Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Important Freedom of Stupid

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, comedian Penn Jillette sees something ominous in the passing of the Hummer. An excerpt:

Yeah, Adrien Brody and Carrot Top wasted gallons of gas driving their stupid cars. I can feel smug about my Mini Cooper's sexy 37/28/32 MPG measurements. But I don't think we should be too quick to feel happy about the stupid Hummers going away. We're all making bad choices all the time, and most of mine are way stupider than driving a Hummer. I love my freedom of stupid. I bumped into Adrien one time and had a great talk with him, we got along great. I know Carrot Top well enough to call him "Scott." I know that they're both a lot thinner than me. They're both in a lot better shape. They eat better than me, and they can do a lot more push-ups and sit-ups. They can run farther and faster than me. So, in the near future, with us all being involved in each other's health care, Adrien and Scott might make up for their wasted gas mileage paying for my high-blood-pressure meds. If we're all getting together to stop the stupidity of driving a Hummer, will we have to stop the stupidity of eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts and pie? Freedom is freedom to be stupid.

They came first for the Hummers.

Then they came for the pie.

2 Comments:

At 11:37 AM, Blogger John said...

Here's a link to the ultimate stupidity page.

http://www.nbc-links.com/stupidity.html

Good place to go when you feel down.
Here's one at random...

“I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense.... And if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.”
- Katherine Hepburn (1909-Unk)

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

John,

Thanks much for the link. I also love the quote.

Michael

 

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