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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stupid is as stupid does

So I have this friend with whom I occasionally debate politics in a bar. He drinks. I'd don't...anymore. My friend (we'll call him Terry Peak) tells me I'll have a good deal more response to m posts if I dispense with the decorum and start throwing flames.

Since this came up in a conversation about the city's consultant selection process, he suggested, that since nobody has responded to any of my posts about the city's engineering department.

Terry says Rapid City and South Dakota, for that matter, is populated almost entirely by stupid people because they don't seem to care that wildlife is crapping in their drinking water and that the only thing the city's engineers seem to do is write RFPs for local engineering firms.

He may be right. The city is spending millions upon millions of dollars for consulting fees and design services that should reasonably be assigned to our own city engineers.

Are we all stupid?

1 comment:

Bill Fleming said...

Funny you should ask, Mike. Check this out:


"My theme is the intellectual decline of conservatism, and it is notable that the policies of the new conservatism are powered largely by emotion and religion and have for the most part weak intellectual groundings. That the policies are weak in conception, have largely failed in execution, and are political flops is therefore unsurprising. The major blows to conservatism, culminating in the election and programs of Obama, have been fourfold: the failure of military force to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives; the inanity of trying to substitute will for intellect, as in the denial of global warming, the use of religious criteria in the selection of public officials, the neglect of management and expertise in government; a continued preoccupation with abortion; and fiscal incontinence in the form of massive budget deficits, the Medicare drug plan, excessive foreign borrowing, and asset-price inflation.

By the fall of 2008, the face of the Republican Party had become Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Conservative intellectuals had no party."

Judging from some of the conversations I have on SD blogs, I'd say some on your side are being intentionally, and suicidally stupid (politically speaking, of course.)