Republican Craziness Continues-Biking Bad for the Environment

 Featured, Legislature, Politics  Comments Off on Republican Craziness Continues-Biking Bad for the Environment
Mar 052013
 

Finally, the Republican craziness rears its ugly head somewhere besides Florida and Virginia. This time, it is Washington State Representative, Ed Orcutt (Republican), who’s firing the next shot in the Republican war on science. Orcutt recently argued that bicycling is equally bad for the environment as driving cars, because when we bike, we breathe out CO2. Wow! The craziness is strong in this one.

Bicycle Riders in Seattle, WA

And here are some folks adding to global warming

As noted at Americablog, “Republicans generally hate cyclists.  Since heaven forbid anyone exercise, or use roads in a manner that actually decreases the pollution impact.  Cyclists are socialists, you see, and simply must be destroyed.” Orcutt was responding to a question about a tax he wants to impose on bicyclists, and said:

“Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclist has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”

Scarier still is that Orcutt is the top Republican on the Transportation Committee.

What’s truly sad, as noted in that same article at Americablog is that, “Orcutt isn’t the fringe of the GOP, he is the GOP.”

Chris at Americablog notes the following examples of the GOP divorce from reality:

It seems to get worse daily. As commenter noted, “Yes, the GOP has a ‘crazy’ problem, but they have an even more serious one. An “embrace of ignorance” problem. They don’t even bother to try to be rational or present facts to support their positions anymore. They just make up shit and assert that it’s true, even when it’s objectively false and patently ridiculous.”

Let Corporations Vote?

 Featured, Legislature, Politics, Science  Comments Off on Let Corporations Vote?
Feb 252013
 

corporations-people-texas-execute7Apparently, some Republicans didn’t get the memo from Gov. Bobby Jindal about not being the “stupid party.” Because if you live in Montana, you can thank state Rep. Steve Lavin (R) for  taking the Supreme Court’s misguided notion that “corporations are people” to new heights of stoopid. Lavin introduced a bill to allow corporations to vote in local elections. Under Lavin’s bill, under the proposal, “if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote.”

But apparently Lavin’s not the only Republican not checking his email from Gov. Jindal. Idaho State Senator, and Chairperson of the Senate’s Education Committee, John Goedde (R) introduced a bill requiring that all high school students, to graduate, must read Ayn Rand’s, “Atlas Shrugged.” Goedde was asked by the Idaho Spokesman-Review why he picked that book. At least his partisanship was on full display when he said, It ““made my son a Republican.” He went on to add, “well, he’s not a practicing Republican. But it certainly made him a conservative.”

And just for the record, Ms. (all about personal responsibility) Rand drew her Social Security payments and Medicare.

Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) has decided his fellow lawmakers shouldn’t even be allowed to  propose gun control regulation. Leara has proposed legislation that would make it a felony for “any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States.” Continue reading »

snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake