Sorry folks, a few weeks back I introduced my weekly “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?” award, and then promptly forgot to follow up on it in all of the clamor around the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court.
So here’s some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the bad news, shall we? Monday night on my way home from work, an extremely intoxicated driver pulled out from the parking lot of the bar she had been drinking in all evening, and right into the path of my oncoming vehicle. My vehicle was totaled and I have a broken foot, but the good news is I get to spend a little more time writing while I recuperate. So let’s get around to finally presenting the second “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?” award now, shall we?
This week the 2nd “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” award goes to Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith (R-Hazard) and State Representative Kevin Sinnette (D-Ashland) who either failed basic science in elementary school or have been partaking in some of the illicit substances floating around Hazard, KY – thanks to the extra money they’ve been collecting from the coal industry.
First, here’s what State Sen. Smith had to say:
“I won’t get into the debate about climate change,” said Sen. Brandon Smith, a Hazard Republican. “But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.” (Source)
No way someone would actually say that, right? Surely no human being is that out of touch with reality? Well, just remember that 18% of American citizens believe the sun revolves around the earth, and then watch this video.
The sound you hear is me pounding my forehead on my laptop. Don’t worry, it still doesn’t hurt as much as knowing that people without a simple understanding of science make decisions and craft legislation on a daily basis that affect millions of Americans. It’s also not as bad as the fact that despite the fact Smith made that incredibly stupid statement, there were also Democrats who made statements just as asinine – and that was barely mentioned. You know, they won’t talk about because they’re Democrats and that gets swept under the rug despite the fact that some Kentucky Democratic lawmakers (in addition to quite a few other red state Democrats) are often corrupt, incompetent, or firmly in bed with the fossil fuel industry.
Take for example Rep. Kevin Sinnette (D-Ashland) who has a law degree and is not a scientitst, let alone a paleontologist by any stretch of the imagination, but that didn’t stop him from putting his uninformed two cents in:
State Rep. Kevin Sinnette, a Democrat from Ashland, said climate change didn’t kill the dinosaurs, so human beings should be just fine.
“The dinosaurs died, and we don’t know why, but the world adjusted. And to say that this is what’s going to cause detriment to people, I just don’t think it’s out there,” Sinnette said. (Source)
You see, in the world of the climate change denier, one late frost or an early cold front is proof that global warming is nothing more than a sinister plot by liberal environmentalists to take away their exhaust-spewing trucks and force everyone into a Prius – or heaven forbid, public transportation.
On second thought, let’s just give this week’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?” award to the entire Kentucky legislature. As politicians who make decisions on the behalf of over 4.3 million Kentucky residents, you’d think they’d know that the average temperature on Mars is nowhere near that of Earth (hint: it’s one of the reasons there is no visible signs of life there). Or perhaps, it’s that they’re so deep in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry that they’ll just outright lie in the face of overwhelming facts.
Tired of lawmakers like these clowns from Kentucky? You can make sure to vote this coming November, and here’s what’s at stake besides the future of our planet:
—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives
—33 seats in the U.S. Senate
—46 State Legislatures (including Kentucky)
—38 State and Territorial Governorships.
You can sign all the petitions you want and voice your outrage, but none of that matters if you don’t get out and vote.
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