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Friday, September 30, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,”  The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

Ed Orcutt

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Many Republican politicians have gone to great lengths to mislead the public about climate change, but few have offered up an argument as ridiculous as Washington State Representative Ed Orcutt.

As reported in the Seattle Bike Blog, Orcutt recently responded to a constituent who opposed a proposed bike tax by claiming that bicycling is not environmentally friendly. His reasoning? “You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car.”

“Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride,” Orcutt added in an email to the constituent.

As The Raw Story points out, “Virtually all available science on the carbon footprint of driving versus biking says [Orcutt] is dead wrong.” Indeed, the European Cyclists Federation estimates that CO2 emissions from biking are about 10 times less than driving a car, even after accounting for all emissions required to make the bike and the food eaten by the rider.

  • The scariest part of this issue is that millions of Americans listen to and respect people like these.

    • lana ward

      Stop globel whining!!

    • edwardw69

      Millions out of 300 million doesn’t amount to much. These folks have been with us forever and always will be. I think it was Jean Piaget who hypothesized that fully 15% of all people never reach the final cognitive stage of development. My brother-in-law has always been this way: decades ago we stopped trying to reason with him; if we start discussing where to have the family Christmas feast, he will go into a rant about (fill in the blank– the UN, Obama, etc.) getting ready to outlaw Christmas. He has guns in every corner of the house, and gets up at night to mount patrols. All four of his children turned out reasonable, logical, capable of critical thinking, and sane: much to his confusion.
      And now Ms. Ward will “pull a Hank” as we refer to it in the family, and I will prove that I am reasonable by not responding to her.

      • bjbstarr11

        I agree with what you said. We will always have right wingers with us always.

        Also, you are right not to respond to Lana. I have said on many occasions, she needs to get over the fact the President Obama has won re-election and stop saying he is Muslim. I guess she thinks if she complains about him every chance she gets, we will somehow believe her. Never!!

        • whodatbob

          Unfortunenetly some of those have not reachedthe final stage of cognitive stage of development. We seem to pat them on the head a say that’s nice. Likely the opposition do the same to theirs. Our’s just not as prominate.

          • Some of them don’t even know the difference between a Muslim, a Sikh and an Arab. It is tempting to say that the best thing is to ignore them, but that can be risky. The re-appearance of hate groups in the USA attests to that.

          • jointerjohn

            In their spooky little world there is no reason to know the difference between, only to know that they are all evil. Case closed for them.

        • tman000

          People like that have a real internal issue with themselves and need to confirm to themselve their right, and it really works when others respond with the same thoughts. In a way its good, it pushes most Americans away because it doesn’t make sense. If their agenda had a little ‘norm’ to it then others might see the possibilities.

      • tobyspeeks

        25 years ago these were “the guy” sitting by himself, talking to himself down on the corner of the bar. We all called them delusional. Now with the advent of the the internet they somehow manage to get people to listen and believe they’re respectable people with a respectable message.

      • elw

        The big difference now is that they have much finacial power and have been carefully buying political IOUs with it. I do agree that they are few but they are loud, do not know when they have lost and have no shame. BTW, I have people like your Hank in my family, we have a rule no politics at family gatherings.

        • edwardw69

          We have the same rule, but it tends to get honored in the breach. After so many years of dire forecasts that never come to pass, nobody listens much anymore. He seems to have lost some steam since his youngest son passed his bar exam and entered the Public Defender’s Office.

          • elw

            Poor guy, his son has gone to the enemy. Most people do lose a bit of steam as they age.

          • edwardw69

            Yes, but the kid likes to hunt and fish, so he does have some redeeming features.

          • elw

            too funny 🙂

        • awakenaustin

          My wife refuses to allow me to respond to my sister-in-law’s “family”
          e-mails or to mention anything remotely political or religious when the families are together. I see her point. However, sometimes, I worry the failure to respond to the crazies may mislead them into thinking you agree with them or think their beliefs are somehow rational and reasonable.

          • elw

            Oh they will think their beliefs are rational and reasonable no matter what you do. Sometimes its better not to say anything.

      • stcroixcarp

        You do know that lana is not a woman, but Hank in drag? I thought she was actually my brother,but he doesn’t use the computer much.

        • edwardw69

          Hank in drag. Now that truly is frightening.

        • Lana is male.

    • 1bythebrooks2

      Lunatics all!

    • 1standlastword

      It’s a common gene pool and the power socialization

  • TheSkalawag929

    I think the evidence speaks for itself as to what is wrong with the republican party, and why the country is in the condition it’s in today.

    • droptheBS

      Incredibly, our liberal friends seem to actually believe that the extreme right views depicted in The Week in Crazy truly represent all Republicans and eveything to the right of themselves. So very, very wrong.

      • TheSkalawag929

        Really? If liberal views are so far off why is it that there are no conservative views being expressed by prominent republicans that contradict or refute the extreme views presented by those who expose that they speak for the republican party?

        • droptheBS

          Not saying Liberal views are off Scal, just that the extreme views of the depicted republicans in this piece are used to mock all republicans dishonestly. Maybe I just need to lighten up and enjoy the beatings.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I’m not trying to beat up on you. I’m just asking where are all the dishonestly mocked republicans? How can they stand on the sidelines and allow the way far right fringe of their party speak for them? The center right and moderate republicans are being purged from their own party without a fight.

          • droptheBS

            I know you aren’t trying to beat up on ‘me’, but that’s the result. What you hear isn’t the right fringe speaking for the right. That’s the left projecting the right fringe onto all conservatives. The people like me on the sidelines are trying to educate our liberal friends that mocking the entire base over the rantings of a few might be good fun, but it depicts the majority dishonestly, chastising the innocent with the guilty. And then, when called out on it, the left will say as you have, “why don’t you police them then”? It’s a battle against insanity. It’s not you that’s crazy. It’s the collective.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I wish there was some way that I could help.

          • plc97477

            That is the sanest way to handle it. make some popcorn and enjoy the show.

  • If nobody took these idiots for their word, it would make for great humor.

    Sadly, there is an ample supply of mentally deficient people who believe all the crap they crank out. And, worse yet, they vote.

    • And unfortunately, it’s not ‘just a millions’ out of 300 million Americans, it’s ‘quite a few millions’ out of around 100 million Americans who vote that are mentally deficient and actually will vote for people like Bachmann; enough that she’s still in Congress when any sane/rational person would say she shouldn’t be.

    • Sand_Cat

      Worse still, most of them are also armed and dangerous.

    • droptheBS

      Is it really ‘sad’, Jim? It appears hate for the conservative is the only thing that keeps the left believing it has a cohesive cause. I don’t intend this in a derragatory way. Just observing the common thread throughout every comment.

      • If there are conservatives that do not go along with the BS that people like Bachmann, Beck, and Fox not News puts out why aren’t they standing up to them and the Republican party leadership that does believe in it. Conservatives do not seem to trying to improve the image of The Republican Party, they all seem to be happy with any agenda the Republican is following no matter the harm it does to the Country and the middle class and working poor. So droptheBS when are the people that have sense going to regain control of their party?

        • droptheBS

          I don’t have the answer. I’m curious why the obsession over the republican party when the focus should be all the wonderful things democrats are doing for all americans.

  • ORAXX

    It can be painful to endure and the wheels don’t always turn as fast as we might like but……the best way to deal with fools in a free society is to let them speak. Let them speak and make sure everyone hears them.

  • Ed

    I expected Michelle Bachman here. But I guess she has learned her lesson from Sarah and just speaks to private groups for “large stipends”.

  • These Right Wing Nut Jobs are a mixed bag of nuts.

  • JDavidS

    Are these people allowed to breed?

    • jointerjohn

      They are, but frequently don’t do it correctly. Thank you Mother Nature.

      • JDavidS

        John… Thanks for the chuckle. Have a good one! Cheers, mate.

  • And without the EPA, we would greatly resemble China in our air pollution. I grew up in L.A. in the 70’s when the Smog Alerts were a part of the daily news.

  • gloriay

    This is so funny. Republicans seem to be vying for the most stupid statement award. What else can one say?

  • What a moron.

  • The GOP is the American Taliban

  • GOP is the American Taliban

  • kent doering

    Thanks Henry. The compilation only shows how friggin insane they all are.