Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tontos Inútils

There is an expression, supposedly originally linked to Vladimir Lenin, to refer to individuals who unwittingly help some organization or cause without intending to: useful idiots (Корисні ідіоти)Several come to mind, such as the long-winded display by Ted Cruz or the judge who sentenced the Montana rapist.  Ted Cruz, by his useless squandering of Senate time to no avail made the case against Obamacare (which I'm not sold on) look petty and mean-spirited.  And the judge, by giving the convicted rapist a 31-day sentence, clearly showed a mass of Americans that the crime of rape (in this case a 14-year-old child) is sometimes not taken as seriously as it should.  If I was in Montana, would this kind of slap on the wrist penalty given to this type of offender make me feel safe to walk the streets?  I hope like heck that it galvinizes people to take things like that seriously, and develop some serious deterrents.  Maybe a long sentence followed by periodic mandatory medhydroxyprogesterone acetate injections, which serve as a chemical castration!

In other words, "You serve big time first, and then no hard-ons for you afterwards, Coover."

Anyway, having let off my steam about those yo-yos, let me now turn to all of Congress: a bunch of useless idiots.

Clearly, only part of the term useful idiots would apply to them; anyway, it would be hard to sell the term to Congress itself, much less the polarized media: the NY Times, the WaPo, Fox News, National Review, the New Republic, and others.  But there is a way:  why not call them tontos inútils (useless idiots)?

They might think that they are compared to the Lone Ranger's faithful companion, Tonto! 

Incldentally, did Jay Silverheels, the actor who originally played Tonto, ever find out that Tonto meant "dumb" or "slow" in Spanish?

And our illegal immigrants (or undocumented workers; take your pick) would be laughing and our movers and shakers would not understand why!

We have 97% of genes in common with chimpanzees.


12 comments:

Bilbo said...

It is poor grammar and word choice to use the words "useful" and "Cruz," "GOP," or "Tea Party" in the same sentence. Just sayin'.

Leroy said...

I think Angel described them as useless idiots. Which they are.

MarkD60 said...

If the opposite of Pro is Con, what is the opposite of Progress?

Mike said...

Interesting info about the name Tonto. I never knew that.

Cloudia said...

Oh I don't know. Seems they are serving their real masters very well- corporate profits are soaring. Not sold on the affordable care act? Folks I know got insuran$e rebates, free preventative care, insurance for their kids. Plus congressional budget office says its started bringing costs down. Of course we all miss preexisting conditions in children, lifetime caps on med insurance and keeping the job you hate just to keep your medical. Kinda appeals to me.....

Aloiha gal pal:-)

Cloudia said...

Aloiha? Ha!

Meredith said...

A great idea for sentencing rapists. I'm all for it.

Big Sky Heidi said...

But what does kemo sabe mean?

Mike said...

OK, Heidi's comment got me looking at wikipedia.

Kemo Sabe translates as "trusty scout" or "faithful friend" in Potawatomi (Tonto's language).

Tonto translates as "wild one" in Potawatomi.

I tried to verify this in Google translate but it seems Google doesn't translate Potawatomi.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Mike, that's amazing information!

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Chimps in cages sling shit at people. That sounds like Congress.

Kristen Drittsekkdatter said...

It's strictly the GOP that is at fault.