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Who’s Dumber Than A Box Of Rocks?

I frequently argue with a group of politically-minded friends over which Senator is dumber: Patty Murray (D-WA) or Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Opening the competition up to House members adds Hank Johnson to the mix and perennial favorite, Maxine Waters. Waters brings not only her “elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor” intellect, but also a profound inability to avoid saying what’s really on her mind.

Which, if you think about it, is really a plus for freedom lovers everywhere. As long as they keep her far, far away from any national security secrets.

Can anyone tell me who the disgusted gentleman seated to Waters’ right is? Or the blonde woman on his right? She can hardly keep from laughing out loud.

H/T to Blue Collar Muse and Eric Odom.

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Which Is Dumber…

Rick Sanchez or a box of rocks? It’s hard to decide.

While covering the volcanic eruption in Iceland this week, Sanchez wondered out loud if it wasn’t just a bit too cold there for a volcano. Seriously. You cannot make this stuff up.

And what was that bit about Hawaii and long names? Isn’t Reykjavik long enough for him? I think its length compares favorably with, say Mauna Loa or Maunka Kea.

Of course Sanchez says he was making a joke. Maybe he was and maybe he wasn’t; if not, it wouldn’t be the first time he said something on air to make you wonder about his I.Q.

Like the time he had trouble getting his head around just exactly who was marching in the March for Life.

Or when he let on that the metric system is really just a little too complicated for him.

(Wait…did he really say the “yang of that yin?” And is he always that rude? What’s up with that anyway?)

Poor Rick. I feel just a little bit bad for picking on him so to make up for it, I’m going to give him some career advice if he ever leaves CNN.

So, hey, Rick! I hear Hank Johnson’s looking for a new staffer. I think you and the Congressman will really hit it off.

Update 1: Sanchez misidentifies the Galapagos Islands as Hawaii…and gets confirmation from the meteorologist. Is a sub-normal IQ a job requirement at CNN?

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Sometimes Being Kind Is Not A Kindness At All

You’ve probably heard, by now, about Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who worries that a buildup of U.S. Marines in Guam might cause the tiny island to “tip over and capsize.”

If you haven’t yet seen the video, take a few minutes and watch it.

My first reaction on seeing the video, had Rep. Johnson’s demeanor not been so serious, would have been that such an obviously bizarre statement must be a joke.

Then I saw that Rep. Johnson had released the following statement:

“The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island.”

This seems plausible except for Rep. Johnson’s seeming befuddlement during the entire exchange.

Now we find that Rep. Johnson is suffering from Hepatitis C, which in some people can result in mental confusion (h/t ConservativeLA). I wish Rep Johnson the best and will pray that he has a long, happy life despite his illness.

However, being deeply and sincerely sympathetic doesn’t mean I can ignore the fact that the exchange captured in this video is a poor use of everyone’s valuable time. If Rep. Johnson was indeed trying to voice his concern about “the impact of the planned military buildup” on Guam, he did so in the most roundabout and arcane way possible. His intentions were so obscured that I believe he failed to convey the exact nature of his concerns to Admiral Willard, who, by the end of the exchange, seemed nearly as confused as Rep. Johnson.

Rep. Johnson’s ability to bring all his faculties to bear on the serious issues our country faces has been called into question. If his confusion is a symptom of his condition, it seems to me that voter’s in his district have a right to know that his ability to represent them is being affected and whether or not his condition is likely to improve or deteriorate. If improvement is unlikely, he should be encouraged to resign. His constituents and our country deserve better and it’s no kindness to allow him to expose himself to ridicule if he’s truly doing the best he can under difficult circumstances.

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