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Global warming skeptic set to chair House Science Committee


Marco Rubio is unsure how old the Earth is. He is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.

Michele “Man-Made Climate Change is ‘Manufactured Science” Bachmann sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax” Broun.

Accepting reality and scientific findings isn't the GOP's strong suit.

Via Amanda Terkel at HuffPo:

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), a skeptic of man-made global warming, is set to take over the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the 113th Congress.

That makes about as much sense as the Republican party's inability to accept the 2012 election results and Susan Rice's qualifications and credibility, let alone their unwillingness to take a step or two into the 21st century.

Here's their the new chairman of the Science Committee, in all his ignorant glory:

"The [ABC, NBC and CBS television] networks have shown a steady pattern of bias on climate change... During a six-month period, four out of five network news reports failed to acknowledge any dissenting opinions about global warming, according to a Business and Media Institute study. The networks should tell Americans the truth, rather than hide the facts."

He also referred to environmentalists and others who warn about the seriousness of the issue as "global warming alarmists."

This despite an overwhelming consensus within the scientific community that what we humans are doing to Mother Earth is a major cause of climate change. Maybe Lamar should take a peek at disturbing images like these:

Dems, please do your activist thing and help us win back the House in 2014. Then maybe we'll get an informed representative with a functioning brain, common sense, and contemporary sensibilities to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.


Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter


Let the games begin!!

Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents.

In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested in FYI 2011) and why the need for some 164 new positions.

He then gets to the heart of the matter. As I and other outlets have reported, he notes that in the New Black Panther Party case investigation, it came to light that a political appointee, Julie Fernandes, directed Justice Department attorneys "not to bring cases against black defendants for the benefit of white victims."

Smith then details allegations by former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams that the department declined to enforce the National Voter Registration Act and its provisions relating to "voter integrity."