Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Idjits, every last one of 'em

Several Tennessee lawmakers have signed on to a legal action intended to force President Barack Obama to turn over his birth certificate and other documents to prove his citizenship, an effort rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in an earlier case.
--Theo Emery, The Tennessean, February 13, 2009

Let me just say what all the world is now thinking, including their fellow Republicans on the Hill: This is dumber than a box of rocks.

Tennessee Reps. Eric Swafford, Stacey Campfield, Glen Casada and Frank Nicely now have a giant "G" on their foreheads for "Gullible." The four were so willing to drink the craziest flavor of Kool-Aid, they've gotten themselves caught up in a national urban legend that has been thoroughly debunked.

What's next? A resolution honoring the Easter Bunny for doing such a great job with the annual colored egg delivery system? A proposed law asking these four to prove they have a brain?
--Gail Kerr, The Tennessean, February 16, 2009
I had no idea Tennessee was THAT inbred. These twits must be each other's cousin, uncle, brother, and stepdad simultaneously.

Did I mention that they are Republican lawmakers?

h/t to Maha
--the BB


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Sorry, but this is what we see from outside (not that there's anything necessarily wrong with inbreeding, done cautiosly) but you religious/political nuts, your arminian integrism (un-known elsewhere) and your "intelligent design"...

... not to mention your Social Darwinism ;=)

Paul said...

I am horrified by the level of ignorance in this nation and the failure of public education to stand up for scientific inquiry and rigorous adherence to facts instead of opinions.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

As a native Tennessean, I am appalled.

But do remember that people change when they get good information. I did--despite being the product of a fundamentalist Christian school, K-12. ;-)

One thing you have to know is that Tennessee has no state income tax. Schools are funded solely by property taxes and the occasional local add-on to the sales tax. That means that Tennessee ranks near the bottom when it comes to public education funding.

It's hard to teach anything well when your classes are overcrowded, your teachers are working for peanuts, and your libraries are full of books that say "WHEN we reach the moon..." (No lie on that one...saw it myself.)

You get what you pay for.


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

I know you do. And I don't mean you personally, dear Paul.

Remember, there were good Germans...

... more than in some other countries...

Paul said...

It is a very sad commentary on our educational system but you are right, Doxy. How can teachers teach and students learn when the resources are so meager? I am guilty of gratuitous TN bashing here and I live in a state commonly referred to as a third-world country. We are known for a combination of incompetence and corruption. Getting anything done in NM takes much longer than in industrial nations generally.

Thanks for standing up for the plight of the school kids!

The four legislators are still idjits.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Let them make themselves look more asinine than they already do. I didn't think it was possible, but it seems to be so.

susan s. said...

Yes, I agree with you, Paul. I was raised in Tennessee. We did not have that intelligent design stuff when we were kids. I went to public schools and we learned about evolution. It is much worse now, than it was in the 50s and 60s.