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 The jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory's Stupid-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including What's the Number for 911? and the New York Times best-sellers Stupid American History and America's Dumbest Criminals. A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show.
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740769707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740769702
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,113,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book thinking that it would be a sort of historical accounting of "Lies, Tricks, Misdeeds and Other Political Untruthiness." Wow was I disappointed. The book does nothing of the sort. Basically, it points out several everyday facts (if you know anything of governmental goings-on at all) and pokes fun at these by means of the author's own unintelligent, snide attempts at wit and humor. This part alone is enough to make one want to take a giant black marker to the last sentence of each page--it's actually painful. Long story short I failed to see anything in this book-in any of the cited facts or quotations-that resembled lies, tricks, misdeeds or political untruthiness. I did, however, see a lack of good editing and a publishing mistake.
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Leland Gregory, who has based a writing career on stupidity (STUPID CROOK BOOK, WHAT'S THE NUMBER FOR 911?, IDIOTS AT WORK, etc.) herein offers up 300 pages of political dimwits at work on the local, state and national levels. Warning: If you believe the best and brightest go into politics, you probably shouldn't read this book!

IDIOTS IN CHARGE is chock full of stupid statements, dumb decisions, ego trips, childish tantrums, legislative pork, outright criminal behavior and everything in between; to wit:

California Rep. Randy Cunningham - speaking of criminals in politics! - wanted a well-known celebrity to testify at a Congressional hearing on the importance of music education. He asked Elmo from Sesame Street!

A South Carolina representative, during the course of a debate on madatory seat-belt usage, stated: "I never know what I am going to say until I say it, so I am kind of interested in hearing what I think."

For a debate on bloated Pentagon budgets Dennis Kucinich - who just dropped out of the Presidential race - brought along pie charts to make his points. Unfortunately the debate was being aired on Public Radio!

Dining at a restaurant, Tom DeLay lit up a stogie. When asked to put it out because federal regulations forbade smoking in a restaurant, DeLay modestly replied "I AM the federal government!"

Talking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hilary stated that "We have a lot of kids who don't know what 'work' means. They think 'work' is a four-letter word."

A Georgia representative introduced a bill requiring grocery store owners to provide moistened sponges so baggers wouldn't have to lick their fingers to help them open the bag!
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Politicians are famous for "putting their mouths in motion,before putting their brains in gear".
Most of the politicians that Gregory quotes in this book are little known.Many of them have spent their lives getting elected to one position or another,and perserverence not brainpower is their greatest asset.
I didn't find the book enlightning or even humorous;and finishing it couldn't come fast enough.
Some of the stuff that comes out of the mouths of politicians can only be described as "shining jewels of colossal ignorance";but you won't find much of that in this book.Going through the pages of this book,looking for real gems was laborious and disappointing.With a subject like this,I got the feeling that little effort was put into coming up with prize -winning examples.
If Gregory had sent a couple of students or research assistants to any library for a day or two,and this was what they came up with...well it wouldn't surprise me.
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