Weekly Awards

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
— Mark Twain

The “idiot of the week” award goes to Jeff Miller, a republican congressman from Florida, who actually disputed man-made global warming by claiming that since the dinosaurs died long before people were pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we can’t possibly be the cause of climate change now. In an interview with MSNBC reporter Richard Liu,

Miller: It changes. It gets hot, it gets cold. It’s done it for as long as we have measured the climate.

Liu: But man-made, isn’t that the question?

Miller: Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since earth was created.

As stupid as the congressman’s remarks were, he’s not even in the running for asshole of the week. The undisputed winner, by a landslide, is George Will, who actually claimed in an op-ed for the Washington Post that for women in college, being a rape victim is “coveted status.” I wonder how George Will would feel if he himself acquired that “coveted status”?

21 responses to “Weekly Awards

  1. I came across the following, said to be a Cherokee proverb, a few days ago:

    “A woman’s highest calling
    is to lead a man
    to his soul so as to
    unite him with Source.

    A man’s highest calling
    is to protect woman
    so she is free to walk
    the Earth unharmed.”

    Looks like things have been going downhill since that was common belief.

  2. If you told these guys that arithmetic was a ‘liberal plot’ they’d be claiming that 2+2=5.

    Some more bits of logic that these guys really should go test:

    Hungry Polar bears hunt seals. Therefore, it’s perfectly safe to walk up to a hungry polar bear.

    Cars change speed due to the engine, brakes, hills and wind. Because of this, driving into a tree is perfectly safe.

  3. I don’t believe it’s appropriate to award George Will any weekly awards for stupidity, ignorance, or general asshattery – he’s won so many over the years that he should only be in contention for career awards now.

    [Response: The “lifetime achievement” award?]

  4. Will’s comments are… deeply repugnant.

    Miller’s are sadly characteristic.

  5. It’s one thing to be ignorant and make stupid comments, but it’s totally inexcusable to be educated and make stupid comments. That definitely makes one an asshole, especially if one is a Congressman or a nationally syndicated columnist. These people are the most dangerous humans alive today because of their influence in blocking what needs to be done in making human society what it needs to be in our complex, interconnected world. Instead, they continue to promote the fallacy and delusion that humans are somehow special and exceptional, and therefore beyond the laws of nature that govern everything else in the Universe. And their fallacious “reasoning” and self-delusion spark the asinine statements that can only be made by ideologues with no concept of reality. They probably still secretly believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy because because doing so makes them feel good.

  6. I didn’t think it was possible for George Will to come up with something less intelligent than his comments on climate change. I was wrong. Very wrong.

    • The interesting remaining question is how far he can plumb the depths before he gets fired.

      • After decades of the moron, it’s pretty clear he’s never going to be fired.

        If I had to guess, I think he was trying to invoke the problems that arose with recovered memory syndrome and satanic ritual hysteria, but his attempt is a total fail.

    • This particular barrel clearly has no bottom. The most we can hope for is that this awful man never scrapes up an example of just what that might mean.

  7. Horatio Algeranon

    why did the dinosaurs go extinct?

    Jeff Miller and George Will are pretty convincing evidence that dinosaurs are still with us, carrying embedded shrapnel from the giant assteroid.

  8. Pete Dunkelberg

    George Will is not alone.

    And Michigan Republicans reach out to the womenfolks.

    But alas there is a steady stream of outrages on many topics day after day. We should all try to take some responsibility, indeed some action to do the work of being a member of society. Today I went to a County Commission and spoke my three minutes worth on something I can do nothing about. I mainly try to work for candidates that will better than the opposition.

    • Phil Scadden

      Thanks Pete. You have strengthened my love of my own country. Whatever its’ warts, I am pretty sure that any of these statements would be tantamount to electoral suicide.

  9. Fred Hiatt doubles down (indirect link for protection of heads)

  10. Horatio Algeranon

    Climate’s-been changin’ (Jeff Miller Band)
    — Horatio Algeranon’s rendition of Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band)

    It heats up, and then it cools down
    The climate’s spinnin’
    ‘Round and ’round
    ‘Round and ’round and ’round it goes
    Where it stops nobody knows

    Every time that El Nino came
    It heated up like a burnin’ flame
    Burnin’ flame, don’t be a denier
    Warms the earth, as the fire gets higher

    Climate-climate’s-been changin’
    Since dino-saurs were a-ragin’
    Climate-climate’s-been changin’
    climate’s-been changin’

    Made T-Rex hot, it made him sigh
    It made him laugh, it made him cry
    Kept him burnin’ from up there
    With the torch of a Solar flare

    Climate-climate’s-been changin’
    Since dino-saurs were a-ragin’
    Climate-climate’s-been changin’
    climate’s-been changin’

    Every time La Nina arrives
    It cools down like an age of ice
    PDO, you will discover
    Cools the climate, lets the sea-ice recover

    It heats up, and it’ll cool down
    The situation goes ’round and ’round
    It heats up, and it’ll cool down
    The situation goes ’round and ’round
    It heats up, and it’ll cool down
    The situation goes ’round and ’round