Friday Funny- The epic congressional rant of @AOC

Some people just don’t know when to be contrite after a epic and devastating loss. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of those people.

Speaking at a House Financial Services Committee meeting on Tuesday, the embattled representative went on a tirade, angrily countering accusations that her Green New Deal was “elitist”, due to the humongous $93 trillion price tag associated with it.

She also reminded her many critics that just a year ago she was working as a waitress and had gotten health insurance for the first time in her life only just a month ago, thanks to her election to congress.


She released this hilarious stream of quotes:

“This is about American lives, and it should not be partisan. Science should not be partisan…”

“We talk about cost. We’re going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we are going to pay,”

“And we’re either going to decide if we’re going to pay to react, or if we’re going to pay to be proactive.”

Yes, well…ahem, floods and wildfires have been around long before mankind built towns and cities on floodplains or communities in forests, such as what happened with the tragedy in Paradise, CA in November 2018.

Her rant reminds me of the old Billy Joel song “Piano Man”.

…and the waitress is practicing politics….

She definitely needs more practice. But, this is what it really reminds me of:

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March 29, 2019 12:14 am

In her 30 years of life where has there been any extreme climate change?

Has there been one place on earth that has suffered because of these rises in seal level that we know of in the last 100 years?

Lets not panic until we actually have a reason too.

Reply to  Reanne
March 29, 2019 2:48 am

Agreed – Any rises in seal level would help the endangered Polar Bears

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Reanne
March 29, 2019 3:07 am

“In her 30 years of life ….. “

She also reminded her many critics that —- she had gotten health insurance for the first time in her life (30 years old) only just a month ago,

“HA’, during the past 20+ years, …. do you suppose AOC claimed to be an “illegal immigrant” every time she needed medicine, medical services, etc.?

All “illegals” get free healthcare, ya know.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
March 29, 2019 6:31 am

That also means she didn’t sign up for Obamacare. Why not? If her wages were so low, she would have been largely or totally subsidized.

Gary Doyle
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 29, 2019 6:42 am

Don’t forget that she was covered under her parents insurance until she was 26.

Bryan A
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 29, 2019 10:08 am

I was just thinking that very same thing. I thought that, Under Obamacare it was illegal NOT to have Health Care Coverage (or was that just Amoral??)
So She was challenging the LAW until Obamacare was moderated by President Trump.
What an #Elitist #AOC

Mother of Toddlers
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 29, 2019 11:33 am

Straight from her big Time article:

“She paid $200 a month for an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan with a huge deductible.”

Now I’ve seen people comment that having a huge deductible is effectively like not having health insurance at all, and maybe it is, but the fact of the matter is that she DID pay for a health care plan before getting her Congressional plan.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Mother of Toddlers
March 30, 2019 9:21 am

Caught in a lie? She must make her living as a politician.

Wife Seeker
Reply to  Mother of Toddlers
March 30, 2019 2:54 pm

In the immortal words of one of our great leaders Mrs. Pelosi, “Politicians lie. It’s what they do.” It’s a given in NY and CA. They actually tell us straight up and the morons still vote for them.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
March 29, 2019 7:30 am

“She also reminded her many critics that just a year ago she was working as a waitress and had gotten health insurance for the first time in her life only just a month ago”

That is personal stupidity.

Over forty years ago, before I turned 18, I realized that hospital bills and surgery represented the greatest dangers to my meager existence.

A fact that I learned before purchasing my first car insurance; causing me to select the highest level of insurance that I could afford.

After that, I never took health insurance for granted. Health care coverage was a requirement for every employment position I that I sought. I discarded job offers for positions that refused health care coverage during the first year.

AOC’s health insurance claim, post Gary Doyle’s excellent point that aoc was covered by her parent’s policy, was all based upon AOC’s inaction, lack of concern or sheer lack of intelligence.

Health care and stable retirement options are the facts of life repeatedly discussed with my children; especially after reading of a local teen hospitalized with severe injuries from joyriding.

Reply to  ATheoK
March 29, 2019 10:19 am

Consider that now as a member of Congress she gets excellent inisurance and is exempt from Obamacare. Is she going to rail against that?

Bill Powers
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
March 30, 2019 9:23 am

I didn’t have insurance my first 30 years of life because I didn’t need it. It was the next 30 that I was glad I had coverage for. Why is she complaining now?

Reply to  Reanne
March 29, 2019 6:17 am

Man, I am SO FED UP with these obnoxious spoiled brats!!!! So she didn’t get to have HER way AGAIN!! Welcome to the real world, Idiota!! May your head explode and not splatter the rest of us. It’s all downhill from here!

What a M-A-R-O-N-E!!!

Reply to  Sara
March 29, 2019 7:34 am

May your head explode and not splatter the rest of us.

No worry’s there, mate. Vacuums IMplode. Very little splatter.


Michael Lemaire
Reply to  Schitzree
March 29, 2019 9:28 am
Reply to  Sara
March 29, 2019 8:28 am

Thanks for the reminder. But there is the danger that she could create an autonomous black hole, too.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Sara
March 29, 2019 8:48 am

Please don’t be too hard on her. She is the perfect example of someone of limited intelligence who has been educated in our current K-12 and college/university system; someone fed on a diet of environmentalism, climate change, sustainability and socialism. I actually feel somewhat sorry for her. She is much better suited to her previous profession.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Joe Crawford
March 29, 2019 10:28 am

She was selected to play this role by justice democrats in the sunrise movement and some of Sanders 2016 campaign people, after her brother nominated her. According to this:

Reply to  Sara
March 29, 2019 10:16 am

Please, due respect to the illustrious philosopher B. Bunny. That’s MAROON.

Reply to  Taphonomic
March 29, 2019 10:33 am

Oh, sorry, but I was using the Italian version of it. 🙂

Bill Powers
Reply to  Sara
March 30, 2019 9:25 am

Sara, it’s whiners like her that give feminism a bad name. These women don’t want to be equal they want to be SPECiAL.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Reanne
March 29, 2019 12:41 pm

Well – at least eighteen of those years there was no temperature change at all.

And contrary what some have said, she IS quite clearly saying the world will end in 12 years – and not saying we have 12 years to act.

Jimmy Haigh
March 29, 2019 12:15 am

I see a straitjacket and padded cell in someone’s future…

Reply to  Jimmy Haigh
March 29, 2019 6:02 am

Either that or a book tour, maybe in tandem with the next Hillary blame book in that series.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 29, 2019 10:32 am

There’s assuredly a position for her in the Clinton Foundation after the abuse that reality has dealt her, no?

David Walton
March 29, 2019 12:16 am

Mencken got it right. So does Anthony.

Reply to  David Walton
March 29, 2019 5:00 am

Mencken said many things. Is this what you’re thinking about?

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. In Defense of Women

Reply to  commieBob
March 29, 2019 5:19 am

Sounds like the American Left.

Reply to  Jax
March 29, 2019 6:10 am

Mencken also said, “No one every went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People.” So laugh all you want, but, don’t be surprised if they end up buying what she’s selling.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  tgasloli
March 29, 2019 7:21 am

“laugh all you want, but, don’t be surprised if they end up buying what she’s selling”

And she has a lot of help selling it, too. There’s a whole CAGW Propaganda Industry out there backing her up. So much money involved in “fixing” CAGW. Lots of people want a piece of the action.

Roger Knights
Reply to  tgasloli
March 29, 2019 6:42 pm

The last word in Mencken’s quote was actually “public,” not “people.”

Rhys Jaggar
Reply to  commieBob
March 29, 2019 7:54 am

I think that quote should be changed to start with ‘The whole aim of pernicious politics….’

There are undoubtedly things that can only be organised on a national or quasi-national level and one of those in the US might reasonably be the co-ordination of an holistic flood- and water storage management policy for the entire Missouri-Mississippi-Ohio river basin. The reason for that is that each individual state will be bickering with other ones to protect their own narrow interests and no-one is priotising the bigger picture.

Efficient national road and rail networks are also best planned centrally – just look at how the UK railway system developed through free markets and you will see a higgledy piggledy mishmash of this, that and the other here, there and everywhere. I am just talking main arteries here, not minor and local offshoots.

What Americans actually need to do is really start discussing what is best done nationally, best done at state level and whst done best locally.

There are no right answers, it ultimately depends on political taste snd philosophy.

Reply to  Rhys Jaggar
March 29, 2019 8:13 am

The American railroad network developed the same way as the one in the UK – rapacious robber barons laying rails wherever they thought they could make money. And wherever there were land grants to be had. There was no Federal “plan” for the railroads, except for the UP-CP “transcontinental” route from Omaha to Sacramento. (It is, BTW, celebrating its 150th anniversary this May.)

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 8:39 am

Can you provide some examples of what these robber barons robbed?
Argument by assertion is typical for somebody who knows nothing.
What will you do when you learn that the aldermen of NYC tried to scam Commodore Vanderbilt and when he bet everything he could beg and borrow to prevent that, and bankrupted the scammers- they started a smear campaign you continue to this day.
What will you do if you find out you have no rational argument at all – mr AOC?
meanwhile, amtrak..
meanwhile los angeles…
meanwhile musk & Boring…makers of flame throwers…

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 9:59 am

Mr (Ms?) TruthMatters,

I guess that I should have used a “/sarc” for my reference to “rapacious robber barons”. In fact, many, many early railroads in the US were built by townsfolk and farmers wanting access to the “big” city markets. And most went bankrupt at least once. However, there were rapacious robber barons, as well. Read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” for just one example. It is fiction, but anyone who has studied US history, and railroad history, can see the Southern Pacific railroad in its full glory.
As an amateur ferroequinologist (figure it out), I can tell you that, aside from the UP-CP, there was no Federal planning invovled in railroad development in the US. Not sure I get your reference to Amtrak – hardly an example of good Federal planning. Your reference to Los Angeles is equally unintelligible, and I have no idea what you are talking about with regard to Elon and Boring. Flamethrowers? Really?

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 12:04 pm

They were called Robber Barons because they had more money than the elites of the day thought anyone else should be allowed to have. No reason beyond that.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 12:10 pm

As you admit, The Jungle is fiction. As is the public image of Southern Pacific that the writers of the day created.

Jim Whelan
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 4:35 pm

The “planning” was essentially in the land grants. The federal and state governments provided land where they thought the railroad “ought” to go (often dependent upon the size of the bribes) then left the railroads to make use of the grant.

Mark Twain’s “The Gilded Age” is a nice treatment of how this likely worked. I know it’s fiction but it rings with truth though somewhat exaggerated and embellished to meet the entertainment need.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 7:12 pm

FWIW, Mencken said that America had “the world’s most comical railroad system.” (This may have been in his “On Being an American.” If not, it should have been.)
Here’s a link to that essay of his; hit page-down five times to get to it:

Roger Knights
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 29, 2019 8:04 pm

oops—the link I gave to Mencken’s “On Being an American” contains a lot of irrelevant material on WWI, although its first pages are amusing. Here’s a link to the last part of it.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar
March 29, 2019 8:33 am

There actually isn’t very much that is best done nationally except national defense needs, e.g. the interstate system.

The MO-MS-OH river basins will never be tamed, not by any kind of national plan for water storage policy. When the spring snow melt is enhanced with spring rains there simply isn’t any place in those basins to store the amount of water that is released other than the natural water storage provided by the flood plains. Mother Nature will simply not be denied.

People who live in those flood plains, even 100 year flood plains are simply making a choice. Sometimes those choices don’t work out.

Reply to  Rhys Jaggar
March 29, 2019 12:03 pm

Ah yes, the old centrally planned is always better than people looking out for themselves schtick.
This from the guy who refers the US as being Uber Capitalist.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar
March 29, 2019 2:21 pm

Rhys Jaggar – March 29, 2019 at 7:54 am

There are undoubtedly things that can only be organised on a national or quasi-national level and one of those in the US might reasonably be the co-ordination of an holistic flood- and water storage management policy for the entire Missouri-Mississippi-Ohio river basin.

Efficient national road and rail networks are also best planned centrally – ….

I am just talking main arteries here, not minor and local offshoots.

NO, NO, N O, …. Rhys Jaggar, …. what you are talking is “hindsight”.

Rhys J, a national or quasi-national planning group cannot foresee or dictate where people are going to live in undeveloped territories.

March 29, 2019 12:17 am

It’s coming up to Beer-O-Clock here in Thailand. I might grab a couple of coldies and enjoy these “wise words” again. Cheers!

March 29, 2019 12:22 am

The scary part is she supposedly studied economics, I smell a shame degree.

Reply to  LdB
March 29, 2019 12:24 am

I was going to put the Cersei Lannister walk video up but then I remember what it looked like 🙂

Javert Chip
Reply to  LdB
March 29, 2019 7:08 am

I doubt AOC has any shame, only arrogance

Reply to  LdB
March 29, 2019 12:31 am

If you read closely, her major was international relations with some economics. She could have studied global nonsense with just a watered down economics course on foreign aid programs. She sounds too stupid to have ever taken the math needed for a real economics degree.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  LdB
March 29, 2019 12:59 am

There are many people who “sell their bodies” to get through uni.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 29, 2019 3:20 am

Such a pity no one bought hers then Patrick. Maybe a proactive $ purchase back them might have saves us all from the $trillions of cost she thinks is a bargain…

Reply to  LdB
March 29, 2019 8:47 am

Sometimes the official biographies just don’t make any sense.

She went to an expensive private university and according to her Wikipedia biography she graduated with honors with a degree in economics. If that were true why was she working as a bartender? Something doesn’t add up.

It’s like Obama’s official biography. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Chicago why was he an unemployed community activist? You would think that a black man graduating from the University of Chicago with a law degree would be snapped up with a six figure salary by one of the big prestige law firms. Something doesn’t add up.

Dan Kurt
Reply to  Marty
March 29, 2019 10:21 am

Havard, not the University of Chicago! He taught at the U of Chicago Law School Constitutional Law.

Dan Kurt

Reply to  Dan Kurt
March 29, 2019 3:02 pm

Thanks. You are right. It was Harvard Law School.

March 29, 2019 12:23 am

Sorry – I could get past the first 15 seconds.
Totally cringeworthy
The sad thing is that AOC actually believes that people care about what she says or thinks.

Reply to  AndrewWA
March 29, 2019 1:14 am

Unfortunately to many people do. Realize she is their leader, they are dumber than her. Let that sink in for a few minutes

Stewart Pid
Reply to  David
March 29, 2019 5:18 am

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

― George Carlin

John Endicott
Reply to  Stewart Pid
March 29, 2019 5:38 am

While it sounds nice and witty, it’s not necessarily true as it rather depends on the distribution of the numbers.
for example:
Average is 90, Only 10%, not half, of those numbers are below (“stupider than”) average. a full 80% are average and 10% above average.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  John Endicott
March 29, 2019 6:01 am

You just haven’t used enough decimal places!

John Endicott
Reply to  John Endicott
March 29, 2019 6:47 am

LOL! great reply Jim.

David Chappell
Reply to  John Endicott
March 29, 2019 7:15 am

Average IQ is 100 by definition so if the intelligence increases for any reason, the scale is adjusted so that there will still be half the population below average. It’s on a par with temperature fiddling.

John Endicott
Reply to  John Endicott
March 29, 2019 7:52 am

Average IQ is actually listed as a range, by definition, not a single value.

For the Current Wechsler (WAIS–IV, WPPSI–IV) IQ classification it’s 90-109

The The Woodcock–Johnson III classification has it as 90-110

For the The Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition it’s 85-115

R Shearer
Reply to  John Endicott
March 29, 2019 9:09 am

Average sounds better than median and is more often used colloquially.

Ill Tempered Klavier
Reply to  Stewart Pid
March 29, 2019 1:45 pm

Luckily, the other half are smarter or we would really be in deep fecal material.

George was a wise man. Give him your full attention.

Ron Long
Reply to  AndrewWA
March 29, 2019 2:57 am

You’re smarter than me, AndrewWA. I watched the whole thing and I wished I hadn’t. This is upsetting on so many different levels.

01 Cat
Reply to  AndrewWA
March 29, 2019 3:36 am

Yip, 15 seconds was enough for me too!

john harmsworth
Reply to  AndrewWA
March 29, 2019 6:46 am

Just be aware-her brand of zealotry is exactly the kind that turns authoritarian and viciously so. She’s all temper and emotion and zero brains or self control.

rudi schuster
Reply to  john harmsworth
March 29, 2019 8:41 pm

The wisest comment in the field. +175

Mark - Helsinki
March 29, 2019 12:38 am

She was hired to play a role, she’s an employee, nothing she says is her own thoughts, apart from the ludicrously stupid things she says, those are her own thoughts.

She is part of a move by the justice democrats to flood politics with candidates (people they just put ads out for and hire so they can paint them up as politicians.

They are playing a numbers game, every election cycle throw a few hundred candidates at it and some stick, rinse and repeat. Kind of like Oakland As moneyball

Problem is, the deranged loonies behind people like AOC and the fact they are putting blithering idiots in congress. AOC has about as much life experience as my 7 year old son

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
March 29, 2019 3:43 am

Very true. She literally responded to a casting call. Zack Exley is probably the man behind the curtain.

Reply to  Dylan
March 29, 2019 4:21 am

Dangerous people want to take over the world to create Utopia.

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
March 29, 2019 5:11 am

The democrats rode the Me too movement that pictured men as bad to get young women that they could
control into congress. In this case, they are not fully in control and their plans will backfire. However, her behavior makes some of the others look better as presidential candidates.

Greg Cavanagh
March 29, 2019 1:20 am

She is perhaps the only person on earth who actually believes that Global Warming is real and will destroy the earth. Everyone else just snickers and uses it as a vehicle to push their own agenda, pretending that it’s all real.

Greg Cavanagh
March 29, 2019 1:25 am

But then a desert hobo came and told me
We all got a chicken duck woman thing waiting for us

Everyday I worry all day about what’s waiting in the bushes of love
‘Cause something is waiting in the bushes for us
Something is waiting in the bushes of love
Everyday I worry all day

March 29, 2019 1:28 am

I know a brilliant 50 year old electrical engineer who talks this way and a 55 year old journalist in my local paper who also talks this way.

How do they end up like this?

Rod Evans
Reply to  Klem
March 29, 2019 3:17 am

Stupidity is a wide ranging problem. It is not just limited to the stupid…

Reply to  Rod Evans
March 29, 2019 6:48 am

And it’s deep. Very deep.

Reply to  Klem
March 29, 2019 4:03 am

the electrical engineer reads the journos paper section mayhap?

James Clarke
Reply to  Klem
March 29, 2019 8:11 am

The comments here reveal the dangers of seeking out our own comfortable echo chambers. I visit this site on a daily basis, largely to maintain my sanity, but WUWT does not represent the majority thinking out their.

People are continually bombarded with misinformation about climate, even from those on the right.
The articles and the comments on many other websites reveal an almost universal ignorance of the subject. I guess that is not surprising, given that even the most knowledgeable people on the planet are just beginning to understand the complexity of the topic. Many here, who have studied the science for decades, know that it does not support the notion of a climate crisis, but no one has learned enough to explain everything that we are observing. The average citizen, who hasn’t spent a singly hour studying the science, has practically no understanding of climate and climate change.

In the absence of knowledge, the speaker with the most conviction is usually the greatest persuader. We here at WUWT have enough knowledge to know that AOC is ignorant of the science of climate change, but most people do not, and her conviction is persuasive to the masses!

Fortunately, many people do have the common sense to recognize a scam when they see one. The resistance to climate change legislation is coming from those people, not from the small number of people who are educated enough to speak intelligently against the climate crisis meme.

Eventually the science will win out, but that may take 100 years or more. Right now, while the world remains largely ignorant of climate and how it works, conviction in ‘high places of authority’ is very powerful. We can call AOC names all day long and point out her ignorance of the science until the sun goes down, but she is having a bigger impact on the population than all of us combined.

We are comfortable here in our ‘safe-space’, but we are delusional if we think we are winning.

Reply to  James Clarke
March 29, 2019 8:19 am

Thank you – good points all.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  James Clarke
March 29, 2019 8:59 am

+10 :<)

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
March 29, 2019 1:55 am

Dont’ worry about flying. She’ll ban your chicken vindaloo.

Think about it. No chicken vindaloo. Because AOC says so.

March 29, 2019 2:05 am

Reply to  HotScot
March 29, 2019 10:56 am

I’ll see you, and raise you one:

March 29, 2019 2:19 am

As said in an apocalyptic movie, “I hear the world is ending tonight. I think I’ll go home and watch it on TV.”

Reply to  Rob
March 29, 2019 3:25 am

“The revolution won’t be televised.”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Gamecock
March 29, 2019 6:36 am

No, but you can get a nice table at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Hocus Locus
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
March 30, 2019 5:53 am

And be waited upon by a large friendly animal that earnestly wishes to e eaten.

March 29, 2019 2:23 am

…. even Doomsday is threatened by climate change /sc

March 29, 2019 2:28 am

Why do some people think we should drop everything and to what they want just because they think there’s a big problem? Narcissistic self-regard, not science.

March 29, 2019 2:43 am

“So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! ”

Howard Beale, in Network.

E J Zuiderwijk
March 29, 2019 2:48 am

I find the admonishing finger of this barmaid in Manhatten distinctly reprehensible. Reminds me of Isil propaganda clips. In both cases people who know nothing claiming to know everything and therefore entitled to push their infantile beliefs down our throat.

March 29, 2019 2:55 am

Spoiled- Petulant- Child.

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Jim
March 29, 2019 11:42 am

Or AOC = An Obnoxious Child

Rod Evans
March 29, 2019 3:14 am

Listen up all you out there, I also believe there has been a dramatic rise in seal levels too!!
I blame Dr Patrick Moore if he hadn’t saved all those baby seals from the fur hunters we wouldn’t have this massive rise in seal levels AOC is banging on about. And another thing. Because of all those rising seal numbers the Polar Bears have risen too. We now have way too many of them, and they are causing problems in northern lands.
She is talking about seal levels rising…isn’t she?
What else could she be bleating about?

E J Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Rod Evans
March 29, 2019 3:41 am

Reply to  Rod Evans
March 29, 2019 5:16 am

That rising numbers of SEAL levels is also causing morbid obesity in polar bears. Something must be done about that! They’re too fat!!! Stop the incursions of SEALs.!!!

Oh, wait, SEALs is Navy. Sorry, my bad. Never mind.

Reply to  Sara
March 29, 2019 8:03 am

Rolly Polly Bear

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March 29, 2019 3:23 am

“The private sector knew as far back as 1970”

This is of course a reference to the “exxon knew” thing which holds that exxon knew as far back as 1970 that fossil fuels were causing dangerous climate change but “downplayed” the role of CO2. This is the whole of the exxon knew case against the fossil fuel industry which is in reality a desperate attempt to draw a parallel with tobacco.

But it doesn’t work because back in 1970, not just exxon but climate science too was downplaying the role of co2 and up playing the role of aerosols. This is because everyone in the field was busy trying to explain not warming but cooling.

E J Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Chaamjamal
March 29, 2019 4:05 am

Apparently Exxon believed in unicorns back then and later the government also started to believe in unicorns and now she herself is a believer too. Blaming the others that they did nothing about her unicorns. I’m not sure if it is endearing or just pathetic.

Reply to  E J Zuiderwijk
March 29, 2019 6:19 am

I’m sure that she can find relief for the pain of her unicorns at the drugstore, in the foot remedies section.

March 29, 2019 3:28 am

Yes, yes dear let run it all again

And there is a worrying amount of age lines appearing around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mouth, maybe she needs just a little Botox injection to the upper and lower lips.

AGW is not Science
Reply to  tom0mason
March 29, 2019 4:02 am

Or a Botox injection into her brain to kill off the “stupid” parts. Of course, that would probably leave her a vegetable.

March 29, 2019 3:56 am

I never try to disparage a person for where they come from in life. It is elitist to point out that she was a bartender or waitress. However, this women is dumb.

John Endicott
Reply to  Derg
March 29, 2019 5:59 am

It is elitist to point out that she was a bartender or waitress

She brought it up first, from the article “She also reminded her many critics that just a year ago she was working as a waitress …”. It’s fair game to comment on when she’s the one that brought it up.

Reply to  Derg
March 29, 2019 6:52 am

I’m guessing she had to try to get elected because bartending was too complicated.

Reply to  john
March 29, 2019 8:15 am

Hey, have YOU tried making a Bloody Mary lately? Then there’s those fancy drinks that are on fire! Becoming a Congress Critter was definitely the better choice.

To paraphrase Don Henley, She just has to look good, she doesn’t have to be clear.


March 29, 2019 4:01 am

Dems are trying to take the sting out of Repubs mocking their Trump derangement syndrome by saying they have AOC derangement syndrome. They are so clever.

To give them credit, it is true that when AOC speaks many suffer a debilitating reaction: mouth agape, body contortions, difficulty breathing, doubling over and grabbing the stomach as if in pain, etc. Let’s have a look. But first for comparison here’s an example of Trump derangement syndrome

Now AOC derangement syndrome

E J Zuiderwijk
Reply to  icisil
March 29, 2019 4:07 am

Order! Order!

Oh, wait ….

Bruce Cobb
March 29, 2019 4:22 am

Can’t they put a muzzle on her? I bet they could pass a resolution; 57 – yea to 43 “present”.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 29, 2019 9:13 am

That’s the wrong chamber of Congress. AOC is a member of the House of Representative with 435 members total. The Senate only has 100 members–two for each state. A 57 vote–yea to present–wouldn’t even scratch the surface in the House.


March 29, 2019 4:25 am

Is this woman for real?! We have some quite deranged ‘green’ politicians here also, but i comparison AOC makes them look like honorary members of Mensa. I suspect she actually is a very good actor planted by Mr. Trump…. 😉

Flight Level
March 29, 2019 4:54 am

Time for a portable dance pole campaign accessory.

March 29, 2019 5:39 am

To be fair to AOC, she is probably saying things that she believes because she was taught them in University. My daughter came home from University and told me that she had been taught that ‘deregulation’ was about removing safety regulations. Her own mother had worked in the trucking industry and during deregulation knew that it was about allowing freer competition. If I had not set her straight she would never know different. What bothers me is that I’m sure she was taught and believes a lot of other lies. Lies that I know are not true because I’ve live through the events, but she did not.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel
March 29, 2019 7:43 am

“To be fair to AOC, she is probably saying things that she believes”

I think AOC is sincere. She is completely wrong on just about everything, but she seems sincere in her wrongness.

I think she is convinced she owns the moral highground. A common trait for those on the Left.

Thinking you occupy the moral highground is not bad in itself. It’s only bad when you think you are morally superior to those who don’t look at the world the way you do, and you reach the conclusion that therefore they are immoral and worthy of contempt and worse.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 29, 2019 8:41 am

As Reagan said (paraphrased): The problem isn’t how much the Democrats know, the problem is how much they know that is wrong!

March 29, 2019 6:04 am

She is doing tremendous damage – notices how she mixes in real concerns like health insurance, debt, and implies it’s because of CO2? This reeks of a clique that refuses any kind of national approach to real problems – she is a shill for Wall Street/London.
She has tarred FDR’s New Deal, and Glass Steagall so it’s obvious where she comes from. FDR had enemies , witness the Business Plot to oust him that whistleblower Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler smashed.
Now look at the attempted coup that Trump has just now avoided. Trump, like FDR demands massive infrastructure, campaigned on Glass-Steagall.
The GND is Plan B after the imploding Russiagate coup-hoax, a hysterical fit of failure.

Jim Gorman
March 29, 2019 6:18 am

You just haven’t used enough decimal places!

March 29, 2019 6:20 am

Just warming up for the book tour……

March 29, 2019 6:27 am

‘had gotten health insurance for the first time in her life only just a month ago, thanks to her election to congress.’
Does that mean AOC hadn’t signed up for Obamacare?

Reply to  Phaedo
March 29, 2019 9:24 am

Did she pay the tax penalty?
Did she claim ALL her waitress/bartender tips on her taxes?
Would she release her tax records?
Is she a selfish hypocrite?

john york
March 29, 2019 6:33 am

“She also reminded her many critics that just a year ago she was working as a waitress and had gotten health insurance for the first time in her life only just a month ago,”

So how did she get away without paying income taxes and avoiding Obamacare? All of the citizens I know have to pay taxes and swear they had health insurance for the last reporting year. Is AOC income so low she didn’t have to file? Then she missed out on all that money in federal earned income tax credits. Proving, once again, she’s not too smart. She also missed out on the NY state and NYC low income tax credits. Proving, once again, she’s not too smart.

But, I really want to know how she avoided Obamacare.

March 29, 2019 6:45 am

AOC is my go to source for doomsday information.

March 29, 2019 6:49 am

I get all goosebumpy when I see lunatic Leftists like AOC double down on their dire prophesies of imminent climate catastrophes because CAGW’s past projections are already so far devoid from reality, it’s already a disconfirmed hypothesis..

The more catastrophic Leftists make their predictions, and the more money they project will be required to “fix” the CAGW Hoax, the bigger the blowback will be once CAGW becomes an unmitigated farce.

The Left will have a hard time recovering from blowback that’s coming, which makes me all giddy inside.

Rudolph Schuster
Reply to  SAMURAI
March 29, 2019 9:19 pm

Remember the year and see how many degree’s the earth has warmed. Note the sea level rise and the amount of land burned up in the new deserts in that time. Keep track of how many more people die of starvation because of the rising C02 when the twelve years is over. Another useful idiot skimming the low information voters just like ole’ Gore.
Who will tell them about the doomsday prophets that came before them and not be seen as a greedy old fogey?

“The comments here reveal the dangers of seeking out our own comfortable echo chambers…..
We here at WUWT have enough knowledge to know that AOC is ignorant of the science of climate change, but most people do not, and her conviction is persuasive to the masses!…..
We can call AOC names all day long and point out her ignorance of the science until the sun goes down, but she is having a bigger impact on the population than all of us combined.
We are comfortable here in our ‘safe-space’, but we are delusional if we think we are winning.”

James Clarke

He’s the daily winner of the most intelligent comment in the thread. Congratulations sir, and RIP.

March 29, 2019 7:00 am

There is only one thing “epic,” about AOC.

Robert of Texas
March 29, 2019 7:31 am

AOC…I wonder if she was at least a competent bartender?

She apparently slept through high-school and college – that or the state of education in this country is worse than we thought.

Honestly she needs to have a truly hard professional job (i.e. not bar-tending) that requires real mental effort and commitment to succeed before becoming a member of congress. With no basis in reality, she is useless in her position.

Bob Cherba
Reply to  Robert of Texas
March 29, 2019 8:28 am

Seems to me AOC used to refer to herself as a former BARTENDER. Now she says she used to be a WAITRESS. ‘Must be the leftist word police pointed out it’s better to say you were a waitress than a bartender. But, if she were really “woke,” wouldn’t she say she used to be a “server”?

I don’t see how AOC’s supporters can trash President Trump with a straight face. Amazing.

John Ray
Reply to  Bob Cherba
March 29, 2019 11:05 am

I would have thought she claimed to be a mixologist. However that word is probably above a BA in international relations and economics. I don’t think she was a mixogost or a real bartender, she probably a beer decapper and beer puller, and maybe not so good at that

March 29, 2019 7:38 am

In todays social media world the goal is hits and likes, period. She is succeeding brilliantly, earning her pay from who ever is funding her. She is even on WUWT. My guess look for her to run in 2028 or 2032 for POTUS.

CD in Wisconsin
March 29, 2019 8:06 am

This is the ranting and raving a dyed-in-the wool hard line cult member. The worst thing about being in a cult is not realizing you are in one and not knowing what the warning signs are to look for.

Religious cult doctrines or belief systems are treated as unquestionable and infallible by its members, and that is what we are getting here from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez. That is one of the warning signs. If she understood science, that lack of hard questions about climate alarmism from science, politics, academia, the media and elsewhere would raise red flags of suspicion. But when you are already sucked in, you don’t look for them.

I don’t know offhand how many times humanity and the planet have been doomed as prophesied by various groups and individuals throughout human history. But, as ABBA says in their hit song “Waterloo,” the history book on the shelf is always repeating itself. Ignorance of history dooms you to repeat is mistakes.
Right know, there are a lot of people out there (including AOC) that are demonstrating the reality of that statement. Sadly, it will perhaps be a long time before they realize it, if ever.

Alan Ranger
March 29, 2019 8:16 am

Interesting to actually see a twenty-something year old lunatic in action.
Worrisome if she is ever allowed to make any decisions though.

March 29, 2019 8:37 am

What about the islands of New York City that existed during the 19th Century but either rejoined land (water recession) or disappeared into the water?

Oh, but that takes place at an inconvenient time and does not really work with the narrative …

Also, glad to see someone else think of “Piano Man” with her!

March 29, 2019 8:38 am

1. Why was a 29 year old with an Economics degree from Brown University working at a bartender?

2. How did she pay for the $50k+/year tuition? Did she go the secret benefactor route that Obama did to fund multiple Ivy League schools?

March 29, 2019 8:51 am

I am going to take a wild guess here:

I don’t think AOC ever intended to get into politics. I believe throughout college her goal was the entertainment industry. (Going to protest demonstrations was a “cool” thing to do.)
– Witness the video that was leaked (I don’t think her handlers were too happy about that) of her dancing (quite well).
– When she can calm herself down she has a very credible delivery; and she can clearly memorize lines.
– Unfortunately for Alexia, she has a very thin skin and is prone to “overacting” with exaggerated hand arm movements when she gets excited and goes off script. (Her natural intelligence shines through in those moments.)
– What is the usual job for someone waiting and hoping for their chance to break into show business? (No, “US Congressional Representative” was not the job I was going for.)

kent beuchert
March 29, 2019 9:01 am

Her basic weakness is that she is exceedingly stupid. So stupid she can’t understand the reason people laugh at her ideas. Green New Deal – cost many trillions, who knows how much. But if the atempt is to elimiante emissions from power genration and transportation THEN : electric cars are the obvious future and will eliminate almost all ICE vehicles just as soon as battery prices drop significantly below $100 per kWhr.
So there is no need for govt to spend any money transforming the transporation sector. If we include existing hydro power and existing nuclear in our brave new world, then we only need to build about $900 billion worth of molten salt small nuclear rectors to provide the additional power needed for everything, including power for our electric vehicles. That’s it!!!! See how simple it is?

Kyle in Upstate NY
March 29, 2019 9:01 am

Erm, I am calling g BS on her claim that she got health insurance for the first time in her life upon becoming a Congressperson, as she comes from money.

John Thompson
March 29, 2019 9:26 am

She thinks the Electoral College should be tuition free.

March 29, 2019 9:49 am

I didn’t make it past twenty seconds of the video.

She is so uninformed!

It was just too sickening to watch her level of ignorance parading as a serious adult in a United States governmental capacity.

Really, it’s disturbing.

And I was having a really good day, up to that point.

March 29, 2019 9:53 am

The staff of AOC could have taken the time to research the history of The Missouri-Mississippi Rivers watershed flooding beginning with DeSoto in 1543. Flooding in those states is not unusual. Just like other events, the fanatics use something that has occurred numerous times in our history as proof of AGW.
Don’t make it so easy to rebut.

Berndt Koch
March 29, 2019 10:33 am

The BBC asked if we had Climate Anxiety… nope.. but this woman scares the crap out of me.

She also needs to practice more with that right arm.. it needs to be straighter, palm facing downward and held still slightly above the horizontal. A toothbrush mustache would also help identify her for what she really is.. just saying..

Pop Piasa
March 29, 2019 10:45 am

Here’s one of her better performances of the justice dem rhetoric and the reaction it got.

March 29, 2019 10:58 am

Try it with the sound off. I kept expecting froth to foam down her chin.

Imagine trying to hold a conversation with that.

I’m in no doubt that she is counterproductive.

The Boss? Yes. Ugh.

Reply to  kim
March 29, 2019 11:47 am

She checks all the boxes.
Underestimate her at your peril ??

Peter Plail
March 29, 2019 11:02 am

And I thought it was just British politicians who were stupid.

William Astley
March 29, 2019 11:49 am

I listened to the entire clip. Pure appeal to emotions with fake facts. Of course she really, really believes in what she is saying.

Proposing spending trillions of dollars on stuff that will not significantly reduce human CO2 emissions which is not a problem anyway as there is no CAGW is not good for the poll numbers.

Quinnipiac found Ocasio-Crazy’s national favorability rating sits at a pathetic 23 percent; her unfavorable is 36 percent, which means she is upside down by double digits — 13 whole points.

Faced with this news, the freshman congresswoman went the full-black helicopter. After posting a link to her terrible, awful, very bad polling news, she tweeted, “It’s almost as though there is a directed + concerted far-right propaganda machine with a whole cable news channel, and a dark-money internet operation propped up by the Mercers et al dedicated to maligning me & stoking nat’l division[.]”

Pop Piasa
March 29, 2019 12:01 pm

Here’s Tucker Carlson’s contribution to this thread.

March 29, 2019 12:42 pm

Funny that she’s not demanding a vote on her GND resolution in the House. Oh, and flipping a lid over it being voted on in the Senate. Heck, she was yammering about it being a House resolution, utterly forgetting that Ed Markey submitted the same thing in the Senate

David S
March 29, 2019 4:06 pm

Note to AOC- when you find you’ve dug yourself into a deep hole the first thing to do is stop digging.

David S
March 29, 2019 4:11 pm

Note 2 to AOC- When I was your age I thought socialism was a good idea. But in the ensuing 40 years I have come to a much different opinion. Socialism is a deadly trap. It’s like a poison apple; it looks good and it tastes good and then you die. Venezuela is now in that final phase.

Gunga Din
March 29, 2019 4:34 pm

Hard to pin down this quote but:
“The trouble with most people, as Will Rogers observed, is not that they don’t know much but that they know so much that isn’t true.”

I really like this one. (Guess Al was looking in a mirror?)

“In 2006 the Oscar-winning documentary about climate change titled “An Inconvenient Truth” displayed an instance of the saying and credited Mark Twain:

What gets us into trouble
is not what we don’t know
It’s what we know for sure
that just ain’t so

– Mark Twain”

As I’ve said before, my favorite secular quote is , ““You know, everybody’s ignorant, just on different subjects.”

― Will Rogers”

I know her bar had to close due to the “living wage” stuff she backs, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume her ability to get things mixed up worked well when she was a barmaid.
AOC should go back to being a barmaid. just a tip.

Reply to  Gunga Din
March 29, 2019 5:39 pm

“All of man’s problems stem from his inability to sit alone in a room for any length of time.” – Blaise Pascal, philosopher born 395 years ago today

March 29, 2019 4:53 pm

“You wanna save Humanity but it’s people that you just can`t stand”

John Lennon – “I Don’t Wanna Face it” (1980)

John in Oz
March 29, 2019 5:20 pm

Is this the climate/weather AOC feels will be stopped if we all follow her plan?

In this issue are published graphic records of the ordeals by fire and water through which the Nairne and Callington districts have passed within One short week. On Christmas Day “heat like the mouth of a hell” was over all, and a fierce grass fire spread desolation across thousands of acres in the neighborhood.
On; New Year’s Day. “a deluge of cataract skies ” turned a still larger area into roaring and devastating water-floods which boiling against the bridges, “hurled down in swift career battlement and plank and pier,” while, in less-contracted channels it swept away trees, destroyed fences, invaded houses, injured roads, desolated crops, and drowned cattle

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser Fri 4 Jan 1889

I like the phraseology of the time “hurled down in swift career battlement and plank and pier,”

Tim Gorman
March 29, 2019 5:25 pm

AOC is on MSNBC right now (Fri nite) stating things at a townhall like it is the federal governments responsibility to take control of every local water system in the nation to insure that children aren’t exposed to lead!

AOC is the ultimate statist. In her world there will be no state government and no local government, only the federal government – and we will all dance to the tune the federal government tells us to dance to. Of course she will be the one in the federal government deciding what that tune will be!

Tim Gorman
March 29, 2019 5:29 pm

Now AOC is claiming on MSNBC at the townhall that we can control methane from cows by the federal government telling farmers what they *have* to feed the cattle! First, she obviously has absolutely no idea about the biology of cows. It doesn’t really matter what you feed them they are still going to produce methane. I sincerely wonder exactly what she thinks farmers are feeding cattle to maximize their methane output! Second, this is a scary proposition from a federal politician – abrogating individual freedom at the whim of the elitists in the federal government.

I’m tired of watching this lunacy. I’m going to turn the channel!

John in Oz
March 29, 2019 5:43 pm

I received this recently from my financial advisor which references the goings-on in the US:

Modern Monetary Theory has popped up (again) as a solution to the world wide problem of lower economic growth and inequality of outcomes.
Many on the Left of US politics (including a few Presidential hopefuls) have been pushing it as a solution to the inequality that exists in much of US society. The recent Green New Deal is a perfect example – spend up big and get what we all want and don’t worry about how we will pay for it.
So what is Modern Monetary Theory ?
Well there is no agreed definition amongst MMT adherents but the basic theory revolves around the role of money in a modern economy.
In most western democracies money is “created” by an independent central bank (think the RBA in Australia or the Federal Reserve in the US) that controls the amount of money in the economy by its relationship with the banking system – where loans are written and credit supplied to the economy.
MMT argues instead of a central bank controlling the money supply that the government itself should control the currency.
A government that does this is in effect in full control because if it issues its own money it can never not meet it obligations.
Why? Well because it can print its own money and pay its obligations with that money.
That’s right MMT proscribes that governments can simply print money and pay for everything their populations want!
And what about inflation when the government actually issues too much money into the economy and the value of that money decreases due to inflation?
Well MMT says the government can use its ability to levy taxes to curb the money supply and curb any inflationary impacts. Presently this role is assumed by central banks via their movement in official interest rates to either stimulate or contract the economy due to too much or too little inflation.
Various theories similar to MMT has been around for over 100 years but of late they are getting rehashed – particularly in the US.
The scenario where a government can simply print money to pay for everything they ever wanted to give there people appeals at present in the US where the federal budget deficit is running at $US1 trillion per annum. Accumulated US debt is over $US20 Trillion.
The US economy is going gangbuster presently growing at close to 3 % and unemployment is at decades lows – and yet the government cannot balance the books.
So MMT adherents say; “ don’t worry simply print more money and pay for everything your people want”.
The problem is that the finite constraints in an economy will catch up with you and whilst you can perhaps control the money supply via taxation you cannot control the actual level of goods and services in an economy.
You end up having too much money chasing too few goods / services.
A good example has been provided in relation to medical services.
Say the government decided tomorrow that we should have universal free dental services in Australia. Now there would not be many people who would say this is a bad idea. It would be good for general health and well being given research linking poor dental care to poor health outcomes etc.
However if dental services was suddenly free the demand would overwhelm the supply of dentists offering those services.
You cannot suddenly create thousands of new Dentists and so inevitably the price of dental services – for those willing (or desperate) to pay to get to see a dentist sooner than those who will have the government pay for it – would lead to inflation in the price of the services
This is true of other limited supply goods and services.
So why is this current interest in MMT important for investors?
Any uptake of this sort of economic policy to cure the ills of society will lead to massive economic upheaval and would impact severely on the investment markets if it was ever implemented
It may well be causing a stir in the US but how long until these “cures” are exported around the world?
At a time when economic stimulus from monetary policy (ie lower official interest rates) appears to have reached its limit the only lever (according to MMT adherents) available to governments would be via fiscal policy (i.e. massive injections of money via budget deficits) funded by the printing presses.
If governments don’t have to worry about how they pay it back then they will likely decide to open the floodgates.

Welcome to Venezuela!

Craig from Oz
March 29, 2019 5:54 pm

Still a bit bemused that not many commentators are grasping the true implications of this recent vote.

The Democrats threw her under a bus.

Everyone wants to comment on how this shows the Democrats lack conviction in their own plans and were too spineless to vote for their Great Leap Forward, but my take is they knew exactly what they were doing – Making AOC look like a friendless idiot.

This isn’t about the Left being two faced, this was about the Left reminding the work experience kids that the company is still run by adults.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Craig from Oz
March 29, 2019 6:51 pm

They still want to achieve her goal, Big, REALY BIG Government!
They just don’t want to go on record as to agreeing with her inane reasons and means to achieve it.

Patrick MJD
March 29, 2019 10:42 pm

WOW! Better not as her to make me a “snake bite”.

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