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Jeff Miller And The Democratic Dinosaurs Of Florida

It’s easy to make fun of Florida Republican Jeff Miller. He deserves to be mocked, for declaring that humans couldn’t possibly have contributed to climate change, because of dinosaurs. On TV today, Miller, the U.S. Representative for Florida’s first congressional district, said that if climate change was caused by humans, “Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming?”

jeff miller climate dinosaursSo, yes, let’s make fun of Jeff Miller. He’s an idiot, and he has no place in Congress.

As we do so, however, let’s share some shaming for the Florida Democratic Party. The Florida Democrats chose not to put their support behind any serious candidate to challenge Jeff Miller this year. The only Democratic candidate for Congress in the district is Jim Bryan, who has already run for Congress before, and performed very poorly. Jim Bryan isn’t getting any measurable support from the Florida Democrats, and doesn’t appear to be putting in much of an effort to his campaign. He hasn’t even got a Facebook page created to spread the word about his candidacy.

The filing deadline for Democrats to challenge Jeff Miller passed a month ago.

So, while it’s terrible that the first congressional district of Florida is represented by an imbecile who can’t quite work out how it’s possible for any animal to have gone extinct before the evolution of human beings and for massive pollution from human beings to be causing climate change, he’s not the only one to blame. When the Florida Democratic Party decides to allow Jeff Miller to coast to re-election, it shares in the shame.

2 comments to Jeff Miller And The Democratic Dinosaurs Of Florida

  • Tom

    So much for Obama and the Democratic Party being any better as a choice to lead the country (straight to hell).

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/06/nancy-pelosi-approved-mass-surveillance.html

    No Wonder Impeachment Was “Off the Table”: Democrats Approved Mass Surveillance and Torture … and the Subsequent Cover-Up

    Pelosi Was Briefed On – and Covered Up – NSA Spying On Americans

    When a teen asked Nancy Pelosi last week why she supports unconstitutional NSA spying, Pelosi responded that the NSA lied to Congress about what they were doing, and she didn’t know: [see video of this event]

    But Pelosi was actually briefed on – and approved – illegal mass surveillance by the NSA.

    Last November, high-level NSA whistleblower Bill Binney confirmed to Washington’s Blog that Pelosi was briefed on NSA’s mass surveillance of Americans:

    WASHINGTON’S BLOG: Is CBS right that you tried to warn Congress 10 years ago?

    BILL BINNEY: Yes, first to Diane Roark (House senior staff assigned to monitor NSA) in late 2001, then, to a House Intel Committee member. Diane also talked to Porter Goss [then-chair of the House Intelligence Committee] and Nancy Pelosi [ranking member on the Intelligence Committee at the time] about it in the same time frame. This to me was the obvious reason Nancy said (when she was speaker) that impeaching George W was off the table. Cause she was part of it from the beginning.

    Last week, Diane Roark confirmed that this was true:

    WASHINGTON’S BLOG: Bill Binney explained in a recent interview that Pelosi refused to impeach Bush because she herself had signed off on mass NSA surveillance of Americans. Can you confirm Mr. Binney’s statement from your experience?

    DIANE ROARK: Yes, Nancy Pelosi was one of the “gang of four” because she was the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee in 2001 and for some time after that. So she gave the go-ahead to the Administration along with the others.

    She now claims that the administration withheld information from her. However, I sent her numerous memos updating her as I learned more and giving background on the system. I did this through her staff director, who assured me he had given them to her. Her office claimed to the New Yorker in 2011, however, that she had not received the memos.

    See this for Roark’s explanation of what the mass surveillance is really about, and Congress’ refusal to demand accountability or controls.

    Pelosi Also Complicit In Torture

    Pelosi was also complicit in torture. And yet she lied about that, also.

    Nancy Pelosi claimed in 2009:

    The Bush administration did not inform Congress that it had waterboarded detainees in classified briefings, after the agency had already done so…

    Pelosi told reporters that the administration officials only told her and those in a classified briefing in the fall of 2002 that they believed they had the legal authority to do so, based on Office of Legal Counsel memos which have recently been released by the Obama administration.

    “In that or any other briefing…we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used,” said Pelosi. “What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel…opinions that they could be used, but not that they would.”

    However, that is likely untrue.

    As noted by the above-linked article at Huffington Post:

    Her assertion contradicts a recently released Senate committee report that cited CIA records to claim that senior members of Congress in both parties were briefed on the waterboarding, which had already been done to detainee Abu Zubaydah.

    Moreover, the Washington Post wrote in 2007:

    Four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

    [there's more, and it concludes]

    No Wonder Impeachment Was “Off the Table”

    No wonder Democrats “took impeachment off the table.” They were wholly complicit in Bush and Cheney’s crimes.

    _________

    The same is most likely true of the relationship between at least Congress (if not also including the White House and the Justice Dept.) and TBTF banking scandal and Wall Street shenanigans. Our so-called leaders are only lining their own pockets while funneling the common wealth of the country (and world) to the top .01%. Voting won’t solve anything going forward into the heart of the collapse in the coming decade.

  • Peregrin Wood

    I have to agree, Tom. The Democratic Party cooperated with George W. Bush and encouraged Barack Obama to adopt many of Bush’s policies, thinking that this was smart political triangulation. The Democratic Party has lost the right to call itself liberal. It’s supported too many right wing authoritarian policies, collaborating with Republicans to create and maintain policies that ignore the Constitution.

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