Stupid but dangerous

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 28th, 2011 - 24 comments
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The Republican Party may be entering its death throes. In an unprecedented move, there were two competing Republican response speeches to President Obama’s State of the Union address. One from Paul Ryan, the powerful Chair of the House Budget Committee. The other from a Teabagger who looked into the wrong camera the whole time.

I’m not sure what’s harder to believe:

  • that the strongest voice for change in the US are a bunch of reactionaries with distorted 19th century values, who funded by billionaires, and were inspired by a reporter’s rant on the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange;
  • that there’s no Leftwing counterpart in sight;
  • or that the GOP is getting its arsed kicked by these morons.

Fun facts about, Michele Bachmann to remind us that, while the Teabaggers are morons, they’re dangerous morons:

  • She fears a plan for a global currency, which is the same conspiracy John Laughner, the Tuscon shooter, is so worked up about
  • She calls climate change a hoax, just like John Key
  • She called for Minnesotans to be “armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.” and said “having a revolution every now and then is a good thing.”
  • Opposing Obama’s introduction of near-universal healthcare she said “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass”
  • She introduced a bill to repeal the ban on incandescent lightbulbs because she says CFLs have too much mercury, despite the National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association telling her they produce less mercury than the coal burned for incandescents.
  • She’s called for a McCarthy-style witch-hunt of ‘un-American’ congress members
  • She has said a nuclear strike on Iran should be an option

24 comments on “Stupid but dangerous”

  1. Scott 1

    The Republican Party may be entering its death throes.

    The party of Abraham Lincoln (not that you’d know it) has been around since 1850s and survived a civil war and numerous other crises. I suspect it isn’t finished yet.

  2. Eeew, this isn’t from the Onion is it?

    She says that Barack has been telling Americans which light bulbs to buy. Where have I heard this before?

    Capcha confused!! Damn right

    • Olwyn 2.1

      Yes. I am always taken aback by the internationalised sloganeering: just as we were cheered into corporate thinking by “the kiwi can-do attitude,” and our ability to “punch above our weight,”so the Icelanders were cheered on by “the viking spirit.” Furthermore, the Queenslanders after the floods were described by their premier in near identical terms to West Coasters after the mining disaster. Just as there was once a tin pan alley filled with clever young people writing songs for musicals, and a room somewhere full of clever young people writing one-liners for Bob Hope, so there must be a bullshit central somewhere, where clever young people are paid to come up with instant slogans.

      • Zorr 2.1.1

        Fun fact: the legislation governing energy requirements for lightbulbs was introduced by Bush Jr.

        Also, she has called for a “repeal of the President”

  3. joe90 3

    Michele Bachmann, welfare queen

    Bachmann’s family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006. The farm had been managed by Bachmann’s recently deceased father-in-law and took in roughly $20,000 in 2006 and $28,000 in 2005, with the bulk of the subsidies going to dairy and corn. Both dairy and corn are heavily subsidized — or “socialized” — businesses in America (in 2005 alone, Washington spent $4.8 billion propping up corn prices) and are subject to strict government price controls

  4. deemac 4

    thanks joe90 – that should be widely publicised. I thought the most bizarre part of her response was claiming the Founding Fathers fought slavery!

  5. big bruv 5

    My god the Kenyan must love those Tea Party idiots.

    Palin and the rest of the bible bashing, gun loving idiots are going to secure him a second term, sadly that is something the western world cannot really afford.

    The golf courses will love it though.

  6. SHG 6

    The USA may be entering its death throes.

    Fixed that for you.

  7. Gosman 7

    “She calls climate change a hoax, just like John Key ”

    Ummmm…. do you have any evidence for this claim?

  8. Bill 8

    Why there is no leftwing couterpart in sight

    1. Her observation that Obama promised a stimulous package that would reduce the unemployment rate and that the stimulous was a waste of money is fair enough. Many on the left said the stimulous was a misdirected crock of shit. But the analysis and criticism was marginalised and shut down.

    2. Many on the left opposed the mandatory health insurance and the final shape of the ‘Health Care Bill. But that analysis and criticism was marginalised and shut down.

    And so it goes. The concerns raised are common enough. But since the arguments from the left that focussed on the corporate welfarism inherent to the Democrat’s policies were shut down by the Liberal Left, the Right has an open opportunity to peddle the ‘big government is bleeding us’ line instead.

    Interpretations of situations are predicated on available information. The Liberal Left, by participating in the marginalisation or complete silencing of any left criticism of the Obama Administration…and in burying the information that went hand in hand with that criticism…is utterly culpible with regards the rise of the unabashedly pro-corporate agenda that the Tea Party is a mere part of.

    And the rhetoric is pretty good. Unlike the shallow sounding mealy mouthed nonsense coming from the Liberals as they desperately try to ‘square the circle’ of being the ‘Party of the Worker’ (or whatever) while they rush into the arms of the corporates, the rhetoric of the Tea Party et al is inclusive and is wrapped in language that smacks of self empowerment. Which will resonate with the swathes of the population who feel excluded and disempowered.

  9. johnm 9

    Sooner these retards die the better! They have totally f*cked up a once great Nation. E.G. 43,000,000 americans living on pet food called food stamps!!! 50,000,000 with NO! health coverage!

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      But you can’t argue with 700 US billionaires, many having made their money through offshoring their neighbours’ jobs, moving American factories to China and Mexico, and placing other neighbours on the mousewheel of catastrophic interest bearing debt.

      A brilliant and innovative system for those few hundred people, and a few tens of thousands of their closest allies and lieutenants.

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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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