Chino Valley School Board Member Goes on Epic, Incoherent Rant

Late last year the FFRF filed a lawsuit against the Chino Valley School District in California over their constant praying and proselytizing during official meetings. The worst of that group, Andrew Cruz, shows what they’re up against with this totally incoherent rant he went on at a recent board meeting, which bounces from gay marriage to abortion to the Confederate flag to chemtrails and vaccines. He really should have been wearing a tinfoil hat while delivering it.

I especially found this amusing, when he interrupted his train of thought ranting about gay marriage to say this:

And by the way, Charleston. It is quite strange that you have nine innocent worshipers in Charleston being murdered and discussion turns around to the Confederate flag.

Why is this quite strange? The murderer made it quite clear that he killed those people because he’s a vicious racist, not because they were “worshipers,” and he used the Confederate flag as a symbol constantly. He went on to say, “We’re no longer a racist country, but they still talk about it.” Only the right wind could claim that black people are not oppressed in this country, but Christians are.

He then went after the “un-American” requirement that children be vaccinated, and claimed that the government “failed to block” Ebola coming into the country, pushing the diseased immigrant myth, and then going on about how he had his rainwater tested and found heavy metals like aluminum in it. He admits he has “no idea” why aluminum would be there, but he’s “doing research” on it. Chemtrails!

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  • John Pieret

    Only the right wind could claim that black people are not oppressed in this country, but Christians are.

    I know it’s a typo … but I rather like it!

  • grumpyoldfart

    I think he just guaranteed himself a second term. American Christians love that kinda talk.

  • johnson catman

    Maybe he has aluminum in his rainwater because he has aluminum gutters and downspouts on his house? Just a thought.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Or maybe he has aluminum in his rainwater because there’s plain old dust in it, same as leaves spots on my windshield when it rains.

    Because (now, don’t tell him — he might get upset) aluminum is the third most common element in the Earth’s crust, behind oxygen and silicon.

  • blf

    He really should have been wearing a tinfoil hat while delivering it.

    If his DHMO contains Al, he could just wear a water balloon.

  • Larry

    Authentic crackpot jibberish!

    If I were a Chino school district parent, I’d be feeling a bit queasy right about now.

  • Synfandel

    Aluminum is a heavy metal?

  • jws1

    Just love bigoted temper tantrums. It’s evidence that they know they are losing dominance of our society and have no plan to retrieve it and so are gnashing teeth and flailing about like a dying animal.

  • blf

    If I were a Chino school district parent, I’d be feeling a bit queasy right about now.

    It’s them chemtrails! They cause it. And everything else as well.

  • dugglebogey

    Soooo…he wants the government to stop ebola, but he doesn’t want vaccinations for other diseases?

    Can we get a list of which diseases he would like people to have and which diseases he doesn’t want people to have?

  • dugglebogey

    Controlling ebola was such a failure! Look at how many people have died in America from it! What a disaster!

  • blf

    Aluminum is a heavy metal?

    My — admittedly vague — understanding is “heavy metal” isn’t really defined but is often used to refer to biotoxic metals and metal-like substances. Aluminum is, apparently, usually removed and eliminated by the kidneys, albeit if retained for some reason, it is toxic. As such, it is sometimes called a “heavy metal”, but I think that is uncommon.

    Heavy Aluminum Toxics were a decent music-comedy touring show, but broke up after the lead singer-actor had a meltdown and insisted she was a kangaroo.

  • Larry

    The funny thing about his rant was that it came after Cruz was asked a question about whether 3rd graders should use the safety scissors or can they manage normal ones.

  • blf

    The funny thing about his rant was that it came after Cruz was asked a question about whether 3rd graders should use the safety scissors or can they manage normal ones.

    Mr Cruz will still need to be closely supervised when he is all growed up and finally allowed scissors — plastic play ones with carefully blunted edges.

  • scienceavenger

    …children are not commodities that can be [justifiably] severed from their natural parentage and traded between unrelated adults…their immutable and intrinsic yearning to know and be raised by their own biological parents…

    WTF is he talking about? It sounds like he’s making a pitch to outlaw adoption.

  • whheydt

    As I recall, in Astronomy, a “heavy metal” is anything on the Periodic Table after Helium. Basically, it’s everything left in the 1% after you account for Hydrogen and Helium.

  • Hoosier X

    I live in Chino Hills, which is part of this district. It’s in the southwest corner of San Bernardino County, where L.A. County, Orange County and Riverside County meet. We’re just south of Pomona.

    There are lots of “Gadsden flag” stickers around here. And in one neighborhood that I visit almost every day, there used to be a Gadsden flag flying over one of the properties. It was there for two years at least. But it’s been down for several weeks and hasn’t gone back up.

    And just a few weeks ago, I heard a woman telling her mother that their church would no longer be performing any weddings because they didn’t want to be forced to perform gay weddings. And she was worried about her grand-daughter going to college because of the forced vaccinations and because the hospitals are full of people in comas because what’s in the vaccines.

    Not everyone around here is nuts. But we have more than our fair share. I hesitate if I think about something sensible in front of strangers.

  • busterggi

    Still forgetting the Blue Meanies.

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    found heavy metals like aluminum in it

    heavy metals

    like aluminum

    What?

    Aluminum is the lightest (conventional) metal.

    @whheydt

    As I recall, in Astronomy, a “heavy metal” is anything on the Periodic Table after Helium. Basically, it’s everything left in the 1% after you account for Hydrogen and Helium.

    AFAIK, astronomers don’t use the term “heavy metal” in that way. Astronomers do use the term “metal” to refer to anything that’s not hydrogen and helium.

  • D. C. Sessions

    As I recall, in Astronomy, a “heavy metal” is anything on the Periodic Table after Helium.

    Astronomers do call all of those materials “metals,” but at least they leave off the “heavy.”

    On the other hand, arsenic (which is not, the last I looked, particularly metallic) does fall under “heavy metal poisoning,” although the mechanism is that it replaces phosphorus in biochemicals (notably DNA.)

    To be totally fair about the really heavy elements, their outer electrons are so loosely held that just about all of them except for the nobles conduct metallically.

  • Bruce

    Let’s not forget that the human body has evolved to make use of every first-row transition metal, through zinc, element 30. While a couple of non-metals such as iodine are also used, the only metal used that is heavier than zinc is molybdenum, element 42. And of course some of the used metals such as vanadium are only used in very trace and specialized circumstances, and can be very toxic in other circumstances. In contrast with metals such as aluminum #13, or iron #26, the “heavy” metals are generally taken as being those that are significantly heavier, such as mercury #80 or lead #82. Thus the phrase heavy metal has a specific meaning in biochemistry, and mentioning aluminum in that context is a total fail, indicating that the speaker needs to adjust his metallic beta-shielding headgear and / or underwear.

    The metal just beyond toxic lead is bismuth #83, which the body does not use, and which might be toxic to humans if eaten in hugely massive quantities. Fortunately, bismuth compounds can also be toxic to certain bacteria, which enables us to benefit from eating small amounts harmlessly in forms such as Pepto Bismol. Yes, millions eat something with a small amount of a heavy metal, and no harm comes to any of us in normal use.

    So, point 1 is that words can mean things.

    And point 2 is that the dose size makes the poison. So it is childish to talk about things as being either good or bad, until we specify the context and the dose size relative to body mass, and other factors. Science is a thing, and this guy’s ravings are not even a wrong thing. They’re just wrong.

  • jnorris

    blf at #14: I hope his nurse removed the sharp blade from the crayon sharpener on his box of 64 Crayolas.

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com jy3, Social Justice Beguiler

    johnson catman (3):

    Or maybe he’s collecting it in an aluminum barrel?

  • EigenSprocketUK

    Wow – the look on their faces after they’ve patiently waited for him to finish. They gave up quietly shaking their heads a long time ago.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    So basically he’s a garden-variety right-wing American christian.

  • colnago80

    Re EL @ #19

    Magnesium is lighter then aluminum and, I would argue, could be classified as conventional. For instance, it has been used in high end bicycle rims.

  • colnago80

    Re Bruce @ #21

    Di-hydrogen monoxide is also fatal if taken in too large amounts.

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    @colnago80

    I stand corrected.