Thursday 21 January 2010

Stupid Statements (Part XIV)

In August 2009, Shane Oldroyd, 27, of Ossett, West Yorkshire, who was three times over the drink-driving limit when he stole the single-decker Arriva bus, took it on a 30-mile joyride rampaging through the streets of Wakefield in West Yorkshire. When questioned by police, Oldroyd said: “So what. I took the bus for a nice little ride.” Along the way, he ploughed into more than 50 cars, damaged several walls and smashed numerous street signs causing £250,000 in damages. Needless to say, he was jailed for partaking in his ‘nice little ride’.

Britain's worst teenage thug was finally put behind bars after he had been allowed to breach his probation an astonishing 21 different times. The foolishly, softly approach typical of British courts had given out-of-control James Honeywell, 19, the licence to terrorize a city housing estate for six years. The young creep’s reign of lawlessness came to an end on October 10th 2008 when he was jailed for two years. He had made life hell for locals of a nearby community after committing more than 400 incidents of anti-social behaviour. His shameful exploits included drug offences, burglary, racist taunts, firing stones at houses, hammering on windows and doors at all hours, egg-throwing and overturning bins. Despite being handed a five-year probation period in June 2005 at the age of 16, and being banned from entering Gloucester last year, the lout repeatedly flouted court rulings and continued his lawless rampage. In September 2008, the menace pleaded guilty to breaching his probation for the 21st time, as well as racially aggravated threatening words and behaviour, theft and possession of cannabis. Honeywell's dad Paul refuses to accept the true extent of his son's crimes. He said: "James is not a hardened criminal. He is just easily led." But as normality returns to the once-stricken streets of the Leazes estate, locals who bore the brunt of Honeywell's behaviour couldn't disagree more.

Mehmet Ali Agca served 19 years in an Italian prison for shooting John Paul on May 13, 1981 and another 10 years in Turkey for the earlier murder of a newspaper editor. Agca's motives for attempting to kill the Pope remain a mystery, although when he was arrested he said he was acting alone. There have been long-standing questions about the mental health of Agca, based on his frequent outlandish outbursts and statements. In a statement issued on his release, he said: "I proclaim the end of the world. All the world will be destroyed in this century. Every human being will die in this century... I am the Christ eternal." Obviously this man is a mental case but will we hear about his crazy acts in the future now that he has been released from his Turkey prison to live among humans again?

When you consider just how stupid some statements made by some politicians, are, it makes you wonder how they actually got elected into office. What follows is enough to make you belch. Reach for the Epson salts while reading their stupid statements.

From 1982 through 1988, Mary Anne Tebedo served as a Republican in the Colorado House of Representatives, and was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1988. At one time while she was in office, she said, “Statistics show that teenage pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25.” Didn’t anyone tell her that being a teenager significantly drops off when you turn 20?

“Those who died in the earthquake, their lives will never be the same again.” That was said by Barbara Boxer, the Democratic senator from California. It’s their bodies that will never be the same. Their lives on the other hand are non-existent.

“I believe that gays and lesbians deserve to have the same rights as homosexuals.” That was said by Rev. Al Sharpton in 2002 who is a minister and civil rights activist and was a Democratic presidential candidate in 2004. Didn’t he realize that gays and lesbians are also homosexuals?

“A zebra does not change its spots.” This was said by Al Gore, when he was attacking President George Bush in 1992. Hey Gore dummy, a zebra has stripes. It’s the leopard that has spots.

“This is still the greatest country in the world if we just steel our wills and lose our minds.” This was said by President Bill Clinton when he was the 42nd President of the United States, He must have been losing his mind when he said that statement.

Here is another boner he came up with. “If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.” He said that during an August 12, 1993 speech. Suggesting to voters that their personal freedoms should be limited is fatal to winning an election and yet he got in nevertheless.

How is this one for one of Bill Clinton’s gaffes? “The last time I checked, the Constitution said, 'of the people, by the people and for the people.' That's what the Declaration of Independence says.” Bill Clinton made that statement while quoting Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during a 1996 campaign stop.

Here is another of his stupid comments. “The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.” He said that on MTV in 1993 just after he was elected president of the United States. It was too late to do anything after he got elected.

“The police are not here to create disorder. They are here to preserve disorder.” That was said by Chicago Mayor, Richard J. Daley during the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention. He was Mayor of Chicago and Chairman of the Cooke County Democratic Central Committee from 1955 until his death in 1976. He certainly preserved disorder in Chicago while he was that city’s mayor.

“I haven't committed a crime. What I have done is fail to comply with the law.” This was said by New York City Mayor David Dinkins reacting to accusations that he didn't pay his taxes.

“We don't want to open a box of Pandoras.” That was said by Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C. He was referring to the Greek Pandoras’ Box.

This dumb mayor was just mad because he got caught using drugs. In fact he was so angry, he said, and again I quote; “What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?”

“I don’t know anyone here that’s been killed by a gun.” That ridiculous statement was made by Avers Alexander who was a member of the House of Representatives in Louisiana. Just because he doesn’t know anyone personally whose been killed by a gun doesn’t mean that people aren’t killed by a gun. If he was speaking in the House of Representatives when he made that statement, there wouldn’t be anyone in his immediate presence that was killed while he was making that statement so what he said was rather stupid.

“Breast cancer victims face a long waiting line before they could get a biopsy or, uh, or a uh, another kind of, what am I looking for, a sonogram or....” That was said by Al Gore a former Vice-President of the United States and Democratic presidential nominee in 2000. People in the crowd came to his aid and shouted the correct word he was searching for, it was "Mammogram!"

“I tell you, that Michael Jackson is unbelievable! Isn't he? He's just unbelievable. Three plays in twenty seconds.” Al Gore said that when he was commenting on basketball star Michael Jordan’s performance in a basketball game.

“Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids.” Teresa Heinz-Kerry, the wife of 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said that while talking to volunteers packing donations for hurricane relief in the Caribbean. Imagine if you will, that twitchy woman being the first lady in the White House. I shudder to think of it.

“...and the party of a great man who should have been President, who would have been one of the greatest Presidents in history--Hubert Horatio Hornblower!” Jimmy Carter said that intending to mention Hubert Humphrey at the 1980 Democratic National Convention.

“I can't believe we are going to let a majority of the people decide what's best for the state.” That was a statement made by former Louisiana state representative John Travis.

“As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know we don't know.” That rather confusing statement was made by Donald Rumsfeld on February 12th 2002, at a Department of Defense news briefing

“Our cabinet is always unanimous, except when we disagree.” That was said by British Columbia’s Premier William Vander Zalm

President George W. Bush was one politician who really put his foot in his mouth whenever he opened his mouth to speak both as a governor and as a president. Enjoy these really stupid comments he made.

“I know how hard it is to put food on your family.” When I was a baby, I threw food on my mother. She wasn’t pleased at all. "I know that human beings and fish can coexist peacefully.” I hardly think the fish that are caught by humans so that they can be eaten feel the same way that Bush did when he made that statement. “I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning.” Uhh? “They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.” Actually Georgie boy, it really is a federal program. “I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.” Was that dummy aware that he couldn’t preserve executive powers for those presidents who were in office before he was? “If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.” Oh, he is so profound. “Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.” Is he saying that no one else recognize that important relationship between a mother and her child? “The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century.” Well he didn’t live in the Nineteenth Century and he isn’t living in the Twenty Second Century so what other century did this boob live in? “I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy -- but that could change.” He certainly tried to make the change. "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.” That was three words. “I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.” Now he is telling us that he has been in the future.“It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.” Humans have always been in our solar system. I suppose he really meant to suggest that we as humans should explore other possibilities of living on other planets in our solar system. He actually had the nerve to say, and I quote; “The French need a word entrepreneur.” I really like this statement of his; “The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that George Bush may or may not make." He really got that one wrong. There is one statement that he made that truly rings true when he said; “People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.”

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