The wrong way to stage an anti-war protest

Five members of the Tucson Raging Grannies face trespassing charges after entering an Army recruitment center saying they want to enlist and replace their grandchildren in Iraq.

The group had held weekly protests outside the recruitment center for three years, but on the 13th July, decided to go inside.

“We went in asking to be sent to Iraq so our kids and grandchildren can be sent home, but rather than listening to us, they called the police,’ said 74-year-old Betty Schroeder. “It was their place to tell us the qualifications, but they wouldn’t even speak to us. They should’ve said, ‘You’re too old.” — KVOA

“They need to direct their frustrations at people who have the power to change things,’ said Nancy Hutchinson, an Army spokesperson, according to BBC News.

Congratulations, Tuscon Raging Grannies, you are the Stupid People of the Day. Annoying an Army recruiter is not going to make one bit of difference, and while your offer to stand in place of your children and grandchildren may be admirable, it’s completely unrealistic.

Naked man carjacked police cruiser, rammed bus, shot dead

In Center City, Pa., on Tuesday, a naked man tried to grab a police officer’s gun. The officer shot him, at which time the naked man stole the officer’s cruiser. Shortly afterward he crashed into another car and then into a New Jersey Transit bus. He died in the hospital about 1:30 am Wednesday.

It’s the type of thing that you’re driving down the street and all of a sudden a naked male tries to get into your car and tries to take your gun. Obviously the male must be mental. — Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson

More news coverage is available from WGAL.

Today’s Stupid Person of the Day had not been identified as of this time.

Teaching Ebonics in school?

An initiative in San Bernardino County aims to bring into the classroom. The pilot program will teach second, fourth and seventh grade students about black history and culture.

Mary Texeira, sociology professor at Cal State in San Bernardino, commended the school board for approving the policy.

Texeira suggested that including Ebonics in the program would be beneficial for students. Ebonics, a dialect of American English that is spoken by many blacks throughout the country, was recognized as a separate language in 1996 by the Oakland school board.

“Ebonics is a different language, it’s not slang as many believe,’ Texeira said. “For many of these students Ebonics is their language, and it should be considered a foreign language. These students should be taught like other students who speak a foreign language.’

Teresa Parra, board vice president, said she worried the new program would have an adverse effect.

“I’m afraid that now that we have this the Hispanic community, our largest population, will say, ‘We want something for us.’ Next we’ll have the Asian community and the Jewish community (asking for their own programs). When will it end?’ — San Bernardino County Sun

On this one, I think I’ll let you decide who’s stupid.

Having sex with a horse can kill you

Police haven’t released the name of today’s Stupid Person of the Day, but he got himself killed by allowing a horse to have sex with him on a farm in Enumclaw, Wash.

The dead man was identified as a 45-year-old Seattle resident. According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, he died of acute peritonitis due to perforation of the colon. The man’s death is not being investigated because it did not result from a crime. — Seattle Times

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how his colon got perforated.

Girl charged with assault for defending herself from bullies

In Fresno, Calif., on April 29, 11 year old Maribel Cuevas was being harassed by some schoolyard bullies throwing water balloons and rocks at her. She threw a rock back at one of them, and now faces charges of felony assault.

The rock hit 9 year old Elijah Vang in the head. When Cuevas saw he was bleeding and summoned help, police came in three patrol cars and a helicopter to arrest her, even though Vang admitted to starting the fight.

“She’s 11 … they’re treating her like she’s a violent parole offender,’ said attorney Richard Beshwate, Jr., who is defending Cuevas.

News coverage is available from KFSN ABC 30 and Associated Press.

So now defending yourself is a crime in this country? Your Stupid People of the Day are Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer, who said that officers were justified in charging Cuevas with a felony, and Fresno County assistant DA Bob Ellis, who is prosecuting the case, even though Vang’s family is not interested in pressing charges.

Eliminating stupidity: Your thoughts

We see examples of stupidity all around us every day. From the driver who turns right from the left lane, to the waitress who can’t add or subtract, we are surrounded by it.

As the premise of this site is to eradicate stupidity, I’d like to hear from you on how that might best be accomplished.

If you have an idea on how to reduce or eliminate stupidity, post it below.

Woman sentenced to three years for harassment campaign

Kathryn Skinner, of Exeter, U.K., has been sentenced to three years in prison for waging a campaign of terror on a six year old girl and her family.

Skinner, now 40, spiked children’s drinks at birthday parties and put razor blades in school bags and lockers so her friend’s daughter would get the blame.

She stole money and planted it in the young girl’s bedroom, slashed the family’s clothes and even faked hate mail from the youngster claiming she was being mistreated by her mother.

She did it in such a way that the youngster would be wrongly blamed – and she watched as the distressed girl was excluded from school, put into therapy and came close to being taken away from her distraught parents. — This Is Exeter

Skinner then pretended to be a family friend, “helping’ the poor girl’s mother. “Kathryn Skinner was a close friend and I had known her for 14 years. I thought she was helping our family through it and supporting us but all the time she was twisting the knife,’ she said.

Congratulations Kathryn Skinner, you are Stupid Person of the Day.

Teen who shot brother in head sentenced to boot camp

It could have happened anywhere but this time it happened in Florida: a boy pointed a loaded gun at his brother’s head, pulled the trigger and was surprised when the gun went off. According to a story in the St. Petersburg Times, 17-year-old Dustin Ford’s sentence is to complete a program of therapy, school and work at a faith-based camp called San Antonio Boys Village.

For the accidental death of his younger brother, Dustin Ford will spend seven months at a boy’s camp. Meanwhile, millions of American boys will attend schools where guns are taboo and gun safety, by association with that taboo, is completely ignored.

Where is “gun safety’ in this program? In a country that allows families to keep guns, kids should be taught to respect them. When I was a kid too small to fire a 12-gauge shotgun, I was big enough to know that you don’t play with loaded weapons and you don’t point guns at anyone you don’t mean to shoot. Dustin Ford would not have accidentally shot and killed his brother if he had known the first rule of gun safety: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

[Editor’s note: Always assume a gun is loaded until you have cleared it yourself. Always point the gun in a safe direction. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. And remember, even if you have no guns in your house, your children’s friends might, and still need to know what to do if they see a gun.]