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(Reuters)   John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq   (reuters.com) divider line 93
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2013-02-26 09:47:23 AM
FTFA: "As a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance, whatever the religion, and political freedom and political tolerance, whatever the point of view," ....."The important thing is to have the tolerance to say, you know, you can have a different point of view."

/I agree with Secretary Kerry
 
2013-02-26 10:04:33 AM

Voiceofreason01: FTFA: "As a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance, whatever the religion, and political freedom and political tolerance, whatever the point of view," ....."The important thing is to have the tolerance to say, you know, you can have a different point of view."

/I agree with Secretary Kerry


Oh, I see what you did there...

/context
 
2013-02-26 10:06:38 AM
Considering the context of the quote, and it's allusion to the Westboro Baptist Church, I'm ok with this.
 
2013-02-26 10:08:20 AM
John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?
 
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2013-02-26 10:19:07 AM
Well, the intellectually lazy and/or challenged people were certainly responsible for getting us stuck there.
 
2013-02-26 10:20:25 AM
They are not stuck in Iraq. They are stuck in Benghazi.
 
2013-02-26 10:25:16 AM
A right to be stupid, and a left to be slightly less stupid
 
2013-02-26 10:38:52 AM
This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.
 
2013-02-26 10:56:06 AM

FlashHarry: John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?


Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.
 
2013-02-26 11:02:57 AM

SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.


Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.
 
2013-02-26 11:06:58 AM

Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.


How is that germane?
 
2013-02-26 11:09:41 AM

Sgt Otter: FlashHarry: John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?

Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.


Yeah, that was the spin afterwards, but as they say, context is everything.

At the time he said that, he was talking to young college students.  For them, the presidency is a very, very remote possibility:  The majority of them wouldn't be eligible for the office for at least 12 to 15 years.  Military service was a more immediate possibility, and a young person would have understood that to mean that the smart people finish their degrees and the stupid ones end up joining the military.

So we have one of two possibilities here:  Either he was telling his audience to study so they don't drop out and end up in Iraq, or he was taking a dig at the president but it was subtle enough to be misconstrued.  All he really had to do was say "you end up stuck in Iraq like the current president"and that would have immediately clarified it.

I mean, the guy is supposed to be *SMART*.  It's not like he's Joe Biden (or Dumbya, for that matter).
 
2013-02-26 11:32:23 AM
People who speak English as a second language understand his comments better than Subby does.
 
2013-02-26 11:35:30 AM
Sorry, but Kerry was right.

I'd like to ask those currently trumpeting their support for the troops a question: Have you ever actually met any of these soldiers in person? Well, I have, and believe me, they are no more impressive than any other low-level functionary of a large institution.

It is ridiculous that my "heart" is somehow morally or ethically obliged to "go out" to the troops. In fact, had the troops not been put to productive labor by the sheer might and institutional authority of the U.S. military, a good number of them would be sitting around bars, drinking and gambling. In short, we shouldn't view the troops as objects of sympathy, because their very contribution to our society is their ability to carry out simple commands on a battlefield.
 
2013-02-26 11:37:23 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.

How is that germane?


It's not.  It's 'Murikan.
 
2013-02-26 11:37:38 AM

Sgt Otter: Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.


oh, i remember that - i'm just not even sure the headline is a sentence.
 
2013-02-26 11:44:42 AM
Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
 
2013-02-26 11:44:44 AM
oh great, now all the Neo-Nazis in the audience are gonna be applying for visas.
Great job, Kerrbongo
 
2013-02-26 11:45:31 AM

dittybopper: Sgt Otter: FlashHarry: John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?

Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.

Yeah, that was the spin afterwards, but as they say, context is everything.

At the time he said that, he was talking to young college students.  For them, the presidency is a very, very remote possibility:  The majority of them wouldn't be eligible for the office for at least 12 to 15 years.  Military service was a more immediate possibility, and a young person would have understood that to mean that the smart people finish their degrees and the stupid ones end up joining the military.

So we have one of two possibilities here:  Either he was telling his audience to study so they don't drop out and end up in Iraq, or he was taking a dig at the president but it was subtle enough to be misconstrued.  All he really had to do was say "you end up stuck in Iraq like the current president"and that would have immediately clarified it.

I mean, the guy is supposed to be *SMART*.  It's not like he's Joe Biden (or Dumbya, for that matter).


Dropping out of college to fight in Iraq wouldn't have been exactly a brilliant idea.
 
2013-02-26 11:45:38 AM

Elandriel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.

How is that germane?

It's not.  It's 'Murikan.


I think you missed the joke
 
2013-02-26 11:45:42 AM
I'll bet subby still has a "My president is Charlton Heston" bumper sticker. . .and diabetes.
 
2013-02-26 11:45:43 AM

FlashHarry: Sgt Otter: Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.

oh, i remember that - i'm just not even sure the headline is a sentence.


Oh good... I thought I might have been the only one purple monkey dishwasher orange nehi astray your uncle
 
2013-02-26 11:46:59 AM

dittybopper: Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.

Yeah, that was the spin afterwards, but as they say, context is everything.


Which is why the GOP stripped out the context.  And now you're just trying to re-write the context.
 
2013-02-26 11:47:27 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?


Truly cromulent word salad.
 
2013-02-26 11:48:15 AM

skullkrusher: Elandriel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.

How is that germane?

It's not.  It's 'Murikan.

I think you missed the joke


I wasn't gonna tell 'im
 
2013-02-26 11:48:51 AM

SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.


Hey look! Someone who didn't read the article.
 
2013-02-26 11:50:21 AM
I agree with Kerry.  We do uphold that people can be stoopid if they want.  Though I am a little setback that he failed to mention my favorite of unnamed rights and that is the right to be a jerk.... god I love that one.
 
2013-02-26 11:50:24 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: skullkrusher: Elandriel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.

How is that germane?

It's not.  It's 'Murikan.

I think you missed the joke

I wasn't gonna tell 'im


well I thought it was pretty good, 3M
+1
 
2013-02-26 11:51:03 AM

FlashHarry: John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?


Well, it's all English words, and they're arranged in something like grammatical order, but there's a complete lack of information transmitted by it.  It's like something out of a semiotics textbook, designed to teach that you can construct an English sentence which has no meaning.
 
2013-02-26 11:53:30 AM

dittybopper: Military service was a more immediate possibility, and a young person would have understood that to mean that the smart people finish their degrees and the stupid ones end up joining the military.


He missed an opportunity there. The really smart ones do both. If you do your degree first, you may be put into AIT, but if you don't have the $$$ to do that but you do have the brains for schoolin' type stuff, you go into military service and when you get out they help with that schooling. Ta-da!
 
2013-02-26 11:54:05 AM

skullkrusher: I think you missed the joke


*hangs head*
 
2013-02-26 11:54:55 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I wasn't gonna tell 'im


*hangs head even more*
 
2013-02-26 11:57:25 AM

Rapmaster2000: Sorry, but Kerry was right.

I'd like to ask those currently trumpeting their support for the troops a question: Have you ever actually met any of these soldiers in person? Well, I have, and believe me, they are no more impressive than any other low-level functionary of a large institution.

It is ridiculous that my "heart" is somehow morally or ethically obliged to "go out" to the troops. In fact, had the troops not been put to productive labor by the sheer might and institutional authority of the U.S. military, a good number of them would be sitting around bars, drinking and gambling. In short, we shouldn't view the troops as objects of sympathy, because their very contribution to our society is their ability to carry out simple commands on a battlefield.


Throughout history, warfare has served to rid us of people for which we have no earthly use.  We call them heros so we can feel good about this.
 
2013-02-26 11:59:39 AM
Opens "USConstitution-1992 WJC REVISED.html"
Ctrl-F "stupid"
No results...

Hmmm. I guess according to RONPAUL, no we don't.

// an interesting paradox for the Paulistinians
 
2013-02-26 11:59:58 AM

Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.


Kyghanszistasn.  Kerry still has plenty of opportunity for increased hilarity.
 
2013-02-26 12:05:45 PM
And that's when the left side of Subby's brain turned to the right side of Subby's brain and said, "it's getting dark in here, I think we're dying."

/headline fail
//tard
 
2013-02-26 12:06:23 PM
I like Secretary Kerry, and I like what he's trying to say, in context.  But as far as "truth talk" goes, his is clumsy.

Notice the prominence of "Kerry claims Americans have the right to be stupid" in the headlines, vice "Kerry defends Supreme Court record of support of free speech?"

He's Secretary of State, not George Carlin.
 
2013-02-26 12:07:24 PM

Dr Dreidel: Opens "USConstitution-1992 WJC REVISED.html"
Ctrl-F "stupid"
No results...

Hmmm. I guess according to RONPAUL, no we don't.

// an interesting paradox for the Paulistinians


Read between the lines on the 10th.
 
2013-02-26 12:08:05 PM
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2013-02-26 12:13:51 PM

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And the last guy choked on a pretzel.

What's your point again?
 
2013-02-26 12:15:32 PM

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2013-02-26 12:15:36 PM

SlothB77: Elandriel: SlothB77: This is the man who lost to George Bush, folks.  He is making Mitt Romney's pre-election foreign travel look charismatic in comparison.

Now you're just phoning it in.  Romney's trip was an escapade of increasingly hilarious foreign policy disasters, mitigated only by the fact that he was a candidate and not an actual representative of the united states.

Romney was Michael Jackson.  Kerry is just Tito.

Kyghanszistasn.  Kerry still has plenty of opportunity for increased hilarity.


Well, I will admit he does still have time to insult our greatest ally, potentially compromise their security, insult them again, insult Palestine on purpose, backpedal and mangle his response to that insult, have his press corps tell reporters to kiss his ass, and ultimately earn a title like 'Romneyshambles'.

There's always time!
 
2013-02-26 12:19:52 PM
Seems folks is exercisin' their "rights" a little too enthusiastically 'round here.
 
2013-02-26 12:20:16 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: [girlsonpolitics.com image 600x450]


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Yep, that's what 2013 has to offer, all right.
 
2013-02-26 12:26:12 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: [girlsonpolitics.com image 600x450]


i don't get it.
 
2013-02-26 12:26:23 PM
I wish we would exercise that right a lot less.
 
2013-02-26 12:26:35 PM

FlashHarry: John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?


This. It's hard to criticize someone for saying something stupid when you say it stupidly.
 
2013-02-26 12:30:55 PM

gregario: FlashHarry: John Kerry: "Americans have a right to be stupid," a right he has championed since implying intellectually lazy were stuck in Iraq

speaking of stupid, i'm trying to wrap my brain around that headline. is it even english?

This. It's hard to criticize someone for saying something stupid when you say it stupidly.


On the contrary, it sounds like a right.
 
2013-02-26 12:33:18 PM

TheBigJerk: dittybopper: Kerry made a comment about how Bush's blundering stupidity got us stuck in Iraq. Conservatives twisted it to claim he meant that the U.S. troops serving in Iraq were stupid.

Yeah, that was the spin afterwards, but as they say, context is everything.

Which is why the GOP stripped out the context.  And now you're just trying to re-write the context.


In other words, they're being intellectually lazy.
 
2013-02-26 12:34:42 PM

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