Brain Damage

Poor Whoopi Goldberg must have thought she was having an acid flashback while listening to her co-host on The View, Elisabeth Hasslebeck rail on about Barack Obama’s failure to even mention the word “democracy” during his 55 minute speech at Cairo University last week. Not only did Obama mention the word numerous times, he even made it one of the six cardinal points of his speech, as in: “The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.”

One of Whoopi’s more memorable roles was Guinan, the mysterious bartender on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Guinan was an alien with a unique ability to monitor the time lines in alternate universes. Which is where Whoopi must have found herself as the set of The View morphed into the set of the Enterprise’s Ten Forward right before her eyes under the impact of Hasslebeck’s powerful cognitive distortions.

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Guinan, the Starship Enterprise’s alternate reality surfing bartender

Hasslebeck and her wingmen were apparently pushed over the edge by both the tone and substance of Obama’s speech. Billed as a major address to the Muslim World, Obama sought to open up a new dialogue with the world’s 1.5 billion  Muslims based on mutual respect, a frank repudiation of the previous 8 years of Bush-Cheney cowboy, might makes right, American exceptionalism.

As if further evidence was even needed that Obama is a Secret Muslim Manchurian Candidate, he even quoted from The Quran!:

Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.

Whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

How in the world are wingers supposed to make sense of that? Laying down and maintaining the neural pathways for integrating authoritarianism, cognitive dissonance and even sadism into a consistently whacko world view, is, as George W. Bush would say, hard work.

The View commands a daily audience of millions. It’s probably too much to expect that one of its hosts be required to perform a complex task like a word search before denouncing a speech for being devoid of content that it clearly contains.  But I guess there’s room for everything in a multi-verse of near-infinite possibilities.

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the most interesting question is not what the wingers believe, or even why they believe it, but how in hell they can believe it at all.

7 Comments

  1. Propagandee Propagandee

    Help! I think I’m trapped in an alternate universe!

    When I wrote…

    Guinan was an alien with a unique ability to monitor the time lines in alternate universes. Which is where Whoopi must have found herself as the set of The View morphed into the set of the Enterprise’s Ten Forward right before her eyes under the impact of Hasslebeck’s powerful cognitive distortions.

    …I never expected to have Charles Krauthammer apply the same phenomenon to Fux News. Today in the New York Post, he writes is quoted as saying:

    What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.

    Dot-dot-dot- dash…dash…dash….

  2. Okay nonnienines, so you’re a demure rosie o’donnell fan— I’d still like to see my favorite o’donnell— Lawrence— verbally smack the veneer off that little hassle’s back…
    But “gelded,” Suze? Ouch ouch ouch.
    Hey Rastamick, welcome to USojo, I’ve seen you chillin’ at nonnie’s many times, glad you made your way over! If you stop by just half as much as she does, you’ll be here as often as I am. :mrgreen:

  3. Propagandee Propagandee

    Hi Rastamick:

    The rational ones, the herder-planners, probably do. But the sheeple they lead, mostly poor white folk and evangelicals, have to be tricked into voting against their own best interests, as Thomas Frank describes in his book What’s the Matter With Kansas?

    This now rotten fruit of 30 years of Rethuglican think tank research has to rank among the greatest propaganda triumphs since the Age of Goebbels.

    Fortunately, you can’t fool people all the time, as the founder of the modern Republican party once so famously observed.

  4. As far as their believing the garbage they spew I often wonder if even THEY believe it as much as they realize it has to be said to forward their underlying hostilities towards things like intellectual thought, free speech, oversight, competence etc.

  5. i’m not a huge rosie o’donnell fan, but i wish she was still there to make little lizzie cry. 😥 little lizzie is a moron who repeats talking points she gets from the fax machine every morning. i don’t know why she’s given a platform. let her go back to style network where, instead of a platform, she can talk about platform shoes.

  6. Michael,

    She pretty obviously doesn’t read or listen to anything at all except what her handlers give her everyday.

    It’s probably too much to expect that one of its hosts be required to perform a complex task like a word search before denouncing a speech for being devoid of content that it clearly contains.

    She’s never been accused of actually understanding any of the issues has she?

    Thanks for covering this! I’ve thought it was too bad many times that Whoopie’s wings have been clipped on that show. Right. As if I watch it. I think I saw her first appearance where it was obvious that she had been gelded. (Now that’s a nice image, isn’t it?)

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