I'm not sure why we haven't thought of this before, but we need a category for just plain odd statements from politicians/policy makers. Thankfully, George W. Bush** has given us the perfect title for the category:
Former President George W. Bush reportedly thought President Trump's inauguration speech "was some weird shit."
According to a new report by New York magazine, three people present at the event say they heard Bush say "That was some weird shit" after the swearing in ceremony concluded.
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing criticism over his decision not to ban a controversial farm pesticide. Pruitt insists his move is based on “sound science,” but it overrides his own agency’s research showing chlorpyrifos pose a health risk to children and farm workers, possibly inhibiting brain development.
That was some weird shit.
In case you needed reminding, it’s a bad time to be a scientist in the US. If you work for a federal research group, you’ve been muzzled, had your funding cut to historically low levels, and been told by a committee of anti-intellectual parrots that you’re constantly lying.
Earlier this month, the word “science” was removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission statement under the auspices of a man who doesn’t think carbon dioxide warms the planet. Now, it seems that the Department of Energy’s (DoE) climate change research office has banned the use of the phrase “climate change”.
As reported by Politico, a supervisor at the DoE’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy told the staff in no uncertain terms that the phrases “climate change”, “emissions reduction”, and “Paris agreement” are not to be used in written memos, briefings, or any form of communication.
That was some weird shit.
I have a feeling this could quickly become our most populated category of post.
*Does anyone else find it funny when legitimate journalists have to write titles with words like 'shit' in them, and thy choose to just use an asterisk 'sh*t'? I know that they are supposed to write at a 3rd grade level, but I'm pretty sure even a 3rd grader can figure out what the word is supposed to be.
**I love the irony in the same man who once said ""And so the fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there's jobs at the machine-making place." and "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country," and so many others, says Donald Trump's inauguration was weird shit. I guess weird shit knows weird shit.