Logic?…. We don’t need no stinkin’ logic!

We don't need no stinkin badges

Yeah.  Happy 4th of July.

It’s one of the most famous lines in movie history (#36 on the American Film Institute list):  a Mexican bandit tries to fool Humphrey Bogart into thinking he and his cronies are Federales.  Bogart asks to see their badges.  The bandido (Alfonso Bedoya) replies in heavily accented Lateeeenoh: “Badges?  We ain’t got no badges.  We don’t need no badges!  I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”   (The Treasure of Sierra Madre, 1948).  Watch the clip here, and laugh your head off for the rest of the day.

Well, while reading a news story about NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, the image of Alfonso Bedoya leapt into my mind, along with his line.  Thank you Dr. Freud: I know where it came from.  Anyway, it seems clear to me that some of our elected leaders who espouse liberal and progressive sociobabble and politibabble have a lot in common with Bedoya’s character, Gold Hat.    They claim to be logical, but when pressed on their loopy thinking legislating, and judging, they get the same look on their faces as Gold Hat.

No need to list the obvious:  hope and Change; People-to-people diplomacy;  Obama care is a tax and not a tax simultaneously; having to pass massive bills without reading them and saying that they have to pass in order to find out what the contents are; and so on….

Sometimes it boils down to pure hypocrisy, or one of the oldest of American traditions: scamming, flim-flamming, being con- men and women, snake oil salesmen, spiritual descendants of  John Romulus Brinkley, the Great Rejuvenator, who managed to convince thousands of men across America that he had access to the Fountain of Youth and could sell you its elixir in a bottle.   Disciples of P.T.  “there’s- a- sucker- born- every- minute” Barnum.  And also disciples of holier-than-thou-fire-and-brimstone preachers who have the sole answer to the world’s problems and warn you that if you don’t follow their advice there will be hell to pay.   Herman Melville knew this type back in the 19th century.  His last novel, The Confidence-Man sought highlighted the role played by such swindlers in American life.

And here is the key to their success: feigned sincerity.  They babble away, constantly repeating the same phrases because they want to disengage the thinking process and to give the illusion of utter sincerity.    Entire college courses are dedicated to this subject.  My lovely wife took one, years ago.   Good writers have zeroed in on this for quite some time.  The news media have not.

So, anyway, here is the news piece that summoned the ghost of Gold Hat:  Mayor Michael “Nanny State”  Bloomberg, censor of eating and drinking habits, enemy of the Big Gulp, presided over the hot-dog eating contest at Coney Island, where the record to be broken stands at 68 @#$#@! hot dogs in 10 minutes.    Ñoooooooooooo!

Read all about it here.  Enjoy your hot dogs today.  And God bless America, where we can tell the @#@!%*! scammers to go to hell.


3 thoughts on “Logic?…. We don’t need no stinkin’ logic!”

  1. “They babble away, constantly repeating the same phrases because they want to disengage the thinking process and to give the illusion of utter sincerity.Entire college courses are dedicated to this subject.”

    And yet, worldwide, Fidel and Che remain most popular precisely on college campuses!–especially among faculty!…unreal.

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