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Saturday, June 26, 2010

So... who's the idiot?

Eldest and I were driving home with the radio on a local alternative music station we listen to most of the time.  At a break between songs, the DJ started talking about the Gulf oil spill.  We had been talking and missed the segue, but he started making fun of Sarah Palin's thoughts on how the spill should be dealt with.  He was rather derisive, but didn't actually quote her.  Instead, he played a sound clip with a sort of "you have to hear it to believe what an idiot she is" introduction.

The clip was only a second or two long, and it was of Palin saying that the US should turn to the Dutch for help with the oil spill.  The DJ then continued mocking her, making comments along the lines of "The Dutch!?!  What are they doing to do?  Build a dike?"

Well, someone did act the fool, but it wasn't Sarah Palin.

The Dutch know how to handle maritime emergencies. In the event of an oil spill, The Netherlands government, which owns its own ships and high-tech skimmers, gives an oil company 12 hours to demonstrate it has the spill in hand. If the company shows signs of unpreparedness, the government dispatches its own ships at the oil company’s expense. “If there’s a country that’s experienced with building dikes and managing water, it’s the Netherlands,” says Geert Visser, the Dutch consul general in Houston.

So not only was Palin right, but in his effort to make fun her, this DJ managed to demonstrate his own ignorance, and mock an entire country at the same time.

Don't  you just love it when people try to make fools of others, but only succeed in making fools of themselves, instead?

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