The book is broken up into various chapters of stupidity: Stupid Democrats, Stupid Republicans, Stupid Atheists, Stupid Christians, Stupid Criminals, Stupid Policies, Stupid People and so on.
The “Stupid Criminals” chapter contains one of my favorite columns that appeared on the Detroit News’ political website. The June 29, 2010 column is titled “Globe Al Warming Gets Rubbed the Wrong Way,” and it takes on allegations that the former VP got inappropriately horny with female masseuse at a Portland, Oregon hotel. That column also continues the sick, yet hilarious saga of Otis “Masturgate” Mathis, the illiterate (no kidding), former head of Detroit Public Schools who was forced out after he admittedly fondled himself in front of numerous female superintendents.
No, I am not making this up. I coined the scandal “Masturgate” and it soon became the rage in Detroit media and made my column one of the most popular on the site.
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Jason Vines, 55, is an independent communications and government affairs consultant specializing in crisis management, reputation management, brand rehabilitation, product launch issues. Vines served as the top communications professional for three automakers – Nissan, Ford and Chrysler -- between 1998 and 2008. He was named “Top PR Professional” in the automotive industry in 1999, 2005 and 2006 by Automotive News, the industry’s lead trade publication.
In 1997, amid predictions huge injury and fatality numbers among children coming in contact with deployed air bags, Vines help conceive and institute “The Back is Where It’s At,” a nationwide elementary education program encouraging children 13 and under to ride safely in the back seat. It is still considered one of the most impactful passenger safety programs in U.S. history. Just weeks after his early 2000 arrival as head of Ford Motor Company PR, the Ford/Firestone tire crisis began to simmer before turning into the biggest automotive crisis in history, pitting two 100-year-old companies in a struggle for survival. Ford was eventually exonerated by NHTSA after spending more than $4B replacing Firestone tires on its customers’ vehicles after Firestone refused to replace their defective tires.