Here’s no secret: Jason Calacanis doesn’t impress me. Sure, the dude can make money (but so could Bernie Madoff), but as far as ideas go? I’m underwhelmed, seriously and truly underwhelmed.
So today, when I spotted this delicious rant of Jason’s on TechCrunch, I was quite pleased to be among the first in line to watch his descent:
RANT: For over a year, I haven’t visited a gas station and have been able to give the finger to the bastards in the Middle East who believe that women and gays are about as valuable as dogs, and that the freedoms we enjoy in the United States are the root causes of all evil. If Obama had any leadership ability, as opposed to his consensus-building nonsense, he would have taken the billions we’re going to spend in Afghanistan and simply spent that money on electric car and solar subsidies in America. We have to stop wasting our money building schools and bridges for backwards societies that don’t appreciate them and start spending that money on energy independence. There is no reason we couldn’t put solar panels on every rooftop in America, and electric cars in every driveway, instead of spending money fighting enemies that don’t want the freedom we’re promoting. Sorry about the rant, but I’m really frustrated that Obama, who I voted for, is such a disappointment. He was supposed to bring some innovation to politics and his policies feel no different than the failed strategies of Cheney/Bush (in that order). If I was president, I would cut our losses in the Middle East and stop sending any money there, instead investing it in nuclear, solar, wind and EVs. This is such an obvious solution to everyone except the idiots we put in power. Shame on all of us. END RANT
Don’t get me wrong – in the midst of his total bigotry, Calacanis has a couple of good points about energy; I’m all about getting off oil (though obviously not for the same reasons). But then, wait, he goes on to say this (in a response to another comment):
It fairly well established that our presence in the region is not welcome. We really shouldn’t be there trying to force democracy on people who believe in lashing women, gays and people who think differently than the religious zealots who run the place.
The more time we spend there the more terrorists we inspire. We should leave and make strategic strikes on terrorist outposts when we need to. We can’t win the heart and minds of people who don’t believe in the most basic human rights (let alone who let religious leader run their societies).
Are their intelligent people in the middle east? Sure, they are just not in charge, in jail or they’ve been murdered already.
Wait wait wait…what? The only intelligent people in the Middle East are in jail or dead?
I’m pretty sure Calacanis’s absurd rant speaks for itself, so I’ll just leave ya’all to marvel in it…
There are a million more things to say, and as @weddady and I have enjoyed pointing out on Twitter, there are lots of incredibly intelligent and awesome Arabs reading TechCrunch, reading Jason’s bullshit, and calling him out on it. We’ve also enjoyed pointing out Arabloggers.com, Arab Techies, the fact that Harvard’s studying Arabic blogs, and all the numerous incredible Arab tech orgs. But Jason’s not interested in that.
Here’s my TechCrunch comment, in full:
Look, you have some points about energy; regardless of where we’re getting it from, there’s no reason to remain dependent on oil with the technology we’re capable of.
But shit like this? “I haven’t visited a gas station and have been able to give the finger to the bastards in the Middle East who believe that women and gays are about as valuable as dogs, and that the freedoms we enjoy in the United States are the root causes of all evil.”
What the HELL do you know? Honestly? Have you ever set foot in the Middle East? Clearly, you’ve never been to Beirut, at least.
But lest I think you’re singling out just the dictators in power…
“Are their intelligent people in the middle east? Sure, they are just not in charge, in jail or they’ve been murdered already.”
Wow, Jason. I’m not sure it gets more ignorant than that.
Oh, and Mahalo sucks.