The entire world spent much of last week talking about Todd Akin's inane views of human reproduction. But he's just a symptom of a larger disease. As Timothy Egan
writes in the NYT...
On matters of basic science and peer-reviewed knowledge, from evolution to climate change to elementary fiscal math, many Republicans in power cling to a level of ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.
Egan cites three congressmen who prove the point:
Representative John Shimkus of Illinois
. He's the climate-change denier who chairs a subcommittee on climate change. Shimkus assures us that global warming can't be real because all of the Biblical signs of the Apocalypse are not yet in place.
Representative Joe Barton of Texas.
He argues against deriving energy from wind power because doing so would "slow the winds down" and make the world hotter.
Paul Broun of Georgia.
He sponsored legislation that gives any fertilized human egg full constitutional rights. Give that embryo a gun!
By why limit ourselves? We need not restrict ourselves to scientific issues, and we may look beyond Congress for examples of a party -- a nation -- gone mad.
says that that the Hurricane projected to hit Florida during the Republican convention is an Obama conspiracy
According to Limbaugh, Obama is so worried about Mitt Romney that he had the National Hurricane Center change the path of the storm, and the president intends to send FEMA into Tampa to make the Republican convention look like a disaster area.
And now let's get really
is running for sheriff in New Hampshire. He says that he would use deadly force
to stop a woman from seeking an abortion -- because that's
how strongly he feels about human life.
is a judge in Lubbock, Texas. Here's his forecast
of what will happen if Obama wins re-election:
“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens? I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy. Now, what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want them in Lubbock County. Okay? So, I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you’re not coming in here.’ And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him. I said, ‘You gonna back me?’ and he said “Yeah, I’ll back you.’ Well, I don’t want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me.”
In many countries, that kind of talk might result in a trial for treason. I wish this country could deal with dangerous kooks like Head appropriately.
Speaking of treason...
Jeffrey T. Kuhner
is a columnist for the Washington Times who thinks Sean Penn should be tried for treason. See if you can spot the contradiction in the following. (I've made the job easier by using boldface.)
Sean Penn loves dictators, especially if they are anti-American leftists. Recently, the Hollywood star visited Venezuela to campaign for strongman Hugo Chavez. Mr. Penn joined Mr. Chavez at a major rally in the city of Valencia. The actor has been a longtime friend of the despot. With Venezuelans going to the polls on Oct. 7, Mr. Penn came to bolster Mr. Chavez’s re-election efforts.
Didja see it?
wants to be the GOP's candidate for Senate in Texas. He thinks Rick Perry is too liberal. I'm not kidding
How far out is he, you ask? One of the white-hot talking points Cruz used to fire-up the narrow extremists who now control the Texas GOP is that he will, by God, defend America's golf courses! You might not have realized that golf course defense is a burning national issue crying out for U.S. Senate attention, but such deep vigilence is apparently what makes Cruz a tea party fave. He says that he has ferreted out a diabolical United Nations plot to "abolish 'unsustainable' environments, including golf courses."
Attention Patriots: grab your putters and rush to your local links, for the UN is coming! To burnish his crazy bonafides, Cruz adds that, "The originator of this grand scheme is George Soros."
Who, in turn, takes his orders directly from...Satan!
The ever-reliable non-witch
claims that Barack Obama is guilty of "Marxist sound bites" and of producing "a tax code that punishes hard work, a tax code that reduces everybody to exactly the same.” (In fact, federal tax rates were far, far more progressive under Reagan. Just how
has Obama changed the tax code, exactly?)
When asked to define "Marxism,"
O'Donnell couldn't do it.
thinks that conservative media outlets such as Fox News "feel it necessary to protect the President" and that
...the burden of proof is on Barack Obama to prove that his communist connections, which continued from his growing-up years in Hawaii to college to Chicago, were the result of innocence or naïveté.
Obama isn’t the only one benefitting from this double-standard. It is because of the false charge of McCarthyism that conservatives find it so difficult to get concerned about State Department official Huma Abedin to be taken seriously by top Republican officials and candidates.
of the American Thinker thinks (Americanly) that radical Islam is simply the latest incarnation of Marxism.
If you wonder why Europe is still in a socialist mess today, look no farther than the Europeans' Marx-intoxicated educational system.
And now you know why school children in Mobile, Alabama are so
much smarter than those dumb kids in Berlin or Paris.
I could go on and on. Let me emphasize that all of the above happened recently
; we get new examples every day. It is in the nature of modern conservatives to say insane things. They can't not be insane.
And that's why I'm forced to support Obama, even though I can't stand Obama. The modern GOP has turned into Wayne Manor: It's a billionaire's mansion perched atop a massive pile of batshit. It's time for the Democrats -- including the President -- to say it out loud: "The other party has gone nuts."
No fewer than seven birthers
are speaking at the GOP convention.
Some astonishing brand-new examples have come to my attention...
says that Barack Obama caused the Empire State Building shooting
, who is Michele Bachmann's campaign co-chair, says that if we allow gay marriage, then pretty soon people will be marrying the Eiffel Tower
. It's the next logical step, right? (My ladyfriend says that she likes
the Eiffel Tower, "but only as a friend." On the other hand, if the Tower needs American citizenship...)
said in a speech that the University of California system does not offer any courses in American History
. You can download UCLA's course catalog here
; one relevant entry is pictured to your right. There are a number of other U.S. history courses.
is a leader of the Republican National Committee. He criticized the staff of New Mexico's governor because they met with a group of American Indians. This meeting, wrote Rogers, "dishonored Col Custer." (Who was a General
By the way:
You gotta love the hypocrisy of the rightists. They want to see Julian Assange and Bradley Manning hanged, yet they don't complain when Fox reveals the true name
of the Navy Seal who, under a pseudonym, wrote a book about the Bin Laden raid. That sort of thing is okay when Republicans do it. Remember Valerie Plame...?