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LIONEL PODCAST: Face It, This Country’s Just Stupid. Admit It.

Stop kidding yourselves. It’s OK, just admit it. We’re stupid. Illiterate, untraveled, politically nescient and doltish. Scientifically backward, culturally dimwitted. But that’s OK. Relax. We’ve got great television and great media. Not for news, mind you. But if you want to know anything about Kim Kardashian’s steatopygean ass or her heartbreak of psoriasis, this is the country to be in. We’ve got ADD as to news. But we’re masters of pop culture arcana.

Remember Mohammed Bouazizi? He was the Tunisian feller who in January of this year went Buddhist monk and performed the ultimate in “I’ve had it up to here” symbolism: self-immolation. His death was said to have inspired the great revolution in the Middle East. Young people utilizing their social media yearning for freedom. What happened to that story? Not a peep from anyone, kids. What ever happened to H1N1, West Nile? Mad Cow? Al Gore’s divorce? Dunno. And watch, before you know it the scandal that threatened to bring Murdoch down will be all but forgotten here. But when it comes to certain stories, the American public is insatiable and unrelenting. Had the Casey Anthony trial gone on for two years, we’d have been all over it, never missing a day of testimony with Nancy Grace and her flaring nostrils to guide us. We do have attention spans beyond that of a gnat but for few things.

But don’t feel bad. It’s not because we don’t care. It’s because we’re stupid. And oh, yes, that picture above? It’s our Mt. Rushmore forebears. Hiding.

LIONEL AUDIO: We Think We Know Stuff.

And they laugh at Christine O’Donnell. And Sarah Palin. Two ditzy dimwit dames who dare to question evolution, climate change, global warming, name it. Haven’t they received the memos?

Now, while I have no serious doubts about the rudiments of Darwinian mechanics but nonetheless question certain anthropogenic causation models laying the groundwork for cap and trade, carbon taxing and the like, I certainly don’t consider myself an expert on these subjects. Nor are most people. What many if not most of us do is repeat the rudiments of a core anecdotal knowledge base, the abecedarian basics of what we are told that others claim. Multi-layered hearsay upon hearsay. We are the repositories of lore, myth and urban legend. We don’t know Shi’ite.

LIONEL AUDIO: I Saw Him Before He Died.

Such was the inadvertent yet very true statement of a friend of mine. Some other great observations. From my mother: “Food tastes better after you’ve eaten it.” Another friend noted that he didn’t prefer cremation after death because it was too final. Herein a most comprehensive mélange.

I love this piece from New York Times contributor Charles Fish entitled “Antaeus and the Tea Party.” Fish notes, “Liberal pundits and the politicians whose agendas they favor continue to misunderstand the Tea Party movement and, what is worse, fail to realize how much the disdainful tone of their criticism fuels it.” The nonstop snarkfest on anything DEMS-NBC or Bill Maher validates those committed acolytes to a cause that may be a tad wanting as to platform but chock-full of certitude. N.B. I left out The Daily Show and Colbert. Their primary goal and direction is entertainment with a political theme. Maher and the cool kids from DEMS-NBC in their own twisted minds are Delphic.

A critter watching the tube. (ca. 1993)