Saturday, February 10, 2007

He knows of what he fartsspeaks

Think Progress » Rep. Rohrabacher: Global Warming May Have Been Caused By ‘Dinosaur Flatulence’

This week, Congress held its first hearing on the landmark IPCC report on climate change. That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

During the hearing, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — one of the 87 percent of congressional Republicans who do not believe in man-made global warming — questioned the authors of the report about a period of dramatic climate change that occured 55 million years ago. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?’

There are many reasons I moved away from Orange County seven years ago. But here's one of them: Dana Rohrabacher was my Congressman.

He wasn't the only reason I voted with my feet. But he was one of them.

Update: Orange County is getting another round of nutshell-moment publicity for this:

No one disputes that an on-duty Irvine police officer got an erection and ejaculated on a motorist during an early-morning traffic stop in Laguna Beach. The female driver reported it, DNA testing confirmed it and officer David Alex Park finally admitted it.

When the case went to trial, however, defense attorney Al Stokke argued that Park wasn’t responsible for making sticky all over the woman’s sweater. He insisted that she made the married patrolman make the mess—after all, she was on her way home from work as a dancer at Captain Cream Cabaret.

“She got what she wanted,” said Stokke. “She’s an overtly sexual person.”

A jury of one woman and 11 men—many white and in their 50s or 60s—agreed with Stokke. On Feb. 2, after a half-day of deliberations, they found Park not guilty of three felony charges that he’d used his badge to win sexual favors during the December 2004 traffic stop.

Dana Rohrabacher plus this plus "Housewives of Orange County."

Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be.


Blogger RandyH said...

I watched that hearing on C-Span. It was a very good panel of experts and most of the congresspeople (the science committee) were very interested in what was being discussed. Mr Rohrabacher was absolutely obnoxious, though. He yelled at the panel members and berated them, demanding that they're not answering his yes/no questions quick enough because they tried to explain why it's not a yes/no answer. "No, you can't explain! Just answer my question! I control this time!" etc. etc.

At the end, he insisted that he be given "rebuttal time" since the committee didn't schedule any "scientists" to offer the opposing point of view. He took it upon himself to blabber on for five minutes or so and I think that's where the "dinasaur flatulence" comment came in. And honestly, dinasaur flatulence may have been an environmental issue way back when they existed, as methane (flatulence) gas is today as a result of agriculture. But he kept throwing Noah and the great flood into the argument as though dinasaurs only recently went extinct.

If I were one of his constituents watching that hearing, I would be very embarrassed. The other members of the committee (even the republicans) seemed to be pretty embarrassed just to know this jerk.

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How this did not appear in Democratic Underground's list of 10 stupidest Republicans is beyond me.

I am mortified, and personally embarrassed for his constituents.

6:32 AM  

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