Saturday, July 22, 2017

29.5 - Clown Award: Donald TheRump

Clown Award: Donald TheRump

Now for one of our regular features, one we didn't get to last week but it's back and it seems may be our most popular feature, it's the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity.

We had some solid competition this week, some truly deserving applicants, so I will present to you the four finalists, presented in the order of finish.

Bringing up the rear, which is appropriate because he's a real ass, is Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a bigoted white supremacist who is surely in the running for the worst person in the world.

Not surprisingly, he wants to Build that wall! The House Appropriations Committee is proposing to allocate $1.6 billion toward it - but that's not enough IWouldBeKing. He wants an additional $5 billion for the wall - $500 million coming from Planned Parenthood's budget (which is nonsensical it itself since Planned Parenthood doesn't have an allocation in the federal budget, what it gets is reimbursement for services provided under Medicaid) and the rest coming out of Food Stamps, which KingMe says is double-plus good because Food Stamps, he says, are a leading cause of obesity.

If he really wants to reduce obesity, he could start with the fat in his head.

Next, there is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, who seems to have embraced the "I'm not a scientist" mentality of the right wing with a little more than the usual enthusiasm.

During the increasingly misnamed House Science Committee's hearings on NASA's budget for planetary exploration, Rohrabacher - who is, lord help us, on the committee - asked NASA scientist Kenneth Farley:
You have indicated that Mars was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?
Farley politely noted that it was billions of years ago, not thousands, and when Rohrabacher persisted, gently, as you would with a child, said the chances of a Martian civilization in the past are "extremely unlikely."

Would that was equally true of people like Rohrabacher.

Here the competition gets stiff.

On July 12, long-time Clinton family ally and adviser Paul Begala was grousing on CNN that TheRump's supporters don't seem sufficiently outraged about claims of Russian meddling in US affairs.

He fumed that, quoting,
We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power ... and we should be debating how many sanctions we should place on Russia or whether we should blow up the KGB or GRU,
which is Russia's foreign intelligence agency.

You got it right: He is proposing we bomb Russia because TheRump' rumpers aren't ticked off enough.

Donald TheRump, pointing to his loose screw
What could top that? Glad you asked. This week, the Big Red Nose, I genuinely didn't want to do this but I just can't not do it, the Big Red Nose this week, wait for it, goes to Donald TheRump.

Speaking with reporters on Air Force One the night of July 12, His High Orangeness said that his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border would need to be see-through. Thus sayeth he:
One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can't see through that wall - so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what's on the other side of the wall.
Why? Because
when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them - they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over.
So yes, you have to be able to see through the wall so you won't get hit on the head with a 60 pound bag of pot.

That's our commander in chief, our president, our national clown.

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