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Obama to Bobby Jindal: suck my big black dick.

President Obama travels to New Orleans Thursday to celebrate the progress made in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, but also to urge action on climate change to prevent and mitigate future weather events from devastating coastal communities.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urged Obama not to “stray into climate change politics” or “the divisive political agenda of liberal environmental activism.”

Keep ’em stupid, Bobby. That’s the Republican way. But Barry O wasn’t interested in Jindal’s jive talk:

“We can build great levees. We can restore wetlands. But ultimately, what we also have to do is make sure that we don’t continue to see ocean levels rise, oceans getting warmer, storms getting stronger,” Obama told WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts.

Maybe if you wagged a finger in his face you might have gotten his attention. These governors are unbelievable.

 

 

 

 

Book Learning

Here’s a novel, but unsurprising way to deny anthropogenic climate change:

Catholic League president, Bill Donohue, has a bone to pick with Pope Francis. The latter has shown himself to be cognizant of modern problems and is trying to address some from his position of authority.  One of those issues is climate change, which Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical about later this month. The Pontiff will also speak on the subject when he addresses Congress in September.

But Donohue doesn’t believe that the Pope should be talking about climate change or some of the other things Francis has addressed since he assumed leadership of the Catholic church. Why? Because Donohue thinks the Pope’s authority lies with faith and morals only.

“When it comes to things which are nonnegotiable – let me give you two quick ones: abortion and euthanasia. It’s not my opinion, it’s in the Catechism. It says these are intrinsically evil. No one has ever said that air pollution is intrinsically evil.”

So what we’re saying here is that pollution is OK because God and his minions on earth didn’t say anything about it. Did they know about cars, coal plants and manufacturing on a mass scale when that shit was written? Hmm?

I keep coming back to this theme, because it’s so insidious and dangerous-the idea that the Bible is the only tome one needs to decode reality. What I know is this; no book has everything right. I understand the need for clarity and certainty in a world gone seemingly mad. But you gotta do the best you can, and retreating from cold hard truth using religion is not doing anyone any good. In fact, this story is prima facie evidence that it is apt to do harm.

Leakage

More right-wing lecturing-this time from Ricky Santorum. He chided the Pope about his view that climate change was real and a sin:

“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists,” he said. “I think when we get involved with controversial political and scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible. And I’ve said this to the bishops many times when they get involved in agriculture policy or things like that, that are really outside the scope of what the church’s main message is.”

Pope Francis has a Masters in Chemistry. He’s much more credible than any Santorum. Now what’s fucked up about this is that Rick doesn’t trust the scientists, so why would he be carrying their flag? After all, they know that he is dead wrong.

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