How Do You Tell Stupid People from the Smart Ones?

Just in time for Election Day with all the voting and stuff, I have a new Pajamas Media column up on how to tell smart people from stupid ones. It’s good advice that will help you vote better (though everyone on the ballot is probably stupid).

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  1. Excellent analysis, Frank. One of your best (did I say that last time?).

    Similarly, there are pundits out there who make complex esoteric arguments that President Obama has done an awesome job.

    Well, some of the pundits have reverted to the question of why Obama hasn’t been a better question. Invariably, the answer is that Obama needs to do a better job of selling/explaining/talking/telepromptering. This advice is akin to suggesting that he walk into the tree another 3,478 times.


  2. …or at least once have an actual job that doesn’t have the word “community” in it.

    Or “Center for…”
    Or “People’s”
    Or “Union of…”
    Or “Congress of…”
    Or “Progress[ive]”
    Or “Concerned”
    Or “(anything, anything) for (anything)”


  3. Here’s a quick test question to see if you can recognize stupid people:

    Question: Name which people on The View are stupid.

    Answer: It was a trick question, because they’re all stupid. But one of them is cute.


  4. It’s easy to appear smart, just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it….
    Fiction writing is great, you can make up almost anything.”
    – Ivana Trump, on finishing her first novel
    “I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we went to.”
    – Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player, on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece

    Man thought hurt, but slightly dead.”
    – Providence Journal Headline

    “Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”
    – Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign.


  5. I don’t know about stupid people but I can spot insane folks right away. They’re the ones who keep doing the same things over and over again, but keep expecting different results. Like voters in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Florida ………….really how often do you have to get peed on before you step our from under the stream.


  6. Frank, I tried to respond on PJM this morning, but my computer ate the dog or something. The gist of my intelligent response was that after reading those many, many remarks that your article had generated, I would suggest just going to Plan B and raising a mammoth to stomp the stupid people’s heads.

    I just got back from 9 days in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I hope stupid isn’t contagious. Maybe I need penicillin or kerosene or something.



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