Stupid Should Hurt – Sochi Edition


Department of You Can’t Make This Shit Up:

That is what our old friend “thereisnospoonupmyass” posted on Twitter last night during the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

There are millions of people in Europe and other places with longer memories who don’t have such warm fuzzy feelings about the former Soviet Union.

Fucking idiot.

Unfortunately, he’s not alone:

NBC Glorifies Russia’s Soviet Past as ‘One of Modern History’s Pivotal Experiments’

NBC whitewashed Russia’s communist legacy in the lead segment of its Friday broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage narrated the network’s lionization of the largest country by land mass: “Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.


The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures….

Communism was a “pivotal experiment?


We allied with the Soviet Union during World War II out of strategic necessity, but we never liked or trusted them, and for good reason. Almost immediately after WWII ended the Cold War began, in which we spent decades, billions of dollars and tens of thousands of American lives trying to halt and contain communist expansion around the world.

When I was a lot younger I trained to be a cold warrior. I spent two years in “West” Germany, helping to face down the communists of Eastern Europe. We took that shit seriously. If a war started, we would have been the first to fight and die.

Communism was no fucking experiment. It is one of the darkest chapters in human history, right next to Nazism. Tens of millions of people in Eastern Europe died under the iron boot-heel of the commissars.

I am not hatin’ on Russia – the Russian people suffered as much under communism as anyone else. But David Atkins should study a little history before he opens his mouth about shit he don’t understand.

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102 Responses to Stupid Should Hurt – Sochi Edition

  1. The Klown says:

    If Obama is gonna be on NBC every night of the Olympics I ain’t gonna watch.

    Bob Costas is bad enough.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Just rubbing my hands together thinking of how to ruin the week/month/year of the dip that owns/runs the local NBC-TV affiliate. When he hears from the bunch of people getting stoked up tonight about the $$$ value his holdings took because of a major dump Friday night at what was supposed to be NBC’s big moment, his carefully coiffed hair is gonna get totally messed up. Great fun! Let the 2014 Olympic Complaint Games begin!

  2. The Klown says:
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  4. The Klown says:

    Kevin Drum at MoJo:

    Chart of the Day #2: The Madness of Austerity

    January’s job numbers were fairly dismal, but the bad cheer wasn’t equally spread. Private sector employment, as usual, increased—by 142,000 jobs last month. At the same time, public sector employment declined. Government employment at all levels was down 29,000 in January.

    Aside from the brief census blip in early 2010, this has been the usual state of affairs for the past four years, ever since the recession officially ended. The chart below shows public and private sector employment indexed to 100 at the end of the recession. Private sector employment is up 6.8 percent. Public sector employment is down 3.4 percent. And that’s during a period when population grew 2.3 percent. On a per capita basis, government employment has declined more than 5 percent since 2009, and it’s still declining.

    This is the price of austerity. If public sector employment had been growing normally during this period, we’d have about a million more jobs than we do now and the unemployment rate would probably be below 6 percent. We are our own worst enemies.

    Kevin Drum is a fucking idiot.

    • Lulu says:

      Drum is another non-economist who writes “expert” and “explanatory” journalism about macro economics. He should have an investment column in the WSJ or the Financial Times. /S/

    • lyn says:

      Also, January usually is the retirement month for federal employees.

    • 1539days says:

      If the government took over the private sector, then all new jobs would be public sector.

      I can’t wait for that kind of dumbass argument.

  5. The Klown says:
  6. Lulu says:

    Is NBC afraid that the Ru-skies are going to kick their butts out of the country if they don’t kiss their ass? Think of how much money they would loose if they shut them down. Or damaged their equipment. Or is this just the culmination of the ignorance and idiocy of the “creative class” (or the trophy for participation generation as I think of them) when they have too much air time to fill and they are scared, hungry and cold? How is this that much different from a average day on CNN or MSNBC? When does Melissa Harris-Perry show up to opine about White Russians?

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    Last one (I promise):

  12. lildoggy4u . says:

    This is OT but its OT on all the networks so I thought we should include it here. Trey Gowdy blasts Obama’s smidgen comment to O’Reilly on FOX.

  13. The Klown says:

    I don’t get the freak-out over the story that the Russkis were killing stray dogs in Sochi. What do they think happens to stray dogs here in America?

  14. 1539days says:

    Communism would have been a pivotal experiment if the world leaned that communism was bad. Instead, it’s just another failed attempt at social engineering, like Obamacare.

  15. foxyladi14 says:

    Yep both suck 👿

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  18. helenk3 says:

    I had to walk out of the room when this was on , or I would have thrown something at the tv.

    backtrack is such a special snowflake and can not have any one question him and his policies

    backtrack has NO majesty

    • Lulu says:

      “Majesty is an English word derived ultimately from the Latin maiestas, meaning greatness. The title ranks above Royal Highness.”
      This is a title jealously guarded to be used for emperors such as the Holy Roman sort or ancient Roman. Geraldo is a groveling POS.

    • piper says:

      ‘Jerry’ hates being ignored and will say just anything to be given attention. Remember bad attention for them is better than being ignored.

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  20. DandyTIger says:

    Paul Shillman goes full delusion:

    It has always been clear that health reform will induce some Americans to work less. Some people will, for example, retire earlier because they no longer need to keep working to keep their health insurance. Others will reduce their hours to spend more time with their children because insurance is no longer contingent on holding a full-time job. More subtly, the incentive to work will be somewhat reduced by health insurance subsidies that fall as your income rises.

    The budget office has now increased its estimate of the size of these effects. It believes that health reform will reduce the number of hours worked in the economy by between 1.5 percent and 2 percent, which it unhelpfully noted “represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million.”

    • The Klown says:

      It has always been clear


      That was one of the major selling points, right after “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

    • 1539days says:

      I work in a virtual retirement home, where people are still employed because they want to keep their insurance. They’re not leaving because Obamacare costs a lot more than employer plans unless you’re at poverty levels. For the whole time we’ve experienced Omamerica, people “retire” early because they lose their jobs and can’t find a job for so long that they give up.

      • Constance says:

        I know so many people over 50 who have lost their career jobs in the last 5 years and so far only one of them has found employment in their profession and he took a job making less than my son made in his first job right out of college. Sure the government has hand outs available for them but they want to work. I would like to see some real statistics on unemployment by age and by sex. I mean stats that count actual unemployed people not people who seek unemployment checks. And I would like to see under and unemployment stats on recent college grads. Because I know a lot of kids who can’t find work and somehow the multinational corporations feel they need to import immigrants to work.

  21. helenk3 says:

    you got some good reviews over at Rev Amy’s place today.
    also a she printed a letter that you would agree with from a soldier who was stationed in Germany in the 70s

  22. helenk3 says:

    this article really gives you something to think about

  23. helenk3 says:

    would like to see this guy on the Mongolian Olympic team

  24. wmcb says:

    Here’s the thing: I’m in favor of civil rights. I’m not in favor of being cheered for deliberately and gratuitously desecrating people’s religious spaces. That’s not “bravery”, that’s childish barbarism.

    • 1539days says:

      DeBlasio is really bringing NYC back to the 70s, where bums and violent criminals littered the street while rich white liberals talked about social justice in expensive restaurants.

    • 49erDweet says:

      The Brits call folks doing that “hooligans”. Californians call them “delinquents”. Texans call them “target practice”.

    • Mary says:

      Does Deblasio not know that Pussy Riot went to the oldest and most prestigious Christian church in Russia, stood on the main altar and pee’d all over it? They’d have been arrested in American, too, had they done that here.

      • The Klown says:

        I’m not sure how you expose human rights abuses by the Russian government by defiling a church altar.

        • wmcb says:

          That’s the thing. As many problems as I have with the behavior of Islam, I’d never dream of it being “okay” or in any way helpful to march into a major mosque and start pissing on Korans. And if I did, it would rightly be seen as a statement of a desire to religiously exterminate them.

          Why is this ok for the sacred spaces of Christians, and Christians only?

  25. helenk3 says:

    any one watching Judge Jeanine tonight. between Benghazai and the power grid problems it is a must see. when the video becomes available see it

  26. threewickets says:

    Did you move the furniture around.

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    She should have placed at least 3rd.

  29. The Klown says:

    That girl is more flexible than a Chinese acrobat.

  30. Propertius says:

    I’ve often thought that it should have been perfectly obvious that the “Soviet experiment” was going to go horribly, horribly wrong in its very first days – when Lenin said the following (as quoted by John Reed in Ten Days That Shook the World):

    If Socialism can only be realised when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years …. The Socialist political party−this is the vanguard of the working−class; it must not allow itself to be halted by the lack of education of the mass average, but it must lead the masses, using the Soviets as organs of revolutionary initiative….

    It seems to me that it’s all foretold right there: the purges, the show trials, the gulags, the famines, and the iron fist of the CPSU and the various secret police agencies that kept it in power.

    • The Klown says:

      John Reed and the other early communists had an excuse – socialism/communism were just theories that had never actually been tried.

      Today’s idiots have no excuse.

      • Propertius says:

        Reed was a smart, if terribly naive, guy who really was appalled at the brutality and inequity of the 19th (and early 20th) Century version of capitalism (rather like Marx himself). I still don’t understand how he could have heard those words (especially when they were being used to completely disenfranchise and marginalize the democratic left-wing parties in Russia) without realizing that Lenin was intent on establishing a brutal totalitarian dictatorship. And Lenin was a pussycat compared to Stalin.

      • wmcb says:

        They assumed that human beings are ultimately malleable, and thus may be “improved” via coercion, and grow to like it. It’s an almost purely religious, Puritan-esque philosophy. The Perfection of Man imposed from without. All philosophies of that nature fail, badly.

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