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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1993
It's not the economy, it's the stupidity. MARGARET Z. SCHWARTZ Palm Desert
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NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Maybe because I'm not a parent, I don't have a problem with the San Diego couple who decided to set sail across the South Pacific in a 36-foot boat from Mexico with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters in tow. Even though things went seriously wrong. The 1-year-old, who had been treated for salmonella a couple of weeks before the start of the trip (and reportedly was cleared to go on the trip by a doctor), fell ill with a rash and fever. Meanwhile, the boat lost its steering and communication, and the family had to be rescued by a flotilla of personnel: the California Air National Guard, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
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SPORTS
January 21, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Know that bit they used to do on "Saturday Night Live," where they'd mention something completely idiotic someone had pulled off, followed by a disbelieving really? They need to bring it back for Dodgers infielder Justin Sellers, whose alleged escapade Saturday is of the head-shaking, you've-got-to-be-pulling-my-chain variety. Sellers, who had back surgery last season, was arrested in West Sacramento on Saturday on suspicion of  reckless driving and evading police. The reckless driving occurred on an off-road motorcycle in a residential neighborhood, where Sellers was allegedly popping wheelies.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Mike Ditka has weighed in on the upcoming outdoor Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and he didn't mince words. The Hall of Fame player who spent much of his career playing big games in cold, inclement weather said planning the biggest game of the season in a place where such conditions could occur was a bad idea. “The weather's going to be a problem,” Ditka told the Detroit Free Press. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn't be there. I mean, it's stupid.” No word on how Super Bowl XLVIII feels about the ESPN football analyst.
NEWS
December 18, 1988
I would like to take issue with Roger Simon who seems to equate freedom and cost with stupidity. His line of argument seems to run as follows: If someone wants to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, he is stupid. If he has an accident, it will cost me money. Therefore, his stupidity will cost me money and laws must be passed against this. The real issue, Mr. Simon, is not stupidity and how much it will cost you, but freedom and what it costs all of us. If a law was passed to eliminate everything that could cost us money (or maybe only those things that you or I thought were stupid)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1986
Secretary Hodel's arrogance is overshadowed only by his stupidity! SUZANNE ACKERMAN Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1996
With regard to education in general: The failure of our society in almost every respect proves that stupidity is something that has to be learned. JOSEPH MANDELBERG Granada Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1987
Now that the President has finally addressed the Iran-contra mess, maybe the affair should be relabeled SSI like the Star Wars Initiative. Stubbornness, stupidity and ignorance. JERRY DRUCKER Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986
Congratulations on your insightful well-thought editorial. But is anybody listening? Certainly not the Administration, nor the Congress, not even the public. Despite overwhelming public opinion against the Administration's policy in Central and South America the Congress has kowtowed to the President and the public holds our officials blameless, as if the U.S. policy was being directed by some outside forces. Some things are unacceptable regardless of partisan politics. In this case it is the stupidity of our people in allowing continued U.S. intervention, which inevitably will push groups such as the Sandinistas closer toward reliance on Soviet help, thereby justifying greater U.S. intervention--a vicious circle of stupidity!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1990
Thank you for your very needed expose of the nunchaku , the pathetic over-kill pain-compliance device being used to stop sincere nonviolent people of all ages, sexes, and ethnic backgrounds from protecting babies from abortionists. Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates' quote is appalling: "I think it's utter stupidity, utter, complete stupidity," referring to new federal funding conditions put upon cities to stop police from using "excessive force." Gates wouldn't think it so "stupid" if his son had not even been warned by the police before the nunchaku was applied, resulting in excruciating pain, scarred wrists (still after 8 months)
SPORTS
January 18, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
If you're questioning why Rory McIlroy was penalized two shots for taking improper relief during the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Saturday, you're not alone. McIlroy, who dropped from second place to a tie for fourth entering the final round, referred to the penalty as part of golf's "stupid rules. " The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland had hit his drive on the second hole onto a gallery crosswalk. He was given a free drop for relief, but when he played his shot he had one foot on the line marking the drop area.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
One Direction singer Liam Payne has apologized for posting a photo of himself in a precarious situation. The snapshot in question featured the UK boy bander standing on what appears to be a ledge of a 34th-floor balcony of an East London high-rise (Think: Christian Bale's Batman lurking in the shadows in "The Dark Knight"). The photo was reportedly taken by one of his buddies over the weekend following his bandmate Zayn Malik's 21st birthday. It has since been removed from Twitter but was obtained by the Daily Mail.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SAN ANTONIO - Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said an ESPN report about Los Angeles having a discussion about trading Blake Griffin to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony was "so stupid. " Rivers clearly was upset about the report and about being asked about the so-called trade talks by reporters before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. Rivers said the Clippers aren't engaged in talks to trade Griffin for Anthony and aren't going to trade their All-Star power forward.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said an ESPN report that the organization has had internal discussions about possibly trading Blake Griffin to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony was “so stupid.” Rivers clearly was upset about the report, and about being asked about it by reporters before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. Rivers said the Clippers aren't engaged in talks to trade Griffin for Anthony and aren't going to trade their All-Star power forward.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Someone made Paris Hilton the butt of a Twitter hoax Thursday involving "her" reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, and girlfriend is not happy about it.  "RIP Nelson Mandela," the Photoshopped tweet read. "Your 'I Have A Dream' speech was so inspiring. An amazing man. " That's right, Hilton was supposedly so dumb she confused Mandela with Martin Luther King Jr., the fake tweet would have you believe. Photos: Celebrities react to the death of Nelson Mandela A quick check of Hilton's verified account at the time the hoax started revealed she was on a plane to Miami.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Words I thought I'd never write: "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville has made an actual movie. I don't mean the occasional part the actor takes in someone else's film, notably Luke Duke in 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard. " Or the string of stunts that migrated pretty much intact to the big screen from MTV's "Jackass" reality series, with "Jackass: The Movie" in 2002, followed by "Jackass Number Two" and "Jackass 3D. " All lowbrow, low-budget and lucrative. What I do mean is that "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" is an evolution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1994
I was very interested to read "UCI Eager for Chancellor to End Silence" (April 24) on the new chancellor at UC Irvine, Laurel Wilkening. I was a bit surprised to read that she was keeping a low profile to avoid appearing "arrogant" and "stupid." After 12 years on three University of California campuses, I can safely say that arrogance and stupidity are universal attributes of UC chancellors. Please speak up, Chancellor Wilkening; true arrogance and stupidity take practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1985
Re the Israeli spy caper, two things become painfully evident: 1--That even Israel is capable of utter stupidity. For a small nation surrounded by a sea of enemies whose only commonality is Israel's demise, stupidity is the worst weakness. 2--Israel's intelligence-gathering apparatus is superior to ours. Evidently, on at least five occasions our intelligence gatherers were caught red-handed by the Israelis in the act of gathering classified information and had their red hands slapped.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Among the proposals coming from House Republicans this morning to end the shutdown/debt limit standoff is a modified version of the Vitter amendment. I identified this measure Monday as one of the four stupidest proposals to end the crisis.  It's been tweaked since then, but it's still dumb. In fact, it may now be the No. 1 stupidest idea.  The original Vitter amendment, as proposed by Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, would have forbade the government to cover any part of the health insurance premiums for members of Congress and their staff.
SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ST. LOUIS - As Don Mattingly watched the home run that might have changed his life, he paused a few seconds to ponder the absurdity of it all. "Playoffs are so stupid, aren't they?" Mattingly remembers thinking. "Just crazy. " Stupidity and craziness that could determine Mattingly's future with the Dodgers. The Dodgers manager hasn't said whether he has received assurances about his job status beyond these playoffs. Dodgers management hasn't said whether it will exercise the team option on his contract for next season.
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