Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Our First Weekly Jackass Award

I am so excited to introduce to you a new feature, the Weekly Jackass, awarded every Wednesday (so keep checking back)...and our first winner is....ANDY ROONEY, come on down. Our favorite cranky, unfunny old guy who for some inexplicable reason is on TV every week has outdone himself this time with this brilliant analysis of the election (from the Tufts Daily):

Rooney said he thought Iraq was "an ignorant society, not to be critical of them," a remark which was questioned later in his speech. Rooney defended the comment, saying that it is difficult to sell democracy in a country where few have access to the media and illiteracy is high, but acknowledged that "my attitude of the Iraqis is typical of the America I am complaining about."

Rooney also attributed voters' reliance on religion in the recent election to ignorance. "I am an atheist," Rooney said. "I don't understand religion at all. I'm sure I'll offend a lot of people by saying this, but I think it's all nonsense."

He said Christian fundamentalism is a result of "a lack of education. They haven't been exposed to what the world has to offer."

Rooney said he also could not understand how "men who work with their hands voted for George Bush," and again attributing the phenomenon to a lack of education. "The labor force is conservative," he said. "How in the world did that happen?"

So Rooney insults both the American and the Iraqi electorate in one fell swoop - and apparently doesn't see the glaring contradiction when he chides Bush for failing to win the support of the Iraqis (if only we had thought of the amazing insult strategy!).

Earlier this year, Rooney had a mock conversation with God and asked Mel Gibson how much money he stood to make off the crucifixion of Christ - so again, you see the astonishing consistency of this pea brain...if he's an atheist, as he states he is, what does he care? Examples of the man's lack of intelligence are easy to find, but let's just note in passing that Rooney has also managed to insult Greek Americans, Black Americans, gay Americans, and native Americans. So stand tall, Andy, we salute you as our Weekly Jackass!

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