Ted Cruz Says Global Warming Alarmists the Equivalent of Flat-Earthers

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Ted Cruz Says Global Warming Alarmists the Equivalent of Flat-Earthers

Wizard Ted Cruz says that global warming alarmists are the equivalent of flat-earthers.  It would be easy to get angry about this, except we already know Cruz is saying this to whip people like myself into a frenzy all while appealing to his know-nothing base.  I feel pretty confident that people like Ted Cruz, as harmful as they are, are the exact kind of people that are going to doom the modern Republican Party and its anti-science brigade to the history books.  I’m scared about what damage they can do on the way down, but there is no doubt that Ted Cruz and his ilk represent the last gasp of a dying order.  People become extreme and rabid when they feel something slipping away forever.  Ted Cruz, even though he is appealing to the hoopleheads*, really represents unfettered corporate power combined with religious zealotry.  Fortunately for us, in a democracy even such power needs a base to support it and that base is mostly old and white on and on the outs.  What’s scary though is that we are running out of time to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.  So while Ted Cruz and those he represents will not be with us for long, they just might be able to do enough damage to doom the rest of us and the descendants of the human race for a long time to come.  So while I don’t think we need to worry much about Ted Cruz, I think those of us that care need to fight his ideas at every turn.

*Hooplehead: a member of the ignorant masses; an uneducated commoner; an idiot. word popularized by HBO’s Deadwood.

The Axis of Stupidity

Today I was reading about Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s mind bending defense of banning gay marriage.  Being a Texas resident, I know that we are in for the long haul concerning this kind of idiocy.  Recently I also posted about Florida Governor Rick Scott’s insane banning of the terms global warming and climate change.  I am well versed on his idiocy as my girlfriend lived in Florida for ten years.  Rick Scott vs. whoever was the Governor of Texas has been a constant argument as to who lived in the state with the dumbest head politician.  We can’t very well leave out Scott Walker of Wisconsin either.  You can learn about him at the Scott Walker is a douchebag Facebook page.  I just decided this morning that these three, especially because they actually have some power on a national level, are our three worst governors.  I think we should start calling them The Axis of Stupidity.  Even if you find this grouping to be a little bit random, it’s really no more random than the Axis of Evil grouping.  So go forth into your day, I have now given you The Axis of Stupidity.  Enjoy…

Republicans Make Clowns of Themselves…Again

Obama: ‘I’m Embarrassed’ For Republicans Who Sent Letter To Iran

I really enjoyed Obama’s response to the Republicans who decided to put their names on a letter to Iran.  Conan O’Brien once compared Bill Clinton with The Road Runner, the way that Republicans would try to catch him and end up destroying themselves in the end.  I actually think Obama merits this comparison much more than Clinton, as Clinton was self-destructive in many obvious ways.  The Republicans are thrashing about climbing over each other to tarnish Obama, and their actions just make Obama look like the adult in the room.  I mean, think about what the Republicans did:  They reached out to the Ayatollah (The Ayatollah!) in an effort to weaken our Commander in Chief!  That is not only unprecedented, but batshit insane!  It is so insane that the remarks by the Ayatollah actually seem more reasonable than the Republicans.  I would like to be mad at this action, but it is so self-defeating that it seems more like a strange gift.  It is true that it is long enough before the next election that it may be forgotten by then.  But if it is not, and dear god I hope it is not, it will certainly be a plague on their house.

Clinton Email Scandal

This whole Hillary Clinton email scandal seems ridiculously stupid.  The latest much to do about nothing.  Look, I would prefer if Elizabeth Warren was the candidate.  Although I’d vote for Clinton in a heartbeat over the Republican’s mutant pack, I’m not itching for there to be another Clinton in the Whitehouse.  If you read history you realize that Bill Clinton, though the economy was decent while he was in office, did many things that contributed to the weakening of the American worker over the longterm.  Perhaps HRC would be better, but the policies of the Clinton years were a mixed bag.  That being said, at least the Clintons actually want to govern instead of implementing a bunch of ideology driven policies that are already proven failures.

But anyway, I have yet to read anything about the Clinton emails that seems anything other than a controversy created to try to discredit her in the mainstream press.  It is heat without light, a distraction, to bring her low, while preventing us on focusing on Republican policies that are only going to benefit the extremely wealthy.  Keep your eyes on the ball…

2 Years After Raising Taxes On the Rich, The Story of Minnesota

2 Years After Raising Taxes On the Rich, Here’s What Happened to Minnesota

Minnesota put progressive economic policies in place when Governor Mark Dayton was elected.  The above article tells the story of what has happened since.

The article is extra enjoyable for the compare and contrast set up with Republican Scott Walker.

Thanks to Mr. Russell for the article.  

Scott Walker, God’s Gift to the Democratic Party

Scott Walker, God’s Gift to the Democratic Party

Matt Taibbi has been slam dunking it lately.  Here he takes on Scott Walker, which those of you that have been reading along know I can’t stand.  A sample:

Beltway Democrats may not deserve good luck, but it looks like they could have plenty in the next presidential race. Heading into the weekend, Scott Walker, a man born to be slaughtered in a general election, is suddenly leading the pack in the Iowa polls.  

Walker is surging thanks to his performance at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his “I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!” stump speech.

Walker’s address was a broadside against a litany of conservative bugbears, from Planned Parenthood to the media to tax day to the subversive act of voting without a photo ID, etc.

But the money line came during a Q&A session. Asked how he would take on radical Islamist terrorists, Walker referred to his experience taking on pro-union protesters in his home state:

“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Walker’s seeming comparison of peaceful union activists to head-chopping Islamic terrorists drew a predictable response, with progressive groups like American Bridge sending out alerts denouncing his comments, along with outrage from the Democratic National Committee.

But the National Review also called it an “unforced error,” with writer Jim Geraghty taking special offense at the fact that Walker had forced him into a place where he had to defend, of all people, union activists. Even Rick Perry, not exactly a kumbaya-chanting paragon of tolerance, chided Walker for crossing a line:

“These are Americans… You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate.”

The Fear of Education

The Right’s Fear of Education

The above article is by a former military man and right winger on why there is a dislike of education by some on the right.  (Most recently put in the news by Scott Walker and his people in Wisconsin.)  I don’t think that all on the right dislike education.  However, there does seem to be a strain of modern conservatism that is doing its best to strip it of anything but the ability to provide people with the skills to be a worker bee.  I think this writer has a plausible theory at least.  Discuss…