|—||Michele Bachmann referring to President Obama’s energy plan concerning the Keystone XL pipeline and his economic record. (source)|
“There is a specter haunting America today. It is the specter of stupidity. A few months ago, I wrote a column I called ‘The Problem of Republican Idiots.’ Believe me, this problem has not gone away.
Rick Perry, the Republican Party’s presidential front-runner right now, believes the phenomenon of man-made global warming to be a conspiracy by ‘a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data.’
No less alarming is that this stupidity is apparently contagious. The men and women who inhabit the upper reaches of the US media (and pull down the multimillion-dollar salaries) appear to believe that to do their jobs properly, they must make themselves behave like idiots in order to be ‘fair’ to the Republicans and their idiotic ideas.”—
Eric Alterman in The Problem of Media Stupidity | The Nation
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Orange County Republican Party central committee member and Tea Party activist Marilyn Davenport sent out a “joke e-mail” to other local Republicans with the above image attached under the words “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
Not surprisingly, some recipients found it to be in poor taste. “It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public,” OC Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh told OC Weekly. “I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official.”
Meanwhile, Davenport doesn’t get why this is a big deal. “Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black,” she said in a phone interview. In a follow-up e-mail ostensibly apologizing to fellow OC Republicans for the previous correspondence Davenport reiterated her naivete. “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote, adding that she has no intention of resigning her position over something “the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing.”
Longtime conservative Orange Country Republican activist Tim Whitacre came to Davenport’s defense, saying “Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born and so this picture says a thousand words.” Can’t argue with that.
I can’t even….
I can’t even is putting it nicely. So racist. Too bad Tea Party supporters won’t see anything wrong with this.
Racist and stupid. Notice how she goes to that old “I have black friends” line. Sure you do lady. Fucking moron.
“I have a feeling that we are doing better in the (Vietnam) war than the people have been told.”
—Ronald Reagan, in the Los Angeles Times, October 16, 1967
“…the moral equal of our Founding Fathers.”
—President Reagan, describing the Nicaraguan contras, March 1, 1985
“Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in Time, May 17, 1976
“I know all the bad things that happened in that war. I was in uniform four years myself.”
—President Reagan, in an interview with foreign journalists, April 19, 1985. (“In costume” is more like it. Reagan spent World War II making Army training films at Hal Roach Studios in Hollywood.)
“Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards for man-made sources.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in Sierra, September 10, 1980
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The U.S. Geological Survey has told me that the proven potential for oil in Alaska alone is greater than the proven reserves in Saudi Arabia.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Detroit Free Press, March 23, 1980. (According to the USGS, the Saudi reserves of 165.5 billion barrels are 17 times the proven reserves—9.2 billion barrels—in Alaska.)
“Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?”
—Ronald Reagan, campaign speech, 1980
“Trains are not any more energy efficient than the average automobile, with both getting about 48 passenger miles to the gallon.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, May 10, 1980. (The U.S. Department of Transportation calculates that a 14-car train traveling at 80 miles per hour gets 400 passenger miles to the gallon. A 1980 auto carrying an average of 2.2 people gets 42.6 passenger miles to the gallon.)
“A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?”
—Ronald Reagan (Governor of California), quoted in the Sacramento Bee, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park, March 3, 1966
“All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.”
—Ronald Reagan (Republican candidate for president), quoted in the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, February 15, 1980. (In reality, the average nuclear reactor generates 30 tons of radioactive waste per year.)
“I have flown twice over Mount St. Helens. I’m not a scientist and I don’t know the figures, but I have a suspicion that one little mountain out there, in these last several months, has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in Time magazine, October 20, 1980. (According to scientists, Mount St. Helens emitted about 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per day at its peak activity, compared with 81,000 tons per day produced by cars.)
“Growing and decaying vegetation in this land are responsible for 93 percent of the oxides of nitrogen.”
—Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, October 9, 1980. (According to Dr. Michael Oppenheimer of the Environmental Defense Fund, industrial sources are responsible for at least 65 percent and possibly as much as 90 percent of the oxides of nitrogen in the U.S.)