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NEWS
September 23, 2004
STUPID: Voting for George W. Bush. Stupider: Registering to vote but not voting for anybody. Stupidest: Not registering to vote so you can't vote for anybody. Deaf, blind and stupid: Ignoring the Iraq invasion's real goal, which is to make Bush a wartime figurehead so he has a better shot at retaining his stolen presidency. John Loftus Hatboro
NEWS
October 1, 1986
Commenting on the proposed convention center near Reading Terminal, City Council's director of economic analysis noted that other cities are building these things, and said, "They may be stupid, but their stupidity requires a response from us. Do we compete or do we drop out?" I say we stay in the competition. Our city government is already world famous for its stupidity, but with the convention center proposal it has reached new heights. Most cities spend $45 million to $150 million for their convention centers.
NEWS
March 7, 1987
In your recent editorial "What to do about smoking ads," you deftly avoid your responsibility to the public's health and welfare by invoking the First Amendment. If you truly feel cigarette smoking is harmful and that cigarette ad revenue is not a compelling issue in the matter, then why not run matching anti-smoking ads to better educate the public? These ads can be paid for by increasing the advertising costs for the smoking ads. After all, "it is better to tax and educate. " You state that cigarette smoking is stupid.
NEWS
December 6, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A suburban Philadelphia businessman testified in federal court yesterday that he and a partner rigged nationwide sweepstakes contests sponsored by major companies and stole grand prizes worth more than $300,000. Steven B. Gross testified that he and fellow promoter Charles B. "Chuck" Seidman acted out of "greed and stupidity" in swindling contest sponsors Alpo Pet Food Inc., Georgia Pacific and the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, among others. "It's just a terrible mistake," added Gross, 39, of Narberth, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges last week and faces up to 10 years in prison.
NEWS
September 20, 1989 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Ivy Leaguer Douglas C. Gelber gave up selling stocks and took up selling cocaine. Then his career in the dope trade crashed. He was charged with murder. Yesterday, he went on trial in Common Pleas Court. Gelber, 31, is what his lawyer called "a meek person - peaceful and non- violent. " Stupid, too, lawyer Dennis J. Cogan told jurors. And with a cocaine craving that "ruined" his life. "If there was a crime of stupidity, Douglas Gelber would plead guilty," Cogan said.
NEWS
May 7, 1988 | By Claude Lewis, Inquirer Editorial Board
Perhaps I read the grand jury report on the deadly May 13, 1985, MOVE confrontation differently from others. What the report says to me is that if stupidity were a capital offense, Mayor Goode, Fire Commissioner William C. Richmond, former Police Commissioner Gregore J. Sambor and former managing director Leo A. Brooks would all take up residence on death row. However, stupidity is not a capital offense. For that reason, these men will be spared every punishment except the one that each must live with - assuming they have consciences - the knowledge that their actions led to the unnecessary deaths of 11 human beings, five of whom were defenseless children.
NEWS
March 23, 1995 | by Rich Cohen, New York Times
In the last few years, dumbness has come out from under the sheets and behind the picket fences, out into the public square to be admired by all. It's on display in movies like "The Brady Bunch" and "Dumb and Dumber," and TV shows like "Beavis and Butt-head. " And the trend gives no sign of slacking, with the forthcoming release of "The Stupids," a John Landis picture based on the notion that if a stupid person is funny, then a whole stupid family is real funny. But where does all this idiocy come from?
NEWS
September 11, 1992 | BY MOLLY IVINS
The interesting thing about being on a college campus is that the questions come from such unexpected directions. There I was holding forth on the sorry litany concerning the current state of the economy. I talked about the whole disaster of the '80s - trebling the national debt, cutting taxes on richies while spending $2 trillion on the military, the concentration of wealth at the top, the squeezing of the middle class, the increase in poverty, the decline of family income, the deficit, the loopholes bought with campaign contributions, the savings and loan debacle, the pending banking crisis, the decline in savings, the trade deficit, the interest payments.
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NEWS
May 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Not at my church. That's the attitude - described later as both "pretty stupid" and "incredibly heroic" - that two ushers displayed when an assailant pointed a gun at them and a 72-year-old friar, and snatched away a collection bag they were carrying. Without hesitating, the two younger men ran after the assailant and recovered the money. About 1:30 p.m. Sunday, after one of the busiest Masses of the year at St. Anthony of Padua in Camden - celebrating First Communion for dozens of children - ushers Francisco Torres and Jose Garcia brought the canvas bag holding the day's collection to Brother Karl Koenig in the sacristy.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE LATE night TV war will soon have another new combatant. After helping Lady Gaga and Bill Murray close down Manhattan's legendary Roseland Ballroom on Wednesday night's "Late Show," yesterday David Letterman announced the closing of his own show. The longest-running late night host in TV history said he will retire in 2015, when his current contract expires. He announced no specific end date, telling his audience he expects his exit will be in "at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future - 2015, for the love of God, [band leader]
NEWS
December 5, 2013
"PLEASE forgive us thugs/cowards, because we're stupid. "We wake up in the worst situation you can imagine. There is no love or discipline where we come from. Our mommas are ignorant when it comes to education, love, respect or discipline. I'm in the streets from morning till night. "I'm angry . I'm ashamed to say that, but it's true. I live in a dirty neighborhood (of course, I contribute to the filth on the streets). I am not loved, don't know how to give love. I am hungry and scared.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I was a single mom for most of my teenagers' lives. We have never been financially stable, and lately things have hit an all-time low. I am prone to bouts of depression. I remarried last year, and my husband unfortunately does not understand or tolerate the depressions. He feels I should just "get over" things. He also doesn't believe in anti-depressants. It got so bad I attempted suicide last weekend. My husband said my doing that was abusive to him . My medical-aid funds are more than half used up. For me to see a psychiatrist will take a huge chunk out of it. If I do it, my family will miss out on medical care should the need arise later in the year.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE THING is certain: Kenneth W. Smith Jr. is a bonehead. Everyone from the judge to his family to his own lawyer used the term to describe Smith when he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Monday for a hoax against a romantic rival that grounded a US Airways flight in September. "My plan to be with the one I love and have a simple life was shattered by my decisions," said Smith, who sobbed during most of the hearing. "I had no idea it would turn into what it did. " On Sept.
SPORTS
January 30, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis might have been prepared to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not among them. He declined to directly address a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis was the NFL's leading tackler in the playoffs after missing 10 regular-season games with the injury. The company says its deer-antler substance contains a byproduct of human growth hormone.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party on Thursday to "stop being the stupid party" as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses. In the keynote address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, Jindal said the GOP didn't need to change its values but "might need to change just about everything else we are doing. " "We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults," he said.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
By Jonathan Gurwitz Sore losers threatening to leave the United States. Extremists trafficking in loose talk about secession. A description of the aftermath of the 2012 election? Yes, but also of the situation in 2004. The liberal establishment has been exasperated to discover that some Americans who are dismayed at the prospect of living four more years under an administration they detest could consider secession. In response to petitions that appeared on the White House website from citizens in all 50 states asserting the right of states to secede, Obama supporters started their own petition to "strip the citizenship of everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them.
NEWS
November 2, 2012
LAST MONTH'S column on rehabbing handicapped ramps throughout the city was followed by howls of outrage about the cost, hilarity at the placement of some of them and photos from citizens showing some really questionable ramps. Because of changes in federal regulation, Philadelphia (and every other city, town and hamlet in the nation) must install upgraded handicapped ramps meeting new guidelines, including plates with truncated domes that look like bumps the size of elevator call buttons.
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer
FORMER REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Herman Cain wants employers to advise their employees about how to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Cain, speaking to about 30 people at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia Friday as part of his 30-day "Truth Tour," said employers must educate their workers about the presidential candidates' public policy proposals. "Because one of the reasons we had to do this truth tour is that stupid people are ruining America," Cain declared. "Some of them don't know they're stupid.
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