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(USA Today)   President Obama's pick to be ambassador to Norway makes Sarah Palin look like a member of Mensa   (usatoday.com) divider line 133
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2014-01-25 11:47:31 PM  
A puzzled McCain stopped Tsunis. "The government has denounced them? They're part of the coalition of the government," McCain said.

Tsunis also stumbled during his testimony, when he referred to the Norway's president. The country does not have a president.


Okay, that was dumb.

I don't mind politicians rewarding big donors/backers with plum gigs but for the love of all things good let them not embarrass themselves when being vetted.
 
2014-01-25 11:48:36 PM  
Dang. Don't they brief these people before their confirmation hearings?

FTA: More than 36% of Obama's ambassadorial nominees have been political appointments. Just over 30% of George W. Bush's ambassadorial picks were political appointees, nearly 28% of Bill Clinton's ambassadors were political picks, according to the American Foreign Service Association.

Granted, that doesn't indicate relative importance of postings, but still, that's disconcerting. Do better.
 
2014-01-25 11:51:46 PM  
Ambassadorship nominations need to come with a chrome book with Wikipedia loaded.
 
2014-01-26 12:25:15 AM  
Sounds like somebody needs to really bone up on Norway.
 
2014-01-26 12:27:57 AM  
The dude could suck off a statue of Quisling in Oslo and still look smarter than Sarah Palin.
 
2014-01-26 12:34:06 AM  

violentsalvation: The dude could suck off a statue of Quisling in Oslo and still look smarter than Sarah Palin.


There's a big difference between tapping someone for a cushy ambassador position with a friendly nation that will consist of mostly making small talk at cocktail parties and shaking hands on camera from time to time and selecting someone to be second in line for the most powerful position in the world.

Had Palin been appointed to be ambassador to New Zealand or some other place where we don't have strained relations or important strategic goals it's likely that most people would have never even heard her name.
 
2014-01-26 12:51:01 AM  
ambassador of norway ≠ vice president
 
2014-01-26 12:57:37 AM  
Meh, whatever. It's the ambassadorship to Norway. Only Limbaugh/Beck/Breitbart care.
 
2014-01-26 01:22:35 AM  

Notabunny: Meh, whatever. It's the ambassadorship to Norway. Only Limbaugh/Beck/Breitbart care.


It's Norghazhi all over again!
 
2014-01-26 02:21:15 AM  
Sarah Palin was only going to set off Armageddon after McCain had his little "accident" and she ordered a full and total nuclear strike on Great Britain after The Sun posted a pic of her ass looking baggy in a pantsuit.

If the Ambassador to Norway fails it could result in critical Lutefisk shortages.
 
2014-01-26 02:31:24 AM  
I doubt Palin even knows where Norway is. Probably thinks it's somewhere East of Eden.
 
2014-01-26 02:31:39 AM  

FlashHarry: ambassador of norway ≠ vice president


And we're done here.

If only McCain had vetted Palin with as much scrutiny as this guy.
 
2014-01-26 02:38:19 AM  
It's Norway. Black metal, fjords, and midnight sun.

There. I just pointed out everything anyone would ever need to know about Norway.
 
2014-01-26 02:38:48 AM  
FTA

"I stand corrected and would like to leave my answer at they are -- it's a very, very open society and that most Norwegians -- the overwhelming amount of Norwegians and the overwhelming amount of people in parliament don't feel the same way," Tsunis said.


2.bp.blogspot.com

Not that it matters, of course.
 
2014-01-26 02:41:08 AM  

quatchi: A puzzled McCain stopped Tsunis. "The government has denounced them? They're part of the coalition of the government," McCain said.

Tsunis also stumbled during his testimony, when he referred to the Norway's president. The country does not have a president.

Okay, that was dumb.

I don't mind politicians rewarding big donors/backers with plum gigs but for the love of all things good let them not embarrass themselves when being vetted.


I couldn't disagree more.

You don't mind the ultra rich buying government positions and power?

Then, you're part of the problem.
 
2014-01-26 02:42:52 AM  
i734.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-26 02:43:13 AM  
Yeah subby, while these are dumb missteps(And something that should make Obama think twice about going through with this appointment), he's going to have to climb a lot higher on Mt Derp before he makes Palin "look like a Mensa candidate".
 
2014-01-26 02:44:43 AM  

quatchi: I don't mind politicians rewarding big donors/backers with plum gigs


Yeah - why should that bother you? Hell, Obama will probably pardon Blagojevich in his last week.
 
2014-01-26 02:47:45 AM  
That sounds ominous, subby. It wasn't.....


wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net

....was it?

/Yeah, yeah....I know.
 
2014-01-26 02:48:22 AM  
Sidenote. Do all these recent Palin jokes from the Fark Independents finally mean they're ready to admit she's a moron?

I'm sure in a few weeks you won't find any of them willing to admit that they voted for her ticket. Just like they never voted for Bush and are all really "more of a Libertarian."
 
2014-01-26 02:49:45 AM  
Sarah Palin is a lot like every member of MENSA I have ever met. She's self-aggrandizing, thinks she's smarter than she is, and can't seem to shut up no matter how little interest you have in her opinion.
 
2014-01-26 02:54:07 AM  
Eh, granted, he should do better in the post.. but most Americans wouldn't know enough about Norwegian internal politics to comment on it.
 
2014-01-26 02:56:42 AM  
Why does Obama hate progress?
 
2014-01-26 02:56:45 AM  
Proof that you don't have to be intelligent to become rich and powerful in America.  Ditch him.  I don't want to have to hear about him constantly every day.
 
2014-01-26 02:58:06 AM  

Alphax: Eh, granted, he should do better in the post.. but most Americans wouldn't know enough about Norwegian internal politics to comment on it.


Most people do not NEED to know about Norway.  The potential ambassador to that country should, don't you think?
 
2014-01-26 03:02:47 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: Alphax: Eh, granted, he should do better in the post.. but most Americans wouldn't know enough about Norwegian internal politics to comment on it.

Most people do not NEED to know about Norway.  The potential ambassador to that country should, don't you think?


True, and he needs to learn quickly to stay in the job.  Just saying that a comparison to Sarah Palin was a cheap shot, or nearly any pundit, for that matter.
 
2014-01-26 03:03:07 AM  

unlikely: She's self-aggrandizing, thinks she's smarter than she is, and can't seem to shut up no matter how little interest you have in her opinion.



That's a solid observation.

I dont fall into the "she's just stupid" crowd, but she does seem to lack humility and an appreciation for her own limitations and it contributes to her underestimating her opponents.

She definitely needed to season longer before attempting anything national.
 
2014-01-26 03:03:53 AM  
i4.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-26 03:05:43 AM  

stoli n coke: It's Norway. Black metal, fjords, and midnight sun.

There. I just pointed out everything anyone would ever need to know about Norway.


You forgot about the shiat-ton of oil they've got in their North Sea fields.

I'm a bit surprised they didn't pick some washed-up oilman.
 
2014-01-26 03:08:13 AM  

unlikely: Sarah Palin is a lot like every member of MENSA I have ever met. She's self-aggrandizing, thinks she's smarter than she is, and can't seem to shut up no matter how little interest you have in her opinion.


The IQ test is not the real hurdle for eligibility. The real test is this:

Walk into a MENSA meeting. After 10 minutes, if you're doing this on your way out the door:

i.imgur.com

Congratulations, you're smart enough to be a member!
 
2014-01-26 03:08:38 AM  

TomD9938: I dont fall into the "she's just stupid" crowd, but she does seem to lack humility and an appreciation for her own limitations and it contributes to her underestimating her opponents.

She definitely needed to season longer before attempting anything national.


i1199.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-26 03:09:20 AM  

crypticsatellite: quatchi: A puzzled McCain stopped Tsunis. "The government has denounced them? They're part of the coalition of the government," McCain said.

Tsunis also stumbled during his testimony, when he referred to the Norway's president. The country does not have a president.

Okay, that was dumb.

I don't mind politicians rewarding big donors/backers with plum gigs but for the love of all things good let them not embarrass themselves when being vetted.

I couldn't disagree more.

You don't mind the ultra rich buying government positions and power?

Then, you're part of the problem.


Someone is gonna get those gigs. Two thirds will be filled by people who fit the bill for  the gig and who are familiar with it. A third will be purely political appointments.

Do I like it? No, but I do get it and I also get that he's not gonna give the gigs to political enemies or fence sitters.

Does that make me overly cynical and a "part of the problem" or merely a jaded political observer familiar with reality?
 
2014-01-26 03:10:43 AM  
img.photobucket.com
subby?
 
2014-01-26 03:11:33 AM  
You know, it's a funny old thing about Fark.com, here.
I looked at that headline, and I thought to myself "I'll bet that headline there doesn't exactly, accurately reflect the content of TFA!"
And then I read it, and do you know what?
At that moment, I was enlightened, Francis.
And I got over it.
 
2014-01-26 03:13:30 AM  

EJ25T: unlikely: Sarah Palin is a lot like every member of MENSA I have ever met. She's self-aggrandizing, thinks she's smarter than she is, and can't seem to shut up no matter how little interest you have in her opinion.

The IQ test is not the real hurdle for eligibility. The real test is this:

Walk into a MENSA meeting. After 10 minutes, if you're doing this on your way out the door:

[i.imgur.com image 476x253]

Congratulations, you're smart enough to be a member!


i'll just leave this here
 
2014-01-26 03:15:11 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: Proof that you don't have to be intelligent to become rich and powerful in America.  Ditch him.  I don't want to have to hear about him constantly every day.


You're worried the news media outlet of your choice being so desperate to find anything negative about Obama that they'll play endless stories about the ambassador to Norway?

Maybe the problem isn't the ambassador to Norway.
 
2014-01-26 03:15:52 AM  
I'm the first, really?

gfx.nrk.no
 
2014-01-26 03:16:04 AM  

quatchi: crypticsatellite: quatchi: A puzzled McCain stopped Tsunis. "The government has denounced them? They're part of the coalition of the government," McCain said.

Tsunis also stumbled during his testimony, when he referred to the Norway's president. The country does not have a president.

Okay, that was dumb.

I don't mind politicians rewarding big donors/backers with plum gigs but for the love of all things good let them not embarrass themselves when being vetted.

I couldn't disagree more.

You don't mind the ultra rich buying government positions and power?

Then, you're part of the problem.

Someone is gonna get those gigs. Two thirds will be filled by people who fit the bill for  the gig and who are familiar with it. A third will be purely political appointments.

Do I like it? No, but I do get it and I also get that he's not gonna give the gigs to political enemies or fence sitters.

Does that make me overly cynical and a "part of the problem" or merely a jaded political observer familiar with reality?


Yeah, I get that.

But still, this shiat has to stop; this is just a public viewing of what is going on behind the scenes. What positions of power don't need Congressional hearings? Buffoons with money are determining our future. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm just getting really farking sick of this shiat. It seems the buffoons with money are far less intelligent than their predecessors.
 
2014-01-26 03:19:35 AM  

The Larch: Bigdogdaddy: Proof that you don't have to be intelligent to become rich and powerful in America.  Ditch him.  I don't want to have to hear about him constantly every day.

You're worried the news media outlet of your choice being so desperate to find anything negative about Obama that they'll play endless stories about the ambassador to Norway?

Maybe the problem isn't the ambassador to Norway.


Why hand idiots ammo?  That's all I'm saying.
 
2014-01-26 03:24:58 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: The Larch: Bigdogdaddy: Proof that you don't have to be intelligent to become rich and powerful in America.  Ditch him.  I don't want to have to hear about him constantly every day.

You're worried the news media outlet of your choice being so desperate to find anything negative about Obama that they'll play endless stories about the ambassador to Norway?

Maybe the problem isn't the ambassador to Norway.

Why hand idiots ammo?  That's all I'm saying.


It's not like you'd shut up if they didn't.
 
2014-01-26 03:25:39 AM  

Degenz: I'm the first, really?

[gfx.nrk.no image 350x197]


you're the only one who watches it

//wait,what?

//listens to Underground Garage
 
2014-01-26 03:31:06 AM  
There is a history of campaign donors becoming diplomats/ambassadors even though they have no diplomatic experience.  This seems to be one of those cases.
 
2014-01-26 03:49:42 AM  

cretinbob: Degenz: I'm the first, really?

[gfx.nrk.no image 350x197]

you're the only one who watches it

//wait,what?

//listens to Underground Garage


Netflix, man. Of course, I'm on Google Fiber, so it's not a problem getting my entertainment solely over the web. fark you Comcast/Time Warner.
 
2014-01-26 03:52:23 AM  
norway seems like the kind of diplomatic post where you would put morons you owe favors.
 
2014-01-26 03:56:46 AM  

Ned Stark: norway seems like the kind of diplomatic post where you would put morons you owe favors.


Smarter than putting them in charge of FEMA.
 
2014-01-26 03:57:44 AM  

crypticsatellite: quatchi: crypticsatellite: quatchi: A puzzled McCain stopped Tsunis. "The government has denounced them? They're part of the coalition of the government," McCain said.

Tsunis also stumbled during his testimony, when he referred to the Norway's president. The country does not have a president.

Okay, that was dumb.

I don't mind politicians rewarding big donors/backers with plum gigs but for the love of all things good let them not embarrass themselves when being vetted.

I couldn't disagree more.

You don't mind the ultra rich buying government positions and power?

Then, you're part of the problem.

Someone is gonna get those gigs. Two thirds will be filled by people who fit the bill for  the gig and who are familiar with it. A third will be purely political appointments.

Do I like it? No, but I do get it and I also get that he's not gonna give the gigs to political enemies or fence sitters.

Does that make me overly cynical and a "part of the problem" or merely a jaded political observer familiar with reality?

Yeah, I get that.

But still, this shiat has to stop; this is just a public viewing of what is going on behind the scenes. What positions of power don't need Congressional hearings? Buffoons with money are determining our future. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm just getting really farking sick of this shiat. It seems the buffoons with money are far less intelligent than their predecessors.


Doubtful, though possible. More likely, there are a lot more venues for us to be exposed to their stupidity than ever in the past.
 
2014-01-26 03:57:49 AM  
Oh look, another way Obama is more Bush than Bush: political ambassador appointments.
 
2014-01-26 03:58:55 AM  

grumpyguru: Oh look, another way Obama is more Bush than Bush: political ambassador appointments.


Is there a president who didn't do this?  Washington?
 
2014-01-26 03:58:58 AM  
I'm sure Tsunis will do a heck of a job.
 
2014-01-26 04:01:06 AM  
...and another thing, Tsunis, lutefisk was not Carlton's brother.
 
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