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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Dumb Things People Say

I haven't been writing this feature at all lately after pledging to report extensively on dumb things said by public figures. My deepest apologies. Let's kick this installment off with Mahatir Mohamad, the PM of Malaysia, at today's summit of Muslim leaders:

Jews rule the world by proxy... 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.

Anti-semitic, yes, but at least he spoke out against suicide bombings in the same speech! See, he's simply advocating the non-violent hating of Jews, which would at least be some progress.

While I'm on the topic of religion, the Pope is throwing a big party to celebrate his 25 years as pontiff, and he said this today:

He (God), while knowing my human fragility, encourages me to respond with faith... and he invites me to assume the responsibilities that he himself has entrusted to me.

In short, that means God wants him to be Pope. Perhaps this is a veiled message to those people who say he's too frail and should step down. I personally have long believed the Pope should be hanging out in a nursing home somewhere nice rather than traveling the world propped up in his various go-carts.

Finally, a belated mention of Warren Sapp, who recently drew a parallel between the NFL's prohibition of his actions that incite opponents (such as skipping through their warmups) and slavery:

It's a slave system. Make no mistake about it, slave master says you can't do it, then don't do it.

Sapp makes more than $5 million per season.