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May 19, 2006
ISEE THAT Pepsi has a new patriotic can with a picture of the Empire State Building and the Pledge of Allegiance on it. But Pepsi decided that "they didn't want to offend anyone" by putting the words "under God" on the can. Well, I'm offended that they left it off. This is yet another case of hypocrisy in this world of ungodly creatures. Money, which is all anyone cares about, has a big four-word phrase on every single piece of currency that says "In God We Trust. " America: The country of idiots.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
TEENAGERS are idiots. I know this because I was a teenager, all my friends were teenagers and all of us were idiots. I also went to high school with teenagers. And they were idiots, too. This is not a slur. Teenagers have no choice but to be idiots. They know too little to be otherwise. The question is, how idiotic do they get? If they're lucky, they'll be idiotic in ways that are only silly or mortifying and they won't hurt or kill themselves or anyone else. If they're unlucky, they'll be idiotic in ways that the luckier teens will recall with sadness at future high-school reunions, when everyone's finally old enough to worry about their own idiot teenagers.
NEWS
November 26, 2008
I FOR ONE have had it. I'm sick and tired of a bunch of idiots foaming at the mouth regarding President-elect Obama having no experience. Unless I've lost my mind, neither did Ronald Reagan. He was a Hollywood actor. Need I say more? Ann Townson Philadelphia
NEWS
April 7, 2010
MEMBERS OF the flash-mob set may be idiots and misfits, but I don't believe they are overly stupid. The mayor, police commissioner and district attorney advertise that they - along with neighbors of the Queen Village and Bella Vista area - were going to walk along South Street to prove that it would be safe that night. Hello, it would take outright idiots to try something knowing that all these officials were going to be there that night. That makes no sense to me. What were they thinking when they advertised it?
NEWS
May 5, 2006
RE CHRISTINE Flowers' op-ed on the generals: I usually don't spend time writing to idiots, but in your case I'll make an exception. A necessary war? The only thing necessary about it was to get boy George re-elected. Perhaps you've heard of an internal memo for the re-election strategy titled "All Iraq All the Time. " That's the only reason we are there. We had to take down a brutal tyrant? If that is the case, we should be attacking dozens of other countries throughout the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1989 | By John H. Richardson, Los Angeles Daily News
They wear pastels. They can't dance. They play golf. They definitely have no sense of rhythm. They're silly and selfish and spoiled. They're WASPs, the latest discovery in the movies' non-stop search for idiots and villains. It has been coming a long time, but in the wake of the big round of year- end film releases, the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant as cold, repressed fool has become so prevalent as to appear to be a cliche. But those depictions aren't likely to disappear anytime soon: they are too safe and convenient a target for filmmakers to give up on them.
NEWS
April 2, 1996 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Mayor Rendell yesterday promised that the city would protect Bridget Ward from further racist attacks in her new Bridesburg home, and said the "small group of idiots" who defaced her home with racial slurs Friday did not represent the community. "This city has some idiots and jerks," Rendell told reporters. "So does every city, but the good people far predominate in this city and the good people will come forward. " Ward became the only African-American resident on her Bridesburg street when she moved in Friday.
NEWS
January 14, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg
V.I. Lenin, the founding dictator of the Soviet Union, had a pithy phrase for the Western liberals who took the side of the Soviets in political debates. He called them "useful idiots. " Today we have a new and improved version of useful idiots; we call them "human shields. " These are the citizens of the United States and Europe who deliberately put themselves between the U.S. military and Saddam Hussein - or Slobodan Milosevic -in order to stop America from its "war of aggression.
NEWS
August 1, 1988 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Not long after the two love-struck college students disappeared from Chicago under mysterious circumstances, one of their friends called and asked me to help publicize the frenzied efforts to find them. I declined, and the friend asked why. So I explained. If they had been kidnapped and murdered, which I thought was unlikely, my column wouldn't bring them back alive. But if they had run off without telling anyone, as I suspected they had, I considered them idiots. And I saw no reason to waste a column on them.
NEWS
April 11, 2011
SEVERAL months ago, there was a lively debate about whether someone was entitled to a parking spot they'd spent their time and energy shoveling out. Some people thought they should have the benefit of their work and labor and sweat. Others felt entitled to someone else's work, labor and sweat. While there won't be problems related to parking due to snow for a while, there are other problems that know no season. First are the people with car alarms that go off day and night. Nobody is breaking into the cars.
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BUSINESS
March 15, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip Rinaldi, the city's refinery titan, offered Philadelphia City Council a lesson in business terminology Friday when he introduced a new phrase into council's vocabulary: "idiot insurance. " During testimony on whether the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works should engage in a public-private partnership, Rinaldi suggested Council could consider protecting its interests by maintaining an ownership stake in any private venture. "I live in a world of mergers and acquisitions," said Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
TEENAGERS are idiots. I know this because I was a teenager, all my friends were teenagers and all of us were idiots. I also went to high school with teenagers. And they were idiots, too. This is not a slur. Teenagers have no choice but to be idiots. They know too little to be otherwise. The question is, how idiotic do they get? If they're lucky, they'll be idiotic in ways that are only silly or mortifying and they won't hurt or kill themselves or anyone else. If they're unlucky, they'll be idiotic in ways that the luckier teens will recall with sadness at future high-school reunions, when everyone's finally old enough to worry about their own idiot teenagers.
NEWS
September 2, 2013
It's hard to imagine a president of the United States publicly denouncing someone as a "dope" and an "idiot. " Sure, President Obama called rapper Kanye West a "jackass" during a bit of off-camera banter, but he didn't intend it for public consumption. And George W. Bush used a more vulgar term to describe a New York Times reporter, deeming him a "major-league" one at that. But his insult also was revealed unexpectedly by a hot mic (as was Vice President Dick Cheney's famous rejoinder, "Big time")
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER CULTURAL CRITIC
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
NEWS
December 28, 2012 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I RIDE SEPTA's regional-rail system. The trains are clean enough and mostly on time.Conductors are polite and helpful, give or take a grump. So, I wasn't sure what to make of the clown of a conductor I came across the other night. Was he some jokester? A jerk? A disgruntled employee? I'm thinking all three. You tell me. I stepped onto the 6:43 p.m. Chestnut Hill West train from Market East and nearly plowed into the woman in front of me. Before I could give her the "tourist much?"
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia cop and convicted murderer Frank Tepper shot 21-year-old William Panas Jr. to death, did he do so in his capacity as a police officer, or, as the city alleges, in his capacity as "Frank Tepper, drunken idiot?" In a federal civil trial that began Monday against the city, the Police Department and Tepper, the attorney for the Panas family, Jimmy Binns, said that Tepper, who identified himself as a cop and flashed his badge before the shooting, was acting as a cop, even though he was off duty when he fired the fatal shots after a neighborhood argument on Nov. 21, 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jen Lancaster is up on her high horse again. Fans of the witty memoirist are delighted to see her back in the saddle. Her just-published book, Jeneration X (NAL, $25.95) is a plea for her contemporaries to stand apart from the willfully infantile generations that bracket them -- the boomers and the millenials -- by acting like adults. "We're differentiating ourselves by becoming the only grownups in the room," says Lancaster. "We're tired of seeing all these baby boomers running around talking about their feelings and these Gen Y kids that you have to constantly coddle or they'll have a meltdown.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
BORDENTOWN - Asked Monday if he regretted calling a Rutgers-Camden law student and former Navy SEAL an "idiot" during an argument at a town-hall meeting last week, Gov. Christie's answer was a typical Gov. Christie answer: "No. " "He acted like an idiot, he is an idiot," Christie told reporters Monday at Bordentown Regional High School, where he was visiting to talk about his education policies. "Just because he's a Navy SEAL doesn't give him any reason to be a jerk," he added.
NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could insult be good for you?   As long as everyone else is getting it, too? For the third straight year, Ricky Gervais hosted Sunday evening's Golden Globe Awards. He was more restrained (and thinner) than usual (oops - was that an insult?). But he still had a couple of good zingers. "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton," he said, comparing the reality-TV queen and the future queen of England. "Bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
THE TITLE RUBE in "Our Idiot Brother" will be tagged as an updated Forrest Gump, but his roots go all the way back to Voltaire's original dope, Candide. Candide, you'll recall, goes from naive optimist to shell-shocked pessimist to a man who says "we must cultivate our garden. " This is tellingly where Paul Rudd, as idiot brother Ned, starts out. He's a hippie on an organic farm, busted at a farmer's market for selling pot to a uniformed police officer. After a stay in county, Ned finds his rusticated girlfriend has a new organic beau, so Paul is off to the New York suburbs to live with family - passed from his dotty mom to his sisters in succession.
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