Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Quote of the Day...

From Mark Steyn, during his substitute stint on the Rush Limbaugh show yesterday.  I didn't hear this, but I wish I had:
You’re doomed, America.  You’re done for. No society can survive this level of stupidity. The school counselor is available to meet with any students who are traumatized by hearing reports of some guy four grades below them who nibbles a Pop Tart into a gun-like shape. I’ve never subscribed to this whole greatest generation thing, you know. But you look at those guys, they weren’t much older than the kids from the school. A lot of them were like 17, 18 years old. And they’re storming out of these transport ships in the churning waters of the English Channel and the North Sea, and they’re landing on the beaches of Normandy. And they're getting out of these, and they are storming up the beaches and they’re taking German gunfire and all the rest.

Do you think if you raised people so that you make a school counselor to available to them in cased they’ve been traumatized by someone who was nibbled a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun — do you think if they’re ever called upon to get out those ships and the storm the beaches of Normandy, do you think they’re going to be up to that? ‘Oh no look, the Germans, they’re all holding Pop Tarts! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!’ No society can survive this level of stupidity. These small things are not small. They tell you a lot about the institutionalized stupidity of our institutions.
I share Mr. Steyn's sense of foreboding, though I am somewhat consoled by the fact that our most excellent warriors in service today somehow managed to emerge from a situation not much better than the Pop Tart affair.  The majority of our warriors come from the southern half of our country, where the culture hasn't deteriorated quite so much.  At least in places...

1 comment:

  1. I remember getting a call from the school because my son, probably 5 or 6 at the time, was in line for something and splashing in mud puddles. Really?? I'd be concerned if he didn't play in puddles.

    And while we are on it, awhile back my HOA was looking into replacing some tot-lot equipment and one of the things to deal with is that the mulch that is under it needed replacing... can't just use any mulch, no, it is special "engineered" mulch (for a few grand) so nobody gets splinters. REALLY? I grew up with playground equipment on asphalt. Somehow we survived it.... well most of us... weeds out the weak.

    But really, how did we go from normal play, mud puddles and running around, Cowboys and Indians etc. to engineered mulch and mats?