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It’s stupid legislation season in Missouri and Kansas

As we all know, it’s not easy to outdo the Tea Party gang in Congress for sheer nuttiness, but there are at least a few Republicans in state legislatures who are trying their darnedest.

Take, for example, State Rep. Mike Leara in Missouri, who wants to MAKE IT A FELONY for a fellow legislator to even propose any gun-safety measure that Leara considers at odds with the Second Amendment.

And then there are the lawmakers in the Kansas legislature who want to REQUIRE TEACHERS to question the scientific basis for theories of global warming.

Never mind that an estimated 97 percent of credentialed climate scientists agree that anthropogenic global warming is the real deal.

Whoever it was who recently said that Republicans have got to do something about the widespread perception that theirs is the stupid party obviously was onto something.

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  1. “Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons:”

    http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HB0545I.HTM

    thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/missouri-democrats-intruduce-legislation-to-confiscate-firearms-gives-gunowners-90-days-to-turn-in-guns/

  2. It strikes me as weird that anybody would protest science teachers teaching kids to question things. That’s, like, the basis of science, right?
    OR, is science a majority-rules environment, where 97% of credentialed scientists can decide to toss out “evidence against” their decision…? If there is “evidence against”, then you’ve got to modify the hypothesis and re-prove. Scientists don’t hide it from other scientists (or those learning to become scientists). That’s the ridiculous part!

  3. Jared: This legislation is not just intended to encourage open-mindedness among science students. It’s a legal mandate intended by right-wing kooks to undermine mainstream scientific theories regarding climate change.

    These are the same kooks who want creationism taught alongside evolution. “Teach the controversy” is the battle cry of these folks — as if there is really a scientific controversy about the reality of evolution. The only controversy is over exactly how evolution works.

  4. Luke Fredrickson

    Jared,

    If, as you say, a scientific hypothesis must be altered to accomodate conflicting evidence, how do creationists justify a “hypothesis” that has no supporting evidence at all? Blind faith perhaps?

    So if one’s faith leads them to believe God created the Earth according to the literal timeline in Genesis, they cannot then use scienctific methodology in another context to argue against well-supported theories of climate change. The scientific method itself is a complete rebuttal of faith-based reasoning.

  5. Craig Knauss

    Actually, Wilson, it says the following:

    “…shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:
    (1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
    (2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
    (3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.”

    But that doesn’t sound quite as good, does it? Regardless, it has a “snowball’s chance” of passing.

  6. This only confirms the invasion of body snatchers in these two states. What other explanation could there be for such lunacy.

  7. You can either:
    A) Send your previously legal, expensive property out of state
    B) Break your previously legal, expensive property
    C) Give it to us so we can break it.

  8. Luke Fredrickson

    I nominate Missouri Representative Ellinger for Hillrod Legislator of the Year.

    I think he must be funded by Pfizer, as all these former assault weaponeers will soon be suffering from “Low T”.

    Pass House Bill 545 – the Viagra Affordability Act!

  9. Thanks Craig, I’ll forward your correction to the Gateway Pundit as it was a quote.

  10. Ah! Wilson’s quoting Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, one of the dumbest people in the right-wing blogosphere.

    Read this (and click on the links therein):

    http://blogs.e-rockford.com/applesauce/2012/01/27/study-people-with-low-iqs-tend-to-be-racists-and-social-conservatives/

  11. This is all interesting but I’m still wondering when “the gun” ever went out and killed someone by its self. And if my friends on the left can’t prove the gun did it all by it’s self then this is all a bunch of made up lies.

    I have yet to find any homicide where the gun was found guilty and sentenced to prison. But I’ll wait to see if any progressive can show my claims wrong.

    This includes BOB!

  12. Typical Pat, one of the dumbest people on the left-wing blogosphere.
    His headline was much like yours, a bit misleading, but you ignore this
    http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HB0545I.HTM
    since this was proposed by Liberals

  13. Dimwit? No can’t be he is a Liberal.

    Democratic lawmaker apologizes for suggesting women afraid of rape can’t be trusted with guns

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/18/democratic-lawmaker-apologizes-for-suggesting-women-afraid-of-rape-cant-be-trusted-with-guns/#ixzz2LMxea6lz

  14. Speaking of Dimwits and legislation;
    “Obama argues with himself on mandatory spending cuts”

    President Obama cautioned Tuesday that if the $85 billion in immediate cuts — known as the sequester — occur, the full range of government would feel the effects, according to the Boston Globe. He said the consequences would be felt across the economy and urged the GOP controlled House to halt the automatic cuts.

    Back on November 21, 2012, as seen in the video below, Obama promised to veto any effort to undo the cuts.

    “Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No,” Obama said from the White House briefing room then. “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/02/19/obama-argues-with-himself-on-mandatory-spending-cuts-51566

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