Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just When You Think They Can't Get More Stupid....

The one thing that every elected official and top-level appointed employee of el Pueblo de Los Angeles is that each and every one of them is stupid beyond belief. Individuals who can actually do things never become Bureau chiefs or City Councilmen. El Alcalde's main ability is that of straight-arming his way in front of any news camera that is anywhere within line-of-sight, toppling all those in his way as if they were tenpins.

Allow me to illustrate.

Very recently, a directive came down from City Hall to the effect that "Men Working" signs and other signs that use such politically incorrect words and language be changed to "People Working," and similar.

At a time when el Pueblo is allegedly strapped for cash, every city agency that uses street signs must throw them away and replace them with "gender neutral" signs, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to already cash-strapped taxpayers.

City engineers have already been required to remove the word "manhole" from all construction drawings, plans and specifications in favor of "person hole." No, that can't be right. It raises another entire raft of forbidden thoughts and the attendant snickers, wheezes and guffaws. Nope, it was, after thousands of hours of high-priced deliberations, decided to call them "Maintenance Holes." To this day, I notice a momentary pause and involuntary intake of breath every time I stubbornly refer to the structures as "manholes," when in company of a younger city employee.

While this might seem incredibly stupid to just about any rational individual, stand by. This is el Pueblo de Los Angeles. Soon or late, they'll come up with something even more stupid!

The true stuff is the funny stuff. --Mort Sahl

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California


T. F. Stern said...

With any luck one of those A holes will fall down a man hole while waiting for a person working sign to be erected.

steveintx said...

A couple of yearsago we had all of the signs on IH40 replaced across the panhandle o' Texas. Ithought to myself...we got bridges falling down and killing commuters and we waste our money on new signs? There was nothing wrong with the old ones, they didn't have reflective paint. Don't think you have a corner on stupid.

Col. Hogan said...


One can only hope.....

Col. Hogan said...


If any of these dumb bastards had the slightest idea how to prioritize, he'd be able to get a real job.

MK said...

I suppose the minions might be stupid, but i no longer believe that those who issue these orders are stupid. To you and me such things are stupid and just a waste of money, but to them, they don't really care about being PC, their objective is really wasting money and undermining society.

And they can achieve both of these very well with policy like this. If only the voters out there would figure this out and kick these scumbags out of office.