Burch: Mr. Inappropriate

Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

A Tennessee athlete played two key roles in the 2012 Olympics. Amber Charles captains the Tennessee Temple University women’s basketball team, but she hails from London. In 2004, she presented London’s proposal to members of the International Olympic Committee. Recently, millions of people watched her carry the final torch at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

Tennessee is also represented by other athletes, including 2004 Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin, a world-class sprinter, and Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings, two world-class basketball players who won gold medals in the 2008 Olympics.

But unfortunately not all Americans are as exemplary. One less-than-world-class visitor threw a dark shadow over the opening ceremonies and left millions of otherwise ecstatic Brits feeling slighted by a prototypical “ugly American.”

Mitt Romney fumbled the ball in his first attempt at international diplomacy, when he suggested that London was not ready to host the Olympics. He called British preparations “disconcerting,” saying it’s “hard to know just how well it will turn out.” He seemed to be suggesting that England’s organizers fell short of the Olympic gold standard: himself.

America’s Mr. Inappropriate shocked Downing Street with his bad manners and lack of grace. Prime Minister David Cameron rebuked Romney with typical British irony: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

But Romney was not content to insult only the organizers. He also seemed to impugn the character of the English people, by asking if they would “come together and celebrate the Olympic moment,” as if only Americans under his leadership are capable of attending sporting events.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid justifiably questioned why an American presidential candidate would “go over and insult everybody.”

Then, as if determined to prove that what happened in London was no fluke, Romney proceeded to alienate most of the Muslim world when, during his next stop in Israel, he suggested that Israelis enjoy a better standard of living than Palestinians because they have a superior culture and enjoy the “hand of providence.”

The remarks understandably infuriated Palestinians, who accused Romney of racism and not taking into account the fact that Israel has established a military occupation of the West Bank and a naval blockade of Gaza, which have devastated the Palestinian economy. The consensus opinion of international economists, including the IMF and World Bank, is that the Palestinian economy will remain depressed until Israel ends restrictions on imports, exports and the movement of goods.

But that was not the end of Romney’s blunders. During a speech delivered later in the day, he said, “It’s a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.” The problem, of course, is that Israel has already wrested around 80 percent of the land of Palestine from the native population by force, hook and crook. If Israel claims all Jerusalem, the Palestinians will have no hope of a viable state of their own. So Israel claiming all Jerusalem with the backing of its superpower patron could inspire another intifada, more acts of terrorism like 9/11 and perhaps even World War III.

Later, Romney spoke of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something saner world leaders have wisely refused to do. At times Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish-American billionaire casino magnate who has contributed millions to Newt Gingrich’s and Romney’s presidential campaigns, sat next to Mr. Inappropriate. It seems obvious to me that Adelson is making massive contributions to American politicians in return for them agreeing to support an American embassy in Jerusalem. But that could be seen as an act of war by people who demand independence from Israeli tyranny and oppression for Palestinians.

“We condemn his statements. Those who speak about the two-state solution should know that there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters. “What this man is doing here is just promoting extremism, violence and hatred, and this is absolutely unacceptable. His statements are just rewarding the occupation and aggression.”

Romney has criticized Barack Obama, alleging that the president had “thrown Israel under a bus” by pushing for a two-state solution. But the man most responsible for defending Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, made it clear that the Obama administration has given “unprecedented backing to Israel’s security” and has “done a lot to maintain Israel’s qualitative [military] advantage” in the region.

So it seems that even Israeli Jews and Palestinians who agree about nothing else can agree about one thing: Mr. Inappropriate has no business trying to lead the free world.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

226 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:26

Great post Ask01. Rasputin has one big problem, he can't see past his on short comings, it has something to do with his lack of something.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:28

Just to aggravate the senile one.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:28

Just to aggravate the senile one.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:28

Just to aggravate the senile one.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 5:28

Just to aggravate the senile one.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 6:10

I'm amazed you brain can work that well, dumba$$. Keep it up, you might even learn something.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 7:45

Valgur is you .

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 7:45

Valgur is you .

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 7:45

Valgur is you .

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 8:08

Keep it up, dumba$$. It's great knowing how unintelligent you're proving yourself to be.

Wouldn't it be great if Barry Soetoro would volunteer to prove his intelligence as easily as you?

By: Rasputin72 on 8/8/12 at 8:22

ASK01.......Thanks for your "treatise" I have seen it so many times before, "failure breeds contempt"

By: bfra on 8/8/12 at 8:25

Rasputin72 - "failure breeds contempt"
Since you are a perfect example of this, you should know. It also creates envy, which you seem to be full of.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/8/12 at 8:45

BFRA.........Having read so many of your comments I can see how your references can become a little detached. "Remember you and those like you are counting on Obama and his "chicken in every pot" If and when this chicken is in your pot please take a moment of silence to remember that Obama could not provide this chicken if it were not for people like me.

I can sense from your disdain for my postings that people like myself are somewhat of a novelty to your reality.

By: bfra on 8/8/12 at 8:53

Raspy - People like yourself are probably a novelty, in the fact of being so pretentious, you are really quite comical but not amusing.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 9:21

Dammit, Rasputin72, quit capitalizing that name. As I told you before, you're making them fart too loud and too often.

By: Mike Burch on 8/8/12 at 10:48


What on earth will you do with your time when BHO is no longer president?


By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:17

Rasputin must really feel superior having yogi as a side kick. LOL

The sub human kissing his ego.

By: bfra on 8/8/12 at 11:20

Mike - That is a good question!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 11:21

Mike he will still be the leading cause of Americas continues fall toward the Dark Ages.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 11:28


I will let you all off the hook and you can go back to making your facetious comments on this site. That is, unless the Republican party picks someone to run as our VP who is in the same Constitutionally ineligibility bracket as Barack Obama (if that's his name).

At my age, if I go off of this site under such circumstances, you'll know I'm dead and I know y'all won't say; "We miss you ole man and wish you wuz still here".

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 12:31

The old fart is too stupid to understand he is already dead.

I sure want miss the likes of you.

By: Mike Burch on 8/8/12 at 4:13


I can see you now, in heaven, demanding to see proof that Jesus is who he claims to be. They didn't have birth certificates back then, and there are disputes about whether Jesus was the son of Joseph, and where he spent his childhood. The same questions that you ask about BHO, people once asked about Jesus.

Will you be true to your convictions, in heaven, I wonder?


By: budlight on 8/8/12 at 4:44

Captain Nemo on 8/6/12 at 3:40
The average man has to show three years of income tax to buy a house, yet the right wing fringe is willing to let Romney lead the country with know qusetions asked.

Yeah and the guy who's in charge now: We asked questions and got no answers after almost 4 years.

The law is for a candidate to show 2 years. Mr. Romney obeyed the law. So move on to another topic.

By: budlight on 8/8/12 at 4:47

Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 3:52
Bfra.......I have a suggestion that will probably bother you. I would deduct the lunch money from the welfare check of the parent or parents and see that the children have lunch and breakfast. Now if you had suggested that the parent or parents go hungry I probably would be aligned with that.

The one thing that I think could be done to save this country from the underclass would be to revoke voting privileges for every person who does not pay any federal income tax.

Would that bother you?

Rasp, did you know that this summer schools were serving lunch (or breakfast) to anyone under 18 at the schools. I saw the sign in Smyrna and heard of it at other schools. I'm amazed.

By: Ask01 on 8/8/12 at 5:47

Raspy, I fear I must further disillusion you, and deflate your logic.

I've pretty much attained every goal I set for myself, and am content. I don't have to prove anything to the person who matters most, myself that is, and could care less about others assessment.

My 'treatise,' as you refer to it, (I'm flattered, really) is actually nothing more than the observations of a middle class worker dragged through the mud by those greedily lining their overstuffed pockets at the expense of their fellow citizens. Frighteningly enough for the right wing, conservative, capitalists, I'm not the only middle class schlub who has had these revelations and intends to vote in such a way to protect ourselves.

I read an article several years ago which outlined how the gap between lowest and highest wages in several businesses.

It seems that around the middle of the last century, the gap existed, but was in a way, reasonable. Then, as greed set in, and too much was never enough, the wage gap began to grow into a chasm. Instead of everyone receiving the same percentage increase, a system which served the military well while I was in, the upper echelon began taking more and giving those who actually broke a sweat less.

The fascinating, or disturbing part was I read this probably 10 years ago, and the gap, I'm certain, has since grown even wider.

No one begrudges making money. However, if businesses wish to continue making money, they need to band together to ensure they pay their employees enough to buy each others goods. They can still get filthy stinking rich, since the money will eventually cycle back to them, but it may take a few weeks longer.

Of course, if enough angry people vote to protect themselves, as many are planning, we could witness a solid Democratic front in the House, Senate, and White House. As I noted before, failing to voluntarily loosen the purse strings to put the peasants to work could result in mandatory taxes, fines and penalties to help those workers corporations have put out of work.

The choice is theirs, but time is running quickly out to acheive meaningful change workers will actually trust.

Have a wonderful evening.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 5:53

You shouldn't be amazed at any thing the government is doing now, budlight. Their boy Barry is working his way in every way he can in his takeover bid.

When the official nominations are put on the table at the party's "gittogethers", I believe all hell is going to break loose. I can't wait to see who wins.

A lot of people don't like Romney because of the way he made his money. Was it legal or illegal? Unless they can prove it illegal, he earned every dollar he made. Could they be jealous because they weren't as successful?

They let Obama usurp the office 4 years ago and surely they can see what kind of mess he's made. Give Romney 4 years and let's see what he can do with our economy and employment. If he can't make it work, put him out after one term.

I hope Barry doesn't try to pull a martial law stunt.

By: yogiman on 8/8/12 at 6:15


I hate to tell you this but yes, I will be true in Heaven. I will be as true up there as I am down here. Two things I was taught as a child: You don't lie and you don't steal. I'm too damned old to change my way of life now.

The difference between Jesus and Barack Obama are awesome; wouldn't you think?
Jesus was honest, Barry ain't. He tells one lie after another.

He's so good at it he's got all of you people fooled into thinking he's who he says he is and doesn't need to prove it. After all, he said it.

I mean, what's a little piece of paper you need to get your driver's license and get your child in school? They used to call them birth certificates. Which makes me wonder, which one did Barry's mother show when she enrolled him in school? I'll bet it wasn't the same as the one he's showing now.

And isn't it ironic now: You have to identify yourself to vote for someone who doesn't have to identify themselves to receive your vote.

Ain't nuthin like the USA votun booth, is it?

If Barry takes over the USA, he'll tell God he can't have it any more, it's under his control now.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/9/12 at 7:20

ASK01............Since all I have to go by is your bitterness about people who have achieved more than yourself I certainly will accept your "pledge" that this is not so.

My observations over many years and being a layman at history are that nothing since the beginning of man has at any time been totally fair. It has been for always that "whomever gets there fustest with the mostest" is the winner.

In my lifetime I have been outfought, outpositioned, outbred and outthought. Never once did it enter my mind to whine. I kept getting up and playing the game no matter how unfair until I found a way to win. Now I fight the same fight as you. The exception being that I am fighting to hold on to what I have and you are fighting a system that is unpenetratable.

Even if Obama and his legions of lower class and underclass pedestrians win the house the senate and the executive office you are going to find that within that "monarchy" that fairness will always take a back seat to greed and power.

There will be only a changing of the guard at the very top of the food chain called money. You will find yourself cheated again as you purportedly have been all your life.

I do think that for you that a sweep in November will feel much like being out in the cold on a winter day. Then peeing in your pants and onto your leg will feel very warm and nice until the ammonia start working on your skin. There will never be parity and fairness for some people as long as there are people.

Hail to the victors!

By: Ummm... on 8/9/12 at 10:33

Once again, Rasputin (the resident bigot) shows the dubious quality of his "upperclass" education by using the word "unpenetratable," which is, of course, not a word at all. I'm sure he wanted to use "impenetrable," but couldn't because of his colossal ignorance- which is the hallmark of all self-righteous bigots such as he.

By: bfra on 8/9/12 at 10:43

Wonder about the part where he describes in detail how it feels to pee on one's self. That has to come from experience.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/12 at 12:04

I'm laughting at budlight who jumps from yogi to someone she thinks is richer. You got to say the old cow will go where the money is. Rasputin you better keep in eye on your money, because bud works a different kind of welfare looking for sugar daddies.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/12 at 12:06

I'm laughting at budlight who jumps from yogi to someone she thinks is richer. You got to say the old cow will go where the money is. Rasputin you better keep in eye on your money, because bud works a different kind of welfare looking for sugar daddies.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/12 at 12:12

If Rasputin has any money or class you can be sure he married into it. :-P

By: Rasputin72 on 8/9/12 at 12:13

Bfra.......Of course it came from a childhood experience I have never ever forgotten. It led to that great analogy. I wonder if ol Ummm knows any righteous bigots or if he has anyway of knowing what percentage of Americans are bigots. I think bigotry is a term used by those that are underclass and hate it.

I wonder how many words are used by the underclass population that absolutely make them underclass?

In the meantime, "Let the Big Dog eat!!

By: bfra on 8/9/12 at 12:37

I found it quite revealing as to your true persona. I would imagine, very few grown men would remember that experience so vividly.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/12 at 12:37

yogi licks his female dog because she cant or so he says. Just throwing you a bone BIG DOG.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/9/12 at 12:41

yogi licks dogs and Rasputin pees on himself. Two Wild and Crazy Guys.

By: yogiman on 8/9/12 at 2:05


Have you ever heard of liability? You know, making negative statements about someone as a facetious comment? Especially someone you don't even know.

I refer to you, lack of intelligence is not an excuse.

By: bfra on 8/9/12 at 2:12

yogifart - Nemo is only talking about things the person themselves have admitted and posted on this board.

By: yogiman on 8/9/12 at 3:24

Name one, bfra (bad farts repeated again)

By: Rasputin72 on 8/9/12 at 6:02

To all the Villagers who make this board so much fun, Obama would be proud of your efforts. I cannot tell you how much entertainment this is for me.

I am sure you can remember some advice you got from the boys on the corner. "Everybody that has more than you probably stole it," It is my understanding that this is a universal creed among those of you with the maturity to understand street economics.

By: yogiman on 8/9/12 at 6:54

Unless you're an Obama fan, Rasputin72, I just got a note the Supreme Court is quietly taking a case on Obama. When the s... hits the fan it means Joe Biden will takeover.

My God! Can you imagine Joe Biden in our Oval Office? Did he know something that made him refuse any other office offer except the VP slot?

Wouldn't he be guilty for not releasing such information?

By: Ask01 on 8/9/12 at 7:52

I realize now we have another troll on the board dedicated to agitating and stirring up controversy.

Our mad monk wannabe is, I suspect, merely a minimum wage drone with delusions of granduer seeking to compensate for several extreme shortcomings by pretending to be well off.

Wouldn't it be shocking to discover he is actually one of those unfortunates we see congregated outside the public library waiting to get inside and use a free computer?

The positive side is I can save some time skipping his posts or responding to comments.

By: yogiman on 8/9/12 at 9:50


If you're referring to me I can assure you I'm not trying to be your mad monk. As I've said before, time will tell.

Why do you think Obama has refused to identify himself? Why has he refused to show any papers on himself. Doesn't that give you a hint? We only have a few weeks left. Let's see wht happens, OK?

By: gdiafante on 8/10/12 at 6:38

Here's what's going to happen...the election will go on as planned, the choice will be Obama and Romney, one will win, one will lose and the birthers will still be whining like a baby waiting for this "evidence" to come to light.

Why do you think Yogi is so dumb? Do you think his parents are also siblings? Was he kicked in the head by a mule? Was his childhood room coated with lead paint? Did he sniff gasoline to pass the time? Was he diagnosed with degenerative brain syndrome as a teenager? Once he was an adult, did all his friends beat the hell out of him? Was DiCaprio playing him in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"? Was he trying to figure out how to change a light bulb and stuck his finger in a socket causing brain damage? Is his brain really keeping his head from caving in? Do the mentally retarded call him slow? Does he really hold the Guiness Book of Worlds Records for being the first human to insert his head into his derrier?

By: bfra on 8/10/12 at 7:22

gdiafante - Yes to all listed! Without any doubt.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/12 at 7:44

He was locked in the closet for days at a time, because he was an embarassment to his Pa. Not the kind of man the Wade family tree expected.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/12 at 7:44

He was locked in the closet for days at a time, because he was an embarassment to his Pa. Not the kind of man the Wade family tree expected.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/12 at 7:47

Yes bud I double clickjust to see your stupid post.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/10/12 at 7:51

ASKO1.......You should skip reading my posts. These posts are designed to give indegestion to cyncis like yourself.