Friday, January 30, 2015

"Stupid" Examples: 2011

  • This bill is stupid and I know stupid [held by a woman dressed like Sarah Palin]
  • Scott Walker schoolyard bully
  • Unions our my cup of tea
-- Wisconsin protest signs from Reuters video posted February 20, 2011.

Comment: Calling former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) -- and the legislation -- "stupid" is name-calling. Saying Walker is a schoolyard bully is demonizing (akin to calling him a dictator). The last sign is just confusing.

"It is no surprise that Justice Clarence Thomas has not spoken during a Supreme Court argument for five years. No one knows better than he how ill equipped he is to engage in open debate with the complex and agile minds of the Supreme Court bar."
-- Steven M. Wise, February 17, 2011, in a letter to The New York Times.

Comment: Wise is essentially saying Thomas is stupid, which is just derisive name-calling. Wise offers no evidence for the claim that Thomas isn't up for the job as Supreme Court justice, other than that he doesn't ask questions. Is it necessary for a justice to ask questions in order to be competent? Are Thomas' written opinions nonsensical? What if I said, "Steven M. Wise of Coral Springs, FL, isn't smart enough to be a lawyer, but I won't bother supporting that insult." Would that be fair?

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