More stuff you couldn’t make up.

While en route to jail following his arrest for driving with a suspended license and no insurance, a Florida man declared, “That’s the last time I listen to Wikipedia about driving. It said I would just get a ticket.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

A 15-year-old in southern Spain denounced his mother for “mistreatment” after she confiscated his mobile phone in an attempt to make him study.

But a judge who heard the case at Court Number 1 in Almeria, came down firmly on the side of the mother declaring that “evidently” she was “well within her rights” and took “the correct action” as a responsible parent.

23 March 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Deceased at funeral sitting up in casket holding a smart phone.  Mourner says,


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22 March 2017 · Comments Off on Twits Who Can’t Stop · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

At Psychology Today Blogs, Stanton Peel posits the existence of “addictive experiences.” I personally have qualms about using the term “addiction” for anything other physical addiction, as to tobacco, narcotics, and the like–substances for which cessation of use produces physical withdrawal symptoms. Much of my skepticism is based on claims of “sexual addiction,” which too often seem to be rationalizations for bad behavior.

Without putting my skepticism aside, I offer here his list of criteria for “addictive experiences.”

      1. The activity/experience alleviates negative emotions for the individual, particularly those supporting his identity and self-image.

      2. The addictive activity operates in a rapid, predictable way so that the gratification is instant.

      3. The consequences of the action are negative, thus exacerbating the person’s negative feelings.

      4. The person responds again in the only “safe” (meaning reliable) way he knows how to perform.

      5. The addicted individual thus fails to develop alternative, more effective coping mechanisms to produce the emotional reassurance he seeks and requires.

    At this final point, when the individual is wholly dependent on a behavior or involvement for his emotional stability, he can be called addicted.

I’ll give you one guess as to whose what type of behavior inspired the post. Follow the link to see whether you got it right.

22 March 2017 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works, Trumpling Reality Dept. · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

Pandora recognizes the formula:

. . . last night, when my son asked me, “Why does Trump lie when the lie is so easy to negate?” I realized something. Reality Shows and lying go hand in hand.

Lying in a reality show leads to drama, and drama increases ratings. Real World, any of the Real Housewives series, The Apprentice, The Bachelor, etc. all have a standard formula. It goes like this:

  • Put a group of people together
  • Let the different personalities mingle
  • Conflict will arise between two people
  • The others will choose sides
  • Lies will be spread – lies that benefit/hurt each side
  • Drama = fights
  • Two episodes later everyone is getting along
  • Rinse and repeat

More reality at the link.

22 March 2017 · Comments Off on Well-Endowed · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

Image One:  Art Gallery.  Caption:  National Endowment for the Humanities, stamped


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18 March 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

Bigly twits.

We are doomed.

12 March 2017 · Comments Off on The Derp State . . . · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

. . . is out to get Garrison Keillor.

Sportswriter extraordinaire Bog Molinaro comments:

The Big Ten basketball tournament is in Washington, D.C., the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. This is what happens when our schools de-emphasize the teaching of geography.

10 March 2017 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

06 March 2017 · Comments Off on Seeing Strategy That Isn’t There · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

Will Bunch applies Trump’s razor to this weekend’s Trumpstorm alleging that President Obama tapped the Trump phones.

Look, the reality is that trying to detect motive, or some grand strategy, with Donald Trump is a fool’s errand. The Donald is usually living proof of Occam’s razor, that the best explanation is usually the simplest one. The guy had a terrible week in which he got hammered on the Russia scandal, then tossed and turned all night in his plush Mar-a-Lago bedroom, got up before dawn, turned on Fox News and scrolled through Breitbart News — and took out all his frustrations on one of his favorite targets, a kind of Twitter blast from the past. The idea that it might be more than a little improper for the sitting president to accuse his predecessor of lawbreaking — especially with no proof — never crossed his mind.

04 March 2017 · Comments Off on “An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” · Categories: Gunnuttery, Too Stupid for Words

Politeness shoots grammar in the foot (emphasis added):

An employee at the Llano County Sheriff’s Office accidentally shot their gun in an office on Friday.

The department says no one was injured in the incident. There was some damage, however, and the office will need a window replaced.

“An employee” “their”? Really?

Grammar is not an affectation. It is the rules of the road for discourse. Otherwise, said what doesn’t have you meaning.

Clearly, the author of this news story was weaving drunkenly down the road with his or her head up his or her cellphone, like the bozo who stuck me at a stoplight a couple of days ago.

Furrfu.

03 March 2017 · Comments Off on There’s One Born Every Minute · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Oh, my.

02 March 2017 · Comments Off on A Flair for the Obvious, Reprise · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Image One:  Donald Trump says


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28 February 2017 · Comments Off on A Flair for the Obvious · Categories: Health Care, Too Stupid for Words

Someone hasn’t been paying attention for the last three decades or so.

22 January 2017 · Comments Off on Narcissism Notes · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

When it comes to picking a fight over verifiable facts,* just where does one draw the line between silly and stupid?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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*All facts are verifiable. That’s what makes them “facts.”

07 January 2017 · Comments Off on Phoning It In · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Title:  The Social Media Education System.  Image:  Persons crossing street at crosswalk staring at their cell phones as they disappear into a pit marked by a flashing sign saying


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06 January 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Apprentice twits.

We are doomed.

30 December 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

Trudy Rubin, who is currently touring the Far East, notes that twitting twits cannot be equated with diplomatic diplomats. A snippet:

Yes, there is justification for a firmer U.S. stance toward China on trade imbalances and freedom of the seas and Beijing’s reluctance to squeeze North Korea. But berating the Chinese with no strategy behind the bluster won’t work to America’s advantage, as I heard repeatedly from Chinese officials, academics, and think tankers, as well as from American businessmen in China.

Nor do tweets convey toughness to the Chinese.

Indeed, Trump’s modus operandi is more likely to provoke Chinese retaliation than produce a great deal.

Do read the rest.

Afterthought:

The inherent weakness of relying on the Bully’s Pulpit as one’s go-to strategy is that, when you meet someone who won’t be bullied, just what the heck do you do next?

24 December 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter (Updated) · Categories: Political Theatre, Too Stupid for Words

What Noz said.

Addendum, Later That Same Afternoon:

Dick Polman has more. A snippet:

He (Trump–ed.) merely sees nukes as his newest toys. Beauty queens, reality show contestants, nukes … it’s all grist for his sandbox.