by Pete Talbot

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but you can’t pick your relatives. Or something like that. Anyway, the photo and bullshit below comes from an email to my poor wife. A couple times a month she gets similar crap from (I’m glad to say) a very distant relative.


The photo was taken in Belgrade, Mont. The email goes on to say:

Please forward this picture to everyone you know, conservative or liberal to expose Obama’s radical ideals and intent for this country.

I don’t know where to start, or really, even why I should but here goes.

First, I know it’s difficult to embrace a president who likes to read — especially topics on economics, foreign policy and world affairs. The author in question, Fareed Zakaria (B.A., Yale; Ph.D., Harvard), is considered a moderate. One would think that conservatives might advance his writings. Here’s an overview of the book:

The Post-American World is a non-fiction book by journalist Fareed Zakaria. In the book, Zakaria argues that, thanks to the actions of the United States in spreading liberal democracy across the world, other countries are now competing with the US in terms of economic, industrial, and cultural power. While the US continues to dominate in terms of political-military power, other countries such as China and India are becoming global players in many fields.

Then there’s the “written by a fellow Muslim.” Obama is a Protestant. And I’m guessing that Zakaria isn’t a particularly strict Muslim, considering he was the wine critic for the New York Times for over a year.

Personally, Zakaria often disappoints. He favored invading Iraq. He supported Ronald Reagan.

On the other hand, he has criticized many Arab regimes and is an outspoken opponent of Islamic extremism.

It’s just amazing. Along with the ‘birthers’ and the ‘death panels’ and the ‘socialist agenda’ we get this. If the right wing fanatics had taken the time to research the book or the author or do more than just read the title on a photo blow up …

Perhaps I should take solace in the rants of the far right. With this sort of idiocy, how can progressives lose? Still, to quote Bill Vaughn, ” … we prove to the world generation after generation that The Big Guy has deposited his dumbest creatures right here in My Country Tis Of Thee.”


  1. One of the many things wrong with this moronic e-mail, Pete, is the description of the photo: it was taken on the campaign trail last summer.

  2. ladybug

    No major policy shift has occurred. Skin color and political party have not changed the policy trends. The rich get richer, there is no more accountability in Iraq, Afghanistan, banking, energy, environment, health care, and auto industry. As long as Zacharia has a job, progressives will not be on TV debating the major issues. It’s all neoliberal, corporate and big money all the time – since 1980.

  3. Big Swede

    Frankly, I’d think he’d have had lots more cred by toting the book, Economics for Dummies.

    • Only in your social circle, Swede.

      • Tim

        I know, how stupid cause he’s turned the economy around so well!

        • petetalbot

          Voting for your own comment again, huh, Tim? Your well-reasoned response certainly deserves five stars. (Whoops — comment update, down to a star-and-a-half — I guess Tim’s comment popularity is taking some hits. Actually, I think the comment rating system is pretty silly but jhwygirl wanted to give it a try and I’ll play along for awhile.)

          By the way, saw your email address in the listserve of that insipid blast I posted above. The company you keep speaks volumes about yourself.

      • Big Swede

        Tattoo parlors and bowling alleys, Becky?

  4. mick

    Where is Not Sure? We need him!

  5. klemz

    You know, Constantine III was reading a similarly titled parchment written by a fellow Visigoth the summer before Alaric crossed the Rhine and sacked Rome.

  6. dustinjb

    I don’t care what he reads, I only care about the people pulling his strings. That list is long and very left(socialist).

    • petetalbot

      Thanks for adding “socialist,” in parenthesis, after “very left,” dustinjb.” As if your criticism wasn’t already abundantly clear. I take it you subscribe to all the right-wing conspiracy theories.

  7. Thomas Kent

    Pete, I get the same crap from my Brother-In-Law in Augusta, GA!

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