Saturday, July 2, 2016

JUNE 2016 BONEHEAD ABSURDITY OF THE MONTH

 
1. Linda Storm, Chairwoman of the Delta County (Colorado) Republican Party. On her facebook page, Sorenson had the absurd, racist wisdom to share the following John Frank Pelicano’s photo.

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I thought this was the kind of thing Republicans talk about behind closed doors, but going public? The Delta Country Republican Central Committee jumped into action blaming the posting on hackers, saying :
 
“This whole thing is a hoax. Someone got into the Facebook somehow,” said Vic Ullrey, vice chairman of the committee. “It was hacked and somebody got into it, definitely . . . someone trying “to damage the Republican Party, no doubt…. Just to make us look bad”
 
They went on to point fingers at Media Matters. Damn liberal media! Sorenson, however, told a different story to Jason Salzman, who broke the story of the shared meme on his blog, Bigmedia.org, last week, telling him the post was a joke, and, “I really don’t care if people are offended by it.”
 
Sorenson, who has been the chairwoman of the DCRCC for 4 years, seems a prime candidate for Trump’s running mate. Birds of a feather.
 

2. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA). If you don’t know who San Diego Rep. Duncan Hunter is, you’re a lucky person. Unfortunately I’m from San Diego. Among his numerous absurdities, is his advocacy of bombing Iran with nuclear weaponry (seriously). Hunter is also an early Donald Trump supporter. Recently on Sean Hannity’s radio show he offered his brilliant campaign analysis that the Donald needed to stick to just talking about political platforms and stop involving his business “issues”.
 
OK, it wasn’t so brilliant. But there was more. When Hannity brought up the fact that the law firm trying Donald Trump’s case paid the Clintons to speak for them back in 2009, Hunter switched into his Sarah Palin mode with the following:
 
“What I like to do Sean, is take these arguments out to their logical extreme: So let’s say that Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, is still alive and and he was on trial for something, and his judge was a Muslim-American of Iraqi descent. Here you have Chris Kyle, who’s killed a whole bunch of bad guys in Iraq. Would that be a fair trial for Chris Kyle? If you had that judge there? Probably not. And Chris Kyle could probably say, ‘This guy’s not gonna like me.’” 
 
Holy shitballs. Rep. Hunter’s analogy for why Donald Trump is a misunderstood racist is an equally racist theory. I’d like to continue to take this “argument” to its logical extreme—what if Chris Kyle, America’s Sniper, was accused of raping a woman, could a woman who had thought about rape before because she was a woman herself be allowed to judge his case? What if Chris Kyle, America’s gun-shooting guy, had punched Rep. Hunter in the face, could a bag of severely impaired potatoes judge him? We will never know because people discriminate against potatoes and I don’t think women are allowed to be judges because their brains are “weird.” Duncan Hunter is a piece of work. I feel sorry for my home town.
 
3. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX). He’s baaaaccck! America’s dumbest Congressman proves once again he is worthy of this title—this time with dire warnings about gay astronauts and the end of the world:
 
“I really wonder how many people in this body who had the ultimate power to decide whether humanity would go forward or not, whether there was an asteroid coming or something that would end humanity on Earth as dinosaurs were ended at one time—okay ... If you could decide what 40 people you would put on the spacecraft who would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples?  You are wanting to save humankind for posterity—basically, a modern-day Noah. You have that ability to be a modern-day Noah. You can preserve life. How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on the spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?” 
 
Yes, he really did say that--proudly. Well gosh, Louie, a closer reading of Genesis may be in order, it was literally 40 days, not 40 people. I’m not sure how that plays into an event that occurred millions of years ago. But more to the point, same sex couples don’t have children, although if there are female couples and male couples on your ark who knows what could happen. I know one thing for sure; I wouldn’t want Louie Gohmert on my ark. Humanity would be in trouble.
 
4. Senator John McCain (R-AZ). If one needs more evidence that John McCain has gone off the deep end, he recently said something just as, if not even more insane and offensive than Donald Trump: President Obama is “directly responsible” for the terror attack in Orlando due to his failure to combat the rise of the Islamic State terror group.
 
McCain’s statement goes beyond the criticism of Obama that has been leveled by his Republican colleagues in the Senate, and it follows remarks made this week by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who seemed to connect Obama to the attack in a Monday interview and on Wednesday tweeted an article claiming that Obama “actively supported” the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.
 
McCain made his remarks in a Senate hallway to a small group of reporters, responding to a question about the gun-control debate that has flared on Capitol Hill since the Sunday-morning gay club shooting. He answered the question about the gun debate by citing Obama’s culpability for the attack through his foreign policy.
 
“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures.”
 
When pressed by a reporter on the claim that Obama was “directly” responsible, McCain reiterated his point — that Obama should not have withdrawn combat troops from Iraq.
 
“He pulled everybody out of Iraq, and I predicted at the time that ISIS would go unchecked, and there would be attacks on the United States of America,” he said. “It’s a matter of record, so he is directly responsible.”
 
Matter of record? Horseshit! The path for the ISIS surge was paved by the Bushies de-ba’athification of the government and disbanding of Saddam’s Iraqi Army, and it's failure to recognize the growing threat posed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was instigating a Sunni-Shiite sectarian war in Iraq. President Obama was complicit in his tolerance of Maliki's repression of Sunnis and temporizing response in Syria, but the seeds of ISIS had been sown long before he took office. (Cutting to the chase, the most guilty person for the rise of ISIS is Dick Chaney, the prime mover for the 2003 war in Iraq.)

Maybe McCain’s “I-told-you-so” will impress Trump, but it can't fool anyone who knows anything about the wars in the Middle East.

5. Donald Trump. What would a Bonehead Absurdity month be without a Trump contribution? He didn’t disappoint. Seizing on the Orlando terror attack, The Donald offered the following absurdities:
 
He moronically claimed that if people dancing the night away at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, had been packing heat, they could have prevented the massacre that killed 49 and wounded 53 people:
 
“If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right to their waist, or right to their ankle, and this son of a bitch comes out and starts shooting, and one of the people in that room happened to have it, and goes ‘boom,’ you know what, that would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight.”
 
Characteristically, Trump first claimed he didn’t make such a statement, then he tried to walk back from his idiocy, saying:
 
“When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”
 
Also referring to the Orlando terror, Trump repeatedly drew a connection between allowing Muslims to immigrate to the United States and being against women and gays. He declared that his actions in banning Muslims would do more to protect women and gays than all of “Hillary’s words.” It’s clear that Trump’s response to anything he’s said about women is going to be to point at Muslims.
 
According to Trump, Hillary Clinton has called for a 500% increase in Syrian refugees (she hasn’t) and the burden is on Hillary to explain why she wanted to “flood” America with “vast numbers” of people who are anti-woman and anti-gay.  He went on:
 
“Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with his actions, or Hillary Clinton with her words? Clinton wants to allow Radical Islamic terrorists to pour into our country—they enslave women, and murder gays.”
 
In addition to Muslims, Trump took time to blame all issues—from the 2008 crash to the low wages over the last forty years—on immigrants. It was the most singularly nationalist, nativist speech given by a major political figure in America since the folding of the America First movement at the outset of World War II.
 
Trump called Muslim immigration a “bigger, more horrible version of the Trojan horse” and warned that immigrants were trying to teach “our children how wonderful ISIS is, and how wonderful Islam is.” 

Just a heartbeat away!
 
6. Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. This happened recently on CNN’s “State of the Nation.” Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who lied about “headless bodies” in the desert as she signed SB 1070, one of the more racist and offensive laws on the books in the 21st century, said President Obama’s remarks are “offensive” when he talks about Donald Trump:
 
“Obama “always comes tearing after Republicans constantly, calling names, and calling people bigots and racists ... and it's absolutely ridiculous … To see a president speak like that is offensive.”
 
I’ve never actually heard the president call Trump a “bigot” or “racist,” even though he fits the mold, given his over-the-top comments about Mexicans and Muslims, just for starters. And Republicans never “come tearing” into Obama, do they?—as long as we disregard every day since he won in 2008. 
 
And get this: she’s upset that Obama is “calling names”? Seriously?! Jan, have you even listened to the candidate you’re supporting? Without a doubt, as a presidential candidate Trump has set a record for name-calling (see: “The 229 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted”)  In Trump’s universe half the world is pathetic, ugly, a loser, a failure, a bore, a liar, a dope or a dishonest crook. And Brewer is pissed that Obama is name calling?!
 
On the same show former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley asked Brewer about Trump smearing a judge of Mexican heritage:  
 
Brewer, smiling, retorted, "In that respect, I think that Judge Curiel has a stunning reputation, and I don't believe that Donald Trump meant it in the manner that he said it."
 
Right, his racist comments weren’t “meant … in the manner that he said it,” which is why he said it over and over to any reporter with a microphone. How many times has Trump explained a racist or other insult by saying he didn’t mean it that way? What else can saying a judge can’t be fair because of his ancestry mean? If nothing else, Trump has exposed the Brewers and fellow Trump supporters as the bigots they are.

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And the winner is:

I'm tempted to go again with Gohmert, who could conceivably win every month, but his month I have to go with Duncan Hunter.  How could San Diegans continue electing this moron?


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