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There is No Cure For Stupidity

Date: 15 November, 2007

By: Chief

Imagehat is the unvarnished truth. However, acts of abject stupidity erupt all around us on a daily basis and most of them are not even worth repeating although they are normally good for a laugh. Some are even good enough to cause you to shake your head and say "God, there really are stupid people."

But once in a while you run across an act of stupidity that is so gross, so unbelievable, so down right stupid that it does bear repeating ... and in this one 2 people died.

The Central Valley of California, the 'cornucopia' of the United States, is well known for the "Tule fog" that hits the valley every single year — without fail — starting sometime around late fall to early winter. This particular weather condition remains in the valley until late winter to early spring.

Now Tule fog is unlike any other fog anywhere. It is so thick that, to use an analogy (that is when you compare things), it is like trying to see through cement. Visibility will drop from miles to, and I am not kidding, zero feet. Further, it will stay that way for several hours.

Yet people in the area will still drive their cars, SUVs, pickups and big rigs at 70 - 90 miles per hour on the highways, no joke. I've seen it. It is utter and complete insanity but they do it and they do it every single solitary year. And it is this act of stupidity that is worth repeating.

On November 3rd of this year at around 7:45AM the Tule fog was, as is normal for this time of year, thick as cement and had reduced visibility on Highway 99 to approximately 2 feet. Something happened and within a matter of seconds there was a massive pile up of cars, mini-vans, pickups, SUVs and big rigs.

100 plus vehicles all together were involved in the collision. It set a record.

Lemme see if I have this straight:

This set of conditions equals — S-T-U-P-I-D.

My question is: What in the Sam Thump were these morons thinking? Yes, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt that they, in fact, have the capacity for reasoned and logical thought.

What in the world were they doing driving a vehicle in weather conditions where visibility was reduced to near zero?

Nobody's reactions are fast enough to avoid a collision at 70 mph when the visibility is only 2 frigging feet. You might as well be driving blindfolded. Which, in point of fact, you are.

Let me put is this-a-way, nobody, not you, me or the dog has the right to endanger anybody else. Period. Making the decision and subsequently executing that decision to drive a vehicle in dangerous weather conditions endangers others. Doing so is both selfish and S-T-U-P-I-D.

Here is a couple of purported 'reasons' that people were on the road that fateful day (quoting AP):

"Cindy Ramirez, 21, of Selma, said her purple Mazda pickup truck was rear-ended as she was driving to her job washing windows in Shaver Lake."

Ramirez had better be making a whale of a lot of money because the drive is over 50 miles — one way. No excuse for being on the road. She needs to be shot.

Here is another one (quoting AP):

"Micky Padilla and his family were driving to a baptism when they heard the sound of metal screeching, struggled to brake and slammed into a Nissan Maxima."

Almost ended up going to his own funeral. What a bummer he lived. It would have served him right to have been killed in the collision.

I wrote earlier that two people died in this act of stupidity. One was a driver of a vehicle. Oh well, life is tough and then you die. I don't feel sorry for that person in the least. The other was a 5 or 6 year old kid. The kid was an innocent and was murdered. Murdered by a stupid parent who had the audacity to think they could beat the weather. That is a fact folks. And as far as I am concerned the parent driving the car should be charged with murder, tried, convicted and hung. Furthermore every other driver should be charged as an accessory to murder — simply for being on the road in dangerous weather conditions. As such, all the other drivers contributed to the collision which, in turn, was the instrument of death for a 5 or 6 year old kid.

There is simply no reason, let alone an excuse, for being on the road — any road — in weather conditions which would ground a duck.

If you, as the driver, cannot see at least 200 feet in all directions you should not be on the road. It is that simple. Like I said nobody has the right to endanger anybody else for any reason. Period.

Yet, in California's Central Valley this disgustingly stupid act takes place every single year. Though normally the pile up is under 30 vehicles. I call it "dance of the idiots." And idiots they are — in spades.

What does it take? Seriously. What does it take for people to realize that driving can be hazardous to one's health? I simply refuse to believe that there are no radio stations or that people don't have a TV. Lastly don't people have two eyeballs? Can't they see? If so, then what is the bloody problem?

Legislation is not the answer. It never has been. It's been tried and the results speak for themselves. A 100 plus vehicle pile up. Yep, sure it worked. Ha.

10 years ago or so another really bad pile up occurred, 75 vehicles in that one. In the subsequent civil suit which lasted years the jury finally decided that the State of California was negligent in that the state did not provide enough warning of hazardous driving conditions. So one of the requirements of the judgment was the state must install hazardous warning signs throughout the state wherever bad weather may occur. In the area where this latest act of stupidity happened these warning signs are all over the place. Sure did a lot of good — oh ha.

Only in California could that happen. Only the people of California, which as we all know is populated by flakes and nuts, could or would hold the state responsible for individuals who drive like blithering idiots and refuse to accept responsibility for their own inherently stupid actions.

Things such as this are not going to improve over time — I fear.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for stupid.

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