Monday, July 20, 2009

Why I don't watch the news anymore, Part XXVVI

Because it has all become "The Onion." Really. We have people elected to Congress in this country whose intellectual powers don't compare favorably to those of the lower primates. I read about these things after they happen and they just stagger my ability to comprehend that so many of our elected officials are this...I can't even think of an adequate word. "Stupid" comes to mind but doesn't begin to cover it. People like Republican Sen. Tom Coburn are to "stupid" as...oh, I don't know...a Maserati is to a Chrysler K Car? Maseratis and K Cars are both, technically, cars, but the former is in an entirely different league. To put it mildly. There's stupid, and then there's Tom Coburn Stupid:

And in one comical if awkward exchange with Mr. Coburn, on whether Americans had a right to self-defense, Judge Sotomayor broke with her resistance to hypotheticals to invoke one, imagining an instance in which, threatened with imminent harm, she went home, got a gun and came back to shoot him.

“You’d have lots of ’splaining to do,” Mr. Coburn replied, borrowing Desi Arnaz’s frequent line in his portrayal of Ricky Ricardo, the Cuban-American bandleader on the old “I Love Lucy” television show.

Seriously. This actually happened on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Just shoot me.

1 comment:

Fraulein said...

And what's goes by without notice. Can you imagine the outcry if it was a white male judge sitting in the hot seat, and a minority female Senator made a joke about him being a "cracker" or something like that? That's the equivalent of this situation. You'd have all hell breaking loose on the cable 24/7. This, nobody says a word about.