By Henry Decker

This Week In Crazy: Obama’s Alien Plot, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

January 3, 2014 12:00 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 63 Comments A+ / A-

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:

5. Stuart Varney

Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney will never be confused for a climate scientist, but his latest argument against global warming is particularly silly.

Reporting on the rescue of 52 passengers from a research ship that was stranded in Antarctic ice, Varney insisted that the presence of ice in Antarctica — along with the winter storm hammering the northeastern United States — represents evidence that the Earth is actually getting colder.

“So, it looks to me like we are looking at global cooling,” Varney said. “Forget this global warming. That’s just my opinion.”

Varney then transitioned to his next topic, “Can you invest in the weather?” Until he reads some basic facts on Antarctica (and the scientific method), I would suggest that he does not.

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  • Dominick Vila

    I much rather see the “Reverend” and his pack of zealots focus on ET than continue to influence policy making in the USA.

    • janiez

      I think it is time for these religious organizations that involve themselves in politics to pay taxes. If they lie they should pay more. Pat Robinson is probably afraid the new Pope is telling us how it is instead of pumping us full of lies like Pat Robinson.

      • idamag

        Absolutely!

  • Jambi

    Hey Varney – “It’s called Science”

  • Jambi

    Every time Pat Robertson starts praying, I feel like he might explode into spontaneous human combustion and slowly vaporize into the cosmos…never to be heard from again…

    • sealbeams

      I hope your feeling is correct.

    • dpaano

      Jambi….we wouldn’t be THAT lucky!!

    • Duckbudder

      Your lips to god’s ear.

    • plc97477

      I hope it happens soon.

  • sealbeams

    This guy has to be one of the most miserable human beings that has ever lived.

    • Duckbudder

      Q: Which one?
      A: All of them, Katy.

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    When will these False Religious leaders stop using God to sell fear, hatred, and intolerance; while filling their pockets and expanding their religious business on donations from people who really cannot afford it.

    • jointerjohn

      If you take away fear, hatred and intolerance their brand of God pops like a soap bubble.

      • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

        So true….

    • Buford2k11

      Heh, heh…standing next to these False prophets could be dangerous…A stray bolt of lightning could be involved….

    • howa4x

      Never

    • progressiveandproud

      They’ll stop selling their bull when the rubes stop filling the collections plates.

  • TZToronto

    I live in Toronto, and I haven’t heard even a whisper of all those Canadian troops gathering just north of the border, ready to swoop into the U.S. to gun down innocent American civilians. If Canadian troops advanced into the USA, I’m sure their ferocity would easily overwhelm an American troops that might try to resist. (LOL) . . . And, Mr. Garrow, there’s a reason Canadian troops don’t swear allegiance to the Constitution. THEY”RE CANADIAN!! Don’t make it sound like they’re some kind of subversive force intent on destroying America.

    • Buford2k11

      And Teddy Cruz will be King of the Aliens…that is where is true loyalties lie…

    • dtgraham

      I liked Garrow’s observations on the coming invasion of the Canadian military. “Now we’re bringing in a new element, a group of people who COULD be armed and COULD be in a position to shoot American civilians.” Well, fortunately Canadian troops don’t have the right to bear arms and aren’t allowed to carry guns…so. You know, sometimes I think that whole gun control thing in Canada goes a little far sometimes, I gotta be honest. Oh well, at least Canada doesn’t control marriage and vaginas. I’ll say that much.

      • TZToronto

        Oh, Canadian troops do have guns, tanks, artillery, and other things military establishments should have. However, like most Canadians, Canadian troops are not allowed to walk around with firearms if not on duty. . . . Don’t forget that Canadian troops were in Afghanistan and have, to date, lost 158 troops; Canada was smart enough to stay out of the Iraq mess.

        • dtgraham

          Staying out of Iraq is thanks to Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, and the Liberal government of the time. They were ready to help right after 911, but didn’t believe anything coming out of that Bush White House in 2002 and 2003 about Iraq.

          I’m well aware of Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach TZ. Just having a little fun with the story. I think I got taken too seriously.

      • Betty O’Nan

        Greatest post I have read all day!!!! Thanks

        • dtgraham

          Thank you Betty. Rarely have I ever made anyone’s day, literary or otherwise. BTW, I’m also of Irish descent Betty. Second generation Irish-Canadian. My grandparents came from County Cork (both sides).

      • ralphkr

        Uh, sorry, dtgraham, but US troops are NOT allowed to bear loaded arms. From my time in the military I can assure you that the most gun free areas in the US are our military bases. Absolutely no one is allowed to have a loaded weapon on a military base other than the police. Those squads marching down the street with rifles on their shoulders do not have access to ammunition until they get to the rifle range. If any soldier is caught with live ammo on his person, let alone in a weapon, he is pretty much guaranteed to be looking at stockade time.

        • dtgraham

          That was just sarcasm and I was only having a little fun ralph. He claimed that Obama had entered into a contract with the Canadian military to invade the U.S., yet inferred that the invaders might possibly not be armed (COULD be armed). The idea of Obama picking the Canadian military to invade the United States is preposterous enough without suggesting that they, or any other military, might possibly not be armed. That was my point. Just my lame attempt at humour.

          • ralphkr

            Aah, but, dt, don’t be too sure that it would be taken as humor. I remember when the debate was going on about the pipeline from Prudhoe to Valdez, AK, and someone seriously suggested a much shorter and safer route (no tankers involved) hooking up with existing lines in Canada. That silly idea was immediately shot down in Congress when someone pointed out that if the pipeline went across Canada and Canada declared war on the US that Canada could shut down the pipeline.

          • dtgraham

            Notwithstanding the 147 years of friendship and close cooperation between the two countries, if Canada were to declare war on the United States of America, I think the “war” would last days if not weeks. Hell, maybe hours. International diplomacy aside, I really don’t think that any Congressperson needs to lose sleep over a Canadian declaration of war. I can’t believe that I just typed that last sentence.

          • ralphkr

            What I most appreciated about our Congressional reasoning was their complete ignoring the fact that any country with subs and/or mine layers could complete shut down the transportation of oil by ship but only Canada could shut down transportation by cross country pipeline. Besides that, dt, the last couple times we invaded Canada we did lose (admittedly, those were not official US government authorized invasions but privately financed ones)

          • plc97477

            It is also a bit odd that the leader they claim couldn’t lead us out of a paper bag can and does lead the Canadian army.

          • dtgraham

            Apparently. Here I thought it was Queen Elizabeth. Nope, looks like they’re signing secret deals with Barack. Actually, to this day President Obama still remains extremely popular among international leaders in Canada plc. I think the vast majority of people up here right now would gladly switch up with you guys if we could, in terms of leaders.

            In the fall of 2012, one of the top pollsters in Canada had a very unusual poll where he asked Canadians who they would vote for in the upcoming U.S. Presidential election if they could. Obama topped Romney by a margin of about 80-20 in the poll. Nik Nanos reported that if Canada were the 51st state, it would be challenging the District of Columbia as the most reliable area for Democratic votes.

          • dtgraham

            Incidentally, I was going to mention that I know what you’re saying about that strange dichotomy that the political right have about Obama. I’ve noticed it too. When they talk about him, he’s either an incompetent bungler who can’t spell his last name or he’s an evil mastermind from a James Bond movie who must be stopped before he conquers the planet. It usually seems to be one or the other, about equally. They basically make him into whatever he needs to be to support their momentary criticism.

        • plc97477

          To bad we can’t do that with the rest of the country.

          • ralphkr

            I don’t know how much good disarming the US citizenry would do. Consider that of the “civilized” industrialized countries we are number one per capita in violent death by fire arm, by sharp object, and by blunt object. I don’t know if it is our water that makes people from relatively peaceful countries become violent when they come to the US or if it is just that the violent ones are drawn to come here.

    • Dominick Vila

      Those Canadian troops were probably trained by the same dude that trained the Nicaraguan invaders President Reagan warned us about.

      • TZToronto

        That may be right, but those troops are getting a little long in the tooth by now.

      • Allan Richardson

        But they were REAL! Didn’t you see the original 1980s version of “Krassney Razhnets: Red Dawn?” You know movies always portray reality, don’t you?

      • ralphkr

        I wonder if he also trained the 6 million Chinese troops poised on the Mexican border to invade the US in the late 1950s early 1960s.

    • idamag

      I would be more inclined to run to Canada for protection from the nuts in this country.

      • TZToronto

        Canada is looking for thinkers . . . without extremist ideologies, if possible.

    • AttilatheBlond

      If there is to be an invasion, seems likely it’s the US military planning to get to all that water you have in Canada. Since the RW pundits and pols frequently engage in projection, claiming others are doing or planning what they ARE doing themselves, I would suggest our kind neighbors in Canada beef up the border. The corporations that run the US government/set policy probably have plans to bottle and sell your water.

      • TZToronto

        I believe that water from Canada can be bottled and exported already. The real problem would be if the U.S. wants to do a wholesale diversion of water–in other words, drain all of the Canadian lakes.

        • AttilatheBlond

          Corporations don’t wanna BUY natural resources of other lands…. And yeah, I don’t put it past some corporate giants to want to secure all potable water here pretty soon. Seriously, Water is the new oil.

        • AttilatheBlond

          LOL, consider, pipeline routes already planned for oil, a finite resource that is running low. You don’t think the Hoarder Class corporations will let good routes sit unused, do you.

  • jointerjohn

    So according to Brian Fischer, any politician who does not believe in slavery is unfit for public office, since that position is incongruous with the position of the founding fathers? And any politician who believes women have the right to vote, and men who do not own land should have the right to vote, etc., etc.. Do you suppose any of these clowns ever think about what they are saying before they say it?

    • dpaano

      Jointerjohn: You have to ask that question?

      • jointerjohn

        Yeah, I know, that was unnecessarily rhetorical wasn’t it? I’m just having a very difficult time accepting the complete lack of critical or effective thinking by these people. If these were off-the-cuff comments I could accept it, but these are prepared positions. If brains were dynamite these guys wouldn’t have enough to blow their noses.

        Many years ago when I began conducting training before groups of people I was working with a veteran educator. I got up before the class and went into my lesson, using some fairly intense fifteen-cent words. I failed to notice in my lack of experience at that time, that I was going over their heads. The old veteran passed by me with his back to the class and whispered the most delightful phrase I have never forgotten. He said, “shoot lower sheriff, they’re riding Shetlands”. Such is the case with the likes of Brian Fischer and company.

    • AttilatheBlond

      There have already been a few RW GOP pols and wanna-bees who have suggested voting should only be for property owners.

      • Allan Richardson

        Which, if passed, would give the banks a weapon to take away your right to vote for politicians who might make the banks give back some of what they steal. Or they might go REAL elitist and say you must own UNMORTGAGED property in order to vote.

        • AttilatheBlond

          Wouldn’t put it past some of the ding bats in office. They have to work so hard competing for Koch Bucks. Hard to out-crazy each other, but they strive for it just the same. Serve the voters? Defend the Constitution? All quaint notions, and not applicable to the current crop of GOP puppet pols.

    • idamag

      The key word is “think.” Do they ever think?

  • SeekingOut

    I agree that Cucinelli should have hammered his conservative policies more forcefully.

  • idamag

    Some guy in Oregon put ice in a bucket and put it in his bathtub. When it melted, he claimed that proved global warming is a hoax. Last week, in the Idaho Falls newspaper, a guy back in the back country wrote to ask that we send some of that global warming to the lower 48. I remember, in the past, when cattle froze to death in the fields. I remember 42 degrees below zero weather. I remember one December when the warmest it got was 10 below. It has been several years since we had anything like that. Seems warmer to me.

    • dtgraham

      Global warming or, more accurately, climate change is supposed to be the reason for the harsher winter weather in Europe and North America idamag. I’m no climate scientist and hardly understand it beyond a cursory reading, but it’s apparently some sort of complex tango between ocean and atmosphere.

      Warming is causing icy polar air to be displaced southwards due to rising temperatures melting the Arctic’s floating cap of sea ice, especially in summer.

      They claim the theory derives from a long studied Arctic phenomenon called a positive feedback—in plain words, a vicious circle. The linkage is becoming clearer and clearer although the science isn’t totally settled. I do know that more intense summer storms and heavier snowfalls were always anticipated with higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

      • AttilatheBlond

        If the polar ice is less, or gone, in late summer, winds over the pole will pick up more moisture from the water than it used to from ice. So, yeah, our late fall, early winter storms will carry more moisture southward. Sure seems to be what is happening, doesn’t it?

        Like you, I don’t grasp all the other variables that make summer/spring storms more violent, but frankly, I don’t think the weather guessers do either. The old weather patterns are shot to hell, so trying to discern what the new conditions will mean for localized weather, day to day, has got to be a real headache.

      • idamag

        Whether climate change is man made or not should be the question. Those dippies who deny it altogether only sound like the dimwits they are. So, since I do not know whether it is man made or not, is it going to hurt me to do a few things so as not to add to it? Am I so vain that I cannot use pump sprays instead of aerosols? Do I really need to use foam ware plates?

        • dtgraham

          Exactly. That is the question isn’t it. They like to talk about different periods of cooling and warming in the past before human activity was a factor but always fail to mention that the one constant in that has always been elevated or depressed levels of CO2.

          When you’re pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere at the rate we are, it’s kind of hard not to make the connection. Even if something unrelated such as solar activity is assisting the phenomenon, we’re making it worse and likely far worse. We’re already at 400 parts per million of CO2. We’re breaking records now and the projected future levels will be off the charts compared to anything in the past.

  • howa4x

    This is all bubble talk. Notice how none of these people ever get on a neutral network. There is a whole universe of unhinged media in this country where any theory about Obama is accepted. They only talk to themselves and because of that the truly bizarre become the norm. If you are on the street and start yelling that God speaks to you, that might be enough to haul you in for psychiatric observation, but in this bubble you are seen as a visionary. That says it all.

  • JDavidS

    The “B” list of loons…The heavyweights…Limbaugh, Beck, Ryan, Cruz and Gohmert must have taken the holidays off to let the lightweights into the game…

    • Sand_Cat

      I’m not sure Gomer qualifies as a heavyweight, even among the lunatics.

  • Jim Myers

    Maybe we should be supporting Barton’s view. After all, look at how successful his trophy candidate did in Virginia. Even though he wasn’t strong enough as a pro-lifer.

    Just sayin…

  • ThomasBonsell

    It seems Mr. Varney is totally ignorant of the nature of the world all around him. If he would step outside in the summer when a high-pressures system is in place, he should notice that it is hotter than normal. That’s because the high pressure makes it harder for heat to dissipate into space at night.

    If he would step outside during winter when a high-pressure system is in place, he ought to notice it is colder than normal. That’s because the high pressure makes it harder for heat to enter the atmosphere when it hits the ionosphere at a sharp angle, like stones skipping off water when when at a low trajectory.

    Adding “greenhouse gases” to the atmosphere is creating a permanent high-pressure system.

    People like Varney live in a bubble of central heat and air conditioning and know nothing about most everything.

  • ThomasBonsell

    Mr. Garrow sure shows his allegiance to our Constitution with the statement that “President Obama has already signed a treaty with Canada…”

    Treaties don’t require a signature of the President, they only need to be submitted to the Senate for “advice and consent.” When consent is given, it’s a done deal. See Article II, Section 2 (second paragraph) for that Mr. Garrow.

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