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The Price of Woof Tickets

barking dogby baldilocks

woof tick­ets

a slang phrase mean­ing a ver­bal threat, crit­i­cism, or insult used to intim­i­date an oppo­nent. The phrase orig­i­nates from woof­ing, mean­ing aim­less talk, an ono­matopoeic ref­er­ence to the sound of dogs barking.

(It’s a sad day when Wikipedia has a bet­ter def­i­n­i­tion for a black slang phrase than does the Urban Dictionary.)

Vic­tor Davis Han­son says aloud what many observers of everyday-​life already knew: in the run-​up to a fist-​fight, the one who talks the loud­est and who talks the most feces is the one to fear the least. This is an over-​arching apho­rism in that it’s applic­a­ble to brew­ing bar fights as well as to brew­ing global con­flicts — and to nearly every other type of tus­sle in between.

Pres­i­dent Obama’s pivot has now joined his sta­ble of dead­lines, red lines, step-​over lines, and “I don’t bluff” and “I’m not kid­ding” asser­tions. The prob­lem with such rhetoric is not just that it is empty, but that it is pre­dictably empty. If Obama can­not lead, can he at least keep quiet about it?

A Rus­sia, China, North Korea, or Iran is not just unim­pressed but encour­aged, see­ing such ser­mo­niz­ing as an assur­ance of noth­ing to fol­low. Obama’s threats are like a gambler’s invol­un­tary tic, which astute poker play­ers read always as a fore­warn­ing of a bluffed empty hand to follow.

He does this because that is what he thinks is expected of him: to talk. He thinks the pres­i­dency is about say­ing the proper set of words under a given set of cir­cum­stances. (Any­thing else is too much like work.)

Exam­ples:

Racial issue involv­ing black per­son? Make speeches implic­itly blam­ing the other party, espe­cially if the other party is white.

Crappy pro­gram pro­moted by the Obama admin­is­tra­tion or by the Demo­c­rat Party? Make speeches pro­mot­ing the pro­gram and/​or brib­ing an inter­est group into accept­ing said program.

And for the topic at hand, war not involv­ing USA? Make “don’t make me come over there” speeches while shak­ing your fin­ger at the “chil­dren” in this manner

…the pres­i­dent or his sec­re­tary of state lec­ture an aggres­sor about its unac­cept­able 19th-​century behav­ior, the Third World about its homo­pho­bia, or the world about the dan­gers of cli­mate change.

Vladimir Putin knows that the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion will do noth­ing and will con­tinue to treat him like a lit­tle yappy dog as long as that lat­ter keep run­ning his mouth. (I would imag­ine that this gives Putin no joy. Guys like that pre­fer to match wits with an able foe, rather than a specially-​abled[i] one.)

Pro­fes­sor Han­son spells out the price we will pay for elect­ing this sim­ple­ton of a leader: another war. But this time I fear it will be right in front of us, and I don’t mean on the device.

There will come a point in time for all Amer­i­cans dur­ing which each of us will be unable to ignore the folly of send­ing Barack Hus­sein Obama to the White House — an illu­mi­nat­ing moment.


[i]I’m sure that the specially-​abled are indig­nant at the comparison.

baldilocksJuli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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barking dogby baldilocks

woof tickets

a slang phrase meaning a verbal threat, criticism, or insult used to intimidate an opponent. The phrase originates from woofing, meaning aimless talk, an onomatopoeic reference to the sound of dogs barking.

(It’s a sad day when Wikipedia has a better definition for a black slang phrase than does the Urban Dictionary.)

Victor Davis Hanson says aloud what many observers of everyday-life already knew:  in the run-up to a fist-fight, the one who talks the loudest and who talks the most feces is the one to fear the least. This is an over-arching aphorism in that it’s applicable to brewing bar fights as well as to brewing global conflicts—and to nearly every other type of tussle in between.

President Obama’s pivot has now joined his stable of deadlines, red lines, step-over lines, and “I don’t bluff” and “I’m not kidding” assertions. The problem with such rhetoric is not just that it is empty, but that it is predictably empty. If Obama cannot lead, can he at least keep quiet about it?

A Russia, China, North Korea, or Iran is not just unimpressed but encouraged, seeing such sermonizing as an assurance of nothing to follow. Obama’s threats are like a gambler’s involuntary tic, which astute poker players read always as a forewarning of a bluffed empty hand to follow.

He does this because that is what he thinks is expected of him: to talk. He thinks the presidency is about saying the proper set of words under a given set of circumstances. (Anything else is too much like work.)

Examples:

Racial issue involving black person? Make speeches implicitly blaming the other party, especially if the other party is white.

Crappy program promoted by the Obama administration or by the Democrat Party? Make speeches promoting the program and/or bribing an interest group into accepting said program.

And for the topic at hand, war not involving USA? Make “don’t make me come over there” speeches while shaking your finger at the “children” in this manner

…the president or his secretary of state lecture an aggressor about its unacceptable 19th-century behavior, the Third World about its homophobia, or the world about the dangers of climate change.

Vladimir Putin knows that the Obama Administration will do nothing and will continue to treat him like a little yappy dog as long as that latter keep running his mouth. (I would imagine that this gives Putin no joy. Guys like that prefer to match wits with an able foe, rather than a specially-abled[i]  one.)

Professor Hanson spells out the price we will pay for electing this simpleton of a leader: another war. But this time I fear it will be right in front of us, and I don’t mean on the device.

There will come a point in time for all Americans during which each of us will be unable to ignore the folly of sending Barack Hussein Obama to the White House—an illuminating moment.

 


[i]I’m sure that the specially-abled are indignant at the comparison.

baldilocksJuliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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