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
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.
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.
December 6, 1989 |
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.
September 20, 1989 |
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.
May 7, 1988 |
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.
March 23, 1995 |
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?
September 11, 1992 |
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.