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June 19, 2013

Irish Lawmaker to Government: You've Made Us a Nation of Pimps, With Your Ridiculous Slobbering Over Obama

Princeton can use a man like Joel.

The lawmaker is a liberal and is revolted at the temperamentally-pacifist nation -- Ireland having been an outspoken critic of the Iraq War (and not a fan of World War II, for that matter) -- sucking up to President Dronestrike as he's about to arm Al Qaeda-affiliated guerrillas in Syria. (Then again, as you now know, the only difference between a Warmonger and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the latter's ability to say he feels conflicted n' stuff about killing.)

Parliamentarian Clare Daly said her country's government had showcased the country “as a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head,” The Irish Times reports.

The “unprecedented slobbering” during Obama's two-day visit to Northern Ireland, she said, had even led to speculation that “you were going to deck the Cabinet out in leprechaun hats decorated with a bit of stars and stripes to really mark abject humiliation.”

Here's a bit of verbiage from the article: "a do-down." A "do-down," an Irish construction, is a putting down of something. So one guy says this woman has given Irish morale a "do-down."

Yeah I'm not adding that to my own vocabulary. Just pointing it out.

Meanwhile, Obama made some controversial remarks in Northern Ireland, blaming violence on his old standby, Christian religiosity.

Likening religious schools to segregation--a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South--President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division.

"Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity--symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others--these are not tangential to peace; they’re essential to it," said Obama. "If towns remain divided--if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs--if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division. It discourages cooperation.

You have to be a real Special Specimen to go all Bull in a China Shop in a foreign country with its own very complicated history and start offering up bromides that are simultaneously childishly naive and completely offensive.

Hey, all you have to do to achieve peace is to give up the central pillars of your identity.

Well why didn't you say so?! That's easy! Let me get started on that right now.

Consider how stupid and counter-productive such statements are. If peace requires sacrificing the central pillars of the self, it's not terribly attractive, is it?

Could peace be had without making such a determined effort at self-abnegation? Could people have differences and retain their basic identities and yet still have peace?

Apparently not. Christian schools will just have to go. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezey, and nothing of value lost, anyway. Christianity doesn't have the beauty that Islam does, you know.

But Obama knows everything about peace. That's why they gave him the Nobel Peace Prize, and that's why the world is, of course, wholly at peace.

Thanks to @noahcrothman for both.

Is the media talking about Obama's very undiplomatic version of diplomacy? Of course not, Gaffes Are For Republicans.

Those are still by @rexharrisonshat and @championchapua. I never understood why they didn't get all viral 'n stuff.

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