Archive for the 'Dumb Things Said By Smart People' Category

Open Thread – Juan Williams Fired by NPR for comments on Fox

By mw | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Islam, Media

Juan Williams comments betrayed irrational bigotry toward Muslims, but not maliciously so. He should have had an opportunity to acknowledge the mistake and keep his job. That said, I understand and appreciate that any media outlet or broadcast entertainment organization, whether public or private, are well within their purview to dismiss on-air talent who make public statements that alienates their audience, subscribers, and advertisers.

October 21st, 2010 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

The ‘First, DO Harm’ Act – CA Prop 14

By Solomon Kleinsmith | Related entries in Bad Decisions, California, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Independents, Partisan Nonsense, Politics

I wont be nearly the first person to be writing about California’s Proposition 14. I’m coming late into the game, having only listened to the vague positive talking points of the California Independent Voter Network (CAIVN), and their allies, who have talked this proposition up. But I began to see some dissent, and took at […]

June 6th, 2010 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Truth in Blogging

By mw | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Partisan Hacks, Partisan Nonsense

We are unaccustomed to this kind of refreshing candor coming from a Communication Director of any administration in recent memory. Pfeiffer delivers on the promise of the title “The Same Old Washington Blame Game” with much more of the same old Washington blame game in the post itself.

January 2nd, 2010 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Health Care Bill More Dangerous Than Terrorism?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Health Care, Republicans, Terrorism, Video

Ahh, I “love” the political critters in the House. Why? Just watch… Here’s the thing, the reason these folks can get away with nonsense like this is because congressional districts have been so gerrymandered as to be almost completely red or blue. And given that Rep. Foxx is from North Carolina’s 5th district (very safely […]

November 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

John Derbyshire Claims America Would Be Better Off If Women Couldn’t Vote

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Conservatives, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Voting

First things first….obviously most conservatives don’t believe this. However, Ann Coulter has said something very similar. The audio… And here’s a partial transcript… DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose […]

September 30th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Come On Dave…Really?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Comedy, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Video

Not exactly Letterman’s finest moment… Yeah, I know it’s just a joke, but it turns out it was a fairly tasteless one when you consider the daughter Palin brought to the game was 14 year old Willow. I doubt if he’ll apologize, but he should. Tweet

June 10th, 2009 | Permalink| 30 Comments »

Steele: Obama Elected Because He Was Black

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Obama, Republicans, Video

I didn’t think Steele could get any hackier, but yet again he proves me wrong. Roll tape! And here’s the transcript… STEELE: The problem that we have with this president is that we don’t know [Obama]. He was not vetted, folks. … He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black […]

May 22nd, 2009 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

Quote Of The Day – Secession

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Quotes, Texas

“Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.” – Texas Governor Rick Perry hinting at secession at a Tea Party rally today And here’s the audio… First off, he’s wrong. Texas never […]

April 15th, 2009 | Permalink| 23 Comments »

The Myth of Europeanism

By Mark Thompson | Related entries in Conservatism, Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Economy, Liberalism

One thing that has long baffled me has been the idea on the American Right that Europe is some kind of socialist hell-hole that borders on Communist. The thrust of the argument always seems to be that European government is so large and intrusive, and it public mores so lacking and dare I say nihilistic […]

March 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

Jindal Admits Story Was Incorrect

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People, History, Jindal, Voting

Earlier today I posted about Jindal’s suspect Hurricane Katrina story and now his handlers are revising the record. First, the clip… And now, the truth from Politico: The spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers, said the story Jindal told in his response to Obama actually took place some days later in Lee’s office — though still in Katrina’s […]

February 27th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »