I will be using “Quoderpitude” as a blog title to highlight any quotes made by public figures that reach a level of willful ignorance and/or stupidity that beggar belief.

A note on the origin of the title of this blogpost.  First, it reminds me of “Turpitude”, which means “depravity; wickedness” and implies a purposeful agenda of intentional malfeasance.

Second, the concept is stolen from Paul Krugman’s awesome use of the term “econoderpitude”. This term is from his NYT July 6, 2013 blogpost aptly titled “Regions of Derpistan”  (ht Tom Levenson) in which he destroyed cheerleaders of the Austerity Movement–you know that school of thought, represented by people such as Harvard Professor and Water Carrier for the 1% Niall Ferguson. Ferguson and his ilk are the gang of Derpers who persuaded Britain and other Eurozone nations to slash spending and destroy their middle classes which resulted in prolonging their Recession.  This is the same group that opposed President Obama’s re-election and the Stimulus, which, lo and behold, worked to bring the U.S. out of it’s Great Recession.  Funny how that turned out and funny how the Derpers refuse to admit the evidence right under their noses.  See in the minds of Ferguson’s Derpers taking granny’s savings is “necessary pain” but asking the wealthy to actually invest in their countries of origin is definitely NOT. Furthermore in their minds, one never, ever changes positions even if one happens to be repeatedly wrong.

We’ve seen A LOT of Derp over the last 5 to 10 years and it seems that Derpitude itself is spreading, like a contagious disease. Not being someone who can resist pointing and laughing at such, I will regale you with quotes of Derpitude in all aspects of modern life to include:

I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets. –Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

  • Histoderpitude — Death panels and Nazis and now Slavery…the hysterical and inaccurate historical comparisons are legion

And what is Obamacare? It is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to federal… to slave states.  -Rep. Bill O’Brien (R-NH)

  • Medicoderpitude — Women’s wombs repel rape sperm….remember that gem?  If only they knew how the basics of reproduction….

If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. -Sen. Todd Akin (R-MO)

  • Technoderpitude — Greenwald’s repeated misunderstanding and misreporting of NSA technological practices and capabilities

When the FAA was first enacted, defenders of the statute argued that a significant check on abuse would be the NSA’s inability to obtain electronic communications without the consent of the telecom and internet companies that control the data. But the Prism program renders that consent unnecessary, as it allows the agency to directly and unilaterally seize the communications off the companies’ servers.  — Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill [emphasis above is mine, explanation of why they got it wrong and why it matters is here]

The list seems endless.  Ultimately, the pointing and laughing at Derpers keeps me from ending up prostrate under a table in boozy despair. Maybe it will help you avoid such an end too. You’re welcome!

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