Monday, February 22, 2010

Stupidity Roundup

There seems to be some sort of confluence of stupidity washing over America at the moment. Over the past 24 hours some really, really stupid things have been said.

First up, Samantha Bell, the daughter of the guy who didn't like the IRS so he flew his airplane into an office-building in Austin.
Stack's daughter, Samantha Bell, told ABC News Monday morning that her father's final act was inappropriate, but called her father a hero.

"I think too many people lay around and wait around for things to happen," said Bell. "But, if nobody comes out and speaks out on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished."

Asked if her father is a hero, Bell's response was yes.

"...Because, now maybe people will listen," added Bell.
No, your Dad was not a hero. At best he was mentally disturbed; in reality he was a giant, hateful douchebag who wanted to make innocent others suffer for his own inadequacies. The fact that he chose to emulate the 9/11 terrorists in his own terror attack says a lot about the kind of person he was.

Not surprisingly, some on the right have started a new spin on the attack, inconceivably deciding to paint it as a legitimate criticism of big government. Here's United States Congressman Steve King (R-IA):
TP: Do you think this attack, this terrorist attack, was motivated at all by a lot of the anti-tax rhetoric that’s popular in America right now?

KING: I think if we’d abolished the IRS back when I first advocated it, he wouldn’t have a target for his airplane. And I’m still for abolishing the IRS, I’ve been for it for thirty years and I’m for a national sales tax. [...] It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.

TP: So some of his grievances were legitimate?

KING: I don’t know if his grievances were legitimate, I’ve read part of the material. I can tell you I’ve been audited by the IRS and I’ve had the sense of ‘why is the IRS in my kitchen.’ Why do they have their thumb in the middle of my back. … It is intrusive and we can do a better job without them entirely.
See, if that stupid IRS hadn't been asking for it, there would have been no reason to shove a Cesna up the ass of the Austin field office. When will the IRS learn?!?

Now let's turn to a more biblical message. This from Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas.
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”
Apparently having a handicapped child is a sign of a previous abortion. I had no idea that Sarah Palin had an abortion. It's quite the scandal! And the rest of you parents with disabled kids should just shut up and stop having all those abortions!

What's a week gone by without some Birther nonsense? This from Maryland United States Senate candidate Dr. Eric Wargotz:
WARGOTZ: What I understand about [Obama’s] upbringing and his background is he grew up in a system very different than the American culture. And so I think his tendencies are to more socialist tendencies than capitalist society and free market society we have today. [...]

STARK: Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States or not?

WARGOTZ: No, I do not believe he was born in the United States.
I am so proud of my state! (As a side note, I really didn't realize that Hawaii is outside of the United States. Thanks, Dr. Wargotz!)

And finally, Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn shows what he thinks is the role of the Senate, the institution he serves at the will of the people he is supposed to be helping.
“I love gridlock,” Coburn said. “I think we’re better off when we’re gridlocked because we’re not passing things.”
Yes, there's that CAN'T DO attitude that gets you elected to high office in the United States!

We're doomed.

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