least capable people in America. We’d all be better off if they were paid 10 times as much to stay home and to stop screwing up the country.

You have to play the game as it is, not as it should be. Denigrating this clown act in the White House may be our best chance of throwing Obama’s dumb ass out of there in 2012.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM

and you’re surprised he lost? he was also convinced that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. he thought suspending his campaign would be a good idea. he even thought green was a winning background color.

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Surprised? Why would I be surprised? He and the President do agree, though, on the fundamentals of the economy, among other things. I don’t know what that would have to do with statistical analysis, though.

littleguy on April 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Lloyd Christmas: “Lovely accent….New Jersey?”

Supermodel: “Austria”

Lloyd Christmas: “(chuckles) well g’day mate….thorw another shrip on the barbie.”

Huckabye-Romney on April 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Shouldn’t we all learn Austrian so Obama will quit lecturing us on our lack of a multilingual populace.
ClassicCon on April 6, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Frack! What, I have all sorts of time to learn yet another language after Mr. Suave informed everyone that we were jerks for not being able to speak anything but English?

I just got done learning Quebecois, or French as it used to be known.

Bishop on April 6, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I just got done learning Quebecois, or French as it used to be known.

Bishop on April 6, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I’m taking a course in the Swine-American dialect of Latin, just so I can understand just what the hell it is the Chairman of the House Banking Commmittee is saying.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Someone wrote

Hey kid try a capital letter when starting a sentence, makes you look less childish.

and you replied

learn to punctuate, moron

sesquipedalian on April 6, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I am laughing so hard. you made my point as well as anything I can write. Those who get hung up on small details are like capitalization ha ha ……are morons and probably have no valid arguement. ha ha oh my I didn’t captialize the ‘”y” in “you” when I started that sentence. How will anyone ever know I meant you made my point as well as I could about some people getting hung up on nonsense. Kudos. I’ll be laughing about it for a while.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Finally someone who gets it….Kudos to you!!!

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Are you on some controlled substance? That person was taking the opposite of your position.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Are you on some controlled substance? That person was taking the opposite of your position.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM

I realize that now by the quotation marks nodonkey used. My kudos are for the originator. Because he didn’t reference the other person I missed that. You however are quite a piece of work yourself to ask me “Are you on some controlled substance?” I can tell you have never read “how to win friends and influence people” if you did you didn’t learn anything. I forgive you and pray for your soul.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Again, as many of us have stated on this blog a million times; The idiots have taken over the asylum.

Susanboo on April 6, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I find it interesting here the inability of some to understand the concept of “multitasking.”

There are 10 – 15 (sometimes more) main blog entries per day. Most of them deal with major, substantive issues.

In addition to that, there are 20 – 25 headline entries. Most of those ALSO deal with major, substantive issues (although there are more “light” issues there than in the main blog).

Thus it is infantile and intellectually dishonest to cry about ONE post (or even a serious of posts).

We are more than capable of laughing at Obama’s legendary “silver tongue”…

…all the while discussing toxic assets, NoKo and Iranian nukes and the inroads that militant, fundamental Islam is making in this world.

Any attempt to say otherwise is simply the classic troll behavior of shouting “Hey, look over there!” when they can’t defend their point anymore.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 2:10 PM

You however are quite a piece of work yourself to ask me “Are you on some controlled substance?” I can tell you have never read “how to win friends and influence people” if you did you didn’t learn anything. I forgive you and pray for your soul.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I do appreciate the prayers. However, since I am not trying to be your friend or influence you, you have no reasonable evidence to determine whether I have read the book or not, much less learned from it.

One reason I asked about the controlled substances is because several of your comments do not follow each other. As a matter of fact some of your sentences in individual comments don’t follow. An additional reason I asked is that you are one of those here who claim that a language called “Austrian” exists. Just so you know.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM

And again…

…one of the major reasons (and necessity) of pointing out Obama’s gaffes is that one of the major platforms he ran on was as a gifted orator.

When you claim that but can’t finish a complete sentence without a bunch of ‘uhs’ and ‘ums’, you are revealed to be the unworthy candidate that most of us here have known about since the beginning.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 2:14 PM

There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing

I’m not the most worldly guy around, but I could have sworn “wheeling and dealing” was an English term… at least to those of us who speak English.

taznar on April 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM


one of the major reasons (and necessity) of pointing out Obama’s gaffes is that one of the major platforms he ran on was as a gifted orator.

Exactly and nothing is more fun than puncturing the balloon of a nitpicking know-it-all.

Although it’s going to be hard to top that dingbat Hillary’s “reset” button. What a dumb cooze that woman is.

The Obama Administration has been a nightmare from day one, but I have to say, I think the dimwitted shrew in the cheap pantsuits would have been even more appalling than the two-bit, Malcolm X wannabe.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I’m not the most worldly guy around, but I could have sworn “wheeling and dealing” was an English term… at least to those of us who speak English.

taznar on April 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Only sometimes do idioms have counterparts in other languages though the translation may not be word-for-word (that’s part of what makes phrases like ‘wheeling and dealing’ an idiom).

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

At least he didn’t comment on Queen Elizabeth’s ability to speak such good English.

Laura in Maryland on April 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

If he ever goes to New Zealand, someone needs to let him know they all speak Australian there..

DaveC on April 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

At least he didn’t comment on Queen Elizabeth’s ability to speak such good English.

Laura in Maryland on April 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

LOL

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:23 PM

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM

I like the respectful tone of this statement of yours much better thank you. I forgive your question about the controlled substance. I understand your first reaction is normally not to put someone in mood to be most non-receptive to your message. It is a failing I know you will overcome in future posts. I appreciate your critique of my writing and shall take it under advisement. Thank you.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:27 PM

If he ever goes to New Zealand, someone needs to let him know they all speak Australian there..
DaveC on April 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Uh, no. They speak Kiwinese.

Some people here….jeez.

Bishop on April 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM

I like the respectful tone of this statement of yours much better thank you. I forgive your question about the controlled substance. I understand your first reaction is normally not to put someone in mood to be most non-receptive to your message. It is a failing I know you will overcome in future posts. I appreciate your critique of my writing and shall take it under advisement. Thank you.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:27 PM

LOL You’re welcome.

baldilocks on April 6, 2009 at 2:34 PM

…I forgive your question about the controlled substance. …

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Yup, but still didn’t answer the question did ya?

B3 on April 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Do people in Israel speak Israeli?

Hilts on April 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Yup, but still didn’t answer the question did ya?

B3 on April 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

And still not backing down from his/her claim that Austrian is a language.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Sprechen Sie Österreichisch?
How do you say “wheeling and dealing” in Austrian?
“Dummkopf, merci beaucoup.”
If you want to say it in Bavarian, you say the same thing, but only with a potato in your mouth.
What a dolt!

Glenn Jericho on April 6, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Yup, but still didn’t answer the question did ya?

B3 on April 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

I hope you know you are one of the ones of which I have written. I am putting it here so you know I know. You are one of those hung up on nonsense. It is most unfortunate. If you would put this much effort into protecting our right to keep and bear arms, spend your time protecting the lives of innocent unborn babies, or supporting our distinguished military you might make a difference. Instead you take the easy road. Ha ha no wonder the liberals are kicking our butts politically. We have no sense of purpose as conserviatives anymore. So sad.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM

It’s a twofer see above. ha ha you are easy. So predictable.. let me throw a real curve at you….ha ha ha. I laugh at your childish banter. Now go pray for wisdom that you might stop being against the word of god.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:54 PM

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Ha ha You still ha ha haven’t ha ha answered ha ha the ha ha question ha ha.

Ha ha.

You also, ha ha, still ha ha claim ha ha that Austrian ha ha is ha ha a language.

Ha ha.

Ha ha ha.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 2:56 PM

I’m beginning to think not only liberals but Concerned Conservatives are born coiffeurs. I’ve never seen such hair-splitting, all in the service of Protecting The Emperor. Face it, you tools. BHO is a dope. They don’t speak Arabic in Afghanistan, there is no language called Austrian, there are not 57 states, you don’t administer a breathalyzer to an asthma patient, P/E does not stand for “profits and earnings ratio,” on and on.

Sometimes a rube is just a rube. President Barry Rainbowshanks… setting the bar low enough for everyone!

George Orwell on April 6, 2009 at 2:57 PM

At least he didn’t comment on Queen Elizabeth’s ability to speak such good English.

Laura in Maryland on April 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

What IS her native tongue? Brittanica? Britania? Ukish?

Loxodonta on April 6, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 2:56 PM

ha ha ha ha you still don’t get that it is unimportant and doesnt matter ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha pray for wisdom to the lord so all shall be revealed to you ha ha ha.
ha ha

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:58 PM

President Barry Rainbowshanks… setting the bar low enough for everyone!

George Orwell on April 6, 2009 at 2:57 PM

It’s true so very true. Kudos!!

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:58 PM

-heh-

And yet you still have neither answered the question nor explained how/why you believe Austrian is a language.

Until then, I’d be more concerned about your OWN wisdom and relationship with the Lord.

Somehow I don’t think God thinks that being an internet troll is somehow living up to His will.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Somehow I don’t think God thinks that being an internet troll is somehow living up to His will.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM

This is how I know I’ve beaten you. When you resort to name calling I have made my point. You have nothing of substance to contribute other than seeming childish. The lord will forgive you for this transgression I reserve the right not to. ha ha ha make sense out of that one if you can.

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Don’t they speak Kannada in Canada?

Glenn Jericho on April 6, 2009 at 3:07 PM

This is how I know I’ve beaten you.

Typical troll response.

Ignore the fact that you’ve been proven wrong.

Deny that anyone else has made a point.

And then pretend that you’ve won.

Look, you want to “prove” you’re right? That you’ve “won”?

Admit that you were wrong in stating that Austrian is a language.

Until you do so, you self-pwnage speaks more loudly about your own “faith” than any words you can say.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2009 at 3:10 PM

kanda on April 6, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Do you keep a nitrous oxide bottle venting near you, or what?

Bishop on April 6, 2009 at 3:10 PM

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