Car contest loser steals gun, commits suicide

Today’s Stupid Person of the Day took himself out of the gene pool. Richard Vega, 24, was participating in a “Hands on the Hardbody’ contest in Longview, Texas, where participants keep their hands on a pickup truck, and the last person with his hand still on the truck wins the truck.

Almost three days into the contest, he suddenly left, walked across the street, broke into K-Mart, grabbed a gun, and fatally shot himself.

Cox News Service reported Vega walked away from the truck after remaining in place for three days and smashed a window at a K-Mart across the street. Police officers who arrived just before 6 a.m. found Vega walking from the back of the store with a gun in his hands which he used to shoot himself.

Dru Laborde, program director for KYKX radio, said he talked to Vega just before he dropped out.

“He was fine,’ Laborde said. — UPI

The Gun Guys have some more information.

Thousands feared dead in New Orleans; corpses everywhere

The identities of the dead may not be known for weeks or even months, and some of the bodies may never be recovered if they float out onto Lake Pontchartrain through a breached levee.

I’ve blogged extensively elsewhere about Hurricane Katrina and the swath of destruction it’s left in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. One thing I haven’t really talked much about is the mandatory evacuation order.

New Orleans major C. Ray Nagin ordered everyone to leave the city fully 24 hours before the hurricane hit, and most did. Thousands, however, could not evacuate.

The airport had been closed down Sunday morning, preventing tourists from leaving, even though it easily could have operated through the afternoon or early evening, allowing people to escape.

Thousands more residents simply don’t have cars, or were left behind by friends and relatives who did have cars and did evacuate.

And untold thousands did have cars, and refused to leave.

An evacuation order in New Orleans is a very unusual thing. It’s not ordered unless it looks like a hurricane will pretty much directly hit the city. Which it did, and it did.

There’s stupidity enough for a week right there. And most of the stupid people are now missing or dead. To be completely fair, those who could not evacuate were simply caught in a terrible circumstance; it’s those who could leave, and refused to, to whom today’s post is dedicated.

Drunken AWOL soldier kills five

A Colombian soldier went absent without leave, got drunk, and threw a grenade into a street party, killing five people, including a seven year old boy, according to military and civilian authorities.

The soldier went absent without leave from his base in the southwestern province of Huila and got drunk in the town of El Jardin before detonating the grenade, said an official at the nearby municipality of San Jose de Isnos.

Five people were killed and eight injured in the incident, the official said.

The army arrested the soldier and began a criminal investigation under military law, an army spokesman said. — The Australian

Everyone knows that alcohol makes you stupid. Mix in some grenades, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Obese woman files complaint over doctor’s weight loss advice

Today’s Stupid Person of the Day hasn’t died yet, but she’s well on her way.

The woman, who was not named in news reports, filed a complaint with the New Hampshire Attorney General when her doctor, Dr. Terry Bennett of Rochester, urged her to lose weight.

“It’s an epidemic in the United States, and it’s croaking us,’ Bennett said.

Bennett said that it’s a lecture he gives to many of his overweight patients.

“It’s your weight, … and there’s dozens of programs,’ Bennett said. “You don’t have to come in here. You can join Jenny Craig. You can go see Weight Watchers.’

Bennett said he tells obese patients that their weight is bad for their health and their love lives. But the lecture drove one patient to write a letter to the Board of Medicine, which has passed on the complaint to the Attorney General’s Office.

“Did I sleep with somebody? Did I give somebody drugs? Was I careless? No. End of story,’ Bennett said. “That should have been the end of it.’ — NewsNet5.com

Bennett apologized on local TV for offending the woman. Which perhaps puts him in the stupid category, too.

South Korean man dies after 49 hours of Starcraft

Today’s Stupid Person of the Day was identified only by his last name. Lee, 28, of Taegu, South Korea, died last Friday in an Internet cafe after playing Starcraft for 49 hours straight.

Lee was quickly rushed to a hospital but died after a few hours, due to what doctors are presuming was a heart attack, police said.

Lee had been fired from his job last month because he kept missing work to play computer games, police said. — China Daily

All things in moderation.

Disagreement on Iraq war turns deadly

A Kentucky man shot and killed his friend after a disagreement over the Iraq war heated up.

Douglas Moore, 65, of Martin, shot and killed Harold Wayne Smith, 56, of Manchester, at a Floyd County flea market on Thursday.

Kentucky state police said he appeared to have acted in self-defense and released him without filing charges.

Another witness, Chuck Newsome, said yesterday the Sept. 11 attacks also were included in the argument, which quickly escalated into an altercation and then to a kind of showdown in front of the market’s snack stand.

After a scuffle, Newsome said he saw Smith stand beside the snack shed, pull a small pistol out of his pocket, cock the hammer and say, “I’m going to blow your … brains out.’ — Lexington Herald-Leader

“I’m sorry this has happened,’ Moore, a retired railroad worker, said. “But then what’s done can’t be undone.’ Moore told the Lexington reporter he thinks Smith and his family knew him well enough “to know what my thoughts are, his family does, because me and Harold was friends. That’s all I’ll say.’ — Editor & Publisher

Well, that’s one way to settle a dispute: a good old-fashioned Wild West showdown at high noon.

Death penalty for man who killed wife for wanting to cuddle after sex

A man who killed his wife because she wanted to cuddle after having sex has received the death penalty.

Christopher Offord, 30, of Panama City, Fla., was sentenced to death Wednesday for the brutal slaying, in which he hit his wife some 70 times with a hammer — after having sex with her.

And why did he do this? After having sex, he wanted to watch sports on TV. Offord confessed later to a bartender in a local sports bar, who notified police.

Whether you deserve to die for this or not, you’re today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

Corrupt politician commits suicide at Miami Herald

Arthur Teele, Jr., former Miami City Commissioner, committed suicide Wednesday in the lobby of the Miami Herald building. Teele had been indicted for fraud and money laundering.

[Teele] and an electrical contractor were indicted July 14th on charges of lying to get more than $20 million in contracts at Miami International Airport that were supposed to go to minority-owned businesses. Teele is black. — WKMG Local 6

Teele had entered a not guilty plea to the charges last week.

This wasn’t the first time he got himself in trouble, either. Last August he ran an unmarked police car off the road and threatened to shoot a police detective, and apparently had a thing for transsexual prostitutes.

Ah, one less crooked politician. Now if only every crooked politician would kill themselves.

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.

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.