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House Committee to Determine Whether Meteors Are Real


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: americans, congress, government, republicans, fools )

Gene
- 527 days ago - newyorker.com
Well, it isn't as if they have anything more important to do. So why not, I'd be interested to see their witness list. I think we should all be able to claim a credit on our taxes for the time the House spends on this ridiculous issue. Sigh.



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Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday February 18, 2013, 5:36 am
It's Amerika to the T!
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Monday February 18, 2013, 5:46 am
The last thing the science committee wants to spend money on is more science. Really sort of fits the republican agenda, doesn't it? :^)
 

pam w. (191)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:04 am
I LOVE SATIRE!
 

Rob and Jay B. (122)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:15 am
'said chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). “I think it’s irresponsible of them to frighten the public about something that, at the end of the day, may be about as real as unicorns.”'

How do these people get elected?! Just shows how stupid and ignorant the average person is in many places. It certainly shows the failure of Texas education.

With millions being evicted from their homes, growing poverty, the 1% raking in 121% of all income between 2009 to 2011 (yes 121%! Because the rest of the 99% lost income then), infrastructure collapsing, 50 million USAmericans who can't afford for-profit health care/insurance, the most obscene military budget in the world, and all the problems the US is sinking in, this is what they choose to waste taxpayer money debating???

Impeach them all.

Thanks for this incredibly stupid story, Gene - or that should be for this good story of incredibly stupid people living on the back of the taxpayers.
 

Rob and Jay B. (122)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:18 am
Yes Pam, it most likely is satire, but how can you be certain with these mental midgets? This is not beyond reality with this bunch. Hopefully, it's just a joke.
 

Carola May (20)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:22 am
Anything these Troglodytes do wouldn't surprise me at all. I'm surprised they haven't formed an alliance with Islamists, like CAIR, since they have so much in common with their anti-woman and anti-gay primitive ideas. Lamar Smith, and those like him, strikes me as someone who would love to force women to wear burqas and keep them 'in their place'. What century is it in places that elect people like this?
 

Patrick Donovan (316)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:30 am
Are they joking? Perhaps that want to hold hearings on April 1? That date would be most appropriate since most of them qualify.
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:37 am
Yes, Rob and Jay, how idiots like this keep getting elected is beyond me. It is like the teapublicans stamped out a clone of Todd Akins and ran it for office everywhere. The ignorance is astounding. Some poor Siberian made a mistake with some fireworks? Really? This clown does not the have the slightest idea what Siberia is like, though I'd love to ship him over there for a first hand look...
 

Arielle S. (316)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:54 am
LOL - this made me laugh out loud. But then.... knowing Congress, I'm not so sure it is a joke. This sounds like something they would spend months on just so they wouldn't have to deal with any real issues.....
 

Michela m. (3815)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:33 am
Noted!!
 

Erika M. (202)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:48 am
Oh.......MY.....GOD.......someone please tell me this is a joke.
 

Robert Hamm (50)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:59 am
ROTFLMAO HAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH
 

Beverly T. (82)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:09 am
ya know I have decided that I have gotten really tired and bored with having to use/repeat my description of ReThuglicans. So I did a bit of Googling.
Let us all broaden our vocabulary a bit....
Idiot:
blockhead, bonehead, cretin, dimwit, dork, dumbbell, dunce, fool, ignoramus, imbecile, jerk, kook, moron, muttonhead, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, out to lunch, pinhead, simpleton, stupid, tomfool, twit
Stupid:
brainless, dazed, deficient, dense, dim, doltish, dopey, dull, dumb, dummy*, foolish, futile, gullible, half-baked, half-witted, idiotic, ill-advised, imbecilic, inane, indiscreet, insensate, irrelevant, laughable, loser*, ludicrous, meaningless, mindless, moronic, naive, nonsensical, obtuse, out to lunch, pointless, puerile, rash, senseless, shortsighted, simple, simpleminded, slow, sluggish, stolid, stupefied, thick, thick-headed, trivial, unintelligent, unthinking, witless
Ingorance:
benightedness, bewilderment, blindness, callowness, crudeness, darkness, denseness, disregard, dumbness, empty-headedness, fog*, half-knowledge, illiteracy, incapacity, incomprehension, innocence, inscience, insensitivity, lack of education, mental incapacity, naiveté, nescience, oblivion, obtuseness, philistinism, rawness, sciolism, shallowness, simplicity, unawareness, unconsciousness, uncouthness, unenlightenment, unfamiliarity, unscholarliness, vagueness

There ya go. I am sure there are plenty more adjetives that apply plus ALL derivitives as well.
So....Most Republicans are most definitely __________ (choose from above) !!!!!!!!
 

Chris C. (147)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:32 am
The really sad part is that these imbeciles were ELECTED by other imbeciles!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:42 am
So sad they want to expend people's money in this ridiculous issues, having a lot more important necesities, so sorry for the american people.
 

Don H. (40)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:29 am
The Borowitz Report is fun.

Nice list, Berverly T!
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:47 am
Well it is important to note this is the Borowitz report, so in the interest of fairness, there's this:
The Huffington Post has the actual story, without the satire.

"The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced Friday that it will hold a hearing in the coming weeks over asteroids that pose a "potential threat to Earth" after a meteor exploded over Russia and an asteroid passed close to Earth.

“Today’s events are a stark reminder of the need to invest in space science. Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed just 17,000 miles from Earth, less than the distance of a round trip from New York to Sydney. And this morning, a much smaller meteorite hit near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, destroying buildings and injuring hundreds," said Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) in a press release.

"Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects like Asteroid 2012 DA14 is critical to our future. We should continue to invest in systems that identify threatening asteroids and develop contingencies, if needed, to change the course of an asteroid headed toward Earth."
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:02 am


If we could RECYCLE CONGRESS! We COULD save money..do not pay them each month they DO NOT WORK, they all should owe us about 50 years worth of mistakenly paid wages.
 

Linda McKellar (178)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:17 am
What the hell do they think those flaming things in the sky are, enormous radioactive fireflies? Neil deGrasse Tyson and (the late) Carl Sagan...we need you now more than ever!
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:22 am
The "naysayers" have, once again, come out of their closets... lol...

Of course, meteors are real. Witness the meteor that hit Russia over a 100 years ago.
The Tunguska event was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at about 07:14 KRAT (00:14 UT) on June 30 [O.S. June 17], 1908.[2][3][4] The explosion, having the epicentre (60.886°N, 101.894°E), is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth's surface.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

Ty, Gene.
.
 

Shan D. (49)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:04 am
So is this a joke article? Sadly, it seems all too real to me, based on what I've read about those idiots. There are some morons in the Canadian Parliament too (our PM being the most visible example), but even they wouldn't question whether meteors exist.
 

Pamela W. (75)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:17 am
Thanks Gene for the info - I've noted it because I think this NEEDS to be seen by as many people as possible - hopefully something like this will actually get through to the NUMBSKULLS (one you missed Barbara LOL!) that voted for this lot !!!!
Great list of "ingredients", Barbara, but even with all these they'd still be a sandwich short of a picnic !!!
Thanks for the forward Linda - badly needed to "cheer-up", as you know, and it helped a bit !!!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:19 am
Good one- Thanks!
 

. (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:24 am
Amen Patrick-well said! What a bunch of imbeciles. Too bad iit isn't funny. TY Gene
 

Stanley R. (90)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:47 am
The scumbag T-idiots ultra con-regressive fundamentalists are at it again. They should test their own kind to see if they are sane.
 

Linda Rust (67)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:03 pm
Thanks Gene, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. But were the "quotes" from Lamar Smith and others actually quotes of their words? I'm sorry to say that I'm still not sure, when I consider the scientific acumen of some of those on the Science and Technology Committee. It's like having Michelle Bachman on the "Intelligence" committee, some situations don't require satire to make them ridiculous!
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:22 pm
Sittin here just shakin my head.....they really horrifying thing about all this is......they breed.
 

Joan S. (41)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:29 pm
OMFG I keep thinking that they just can't be that stupid
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:54 pm
Sure is a good thing Thomas Jefferson is not on this committee LOL. http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=32;t=000425;p=1
 

Barbara F. (84)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:58 pm
Leave it to a Republican! Stupid is as stupid does! Do they even KNOW what comes out of their mouth? I'm not sure their parts are working right together. It's supposed to go: BRAIN THINKS***FORMS OPINION OR THOUGHT***TRAVELS TO MOUTH***MOUTH OPENS***WORDS FROM OPINION OR THOUGHT COMES OUT OF MOUTH***DONE! DUH!! Somewhere along this process, THEY ARE GETTING STUCK ON STUPID!!
 

Ron B. (223)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:13 pm
Gene, obviously the conspirators who want us to believe that meteors are real blocked you from sending this link the first time around. Thanks for finding a way around them. Wait...or are the conspirators who want us to believe that meteors are NOT real the ones who actually did this?? It's all so confusing...
 

Barbara K. (87)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:26 pm
The Tbaggers haven't the intelligence to make that determination. Let some real scientists tell us the truth. We already know they are real. The Science Committee will just be wasting our tax dollars to spin something we already know is true.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:36 pm
This made me LMAO..Thanks Gene, I needed a good laugh!

Green stars all around to those who agree the country is run by a bunch of IDIOTS

 

Dandelion G. (382)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:50 pm
Andy Borowitz is always good for a chuckle. Thanks.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:52 pm
LOL! I just hope RepubliCONs don't get ideas from the article...never "misunderestimate" the power of a small group of RepubliCONs with one brain between them..;)
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:01 pm
LOL. Such satire is refreshing. Thanks.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:08 pm
LoL! Thanks Yvonne. You always say it like it is.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:09 pm
Did you know that on Rachel Maddow on MSNBC tonight she will be narrating Hubris, showing us and telling us all about how the Republicans lied us into the Iraq war? I saw several previews and it will be great information for us all. Of course we know they lied us into war, but this will spare no names. Pass on the info all you can so they can all have a better understanding.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:15 pm
Thanks for the good laugh Gene. Went to send you a green star but I'd already sent one to you this week. Apparently there was a comparable idiot fringe in Russia that alleged the meteor that fell near Chelniyabinsk was actually U.S. weapons testing.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:18 pm
Noted. That House Science Committee is a scary one, which I believe Akin was a member of. I'll need to check out who's currently there, but I thought Bachman was on it. Full of TeaParty members if I remember correctly.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:48 pm
Thanks for sharing Barbara!:) I love Rachel Maddow & the program Should make the Reich-wingers squirm!:)
 

Thomas B. (1)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:58 pm
Someone needs to start a petition to declare some politicians officially retarded beyond a reasonable doubt!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:09 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:36 pm
OK!
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:53 pm
Oh, puhleeeeeeeeeeeeze!
 

Sheila D. (24)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:35 pm
The very least they could do if they actually form this committee, is have scientists involved. But that would take all the fun out of it, now wouldn't it? Truly amazing these people ever got elected.
 

Steven Brewer (311)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:36 pm
When you have Michelle Bachman on the Intelligence Committee it kind of shows how much stock the Teapublicans have in the American government when it comes to handing out committee assignments. Michelle wanted to be a rocket scientist when she was growing up but when she tried to combine her model rocket with her junior scientist kit the results were not pretty. Not sure if anyone has noticed but her off-camera stare, that was a side effect of that explosion. There are some close to her who say that everytime she opens her mouth you can still hear that explosion echoinbg in her head...
 

Lynn Squance (227)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:28 pm
I had this in my inbox and laughed myself silly.

Lamar Smith (R – TX) and "scientific skeptic" — now there's a non sequiter! How can he be a "scientific skeptic" when he doesn't believe in science period?

Lamar Smith “That theory would also have us believe that there were dinosaurs.” — What proof does he need of the existence of dinosaurs? He just has to look at the Republican/Teabagger side of the Congress and he'll see all sorts of dinosaurs!

Steven B, you are so funny! When I think of Republican/Teabaggers, I automatically think of "Public Enemy #1"!
 

Ray M. (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:39 pm
That's if they ever return from their virtual vacations. What a total waste of tax $$ - vacations and spending time on trivial crap.
 

James Maynard (66)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:13 pm
Ha ha ha Gene, this is too funny, but, it's late
and i will have to get back to read all of the
fun comments.

ROTFLMAO HAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Monday February 18, 2013, 11:24 pm
Real BS in order not to have to spend money on scientific research! I mean who are these people!
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 12:46 am
Thanks Gene.
 

Ancil S. (175)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:01 am
????????
 

John Gregoire (257)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:12 am
total loss for words!
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:17 am
ty
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:34 am
OK, I agree that the anti-science wing of the Repug/Tea Bagged party is fairly scary particularly when they keep blaming the "pits of hell" for reality, but is really stupid to attack one of the Sane Ones, Lamar Smith who actually said that this latest meteor was proof for the need for 'More Research and finding a solution to the threat to humanity'. Have a good laugh, but it is really stupid to turn one of the few Repugs that does not spend all of his time in the Alternate Universe of Bible Humping Morons into a laughing stock is bad politics, along with being as petty and spiteful as John McCain.
 

Beverly T. (82)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:25 am
Yes they do indeed play "hooky" A LOT !!!! But that is just the Congress's version of SABATAGE. The Senate has the Fillabuster and the Congress plays hooky. It's all in thier plan to ruin Obama and they don't give a damn if they destroy America in the process. Sometimes I think theri intent is the opposite, to destroy America as we know it and that Obama is just an excuse. Either way, I believe that they think they can then swooop in as "heroes" and save us ????
Yeah right.
I AM STILL INSANELY ANGRY THAT OBAMA APPROVED THEIR PAY RAISES THE YEAR !!!!!!! DEMS AND REPUGS ALIKE !!!!!!
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:40 am
You're right, Lloyd. The orginal piece IS satire. I noted the "real" news piece here from the Huffington post, I just found the satire irresistable and actually a little scare because I don't doubt for a moment that there are fringe elements if not this silly, darn near. Starting with the climate change deniers, for instance:

Monday February 18, 2013, 9:47 am
Well it is important to note this is the Borowitz report, so in the interest of fairness, there's this:
The Huffington Post has the actual story, without the satire.

 

NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 1:51 am
Gene, PLEASE tell me this IS a joke!... PLEASE!! If not, I may have to find a saner planet to live on!.( Noted.)
 

Helen Porter (41)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:23 am
We are not going to allow them to distract us.

We aren't going to stop trying to make them earn a portion of their salary.
 

Mary Furlong (197)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:22 pm
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”


― Albert Einstein
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 10:05 am
Idiots! Shame on them, this is the 21rst century!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 8:30 am
Wow... Thanks
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:47 pm
Oh sure, we need to waste precious time focusing on what is already researched and documented.... What a madness doth exist...
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 8:46 pm
The Borowitz Report would be hilarious satire - except for the fact that such spoofs are altogether too close to the type of insanity the Republicans typically spout in all seriousness.

The fact that this otherwise humorous piece is so easily taken as showing actual, direct quotes from the GOP Science Committee by so many speaks for itself...
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 8:59 pm
Shan D., just to mention, Harper was given aid in cheating his way into the Canadian Prime Minister spot by Republicans/U.S. neo-Con business interests, and has stated that his intention is to make Canada unrecognisable - to destroy the country, culture and people the Prime Minister's office exists to serve.

This explains the resemblance between his Party and the GOP - Blattaria spreads so easily, when victims are not on guard...
 

Shan D. (49)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 9:16 pm
Stephen Harper cheated his way into the "Conservative" Party, period. He has as much resemblance to a real Conservative as I do to a top model (none at all). Harper is still a REFORM Party member, and so are his cronies. The last REAL Conservative we ever had in Parliament was Joe Clark.

BTW, I signed up to vote for the new Liberal leader. I'm not a member of that party (or any other), but figured that if they're giving us the opportunity, why not take it? After all, it's crucial that they get a leader who can not only lead that party, but who can defeat Harper.
 
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