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The War On Science: Inhofe Tries To Stop Climate Change Discussion

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Oklahoma’s most embarrassing political leader, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, continues to throw angry fits in committee meetings in an effort to stop discussions over scientific and firsthand information related to global warming.

In yet another bizarre episode in the senator’s personal war against science, Inhofe tried to prevent U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) from discussing the impact of global warming on the Chesapeake Bay.  Mikulski and other Bay area politicians were invited to share information at a recent hearing of the Environment and Public Works Committee, headed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California). 

Inhofe, who calls global warming a “hoax” created by liberals, is the former head of the committee and one of the main reasons why the country has been late in dealing with the ramifications of climate change. (Even Imperial President George Bush acknowledges global warming and “that human activity is a factor.”)

According to Ryan Grim at Politico, Inhofe objected to allowing Mikulski talk about her recent trip to Greenland’s melting ice sheet, global warming and the effect of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay. He argued there was no precedent for Mikulski to talk and that he would agree with it only if Boxer would promise it was a one-time deviation.

As she did when Inhofe rudely confronted former Vice President Al Gore at a meeting, Boxer had to step up and defend basic commonsense and basic integrity when the 72-year-old Oklahoma politician acted out.

According to Grim, Boxer told Inhofe: “Senator, I’m not going to agree to that. I’m the chairman of this committee and I’ve spoken to you about this. You knew this was coming. I asked Sen. Mikulski to join us. If that’s not enough, I went back to the parliamentarian. There is absolutely no rule that forbids this.”

Grim writes Inhofe became red faced.

As Grim writes, Boxer went on, “It seems to me that we might not agree on this issue – and Lord knows we don’t, but we agree on other things – but we should have a sense of comity. This is a colleague who would bend over backwards for you if you ever asked her for anything. And I am going to ask unanimous consent that we allow Sen. Mikulski to join us today.”

Inhofe, Grim points out, later interrupted Boxer:  “It’s an outrage to invite her.”

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The larger tragedy here beyond Inhofe’s embarrassing, sophomoric behavior is how Oklahoma’s senior senator continues to do anything he can to prevent serious discussions about global warming.

It is one thing to be a skeptic about the effects of global warming and say so. It is Inhofe’s right to be wrong on one of the most important issues in the world today. But it is simply crazy and dangerous to work actively to suppress information so the public remains unaware of the issue. If global warming does not exist, then any information supporting its reality should be easily challenged, right?

Inhofe’s recent actions bring up the question of whether he possesses the mental stability to serve his country in such a powerful leadership role. A U.S. Senator owes it to all the American people and constituents to allow a full discussion on important issues. A U.S. Senator also owes constituents mature, reasonable behavior.

Fortunately, State Sen. Andrew Rice (D-Oklahoma), a true progressive, is running against Inhofe in the 2008 election. Rice will not rubber stamp any particular argument without careful and considered scrutiny, but he will always allow a full discussion about important issues facing Americans.

OK-Sen: Inhofe Puts Banks Above Students

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Even Oklahoma’s corporate power structure believes the state needs more college graduates, but do not count on U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to help out.

Inhofe was one of just twelve U.S. Senators who recently voted against a bill to expand federal aid for college students.  President George Bush has said he will sign the bill, which passed the Senate 79-12 and the House 292-97.  The extra funding will be financed by cutting fees to banks on loans provided to students.

Oklahoma lags behind the nation in the number of college graduates.  The state’s corporate media outlets often bemoan the fact the state’s two major metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, do not have enough educated, highly-skilled workers to attract or sustain businesses. This bill provides better access to loans for students and will increase the state’s business viability.

So why did Inhofe vote against the bill, even though many Republicans supported the measure?

Inhofe is a shill for big corporations, including major banks and oil companies.  He has completely lost touch with ordinary Oklahomans, who have faced skyrocketing college tuition in recent years.  He has “gone Washington.”  He rewards big corporations as he denigrates ordinary Oklahomans trying to go to college.

Inhofe is a highly partisan extremist who fails to take into account Oklahoma’s particular needs and issues.

According to Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairperson Ivan Holmes, “Inhofe continues to paint himself as a ‘true’ conservative and deficit hawk, but his rhetoric doesn’t match his actions and this vote once again proves it.  Inhofe could have voted to reduce the deficit and help average families, but instead he sided with the banking industry. The latest Federal Election Commission report indicates that Inhofe received $10,000 from the American Bankers Association PAC so far in 2007.”

Inhofe Should Hunt Terrorists, Not Doves

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Washington relic and Bush lapdog, is holding his annual Oklahoma Dove Hunt at Quartz Mountain Lodge Sept. 7-8. His invited guest is probably the only other senator who will even be seen with him these days, John Cornyn (R- Texas), another Bush toady and Washington insider.

Are there two more washed-up, narcissistic Washington politicians than Inhofe and Cornyn?  And here these two Republican bigwigs are hunting the dove, the international symbol of peace, as more American soldiers and innocent Iraqis die.  The hunt is a dark but fitting symbol of the killing these two men have supported during the Iraq occupation. As many Republican leaders, such as U.S. Sens. John Warner (Virgina) and Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) moderate their positions on the occupation, both Inhofe and Cornyn want the killing to continue indefinitely.

Inhofe has also embarrassed Oklahoma and the nation with his outrageous comments about torture, global warming and lifestyles.  He is despised throughout the world as an ultra-partisan who does not believe in basic scientific evidence.

State Sen. Andrew Rice (D-Oklahoma City), a progressive Democrat, is running against Inhofe in the 2008 election.  Rice believes Inhofe took his “eye off the ball” by not going after terrorists after the September 11, 2001 terrorists attack.  Rice’s bother, David, died in the World Trade Center attacks on that day.  Instead of hunting terrorists, Inhofe blindly followed Bush into the Iraq debacle and now the country is on the wrong track.

But while Inhofe is hunting dove as more American soldiers and innocent Iraqis die, we can help send him into retirement.  I have started a Hunt Terrorists, Not Doves account for Rice on ActBlue.  Become a Rice Dove by contributing to his campaign to fight the well-funded Inhofe.  As Inhofe shoots it up with Cornyn in Oklahoma, we can be working to end his reign of incompetence in Washington.

–Kurt Hochenauer

Rice Campaign Draws National Attention

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State Sen. Andrew Rice’s U.S. Senate campaign against the kooky Jim Inhofe continues to draw national attention.

Rice was featured in this excellent and thorough kos blog today on Daily Kos.  Yesterday, his campaign was featured on the Congressional Quarterly site.

Also, a campaign fundraising account for Rice on ActBlue is steadily growing in donors and money.

Rice to Live Blog on DKos

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State Sen. Andrew Rice, who recently announced his U.S. Senate bid against Jim Inhofe, will live blog on Daily Kos at 3 p.m. (CST) Wednesday.

Rice decided to take on the gargantuan task of bringing down Inhofe when grassroots supporters in Oklahoma and across the nation appealed to him.  He plans to run an aggressive campaign that will point out Inhofe’s lack of integrity and the many times the kooky senator has embarrassed the state with his outrageous public comments.

Are you sick and tired of Jim Inhofe?  Here is Rice’s ActBlue account.  ActBlue helps progressive candidates throughout the country raise money through the netroots.  Please consider donating some money to help Oklahoma take a giant step forward in terms of its national image.


The Jim Inhofe NPD or Stupid Game

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Play the new and fun U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Stupid Game!

Pick your favorite Inhofe quote from the list below and then explain in a comment if it is the result of a narcissistic personality disorder or just plain stupidity.

(1) After the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, when asked how many workers were in the Murrah Building, Inhofe said, “It depends on how many federal workers played hookey today.”

(2) In a 2002 Senate speech, Inhofe said, “One of the reason I believe the spiritual door [emphasis added] was opened for an attack against the United States of America is that the policy of our government has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them.”

(3) On July 28, 2003, Inhofe said global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

(4) In a June 6, 2006 Senate speech, Inhofe said, “…As you see here, and I think this is maybe the most important prop [family photo] we’ll have during the entire debate, my wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I’m really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship.”

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Inhofe and His War

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U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s voting record and public statements about the Iraq war, now in its fifth year, show him to be completely wrong to the point of absurdity about the most significant world event in a generation.

Inhofe is the quintessential Bushbot, an angry warmonger, following the president’s lead no matter what that means. Many Senators and Representatives, who initially voted in favor of the war, have tempered their support in recent months as the war drags on and the killing continues. But not Inhofe. His lack of insight and inability to face up to the truth show him to be incompetent and stubborn.

Can Oklahomans allow someone to be so wrong about something so important and still remain in public office?

Here are some of Inhofe’s votes:

He voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan . He voted NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. He voted no on investigating contract awards in Iraq and Afghanistan. He voted no on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007.

The truth of the matter is that Oklahomans know we cannot expect Inhofe to express any remorse for his wrong-headed support of the war. We cannot even expect him to honestly and openly debate the issue.

What we can expect is that Inhofe will embarrass the state. When the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2004, for example, and people first realized American soldiers were torturing prisoners, Inhofe dismissed it. “I’m probably not the only one up . . . that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment,” said Inhofe, according to CNN. The news station quoted fellow Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) disavowing his remarks.

In light of the abuse at Abu Ghraib, reports of abuse at the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and other known atrocities of the gruesome war, Inhofe’s comments now seem even more wrong-headed, outrageous.

This is one reason why I draft Andrew Rice to run for U.S. Senate. Andrew opposed the war from its beginning. Even as the president and his advisors continued to exploit the September 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks as a reason for the Iraq invasion, Andrew remained against the war.

The 2001 attacks are an important and emotional issue for Andrew and his entire family. His brother, David, was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. In his grief, Andrew had the calm and insight to know America should go after terrorists following the attacks, not start a war that has diverted our attention, squandered our financial resources, and divided the country.

Please take a few seconds a sign the petition urging Andrew to run.

–Kurt Hochenauer