Saturday, June 17, 2017

25.6 - Clown Award: Dana Rohrabacher

Clown Award: Dana Rohrabacher

Now for the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity.

We had two main contenders this week. First up is Missouri state Representative Mike Moon, who if I slip and call Mike Loon, don't be surprised.

On June 12, Governor Eric Greitens called the Missouri legislature into a special session to discuss re-writing restrictions on abortion providers after a federal judge knocked down some of the state's existing laws.

In response, Moon announced the "Missouri Right to Life Act," a bill he filed, that would "require due process of law before the life of any human, born or unborn, is ended prior to natural death," which would of course effectively outlaw abortions in the state.

No, his nomination for the Clown Award did not arise from the "unborn human" crap - unless you call a caterpillar an "unborn butterfly," yes, "unborn human" is crap - but from the fact is that he made this announcement by posting footage of himself beheading and gutting a chicken as he did it, including declaring "we need to get to the heart of the matter here" as he pulled out the chicken's heart and showed it to the camera.

Which is high-quality clownishness and most weeks would take the prize, but unfortunately, this week the competition was too stiff for him. But in fairness to him, he lost out to an old pro at nutbaggery.

So this week, the Big Red Nose goes to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.

On June 7, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, located just outside the capital of Tehran. At least 17 were killed and dozens wounded, leading to an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four of the attackers dead.

ISIS has claimed authorship of the attacks, marking the first time that group of Sunni extremists has taken responsibility for an assault in Shiite-majority Iran.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
What does that have to do with Dana Rohrabacher? This:

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing about Hezbollah the next day, Rohrabacher said the attack in Iran could be a "good thing" and actually proposed that the US government support ISIS in attacking rival groups.

And no, I'm not exaggerating. Quote:
Isn't it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn't that a good thing?
If that wasn't enough, he even suggested the attack was the result of some secret foreign policy of TheRump, saying maybe it arose from "a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another."

To - to use a great old phrase - cap the climax, Rohrabacher. later issued a statement "clarifying" his position, in which, until it was corrected - a clarification of the clarification I expect - it assumed Khomeini is still alive. He died in 1989.

Dana Rohrabacher: What. a. clown.

Quick Footnote: The TheRump administration's statement responding to the Tehran attack included the statement that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." I wish we had thought of that before 9/11.

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