Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Rant: Hey, Senator Inhofe, It's HOT Outside

There are a lot of cretinous scumbags running around in Washington these days, which is pretty obvious given just how fucked up things are. Few, however, are in a league with the utterly contemptible U.S. Senator from the great state of Oklahoma, James Inhofe, who is perhaps the leading voice of Climate Change denial in Congress. Here's a little tidbit from Wikipedia to give you an idea of what this alleged human being is all about:
In a 2006 interview with the Tulsa World newspaper, Inhofe said regarding the environmentalist movement, "It kind of reminds... I could use the Third Reich, the Big Lie... You say something over and over and over and over again, and people will believe it, and that's their [the environmentalists'] strategy... A hot summer has nothing to do with global warming.
In addition:
Inhofe had previously compared the United States Environmental Protection Agency to the Gestapo and he compared EPA Administrator Carol Browner to Tokyo Rose.
There he goes again with those completely inappropriate Nazi comparisons. Can we please, once and for all, put to rest the comparing of anything in modern American life to Hitler, the Nazis and/or the Holocaust? Because it is often painfully obvious that people who invoke such comparisons have little actual understanding of Nazi Germany beyond what they may have seen once on the History Channel.

Since Senator Inhofe clearly falls into this category, let me take a moment if I may to 'splain a little something to him. "The Big Lie" was in fact told in Nazi Germany by Josef Goebbles and his minions in the Propaganda Ministry, who had a total MONOPOLY on the entire German media. There was no ability to dissent from The Big Lie, and if you were foolish enough to try they hauled your ass away and threw you into a concentration camp. Just the fact that you, Senator Inhofe, are free to open your big fat ignorant yap about there supposedly being a "Big Lie," in connection to global warming without being bundled up and sent off to Guantanamo proves rather conclusively that IT DOESN'T EXIST.

(Deep breath) Sorry, I was getting a little hot under the collar there, if you'll pardon the pun. Back to the topic at hand.

So, according to the above quote by the "Honorable" Senator Inhofe, Global Warming doesn't cause a hot summer. Hmmm...I guess that would also mean that a cold or snowy winter wouldn't necessarily prove that Global Warming DOESN'T exist, either. Am I right? Only seems fair, doesn't it? So maybe Senator Inhofe would care to explain this little item that was published by on February 10, 2010:
The family of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) had some fun at former Vice President and global warming spokesman Al Gore’s expense over the weekend after record snowfall blanketed the nation’s capital.

The family spent Saturday and Sunday building an igloo near the U.S. Capitol building, and the Oklahoma senator posted photos of their handiwork on his Facebook page. They added signs to the snow dwelling that read, “AL GORE’S NEW HOME!” and “HONK IF YOU (LOVE) GLOBAL WARMING.”

The Inhofe family, including the senator’s daughter and grandchildren, built the igloo after a large storm system dumped more than two feet of snow on the Washington, D.C. metro area on Friday and Saturday. The National Weather Service measured a record 32.4 inches at Dulles International Airport. Another 6 to 16 inches are predicted to fall on the capital on Tuesday and Wednesday.
HaHaHaHaHaHaHa - what a card that Senator Inhofe and his bunch of over privileged, snot-nose little progeny are. Don't they just sound like the kind of people it would be great fun to hang out and get an ice cream cone with?

Pay no attention to the fact that more moisture in the atmosphere, causing greater and more powerful storms, is one of the key indicators of Global Warming--nor to the fact that after each of those mammoth snowstorms, the temperatures in the DC-area rebounded into the 30s rather than plunging down into the teens and single digits like they used to do after such storms. Irrelevant trivia, all of that noise.

But hey, the troglodytes had their fun a year-and-a-half ago, and goody for them. Now it's time for me to have mine. This past week, I happened to run across a news item from the website The Extinction Protocol with this little quote:
Sweltering may have reached a new record last month, as Oklahoma racked up the country’s highest monthly average temperature ever. That’s the highest average temperature, for any month, for any state, associate Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus said. According to automated weather recording instruments, the state’s average for July was 89.1 degrees. That tops an average of 88.1 set in July 1954, McManus said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday reported that last month was the fourth hottest July on record for the U.S. and that Texas and Oklahoma had their warmest months on record. “We’ve been beating temperature records left and right, from the 1930s Dust Bowl drought and the 1950s drought,” said McManus, who admitted that’s not the kind of record you put on a Chamber of Commerce promotion.
So to recap, Okalahoma's record for the highest monthly temperature ever recorded was just smashed by an astonishing one full degree Fahrenheit. And yet, there was nary a peep about it from the esteemed Senator Inhofe and his merry band of inbreds.

All of this almost makes me wish I lived in Oklahoma. During July I would have had this very strong desire to go find Senator Inhofe's house, wait until about four o'clock in the afternoon, and then break open a couple of eggs and fry them right on his front walk. Then I would have held up my own sign for all passersby to see: "Pray for Cooler Weather...Maybe that Will Help."


  1. Governor Goodhair also denied global warning yesterday ( and disregarded what's actually happening here in Texas. The Austin American Statesman now has a special daily section for the heat/wave drought, and yesterday brought another big article on the ensuing financial loss ( But I'm sure it will all be just fine, because the governor prayed for rain.

  2. New to your blog, but remember you from the old LATOC. Some interesting posts here.

    Re. the Nazi comparisons: I think the comparison does hold merit for the Bush administration in their invasion of Iraq.

    The tribunal in Nuremburg, 1945, called the waging of aggressive war "essentially an evil initiate a war of not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." And as we saw, this war of choice not necessity (think of the Nazi invasions of the Sudetenland, Poland) led to massive civilian deaths, torture, destruction of infrastructure, etc. No, genocide is not part of the list of Bush crimes. But under the standards set in Nuremburg, such persons as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, and probably some White House attorneys could and should be prosecuted for Nazi-like war crimes.

    The Bush "Big Lie" (coined by Hitler in Mein Kampf as a lie so outrageous that no one would believe it was invented) is also Nazi-like: that is, that Iraq had something to do with 9/11 and had weapons of mass destruction. Since Iraq had, at one time, the capacity to make such weapons, this fulfills another part of any "Big Lie": that there be a small element of "truth" in the lie. I don't think total control of the media is a necessary component of a "Big Lie." Just a lazy, complicit, mostly corporate-owned media; a gullible, easily manipulated public (never hard to find); and REPETITION. Also note that the Bush administration was known to have employed, in at least one case, an actor posing as a journalist at news conferences.

    So I will continue to compare the Bush administration to the Nazis, in spite of the fact that they didn't systematically kill millions of Jews, Gypsies, and gays. There are other criteria with which to make the comparison.

  3. @Michalea - Yep...I could have easily slammed Perry here, too. He's such a slow-moving target that I'd kind of like to wait for a really GOOD one, and I'm sure one will come along. :)

  4. @Patrick - I guess I should clarify. I have no issue with people who truly understand Nazi Germany making the comparison. I just find that a lot of people, especially right wingers trying to deflect attention from their own fascist tendencies, have no clue what they are talking about.

  5. I live in Oklahoma and I would gladly go fry an egg on Inhofe's sidewalk, but... he doesn't live here. He lives in Virginia. Yeah, we're real proud of the boy. (purple font color!)

  6. @Bill Hicks - Yeah he is pretty damn slow. I'm betting his own party is gonna take him out. I haven't seen them pile on any fellow rethug like they're piling on him. Or maybe they're trying to build sympathy for him. Who knows what goes on in the empty shell of their minds.

  7. @Joan - Yikes, that means he's near ME! Dang, it was also hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk around here a few weeks ago.