7 Instances of All-Out, Mean-Spirited, Right-Wing Lunacy From This Week Alone
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1. Texas GOP Candidate: Texas Can Be Its Own ‘Island Nation’
Barry Smitherman, aspiring attorney general for the Lone-Star state, thinks Texas is prepared to become its own independent nation, mostly because it has oil and its own energy grid. He compared the state to an “island nation,” which is curious given its geography.
“Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system,” he said in an interview this week. He stopped short of calling for Texas to secede from the United States.
Smitherman is Gov. Rick Perry’s appointee to the Texas Railroad Commission. He seems to see eye to eye with his boss on a number of issues, including those having nothing to do with his job—like regulating oil and gas in the state, and fighting the EPA and Obama administration tooth and nail.
He recently attacked China’s one-child policy in a speech for a pro-life group, and also said abortion could cause a plague—a Biblical one. He favors marrying young, abstaining from sex until married, then having lots and lots of children—Texan Republican children who use a lot of Texas oil and like to shoot guns, another cause Smitherman is really into.
2. Fox Guest: No Money, No Lunch Is a Good Teaching Moment
Most people who don’t give a fig about the well-being of poor children are at least careful to disguise their callousness, or have the decency to gravitate toward work that has nothing to do with kids. But not all of them, as it turns out. The award for most blatantly heartless comment of the week goes to Fox & Friends guest Thomas Kersting. Kersting is a therapist and school counselor (!) who told Gretchen Carlson he agrees with a New Jersey school district’s plan to punish kids who lack the funds for lunch, or whose parents failed to fill out proper paperwork, by throwing the kids' lunch away. This, he said, would provide a “teaching moment.”
Even host Gretchen Carlson was a little taken aback, asking Kersting if he “had a problem with the fact that the kids ultimately end up being punished in this situation when it really is the parents’ fault.”
Kersting replied: “We have more food than any other nation. No kid is going to starve. You know, if one day a kid doesn’t have lunch, right, maybe that’s a teaching moment when that kid doesn’t have lunch. That may sound harsh saying that, but we’ve got to get people to start being responsible for themselves.”
Kersting has worked for close to 20 years in the school district, and claimed he gives kids money all the time. “And I’m broke from doing that over the years. No, I’m kidding.”
About which part? Oh, ha ha ha.
3. Christian Radio Host: Military’s ‘Homosexual Takeover’ Could Doom Attack on Syria
A U.S.-led attack on Syria is wrong on so many levels, but for one Bible-thumping Christian radio host, the issue is fairly simple. Any attempt to intervene in Syria’s civil war is doomed by the fact that homosexuals and pregnant women have taken over the American military. Yes, there has been a coup. The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios offered up this cogent piece of analysis on Monday arguing that the hostile takeover of the military, which resulted from the overturning of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and allowed women to fight, has hurt the country’s military readiness.
“When I looked at those battleships in the Mediterranean, supposedly getting ready for battle in Syria, I couldn’t help think about all the stories I’ve read about how women are now in the ranks of the Navy, getting pregnant at exponential numbers,” she told listeners.