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Ted Cruz Says The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Should Be Fired For Believing In Climate Change

Bless his tiny, coal-black heart, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) just cannot accept facts that go against his own fantasies and lies about something as fundamentally hazardous to every person who lives in this planet as climate change and and global warming.

It’s not that Cruz doesn’t know any better. He does. But he chooses to deny scientific evidence so he can continue to get large campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies, many of whom have major operations in the Lone Star State.

However, this time Ted is going even further over the crazy line and demanding that the the Joint Chiefs of Staff who run the U.S. armed forces be fired for daring to agree with something President Joe Biden said during a speech.

Biden told a collection of Air Force personnel that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had told him that global warming is the “greatest threat facing America.”

And yes, the Defense Department has indeed warned that global warming and climate change will greatly worsen “poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries.”

Despite that, Cruz couldn’t resist tweeting out a video of Biden’s speech along with a sarcastic notation that the either the top military brass be fired or President Biden was lying:

Actually, Ted, neither of those options is the least bit factual. The joint chiefs do not need to be fired and President Biden isn’t lying. Also, why did Cruz never see fit to call Donald Trump a liar? At least he’d have been right on that one.

However, something good did come out of Teddy’s snarky posting: The reactions he received from others on social media:

Sorry, Ted, but as usual you’re full of shit and too arrogant to admit your own ignorance.

 

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Climate Change U.S. Senate WTF?!

Ron Johnson Proves His Complete Ignorance Of Geography In Disastrous NY Times Interview

Proving yet again that he’s an empty suit with an even emptier skull, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is making national news as the result of a disastrous interview he gave to the New York Times, expounding on climate change (which he doesn’t understand) and even world geography (which he must have flunked in school).

Attempting to make a point about climate change, Johnson told the Times:

“You know, there’s a reason Greenland was called Greenland. It was actually green at one point in time. And it’s been, you know, since, it’s a whole lot whiter now so we’ve experienced climate change throughout geologic time.”

The Times quickly fact-checked the Wisconsin Republican, noting:

“In the interview on Thursday, Mr. Johnson was still misinformed about the etymology of Greenland, which got its name from the explorer Erik the Red’s attempt to lure settlers to the ice-covered island,” adding Johnson continued, ‘I could be wrong there, but that’s always been my assumption that, at some point in time, those early explorers saw green. I have no idea.'”

No idea? That’s an understatement. Even those who have worked with Johnson acknowledge that he’s a fool, with a former campaign worker pointing to what he called the senator’s “muscular ignorance” and a critic laughing about Johnson being a “gullible rube.”

Johnson is even being compared to an infamous Wisconsin senator who preceded him: Joe McCarthy:

“The drumbeat of distortions, false theories and lies reminds some Wisconsin Republicans of a figure from the state’s past who also rarely let facts get in the way of his agenda: Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose witch hunt for communists in and out of government in the 1950s ruined lives and bitterly divided the country.”

Hopefully Johnson will meet a similar fate as McCarthy and wind up a defeated, broken man.

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Right-Wingers Say Bill Gates And Joe Biden Created ‘Synthetic Snow’ To Make Texas Look Bad

If you were thinking you’d heard just about all of the batshit crazy conspiracy theories floating around these days in the midst of the QAnon/Trump/stolen election morass that can be found all over right-wing media outlets, a new one has been added that may well prove to be the next big thing among the tinfoil hat wearing crowd.

The Independent reports that videos are circulating on social media sites which allege the snow and ice from Winter Storm Uri in Texas were actually created by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and President Joe Biden to make GOP officials in the Lone Star State look bad:

“One of the stranger responses to the disaster was the spread of viral conspiracy theory videos on TikTok, Facebook and Twitter claiming that the severe snow was actually ‘fake’ and ‘government generated’ as part of a sinister plot instigated by shadowy ‘elites.’ presumably intentionally plunging Texas into its present state of chaos.”

Consider some of the comments from the videos in question:

“‘This goes out to our government and Bill Gates. Thank you Bill Gates for trying to fucking trick us that this is real snow,’ a woman says in one video as she holds a cigarette lighter to a snowball over her bathroom basin.

“’You’ll see it’s not melting and it’s going to burn. Snow don’t burn. Snow fucking melts. No water, no dripping, no nothing. If I put this shit in the microwave, it’s going to start sparking because there’s metal mixed in it.'”

There’s also a clip of a girl who collects snow from her yard and holds it over a tealight candle, commenting that it doesn’t melt but instead appears to burn:

PolitiFact has already debunked all of this “government snow” crap, noting:

“Ice and snow have distinct physical properties, which leads them to react to heat differently. Snow consists of frozen water droplets that have fallen to Earth. When snow is compressed into snowballs, there’s a lot of space between the crystals, making them soft and porous.”

Ergo: Using a lighter on snow will indeed turn it black, but that’s because the lighter burns butane or some other gas, all of which are hydrocarbons and leave sooty marks on virtually everything when they burn.

Since the nutjob conspiracy theorists are so damn fond of videos, here’s one that completely destroys their “synthetic snow” nonsense. Feel free to spread it far and wide as needed to counter the MAGA morons who think everything is some sort of evil plot to make them look dumber than they are and always will be:

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Climate Change WTF?!

Climate Change Denier Trump Promises Farmers He Will Make Droughts ‘Go Away…Disappear’

Even though he steadfastly maintains that climate change isn’t real, President Trump is now promising that he can take care of a major side-effect of global warming.

During an appearance in North Dakota on Wednesday, which was supposed to serve as a showcase for the administration’s tax cut plan, Trump said that while the state may be suffering from droughts, they’re better off than the people in Texas who are having to endure the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey:

“I know you have a little bit of a drought. They had the opposite, believe me. You’re better off. You are better off, they had the absolute opposite.”

Next, Trump proved what a complete idiot he is by remarking:

“We’re doing everything we can but you have a very serious drought. I just said to the governor, I didn’t know you had droughts this far north. Guess what: you have them.”

Good thing he told them they have droughts, huh? Otherwise they might not have known.

But it was what Trump then told the audience that will leave you scratching your head:

“We’re working hard on it, and it will disappear, it will all go away.”


Is he planning to sign a proclamation that declares drought must depart or he’ll deport it? Or does this illegitimate head of state have some magical power he hasn’t told us about until now?

Not wanting to miss a chance to kiss up to the farmers and ranchers who were there to see the pretend POTUS make a fool of himself, Trump added:

“We will always stand strong with our farmers and our ranchers, the backbone of America, that I can tell you 100 percent.”

No need to worry North Dakota, Donnie’s gonna take care of everything. And if that doesn’t work, he’ll just send Ivanka to bestow some of her sweatshop-made clothes on all of you and make you forget there’s not enough rain.

h/t Addicting Info

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Climate Change

WATCH Jake Tapper Laugh At Nikki Haley As She Tries To Explain Trump’s Views On Climate Change

Ever since President Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, reporters have been trying to get an answer to a simple question from a member of the administration: Does Trump believe climate change is real?

The latest to face the question is UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning. Host Jake Tapper why the president had made the decision to exit the Paris agreement. Haley replied:

“What I will tell you is that the regulations from the Paris agreement were disadvantaging our companies. The jobs were not attainable as long as we had to live under those regulations. It wasn’t possible to meet the conditions under the Paris agreement.

“We’ve got a president who is going to watch out for the environment. The rest of the world wanted to tell us how to do it and we’re saying we will do it but under our terms.”

Laughing, Tapper reminded Haley:

“But, but, the standards were set by the United States for the United States.”

Oddly, Haley then said:

“No, the standards were set by President Obama.”

Tapper reminded the UN Ambassador:

“My point is that you said the world is imposing standards on the United States. President Obama — the president of the United States at the time — set the standards.”

Finally, Tapper directly confronted Haley with one of the patently ridiculous things Trump has said about climate change:

“But moving that aside for one second, I just want to be clear on this. You’re not willing to acknowledge that calling climate change a Chinese hoax is just a big box of crazy.”

Haley:

“President Trump believes the climate is changing, and he believes pollutants are part of that equation. That is the fact. That is where we are, that is where we stand.”

Then why doesn’t he just say so? Why this dissembling and evasion? Could it be because this president is so used to lying about everything that lying is now the default position of his entire administration?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR1df55Gdx4

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org