WTF?

83383F66-3798-4863-85B7-133FDBE0DFF0A Tennessee Republican state representative, Micah Van Huss, recently introduced a measure at the state’s capital that would recognize CNN and the Washington Post “as fake news,” and condemn the two outlets as being “part of the media wing of the Democratic Party.” Van Huss said these two media outlets are denigrating Tennessee’s citizens by implying that they are “weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood.”

“To describe the entire Republican Party as a cult led by President Trump is problematic. If journalists are going to refer to the party as a cult, and its supporters as cultists, they must define what “cult” means. Otherwise, they are assuming that a cult is some obvious phenomenon and everyone knows what the word means,” reads a portion of Van Huss’ resolution.

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Meanwhile, in Montana, Republican state representative Rodney Garcia, is claiming that the U.S. Constitution allows for socialists “to be tried, and if they’re found guilty, they can be jailed or shot.” Garcia said he believes that the Constitution’s treason clause in Article III allows for the jailing or killing of “enemies” of the U.S., which he believes to mean socialists.

Garcia’s statements were even a bit much for other Republican lawmakers in the state. “Your reckless and un-American remarks are beneath that of a public official and do not represent the values of the Republican Party, the Montana House of Representatives, or the people of our great state,” several state lawmakers wrote in a letter to Garcia.

“Your actions have irreparably undermined the body in which you serve and have irrevocably broken the trust of those you were elected to represent. We believe it is clear that you can no longer effectively discharge the duties of the office you hold; therefore, it is our request that you submit your resignation with immediate effect,” the letter continued.

But Garcia was unfazed. “They can ask me to step down, but, no, I don’t think so,” Garcia said. “I will only resign if God asks me to.” Then he added, “I’m going to run for the Senate and I’m going to win. People are going to have to eat their words.”

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I know that, in the age of Donald Trump, things are crazy in politics, but seriously, where do Republicans dig up some of the characters they run for state legislative offices? And what is wrong with the voters who vote these assholes in office in the first place?

One-Liner Wednesday — The Monkey Trial

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“Do you think about things you do think about?”

Clarence Darrow

Today’s One-Liner Wednesday comes from the recorded transcript of the Scopes (Monkey) Trial, which took place in a Dayton, Tennessee courtroom in July of 1925.

Dayton teacher John T. Scopes was being prosecuted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in his high school class, despite a new Tennessee state statute banning the teaching in public schools of any theory that denied the biblical story of Creation.

Chicago criminal attorney Clarence Darrow served as the defense attorney for Scopes and former presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan acted as opposing counsel.

It was day seven of the trial and Clarence Darrow had called William Jennings Bryan, as an expert on the Bible, to the stand.

Darrow was asking Bryan when the “Great Flood” took place and Bryan said he couldn’t fix the date, although he did say that some biblical scholars put it at 4004 BC.

Darrow then asked, “What do you think?”

Bryan responded, “I do not think about things I don’t think about.”

Darrow then asked Bryan, “Do you think about the things you do think about?”