Thursday, June 24, 2010

WTF?

Different blog, new title, but the same mission. To expose flagrant examples of inexplicable and bizarre behavior that defy all logic. So many block heads to choose from and so little space with which to accord the honors. How do I find the time?

This month’s winners have earned their distinction by engaging in dimwitted, detestable conduct that would make a reasonable person blush.

So without further adieu, the envelope please…

First place goes to Nevada Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle. It’s hard to imagine anyone being more out there than the chicken lady – well unless you count Michele Bachmann who is so far gone even I’ve stopped listening to her – but Mrs. Angle is one strange woman. Strange and dangerous. In an interview she did this past January, she is quoted as saying,

“You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.

“I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”

The interviewer was Lars Larson, himself a conservative, who shares many of Angle’s views, and could hardly be described as a “gotcha” reporter. Translation: Angle meant every word she uttered and was not misquoted or taken out of context.

It’s bad enough that active members of Congress engage in rhetoric that often borders on the asinine, but when candidates actually suggest that armed insurrection is a viable option then it’s time to start running for the hills. If Harry Reid loses to this whack job, he should be ashamed of himself.

Second place goes to news professional wannabe, Fox’s own Gretchen Carlson. You know how there are certain moments in one’s life that defy all reason and rational explanation, when you realize you should’ve stopped while you were ahead. Well this was one of them. On Wednesday morning’s edition of “Fox and Friends” Carlson and her cohorts were “discussing” President Obama’s decision to fire General Stanley McChrystal. Carlson began by saying, “This is what being president of the United States is all about. It's these tough, huge, monumental decisions.” OK, so far so good. A cogent observation and on point. Nicely done. However, wonder woman just couldn’t resist continuing,

“It's just like our job...what's the role of an anchor during huge breaking news? You remember growing up? You'd tune to the television, and that one moment during the year, they would have to carry a story all along. It's the same thing as being the President of the United States.”

Now before you go any further, consider this: Carlson is actually the “brains” of the show. Scary, isn’t it. Yes, on a show that includes the likes of Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, the former Miss USA pageant winner is the “smart” one. So the nest time someone – anyone – tells you about the left-wing bias in the mainstream media you can ask them this question: Do they know anyone at CNN, CBS, NBC or ABC that is as dumb as this dimwit? No bother waiting for an answer; it was a rhetorical question.

Bringing up the rear, quite literally, is Texas Representative Joe Barton. Mr. Shakedown, not content with having the distinction of wiping the egg off his face over the apology for the apology BP mess, has now issued an apology for apologizing for the apology on his Twitter page. If you’re head is spinning trying to keep up with all these apologies, don’t worry. There’s nothing wrong with you.

The real issue isn’t the musical chair dance that Barton is engaging in. No, what is at heart here is a theme among many, if not all, Republicans and all the far Right, that is decidedly and shamelessly pro-oil, despite the calamity unfolding in the Gulf. All Barton did was make the mistake of letting his true intentions, and those of the GOP, known. The damage control that John Boehner and company have been busy spinning isn’t about setting the record straight; it’s about putting their nasty little secret back in the Genie bottle.

Sorry guys, no dice. Barton slipped and now your secret is out. You’ve made your bed, go lie in it.

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