Daily Archives: June 16, 2015
It looks like we are celebrating Kristen Olsen (R-Clueless Land) Day here at the seminary. This will be twice today that she has showed up on my radar. Not even Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, nor Louie Gohmert has accomplished this feat. I can barely bring myself to write about Palin even once.
Earlier today, I caught California’s Olsen being jaw-droppingly stupid about the efficacy of vaccinations and how she whined about “parent choice”, which is a lot like “leaving it to the states”-it’s a moron’s way of sidestepping a difficult issue. Let that hen out. I go back to my regular reads and THERE SHE IS AGAIN, being stupid on an entirely different subject:
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) suggested to a Fresno-area conservative talk radio show that “maybe we do need to make it harder” to vote in order to increase voter participation.
It’s just like anything in life, if there’s something you can’t have, you want it even more … maybe we do need to make it harder and that that in and of itself would increase participation.”
Later, Olsen blasted California Democrats who “just want more people voting,” complaining that “it does sound nice and that’s why it’s hard to argue against.”
Calling that pretzel logic is an insult to logic and pretzels. But there it is.
As for me, if I can’t have something, I don’t want it even more. In my finer moments, I do cost-benefit analyses and decide accordingly how I am going to feel about that certain something I don’t have and whether or not I should forget about it. I’m not five. I can regulate my desires. I guess they don’t do that in Modesto.
Way to go, California. You can keep her. But mark my words-you all will be hearing from this dingaling again. The GOP loves an idiot, and she’s got that game covered. I say make her governor immediately.
California is gearing up to remove the “personal belief” exemption from children’s vaccines. That’s important:
The reason why California lawmakers are considering SB 277 is because scientists have figured out that once the portion of a population that’s been vaccinated drops below 95 percent or so, that population no longer enjoys herd immunity. Without herd immunity, highly contagious diseases like measles can flourish. According to data compiled by the New York Times, more than a quarter of California kindergartens are currently below the herd immunity rate.
But leave it to the religious and science-dumb to dig their heels in against something sensible:
According to State Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen, however, the idea of requiring vaccinations for children in public and private schools “erodes parental rights.” In an interview on the Broeske & Musson radio program last week, Olsen declared that, despite the Disneyland outbreak, “there’s really no need for this bill whatsoever,” dismissing it as an “emotional reaction” to a “one-time incident.”
“I think this is an example of people overreacting to incidences,” Olsen told the hosts. “What we need to make sure in Sacramento is we’re making decisions based on logic and sound data.”
Lady, this is your stomping grounds. Pay attention. Read a newspaper instead of your Bible and then you might know that your fucking state had a whooping cough outbreak just last year. I live 3000 miles away and even I remember that. As far as “parental rights” go, I want to know-has she ever met any parents? We all suck. We make bad decisions on behalf of our kids every fucking day. That is why we need standards of care. I am grateful for the expert guidelines that serve my communities, because I sure as fuck don’t know everything. I can’t. It’s a complex, scary world and I will take all the help I can get to not have my kid die before I do.
You’re endangering your children with religious bullshit. Fuck off.
“The Bugman” is back. He really never left us, though. He’s one of those psychopaths who can’t stay out of the public eye for long. He’s a weasel of the lowest order, having pioneered the art of “primarying” any Republican who stood in his way as whip. He’s the guy that forced a vote on Terry Schiavo. He helped create K Street. He’s best known for resigning his position in ignominy amidst charges of conspiracy and violations of campaign finance law. He’s a real piece of…something.
Politics is the ultimate recycling bin. From it, you can join the board of a major corporation. You can become an author. You can become a lobbyist. You can have your own radio talk show. No one goes away for good. George Fucking Bush the Junior became a painter. Few remember the horrible things these personalities have perpetrated.
Which brings us to back to Tom Delay. His recycle? “Dancing With The Stars”. And now he’s palling around with the likes of Phyllis Schafly, who is obviously some sort of lich who cannot die. Tom joined the chorus of lizard people who went full page in the Post about not “honoring” a ruling in favor of gay marriage, whatever that entails. Did you know he is a constitutional expert too?
DeLay lamented that “people don’t understand the constitution. We haven’t taught our children now for three or four generations what the Constitution is, and the separation of powers, and what our Founding Fathers had in mind as this brilliant understanding of how you can limit government and limit the tyranny put on us through people or oligarchies.”
Because of this supposed constitutional ignorance, DeLay claimed, “right now, the American people don’t understand that the Supreme Court, when it makes a ruling, it’s just an opinion if no one enforces that ruling. The Supreme Court doesn’t have a police force; the Supreme Court doesn’t have an army; the Supreme Court doesn’t have people that can enforce their ruling.” Therefore, if conservatives “stand up to them and invoke the Constitution, then we don’t have to accept a ruling on marriage that redefines marriage.
Tom, like most Republicans, pines for the days of the Articles of Confederation, where the federal government is toothless. The Constitution was created to establish and expand federal power. So right off the bat, Delay is already not credible when he speaks of the Constitution(like most Republicans). Then he says that the Courts “opinions” are just that-mere opinions, like the opinions you and me share. They don’t have the force of law. This is so stupid I don’t even know what to do with it. May I quote your precious Constitution?
“The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority”
We don’t even have to go to Marbury v. Madison to see that the judiciary’s activities are an integral part of the separation of powers. But it gets better, doesn’t it?
The Supreme Court doesn’t have a police force; the Supreme Court doesn’t have an army; the Supreme Court doesn’t have people that can enforce their ruling.
What? The executive branch is sworn to uphold the Constitution and they do have an army and police force. To pretend that judges everywhere have no power just because they aren’t “armed” is willfully ignorant at best, and delusional and dangerous at worst. Tom Delay is walking free right now because of a judge.
Here’s my favorite part:
Proving his Constitutional prowess, DeLay argued that “it’s not in their authority to write law by ten unelected, unaccountable people, lawyers, and if – this is a red line that we’re drawing.
Submitted without comment.
Those who lionize the Constitution seem to me to be the ones who understand it the least. Maybe they have a learning disability. Because the right-wing can’t read the law, the Bible, or any other book that would make them less stupid.