Idiot of the Week – Steve King

Idiot of the Week medal

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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Peter Siebelt, Geert Wilders, Steve King

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!!!

Just a Lazy Sunday Blogger

Today I am trying something a bit different, rather a compilation of interesting Op-eds that I come across with just a brief summation and a link to the article itself.  Why?  In part because I am a bit lazy … weekends I usually get out more, do things with the family, and that cuts into my writing time, so I usually do not post as much as I would like on Saturday/Sunday.  Perhaps the more important reason, though, is that I frequently come across very important or at least interesting opinion pieces that I want to share here.  Doing so is always a challenge because if I quote or copy more than a few words without citing properly, it is considered plagiarism.  I cannot copy an entire article, and quite often it is something that is well worth reading.  So, I am going to try this on for size, and I hope you will let me know in the comment section if you think it works or not.

Sesame-StreetOH NO … Say it ain’t so!  Ever hear the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?  Sesame Street has been around since November 1969.  They have been right there at 123 Sesame Street on PBS, but last August a deal was negotiated moving the show to HBO.  Changes, it seems, are in the wind.  Here are two articles about what might become of our pals Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, my personal favourite Oscar the Grouch, and the rest of the gang. There Goes The Neighborhood!    and    Sesame Street Is Cutting Back On Parodies

 

chicksOne of my favourite Op-ed writers is Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, who writes a twice-weekly column for the New York Times.  He is a humanitarian and his columns typically address issues related to human rights abuses and social injustices.  His column today is about the inhumane treatment of chickens by today’s poultry industry.  It is stirring and sad, and I strongly advise you not to read it while you are munching a chicken sandwich, but that said, it is well worth the read.

 

Stack Of Books

I am a voracious reader, as you may have guessed.  In addition to two floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in my bedroom, I have another small bookshelf, but I also have stacks of books in every corner, nook and cranny.  I have a stack of 6 or 7 on my nightstand, and at least 5-6 reside on the bed at all times.  I was this way by the time I was 6 or so, and nothing has changed.  I never took a speed reading course, but once upon a time I did look into one, wondering how a person could learn to read much more quickly and thus be able to read perhaps 10-12 books within a week.  When I realized the idea behind speed reading, I did not pursue it further, as it seemed to me that one would not get as much out of a book, neither knowledge nor enjoyment, so I would settle for reading the old fashioned way.  Now there is evidence that I was right all along.  Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read

 

trump as dadWe hear a lot about Donald Trump, his nude-model wife Melania, former wives Ivana and Marla, but little about his children, other than Ivanka who is somewhat active in his campaign and also made headlines for having a baby last month.  So, here is an article answering everything you never wanted to know about his children.  A Family of Trumpeters

 

This is not necessarily going to be a regular feature in my blog.  I just wanted to try something a little different for a change of pace.  I sometimes think a day off from heavier issues like social injustice, politics and the like helps me to regain my perspective.  As always, thanks for reading, for following, and for your comments!  Have a great Sunday!