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This Week In Crazy: Obama Blew Up The Malaysian Airplane, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

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This Week In Crazy: Obama Blew Up The Malaysian Airplane, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

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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. Scott Beason

Scott Beason

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Many Republicans despise the Common Core state standards initiative, but few do so for reasons as ridiculous as Alabama state senator Scott Beason.

Beason, who has sponsored a bill to allow Alabama schools to opt out of Common Core-based standards, recently explained his opposition to the curriculum to The Anniston Star. Among other objections, the lawmaker is upset that it includes:

  • John Hersey’s Hiroshima, which describes the detonation of the bomb “told from the Japanese view.” Beason is concerned that “it doesn’t sound like we’re being very good folks, does it?”
  • Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, in which the narrator expresses regret for killing a North Vietnamese soldier during the war. “What is the message that’s being put across?” Beason worries. “Is it that we were the bad guys in Vietnam, or was it that we were the good guys in Vietnam? I think we’re the good guys. But I don’t get that out of this argument, I mean, of this story.”
  • Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which a Common Core-approved textbook encourages students to compare to the Red Scare. “So we’re comparing the McCarthy investigations of the 1950s, in which he turned out to be right, with the Salem witch hunts,” Beason says.
  • One of his colleagues, Talladega County GOP Chairman Danny Hubbard, added that “now that all the records are out, it’s clear that McCarthy didn’t go far enough.”

Once again, it appears that those who oppose more rigorous academic standards are the exact same people who really could have used them during their own school days.

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48 Comments

  1. Michael Ross March 21, 2014

    Except that Beck flat out acknowledged he was just making shit up to illustrate how little he trusted the government. Which is still crazy, but it doesn’t top Garrow, who is psychotic enough to actually believe the shit that comes out of his mouth.

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  2. The_Magic_M March 21, 2014

    > returns at number four

    Uhm, make that “two”.

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  3. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh March 21, 2014

    Here’s a “well duh” for Scott Beason – “The Crucible” was specifically written as a reaction against the McCarthy “witch hunts” of the late 40s and early 50s.

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  4. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh March 21, 2014

    Ah, Rush. Still showing his famous sensitivity.

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  5. James Gallagher March 21, 2014

    It makes my brain hurt trying to process any of the huge amounts of bat$hit crazy that spews from Beck’s mouth. (But then again, what do you expect from a self-proclaimed “borderline schizophrenic”. His words, not mine.) This is what makes his supporters so darn dangerous. They think he’s the second coming of Jeebus and his word is the gospel. But think about it…Faux News dumped him because he was too nuts for them. Of course, he could have always gone to CNN…oh, wait….they dumped him too.

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  6. Grannysmovin March 21, 2014

    I would say this is like reading a script for a comedy, the problem is there are too many people who believe this stuff and than it turns into a drama.

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  7. alboy5 March 21, 2014

    20 yrs ago fracking was not safe, now it is. The economy could use a boost.
    New York has huge natural gas, its time to use it to save the economy frack now.

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    1. Paul Bass March 21, 2014

      This has nothing to do with the topic of “crazy” statements by the unhinged right!

      Besides, fracking WAS safe 20 years ago (been used in TX for way longer than 20 yrs.) IF CEMENTED, CASED, and pierced correctly. So, yes, fracking safely would be possible in New York.

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  8. constancespinney March 21, 2014

    Imagine a group of idiots who don’t even understand that COMMON core means it was a COMMON agreement reached by thinking people about what is best. Didn’t come from government. Oh my. No it didn’t. A group of trained people discussed the need for an agreement about what IS important, and they REACHED COMMON GROUND. Wow. Intelligent action.

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    1. Lola Johnson March 21, 2014

      The fool is evidently unaware that participation in Common Core standards is voluntary for each state. And Alabama could certainly stand to have SOME educational standards.

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      1. idamag March 22, 2014

        definitely.

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      2. Allan Richardson March 27, 2014

        They do, they just teach differently: If your uncle Beau made 100 gallons of shine, and the revenuers found and disposed of 50, how much does Beau have to sell now?

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        1. Lynda Groom April 9, 2014

          Not enough. Damn big govment.

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    2. dpaano March 21, 2014

      GOP doesn’t understand what “common ground” means!!!

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      1. idamag March 22, 2014

        That is for sure.

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      2. plc97477 March 22, 2014

        The gotp doesn’t understand what “hello” means.

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      3. Teresa Poland April 7, 2014

        Oh I think Fl. could help them make out the law. It is something the the republicans understand very well. They are not the GOP anymore, the grand old party died years ago. It is the repub tea party, since the creators of the tea party,Koch Bros., have already bought the repub house and senate and also some of the Justices of the Supreme Court. The unethical Thomas, Scalia and Roberts. The common ground just gives most people in the south and what the KKK have been doing for years and that is killing African Americans. They can do it and never have to go to prison for anything.Next group of people will be the Hispanics, who are targets now. This law has been proposed in Ohio and shot down. Kasich wants to show the Koch snorting Bros he will bow to them.

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    3. Allan Richardson March 27, 2014

      I think they believe thinking and intelligence (the brainy kind, not the spying kind) are unconstitutional.

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  9. howa4x March 21, 2014

    It s not just that these people say delusional things since average people all over America do, but usually they are under some sort of medical supervision. It is that they have a following, and people believe these unhinged theories. It is funny that they have all sorts of paranoid delusions about Obama, but when Bush invaded a country with a conspiracy theory and no evidence, these talking heads thought that was not only sane but also patriotic. So there you have it folks. The media people who shove this crap out into the world are cynical and mostly do it for fame and fortune But I think we need to lower our expectation’s about these people’s listeners and readers.

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    1. jointerjohn March 21, 2014

      You are correct about the capacity of their followers. When I was a novice trainer I stood before a class talking over their heads without realizing it. The veteran educator helping me, passed by me and whispered, “shoot lower sheriff, they’re riding Shetlands.” I still love that expression and it certainly fits this crowd.

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      1. plc97477 March 21, 2014

        I think I love that expression also and it makes it easier to understand where the crazies are coming from.

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      2. idamag March 22, 2014

        love the analogy.

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      3. Independent1 March 23, 2014

        Here’s a little something that will substantiate what you’re saying from LiveScience (an excerpt):

        Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

        There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

        The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

        The full article:

        http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

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        1. jointerjohn March 24, 2014

          I have long been convinced that intellectual laziness leads to the acceptance of such simplistic conclusions. Intellectual laziness often shows up as a lack of intelligence, when in fact, the capacity is there, it’s just not utilized. Acquiescence to hierarchy is often also a product of laziness. Easier to let someone else do one’s thinking than to wrestle with difficult decisions. Far too many misuse religion for this very purpose. Then again, many religious organizations market themselves specifically for that need.

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          1. Independent1 March 24, 2014

            When many of us wrestle with the question of why so many people continue to vote for the GOP, when it should be obvious to them that in doing so they’re voting against their own best interests, I think what you point out as “intellectual laziness” as a result of low IQ really comes into play. Although I certainly don’t believe that all conservatives have low IQ, I’m beginning to seriously be convinced that the vast majority of them do – have an intellecltual laziness that results in an unwillingness to really understand the issues and vote on what’s really best for their best interest.

            Conservative voters with higher IQs generally vote conservative for a devious purpose – to, in fact, do just the opposite of what the low IQ voters do; they vote conservative to try and ensure that their own best interests ARE, IN FACT, SATISFIED, even when they know it will be at the expense of millions of other Americans’ best interests – especially the less fortunate.

            And this of course includes the majority of Republican Politicians, many who have shown they are smarter than they appear by their crazy statements. Politicians who go around making outlandish comments which land them on the NM’s week of crazies, make crazy comments because they know full well that because of the low IQ of the majority of their base, that their crazy comments will rile their base up to vote conservative; even when the politicians themselves know it’s against their constituents’ best interest.

            These very devious politicians are not very different than the gangsters in Italy that gravitate to the Italian Mafia. The only real difference being that these Italian gangster to not do their thievery under the clock of pretending to be politicians – as many outright crooks in the ranks of the GOP do.

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        2. idamag March 24, 2014

          I am reading a book written by a holocaust survivor. She spent three years in Auschwitz. She said the lower the intelligence, the meaner the guards were. They were the ones hitler found it easy to convince the Jews were bad and needed to be destroyed. I get the Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. They are a group of lawyers who fight racism and hate. They put pictures of white supremists in their publication. You can see by looking at these people, they lack intelligence. It shows on their ugly, hateful, faces.

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      4. Allan Richardson March 27, 2014

        I hope he remembered to write a royalty check to the estate of Lews Grizzard for that phrase. It was the title of one of his humor books, “Aim Low, Boys, They’re Riding Shetland Ponies.”

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  10. Sand_Cat March 21, 2014

    Does anyone really have sufficient bad taste to consider Rush a “comedian,” other than an inadvertent one?

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    1. latebloomingrandma March 22, 2014

      Aren’t comedians supposed to be funny? funny, not scary.

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  11. Sand_Cat March 21, 2014

    The scary part about the airline story is that it sounds like something the CIA might actually cook up and maybe even try to do without consulting the Marxist, Socialist, Communist, Fascist, Nazi, Muslim, Kenyan white-people-hating (did I forget anything?) “dictator” who has “seized” control of our country somehow when we weren’t looking.

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    1. demz taters March 22, 2014

      You forgot that he’s an effeminate appeaser who practices his Chicago thug politics in Mom jeans. Also, needs more teleprompter.

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      1. Sand_Cat March 22, 2014

        You’re from Chicago?
        Hope your jeans fit well; I’m sending flowers (see below). Sorry, but I can’t afford to send you a teleprompter, but I’m sure you can use Fox news, though they may be a bit too intellectual – er, smart – for you.
        But what do your habits and failings have to do with the article?

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    2. Michael Ross March 23, 2014

      Unfortunately, the Tea Party has reached such a point that I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not anymore.

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  12. dpaano March 21, 2014

    OMG, where do they GET these people??? It’s amazing how many idiots are running around out there!!!

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    1. idamag March 22, 2014

      And that is what shows the need for educational standards.

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  13. SgtCedar March 21, 2014

    Glenn Beck, “I don’t know anything, but I will tell you my theory that the Chinese invented Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.”

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  14. midway54 March 21, 2014

    Beason is from Alabama. Enough said. The only place worse in which to be condemned by fate to live is Mississippi.

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    1. plc97477 March 21, 2014

      I don’t know… florida and texas seem to want to

      get in the running also.

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      1. midway54 March 22, 2014

        Yes, you are correct. Texas is a huge patch of dusty real estate and its majority of population has the groundless need to swagger and fill the air with braggadocio. It is at the bottom in terms of education and healthcare just for starters. Florida above the I-4 corridor is an appendage to AL, MS, and GA in culture and ignorance, and its duped citizens dependably vote for and cheer the plutocracy and its political stooges (the State legislature is consistently about 3 to 1 rightwing redneck yahoo, not to mention the clowns that those in that part of the State send to the Congress).

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  15. plc97477 March 21, 2014

    Wow!! They did it again. Every week I think they have reached the limits of their insanity and then they prove once again that they haven’t even gotten close.

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    1. idamag March 22, 2014

      Like Bill Cosby used to say: “Never challenge worse.’

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  16. idamag March 22, 2014

    I won dered how long it would take some whack job to blame the president for the missing plane. As for core standards, go ahead, drag our country down with your unabashed ignorance. People, like the Koch brothers, do not want you to get smart. There is a reason.

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  17. TZToronto March 24, 2014

    Does Garrow know what fly-by-wire is? It appears that he thinks it’s some sort of remote system that can be controlled from the Oval Office. . . . It’s not.

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    1. Allan Richardson March 27, 2014

      Many people have a vague idea that some sort of technology exists, but know nothing about the limitations affecting its use. For their sakes, I would like to point out that “fly by wire” refers to wires INSIDE the aircraft, allowing the pilot to control the plane by issuing commands to a computer system (either pre-programmed into the autopilot) and having the SYSTEM activate the control surfaces to accomplish that command, rather than using hydraulic lines.

      The fact that we can control drones remotely does not necessarily mean that we can do that to aircraft that are designed to be flown by a human in the cockpit. The hardware required would be detected during regular maintenance and removed.

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      1. TZToronto March 28, 2014

        Perhaps I recall seeing a TV program about building the first A380. The first one had a major problem with the fly-by-wire system. The wires running through the aircraft to the tail were a just a bit short. I don’t recall how they solved the problem, but it was clear then just what fly-by-wire is–and it isn’t remote control.

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  18. Guest April 7, 2014

    So President Obama blew up the

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  19. Teresa Poland April 7, 2014

    So President Obama blew up the Malaysian airplane? It does give for a good laugh on Mondays. But then it is letting us know how many idiots there are in this country therefore they should never be allowed in politics. Their twisted minds could put this country into grave danger. The Koch ( coke) Bros. are buying up as much of the government as they can and when they get it all, half the country will leave and move some place that has sane people. I myself hope to be dead but if not, I go to Germany to be with my family who is over there and I have never got to see. Then the Germans and other European counties can get together and make a really big bomb and blast these SOB’S off the face of the earth. The best tea party member is a dead tea party member. They are like roaches,and they are the workers for the Koch Bros. And when they are no longer useful they will be killed. In this country if you are disabled or a senior who cannot work , they slowly kill you by taking away your SS money, which is YOUR money and then you have no medical insurance either. And it will take a very big bomb to achieve this. The Europa can go it.

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  20. Lynda Groom April 9, 2014

    Lets not forget that the Rev. Wright and the young Obama met in the mens room in the Kenya airport to plot and murder Vince Foster. Also a very young Obama joined the junior shooters club and was seen on the Grassy Knoll. These are facts because somebody said so. (pls note snark)

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