What’s Next…

If ever there was a modern poster boy for the proverbial “Ugly American” it’s so-called “comedian” Bob Thompson; a fat, sweaty, perpetually angry white man who loudly hyperventilates on YouTube every few days from his concrete bunker with obnoxious, in-your-face rants about topical events — all of which seem to piss him off to the point where his head is just about to explode.

The sad part about Bob’s performance art (if one can generously describe it as such) is that a good number of online sociopaths actually seem to take him quite seriously. Invariably, there will be comments on his posts to the effect that he’s plainly speaking “the truth” or that his hysterical ravings somehow accurately reflect the inner sentiments of his viewers. Take for example this comment from “MrSTANDFORAMERICA” about relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:

Don’t no one send a penny to Haiti. Hell don’t even land a plane on the ground. But just air drop everything. Water for 1 year, food for 6 months, and a shit load of FEMA coffins. Throw in some rakes, shovels and hoes for clean up. And in 1 year, if they haven’t cleaned everything up. Go in and finish what the earthquake started. And rid the earth of these useless and worthless people.

It’s hard not to be completely aghast at the cruel insensitivity of such a remark And yet, this sort of callous, morally depraved rubbish freely abounds on the Internet. Most likely it was always the case, but now the brilliant innovations of “social media” affords us a more open view into the dark hearts and tormented souls of our fellow humans as never before.

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37 responses to “What’s Next…

  1. Ti-Guy

    Americans are usually the first off the mark to wonder if they’re shouldering a burden disproportionately. For nationals of such an insular country, they do seem rather obsessed with comparisons with the rest of the World.

    Thompson’s rant about aid from the rest of the World are based on information that was premature. This article, dated today from Voice of America, updates Europe’s commitment to aid, which is now at 500 million. I’m sure it’s the same all over.

    The people who paid attention and are reacting to the content of this are not going to be any better educated about this than they what they saw here, however.

    Otherwise, I just don’t care for the style of the rant anymore. Like I’ve said elsewhere, as the last decade was characterised by “Have Your Say!” and “Let Us Know What You Think!” I’m hoping this one will be marked by “Ok, That’s Enough Now,” and “Oh, DO shut up.”

  2. Okhropir rumiani

    Sorry, is this guy serious?

  3. Read a great book over the week-end – “Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown Up Idealists”, by Susan Neiman.. fascinating.. and it while it tends to be more than a little obvious in its disdain for “conservative” notions, nonetheless it’s an excellent read on both the potential greatness and the current dissapointment in the American experiment.

    What struck me in particular, is the nobility of the dream inherent in the U.S. Constitution:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

    So, then, how sad that the great potential of such a notion should result in so much misanthropy.. fear and loathing of their fellow human being. Guys like this and some of their confederates like Rush Limbaugh truly miss the whole point of what has, until somewhat recently, allowed the U.S. to be a beacon of hope for all of those who see freedom as something more than a dream.

  4. i’ve spent more time than i’m willing to admit playing grabass with drunken bob’s readers. they’re the dumbest.

    his rants are so fucking predictable. they all have the same pacing, the same running time and the same bogus crescendo and breathless denouement. his greatest crime, however, is never having anything good to say about anything. he’s a one-note wonder. it’s as if he looks at an issue and asks himself, “how can i fake some overblown outrage about this?” i rarely swear on youtube, but i reserve a “fuck you” for drunken, angry bob’s malinformed offerings.

    fuck you, bob. again.

    KEvron

  5. EFL

    If you want to help stop the same thing in Canada, I came across a website, electionnightincanada.com, with some banners and useful resources targetted at educating people about the essential issue re. Harper & democracy, that goes beyond prorogation & Saturday rallies.

  6. KEv — Nicely said.

    I thought the guy was kind of amusing a while back (it’s fun to watch someone letting off steam, after all), but now he’s just become a tedious, seriously unfunny gasbag whose hateful tirades a little more than a pathetic excuse to flog Bob-related merchandise

    I’ve unsubscribed and will no longer be troubled by his insane, fact-free ravings. With any luck he’ll have an aneurysm or massive coronary attack before too long.

  7. Grammin

    For lack of better word……that guy is retarded.

  8. Okhropir — Good question. I suspect that he is, but if not, the sad part remains that many of his followers are deadly so.

  9. Rob — Not to be too nit-picky or anything, but “the dream inherent in the U.S. Constitution” is in fact a passage from the Declaration of Independence. But yes, it is a wonderful, uplifting sentiment; albeit one that’s quite fundamentally selfish in nature.

  10. “I’ve unsubscribed”

    ah-HA!

    KEvron

  11. I’ve unsubscribed.

    You’ve done an invaluable service to yourself. You’ll be doing an invaluable service to your global community if you take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that this man is never allowed to operate a motor vehicle or be left alone in the presence of minors.

  12. Unfortunately, ignoring him is all that I can do. Perhaps if more people do likewise he’ll eventually be forced to get a real job and cease polluting the ether with his obstreperous bile.

  13. ….i almost forgot:

    “Americans are usually the first off the mark to wonder if they’re shouldering a burden disproportionately.”

    it was americans who were all over the chimp’s tight wallet in ’04. oh, DO shut up.

    KEvron

  14. Ti-Guy

    it was americans who were all over the chimp’s tight wallet in ‘04.

    What does this mean?

    Sorry, but I won’t shut up on this issue. Canadians entered WW2 in 1939 and since that time, we’ve had to endure Americans claiming they won it, single-handedly and that no one was doing anything until they entered it. And remember, we, Canadians, were the ones who were being scolded for not joining in the Iraq invasion to support “our friend in its hour of need,” an outrage in light of the fact that Canada owes its security to the US, a claim that has absolutely no basis in history.

    I realise that you, yourself are not necessarily guilty of these sentiments but too many of your countrymen are.

    With collective glory comes collective responsibility. I, for example, take responsibility for how boring Canadians are.

  15. “I won’t shut up on this issue.”

    oh, your narrow perspective is an issue now, is it? *snort!*

    “too many of your countrymen”

    could you be a little more vague, please? do they outnumber those willing to give aid?

    KEvron

  16. Ti-Guy

    You’re not going to see me accuse Americans of being ungenerous. They are among the most generous people I know. Unfortunately, being truly generous requires that one *never* expect anything in return. When I see remarks alluding to “ungratefulness,” I wonder.

    Look, it’s not your fault, so stop taking it personally. Your elite does a very poor job of representing Americans to the rest of the World.

  17. Ti-Guy

    Arabs are the most generous people I know, by the way 😉

  18. Canadians entered WW2 in 1939 and since that time, we’ve had to endure Americans claiming they won it…

    ATY, what have you done with Ti-Guy’s body? 😉

  19. Ti-Guy

    ATY, what have you done with Ti-Guy’s body?

    A couple of cartons of Dunhills and I’m anybody’s.

  20. “When I see remarks alluding to ‘ungratefulness,’ I wonder.”

    sure, you do. that’s some bullshit rationalization, pal. you knee-jerk is what you do.

    “stop taking it personally”

    your bigoted generalizations should offend even disinterested parties.

    KEvron, canada’s uncle tom

  21. Ti-Guy

    Did you click on the link to Matt Taibbi’s commentary on David Brooks’s NYT article, KEvron?

    You know, at least I bother to inform myself sufficiently. I bet you’ve never even heard of Vincent Massey, or George Grant or Lionel Groulx or John Ralston Saul or Northrup Frye or Chantal Hébert or Jocelyn Létourneau or John Kenneth Galbraith or Marshall McLuhan…

    …oh, wait. Scratch those last two. They managed to capture the attention of the Americans.

  22. Ti-Guy

    …or Antonine Maillet or Gabrielle Roy or Yann Martel or AY Jackson or Sir Sanford Fleming, or Charles Banting or Wilder Penfield or Armand Bombardier…

  23. “at least I bother to inform myself sufficiently.”

    and yet, you often manage to sound quite ignorant. you’re not the first.

    KEvron

  24. ….and sir sanford fleming molests collies.

    KEvron

  25. Ti-Guy

    and yet, you often manage to sound quite ignorant.

    How so?

  26. “How so?”

    lamentably, sufficiently.

    don’t troll me.

    KEvron

  27. Ti-Guy

    lamentably, sufficiently.

    Heh. A chuckle wins it.

    Nicely played.

  28. yeah, whatever.

    for every tight-assed limbaugh, how many have encouraged donating? i have no idea, and neither do you, but i suspect he’s roundly outnumbered. but you go ahead and keep focusing soley on the limbaughs. it’s not like it matters.

    KEvron

  29. Ti-Guy

    Don’t be ungracious in victory. It don’t become.

  30. i wasn’t aware of any victory. i was merely graciously ellaborating on “sound quite ignorant.”

    millions of americans responded admirably, and all you do is use bob as your example.

    KEvron

  31. Ti-Guy

    For a media survey of (mostly) American opinion on the Haïtian earthquake, I do recommend this smug offering from the smug Canadian magazine, MacLean’s.

  32. usual suspects. i’m underwhelmed.

    KEvron

  33. ….i particularly liked this response to chavez’s quote:

    “Doesn’t take much investigative journalism to find excerpts like these, whatever way you want to look at it. What a waste of time.”

    KEvron

  34. R/T.. of course you’re right. I’m getting schooled today on American political history.. I’ve always sort of understood the Declaration of Independance and the Constitution as sort of hand in hand..

    Though I’m not sure I would call it “selfish”.

    And, for anyone not completely happy with prorogation, I would think this passage would have found great favor:

    The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world…

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.”

  35. Rob, I’d suggest downloading the John Adams series from HBO. Good watching.

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