Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 BONEHEAD ABSURDITY OF THE MONTH

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1. Rush Limbaugh. Leave it to Mr. Bombastic to link the discovery of water on Mars to his anti-climate science agenda. In true Limbaughian bombast, he said on this radio show:
 
“What's the big deal about flowing water on Mars?” . . . “You know what, when they start selling iPhones on Mars, that's when it'll matter to me.”
 
Limbaugh said he knew what they would do with the news:
 
“. . . look at the temperature data, that has been reported by NASA, has been made up, it's fraudulent for however many years, there isn't any warming, there hasn't been for 18.5 years. And yet, they're lying about it. They're just making up the amount of ice in the North and South Poles, they're making up the temperatures, they're lying and making up false charts and so forth. So what's to stop them from making up something that happened on Mars that will help advance their left-wing agenda on this planet?”
 
This vile, hate-filled blowhard has probably caused more harm to a warm and friendly America than any other individual. It’s sad that so many people still listen to him.
 


2. Isaac Latterell (South Dakota Republican State Representative). In a blog post titled "Planned Parenthood worse than ISIS and lying about it," Latterell wrote about the beheadings of prisoners by ISIL, likening the executions to abortion.
 
"Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions. Most people are unaware that this is happening, because Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls denies that they behead or otherwise dismember unborn children."
 
They deny it specifically because it is not true, but that isn't stopping Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who is introducing a bill to bar Planned Parenthood from the "beheading of certain living unborn children." Gohmert wrote:
 
"No state, no religion, and no organization should ever be allowed to use this unspeakably horrifying method. While we rightly take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye by holding ISIS accountable, let us be sure to take the plank out of our own eye by holding Planned Parenthood accountable."
 
Nice to know the nice man who says American women health clinics are worse than ISIS is in charge of our laws. If you are a woman living in South Dakota, whether or not you can get actual medical care in various situations may depend in large part on Rep. Isaac Latterell and his own pet theories about these things. And, people voted for this imbecile.  Such incendiary speech sparks kooks like Robert Lewis Dear.  Hate speakers have blood on their hands.
 
3. Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Cruz isn't going to stand for opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) painting him as moderate on immigration. With Rubio insisting the two share similar stances on immigration, Cruz laid out a plan to increase deportation, end birthright citizenship, build a border wall and restrict even legal immigration.
 
"Listen, the commonsense principles that most of us understand and most Americans agree with on immigration are not complicated," he said in a speech in Florida. "It's legal? Good. Illegal? Bad."
 
He saved most of his venom for undocumented immigrants and those who want to allow them to stay in the U.S., insisting border-crossers may be terrorists or disease-ridden and that "amnesty" would drastically change the safety of the country and the world. Why? Because he said allowing undocumented immigrants to gain citizenship would put more Democrats in power.
 
"If you support amnesty, you are supporting our national debt growing and growing and growing and growing and bankrupting our kids and grandkids," he said. "If you support amnesty, you're supporting the Democratic party's assault on religious liberty, assault on our Second Amendment, assault on our privacy. If you're supporting amnesty, you're supporting Common Core that the big-government Democrats are trying to force on our schools."
 
And the ills of "amnesty" would not stop in the U.S:
 
"If you're supporting amnesty, you're supporting the Obama-Clinton abandoning of the nation of Israel," Cruz continued. "If you're supporting amnesty, you're supporting the Obama-Clinton weakness and appeasement to radical Islamic terrorists. ... If you are supporting amnesty, you are supporting the Ayatollah Khamenei having nuclear weapons in Iran."
 
So this is why Democrats support immigration reform?  Wow!  Such absurdity aside, could there be a better example of why we should put more Democrats in power?  So we need to exclude people because they wouldn't vote Republican?  Sadly this is what it's come to: the intense partisan hatred of ideologues like Ted Cruz trumps common sense, individual rights, and any sense of the national good.  How have we drifted so far from our founding ideals?

4. More Ted Cruz. Cruz is mad as hell that President Obama has been poking fun at the Republicans for being brought to collective tears by, of all things, the fiendish CNBC when the President is afraid to sit for interviews with "real journalists."
 
“Have you ever seen Barack Obama sit down and be interviewed by Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck, or Mark Levin? Barack Obama is terrified of questions from real journalists who actually would press him. He likes to be surrounded by his fawning accolades.”
 
Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Levin—real journalists? No more needs to be said.
 
5. Donald Trump. As a certified absurd bonehead, it makes little sense anymore including absurd Trump statements, but a couple of outrageous November pearls merit inclusion. In a 95-minute rant to the Iowa GOP faithful, Trump promised to “bomb the shit out of” oil fields in Iraq and Syria, and called the media “scum” and “garbage,” but directed most of his venom at Ben Carson, whom he accused of being a pathological liar. Trump said Carson has a "pathological disease" with no cure, comparing it to the incurable mental conditions of child molesters.
 
"A child molester, there's no cure for that," Trump said. "If you're a child molester, there's no cure. They can't stop you. Pathological? There's no cure."
 
Trump also expressed skepticism about Carson’s story of finding God: "He goes into the bathroom for a couple of hours and he comes out and now he's religious," Trump said. "And the people of Iowa believe him. Give me a break. Give me a break. It doesn't happen that way. It doesn't happen that way… Don't be fools, okay?"
 
Trump mocked the gullibility of Iowans who believed Carson’s story about trying to stab a friend when he was a teenager, only to be thwarted by a belt buckle: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?"
 
One would have expected the absurd fact-adverse, bombastic Trump would have long ago flamed out long ago, but a recent poll among Republicans indicate a solid plurality believe he will be the likely GOP nominee and offers the party’s best chance to win in 2016 (42% and 46%, respectively). Birds of a feather!
 
6. More Donald Trump. Donald Trump has demonstrated that he thinks forcing American Muslims to register and carry special ID is a bully of an idea. He's done so twice. Just to be clear, here's what he said to the idea of a database for tracking Muslims in America:
 
"I would certainly implement that. Absolutely…There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases," he added. "We should have a lot of systems."
 
When asked whether Muslims would be legally obligated to sign into the database, Trump responded, "They have to be—they have to be."
 
Not just databases--more than databases. Okay. And remember when he was asked—four times—how this was any different from Nazi Germany, he didn't have an answer. Trump’s words are the most vile and ignorant sort of pandering. His hate speech not only turns people against each other, it also stirs outrage across the Islamic world that boosts terrorist recruitment efforts.
 
7. Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson. Being pressed to say something intelligible about how he, as president, would deal with ISIS, Carson once again demonstrated his cluelessness.
 
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Carson could not name a specific country or leader he would call to assemble an international coalition to counter the Islamic State, despite being asked three times by host Chris Wallace.
 
"My point being that if we get out there and we really lead and it appears that we're making progress, that all of the Arab states and even the non-Arab states who are, I think, beginning to recognize that the jihad movement is global" will join, Carson said.
 
He suggested that he would shoot down a Russian plane if it violated a U.S.-led no-fly zone over Syria, even when told that the decision could prompt Russia to shoot down a U.S. plane in response.
 
"If they violate it, we will, in fact, enforce it. We'll see what happens. For us to always be backing down because we're afraid of a conflict, that's not how we became a great nation, Chris," he said.
 
No comment necessary.
 
8. More Ben Carson. Carson said this month that he believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and that women should not be allowed to have abortions even in the case of rape or incest.
 
“The mother should not believe that the baby is her enemy and should not be looking to terminate the baby,” Carson opined to NBC host Chuck Todd. “We’ve allowed purveyors of division to think that baby is their enemy and they have a right to kill it. Can you see how perverted that line of thinking is?”
 
He went on to explain:
 
“Think about this. During slavery — and I know that one of those words you’re not supposed to say — but I’m saying it,” Carson said. “During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘You know, I don’t believe in slavery, I think it’s wrong. But you guys do whatever you want to do.’ Where would we be?”
 
In Carson’s world, a woman who has been raped is just like a slave owner for even THINKING about having an abortion. It’s God’s will. Ben Carson is a piece of work.
 
9. Crowd Favorite Sarah Palin. Not to be outdone by the war-mongering Republican faithful, including all the current presidential candidates, who seem to want to bomb every country in the Greater Middle East—and possibly also Ukraine and the South China Sea—Palin called for sending troops to Lithuania and Estonia. I guess she forgot that NATO just completed war games there.
 
Palin also said that Jesus would fight for our second amendment because “good guys” should have guns to fend off the bad guys, saying on Facebook:
 
“…it will really suck when only the bad guys have guns.”
 
Don’t you miss Sarah’s craziness?
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And the winner is:
 
With 2015 being the hottest year in recorded history, and in honor of the climate summit in Paris, I was tempted to give this month’s award to the anti-fact, anti-science, Rush Limbaugh, but the Cruz absurdities ring even louder to me.  So the November winner is Ted Cruz.    

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