Idiot Of The Week – Jeffrey Lord

Idiot of the Week medalAlthough idiots surround us, seem to be coming out of the woodwork and multiplying exponentially, I have not done an Idiot of the Week post since … well … since my last one!  And that was Wayne Allyn Root on 31 May.  So, I think it’s about time, don’t you?  And as often happens, one dropped right into my lap!  I became aware of Jeffrey Lord some time ago and realized he was an idiot, but did nothing to honour him for his idiocy.  But today, that all changes!  So please welcome this week’s Idiot of the Week, Jeffrey Lord.

Lord-1.jpgJeffrey Lord, 66 years old, is a political strategist in Pennsylvania, who served as an associate political director in the administration of former United States President Ronald Reagan. He has worked as a political commentator, contributing material to CNN, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, National Review Online, and other mostly right-wing conservative publications. He has appeared as a guest on numerous television and radio programs. He also works as a political consultant for Quantum Communications, a Harrisburg-based political strategy firm. Since 2015, he has been a regular commentator under contract to CNN.

And now let us take a brief look at just a few of the things that qualify Jeffrey for the award …

Certainly anyone who equates Donald Trump to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., deserves this award.  One Thursday in April, Lord made a remote appearance on CNN’s New Day show:

“Think of Donald Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care. When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn’t popular and he didn’t have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so the bill would be introduced.”

Democratic activist Symone Sanders was also on the program, and I loved her response:

“You do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that looked like me were being beaten, dogs were being sicced on them, basic human rights were being withheld from these people merely because of the color of their skin. So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner—to the vagina-grabbing president, Donald Trump.”

In February 2015, Lord called upon the Republican Party to demand an apology from the Democratic Party for its role in promoting and defending slavery and creating the segregationist Jim Crow system:

“Will President Obama – the leader of the Democratic Party – formally apologize for his party’s role in slavery and Jim Crow? Will the Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate pass resolutions calling on the president to apologize for his party’s role in slavery and Jim Crow?”

In June 2015, Lord wrote an open letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then-head of the U.S. Democratic Party, asking her to apologize for her party’s role in Indian removal, in promoting and defending slavery, in Confederate secession, and in creating segregationist Jim Crow regimes. (This guy wants everybody to apologize, doesn’t he?)

In March 2016, during Super Tuesday election night coverage on CNN, conservative commentator S. E. Cupp said she believed Trump had made to attract prejudiced voters because he had hesitated to disavow KKK member David Duke.  Lord responded that the KKK many decades earlier had supported Democrats and that the KKK was therefore left wing.

Lord-bookLord has also written a book published in January 2016 titled What America Needs: The Case for Trump. The plug on Amazon reads …

“In What America Needs, Lord makes a powerful case that Trump—often denigrated even by other Republicans as too outrageous for the White House—is actually exactly the president our country needs right now: one who will reverse the damages done during the Obama administration and do what it takes to make America great again.”

So, we see that Lord is not only an idiot, but one in serious need of psychiatric counseling.  But all of that simply leads up to his latest faux pas, one which has cost him his job. It happened during a back-and-forth “tweeter-sation” between Lord and Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog organization.  It took only two small words to earn him the proverbial axe:

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CNN’s response was swift:  “Nazi salutes are indefensible. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” *

Later, Lord defended himself, saying that he was mocking Media Matters, which he considers to be a fascist organization, and said he has ‘no regrets’ for his words. If there is any remaining doubt in your mind that Mr. Lord is an idiot, guess who came out in support of him after his firing?  None other than America’s #1 white supremacist, Steve Bannon, who called Jeffrey to cheer him up after he was fired.

Jeffrey Lord may not be the most idiotic of all the recipients of this award, but nonetheless, he is well-deserving of it.  The difference between him and past recipients such as Steve King, Ben Carson and Kellyanne Conway, is that he is an idiot whose message is more chilling, less humorous, than the others.  And although CNN has severed ties with him, he has numerous other venues for his brand of hate, as he is still a regular columnist for the American Spectator, a conservative online publication, and others.

And so, Mr. Jeffrey Lord, for your extremist views throughout the years, and your lack of filter for your mouth, and for being an overall jerk, I hereby award you the much-coveted Idiot of the Week award.  I’m sure you will find a good spot on your office wall to hang it. Congratulation!

*  The argument will be made that Lord’s words are protected by the first amendment, and that is true … he broke no law and will not suffer legal repercussions.  However CNN is within its rights to sever the relationship based on its journalistic, moral and humanitarian standards.

Idiot of the Week – Wayne Allyn Root

Idiot of the Week medalThey walk among us.  They generally look close enough to pass for human.  They reproduce.  And once they open their mouths, one is given to understand almost immediately that one has come into contact with a not-so-rare breed, an idiot.  Idiots have been around since the beginning of time, but today’s are more dangerous, for they have become adept at appearing to be perfectly ‘normal’.  It would be so much easier if they were born with a little ‘i’ stamped into their forehead.

root-bookSo, without further ado, allow me to introduce Wayne Allyn Root.  Root is many things … a wise man is NOT one of them.  He is or has been at one time or another, a politician, entrepreneur, television and radio personality, TV producer, political commentator and author. Root has published nine books, and according to his bio page, he is a ‘bestselling author’.  This is a bit of a stretch.  The book he claims was a bestseller, The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide, published in 2013, has only a 4.2/5 rating on Amazon and a mere 3.9/5 on Goodreads.  Amazon currently has the book marked down from $27.95 to $6.95 for the hardcover.  Almost unheard of in only its fourth year.  It has a very low ranking on Amazon, and I did not go to the trouble to find the total sales for the book, but suffice it to say that it was never a #1 bestseller.  Anyway, now that Obama is out of office, that book would be a moot point … or would it?

Mr. Root has formulated a number of conspiracy theories about President Obama, most during Obama’s second term in office:

  • Root and Obama both attended Columbia University at the same time. Root first claims that Obama did not attend, as he says he never saw him, so he must be lying about attending.  31,000 students and he should have seen and remembered Obama?  But then he says that Obama attended as a foreign exchange student.  When asked for evidence, he proclaimed “Call it ‘gut instinct’ but my gut is almost always right …”  And then he claimed that during his time at Columbia, Obama learned his strategy to impose socialist control on the U.S.

  • Root said that Obama “cut his afro” in order to infiltrate the political class and become a “Manchurian candidate” meant to take down America from within.

  • Root has diagnosed Obama as an “arrogant, egomaniacal sociopath” who is either “mentally ill” or committing treason and must be removed from office “before he kills us all” with Ebola-ridden terrorists. (Okay, now folks … who is the mentally ill sociopath here???)

  • Root contends that America’s troubles with race were in the past until Obama came along to divide everyone, saying that the president “didn’t come in to help us end the specter of racism, he brought it back.”

Root also has a new book that was released last August, titled Angry White Male

root-book-newWhat set off the radar today, however, was that last Friday on his radio program, WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show, he said …

“All the liberal, unhinged, wackos who think it’s a sure thing that there is a Trump-Russia connection and that Trump will be impeached—whether it’s Russia, or whether it’s obstruction of justice, or whether it’s giving classified information to Russia—they’re wacko. Trump will never be in trouble for any of it. Trump will never be impeached for any of it. Not going to happen.”

And then, regarding the incident where candidate for a House seat from Montana, Glen Gianforte, beat up a reporter from the Guardian, he said …

“I guarantee you this reporter for The Guardian was being vicious and the guy running for Congress in Montana, Gianforte, just had enough of it and finally snapped and just knocked him down and jumped on top of him and then they pulled him away. And so the little wussy ran away crying and called the police. If you put me in a cage with a real liberal, I will beat the living daylights out of them. They’ll have broken ribs and a black eye.”

Oooooohhhhh …. Tough dude! (bastard)

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Now, that was the one that got me, but never fear, Mr. Root has proven his idiocy in many other ways also!  He was born into a Jewish home, but in June 2016, Root described himself as a “Jew turned Evangelical Christian.” Okay … people do convert from one religion to another … I get that.  BUT, five short months later, in November 2016, Root described himself as Jewish, and says he considers Donald Trump to be the first Jewish president!  Huh???

Just as with his religion, he cannot quite make up his mind about his party affiliation.  He was a long-time republican until 2007, when he switched to the libertarian party, and ran for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in the 2008 election. He finished third at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention. But five years later, in September 2012, he switched back to the republican party in order to support republican candidate Mitt Romney.  Most recently, of course, he supported Little Donnie Dark.

He recently came up with a “brilliant” plan for Donald Trump’s wall.  I’ll let him tell you his idea …

“Congress is not going to pay for it, but the people will. First, go to the American people. Ask all the patriots of America to donate the money to build the wall. I know the 62 million American patriots who voted for you Mr. President will respond. Tell them “it’s for the future of your children.” For $100 each donor will get their name on a brick on the wall. Here’s the bonus. Not only will the wall get built, but the American people will realize Congress is a useless group of cowards (Republicans) and traitors (Democrats), and no longer necessary. The American people can get things done without Congress.”

You all remember the King v Burwell case in 2015, right?  Oh … you don’t?  Well, long story short, it was one of the cases where the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA, alias Obamacare) against a challenge brought by a group of conservative activists led by a man named David King. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of upholding ACA in a 6-3 decision, led by Chief Justice John Roberts.  Now Mr. Root, never one to miss an opportunity for a good conspiracy theory, tweeted …

“Time to question Justice Roberts’ decisions. Just like John Boehner, I now believe Justice Roberts has been blackmailed or intimidated.”

Oh for Pete’s …

And what, do you think, is his take on arguably the most important issue facing us, climate change?  Well, this screenshot from his Facebook page sums it up

root-2.pngBut wait … just three months earlier, in September 2015, he said …

“I admit it. Global warming is real and is warping brains. Either that or Democrats are really really dumb. They voted for Barack Obama…twice. They think our economy is in “recovery.” Now they are getting ready to vote for Hillary Clinton. It must be global warming.”

Did I mention that he writes for Breitbart, Fox, and his program airs on Fox News? Surprised, aren’t you?

There is more … much more … that proves this man to be an idiot, but I know my readers do not have four hours to spend reading this post, so I shall stop now and present the award.  Ahem … Mr. Wayne Allyn Root … for exhibiting signs of idiocy far beyond the norm, and for being a conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, for being a man of violent tendencies and a hater of all thinking people, I hereby award you the coveted Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!!!  I know you must be excited, and I’m sure you will want to give it a place of honour in your home or office!  No … really … no need to thank me … you have earned it!

Idiot of the Week – Sean Spicer

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I almost feel badly for this week’s award recipient, almost feel sorry for him.  Note that I said ‘almost’.  Yet I do not feel badly enough to give him a pass on this one, as I have been giving him passes for several months now and he just does not learn from his mistakes.  Who, you ask?  Why, none other than the White House Press Secretary, Mr. Sean Spicer, of course!  And most of you know exactly why I could no longer leave him alone, but in case any have been living on a desert island for the past few days, I shall enlighten you.

On Tuesday (11 April 2017), at the daily White House press briefing, Spicer was asked about the U.S. response to Assad using chemical weapons in attacks in Syria last week. His response, which will surely go into the annals of history as one of the stupidest things ever said by a WH Press Secretary, was:

“I think a couple things. You, look — we didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

A bit later, after being reminded of the Holocaust in which Hitler and the Nazis gassed millions to death, Spicer attempted to clarify with …

“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. I mean, there was clearly, I understand your point. Thank you. Thank you. I appreciate that. There was not, in the, he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But I’m saying, in the way that Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent—into the middle of towns, it was brought, the use of it. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”

Sometimes, the more one says, the deeper he digs his grave.

So why do I almost feel sorry for Mr. Idiot Spicer?  Because, quite simply, he is a lightweight who is out of his league.  Possibly the worst decision he ever made in his life was to accept his current position.  Think about it … yes, certainly there is a great deal of prestige associated with being the man out front, the liaison between the man sitting in the Oval Office and the press corps, and the job pays a living wage of $176,000 per year plus bennies.  But some jobs just aren’t worth it. How would you like waking up every single morning, knowing that your job would require you to go in front of millions of people and tell whatever lies your boss wanted told that day.  How would you like being forced to defend one of the most vile men on earth … every single day?  I couldn’t do it … wouldn’t do it … there simply is not enough money. But the reason I stop short of full-fledged empathy for Spicer is that he made the choice to accept the position, and having previously worked on Trump’s campaign, he already knew what sort of person Trump is and should have anticipated what the job would entail, yet he accepted the position.  And in the 82 days since the inauguration, he has willingly lied, covered lies with more lies, verbally abused and shut-down members of the press, and indulged in childish temper tantrums.  So no, Sean, I do NOT feel sorry for you, and I find you most deserving of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!

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But we all know that it takes more than just a single act of idiocy to qualify for this award, so let us look back over the past 82 days to see what else Sean has done to qualify.

  • The very day after the inauguration and two days before he would give his first press conference, Spicer told his first lie and ignited his first controversy. He claimed, in support of Trump’s prior claim, that the inauguration had drawn the “largest audience to ever to witness an inauguration, period – both in person and around the globe.”  This was not only a lie, but it was a whopper … the granddaddy of all lies … and the truth was verifiable!  There were aerial photos, parking data, Metro ridership data, and more to prove that both of President Obama’s inaugurations were far better attended.  Yet, Spicer accused the media of being the ones telling the lie and stood by his data-free claim.
  • The next day, when confronted with hard data tht disputed his claim, Spicer said that, “sometimes we can disagree with the facts” … a ridiculous statement that then led an alumni of the idiot of the Week award, Kellyanne Conway, to coin the phrase “alternative facts”.
  • Sean is not well-spoken, articulate, and often tumbles & fumbles his words (that’s how liars are), then gets annoyed and slings a slur or two at the press in attendance. In February, speaking about the reportedly tense phone call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Spicer referred to the Prime Minister as Trumble instead of Turnbull.  Then later that month, he referred to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “Joe Trudeau”.
  • When his boss (who, by the way, won an Idiot of the Year award in 2016 and is on target for another in 2017) claimed, falsely and without a shred of evidence, that President Obama had “wiretapped” him during the campaign, Spicer stood loyally behind him. When asked about the claim, Spicer  said — with a straight face, mind you — that Trump used the term “wiretap” in quotes not because he’s terrible at grammar (and kinda stupid), but because he was using the specific term as a stand-in for a broader forms of surveillance.  “The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”

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Then during a mid-March press conference, April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks was attempting to ask a question:

“With all these investigations, questions of what is is, how does this administration try to revamp its image? Two and a half months in you got this Yates story today, you got other things going on, you got Russia, you got wiretapping…”

“No we don’t have that,” Spicer interrupted. “I’ve said it from the day that i got here until whatever, that there’s no connection. You’ve got Russia. If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection!”

Ryan tried to respond, he kept speaking over her, saying, “But every single person, well no, I appreciate your agenda here, but the reality is, no no no, hold on, at some point, report the facts.”

To his credit, Spicer did at least apologize for his Hitler faux pas, something that I cannot recall any other member of the Trump team doing since they overran the White House.  He still remains Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week, however.  I like the way Andrew Rosenthal, writing for the New York Times, put it: “Spicer twists the truth as frequently as regular people change their socks.”

By the way, in case you were wondering about the cover picture … that is Sean in the bunny suit with President George W. Bush back in 2008.

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So, Mr. Sean Spicer, to honour you for all your lies, bumbling and abusive treatment of journalists, I hereby award you the highly coveted Idiot of the Week award.  I imagine you will want to hang it in your office … your boss, by the way, has one very similar, as does another of your co-workers, Ms. Conway!  Enjoy your award!

Idiot of the Week – Mike Cernovich

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Well, I have returned from my ‘mini-vacation’ well-rested, both mentally and physically, recharged and ready to get back into the saddle.  But … I cannot seem to find my saddle!  After an hour of perusing the ‘Trump news’, I concluded there is much going on, and yet nothing has really changed.  Every story I read leaves me shaking my head and thinking, “okay, but what’s new?”  So ….. after some consideration, and this one idiot that keeps flitting across my radar, making me want to swat him like a mosquito, I have decided to do an Idiot of the Week today!  Those are always fun, though they often make me growl and grumble, but such is the way of a curmudgeon.

Remember Pizzagate?    Well, though there are many who were guilty of propagating the myth that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were kidnapping, molesting and trafficking children in the backrooms of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., the man who dreamed up the faux news story was one Mike Cernovich.  I had never heard the name until recently, but apparently this man has been working his way toward the Idiot of the Week award for quite some time now.

cernovich-2Cernovich allegedly obtained a law degree from  the University of Illinois, Pepperdine University School of Law, though I have my doubts.  Why is it that so many of my idiots have law degrees (think Michele Bachmann) … I always thought earning a J.D. was a pretty tough thing, but these days I wonder.  Anyway, in 2012, Cernovich started a website he calls Danger & Play, which began benignly enough, focused mainly on self-improvement.  And then, in 2016, along came Trump, and Cernovich found his niche.

Described as a member of the alt-right (haters of all things not lily-white, male & Christian), he switched his focus to pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton commentary. That, in itself, would not have been extraordinary, nor would it have landed him squarely on my radar.  What does bring him into the limelight, however, is his made-up, blatantly false stories … stories that were seen by many who then spread the lies and hate until … well, Pizzagate where a man with a gun, believing the lie, shot up a pizza place where people were dining and it is nothing short of a miracle that nobody was killed.  Personally, I think this in itself should have earned Cernovich a jail sentence, but let us look back a bit …

  • He started the (false) rumour that Hillary Clinton suffered from seizures and Parkinson’s Disease, a rumour that was embraced by Trump, his campaign, and became a #1 trending topic on Twitter.
  • Cernovich advocates IQ-testing for all immigrants and ending federal funding of universities.

A few words from the man himself::

  • “To beat a person, you lower his or her social status. Logic is pointless,”
  • “What are Trump’s policies? I don’t particularly care.”
  • “If Trump offends you, it’s because you live in a cucked world where no one speaks their minds.”
  • “I haven’t washed my hair in years, and it’s luxurious. Shampoo is another hoax spread by the media.”
  • “Have you guys ever tried ‘raping’ a girl without using force? Try it. It’s basically impossible. Date rape does not exist.”
  • Of the baby girl he and his wife are expecting, he says, “I’ll be nice to her, as long as she’s not a basic bitch”.
  • “Yes, I’m banned from TV. I was too effective a Trump supporter …”

He has many other utterances that further highlight his idiocy, but they are extremely lewd and highly offensive, thus I refuse to give them a voice on this blog.

None of this, however, is what put him onto my radar.  What did is the fact that Donald Trump, Jr., the killer of wild animals, claims that Cernovich should win a Pulitzer Prize for his “journalism”.  And equally disturbing, Trump mouthpiece and herself a former recipient of the Idiot of the Week award, Kellyanne Conway, agrees!  Even Mike Flynn, short-time NSA Director, has praised Cernovich.  The story that led to all this high praise is as follows:

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On Sunday, In what is largely considered a continuation of Trump’s fanatically paranoid claims that President Obama ‘wiretapped’ his phones, Cernovich claimed that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice “unmasked” the identities of Americans connected with President Trump’s campaign and transition who were mentioned in foreign surveillance intelligence reports.  Just as with the wiretapping claim, Pizzagate, and rumours of Hillary’s health, the right took the ball and ran with it. Senator Rand Paul called it “a smoking gun”, while Senator Tom Cotton referred to Rice as “Typhoid Mary”.

According to both The Washington Post and the New York Times, there is, first off, zero evidence that such an “unmasking” ever occurred, and secondly, even if it did, as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, she could very well have had legitimate reasons to ask to unmask individuals in these intelligence reports.  There is no smoking gun, plain and simple, but this, like the false wiretapping claim, is a useful (for Trump) distraction from the ongoing and expanding investigations and discoveries regarding Trump’s shady connections to the Russian government.

For there to be a suggestion that somebody like Cernovich should be awarded a Pulitzer Prize is a slap in the face to genuine journalists such as Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, and many others who have earned the prize in years past for excellence in journalism.  If Cernovich should be considered for an Pulitzer, it should be in the category of ‘fiction’, but even at that … his writing just is not that good.

Cernovich has actually written and published three books:

  • Gorilla Mindset: How to Control Your Thoughts and Emotions and Live Life on Your Terms (2015)
  • MAGA Mindset: Making YOU and America Great Again (2016)
  • Danger & Play: Essays on Masculinity (2015)

Perhaps what most qualifies Cernovich for the award is the fact that he takes himself so seriously, appears to actually believe that he is a hero of some sort, and sees himself as “committed to bringing you the best news and journalism, and my “beat” primarily focused on exposing the fake news media,” as per his Facebook page.

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No surprise, right?

One final note:  Cernovich has emphasized the importance of simplicity in social media commentary, noting that when he made his posts “too complex”, none of it got “through to people”. Could it be because of the mental caliber of the people he is trying to reach?

And so, Mr. Mike Cernovich, I hereby name you this week’s recipient of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!!!  No thanks are necessary, and you have certainly earned it with your lies, deceit, arrogance, and all your alt-right phobias!

Idiot of the Week – Jason Rapert

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There is certainly no shortage of idiots out there … so many idiots, so little time … sigh.  I have not been as faithful as I would like in awarding my esteemed Idiot of the Week award, but my fingers have been kept hopping with Trump, Trump, and more Trump.  I was actually planning to award this week’s IOTW award to Sean Hannity, but then I realized I had already awarded it to him last year (once an idiot, always an idiot).  Suddenly, out of the blue, along came another idiot, a man who most of you have never heard of, but he made headlines last month … and the month before … and almost every month for the past several years.  So without further ado, allow me to introduce this week’s idiot, Arkansas State Senator, Jason Rapert!

Rapert-1Mr. Rapert has engaged in idiocy so many times that the Arkansas Times has devoted an entire column titled ‘Your daily dose of Jason Rapert’.  The February 4th column begins, “Listen, sometimes I wonder whether Sen. Jason Rapert was created in a lab by the Arkansas Times to give us material.” But let’s move on to the topic that dumped him onto my radar.

The largest and busiest airport in Arkansas is located in Little Rock and is named Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.  Okay … Bill Clinton is the first and only native of Arkansas to ever be president, so that makes him pretty special to the state, yes?  And it certainly is not unusual to name an airport after a president.  Consider these:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – New York, New York
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – Houston, Texas
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Washington, DC
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) – Springfield, Illinois
  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) – Wichita, Kansas
  • Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport (DIK) – Dickinson, North Dakota

But now, State Senator Rapert wants to change that and has introduced a bill into the state senate to do just that, saying, “The state of Arkansas would just like to forget the Clinton era.” 

But his idiocy does not end here … you know I require more than a single incident before I will consider an idiot deserving of this award … I have my standards, you know.  So let us take a look at some of his more egregious comments and positions.

  • Rapert authored a bill to ban all abortions in Arkansas after twelve weeks of pregnancy. A federal judge stopped the law from being implemented, saying it was likely unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court refused to overturn the federal judge’s ruling.  Rapert’s bill eventually cost the State of Arkansas $97,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs to the prevailing plaintiffs before the Supreme Court decision was finalized. What a wonderful way to have wasted taxpayer’s money, Jason! You da man!
  • Rapert has stated that the U.S. should use nuclear weapons to eradicate Daesh. Seriously???  We just killed some 200 innocent civilians in Mosul last weekend with traditional bombs … can anybody even begin to imagine how many dead children there would have been if we had dropped a nuclear bomb?  What does this man think nukes are???  Lego toys?
  • At a Tea Party rally he told the crowd, “I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back to the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!” And later, on his Facebook page, “We the majority grant you rights by choice.” Words fail me.
  • After being approached in a store by a constituent one day, he then tweeted, “Not smart to come up and harass somebody in a parking lot who’s carrying a handgun. Better be glad you decided to walk away #armed&ready”. This became the source of much controversy … gee, I wonder why?
  • ten-commandIn 2015, Rapert began a push to have a ten commandments monument installed on the state Capitol grounds. Nobody thought it was a good idea, but Rapert went ahead with the project.  He actually got the Arkansas General Assembly to pass a law that read in part, “Placing of a monument to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol would help the people of the United States and of the State of Arkansas to know the Ten Commandments as the moral foundation of the law.”  (Ever hear of ‘separation of church and state’, Bozo?) The law, however, called for funding the project with private donations, thus Rapert set up a GoFundMe site which, to date, has generated some $26,244 in donations.  Apparently it was enough, as the monument has been built and installed, but I suspect it will be removed before too long.  The Satanic Temple is now demanding to install a Baphomet statue right next to the Christian monument. We all know where this will end up, and Filosofa has only two comments:  1) what a colossal waste of both time and money, and 2) did anybody in the Arkansas State government ever hear of the term “separation of church and state”?

Those examples are good qualifiers for this award, but there is one more big one that put the icing on the cake.  Rapert wants to amend the U.S. Constitution.  Yes, you heard me right.  I noted in a post the other night how difficult it is to pass a constitutional amendment, and that only 27 have passed since the framing of the original document in 1787.  But Rapert wants an amendment that would read …

“SECTION 1. Nothing in this Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state may define or be construed to define marriage except as the union of one man and one woman, and no other union shall be recognized with legal incidents thereof within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Never mind that of the seven polls I researched, every single one showed that the people of Arkansas are NOT against same-sex marriage. And never mind that on 26 June 2015, the Supreme Court struck down all existing or future marriage bans at the federal level.  Mr. Rapert wants it … that is all that matters to him. (Remind you of anyone else?) Fortunately, the resolution failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives by a large margin (29-41) and is currently dead in the water. No doubt Mr. Rapert is scheming his next move.

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Rapert celebrating his award by fiddling!

Meanwhile, let me congratulate you, Mr. Rapert, on your total dedication to your homophobic, racist, arrogant and intolerant ways … that, coupled with your utter despicability, have earned you this much-coveted Idiot of the Week award!  I know you must be so excited!  No, no need to thank me … you earned this one a thousand times over, Mr. Rapert!  Enjoy!

Idiot of the Week – Steve King

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pesky-flyYou know how, sometimes in the summer, a fly keeps coming back, landing on your arm, or worse yet, flying right in your face, and no matter how many times you brush him away, he keeps coming back, taunting you, almost daring you ….  Well this ‘gentleman’ has been the fly in my face for a few weeks now and it is time to deal with him.  So please give your usual warm welcome to this week’s Idiot of the Week, none other than Representative Steve King from Iowa!

king-steveMr. King has been in Congress for fourteen years, and as you will soon see, is an excellent example of why we need term limits.  Mr. King has so many qualifications for this award, going back to at least 2005, probably much further.  Let’s look at some of those oldies but goodies before tackling his latest idiocy:

  • In August 2015, King was named the least effective member of Congress by InsideGov due to his persistent failures to get legislation out of committee.
  • King received a score of zero from the Humane Society in 2012, after voting against penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight and also against penalties for transporting fighting animals across state lines. His reason?  That it would be putting animals above humans if it was legal to watch humans fight, but not animals. (Never mind, I guess, that humans do not fight to the death and do have a choice in the matter, whereas animals are given no choice and fight to kill!!!!)
  • In July 2012, King introduced an amendment to the House Farm Bill that would legalize previously banned animal agriculture practices such as tail-docking, putting arsenic in chicken feed, and keeping impregnated pigs in small crates. (Grrrrrrrr …)
  • On October 7, 2014 King was one of 19 members of Congress inducted into the LGBT civil rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign’s “Hall of Shame” for his opposition to LGBT equality. This came after King commented that the Iowa state legislature “must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca.” (What planet did this a** drop in here from?)
  • King was one of 11 in Congress to vote against the $52 billion Hurricane Katrina Aid package.
  • Of Mexican immigrants he said, “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
  • In 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama was running for president, King said, “I don’t want to disparage anyone because of their race, their ethnicity, their name—whatever their religion their father might have been, I’ll just say this: When you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States – I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam? I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaida, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11.”  (OH FOR …..)
  • During last year’s long, painful election season, Julian Castro, then Secretary of HUD, made the statement that the “GOP can kiss the Latino vote goodbye.” King, who is of Irish, German and Welsh descent, fired back with, “What does Julian Castro know? Does he know that I’m as Hispanic and Latino as he?” This left many scratching their heads, and one person sent him a chart to help him with his confusion.

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Obviously, Mr. King did not just now enter the state of idiocy, but has been there for most of his career, if not before. Predictably, King supports racial profiling, is a climate change denier, and displays the confederate flag on his office desk.  But let us put the past behind us for now and look at what he has been up to in the past two days.

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King is a supporter of Geert Wilders, the populist candidate for Prime Minister of the Netherlands.  Mr. Wilders, like Donald Trump, takes a very narrow view of immigration and is often referred to as anti-Islamic.  On Sunday, tweeting his reasons for supporting Wilders, King said:

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

The next day, he defended his original comment, saying he meant exactly what he said. “It’s a clear message. We need to get our birth rates up or Europe will be entirely transformed within a half century or a little more. And Geert Wilders knows that and that’s part of his campaign and part of his agenda. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values. In doing so, you can grow your population, you can strengthen your culture, and you can strengthen your way of life. If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.”  (Aside from the fact that this is an asinine statement by any standards, has anybody told this BOZO that we are suffering an over-population crisis???)

And guess who came out in support of King and his comments?  Yes, none other than former KKK wizard, David Duke, tweeting, “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!! #TruthRISING”

Feeling ill yet?  So, for all of the above, but most especially for your comments over the past two days, Mr. King, I have found you more than deserving of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award.  Personally, I hope you choke on it enjoy it immensely. I may actually have to award a secondary, combined Idiot of the Week to all the people in Iowa that have voted this man into office eight times now!!!

Idiot of the Week – Dr. Ben Carson

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On March 2nd, former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Last November, Carson indicated that he was not interested in serving in any official capacity in the Trump regime, and regarding a cabinet position, he said that he did not feel qualified, having no government experience and never having run a federal agency.  But once nominated for the position he currently occupies, he suddenly … somehow … felt qualified, saying, “I know that I grew up in the inner city, and have spent a lot of time there. And have dealt with a lot of patients from that area. And recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities. And we have to get beyond the promises and start really doing something.”

Now, before we go into that which made him a strong candidate for the IOTW award, let us hear some of the things he said while on the campaign trail and even before … things that almost, but not quite, qualified him for the award last year.

  • “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
  • “Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
  • “There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany. Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened.” (Isn’t it ironic, and perhaps prophetic?)
  • “Because 9/11 is an isolated incident. Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United Sates of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift. You have to take a long-term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America.” (he was comparing ACA – Obamacare – to 9/11)
  • “A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” (I cannot believe … I simply cannot believe he said this!)
  • “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big — when you stop and think about it, and I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time — to store that much grain.”

There’s more, but I am saving the best for last.  First let us list Carson’s qualifications to be Secretary of HUD:

  • He is breathing

Well … that was a rather short list, yes?  What, exactly, is HUD? According to Investopedia:

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development, often called HUD, assists U.S. communities in providing fair and equal housing. HUD encourages home ownership and keeps an eye on the amount of affordable housing that is available nationwide.

The department is also involved in fighting housing discrimination, and works to support first-time home buyers who may need assistance in overcoming financial hardships that may disqualify them for bank loans.”

And the responsibilities of Mr. Carson, as Secretary:

“To advise the President on issues regarding housing. The Secretary makes policies, creates rules and coordinates the efforts of HUD so that headquarters and all offices serve the same mission. That mission is to make sure the citizenry has affordable housing, including both rental and owned properties.” 

For which, by the way, he receives annual compensation of $199,700.

Carson is as unqualified as DeVos and Sessions, but no surprise.  Living in the inner city as a child does not, in and of itself, qualify one for the job of Secretary of HUD.  Now, if as an adult he still lived there, then maybe.  Let’s take a look at Carson’s Palm Beach, Florida house that is on the market because of his job relocation.

Estimated value: $1.2 million.  Not exactly the projects, right.  In fairness, owning a $1 million plus home does not disqualify him from the job, but coupled with the lack of government experience, lack of knowledge of the issues surrounding his new department and, more importantly, lack of understanding what it is like simply trying to scrape together a down payment for an $80,000 home … all of that makes him remarkably un-qualified.

But here is what pushed the envelope the final millimeter to become Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week.  Yesterday Carson gave his first speech to hundreds of employees in his department, a speech intended to motivate and inspire, when he said … well … let us hear from Ben in his own words just what he said:

“ ,,, That’s what America is about.

A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.

But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

Um … Benji?  Let me explain something here.  Immigrants come to this country sometimes seeking refuge or asylum, other times simply seeking a better opportunity to provide a good life for their families.  Slaves were kidnapped from the African continent, brought against their will to this country, then treated brutally, often beaten, even lynched, given little to eat and forced to work under threat of a whip or gun.  No, for them this was definitely not the land of opportunity.  For them, this was hell.

Dr. Carson was once a well-respected neurosurgeon, a member of the medical community.  Perhaps his biggest act of idiocy was leaving that community to enter politics where he has become a laughingstock.  At any rate, Dr. Carson … here is what may well be your most prestigious award yet:  Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  No … no need to thank me … you have more than earned it!  I hope it looks nice in your new office!

Idiot of the Week – Kellyanne Conway

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Here it is, February 4th already, and we have not had a single Idiot of the Week post all year!  I have been remiss in my duties.  Today, however, my idiot-detector went crazy … lights flashing, alarm bells ringing … and I knew that an idiot was somewhere out there just begging for recognition.  So, without further ado, let me present this week’s Idiot of the Week … none other than Ms. Kellyanne Conway!  Kellyanne has been begging for this award almost since the day she signed on as Trump’s campaign manager, and since the inauguration her idiocy has reached new levels.  Let us look first at her latest, the thing that set off the idiot-detector.

Yesterday evening, Conway was interviewed on CNBC’s Hardball program, where she said:

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”

Ahem … most people don’t know about it because it never happened, Ms. Conway.  First, President Obama did not ban Iraqi refugees:  we stopped processing Iraqi requests temporarily based on a specific threat, not a broadside general ban.  Second, there was never a massacre, nor even a threat of one, in Bowling Green!  That is why it did not get reported – it never happened! Two Iraqi men arrested in 2011 did live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and are currently serving life sentences for federal terrorism offences. But there was no massacre, nor were they accused of planning one. The US department of justice, announcing their convictions in 2012, said: “Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States.”  Nice try, Kellyanne.

Then there was her now-infamous attempt to clean up after Trump and Spicer when they claimed the inauguration had the largest turnout of any inauguration, which was a blatant lie, but Kellyanne referred to it as “alternative facts”.  The world is still having a field day with that one! But let us look at some of the other “Kelly-isms” from the past few months (As always, my snarky remarks are in blue):

  • “When I see Twitter feeds, when I see words that are people are using to describe Donald Trump, it is incredibly disrespectful to the office.” No disrespect to the office, only the “man”. Respect is earned … or not, as is the case here.
  • “The question is are you loyal to the agenda that [Donald] Trump, that President-elect Trump has put forward in terms of his view of the world and the person to which the secretary of state would function.” Huh?
  • “I went out on my own, years ago, to try to create some additional choices in a parallel universe.” Would that be the universe of alternative facts?
  • “My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, for mom going inside…” I repeat:  huh?
  • “Nearly two and a half million people die every year that are on the voter rolls. So it takes time to get dead people off the voter rolls.” Shouldn’t the people who died be accountable for canceling their voter registration, Kellyanne?
  • “Donald Trump just has always elevated women to the highest echelons.” Echelons of what???
  • “Usually based on an economic agenda, white working-class voters don’t buy into this whole biology-chemistry-abortion-gender agenda as much as they want more take-home pay. They want affordability.” Once again … huh?
  • “The campaign is over. The people have spoken. And this man [Donald Trump] busted through a blue wall that nobody expected. He won states like Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania, which should have been Hillary Clinton’s the whole time. And they were his because of the message, because of the way he’s a master communicator and a master connecter.” Did she just say … he’s a … master communicator???  Has she seen any of his Twitter messages???  The man cannot string a simple sentence together and she calls him a master communicator? I guess that makes me Shakespeare!
  • “Because we’re not as serious about terrorism as we can be, people all across the globe feel like they can just murder innocent people.”  She needs to look at the statistics for gun-related deaths in the U.S. that have no connection to terrorism.
  • “I don’t think that we need to see [Donald Trump] tax returns to verify his financial acumen. I walk into the Trump Tower every day and I’m like, this guy did pretty well for himself before I got here.” Somebody please inform her how many times his businesses have been unsuccessful, how many bankruptcies, how many people he shafted to get where he is!
  • “Foundations exist to help charities, to help those in need. And Mr. Trump has been incredibly generous throughout his career.” Can’t believe she could utter this statement without choking.
  • “[Donald Trump] does have a thick skin, frankly, as someone who works very closely within, that was in that room today, directly beside him. I will say this though. That’s not what the meeting was about.” Glad to know there wasn’t a whole meeting about the thickness of his skin.
  • “It is completely irresponsible, if not worse, for members of the media to be calling our press secretary a liar and worse. On Twitter and Facebook and elsewhere. And in articles. That is not the way to start relationships with the press.” Splutter … splutter … splutter … did she not see Spicer’s first press briefing where he ranted at the press for not believing his lies and then stormed off without taking a single question???
  • “If you heard 40 times in a day that Newt Gingrich takes the wings off of butterflies, eventually you’d believe it.”  Newt does THAT?  I knew there was something about him that I didn’t like!
  • “Women are still congenitally Democratic – and I’m the Republican pollster saying that.”  It’s congenital?  Who knew?

Well, as you can see … she tends to “open mouth, insert foot”.  According to Cosmopolitan magazine, “Conway, 49, is a veteran political operative, who’s spent the last three decades advising Republicans on how to appeal to female voters. In fact, she was already doing this for the Trump campaign before he tapped her to be his campaign manager.” So, let me get this straight … she advised him to put down women, speak of women as if they were second-class citizens put on earth only for the pleasure of men, and that is supposed to help him appeal to women?  This man who judges women based on their looks, body shape, and once said an opposing (female) candidate couldn’t win because of her face? Kellyanne … let me give you a clue:  it did not work. I am a relatively normal woman and I am disgusted by him and frankly, would not even want to shake his hand.

Kellyanne actually has a law degree from George Washington University Law School. I am amazed. In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live.  I have not read the book, nor do I have any desire to do so, but it brings to mind a question:  Does she really believe that Trump is the answer to what women in this country want, or has she sold out in favour of fame and fortune?  Either way …

So, based on everything you have said and done, Ms. Conway, I hereby honour you with the first 2017 most coveted Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  No thanks are necessary.

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Idiot of the Week – Allen Bernard West

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I wanted to do an Idiot of the Week post two days ago, but the subject (Alex Jones) turned out to be simply too evil.  But today, as I was researching a news article, this man came onto my radar and taunted me.  He perfectly qualifies as an idiot extraordinaire, as you will see in a few moments.  Allen West has been around for a while, but the reason he fell onto my radar now is that he is aligning himself with none other than da trumpeter! He has met with Trump no less than two times recently, reportedly about the possibility of joining Trump’s national security team.

West has a speckled history, at best.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1983-2004, but was relieved of duty in 2004 when he was involved in an incident whereby he threatened and attempted to kill an Iraqi detainee.  After an Article 32 hearing was held, West accepted non-judicial punishment, was fined $5,000, and allowed to retire as a lieutenant colonel.

After an unsuccessful bid in 2008 for a seat in the House of Representatives, West won a seat in 2010, but lost it in the 2012 election, making him a single-term representative.  I think we can begin to see why he lost in 2012 when we let Mr. West tell us some of the things he said during those two years:

  • In July 2011 – “You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!” – to fellow representative Debby Wasserman Schultz
  • “If Joseph Goebbels [Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda] was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine.” – statement to reporters that drew criticism from other members of Congress, as well as the attention of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
  • During a speech at a country club dinner, speaking of liberals: “Take your message of equality of achievement. … You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.” (Really, Mr. West???  I think I pay taxes here, too!)
  • “I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.” (Guess that makes me a threat to the gene pool!)
  • Speaking at a women’s conference: “[Liberal women] have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow.” (So, what is he actually suggesting?  That men make it a weekly habit to beat their liberal women???)
  • During an interview on the O’Reilly Factor, West compared the Democratic Party to a “21st-century plantation.” Adding, “So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman, to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad, away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.” (I think you need to go back and study the history of Ms. Tubman, Mr. West!)
  • “Every time I see one of those bumper stickers, I look at the person inside that is driving. Because that person represents something that would give away our country. Would give away who we are, our rights and freedoms and liberties because they are afraid to stand up and confront that which is the antithesis, anathema of who we are.” (I guess that’s two strikes for me, as I have long sported the bumper sticker of which he speaks!)coexist2

It should come as no surprise that he has gained endorsements and support from three who have previously come onto my radar and earned my scorn:  Glenn Beck called for him to run for president in 2012; Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent both supported him for vice-president.  Can I pick ‘em, or what?

But now for West’s crowning achievement on the path to true, complete idiocy … this meme:
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The above meme was shared on West’s Facebook page last Saturday morning.  There is some dispute whether West himself actually posted the meme or whether his editor-in-chief, Michele Hickford posted it.  Either way, it is West’s venue and he must take full responsibility.  The meme was taken down on Saturday afternoon, and an apology issued by Ms. Hickford.  Mr. West himself has not issued an apology.  This, my friends, speaks volumes about the character, or lack thereof, of this man.

West is also, surprise, an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and is a Life and Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). In May 2016, he announced that he had been elected as a member of the NRA Board of Directors for a three-year term. His rhetoric on gun owners’ rights is predictable as he claims that President Obama has tried repeatedly to “take guns” from “law-abiding citizens”, and the rest of the Republican rhetoric we have all been hearing for the better part of a decade.

West is also, again … surprise, a frequent contributor on Fox News, where he continually spews more of his right-wing theories and anti-Democratic rhetoric, such as this:

“Morning folks. While you were sleeping, Barack Hussein Obama took out his pen and ordered our Military to enlist illegal aliens. In other words, this charlatan has allowed those who have disrespected our Constitution and are not citizens to take an oath to support and defend the very document, our rule of law, of which they are in violation.”

The reality is that former President George W. Bush was the one who initiated the program he references.  A visit to his website  provides more proof that the man is well-qualified for this award, as do his appearances on Fox News:

  • President Obama is “siding with groups like ISIS because he supports their goal of building an Islamic caliphate”.
  • On October 3rd, 2014, Allen West makes the paranoid claim that undocumented immigrants are spreading a childhood respiratory illness through America, as part of a plan of biological warfare orchestrated by the Obama administration for providing shelter to the undocumented migrant youths from Central America to help spread it. He would repeat this claim on October 8th.
  • On April 20th, 2015, Allen West is speaking in Texas, and blames a rise in high school football injuries on taking Christian prayer out of schools.
  • A column on his website claims the Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage could lead to a new civil war

There is much, much more to dislike about this man, but I am tired of reading his garbage for now.  Those of you who can stomach more of this, feel free to visit his website (link above) or his Facebook page.  Meanwhile, I hereby do present this coveted award of Idiot of the Week to Mr. Allen West.  Mr. West – I hope that you are able to understand what an honour this award is and that it will add grace to your life for many years to come.

Idiot of the Week – Franklin Graham

 

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As if I did not have enough to keep me occupied these days, along comes yet another idiot … where do these creatures come from, anyway???  Today’s idiot just happens to be one Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  I do not understand why so many of my idiots this year have come from the religious community?  I thought that religion was intended to be a peaceful thing, but suddenly it has emerged as controversial, hate-filled, and insular.  What makes Franklin Graham an idiot?  Well, the headlines that put him on my radar last week were:

Franklin Graham: The media didn’t understand the ‘God-factor’ in Trump’s win

… and this one posted by my friend Brian …

Franklin Graham: ‘The Lord Saved Us From A Godless, Atheistic Agenda’

grahamBoth articles quote Mr. Graham as saying, “While the media scratches their heads and tries to understand how this happened, I believe that God’s hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country. President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are going to need a lot of help and they will continue to need a lot of prayer. I pray that President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation.”

“Godless, atheistic progressive agenda” … did he actually say that? So, Frankie … are you saying it is ‘godless and atheistic’ to promote tolerance and equality for people of all races?  Is it ‘godless and atheistic’ to provide food, shelter and healthcare for those who are less fortunate?  And is it ‘godless and atheistic’ to take care of our planet, to help our friends, even those on the other side of the globe?

Yet, you apparently think it is godly and Christian for you to take an annual salary of almost $1 million from the two charities you oversee?  And you certainly must think it is a godly thing you do when you refer to kind, loving Muslim people as ‘evil and wicked’ and support a leader who would banish them to their death?  You, Mr. Graham, sicken me.

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That is what brought him onto my radar, but much of what he has said in the past is what earned him the award.  Mr. Graham likes to speak, to utter his Islamophobic ideas across the nation, so I will let him speak for himself … let us see what the man has to say about Islam and Muslims:

  • “I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name.”
  • “True Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries.”
  • “The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active in our country. It’s infiltrated every level of our government. Right now we have many of these people that are advising the US military and State Department on how to respond in the Middle East, and it’s like asking a fox, like a farmer asking a fox, “How do I protect my henhouse from foxes?” We’ve brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries. And many of these people we’ve brought in, I’m afraid, are under the Muslim Brotherhood.”
  • “[Islam is] a very evil and wicked religion … a religion of hatred. It’s a religion of war … “
  • Building the cultural center near Ground Zero, he says, means Muslims “will claim now that the World Trade Center property … is Islamic land.”

He seems particularly offended by the religion of Islam, a religion he obviously does not understand, and its Muslim followers. But Muslims are not the only group Graham hates.  He has actually hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ‘hero’ for his homophobic anti-LGBT laws, saying, “Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue—protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda—Russia’s standard is higher than our own? In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”

On the Boy Scouts decision to allow gay adults be scout leaders: “More disappointing news about the Boy Scouts of America yesterday as they voted to allow gay adult leaders. 79% of their Board voted in favor of this unfathomable change—I still find it hard to believe that BSA doesn’t see the dangers in this. Why would anyone want to entrust their son to an organization that has gone this direction?”

Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and frequent CNN contributor says that Franklin is an embarrassment to his father: “If you want to see how American evangelicalism has lost its way, you need look no farther than Billy Graham and his son Franklin. Billy Graham was a powerful preacher of the gospel. Franklin Graham is a political hack.”

graham-trumpI am no religious scholar, and know very little about Billy Graham (still living, at age 97), but I do know that for a religious leader, a person who is looked up to and respected by many, to be openly bigoted against nearly 5% of the population1 is wrong.  To make a blanket statement that publicly condemns groups based on things of which he obviously has no knowledge or understanding, is not only stupid and wrong, but is adding a wedge of divisiveness that is the last thing our society needs today.  This is supposed to be the man that people can turn to for comfort, and instead he is pompously planting seeds of hatred and intolerance.  For that, Mr. Franklin Graham, YOU have earned Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  I hope that every time you see your award proudly displayed on your office wall you will remember these words:  We are all one race — the HUMAN race!

1 There are 3.03 million Muslims living in the United States today, or about 1% of the population; an estimated 3.8% of the population identify as a member of the LGBT community.