(I apologize in advance for the following Monday morning meltdown in the last paragraph. But, hey, be sure to catch my Thursday post this week in The Lost Ogle, especially all you zoologists, okapi experts and bat-eared foxes.)
When will U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe call it quits and just stick to basic, local constituency issues?
Oklahoma’s 80-year-old senior Senator is widely and jokingly known around the world for calling the science of global warming a “hoax” and for citing Biblical evidence for his unscientific views.
Now he’s waving around photographs and blasting Russia for its continuing involvement in Ukraine, but the photographs aren’t authentic in the sense in which he presented them, and he simply just doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Why can’t he just work at getting more jobs at Tinker Air Force Base or more federal highway improvement money for Oklahoma? Why does he have to present himself on the world stage as some major player in global affairs and the global environment?
Inhofe’s latest embarrassment is outlined here in this excellent article in The New York Times. To simplify it, Inhofe gave a Senate presentation in which he used inauthentic photographs showing Russia’s “current” military involvement in Ukraine. Some of the photographs, which were supposed to prove recent military action, date back to 2008. He also “revealed some apparent confusion about the mechanics of digital photography,” as the article notes. In other words, he didn’t seem to know you could just get on the ol’ Internets by cracky and check out the accuracy and dates and specifics about images or even old timey photographs.
The local media here needs to hold Inhofe more accountable for these types of actions. They hurt our state’s image, and Inhofe, as I mentioned earlier, needs to stick to local advocacy and focus on the smaller things that could benefit the state.
Please, Jim, let other people-even other Republicans-deal with geopolitics and climate change. You’ve had your say. We get it. We know where you’re coming from. Your opinions are obviously OUT THERE already. They are on the Internet, in books, on television, on radio. Stop making the state look so bad. Stop. Please. Stop. I’m begging you. Please.