Congressional Tipping Point: Not an April Fools Joke

From the “you just can’t make this stuff up department“, something so outrageously stupid, you wonder how the Navy Admiral being interviewed by congressman Hank Johnson (D) GA kept himself from busting out laughing.

It should be an April fools joke, but isn’t. Watch the video below.

h/t to Bruce F.

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April 1, 2010 11:29 am

Do these people get paid by the minute?

April 1, 2010 11:31 am

[snip – OTT]

April 1, 2010 11:32 am

If Guam is ready to tip over and capsize, LA is really in trouble.
That was an elected official.
The man has no more concept of reality than does a child.

April 1, 2010 11:33 am

Oh my… that is stunning.

Philip Thomas
April 1, 2010 11:34 am

Can he be made a Global Warming Tzar?

Stephen Singer
April 1, 2010 11:34 am

A most unfortunate faux-pas on Congressman Johnson’s part. But, on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program he admonished everyone that Congressman Johnson is suffering from a very serious medical issue which is apparently affecting his cognitive abilities quite a bit. That was before he played the audio of the incident.

Allan M
April 1, 2010 11:34 am

“We don’t anticipate that.”
And we Brits think that we have dumb politicians.

Robert Wykoff
April 1, 2010 11:34 am

Astounding. Now, I have to worry about islands capsizing.

Jim B in Canada
April 1, 2010 11:35 am

Well I completely understand I have for years been telling people that if we don’t stop increasing nothern hemisphere populations soon we are going to become top heavy and the entire world is going to flip over!
And it would teach us right! Because we would all fall off because we have not adapted to living upside down like the Austrailians!

April 1, 2010 11:37 am

……….it seemed as if we had the warmists on the run.
……..a more realistic appraisal might suggest that we have not even dented the underlying agenda.
Miliband is paving the way to get the Kyoto treaty protocols back on track for agreement in Mexico later this year, as part of an international treaty. And he wants to pull in developing countries into the treaty maw, with them offering some “commitments” of their own – more cosmetic than real – in order to cement in the developed (or “Annex 1”) countries into the deal.
This move comes alongside a meeting between Gordon Brown and “billionaire financier” George Soros, Obama’s economic adviser Larry Summers, economist Lord Nicholas Stern and other finance ministers. In parallel, they were working on stitching up the financial package which is so central to the real agenda.
Their headline goal is to raise $30bn (£20bn) a year immediately and $100bn a year by 2020, ostensibly “to enable developing countries to adapt to climate change.”
Whatever mechanisms are eventually agreed, however, of one thing there can be absolute certainty. Very little of the money allocated to this cause will ever reach its stated destination. As with the current aid programme, most of it will be soaked up by banks, finance houses, investors and brokers, in fees and commissions. Huge amounts will line the pockets of governments in the recipient countries, and NGOs will grow fat and rich.
Britain brandishes olive branch to restart global climate change talks

April 1, 2010 11:38 am

Unbelievable ineptitude. Thanks, Georgia.

April 1, 2010 11:38 am

Catastrophic Environmental Scare Tactics for Political Gain 101
Lesson number 1: Research the issue to gain credibility.

April 1, 2010 11:39 am

I’m speechless.

April 1, 2010 11:39 am

And these people are making our laws.

April 1, 2010 11:40 am

And I thought all the stupid politicians we in Westminster

Alan Bates
April 1, 2010 11:40 am

Being from the UK I do not know this gentleman.
However, from his ridiculous comments and his very slow, laboured, speech I can only assume one of 3 explanations:
1) He is trying to inject some humour. Total fail!
2) He is an idiot.
3) He has had too large a liquid lunch.
4) He is very ill. I very much hope this is not the case. If it is, I feel very sorry for him.
If it is any of the others, I feel very sorry for GA!

April 1, 2010 11:41 am

Sorry, typo, that should read were

JT Justman
April 1, 2010 11:41 am

Just to be fair, I found this on Digg:
Henry Johnson:
“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” said Johnson. “I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction to the port on the tiny island with a population of 180,000 – could be a tipping point which would adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and over burden its already overstressed infrastructure.
“Having traveled to Guam last year, I saw firsthand how this beautiful – but vulnerable island – is already overburdened, and I was simply voicing my concerns that the addition of that many people could tip the delicate balance and do harm to Guam.”
He apparently is a deadpan.
REPLY: comparing his language during the session to what is written above suggests he didn’t write it, but that a more knowledgeable aide in damage control mode did. – Anthony

April 1, 2010 11:41 am

This has simply got to be a joke!

April 1, 2010 11:44 am

Is the black gentleman drunk as hell, or what? How do people like that get elected over there?

Steve Goddard
April 1, 2010 11:49 am

He is clearly qualified to be Obama’s science advisor.

April 1, 2010 11:49 am

Put me down as one of the ones hoping that this is a function of some illness or medication problem (in which case I wish him a speedy recovery). Or that he drank lunch and lost count (in which case I wish him a speedy recovery).
If it’s much else, alas I must wish him a speedy recall.

April 1, 2010 11:50 am

I had to check his quals on his web page. Of course he was a judge… this makes me feel better for those he sentenced:
Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Johnson served twelve (12) years as a DeKalb County magistrate judge, five (5) years as a county commissioner and three (3) years as chair of the DeKalb County Budget Committee.
Rep. Johnson practiced civil and criminal law in DeKalb County for twenty-seven (27) years. A staunch supporter of public education, he is a graduate of the District of Columbia Public Schools, Clark College in Atlanta and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Rep. Johnson is married to Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson and has two children.

April 1, 2010 11:51 am

Shouldn’t he have just told him “Generally sir, Islands are connected at the bottom, so no I don’t think it will capsize.”
Or am I not in on the joke after the guy spent like five minutes trying to describe the shape of Guam. Cheez maybe he was drunk.

April 1, 2010 11:52 am

This idiot seems to think that land is floating on the sea and will sink if something too heavy (like too may people) live on it, I cannot believe this is not a joke, sorry it has to be!!!!

April 1, 2010 11:53 am

No joke, Coco. Congress critters have no sense of humor: especially where their own dignity is involved.

April 1, 2010 11:57 am

Wish the Admiral had told Johnson the plan, that is…to evenly distribute the Marines throughout the island with no more than 40 men/women per square mile at any given time, thereby preventing the tipping or capsizing of the island. Since Johnson believes the island is floating then the Admiral should have eased his fears by pointing out that sea level rise is not an issue with a floating object. For that matter why isn’t the Admiral considering making Guam even more west by having a couple of battleships just drag it? Where’s the Army Corps of Engineers when you need them?

April 1, 2010 11:59 am

The spin his staff is putting on it is rather humorous. Watch the video, the guy flips his hand over to show the Adm. what he meant by capsizing.

April 1, 2010 12:00 pm

@ mod……Why was i snipped? I was simply stating that the guy has been suffering from hepatitis for about ten years and has apparent brain damage….

April 1, 2010 12:00 pm

The really sad thing is the moonbat that he replaced in the last election was almost as bad. You’d think this district could do better….but they keep voting in crazier people.

April 1, 2010 12:01 pm

Ignorance knows no bounds, political, cultural or any other kind of limits.

April 1, 2010 12:05 pm

Stephen Singer (11:34:07) : “…on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program he admonished everyone that Congressman Johnson is suffering from a very serious medical issue which is apparently affecting his cognitive abilities quite a bit.”
I think Rush knows all too well whereof he speaks. Rep. Johnson has been taken suddenly drunk.

April 1, 2010 12:05 pm

I might as well disagreed with this guy too.
According to the news, I’m a racist for disagreeing with another man of color.
Of course that’s a stretch. None of them know the color of my skin.

April 1, 2010 12:06 pm

I heard that this fellow has a severe Hepatitis C condition although
I do not know why a liver condition affects the brain.

April 1, 2010 12:06 pm

Jesu H Christo

April 1, 2010 12:08 pm

The problem with democracy is that the people get the Representatives they deserve.

Robert of Ottawa
April 1, 2010 12:08 pm

If he were refering to a rhetorical tipping then he certainly explained himself poorly. I think stupidity and a liquid lunch, plus a desire to sound considered and weighty, led him to such utter dross.

Jason Calley
April 1, 2010 12:09 pm

Although his office may be trying to put a nicer spin on his statement, he not only made a hand motion of “tipping” but used the word “capsize.” “Capsize” is what unbalanced floating objects do, not what unstable systems do.

April 1, 2010 12:11 pm

Oh my LORD. I thought he was never going to get to the point, and when he did I began to think he was on Crack! Coouuuuuld Heeeeee Talllllk any Sloooowwwer?

April 1, 2010 12:12 pm

@ mod or A Watts: I am not joking about this man having hepatitis C. I am only commenting on this because your site has become my favorite over the last 6 months and I don’t want to see it hurt by something like not knowing the whole story on this politician.
Sincerely, Ian…

April 1, 2010 12:13 pm

In response to the suggestion that he wasn’t suggesting that Guam could actually tip over, I would point out that his hands as he said that moved as if something were tipping over.
All in all, not one of our more articulate or knowledgeable members of Congress.

Bruce Cobb
April 1, 2010 12:14 pm

Good thing I didn’t have a pistol handy. As he continued to struggle to try to describe the length and width for perhaps the third time, and finally, with no clue that the way to estimate the area would be to take the length of 24 and multiply it by a rounded up average width of 10 to get about 240, I would have shot myself. How the Admiral managed I can’t imagine – the patience of Job, I guess.

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 12:15 pm

Should be in the state home for the bewildered.
Oh wait…
He is, he’s a Congressman. 😛

Steve Goddard
April 1, 2010 12:17 pm

“global warming poses a threat akin to being in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog.”
Obama’s science advisor John Holdren

April 1, 2010 12:18 pm

I suggest the congressman write a law that dictates the weight distribution on the island. It makes as much sense as cap-and-trade. Just think what his constituents must be like.

Al Gore's Holy Hologram
April 1, 2010 12:22 pm

That’s the next US President right there!

April 1, 2010 12:22 pm

He is a complete idiot. He may be a drunken idiot or a stoned idiot, but without a doubt he is an idiot. The good people of Georgia surely have sufficient grounds to ask that he resign so that they can be represented by someone of at least average intelligence.

April 1, 2010 12:23 pm

Hepatitis C, no matter how far advanced, does not expalin why Rep. Johnson apparently believes that islands are just like big boats that float on top of the ocean.

Ken Hall
April 1, 2010 12:24 pm

If this poor man is ill, then I extend my sympathy, however he should not have been allowed to be questioning someone, when he is clearly unable to have the most even basic attachment to reality and is therefore completely unfit to fulfil his duties in that house.
If this slurred speech and cognitive impairment is not a result of illness, then I am speechless. This man should NOT be in any position of power or influence. At all. Not even a little bit. Not even for a laugh.

April 1, 2010 12:25 pm

The admiral clearly understood him to say that he was afraid that Guam would tip over.
The whole speech was so stupid as to be unbelievable. Whoever is running against this fool has a perfect campaign ad. The only one’s likely to vote for him are those who believe that he might be right.

April 1, 2010 12:27 pm

Looks like he is an automatic pelosi vote. Yes he is sick, very sick. But on the bright side, didn’t he replace a huge embarrassment Democrat? It’s proves what it takes to be a Congressmen.
I would love to hear his arguments on global warming. Is this a new way of sinking land? Any peer reviewed studies about this?

Mike Ford
April 1, 2010 12:27 pm

Isn’t this the guy that replaced Cynthia McKinney? I don’t think she was ever THIS nuts.

Ryan C
April 1, 2010 12:30 pm

April Fools right?
I’m Canadian, and there’s no way I can believe that this guy is a congressman, unless of course that is the Somalia Congress in the video.

April 1, 2010 12:31 pm

Johnson admits illness, vows to fight on
Congressman Hank Johnson’s dramatic weight loss this year is due to experimental treatment he is taking for hepatitis C.
Johnson said Monday that he was diagnosed with the blood-borne liver disease in 1998 and began an experimental regimen of daily doses of the drug interferon in September 2008 designed to rid his body of the virus.
But the treatment’s side effects – weigh loss, thinning hair, irritability and depression – dramatically altered his appearance. His loss of 30 pounds in the last year and thinning white hair prompted questions from constituents over the summer when a noticeably gaunt Johnson hosted a health care reform forum in the district.
Johnson, who is on his third round of treatment with interferon, said the disease ravaged his liver and the treatment made his thyroid overactive, leading to his weight loss.–vows-to-fight-on-
This is not about AGW, it is about medication affecting the mind. If you are religious, pray for him – he asked for it.

Richard Sharpe
April 1, 2010 12:38 pm

The transcript shows what was actually said.
The relevant parts are here:
Color me astounded as well.
Of course, a representative democracy does not guarantee that you will get smart people elected.

April 1, 2010 12:38 pm

If the man has hepatic encephalopathy, the video should be pulled, because he will likely die soon without a liver transplant. Metabolites that the liver is no longer processing would be poisoning him. His staff should help him retire more gracefully if this is the case.

Bill Marsh
April 1, 2010 12:38 pm

That’s the guy that replaced Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney – she of the 9/11 was a put up job by Bush (and other conspiracy theories) so I guess that District has more than it’s share of loonies?
I had a similar experience in the 70’s when I was an Aide de Camp to then one star Marine General P X Kelly (he later became Commandant – 4 Stars – awesome leader) who was testifying in front of a similar Congressional Committee about a new weapon system. He was asked by a Congressman (who asked the question as if he were Solomon), “Tell me General, has this weapon system been designed to deal with the unknown threat?”
ummm, well sure. It will handle any unknown threat that we know of…..

P Walker
April 1, 2010 12:39 pm

Fortunately , this guy does not represent my district . However , he replaced Cynthia McKinney who gained fame for assaulting a Capitol guard after he requested she show him her ID . BTW , McKinney ran for president on the Green ticket in ’08 . It’s amazing to see whom the good people of Georgia will elect to congress , although the folks down in Fla’s 3rd have done just about as well – check out Corrine Brown’s “Gladulate the Gator” speech on Youtube .

April 1, 2010 12:39 pm

Hepatitits C – here’s an article:

April 1, 2010 12:41 pm

Well, these are the geniuses in charge of our health care now… and people wondered why i was so against it.

Mark Wagner
April 1, 2010 12:41 pm

@ JT Justman (11:41:27) :
I call BS. He used the word “capsize.”

April 1, 2010 12:45 pm

Go ahead and laugh but Johnson knows stuff. He’s from Atlanta which everybody knows is where the refugees from Atlantis settled. Nobody thought Atlantis would tip over and sink either but it did and the people of Atlanta, proud descendants of the Atlantisians, will never forget!
It’s true. Google it.

April 1, 2010 12:48 pm

“It will tip over… and get eaten up by Global Sea Level rise… um…. um….”

Chad Woodburn
April 1, 2010 12:49 pm

Your response to this proves that you deniers of AGW are just anti-scientific. I saw Dr. Doolittle in a scientific documentary about an island that floated around in the ocean. The debate on this is over; the science is settled: floating islands can capsize. Stop being obstructionists. People’s lives are at stake. Congress needs to do something. At least Hank Johnson was addressing real problems. When the island finally capsizes, you anti-science deniers will finally be tried for your crimes against humanity.

Russ Blake
April 1, 2010 12:51 pm

Interesting as I have been working on a paper myself entitled the “Guam List” . I never ever considered Guam completely tipping over!
My theory is that within the next 100 years or so, Guam will begin to list to the left, or possibly to the right, depending on coral degradation. I hoping to receive a grant from the EPA to research “Coral Un-degradation”.
Happy April 1st.

April 1, 2010 12:56 pm

Suffering from Hep C or not, clearly, this man is an idiot. For the people expressing sympathy for the people of GA, don’t, they are the lunatics that put him there subjecting the rest of the country to this idiot. And we wonder why we’re in the mess we are?

Honest ABE
April 1, 2010 12:57 pm

I must demand that you immediately remove this video since it is obvious that Congressman Johnson has accidentally revealed a state secret that is vital to our national security – that Guam is in fact a floating battle island.
Please, for the troops, we can’t let Red China know!
Reply: If the New York Times can do it, we can do it. ~ ctm

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 12:57 pm

Bernie (12:25:42) :
From what I’ve seen lately, he’s pretty secure then.
God help America! 🙁

April 1, 2010 12:58 pm

Stephen Singer (11:34:07) :
If this man has a serious health issue that impairs his cognitive capablities, why is he still sitting in a lawmaker’s seat?
Sort of makes me wonder whom the joke is really on.

April 1, 2010 12:58 pm

“I heard that this fellow has a severe Hepatitis C condition although
I do not know why a liver condition affects the brain.”
It does. Toxins and such build up from the liver damage.

April 1, 2010 1:00 pm

But what if the front falls off?

April 1, 2010 1:02 pm

Beyond amazing. This is a fantastic example of just why our Congress needs a tremendous house cleaning.
Rep. Johnson should be censured by the House.
If the letter after his name was not a (d) this would be national news, with the message point being to get the clown out of office.

Ken Hall
April 1, 2010 1:04 pm

Let’s be clear, it is NOT his slurred and slow speech that I am concerned about, it is his lack of comprehension of reality that he would think that a landmass could tip-over and capsize. I mean, that clearly is a [snip] moment right there.

April 1, 2010 1:05 pm

There are many bars in the Palace of Westminster and it is fairly normal for honourable gentlemen and ladies to be post-prandially somewhat squiffy or even fast asleep. Does Congress not have bars? But, to be fair to Hank, he’s not any worse than a lot of the dross we have to put up with in the Mother of Parliaments.
I also agree with Anthony’s reply above – it’s hard to believe that the Johnson in the clip and the Johnson who allegedly wrote that reply are the same people.

April 1, 2010 1:06 pm

I’m sure the IPCC has a job waiting for that guy. Wait, he’d fit in better at Media Matters or maybe a local ACORN outfit.

April 1, 2010 1:06 pm

The Dem’s should convince him to retire, after all, he’s in a safe Dem district and hepatitis-C is not a good thing.
Remember, he replaced Cynthia McKinney who asked NASA to drive a Mars lunar rover to one of the American flags placed by one of the Apollo missions.

UJ walsh
April 1, 2010 1:06 pm


Jim G
April 1, 2010 1:07 pm

I had to look it up, but
Los Angles has a population density of about 2500/sq mi
NYC: 27,440/sq mi
Guam: about 833. I used a 200,000 population/240 sq mi.
If I were he, which I’m not, I would be more concerned about NYC falling onto Washington DC.
yikes. No wonder thay don’t read the bills they pass.

April 1, 2010 1:07 pm

Is this guy a real congressman? Anyone here from GA who has this guy as their person?

April 1, 2010 1:09 pm

He has an extremely advanced case of Hep C, but I suspect there’s more involved. He also fears that another manned mission to the moon will send it out of orbit, that drilling in ANWR will mean “heavy drilling equipment will cause the poles to shift and Kansas City will end up as the new North Pole” and excessive use of his staffers’ office microwave will cause “the oxygen in the oven to interact with the atmosphere, making it overheat and burn away.”
His Democrat cohorts, fully-aware of his condition, nevertheless saw fit to *place* him in front of the cameras.
Has it come down to this? Exposing someone who should be under a doctor’s care to ridicule merely to get an environmental sound bite?

April 1, 2010 1:13 pm

Has Georgia legalised cannabis?

April 1, 2010 1:17 pm

As George Carlin said: BS in BS out. That´s all.

April 1, 2010 1:20 pm

anthony, u will love this:
Bishop Hill: Blimey. Peter Webster’s comments in the Der Spiegel article are
quite something, aren’t they?
While amateur climatologist McIntyre spent years begging in vain for the raw
data, Webster eventually managed to convince Jones to send them to him. He
is the only scientist to date who has been given access to the data. “To be
honest, I’m shocked by the sloppy documentation,” Webster told SPIEGEL:
— Unnoticed by the public, Webster has spent several months searching for
inconsistencies in the Jones curve. For example, it has been known for some
time that there are noticeable jumps in ocean temperature readings. The
reason for the inconsistencies is that, beginning in the 1940s, water
temperature was no longer measured in buckets filled with seawater, but at
the intake valves for the water used to cool ship engines.
But when he analyzed Jones’s data, Webster discovered suspiciously similar
jumps in temperature — but on land. “Water buckets can’t explain this,”
says Webster.

Dave Andrews
April 1, 2010 1:21 pm

Sounds like he was either,
*very drunk
*doing drugs
* quite ill and on medication
If any of these applied why did his aides let the proceedings continue?

D. King
April 1, 2010 1:23 pm

Tip over? Ocean acidification will dissolve Guam long before
it tips over.

April 1, 2010 1:30 pm

Please, this is the same congressman that every msm outlet was covering during the Joe Wilson “You lie!” episode. They were more than happy to have him slander anyone who didn’t agree with Obama as a klansmen.
If it was ok to quote him in January it’s ok to quote him in March. Goose, gander and all that.

April 1, 2010 1:36 pm

The tipping point has already happened. The weight of the thousands of delegates at the Copenhagen conference and their fleets of cars caused a shift in the Earths axis, exacerbated by Global Warming.
Agreed that the tipping over of Guam is a real concern, but it might just take the extra 5 thousand marines and their families. However one extra person could be the last straw in this situation and were Al Gore to land there on his private jet, we may lose Guam to the sea.
The only consolation would be that Al Gore would go with it. With congressmen of that caliber and intelligence God help America.

April 1, 2010 1:38 pm

I accept that the Congressman is suffering the effects of treatment for his condition and this treatment has the side effects stated.
What I do not accept is that a lawmaker is active in the house and voting on legislation in his current state, which is obviously impaired by the said treatments.

George E. Smith
April 1, 2010 1:40 pm

Well as any 8th grade high school Geography student knows, all islands; that is any island at all, has a width; that is; from shore to shore, as the Congressman so eloquenly and painstakingly describes it, at its narrowest point is zero; well at least as close to zero as can be represented in our quantum mechanical world.
I suppose it is possible mathematically to have an island that has a discontinuous perimeter, that might permit disappearance of that perimeter at some value greater than zero width from shore to shore; but that would only be a theoretical model of an island; and I have not heard of anyone discovering such a real place.
At least I am quite sure that the Island of Guam; from shore to shore, at its narrowest is zero distance.
I don’t even know whether Georgia has any islands, that the Congressman can go and see, to familiarize himself with the concept and general geometrical properties of small islands.
I do know that Australia is too big to be an island; so they call it a Continent; which has something to do with not wetting your pants.
So nowhere in Australia does the width from shore to shore ever go to zero like it does on islands.
And Australians are not known for wetting their pants; although they have been known to put the fear of that into some other not so nice people.

April 1, 2010 1:40 pm

I think we here in the US need to do a little revamping of Congress. Term limits are probably a good idea and maybe a mandatory retirement age. We also need to think about recall elections and other means to get people who are seriously ill or otherwise unable to serve effectively out of office without waiting for an election. I can understand the argument that you may not want this to be political. You don;t want recall to be so easy that there is no consistent leadership in Congress. But there must be some mechanism to remove people from office who cannot do their job effectively.

jeromy bradley
April 1, 2010 1:41 pm

this is a prime example why people should not be voted in based solely on what party they claim but instead what his intelligence and beliefs are

April 1, 2010 1:46 pm

My father-in-law suffers from Hepatatis C. He also has primary liver cancer (caused by Hep C) which is thankfully in remission right now. He also went through interferon treatment few years back. While being affected pretty badly, his brain functions just fine. Steve Jobs had liver translant recently and he is pretty sharp.
If congressman’s liver functions so badly as to make him believe that island can capsize, he should not be in Congress. He should not be operating heavy machinery or driving. He should be at home, in the hospital anywhere else but not in the place where his vote could be affecting everyone in this country and fair amount of people outside of it.

April 1, 2010 1:50 pm

Here’s a another non-april-fools joke, US will spend like their great grand children’s great grand children’s time to pay off the chinese debt alone. And all because the Obama administration refuse to face the reality of a nine-year-war spending, without having paid off the former war-debt. Added to that rules three economic downturns, one more worse than the former.
I’m thinking the internal market wont be able to pay for everything, after all it still hasn’t been able to do so. And a cap’n’trade program that mostly directed at the internal market wont do much, just look at EU, which countries’ debts have increased.

April 1, 2010 1:50 pm

I understand that the honorable gentleman suffers from hepatitis C, a disease that affects mental function. He is more to be pitied than censured.

Claude Harvey
April 1, 2010 1:57 pm

Is “Guam tipping over” goofier than “earth burning up from plant food”? I’m pretty sure I could chop down a few Guam trees (do they have any?), study their growth rings, apply “sophisticated statistical manipulations” and make a pretty good case that Guam has tipped over several times in the past. Not just anyone can perform such an analysis. Distinguishing “regular trees” from “tipping over” trees is a delicate art.

April 1, 2010 2:00 pm

In the Netherlands we have a socialist congresslady who said the eartquake of Haiti was caused bij global warming.

April 1, 2010 2:01 pm

Didn’t see that coming. Wow….. just… wow.

C. Bruce Richardson Jr.
April 1, 2010 2:28 pm

Congressman Hank Johnson had to be trying to make a joke. No one is that ignorant. If he was serious, then his district would have to have a majority of voters just as ignorant as Mr. Johnson appeared to be.

April 1, 2010 2:30 pm

Regardless of his circumstances, he clearly is not suited for office.
Unfortunately his incompetence is not unusual in congress.
Time to replace most (all?) of them

Frederick Davies
April 1, 2010 2:30 pm

That’d better be a joke, or else someone will have to inform the citizens of Georgia that sending their State Idiot to Congress is not funny.

Dave McK
April 1, 2010 2:32 pm

[Invalid email, sorry Dave against blog rules. I’ll be trashing a bunch of your comments. Sorry we didn’t notice sooner. ~ charles the moderator.]
[Now I see I warned you over a month ago. Continuing to trash ~ ctm]

Dr T G Watkins
April 1, 2010 2:46 pm

The gentleman is clearly unwell and needs sound counsel and help. I have too much respect for the US electoral to come to any other conclusion.
Echoing Kate earlier. Richard North is correct.(euroreferendum). The underlying political agenda has not even been dented. They ignore the overwhelming evidence that CO2 is at best a minor player in climate and press on with ‘environmental’ legislation.
One of the difficulties facing many of us who contribute to WUWT and other blogs is that ‘science folk’ are generally not politically focused. We assume that ‘truth will out’, which of course it will eventually.
Legislation is coming into effect, or soon to be passed, NOW.
There has been no coverage at all about CRU inquiry on main BBC news and a tiny inside paragraph in the Daily Telegraph.
A leader(s) on both sides of the pond is Urgently needed. Legislation ,once passed,is very difficult to repeal.

Tom in Florida
April 1, 2010 2:47 pm

Sick or not, a person in this state of mind should be removed from voting on anything.

April 1, 2010 2:50 pm

Wow!!! I almost spit out my food when I heard that…!

April 1, 2010 2:52 pm

Comments/speaches like that lead to posters like this:

April 1, 2010 2:53 pm

LOL. He is too stupid for private employment. So he became a politician.

April 1, 2010 2:53 pm

Lay off this poor man. Joseph Mendiola has already confirmed from >WESTPAC TREMORS AND SHAKING GOING ON
?MANDONA? 1980 et. al. = PENN STATE
Guam is a Lily Pad of Ghaia

April 1, 2010 3:01 pm

In a way he is correct – Congress is indeed at it’s tipping point.

April 1, 2010 3:01 pm

For those who say that he has cognitive impairment due to illness (implied is that it’s a temporary). I’m sorry that can’t explain his belief that island can tip over due to overpopulation. It’s one thing to think that cognitive impairment may keep you from learning new math, reading complex writing quickly, or engaging in witty conversation. But temporary cognitive impairment doesn’t induce you into thinking fantastical thoughts or view the world like a 5 year old. For example, I may have 5 drinks, get drunk and be cognitively impaired, but it doesn’t mean that I start believing in Santa Claus, or that the moon is made of green cheese, or that rain is God urinating on us. You don’t start lose your sense of reality or start believing in fantasies that you should know not to be true after you exit childhood.

April 1, 2010 3:14 pm

“Christopher (15:01:50) :
You don’t start lose your sense of reality or start believing in fantasies that you should know not to be true after you exit childhood.”
You obviously don’t go out often. I’ve seen cases of temporary cognitive impairment, man… but then, i’m in Europe.

April 1, 2010 3:16 pm

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”
Mark Twain

April 1, 2010 3:18 pm

Wow. That was hillarious _and_ horrific!
Anyway, I think what the admiral should have said was this Monty Python line (just substitute Guam for castle and ocean for swamp, and you’re all set!)…
“When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up!”

April 1, 2010 3:20 pm

Neo-neocon has an explanation, it is supposed to be an inside joke.
When you read her text, it is pretty funny.

April 1, 2010 3:21 pm

Is it my imagination or does one side of the political spectrum in Congress have a monopoly on saying dumb things?

Mike McMillan
April 1, 2010 3:24 pm

My compliments to the Admiral.
A perfect place to apply the Precautionary Principle.

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 3:25 pm

Christopher (15:01:50) :

I may have 5 drinks, get drunk and be cognitively impaired, but it doesn’t mean that I start believing in Santa Claus, or that the moon is made of green cheese, or that rain is God urinating on us.

Damn! 2 illusions gone in one day. I have to admit I was beginning to have doubts about the latter as I couldn’t imagine the reason that God would be ticked off at me as to give me a golden shower that often. After all, I’m not a bad guy really! 😛

Stephen Brown
April 1, 2010 3:25 pm

Drunk, drugs or illness; it matters naught. The man is incapable of fulfilling his role as a lawmaker and as an adjudicator of the appropriateness of the laws upon which he is called to decide. On the basis of this ‘performance’ he should be removed from his seat of power forthwith.
And here was me thinking that our Millipede in the UK was a blithering idiot! I feel sorry for the USA, you are worse off than I could ever imagine.

April 1, 2010 3:27 pm

As far as Congress goes, it’s worse that we thought!
Vote em out people!

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 3:29 pm

I meant 3 illusions shattered. It’s WTWT!!

April 1, 2010 3:32 pm

I have to apologize to Congress. For a long time I have been saying that politicians only support man made warming, wind and solar because they are tremendous pork for them. I now know they really are dumb enough to actually believe.

April 1, 2010 3:35 pm

A new pressident for the IPPC

April 1, 2010 3:35 pm

His explanation is that he was making a metaphor. Bravo Sierra. He mentions the tipping and capsizing, and makes a tipping motion with his hand. The admiral answers the concern. The Congressman then adds “And also, things like the environment…” That necessarily implies that the environment is another concern along with the dreaded capsizing.

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 3:42 pm

RWS (15:20:49) :
neo-neocons post was a spoof. 😀

George E. Smith
April 1, 2010 3:45 pm

I’m not about to poke fun at somebody who has a serious health impairment.
Having survived a brush with some quite unidentified and unidentifiable brand of Hepatitis, many decades ago; I don’t joke about health issues.
I am concerned that someone so impaired, would occupy one of the 435 precious decision making spots in our government; when we need all the capabilities we can muster. I’m extremely concerned that anyone in such a condition would be in any way involved in decisions that involve the very front line National Security of the USA, and by association, of many of our allies.
The United States Congress is not like some old boys tiger hunting fraternity; or veterans of The Kandahar Ski Club (there was such a club). These people are asked to deal with very serious issues. They may not do that so well these days, but that doesn’t lessen the import of their deliberations.
We shouldn’t have Admirals subjected to such silliness.; when our outer perimeter defence is at issue.

Dave F
April 1, 2010 3:52 pm

Hahaha!!! I saw this at Reference Frame earlier, but I watched it again just for another laugh. What a maroon.
@ JT Justman (11:41:27) He used the word ‘capsize’, so I am not buying that at all. He really ought to just admit that he is either:
A) A total idiot.
B) Drunk on the clock.
C) Part of an elaborate April Fool’s hoax.

Mac The Knife
April 1, 2010 3:54 pm

You can educate ignorance… but you can’t fix stupid.

Robert of Ottawa
April 1, 2010 4:01 pm

He couldn’t do the basic math – island 24 miles by,lets say 10 miles, average. 240 square miles.
Hey, these people also control the US finances! Now we foreigners understand 😉

April 1, 2010 4:05 pm

How many times do our men serving in the military have to put up with this kind of stuff? Can you imagine what this Admiral was thinking? Then, before all this, the Clintons wanting the military officers in uniform serving meals and waiting on tables. Then, THE SENATOR Boxer refusing to be answered by a General saying” yes mam.” Now this total imbecile doing this stunt. And, on top of this Mann and “the team”, and Hansen. Goood GRieef!! How much more can we all take? Oh, and Gore. And,Cap and Trade. ……..

Steve in SC
April 1, 2010 4:07 pm

This is the Cynthia Mckinney seat. Nuff said!

no way
April 1, 2010 4:08 pm

Absolutely correct Congressman that Admiral needs to be a lot more forward thinking with the fleet anchored in port, just think of all that weight. I suppose the easiest solution would be to anchor the fleet equi-spaced around the island, arrggg no no the island would sink then I suppose, as you were Congressman.

April 1, 2010 4:11 pm

Thanks DaveE, lol
I guess I couldn’t believe anyone could be so out of it. Should have remembered it was April Fools Day.

Dennis Wingo
April 1, 2010 4:13 pm

The poor man has Hepatitus (spelling) C, and is in really bad shape.

April 1, 2010 4:22 pm

Well, this explains the health care bill.

Steve Goddard
April 1, 2010 4:31 pm

The IPCC told us that all the glaciers in the Himalayas will melt in 25 years, despite the fact that at least 230 Himalayan glaciers are growing. Talk about stupid.

In the Western Himalayas, a group of some 230 glaciers are bucking the global warming trend.
By Michael Reilly | Tue May 5, 2009 10:31 AM ET
Perched on the soaring Karakoram mountains in the Western Himalayas, a group of some 230 glaciers are bucking the global warming trend. They’re growing. Among legendary peaks of Mt. Everest like K2 and Nanga Parbat, glaciers with a penthouse view of the world are growing, and have been for almost three decades.

April 1, 2010 4:32 pm

He’s got to be stoned right?

April 1, 2010 4:36 pm

But the real question is:
If the Marines run back and forth, from side to side, does everyone else get seasick?
I should be ashamed, the man really is not well and I’m making a joke.

April 1, 2010 4:36 pm

Is this Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest character? Bit too much like Ali G, innit?

Gary Hladik
April 1, 2010 4:36 pm

If the Congressman is ill, shouldn’t his Vice-Congressman take over until he recovers? 🙂

April 1, 2010 4:44 pm

I’m sorry, but this man has serious problems. His level of articulation doesn’t necessarily rule out his abilities in other areas, but what he actually says does.
I am also sorry for the US. I pity you. And I thought my Australian politicians were embarrassing….
Doesn’t congress have any kind of standing orders regarding incapacity ?

Graeme from Melbourne
April 1, 2010 4:52 pm

thegoodlocust (12:57:01) :
I must demand that you immediately remove this video since it is obvious that Congressman Johnson has accidentally revealed a state secret that is vital to our national security – that Guam is in fact a floating battle island.
Please, for the troops, we can’t let Red China know!
Reply: If the New York Times can do it, we can do it. ~ ctm

Really – is that the best that you can do, well now that the cat is really out of the bag…
Secret teams have been drilling holes and installing pumps thoroughout the base of Guam island. The USNs newest stealth weapon – a submergable island. The new submarine island, with it’s hollow base and super pumps can be secretly relocated to any oceanic location on the planet to allow for future force projection and forward basing.
What other nation has a submarine equipped with 8000 battle ready marines and a superbly equipped airfield.
It is rumoured that the Chinese Government has already mobilised the use of the Hong Kong airport as a counter to the Guam submarine island and that the Hong Kong airport is a cleverly disguised submersible island that was created when the Honk Kong airport was originally constructed as an “artificial Island”. REF:

April 1, 2010 4:55 pm

The fact that American voters have put this man in office is far more stunning and disheartening than his “understanding” of reality.
We’d do as well with Caligula’s horse.
Interesting times, VERY interesting times.

Pamela Gray
April 1, 2010 4:58 pm

Remember Strom? He was dead and embalmed yet still voting. Our parties know no limit to keeping someone in office beyond their cognitive abilities due to illness for the all glorified vote they cast.

Tim Pilgram
April 1, 2010 5:03 pm

I LOVE APRIL FOOLS lol and for reasons like all the pranks played around the net on google, wikipedia, funnyordie, collegehumor, youtube.. you name it and they have all played a prank on their readers and viewers today!!
if you missed them… check out this link that has a summary and pictures/videos of them all @

Michael D Smith
April 1, 2010 5:05 pm

The video was blocked at work when I first saw the story, and I thought why such a serious reaction? Easy folks, it had to be a play on words, an allegory (sorry), a metaphor, a symbolic gesture perhaps.
Wow. I’m dumbfounded – no such excuse possible.
As I’ve said before… Want to fight global warming? Take a physics class. Repeat as necessary. Advance if possible.

April 1, 2010 5:06 pm

Alright – first I’m embarrassed – yes he is from Georgia BUT not in my district. Dekalb county is a whole different animal … yes this was the Cynthia McKinney seat. But my Rep. is Lynn Westmoreland and he is definitely against cap and trade and other mish mosh. But then again Atlanta is not Georgia

April 1, 2010 5:14 pm

If he’s truly unfit b/c of illness, wtf is he doing out there? That means something ELSE is a complete a joke too. (the process that allowed him to be there, wasting everyone’s time, even though everyone knew he was unfit.)
Oh well, this is what happens when “do-gooders” and “feel-gooders” run things.

April 1, 2010 5:15 pm

The statement of concern presented by Congressman Johnson is very embarrassing to me and my country. I”m deeply sorry the foreign lurkers on this site had to see that level of stupidity coming from one of our elected representatives. Alas, the ignorance of this one elected official is not exclusive to this one congressman, The ignorance permeates throughout our current government structure, except for Ron Paul. I’m sorry our country failed in its experiment in establishing a Constitutional Republic that could have been a beacon of light for the rest of the world to aspire to. With this level of incompetence running the USA, our country is doomed. Don’t come here, it’s going to get really bad soon.

April 1, 2010 5:17 pm

[snip – off color, stop this stuff, Anthony]

P Walker
April 1, 2010 5:19 pm

George E. Smith (13:40:29) – Yes , Georgia has islands , I have a house on one .
Claude Harvey (13:57:29) – Yes , Guam has trees , and a surfeit of poisonous tree snakes – an unfortunate and accidental import from New Guinea during WWII .

R. de Haan
April 1, 2010 5:26 pm

Let’s make this guy President of the USA!
The moment we don’t like his policies we simply threaten to move the entire population to Florida risking the entire USA to tip over and capsize!

Jerry Lee Davis
April 1, 2010 5:33 pm

Yesterday, in commenting on another WUWT post, I said
“I’m tempted to nominate Joe Romm and Mark Serreze as candidate replacements for two of the Three Stooges, but decline to do so because (a) that would be unkind, and (b) it would be agonizing to choose a third from the pool of available climate scientists.”
It may be better to consider Mr. Johnson as the leading candidate for Number 3.

Michael D Smith
April 1, 2010 5:33 pm

Paul (11:50:17) :
I had to check his quals on his web page. Of course he was a judge… this makes me feel better for those he sentenced:

This reminds me of a (true life) story… Nearby small town judge with a huge DUI record gets pulled over once again. Officer asks him – Sir, do you know how fast you were going through the center of town? Uh, no, officer, how fast?
TWO the officer replies to the hammered judge. It was the ongoing joke that if you ever got pulled over a little buzzed, you could tell the ossifer “I’m as sober as a Judge”… Judge Murray, that is.
All joking aside, our government is filled with folks like this, people who couldn’t pass the most feeble science class. You might be familiar with one in particular. No amount of dementia can produce such a spectacle. Government seems to be the perfect attractor when it comes to ineptitude.

April 1, 2010 5:36 pm

That the admiral kept a straight face, maintained his composure and replied in a polite, deferential manner makes me swell with pride at the quality, caliber and discipline of the people in our armed forces.

Mike McMillan
April 1, 2010 5:39 pm

I wonder how he’ll vote on the Capsize and Trade bill?
Maybe he can get help under Obamacare (in four years when it starts).
It’s probably too late to primary the gentleman, so we’ll learn about the district he comes from. Dime to a nickel says they re-elect him.

Richard deSousa
April 1, 2010 5:39 pm

Hank Johnson is a moron.

April 1, 2010 5:39 pm

The evil progressive lib environmentalists are so violent.
How To Strangle A Climate Skeptic (VIDEO)

John F. Hultquist
April 1, 2010 5:46 pm

Hank Johnson is from the State of Georgia, home to the Okefenokee Swamp. The swamp has floating islands :
The trees on the islands move and is said to be the origin of the name.
In any case, one can easily understand where from come the ideas of the Congressman.

P Walker
April 1, 2010 5:48 pm

Jerry Lee Davis (17:13:08) – Agreed , and Johnson should be Moe – the “smart one” .

April 1, 2010 5:50 pm

Pamela Gray (16:58:36) :
We should put up an initiative that tests the Congressmen for general knowledge and mental impairment. If they are not of sound body & mind or display competence, they can’t sit in the drivers seat.
I wonder how many in Congress are below par (marshmallow votes)?

Mike Abbott
April 1, 2010 6:02 pm

The official explanation posted by Congressman Hank Johnson on his web site:
“The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island.”
He could have used the “medical condition” excuse and dodged most of the flak, but instead he invokes the “subtle humor” excuse. What a moron!

April 1, 2010 6:04 pm

DR (15:21:26) : “Is it my imagination or does one side of the political spectrum in Congress have a monopoly on saying dumb things?”
Well, don’t forget that the republicans had to cope with the fact that Dan Quayle was VP
in the Bush Sr years…
Some examples…
“Welcome President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.”
“It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.”
“The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.”
All I can say is… Thank god Bush Sr didn’t die when he was president!

April 1, 2010 6:04 pm

April 1st, the day for some silliness:
Dateline Oakland, California, USA: Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science.
The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert, however, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact; it is an anti-catalyst. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from four days to four years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates away exactly as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Actual headlines from 1996 [compiled by the S.J. Mercury-News]:
Include Your Children when Baking Cookies
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
Prostitutes Appeal to Pope
Panda Mating Fails; Vetrinarian Takes Over
Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
Clinton Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead
Plane too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
Miners Refuse to Work After Death
Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years in Checkout Counter
If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Chef Throws His Heart Into Helping Feed Needy
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

April 1, 2010 6:06 pm

Guam tipping; AGW; Islam, a religion of peace; corpsemen –all part of the Age of Hilarious.
The final, incoherent gasps of a Nation.

April 1, 2010 6:09 pm

We have it posted on Common Cents as well. Too funny!!!

Michael D Smith
April 1, 2010 6:10 pm

Cathy (17:36:54) :
That the admiral kept a straight face, maintained his composure and replied in a polite, deferential manner makes me swell with pride at the quality, caliber and discipline of the people in our armed forces.

This might be considered admirable given the obviously compromised situation, but in a similar place with a qualified witness, I would much rather have a legendary soldier like Oliver North relentlessly take down the representative or senator with facts. That is the true face of quality, caliber, and discipline. And another word. Honor.

April 1, 2010 6:18 pm

“DR (15:21:26) :
Is it my imagination or does one side of the political spectrum in Congress have a monopoly on saying dumb things?”
That would be your imagination.
I know from long, sad experience that that Repugnicans can be just as stupid.

April 1, 2010 6:20 pm

“Smokey (18:04:57) :
Actual headlines from 1996 [compiled by the S.J. Mercury-News]: ”
Very funny! But keep in mind that the journos do this deliberately, it’s the fun part of their job.

April 1, 2010 6:28 pm

“Michael (17:39:58) :
The evil progressive lib environmentalists are so violent.
How To Strangle A Climate Skeptic (VIDEO)”
The tutorial contains a difficult step: They say “Use solid logic [when talking to the sceptic]”.
This rules out any attempt to convince someone of AGW. They should have said something like: “Use imprecise representations of atmospheric physics, made-up data and any other dirty trick that comes to your mind. Look into the IPCC AR4 for examples.”

April 1, 2010 6:29 pm

I hope people realize that those “quotes” and compiled “headlines” are often fabricated, incorrectly attributed, or come from pretty much anywhere including local community newsletters.
But I have to say, if you have a debilitating illness eating away at you, or the treatments are, STEP DOWN FROM PUBLIC OFFICE. You are doing your constituents no favors. You’re doing your party no favors. Just grow a pair, man up, and step aside for someone else. It’s not that difficult to do. Unless, of course, you’re USING your problem to sucker some votes. But hey, nobody would ever use an illness or their wife’s cancer or anything like that for political gain, right?

Henry chance
April 1, 2010 6:33 pm

It is clear he feeding bull in what he says. “Least widest”? The word is narrowest.
If he was caring and rational he would step down. Islands are not floating. Capsizing is something that is possible if an object is floating in a liquid. His constituents are entitled to a strong representative. There are of course several that seem to have their judgement imparied with alcohol. We have not run out of people that are healthy and capable. He would fit in working with James Hansen.Did he go to Hawvud?

April 1, 2010 6:35 pm

If Mr. Johnson is genuinely medically impaired, why the heck is he not removed – temporarily or permanently – from public office as the result of this debilitation?
A military officer would be so removed, certainly, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives is a good deal higher in responsibility than is any military officer.

Jimmy Haigh
April 1, 2010 6:36 pm

Smokey (18:04:57)
A famous WW2 headline from a UK newspaper was: “Eighth Army push bottles up Germans”.

Henry chance
April 1, 2010 6:39 pm

Guam is 209 sq miles
Manhattan island is 20 sq miles. He needs to worry about it tipping. Surely he can see it is over loaded and may capsize.

David Segesta
April 1, 2010 6:41 pm

What we really need to think about is getting the morons out of congress in November.

April 1, 2010 6:41 pm

[There’s a post on that 3 days ago and we have a tips section. Please use it next time. ~ ctm]

April 1, 2010 6:44 pm

Just to show that not only the U.S. has some funny politicians here’s our current minister for …well, something… Mr. Öttinger who *INSISTS* on speaking english himself instead of using translators.

He’s bavarian and he’s a real inspiration to our comedians. Probably saved a lot of jobs this way.

It's always Marcia, Marcia
April 1, 2010 7:00 pm

I don’t know how to…..where to start here.
Anyone running against this man in his next election need only but to play this clip of the tipping island ad nauseum in campaign commercials to be able to win in quite a landslide against him.

It's always Marcia, Marcia
April 1, 2010 7:03 pm

Stephen Singer (11:34:07) :
……..Congressman Johnson is suffering from a very serious medical issue which is apparently affecting his cognitive abilities……
I didn’t know about this. If it is true he should be home with his family.

Mike Clark
April 1, 2010 7:06 pm

And so goes Haiti.

April 1, 2010 7:23 pm

It is one thing to be a fool but to follow a fool is worse. How in heck did the people that voted for Hank Johnson figure out how to tie their shoes and find the polling stations in the morning? It boggles the mind.
LMAO@ “Might tip over”

April 1, 2010 7:32 pm

Let’s give the poor old Congressman (opposite of PROGRESSman) the benefit of the doubt.
TOMORROW he’ll have a press conference, and say, “You ‘all thought this poor old black guy from GA was an IDIOT, when I delivered that line about Guam ‘tipping’ yesterday. That, was a JOKE Sohn, AH SAY, A JOKE. April Fools JOKE, and all you dumb bunnies BOUGHT IT! HA!”
I’d give him a standing ovation. (AND, I don’t care if he WAS being serious, he DOES have this “way out”, I think he should take it.)

Engineer Bob
April 1, 2010 7:39 pm

According to NeoNeoCon, it is a joke, part of a long-running series of jokes.
You all fell off the turnip truck.

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 7:46 pm

Engineer Bob (19:39:50) :
Except the neo-neocon post was a joke. This was a week ago & the neo-noecon post was 10/4/1.
See, I can post dates in American! 🙂

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 7:48 pm

The bit that sucked people into the neo-neocon joke was the reference to Top-Gun which was true, just like Anthony had mostly truth to suck people into his Fools day joke.

David Alan Evans
April 1, 2010 8:04 pm

Maybe I can’t post dates in American. I think that was in Japanese LOL
4/1/10 in American

April 1, 2010 8:12 pm

“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
This deserves to be the Quote of the Week.
Perhaps he’s on to something. Maybe the recent increase in strong earthquakes is due to man made plate tectonics.

Andrew Parker
April 1, 2010 8:15 pm

Engineer Bob (19:39:50) :
Read the comments after the article. “In Defense of Hank Johnson” was an April Fool’s joke. Enjoy your turnips (and its the beet truck in these parts).

Jon Jewett
April 1, 2010 8:24 pm

I could very well be that he was serious. I believe that he went to public schools and was taught by Democrats. The same ones that are telling the children to believe the Revealed Truth from the Goreacle.
I wish it were a joke.
Steamboat Jack

Bernd Felsche
April 1, 2010 8:50 pm

Benjamin (18:04:24):
It may not be obvious to those “close to the fire”, that candidates for Veep since Pres JFK have been traditionally selected as an insurance policy against assassination of the President.
Maybe I’m just being cynical. Surely the pool of possible Presidents isn’t so swallow before scraping bottom.

Pamela Gray
April 1, 2010 8:57 pm

For Pete’s sake Jon. Your comment wasn’t much better than Guam tipping over.

a dood
April 1, 2010 8:59 pm

Well, it would mean better fishing for the residents of Guam, anyways.

April 1, 2010 9:05 pm

If and when Guam capizes, I hope for 4 things:
1) Johnson is on the Promenade deck!
2) Nancy Pelosi is hand cuffed to his right arm!
3) Barbara Boxer is hand cuffed to his left arm!
4) Al Sharpton tries desperately to save all three of them!

April 1, 2010 9:14 pm

this fellow may be inept, but he does not on the surface appear to be criminal, as is the case with Soros, Geithner, Summers, et. al. who want to prevent third world countries from rapidly developing coal fired electricity plants, instead condemning the poor to struggle with solar power, windmills, and other such 13th century technology… while lining the pockets of the banker carbon futures traders.

antipodean centrist
April 1, 2010 9:19 pm

@ Steve Goddard
Steve, forget him being qualified to be Obama’s science advisor. He is well qualified to be Obama – just needs to polish up his work with a teleprompter.

Daryl M
April 1, 2010 9:57 pm

How can this not be an April Fool’s joke?

April 1, 2010 10:32 pm

So he is ill, or perhaps some medication is working as a truth serum, exposing the stupidity that he has up till now successfully hidden from the public.
This is not about AGW, it is about medication affecting the mind. If you are religious, pray for him – he asked for it.”
That is all well and good, but do we deserve to have this idiot (clinically speaking) making decisions for us?

April 1, 2010 11:12 pm

Before blasting the georgia district this guy represents, remember who he won against – incumbent cynthia *I’m a congresswoman, and I can hit a capitol hill police officer if I want to* mckinney. such a choice . . . take the idiot over the demented anyday.

April 2, 2010 12:46 am

Really sad. The guy is evidently not that bright, but also must be ill. Hope he recovers, but that’s an embarrassment to the US and a waste of the admiral’s time.

Cold Englishman
April 2, 2010 1:11 am

JohnN (11:40:07) :
And I thought all the stupid politicians we in Westminster
In Britain over a lifetime, I have witnessed many parliaments, and each of them have certain individuals who are, or have been described as “Superbrains” or “The incredibly brilliant…..” etc. They get nicknames like “Spok” or “The Vulcan”. Recent individuals like David Willets, and John Redwood come to mind. The Milliband brothers David and Ed are the current holders of the title.
History shows that often, these ‘brilliant’ individuals turn out to be either inept, stupid, or entirely lacking in commonsense. Wonder how the current two will turn out.

April 2, 2010 1:16 am

For the Department of Anecdotal Information, from a bud from Ye Olden Days:
This little episode gave me a flashback to my Psychology studying days in the last ’70s. Back then, there was a bit of humor in the department about asking people to draw a sketch of an island above and below the waterline. The results tended to be in two large categories, the lily pad or the mountain top.
I tried an experiment this morning and had ten of my co-workers to draw a sketch with those parameters — I got nine islands and one lily pad.
The lily pad was produced by the only guy who is helpless around a computer and who once admitted that he’d voted for Obie.
We like him anyway.

James Evans
April 2, 2010 1:52 am

The guy is clearly extremely ill. I’m therefore not too comfortable with him being a congressman, or with us laughing at him.

April 2, 2010 1:54 am

That was truly scary, especially considering the position of power he holds. I would suspect hepatic encephalopathy as the most likely cause of his absurd statements. While Hank Johnson does gesture a lot with both hands, there are times when he stops moving the hands. At those times he appears to have asterixis (sudden loss of tone in muscles resulting in a flapping motion (liver flap). Every patient I’ve seen with asterixis has had significant cognitive impairment. Any person in a professional capacity with hepatic encephalopathy of that degree would not be allowed to work. The differential diagnosis for his condition involves other neurologic disorders and intoxication with alcohol or drugs. It may also be that he has asterixis-like mannerisms and the only way to sort this out would be to perform a physical examination.
Perhaps the reason that Hank Johnson is still in Washington is the hundreds of millions of dollars he has diverted to his district and his early support of Barack Obama (both statements taken from his web site). Presumably as long as he has sufficient neurologic function to vote “correctly” minor details like cognitive impairment can be overlooked. Unfortunately there are no competency tests required to be a member of congress.

April 2, 2010 2:17 am

If islands don’t float how do you explained continental drift?

April 2, 2010 2:24 am

@Walnut: “That is all well and good, but do we deserve to have this idiot (clinically speaking) making decisions for us?”
Certainly not. He should be home with his family. But maybe we should stop ridiculing a person who is suffering from a severe medical condition and clearly has trouble finding the right words (“smallest location”) and gets his ideas all mixed up (floating peat islands in Georgia’s Okefenokee swamp?). Just imagine this happened to you…
I admire that admiral for his self-restraint. Maybe that’s how we should treat the AGW belivers. Trace gas controlling the climate? Glaciers melting by 2035? – We don’t anticipate that!

April 2, 2010 2:44 am

“why is he still sitting in a lawmaker’s seat?”
He explained it himself in the above-linked article:
“There are literally millions of people walking around with this virus who do not even know they have it,” Johnson said. “And once they do know they have it, the stigma of getting treated is there.
“I’m going to be a public figure who takes the stigma away from having the virus,” he said. ”
So you see, he’s just a public figure with a hepatitis. Nothing else should apparently be expected from him.

Sean Ogilvie
April 2, 2010 4:59 am

He was not kidding.
I am in Hank Johnson’s district and met him once at a neighbors house 4 years ago when he was challenging (and beating) the incumbent in the primary. I asked him a question and I was shocked at his lack of intelligence. At the time there was a proposal to give each student a $3,000 voucher if they attended private school. He was opposed to it because it would “hurt” the schools. I asked him how since we spend about $8,000 per student it would hurt the schools by giving them an extra $5,000 to spend on the remaining students for each one that would opt out of the system. Then he brought up how the War on Iraq was hurting the schools. I thanked him, wrote a check for $100 and voted for him in the primary. If you don’t know why I gave him money I have two words for you “Cynthia McKinney”.
I voted against him in the general elections in 2006 and 2008 writing in an opponent each time.

April 2, 2010 5:15 am

“Representatives” represent. There is a direct coorelation between the quality of representation, intelligence of the representative, integrity of the representative, and the quality, intelligence, and integrity of 51% (or more) of the represented who actually brave the elements (in this life or the next;-) and VOTE as often as they can.
People are “dumber” today than ever before in Human History. As with everything else, this is not entirely true. People are less educated, in general terms of the definition of the word “educated” AND much more distracted. Perhaps it is kinder to say people are more absent minded, or less attuned to their surroundings or have no idea that freedom isn’t free. Remember, too, most people -alive or dead- don’t VOTE. They’re much too distracted.
Location has nothing to do with it. Georgia “4” people are just as smart as folks anywhere else. Indeed, some might offer a great argument in debate that they are generally smarter than their counterparts in many other districts. Johnson maybe a flake but there are those what ARE Bigger Flakes walking the Halls of the United States Congress.
(From what I’ve seen and heard, stupidity is a Global Anthroprogenic Civilization Changing Genetic Problem we must all contend with. Perhaps after the planet cools off a little we’ll get better. Y’think?)

April 2, 2010 5:24 am

Sean Ogilvie,
are you saying that you had to vote for Hank in order to prevent McKinney from getting elected?

Daniel H
April 2, 2010 5:38 am

I was watching this while eating my morning bowl of Cheerios and when the man started explaining about the island tipping over and capsizing my body became paralyzed with fear, self-doubt, and confusion. A stream of milk and Cheerios began to dribble down my chin as my mouth fell open and my brain went into “zombie mode” as a sort of mental self-defense mechanism.
It was unpleasant. I think this episode might be one of those things that I would ideally like to be kept ignorant about for the sake of my own mental health, my well being, and my breakfast.

Peter of Sydney
April 2, 2010 5:45 am

If this idiot is so concerned bout the island tipping over, why isn’t he more concerned about the Earth tipping over due to large population growth? LOL

April 2, 2010 5:47 am

Next IPCC report. AGW will cause Guam to tip over and capsize into the ocean.

Jim Clarke
April 2, 2010 5:49 am

Smokey (18:04:57) :
Too funny! You made my morning!
As for the video: Too sad!

Midwest Mark
April 2, 2010 5:49 am

RWS (15:20:49) :
Neo-neocon has an explanation, it is supposed to be an inside joke.
When you read her text, it is pretty funny.

Midwest Mark
April 2, 2010 5:51 am

Oops. In response to RWS (15:20:49)
I have to believe you’re right about this being an inside joke. No one could be this ignorant.
On the other hand, this sounds about as intelligent as some of the assertions made by the environmentalists about the effects of global warming…

April 2, 2010 6:48 am

It’s made the political catoons now:

Amino Acids in Meteorites
April 2, 2010 7:38 am

No one can be this dumb. There must be something wrong mentally with him. It may be Alzheimers, or something of along those lines. Since he is a Democrat I think the Democrats are keeping him in office so they have his vote. But he should be getting care somewhere.
Maybe he will vote ‘Yea’ when he should have voted ‘Nay’ (or vice-versa) some day and mess things up for the Democrats.

Amino Acids in Meteorites
April 2, 2010 7:43 am

Sean Ogilvie (04:59:43) :
Sean, you’ve got to be kidding me—he really is this dumb?

Don Keiller
April 2, 2010 7:44 am

An almost surreal display of inarticulate ineptitude.
Is the Congressman on drugs?
He needs to be hospitalised as a matter of urgency.

April 2, 2010 7:54 am

I don’t disagree. However the simple fact that “we” elected this man in the first place is very disturbing. I am not sure that democracy can continue once the IQ of the electorate drops below some crucial threshold. His district in Georgia is apparently already lost.

Jon Jewett
April 2, 2010 8:03 am

RWS (15:20:49) :
Neo-neocon has an explanation, it is supposed to be an inside joke.
When you read her text, it is pretty funny.
Thanks for the link! That is a really great site and I have marked it as one of my “favorites”. I’ve been there and done that and she writes about it much better than I could.
Also my apologies to Hank Johnson. It was all a joke between two friends.
But….the best humor has a grain of truth to it. And, you have to admit that listening to some of our Congresspeople, you have to question their education. And their sanity.
Steamboat Jack

Mark Bowlin
April 2, 2010 8:07 am

I briefed then VADM WIllard in 2004 when he was COMSEVENTHFLT. He gleefully flamesprayed me over the course of an hour because he didn’t like what he was hearing, or perhaps he just didn’t like me — he never said exactly. He is not known in the fleet for restraint, and holding his tongue during this hearing must have been agony for him.

April 2, 2010 8:29 am

The sad thing is that he is not the exception. This is the level of intelligence of many members of congress.

David S the original
April 2, 2010 8:38 am

Bernie (12:22:32) :
“He is a complete idiot. He may be a drunken idiot or a stoned idiot, but without a doubt he is an idiot. The good people of Georgia surely have sufficient grounds to ask that he resign so that they can be represented by someone of at least average intelligence.”
His constituents in Georgia will probably re-elect him. The reason we get morons in government is because the people are morons. This is why America is doomed.
When a representative or a senator or a president is sworn in he must take an oath to uphold the constitution. But once they are in office they forget all about that and do whatever they feel like. The people tolerate that because they are totally ignorant of the constitution. If you don’t believe that try this simple quiz:
How wany articles are in the constitution?
What do any of those articles deal with?
How many amendments are there?
What do any of the amendments deal with?
What does the preamble say?
If you didn’t get many right don’t feel too bad. Most people would score near zero. You might ask well why is the constitution so important? Answers:
It defines our government
It is the supreme law of the land
It protects all of our rights
It limits the power of the federal government to keep it from becoming oppressive.
If we lose the constitution America could become as horrible a tyranny as any that ever existed. And we are in grave danger of losing it.

April 2, 2010 8:39 am

“A staunch supporter of public education”
And a grand example of public education he is.

Reed Coray
April 2, 2010 8:51 am

I knew it was just a matter of time–a congressperson who makes Barbara Boxer look half-way intelligent.

Steve Keohane
April 2, 2010 9:04 am

Perhaps near the Okefenokee swamp, they have rites akin to cow tipping?!
ked5 (23:12:24) : take the idiot over the demented anyday.
You’re right, I had no idea he replaced McKinney, obviously a move up.

April 2, 2010 9:10 am

Please don’t blame all Georgians (e.g., me). My representative (Dr. Tom Price) is a top-notch legislator.

April 2, 2010 9:47 am

His opponent in the November election is no doubt chomping at the bit to debate him.

April 2, 2010 11:09 am

April 2, 2010 12:22 pm

RWS (15:20:49) :
Neo-neocon has an explanation, it is supposed to be an inside joke.
When you read her text, it is pretty funny.
No, that Top Gun inside joke explanation is an April Fool’s article (the article itself – not Hank Johnson’s questioning). If you read all the way to the body, the writer explains how everyone took him/her seriously, when it was simply an April Fool’s joke. No, Hank Johnson was NOT performing an inside joke.

April 2, 2010 12:48 pm

Behold, my son, with what little wisdom the world is ruled.
-Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna
I wonder if the congressman’s confusion wasn’t caused by some young staffer of his assuming that he would know what “tipping point” meant in trendy eco-speak. The congressman might simply have been trying to make some sense of how the phrase, given what it would normally mean, could possibly be connected to overpopulation and environmental concerns on Guam.
I’m not so sure he’s an improvement on Cynthia McKinney. At least she wasn’t that out of it, and she stood up to Pelosi, which I couldn’t see this poor fellow doing.

Tim Clark
April 2, 2010 1:41 pm

Stephen Singer (11:34:07) :
A most unfortunate faux-pas on Congressman Johnson’s part. But, on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program he admonished everyone that Congressman Johnson is suffering from a very serious medical issue which is apparently affecting his cognitive abilities quite a bit. That was before he played the audio of the incident.

I don’t accept that excuse whatsoever. He should resign or be removed form office immediately. He should not be making decisions. I’m embarrassed. This is almost as bad as the congresswoman from Texas (San Antonio) who stated there was no reason to go to Mars as we had already planted our flag there.

Ed Scott
April 2, 2010 1:48 pm

The video clip of Congressman Hank Johnson is a source of amusement when out of context.
The Congressman is suffering the debilitating effects of a long term struggle with Hepatitis C. That is not amusing.
The video clip does demonstrate that the Congressman’s apparent disabilities should preclude his vote on legislation influencing the lives of American citizens.

April 2, 2010 2:02 pm

Philemon (12:48:19) :
I wonder if the congressman’s confusion wasn’t caused by some young staffer of his assuming that he would know what “tipping point” meant in trendy eco-speak.
It could very well have been that. The “explanation” released by his office, and ostensibly written by him, says that he was merely expressing concern about the “population tipping point on that lovely and fragile island.”
Which pegged my bs-meter — Johnson specifically stated “capsize” and *acted it out*.

Ed Scott
April 2, 2010 2:02 pm

Reed Coray (08:39:43)
“I knew it was jusst a matter of time – a congressperson who makes Barbara Boxer look half-
way intelligent.”
Reed, you are half-way there on Barbara Boxer’s intelligence.

Don Reis
April 2, 2010 2:23 pm

The only thing dumber than this human stump are those that elected him over the bag of crap he ran against. I’d rather have the bag of crap. It couldn’t introduce legislation or vote on it. MUCH SAFER FOR ALL OF US!!!

David S the original
April 2, 2010 2:27 pm

Another example of the electorate being morons:
Former Washington DC mayor Marion Barry was busted for cocaine use and served 6 months in prison. After his release he was elected to city council and finally re-elected as mayor. So either the people were unaware of his drug use and conviction or they like having a druggie for mayor. Either way they’re morons.

Ed Scott
April 2, 2010 2:31 pm

George E. Smith (15:45:49)
“…when our outer perimeter defense is at issue.”
It is really unfortunate for rancher Rob Krentz and his dog, patrolling his ranch near Douglas, Arizona, in his Polaris ATV, when Rob and his dog were shot by illegal aliens crossing our Southern perimeter.
Rest assured George, our perimeter is “virtually” protected.

April 2, 2010 2:44 pm

Bill Tuttle (14:02:02) :
“Which pegged my bs-meter…” Yours too?
What one would like is to have the video from his office staff meeting after his “question” went viral on the web.
Johnson: I pay you staffers good money to keep me from looking stupid.
Staffer: Well, if you didn’t know what “tipping point” meant, you could have just asked!
Johnson: I thought I knew what it meant! You put in that stuff about the tiny island, and how many miles I had to remember, and the fragile coral reefs I was supposed to mention, so I assumed you knew what you were talking about and there was some danger of it tipping because you specifically mentioned the tipping point. You are supposed to know about all this science and stuff… How much are you getting paid again?

David S the original
April 2, 2010 3:48 pm

More morons in the electorate

Brian K.
April 2, 2010 4:18 pm

Just to be safe, we should install outriggers on the perimeter of Guam.

April 2, 2010 5:34 pm

Oh well. Just create a zoning czar to make sure everyone isn’t on the same side of the island at the same time so they won’t tip over. I can’t believe such stupid people can have these jobs.

April 2, 2010 9:05 pm

What’s wrong? Guam’s a long ways off our west coast. Maybe they could put up a sail and come closer. And you Brits could sail over once in a while, too.

Michael Rafferty
April 3, 2010 12:44 am

Now its easier to understand how our congress thought the healthcare bill was logical.

April 3, 2010 1:12 am

Turns out Guam isnt going to sink at all. I did some research and found that most of the bailout fund went on purchasing the world banks gold reserves.
If the congresman wasnt so whacked off his face on hep C(annaboids, LSD, crack) he would realise the gold made for excellent ballast.

April 3, 2010 5:07 am

Bernie (12:22:32) You need to read the book CRACKS in the CONSTITUTION) by Lundburg, it will explain why…
Jackstraw- SERIOUSLY?
Jimbtock(13:50:46) Pitied? You think that Johnson should be pitied? It’s the people of this country that should be pitied, not some smacked ass in congress. He has been elected to a position that gives him over $100,000 a year, free health care(the good-one) he pays no S.S tax (doesn’t collect either) but after 1 or 2 terms gets a retirement package that includes full pay, full medical for the rest of his life and when he dies, his spouse will continue with the benefits. PITY??
This video clip should be played over and over again day after day in every inner-city public school, to remind the kids that all they have to do is show up every day through 12th grade and they too can grow up to be a congressman or even president. A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE…….

April 3, 2010 7:06 am

Another product of our public school system, undoubtedly given racial preferences. May very well be an adviser to comrade Hussein, who seems to have some of the same cognitive disorders. Hussein’s reference to healthcare savings of 3000% for small businesses yesterday would indicate a similar disconnect from reality. What is more likely, that these people are going to save us, or destroy us? Your call!

April 3, 2010 8:54 am


April 3, 2010 9:46 am

@Alvin W (12:06:27) :
I heard that this fellow has a severe Hepatitis C condition although
I do not know why a liver condition affects the brain.
– – – – – – –
Hep C can become very serious as it progresses. Symptoms of liver disease are usually the first to appear, even this usually takes many years after infection. I hope this congressman isn’t imbibing in intoxicating spirits, it’s very bad for a diseased liver.

Zoe from Cincinnati
April 3, 2010 11:53 am

If you are not getting ready for the upcoming revolution, then this man and his minions (fellow democrats, liberals, the unwashed, the ignorant, and trial lawyers) are going to take everything from you.

wayne rogers
April 3, 2010 1:56 pm

I haven’t seen anything this comical since Cheech and Chong.

April 3, 2010 2:12 pm

Be gentle, guys. He may be a fool, but he is our fool!
Bob in Atlanta

April 3, 2010 6:29 pm

This seat has been the fool’s seat for more than twenty years – before him it was Cynthia McKinney’s. ( She has been described as the cutest little communist in Congress. Cynthia went to Cuba to help harvest sugar cane while a US Congressman. She also hit a Capitol protective officer for doing his job and verifying here credentials.

Geoff Sherrington
April 3, 2010 6:46 pm

Jim B in Canada (11:35:23) : “Well I completely understand I have for years been telling people that if we don’t stop increasing nothern hemisphere populations soon we are going to become top heavy and the entire world is going to flip over! And it would teach us right! Because we would all fall off because we have not adapted to living upside down like the Austrailians!”
First sin. You can’t spell “Australia”.
Second sin. It is the Northern Hemisphere that is inverted, if you use the correct stellar reference frame. The flying fox or fruit bat, which migrated here from north ofthe Equator, hangs upside down because it has not re-adapated yet.
Punishment: May you chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down.

April 4, 2010 9:02 pm

I was in Guam in May 1975 with the medical volunteers of Australian Society for Intercountry Aid, the sole non-US contributors to Operation New Life. The US Navy operated a splendidly built and splendidly administered Tent City at Orote Point housing around (mostly Vietnamese) 140,000 refugees. (Readers who were involved in Operation New Life please email me My recollection is that C-141s transporting more refugees from Subic Bay were required to use low tyre pressures to avoid upsetting the Island of Guam’s stability when they landed at Agana. This was of course near the centre of gravity of the island which may have helped. Probably that was the reason for siting the airbase there.

April 7, 2010 12:04 am

It reminds me of another video, of Congresswoman Maxine Waters questioning Fed Chairman Bernanke. He had to back up and explain simple basic facts to her. He was quite patient – as one would be with a 6-year-old. (Somebody should start a collection of these.)
I think we can also assume that the Navy Admiral knows a bit about the size, shape, and location of Guam.
“…Johnson, who is on his third round of treatment with interferon,…”
“… began an experimental regimen of daily doses of the drug interferon …”
Would that be covered for one of us under Obama’s new Health Care Regime?
He definitely said “tip over and capsize”.
But of course that’s just plain silly. What it would do, is sink.
Claude Harvey: “Is “Guam tipping over” goofier than “earth burning up from plant food”?”
Certainly not. But it is on a par with Al Gore’s jaw-dropping assertion that the temperature of the Earth’s interior is “several million degrees”.
Geoff : “May you chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down.”
Good grief – what would my didgeree do?

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