You don’t have to say everything you think.  My husband has been telling me this for over twenty years.  Looking back on 2010, I’m not the only one who should heed his advice.  There’s a lot of dumb stuff being said out there.  I’m sure you have your own picks for the dumbest.  Some of it was ridiculous, some evil, but usually, just plain dumb.  Here are my choices for the dumbest things said this year.

#10  Anything uttered by the loons at the Westboro Baptist Church has to be on my list.  The logic in their belief that God is punishing this country because of its stance regarding homosexuals is perverted at best. 

#9  “Our plan is to just have a really, really great relationship with our children, so when they hit that time that they don’t want to talk to us, we’ve instilled some good values already,” Angelina Jolie said, “because it will be too late as they’re walking out the door.” I wonder if she’ll teach her daughters not to get involved with married men.  A fine example she is. 

#8  California Senator Barbara Boxer when questioning General Michael Walsh said, “Do me a favor, could you say Senator instead of Ma’am?”  Could she have been any more pompous? 

#7  The coalition of Mexican mayors who asked the U.S. to stop deporting illegal immigrants who’ve been convicted of crimes in the U.S. to the Mexican border because they’re contributing to the border violence.  Instead, the Mexican mayors urged the U.S. to fly these convicts to their hometowns, not just bus them to the border! 

#6  Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz sent sexually suggestive text messages to a woman while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend in a domestic abuse case.  An example of this clueless D.A.’s sexting:  “I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you’d be THE woman! R U that good?” Although this all happened in 2009, I read about it this year when the Office of Lawyer Regulation found he didn’t violate any rules governing attorney misconduct.  I’m not sure if Kratz or the OLR should hold the #6 spot.  

#5  One of my recent favorites, porn star, Derrick Burts, who apparently is the only person on earth who doesn’t know how you contract the AIDS virus said, “Making $10,000 or $15,000 for porn isn’t worth your life. Performers need to be educated.”

#4  BP’s CEO, Tony Hayward, during the peak of the worst oil spill in American history, said, “I’m sorry. We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused their lives. There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I’d like my life back.”  Maybe some people just shouldn’t say anything without the assistance of a teleprompter.  He was either callous or arrogant or just plain clueless.  It really doesn’t matter. 

#3  Just about anything Attorney General Eric Holder says is just plain dumb.  Sometimes, what he doesn’t say is even dumber.  For example, in May of this year, before the House Judiciary Committee, he couldn’t say terrorists were motivated by “radical Islam.”  My favorite, however, is when he testified in front of the same Committee and admitted, after criticizing the Arizona Immigration Law, he hadn’t even read it.  Is that dumb, or what? 

#2  Runner up this year for all things dumb has to be Nancy Pelosi.  Just about everything that comes out of her mouth is dumb.  Her comment, when talking about climate change, that we have a moral responsibility to preserve God’s beautiful creation makes no sense coming from a woman who is pro-abortion, the killing of God’s ultimate creation.  But, this year’s dopey comment from Pelosi regarding Obamacare takes the #2 spot:  “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” 

#1  And for this year’s dumbest statement, I nominate Amy Hagopian, University of Washington professor, who co-authored a study which compared the behaviors of military recruiters with the behaviors of sexual predators.  Way to go, Amy!

As long as there are ridiculous government programs, politicians who say really stupid stuff, self-important celebrities, or ordinary folks who do some incredibly  dumb things, I’ll continue to scratch my head and say, “I don’t get it,” and will never run out of things to write about.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2011! 

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