Monday, August 6, 2012

No More Idiots. Please.

Typically my blogs aren’t overly opinionated. Most of the time I am telling stories about Koos Inc., the 400 Club or writing about sports. Oh, ya, and Survivor. The Trilogy returns September 19th. All in all, I try to entertain people. I want them to laugh.

Tonight I don’t feel much like laughing.

A couple of weeks ago I almost wrote a blog that was going to be titled, “People Are Stupid”. I planned on explaining the difference between being ignorant and being stupid. Somehow I talked myself out of writing that one. Instead I wrote about being positive.

Not tonight.

I’m not going to write about stupid people. I’m not going to write about ignorant people. No, tonight I have decided to write about idiots.

There are many idiots out there. They are rammed down our throats on a daily basis. Talk radio, Facebook and Twitter are three prime sources that provide an almost constant reminder of the existence of idiots.

Sometimes, if you are a big enough idiot, you make my Boobs of the Week list. Like comedian Roseanne Barr who decided to post on Twitter that people who choose to eat at Chick-fil-A deserve cancer. She didn’t word it quite so nicely.

No matter what your stance is on the whole Dan Cathy fiasco, you don’t wish cancer on anyone. Unless you’re an idiot.

Another idiot that made my Boob list is Rick Santorum, recent contender for the Republican nomination for President. He decided to come to the defense of Penn State after the extremely damaging Freeh report decimated the university’s reputation.

Maybe I’m crazy, but coming to the defense of an institution that chose to protect a child rapist for more than a decade sounds like a bad idea. It sounds like something only an idiot would do.

Not all idiots are celebrities or politicians. Normal, everyday people are idiots and don’t even realize it. That’s probably why they are idiots. Don’t be alarmed, we have all been an idiot at one time or another. But, given the chance, people have to stop being idiots.

No more idiots. Please.

The first step to prevent continuing to be an idiot is doing a little critical thinking. Start questioning what you read and hear. Determine whether something is completely true, partially true or total bullshit.

A good example where a little critical thinking would help is the current race between the four Republican candidates for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat. The ads have gotten quite contentious and a bit nasty.

Tommy Thompson ran a radio ad a couple of weeks ago questioning Eric Hovde’s conservative credentials because the hedge fund manager and community banker gave a donation to former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle.

The ad accuses Hovde of making a $500 contribution to Doyle’s 2005 campaign “against Scott Walker” prior to the 2006 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.

The only thing is, Scott Walker wasn’t even running against Jim Doyle in that race. On November 7, 2006, Doyle, the incumbent defeated Republican Congressman Mark Green. Oops.

if you don’t believe me, look it up. That’s what I did when I heard the ad. Thompson’s camp has since modified it. Don’t assume everything you hear or see is true. Don’t be an idiot. 

Another current ad comes to mind. Does anyone really believe that Mark Neumann’s three-year-old grandson, Charlie, actually said, “Grandpa, tell them to stop spending my money.” Now, I know Charlie is a little rascal, but come on. Really? I choose not to believe it. I don’t want to be an idiot.

Earlier, I mentioned that talk radio as a breeding ground for idiots. It’s true, they are all over the place. And sometimes the hosts are as bad as the callers.

About a month ago, on a local talk radio show, one of the regular hosts had the night off, so someone else from the station sat in. Normally when this guy fills in, I don’t bother to listen. He has a voice that sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard and he thinks he is a whole lot smarter than he is.

For whatever reason, I didn’t turn the radio off this particular time. My mistake.

After thirty minutes of railing about the cost of recall elections, they changed the subject to road projects being done around the city. The two of them questioned if the citizens of Kenosha had been consulted on whether or not they wanted any of this work done.

They finally came to the brilliant conclusion that from now on, before any project is started, there should be a referendum. Honestly, that’s what they said. Maybe they think referendums are free. Nope, I know they are not. I’m not an idiot. I guarantee that neither of those hosts knows who their alderman is.

Speaking of local radio, this gem was posted on Lenny Palmer’s Facebook wall yesterday, shortly after the tragedy in Oak Creek:

“Hey Lenny did you hear about the hostage situation in Oak Creek? Man, a tactical take down!!! I would give my left nut to be in on that!!! Check it out!”

Idiots that make statements like that infuriate me and make me sad all at the same time. They have the potential of becoming the next James Holmes or Wade Michael Page.

When someone tells me that guns don’t kill people, I don’t believe them. I know they do. Especially the automatic and semi-automatic types. That’s what they are made for. Killing. And why would someone need an assault weapon? Why?

Listen, I’m not trying to tell you which way to lean. No matter what side of the fence you are on, do yourself a favor and do some critical thinking before you believe something. We can’t just think with only our hearts, we need to use our heads as well.

No more idiots. Please.

Until next time… from the booth.

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