Wednesday 31 December 2014

Stupid Statements  (Part XIV)


What follows is Part XIV of my essays on people making stupid statements. We are all prone to making stupid statements but some people's statements are really ludicrous as you will see as you read on.

Rosie DiManno, a columnist with the Toronto Star described herself as “sprinting down the street in pursuit of motorists who have angered her, shrieking and pounding on the windows of the motorists she was chasing and even reaching in and twisting the motorist’s ears. Then she directed her ire at cyclists who she accuses of (here it comes) being intolerant.

A 13-year-old boy in Whitby Ontario along with two other teens stole a truck and went on a joy ride which resulted in three pedestrians being struck and seriously injured. The 13-year-old punk’s explanation for stealing the truck was, Yo Bro. “I really had a bad day. My girlfriend broke up with me.”  Is that his defence?

Vladimir Putin the president of Russia said on December 4th 2014 in his annual state-of-the-nation address said, “The efforts (of the West) to thwart Russia have existed for decades if not centuries.”  Where was he when the Western Allies during the Second World War, sent ships and goods to Russian to help them fight the Nazis?  This man also likened the Western powers to Adolf Hitler. Now that is really a stupid thing to say considering that Putin and Hitler had something in common—attacking nations that were their neighbours.

Phil Alexander Robertson (born on April 24, 1946) is an American professional hunter, businessman (Duck Commander), and reality television star on the popular television series Duck Dynasty. In a 2009 video of a Georgia Sportsmen Ministry event, shown on TV. This stupid man said about getting married, “Look. You wait until they get to be twenty years old [so] the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about fifteen or sixteen when they will pluck your ducks.  He married his wife when he was sixteen and she was fifteen. His immaturity just lingers on and on. 

Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director to Congressman Stephen Fincher learned the hard way that there has always been an understanding with the people in the United States that you can publically criticize the president but not his children. I know of only two instances when the children of two presidents were criticized. One such criticism was legitimate and the other wasn’t. The legitimate one was done by a Washington Post music critic who lambasted Margaret Truman’s singing which infuriated the president. The second time this occurred was when Elizabeth Lauten noticed how the President Obama’s two daughters were dressed. This silly woman stated in her post which was seen by thousands as she addressed the president’s children, “I get that you are both in your awful teen years   but you’re part of the First Family. Try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. But then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much or the nation for that matter so I am guessing you’re coming up a little short in the good role model department. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”  She later apologized and resigned from her job. I strongly suspect that she was actually fired from her job.      

Rob Ford, the former Mayor of Toronto had hired Alexander Lisi a former convict to be his personal driver. Now there is nothing wrong with hiring a former convict but this man hadn’t reformed. Lisa told three people that he supplied illicit drugs to Ford. When the mayor was video-taped smoking crack cocaine, Lisa attempted to get a hold of the video by threatening death to anyone who wouldn’t turn it over. He was subsequently arrested and charged with extortion. Ford said to reporters after Lisa was arrested, “He's a good guy and I don't throw my friends under the bus. Like I said, he's straight and narrow, never once seen the guy drink, never once seen him do drugs.”  I think Ford’s concept of straight and narrow is like calling a pretzel a flag pole. 

Mat Bowman, a fireman with the Toronto Fire Service tweeted a really stupid tweet. In his tweet, he wrote, “I’d never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried I’d be like HEY! You get your black ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie. His fellow fireman, Lawaun Edwards also tweeted a silly statement. In his tweet, he wrote, “I would give a woman a swat in the back of the head to reset the brain.”  In both of those tweets, the employees identified themselves as Toronto firefighters in one way or another, and so when anyone says something that reflects badly on his or her employer, that person is playing with fire. This is especially so if that person is a public service employee whose reputation with the community is important and when the public has to have confidence in that person’s ability to provide services, it is equally important.” These two tweets (sorry, I meant twits) were fired for their indiscretion.

Singer Bob Dyland whose songs were prominent in the struggle for civil rights made several stupid statements that put him in hot water. He made his comments in the Rolling Stone magazine. During his interview, he remarked how racism was holding America back. His words were; “If you are not a slave master or [there is] Ku Klux Klan in our blood, blacks can sense that. This stuff lingers to this day.  Just like the Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”  That stupid man was implying that if your father was member of the Ku Klux Klan, you will have hatred for Blacks in your blood and if your father was a Nazi, you will have a hatred for Jews in your blood and if you have Croatian blood in your body, you have a hatred for Serbs.                                                

Supreme Court Justice, Hugo Black joined the Ku Klux Klan in the 1030s, thinking it necessary for his political career. Running for the Senate as the ‘people's’ candidate, Black believed he needed the votes of Klan members. Near the end of his life, Black would admit that joining the Klan was a big mistake. Black was one of the Associate Justices who held in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

The American relatives of Adolf Hitler entered into a pact to end the family bloodline by not having children. Investigation of the Hitler clan has revealed that the nephew of the dictator grew up in England and later moved to the US. The nephew, William Patrick Hitler, is long dead but his 3 sons live with their mother in Long Island, according to a report. The publicity-shy sons, who have dropped the Hitler surname, were well aware of the infamy of their bloodline. They talked among themselves about the burden they`ve had in the background of their lives, and decided that none of them would marry, none of them would have children.  

Martin Adolf Bormann is the eldest of 10 children of Martin Bormann who was a very high-ranking Nazi leader.  Martin A, Borman was an ardent young Nazi, attending the Party Academy in Bavaria. In 1947 he became a Roman Catholic and in 1953 entered the priesthood, serving in the Congo for many years. Asking for reassignment to South America, Bormann’s request was denied. Disaffected, he resigned the priesthood, and following a near-fatal injury in 1969, he was nursed back to health by a nun, who then also renounced her vows. They were married in 1971. He became a teacher of theology and retired in 1992. He toured schools speaking about the horrors of the Third Reich.

For Dylan to suggest that all persons who have Croatian blood running in  their veins  hate Serbs is the height of stupidity just as it is equally stupid to suggest that if someone’s father was a member of the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazi Party, or is a Croatian, their hatred runs in their children’s blood and that Blacks, Jews and Serbs can sense that.          

Die-hard supporters of Kim Jong Un (leader of North Korea) are twits who praise that man and are so incredibly stupid, it makes you wonder if they ever passed out of grade one in school. Mark Davies, formerly a member of the North Korea Friendship Club (NKFC) said of Kim Jong Un, The birth of Kim Jong Un was a blessing to all peace-loving people of the world.” He was referring to the leader of North Korea who threatens peace-loving people with an atomic bomb.  A report by the United Nations compared the actions of North Korea with Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany—both countries that had ambitions to take over their neighbors.  Ulrich Larsen who is the head of the Danish NKFC said, I don’t see any difference between the prisons in North Korea and the United States.For the perceived disloyalty of just one relative, three generations of a family—grandparents, parents, and children are sent to perform hard labor on the brink of starvation in brutal North Korean prison camps. One such camp has 15,000 prison inmates. While searching for an appropriate word that best describes these two twits, I found it. It is IDIOTS. 

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