This week’s helping of Republiconidiocy
Not much time but let’s start with Bobby Jindal’s apparent desire to let the free market watch volcanoes. The $240m he complained about was for the USGS, and volcano monitoring was only a small part of that line, of course. Maybe we should ask the commander of the US airbase near mount Pinatubo what he thinks of volcano monitoring. Or people who live within 250 miles of Yellowstone National Park.
Maybe Jindal would make Rush Limbaugh his science advisor. And policy advisor. And, apparently, every other kind of advisor. In fact, why not just cut out the middleman and have Rush Limbaugh for president?
Sometimes I think we should release the flying monkeys on the Republicans. That IS the reason for genetic engineering, isn’t it? To fulfill Frank Baum’s vision of those wondrous creatures. But alas, the dream of a personal squad of flying monkeys would be dashed by a new law against owning primates as pets, proposed by Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. It was supported by Dems, opposed by Republicans. Not clear to me if the law makes an exception for helper monkeys for the handicapped – but those usually aren’t dangerously large.
That’ll have to be enough for this morning – off to work.