Still More … Sigh … Snarky Snippets

So many things were flying at my radar last night when I was trying to find my focus for this post that it must be time for another episode of … Snarky Snippets!


Mikey goes to Ireland …

Mike Pence, well-known for his anti-LGBT bigotry, traveled (at our expense) to Ireland this week, for some reason unbeknownst to those of us who paid his way.  Oh yeah … his wife accompanied him, also at our expense.  You ever been to Ireland?  No?  Me either … probably never will, for I can’t afford it after paying for Mikey and Karen to go.  Anyway … to the point …

This, from The Irish Times on Tuesday, September 3rdPence-gay-protest

“A “Disco outside the Dáil” organised in protest against the visit of US vice-president Mike Pence drew a crowd to Kildare Street this afternoon.

Protesters led by Amnesty International waved rainbow flags, wore Mike Pence masks and danced to music by YMCA and RuPaul, in a demonstration inspired by US LGBT activists.

Executive director of Amnesty International in Ireland Colm O Gorman told the jubilant crowds that “the best way for us to defeat hate is to be who we are, to be courageous and bold”.

During his visit, Mr Pence has spoken repeatedly of his Sligo-born grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, and has previously said that he was inspired by the former soldier, who served with the Irish Defence Forces in the Civil War.

However, Mr O Gorman called out Mr Pence’s claims to Irish values, saying ‘he doesn’t get to accept Irish values if he’s not prepared to listen to what Ireland has to say to him right now’.”

And back on this side of the pond, deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere claimed that …

“For all of you who think our @VP is anti-gay, I point you to his and the @SecondLady’s schedule tomorrow where they will join Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar and his partner Dr. Matthew Barrett for lunch in Ireland”

Say WHAT???  So, because Pence is doing the job he was sent to Ireland to do, meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland who happens to be gay, that makes him unbiased?  I think not.

Note:  I will have more on Pence’s visit in a later post.


San Francisco takes on the NRA …

I lived in California off and on during my childhood and youth, and more and more I wish I still lived there.  The state government has some sense, they put people first.  California has always had the highest emission standards in the nation, and these days they are thumbing their nose at Trump’s rollback of environmental regulations, sticking to their own high standards despite his attempts to hasten the destruction of our planet’s resources.  But this latest caused me to clap my hands!

This week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association (NRA) a domestic terrorist organization.

The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani on July 30, two days after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in which three people were killed and more than a dozen others injured.

Ms. Stefani said the N.R.A. conspires to limit gun violence research, restrict gun violence data sharing and block every piece of sensible gun violence prevention legislation proposed at local, state and federal levels.

“The N.R.A. exists to spread pro-gun propaganda and put weapons in the hands of those who would harm and terrorize us. Nobody has done more to fan the flames of gun violence than the N.R.A.”

Granted, the resolution has little or no practical value, but what it does do is send a message to the NRA and the gun nuts in this nation that California takes gun violence seriously, unlike states such as Texas who seem to believe that if one gun is bad, then more guns are better.  The NRA got the message and responded via … what else … Twitter:

“@NRA is the fabric of American society. We are teachers, doctors, cops, and everyone who fights for America’s freedoms. San Fran should be ashamed.”


Racism by any other name …

Mississippi has long been known for its racism … watch the movie, Mississippi Burning and you’ll see what I mean.  But, this is the 21st century and I have to admit this one stunned me.  Two people are planning a wedding.  The groom is African-American, the bride-to-be is Caucasian.  The groom’s sister, LaKambria Welch, was helping the couple make the arrangements, and as such she had been in touch with Boone’s Camp Event Hall in Booneville, Mississippi about having the wedding there.  All seemed to be going well, until suddenly the couple received a message saying that they could not hold their wedding at Boone’s Camp due to “the owner’s personal beliefs”.

Ms. Welch and her mother went to Boone’s Camp to try to find out what had happened.  They were told …

“We don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race, I mean our Christian belief. I don’t want to argue my faith, we just don’t participate.”

Christian race???  WTF???

Boone’s Camp Event Hall said in a statement on Tuesday that the owners had previously been taught to believe that “interracial marriage was against the teachings of the Bible.”  They followed the statement with a milquetoast apology.  There is much I could say about this, but I’ve said it all a million times before, so I will leave you to pick your jaws up from the floor now, as I do the same.


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And just a bit of humour to end this post.  I had saved the link to an article in The Washington Post that I was using as a source for one of the above stories last night, and when I tried to pull it back up today, I got an error message … I had never seen this one before, but it definitely gave me a smile!oops.png

From Bad To Worse …

Grayson Fritts is a detective with the Knox County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Office. Grayson FrittsMr. Fritts is also the pastor at the All Scripture Baptist Church.  On the church’s website

“A person will only burn in their lust toward the same gender if they have been given over to a reprobate or rejected mind. God said homosexuality should be punished with the death penalty, as set forth in Leviticus 20:13. No homosexual will be allowed to attend or join All Scripture Baptist Church.”

My jaw dropped, and my chest hurt … hot tears of rage … what sort of “religion” is this???

This is a clip from his June 2nd ‘sermon’ …

He goes on to say that “That’s the problem with law enforcement nowadays. They are chasing around cookie thieves, when the real animals are on floats rolling down Gay Street.” He also called for the government to send a riot team to a Pride parade scheduled for June 22 in Knoxville. He said LGBT people should be arrested, tried, and if convicted, executed.

The thought of a person like this influencing people, especially young children, makes one shudder, but even worse is the fact that until this month, until the fallout and outrage over his sermon, he was a member of law enforcement is beyond belief.

Fritts is no longer with the Knox Country Sheriff’s Department … he asked for early retirement after his sermon went viral.  Sheriff Tom Spangler issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, after the Knoxville News Sentinel first reported about the Fritts’ sermon, that Fritts asked to take a county buyout offer. Spangler said he agreed, and Fritts is on paid sick leave until it takes effect July 19.  But wait … why should he be getting paid sick leave?

In addition, district attorney, Charme P. Allen, said in a statement …

“When any potential witness in a criminal proceeding expresses an opinion of hatred and or bias toward a class of citizens, I am ethically bound to explore that witness’ credibility. Accordingly, I am reviewing all pending cases involving Mr. Fritts to scrutinize them for any potential bias.”

Okay, fine, wonderful, but … Fritts is still the pastor at that church, still spreading vile hatred against members of the community, still calling for LGBT people to be put to death.  How can this be allowed?  Yes, I know we have the 1st Amendment, and I am a great supporter of that amendment.  But, we also have laws against inciting violence … laws that seem to rarely be enforced these days.  Imagine children growing up listening to the crap he is preaching.  Fritts has four children of his own, unfortunately for the world, and I can only imagine the sort of adults they will grow into.Fritts-familyBut you know what’s really scary?  There are more of these “preachers” out there saying the same thing Fritts is saying, warping the minds of people, inciting violence against innocent people.  It is reminiscent of the days of KKK rallies … the only difference is that the potential victims are different … LGBT people instead of black people.

I close with a few thoughts here.  Why can people not learn to “live and let live”?  If you don’t want to associate with gay or trans people, fine, then don’t.  But for Pete’s sake why would you want to kill them?  Why are people determined to do away with all of us who don’t fit the mold that Mr. Fritts came from … white, straight, Christian?  I don’t fit that mold, and frankly the majority of people in the world don’t.  It’s the same with most of the social issues today … abortion, for instance.  If you don’t choose to have an abortion, fine.  But don’t take away my right to decide what is best for me.  Life is so much nicer if we just accept people as they are, and not try to fit them all into a cookie-cutter society.  I am sickened, literally sickened by Mr. Fritts and his ilk.  He is a dangerous sort, and he is a symbol of the biggest evil in the world today … extreme bigotry.  I’ve always been told that Christianity is all about love and acceptance … what Mr. Fritts is preaching is hate and violence.

WHY????????

Ask yourself this question:  Why should it be necessary in the United States, a developed Western nation, a nation where people are educated and claim to be good, caring people … why should it be necessary for states to legislate fairness?  Why should a state have to make laws that say, “you cannot refuse to rent a house, or to employ a person simply because they are African-American, or because they are gay”Why do we have to do that?  Aren’t some things just common sense?  Why do you care if the person working in your factory is gay or straight?  They aren’t hitting on you, for Pete’s Sake!!!

Sorry for the rant, but this one galls me to no end.  We learned from the Civil Rights era of the 1950s – 1960s, didn’t we?  Didn’t we learn that all different sorts of people make the world more interesting?  Didn’t we learn that a woman can be just as good a lawyer as a man?  And now, haven’t we learned that gay people are just as nice, just as caring, just as clean, honest and hard-working as straight people are?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two bills into law last Friday which seek to protect LGBTQ New Yorkers from discrimination and abuse.  The first new law, known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) codifies a 2015 executive order banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Under GENDA, New York businesses may not discriminate against transgender or non-binary New Yorkers in employment, housing, education, or public spaces.

The second new law bans so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy, a discredited form of treatment which purports to turn people with same-sex attractions away from those desires. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “the potential risks of ‘reparative therapy’ are great, including depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.”

My hat is off to the New York State Legislature and to Governor Cuomo for these two laws.  But I still ask … WHY do we need these?  Why are some people, especially, it would seem, religious groups, determined to either condemn or change gay people???  And why on earth would anyone in their right mind subject either themselves or a loved one to a psychiatric treatment that is known to cause terrible emotional problems???  But wait … you haven’t heard the worst of it yet.  Consider this single sentence from ThinkProgress …

Yet, while both new laws are undoubtedly victories for LGBTQ rights, it remains to be seen whether either law will have staying power in the face of a Supreme Court that is increasingly hostile to civil rights claims brought by non-conservatives.

WHY???  Why does it matter whether claims are brought by conservatives, moderates or liberals?  WHY should civil rights be disavowed?  Is it the intent of the conservative thinkers on the Supreme Court to walk back civil rights reform all the way to the days of segregated bathrooms, water fountains, schools and buses?  The Supreme Court is supposed to uphold the U.S. Constitution, not the doctrine of the Republican Party or the religious right!

Members of religious groups have 1st Amendment rights, the same as anybody else. What they do NOT have is the right to impose their will on the rest of the nation!  What they do NOT have is the right to discriminate against an entire group of people with whom they disagree, or who they simply do not like!  And the United States Supreme Court is supposed to judge fairly what is right for the entire nation, not for only white Christians!

I certainly hope that the New York laws can withstand the bigotry that now resides in the highest court in the nation.  Meanwhile, speaking of the Supreme Court, four conservative members of the Supreme Court joined an opinion calling for an expansion of the rights of religious conservatives to defy laws they disagree with — and a fifth justice, Chief Justice John Roberts, appears broadly sympathetic to this agenda.

One of the Christian right’s top policy priorities is to effectively create two different codes of law in the United States. The first code, which applies to people who do not hold conservative religious views, is rigid and unmoving. The second code, which would apply primarily to Christian-identified conservatives, contains broad exceptions for people who hold the “right” religious beliefs.

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The endgame is a world where Christian conservatives can treat much of the law as optional, giving conservative Christians broad immunity from the rules that govern all other Americans.  For example, these groups want to have the legal authority to deny housing or employment to members of the LGBTQ community but would be up in arms if it were suggested that, say, a Jew could deny housing or employment to them on the grounds they are conservative Christians.  That’s the biggest load of you-know-what (see above picture) I have heard, but what’s worse is that, as was the case in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory acts!

The executive and legislative branches of our government are already compromised by power, greed and corruption.  If the judicial branch goes the same way, as it appears they are prepared to do, this nation can no longer possibly be called the United States of Anything.  As my wonderful late mother-in-law used to say, “Folks is folks … some are good, some aren’t … but in the end, we’re all just folks”.  Think about it.

Idiot of the Week — Senator Jim Inhofe

Idiot of the Week medalThere are a host of reasons I have been neglectful this year, ranging from Trumpantics to personal issues to health-related issues, but the time has come to stop making excuses and get back in the saddle.  To what, you may ask, do I refer? … … … Well, are you gonna ask or not???  Okay, okay … Here it is just a few days shy of being the middle of the year, and I have not written one single Idiot of the Week post.  Not one!  It certainly isn’t for lack of available material!  Well, today I plan to rectify that situation, so without further ado, please allow me to introduce to you Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma!

radarSenator Jim Inhofe has crossed my radar a few times of late, and last time he crossed a line when he left something sticky and disgusting all over the screen.  Last week, he flitted across my screen when he blocked the proposal filed by Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander and eleven other senators that would have required congressional approval for the imposition of trade tariffs.  Blocked it.  Would not even let it come for a vote.

Now this week, Inhofe is saying that he is “a little embarrassed” to have doubted his longtime friend from Oklahoma, EPA head Scott Pruitt. Less than a week after suggesting Pruitt might have to resign amid the swirl of scandal, Inhofe said he was confident the administrator had done nothing seriously wrong. Any of Pruitt’s lapses were minor and excusable given his lack of experience in Washington, Inhofe said at a news conference Wednesday.

1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … 5 … 6 … 7 … 8 … 9 … 10 …Head explosionScott Pruitt, you might remember, is the subject of at least twelve federal investigations for abusing his position in various ways, including his travel and security costs, purchase of a home in Oklahoma from a lobbyist using a shell corporation and potential use of his office to enrich himself. And Inhofe finds nothing ‘seriously wrong’ with any of this???  I think we need to take a closer look at Senator Inhofe, don’t you?

For starters, Jim Inhofe is 83 years old and since he does not come up for re-election until 2020, so he will be 85 at the time of the 2020 election.  It is time for this hombre to r-e-t-i-r-e!

Inhofe is the most conservative member of both the House and Senate, according to the 2017 GovTrack report card.

Inhofe bookInhofe is a climate change denier extraordinaire.  He once compared the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to a “Gestapo bureaucracy”.  He even wrote a book in 2012, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.  The theme of his book is a global warming conspiracy theory that through worldwide acts of professional and criminal misconduct, the science behind global warming has been invented or distorted for ideological or financial reasons, or both.  Ironically, he sits on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  And Inhofe has been a recipient of monies from the fossil fuel industry.  Per the Center for Responsive Politics, Inhofe has received over $529,000 from the oil and gas industry since 2012.  Inhofe’s book, by the way, has only a 2.5 star ranking on Amazon and the hardback now sells for $1.50.

At a House committee hearing in 2011, Inhofe was questioned by committee member Jay Inslee, who mentioned that perhaps the scientists were more knowledgeable than he, Inhofe.  Inhofe disagreed because, he said, he had already given “five speeches on the science”.  🙄

Now, all that is certainly enough to qualify him for the first Idiot of the Week award of 2018, but Senator Inhofe has so kindly obliged by giving us even more reason …

In a Senate speech, Inhofe said that America should base its Israel policy on the text of the Bible, then he proceeded to quote said text.  Wait … isn’t ours a secular government?  He also said in a speech to the Senate in 2002 that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a form of divine retribution against the U.S. for failing to defend Israel.  Oh for …

Inhofe is a bigot.  He has earned 0% in every one of his terms on Human Rights Campaign’s position scorecard.  He is in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  Wait … this is that religious man who believes we should rely on the Bible?  Isn’t there something somewhere in the Bible about loving everyone?  I’m confused.  Inhofe’s office has said that he will not hire gay staffers.  (Perhaps he has a sign on the door like Mr. Jeff Amyx?)

Now for the really fun one.  Inhofe is a licensed pilot (yes, airplanes, Joe!).  On October 21, 2010, at the age of 75, Inhofe landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport, scattering construction workers who ran for their lives. In a recorded telephone call, the men’s supervisor told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that Inhofe “scared the crap out of” the workers, adding that the Cessna “damn near hit” a truck. In response to the incident, Inhofe stated that he “did nothing wrong”, and accused the FAA of “agency overreach” and causing a “feeling of desperation” in him.  Ayyyyy … pobrecito!inhofe-pruittInhofe has made, on taxpayer’s dollar, more than 140 trips to Africa over the past 20 years.  He admits that much of the reason for his trips was on behalf of The Fellowship, a Christian organization.

There’s more, but I think you get the general idea.  My biggest regret is that Inhofe will not be up for re-election this year, for I really think this dinosaur needs to GO!

village-idiot-2And so, Senator Jim Inhofe, for all of the above reasons and for just generally being a bigot and supporting the destruction of our home, the planet earth, I now award you with Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  Please hang it somewhere that you can show it off to your visitors in the Capitol!

(I really must do these more often … I had forgotten how much fun they are!)

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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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!!!