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I see climate change: "One day there will be money in the pockets of dead people"

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Regular readers may recall that my mantra has always been how shortsighted Republicans are, especially when it comes to climate change. Seriously, how utterly idiotic of them to prioritize profits over lives, especially for a party that claims to be "pro-life." The hypocrisy is mind-boggling, as are their perverted attempts to obstruct every bit of legislation that would help Americans live healthier lives.

My other mantra has been that all those dirty dollars that Big Oil/Big Biz pull in with their drill-baby-drilling, fracking, and other reckless endeavors will be utterly useless to them if we start to choke on toxic fumes and lose what's left of Mother Nature's diminishing masterpieces.

Note to Big Oil and GOP polluters: You'll wheeze, hack, and scrounge for climate-proof digs right along with the rest of us.

And with that, here is today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor from a soul mate, because our voices matter:

The debate over reducing carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming brings us to the truth: Saving money is more important than saving the planet. In its shortsightedness, big business — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — will fight this proposal to the death. ("New EPA rule seeks to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030," June 1)

Global warming naysayers ignore rising sea levels, drowning islands, higher pollution levels and increases in pulmonary disease. One day there will be money in the pockets of dead people lying on the surface of a dead planet that is no longer able to provide sustenance to the inheritors of our world.

June Bailey

Rancho Mirage

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Charles Krauthammer: Climate change is like "the rain dance of Native Americans...superstitious"

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Conservative kook climate denier Charles Krauthammer appeared on Fox News' "Special Report." Let's put it this way: He could have chosen his words more carefully. And don't get me started on his willful ignorance and utter disregard for the lives of every man, woman, and child on this alarmingly changing planet.

Via TPM:

Charles Krauthammer:

I'm not impressed by numbers, I'm not impressed by consensus.

These are things that people negotiate the way that you would negotiate a bill, because the science is unstable. Because in the case of climate, the models are changeable and because climate is so complicated, the idea that we who have trouble forecasting what's going to happen on Saturday in the climate could pretend to be predicting what could happen in 30, 40 years is absurd."...

It's always a result of what is ultimately what we're talking about here, human sin with pollution of carbon. It's the oldest superstition around. It was in the Old Testament, it's in the rain dance of Native Americans -- if you sin, the skies will not cooperate.

This is quite superstitious...

He's not impressed by consensus. I'm not impressed by his offensive stupidity.

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VIDEO: Ted Cruz fan thinks "Canada is not really foreign soil." Then neither is Mexico. Welcome in, amigos!

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Our own Lucian (@lwdgrfx) spotted more right wing hypocrisy, stupidity, and even found some humor in this eye-popping post at Raw Story.

Birther Christina Katok, of course, an avid Ted Cruz fan, proves once again how so many of these right wing extremists are of very little, if any, brain.

As you probably know by now, Cruz recently released his Canadian birth certificate which proved that he was born in a foreign country (Canada) to an American mother.

But Katok doesn't seem to understand a few basics, as you can see in the video where you can watch her say the following at a Texas tea party rally:

As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she explained, adding that she was more worried about the president’s “strong ties to Kenya.” She noted that Obama had not released his long-form birth certificate until after he was elected.

What if Canadians were brown people who didn't speak English, Birther Christina? Would you make the same claim, as far as you're concerned? What if President Obama's skin was as white as yours?

I'll dispense with further snarky commentary, because Lucian nailed it in two sentences. As he points out so astutely:

"If Canada 'is not really foreign soil' because they're our neighbors, then neither is Mexico. Therefore, we no longer need to worry about deporting Mexican citizens here without papers because hey, what's the problem - they're not foreigners!

Trying to maintain Ted Cruz is eligible for the presidency but President Obama is not? Priceless."

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Ben "Friends of Hamas" Shapiro to speak at California Republican Party convention

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"This organization is so sinister that it doesn't even exist!.. What else is [Hagel] hiding that hasn't happened?... What are his ties to the Dead Poet's Society? And why are they dead? Did they know too much about Benghazi?

"President Obama, you must withdraw Hagel's nomination, or you will lose the support of every moderate Republican, another group that doesn't exist!"

-- Stephen Colbert Taking Apart Breitbart for ‘Friends of Hamas’ Debacle

 Meet Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart.com:

The Sacramento Bee is now reporting that Shapiro will be speaking at the California Republican Party convention. Karl Rove's slot had to be moved due to a scheduling conflict, so Breitie Ben will be taking his place.

Yes that Ben Shapiro.

You can stop laughing-- or crying-- now.

As my friend and Twitter pal @Jazzcattrio (h/t for the link) tweeted me just now, "I guess his speech won't be titled 'Journalistic Integrity'."

To refresh your memory, here's a recap of the utter insanity and lies that pass for Republican politics these days, from Raw Story:

Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro wrote, “On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called ‘Friends of Hamas.’”

When Shapiro called the White House for comment, they hung up on him, which he took as confirmation. Shapiro ran the story and tweeted the link out to his more than 40,000 Twitter followers, touching off a right-wing media avalanche.

Those wacky, zany smear mongers on the right just don't know when to quit. They've become quite the laughingstock, yet persist in their nasty, delusional little ways. So now the GOP is anticipating Breitie Ben's California convention antics with glee, blissfully unaware of the immense hole they're continuing to dig for themselves.

If this is what they meant by reinventing the party, then by all means, please proceed.

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H/t: Jazzcattrio

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GOP Alabama Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin: "When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body."

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There goes that whole GOP personhood meme... unless, of course, Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin thinks an organ should have the right to vote, own a gun, and carry misspelled signs calling President Obama a gay Marxist commie Kenyan. I can see the protests now: Organs' rights! Organs' rights! Or as Texans would scrawl, ograns':

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Via BuzzFeed

When asked why she would vote to limit the ability for women in Alabama to get abortions, McClurkin gave an answer that's left more than a few people confused:

"When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body," McClurkin said in an interview Thursday. "That's a big thing. That's a big surgery. You don't have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that."

One, it's not a child, it's a fetus.

And two, as BuzzFeed notes, not only is McClurkin physiologically confused (and sadly-yet-comically ignorant), she also failed to realize that the average human liver is larger than the average 20-week-old fetus. And that human skin is an organ, our largest organ, another organ that's larger than a fetus... which is not an organ.

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Merriam-Webster:

2 a : a differentiated structure (as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism

b : bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity <the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs>

If a fetus were an organ (I just had a momentary mental image of Barbara Walters asking a celebrity, "If you were an organ, what kind of organ would you be?"), there should be no objection by pro-forced-birthers to removal, unless of course, they are also opposed to life-saving medical procedures.

Which many who are anti-abortion under any circumstances are.

It's becoming clearer than ever that when the Republicans expressed a desire to reinvent themselves, they meant morphing into something even stupider than Bobby Jindal imagined.

H/t: @samuelpeepses

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Stephanie Miller Show caller: President Obama is "a liar because he uses telegrams!"

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As I do every weekday morning, I start my day by revving up my funnybone and catching up on the latest political antics by watching The Stephanie Miller Show on Current TV. Today one of the main topics was -- surprise!-- common sense gun safety. Callers called, Steph and the Mooks responded, and listeners laughed and cried. Cried? you ask, why would they cry?

Okay, maybe no crying, but lots of banging of heads on nearby walls. Here's why: One caller, a rather inarticulate gun "enthusiast," openly displayed his paranoia and hatred of President Obama. Why such hatred of Obama? you ask. The answer lies somewhere in this rather bizarre exchange with Stephanie. Here's how it unfolded, slightly paraphrased:

Caller:

Obama's gonna take our guns away because he's a liar!

Steph:

What exactly has he lied about?

*Crickets*

Steph:

Why is he a liar?

Caller:

He's a liar because he uses telegrams!

Steph:

(pause) Telegrams...?

Caller:

Yeah! Er, I mean tele... tele...

Steph:

(dawning) Ohhh, you mean teleprompters?

Click.

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If President Obama is concerned about rubbing people like this the wrong way by banning assault weapons, he needn't worry (and callers like this only reinforce the argument against them). He couldn't begin to please or assuage morons like Mr. Telesomething if he wanted to. So please, stop wanting to.

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Video- Fox's Kilmeade Fearmongers About Greece-Style Riots In America: Should We "Put Our Extra Money Into Tear Gas?"

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Yes, that is exactly where you should put your spare money Douchey. Via.

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