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    Wanted: Caring, Sensitive Idiot

    Fema.gifQuote: "Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot." Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish near New Orleans, speaking to CBS about FEMA Chief Michael Brown

    Figure of Speech: diaphora (die AH for ah), repetition that describes a person

    Diaphora is Greek for "distinction" or "difference." It names a kind of person with a repeated word. ("Boys will be boys.")

    In ancient Greece, by the way, idiot meant non-voter. Would America be led more competently if we had fewer idiots?

    Snappy Answer: "It shouldn’t be hard to find one."

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