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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Kossacks Cry Out for a Return to Stupidity

Yes, reclaim your roots and be proud of your lack of intelligence and stubborness.

Embracing Our Inner Jackass
by georgia10
Sun Aug 20, 2006 at 04:21:35 AM PDT

Symbols are everything in politics. Whether it's the American flag or a yellow ribbon or a peace symbol, a simple image can connote so much. I've always wondered how and why the donkey came to symbolize our party. I decided to satisfy my curiosity and finally figure out the answer.

Interesting that this nutroot doesn't know the basics about his party.

It wouldn't take much photoshopping to alter Nast's "Third Term Panic" of 1874 to a "Second Term Panic" of 2006. Swap "Caesarism" with the threat of an imperial presidency. Add some more reality into the pit, like Iraq, Afghanistan, deficits and death. All that's missing from today's political picture is that little jackass...

Let's embrace our inner jackass. Let's immerse ourselves in an issue, wear it as our skin, and let's start kicking, screaming and raising hell. Sure, no matter how good the midterm numbers look, the Republican Party is still a formidable opponent whose massive election apparatus makes winning a Democratic majority an uphill battle. And yes, that is intimidating. But let us not forget that now more than ever, the Republican Party has adopted its symbol to the core. Today's GOP moves with sloth-like slowness. It clumsily meanders through crisis. It stomps its way through delicate issues. It knows nothing of nuance or degree. It is, above all things, just there, standing stupidly still most of the time, oblivious to its own stench or the dark shadow its lumbering body casts upon our lives.

And I'd like to point out that elephants can be quite fast (24 mph)... and if you think facing a stubborn and stupid donkey is a challenge, try a charging elephant. Oh, and let's not forget that the Elephant is often believed to be one of the more intelligent of God's creations.

Meanwhile, donkey's have the distinction of being a multicultural insult:
Insult and vulgarity
  • The donkey has long been a symbol of ignorance. Examples can be found in Aesop's Fables, Apuleius's The Golden Ass (The Metamorphoses of Lucius Apuleius) and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Because of its connection with ignorance, in modern slang, referring to someone as a dumbass means that they are unintelligent. Many people would find this term vulgar and rude. On the other hand, referring to someone as a smartass means that they are somewhat intelligent, but smart-alecky and irreverent.
  • In contrast, to refer to someone as a jackass in modern slang provides a connotation of being obnoxious, rude, and thoughtless, with or without the added connotation of stupidity. This usage is also considered vulgar. A less vulgar substitute is donkey itself, as in, "He is such a donkey; he dances to Abba's 'Dancing Queen' in his underwear."
  • The unmodified word ass has entered common use in the English language as a term used to describe a person who resembles a donkey in some way, such as appearance, stubbornness, foolishness, etc.
  • In football, especially in the United Kingdom, a player who is considered unskilful, and to rely overly on his physical attributes to cover up his technical shortcomings, is often dubbed a "donkey."
  • Term for bad poker players that play hands when the odds are against them. "Wayne is such a donkey, he put all his chips in drawing dead" (also sometimes referred to as a fish)
  • in Egypt, Donkey or homar is a derogatory term that refers to someone of very limited intelligence. Another usage is "Work Donkey" which means a very heavy worker, usually in routine non-creative work; for example, someone might say "Give that job to Ali, he's a Work Donkey anyway and he won't mind."


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ARC: St Wendeler