Friday, April 20, 2012

There Are Way Too Many Stupid People out There These Days

Today’s blog is one of those Let’s-Talk-about-Stupid pieces. Because, let’s face it, there’s a whole lot of stupid out there.

Desperately contending for the top-10 list is the woman who just got legal permission to receive worker’s compensation from a federal court because – wait for it – she was injured in her hotel room while having sex.

Not. Even. Kidding.

(Incidentally, the judge who delivered the decision deserves an honorable mention as well.)

And that might not even be the worst of the frivolous lawsuits circulating right now, considering Charla Nash’s case. She was the lady who had her face chewed off by her friend’s pet chimpanzee a few years ago. And now she’s suing the state for the attack.

Her attorney, Charles Willinger, says that the Connecticut government – specifically the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) – “knew it was an accident waiting to happen. They knew the animal had no permit, and in spite of all this, the DEEP took no action. Under Connecticut law… the DEEP must either issue a permit or the statute says it shall seize and dispose of the animal. It chose to do neither.”

Willinger clearly has a point in directing attention to the fact that, if the government is going to be making intrusive rules, it should also be enforcing them. But what he fails to mention is how bewilderingly foolish his client is.

Only an exceptionally stupid individual would willingly associate with a woman who not only keeps a 200-pound chimpanzee on her property but lets it roam freely and treats it like her child.

Sorry, but it’s true.

It’s also true that the Secret Service agency is filled with similarly ignorant individuals, as evidenced by the still-unwinding case of their dangerously boorish behavior with Columbian prostitutes. In addition, it’s also come to light that one of the men involved, David Randall Chaney, was stupid enough to post his thoughts about then-VP nominee Sarah Palin when he was assigned to her detail back in 2008.

His status: “I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean?”

Clearly, either Chaney is stupid enough to think Facebook a secure sight, is stupid enough to believe the comment was appropriate for a taxpayer-paid protective personnel, or is stupid enough to think that it’s acceptable to behave like a dumb jock well into his 40s.

Regardless of exactly how or why, however, it’s fairly undeniable that he is in fact stupid… Just one more product of our post-intellectual era.

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