Dumbass Quote of the Day

Dumbass Quote of the Day March 13, 2012

From Sen. James Inhofe, who really is the single dumbest person serving in the United States Senate, repeating the moronic line that God promised not to destroy the earth again (after not doing it the first time, of course) and therefore global warming is false.

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

It is appalling that we live in a society where someone could say something that stupid and actually get elected to any office.

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  • MikeMa

    Those folks who keep electing this mutton headed fool have a lot to answer for.

  • Who Knows?

    Well, God did promise not to destroy the world again. But God didn’t say anything about stopping us from doing it. We’re free to screw it up all we want.

  • Randomfactor

    “Forget it, Jake; it’s Oklahoma.”

  • TX_secular

    How exactly does the quote “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night” say anything about temperature extremes? I have never seen a climate change study that says we will stop seasons, or that there will be no temperature changes, or that the earth will stop spinning so there will be no day and night…

    Are his constituents that uninformed about what the climate change science actually reports?

  • abb3w

    Ob XKCD: Beliefs.

  • … who really is the single dumbest person serving in the United States Senate

    Did Orrin Hatch retire?

  • I suggest that Senaturd I’mhopelesslymoronic listen to Mr. George Carlin’s fine rant about “saving the earth” (http://www.maniacworld.com/george-carlin-on-saving-the-planet.html).

    I don’t agree with Hofeinmouth that we can’t change the planet’s circulatory system; I do agree that our effect is not on the earth, per se, but on the various life forms that inhabit it.

  • laurentweppe

    as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.

    Inhofe has a gift: he manages to turn a factually correct statement (Global Warming won’t make earth’s axial tilt disappear nor stop earth rotation: so yeah, seasons and days and nights will keep on going) into a ridiculous claim.

  • Randomfactor

    A summer with crops baking in the sun for lack of rainfall and a semi-permanent dust bowl in Oklahoma is still a summer, right? A winter with normally-manageable snowfalls turned into killer blizzards is still a winter?

    I guess it’s OK with Inhofe if agricultural production has to shift–permanently–to other countries. It’s not like HE has a stake in this nation’s future.

  • I remember in my middle school days one of the religious kids denying the flooding potential of global warming because god wouldn’t destroy the world again by water, but by fire. My retort: “Who said anything about god destroying the world with global warming? It’s humans who are behind it.”

    My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

    Funny that we’ve been using all our technology to change the ecology to sustain large populations, kill off lots of species by changing their habitats, and so on. This god has allowed us to change so many things as we advanced in technology, for better and worse. Every step of the way, there are goddists who claim that god loves us so much, he’ll suspend causality to prevent the negative consequences of our acts.

    Welcome to reality. The way we use technology has effects on the world around us. Humans are a part of the universe, not separate from it. As a species, our recent history is one of power growing faster than wisdom, and we are surprisingly powerful.

  • Anyone who thinks that humans can’t have a big effect on the environment should look up the Aral Sea.

  • raven

    repeating the moronic line that God promised not to destroy the earth again (after not doing it the first time, of course) and therefore global warming is false.

    Oh really?

    These same fundie xians then spend endless hours babbling about the Rapture, that Hapyy Second Genocide when jesus shows up and kills 7 billion people and destroys the earth.

    40% of the US population thinks jesus is coming back by 2050. Next date according to Weinland is May 27, 2012.

    Their magic book is just The Giant Rorschach Inkblot that says whatever anyone wants.

  • raven

    Anyone who thinks that humans can’t have a big effect on the environment should look up the Aral Sea.

    Or the ozone hole in Antarctica.

    Inhofe is right that we can’t destroy the earth, right now anyway. It’s a huge ball of rock and we can barely scratch the surface, literally.

    But we can’t make it uninhabitable for 7 billion people quite easily. A few dozen nukes would do a lot all by themselves. Not a nuclear winter but a nuclear Autumn.

  • My fundie brother always says: “Man cannot destroy what he didn’t create.”

    He says a lot of other stupid shit as well.

  • peterh

    From the idiot’s interview quoted in the link above, “Only God can change the climate.”

    The existing record would indicate this god of his has produced some pretty wild and erratic flings of fancy (most of them highly inimical to humans). Highly unpredictable, problematic and inconsistent dude, he.

  • D. C. Sessions

    My fundie brother always says: “Man cannot destroy what he didn’t create.”

    Reminds me of a lovely Heinlein quote on a slightly different topic — but quite apt, none the less:

    Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that “violence never solves anything” I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.

  • amenhotepstein

    My fundie brother always says: “Man cannot destroy what he didn’t create.”

    He says a lot of other stupid shit as well.

    Then pick up a rock and smash it with a hammer right in front of him!

  • tommykey “Anyone who thinks that humans can’t have a big effect on the environment should look up the Aral Sea.”

    Or Easter Island.

  • thompjs

    Texas (my current home)has John Coryn, but I’m afraid Inhofe (OK was my birthplace) has him beat.

    Ed, where do you fall on Bachmann vs. Inhofe?

  • raym

    @thompjs #19: I read through all the comments, but I think yours was perhaps the scariest. You were able, apparently right off the top of your head, to come up with two more idiots in the same league as Inhofe. And we know there are more – some of them campaigning to become president.

    Shudder…

  • mobius

    Sadly, Inhofe is proof of my contention that Oklahomans will vote for the village idiot as long as he is a Republican.

  • It is appalling that we live in a society where someone could say something that stupid and actually get elected to any office.

    What really appals me is that some one could get elected because they say something that stupid.

  • bryanfeir

    As has been pointed out elsewhere, Inhofe was born in 1934 in Oklahoma, in the middle of the original Dust Bowl.

    Inhofe doesn’t just deny any human contribution to climate change, he denies that such a thing is even possible. He claims the Bible tells him it isn’t possible.

    And yet for the past 26 years, Inhofe has represented the state of Oklahoma in Congress. Oklahoma was the heart of the Dust Bowl, one of the worst “anthropogenic” ecological disasters of all time.

    The Dust Bowl proved that human activity is quite capable of altering the climate. It proved that Inhofe’s reading of Genesis is hogwash.

    From Slacktivist: A 77-year-old man from Oklahoma cannot deny human-caused climate change.

  • thompjs wrote:

    Ed, where do you fall on Bachmann vs. Inhofe?

    I’d rate them about even, but Inhofe is in the Senate and Bachmann the House.

  • pj

    Anyone who thinks that humans can’t have a big effect on the environment should look up the Aral Sea.

    Ah, but that was in the godless Commieland during the Commieregime when the destruction took place. Totes different.

  • pj

    …meaning it was anyway god who did it to punish Commiepeople.

  • Doug Little

    Can we have a religious test for office. Anybody that quotes the bible as factual and bases policy decisions on the misinformation contained within should be considered completely irrational and thus unfit for office. This guy should be a laughing stock, how the fuck does someone like this get elected.

  • Inhoffe’s argument comes in a secular version as well, which is just as faith-based. It’s basically just scoffery at the very notion that human activity could affect the climate, as if the climate is just too big or too chaotic or something.

    Whether or not humans can affect the climate is an empirical question. The evidence overwhelmingly says that we do, so it’s basically just a way to ignore that pesky evidence in favor of a spurious declaration that it just can’t be.

  • walton

    Did Orrin Hatch retire?

    Oh, Hatch is certainly capable of breathtaking acts of stupidity, and most of his career has been devoted to promoting horrifically bad legislation, but I’ll give him a small amount of credit for co-sponsoring both the DREAM Act and SCHIP. Nowhere near enough to redeem his record, but he has occasional episodes of reasonable behaviour.

    By contrast, as far as I can tell, Inhofe hasn’t done anything noticeably good in his entire political career. I’ve rarely come across someone who’s so consistently wrong on every political issue. I think he wins the prize for Worst Senator, though Jim DeMint would have to be a very close second.

  • sunsangnim

    Rachel Maddow is supposed to have him on her show soon. Should be fun.

  • Michael Heath

    sunsangnim asserts:

    Rachel Maddow is supposed to have him on her show soon. Should be fun.

    I don’t think he’s that stupid.

  • leonardschneider

    Well Mr. Inhofe, if you want to refer to the bible, here’s one from the third book of the Old Testament:

    “The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.” – Leviticus 25:23-24

    I’m actually a bit uncomfortable using verse from Leviticus, given that it’s kind of the go-to book in the Bible for those looking to justify various bigotries…

  • wheatdogg

    @32:

    If you read Genesis carefully (and not human chauvinistically), it’s important to note that God created humans last, and told them to be stewards of His creation (while he was off on holiday playing golf, I suppose). Then he repeatedly punishes them when they continue to screw up, wiping entire populations clear off the map. After washing the Earth clean, he tells Noah he won’t turn on the wash cycle again, but implies there might be other divinely inspired cataclysms awaiting humanity (perhaps the spin cycle or the quick-dry cycle) if they continue to screw up.

    Taken as a whole, one could conclude that God cares more about the Earth than about humans, and that our stay here might only be a temporary one, until he thinks of something better to amuse himself with. He made a covenant with humanity, which like any other contract requires both parties to live up to the agreement. So, who’s to say (Biblically speaking) that God won’t look at what we’ve been doing to the Earth these last 100 years, re-read the clause about humans being stewards of his creation, conclude we broke the contract, and just let us slowly make ourselves extinct? (Hanging us out to dry, to continue the clothes washing metaphor.)

    Inhofe and others have a complete lack of humility, a kind of religious anthropic principle, which tells them God created Earth just for us, and so He would never ever let us permanently dirty the playpen He made especially for us. We’re his little darlings. Humans don’t have to act responsibly at all; God will make everything better.

    Again, as the OT repeatedly points out, irresponsible behavior makes Daddy really, really angry. Inhofe, et al., have clearly missed that lesson.

  • dingojack

    wheatdogg – Genesis 1:26-30* sounds pretty much like god is giving it to us (which mskes his later genocidal hissy fit an even better reason to condemn god to the waste-basket of human history), not ‘stewardship’ but ‘ownership’.

    Dingo

    —–

    *

    Genesis 1:26-30

    Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

    26 And God saith, `Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the heavens, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that is creeping on the earth.’

    27 And God prepareth the man in His image; in the image of God He prepared him, a male and a female He prepared them.

    28 And God blesseth them, and God saith to them, `Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the heavens, and over every living thing that is creeping upon the earth.’

    29 And God saith, `Lo, I have given to you every herb sowing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which [is] the fruit of a tree sowing seed, to you it is for food;

    30 and to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the heavens, and to every creeping thing on the earth, in which [is] breath of life, every green herb [is] for food:’ and it is so.

  • FlickingYourSwitch

    It says so right here in this fantasy book.

  • dingojack

    FlickingYourSwitch –

    I didn’t have the HTML-fu to quote in Comic Sans*.

    🙁 Dingo

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    * in fact: [font face=”Comic Sans MS” size=”8″]Comic Sans[/font]

    (but with &lt &gt)

  • wheatdogg

    Well, it all depends what Bible you read, I reckon. Inhofe seems to have a special one just for him. Perhaps the Classic Comics version.

  • dingojack

    wheatdogg – respectfully, the plain reading seems to not to support your ‘stewardship’ assumption (see footnote of mine #34).

    It certainly doesn’t say the god was gonna look after the planet for humans (so I’m_an_Asshole is wrong too. He probably confused a Chick tract with his own ‘holy’ tract, or possibly just pulled an argument from the lower end of his digestive tract).

    God seems to have given Adam and Eve the keys to the planet, then said you break it, you fix it!

    Or that’s how I read the fairy-tale as going. I certainly could be wrong.

    Dingo

  • wheatdogg

    Dingo —

    Well, Scriptural analysis is not my strong suit, and I was writing off the cuff, as it were. Maybe the stewardship contention is off the mark, but I know some Christians don’t buy into the “total ownership” = “rape the planet” interpretation.

    Inhofe clearly does, but where he gets the “God will fix everything” idea I have no idea. God “lets” tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, floods, tsunamis and plagues kill people every year. And it’s not like he gave Noah a replacement warranty. As you say, if we break it, we fix it.

  • The simple, painful truth is that neither Infofe or the vast majority of his constituents actually believe what’s in the Wholly Babble. They’re narrow minded bigots and hateful assholes in general who use their “belief systems” as cover for their idiotic presumptions and heinous behaviour towards others. This is not, btw, a bug to the vast majority of conservaturd reactionaries.

  • dingojack

    Wheatdogg, Democommie – QFT

    Dingo

  • wheatdogg

    Well, I don’t doubt that Inhofe is pandering to the religio-nuts who vote for him in Oklahoma, and meanwhile trying to sell his POS book.