Remember the Idiot Republican Bobby Jindal Mocking ‘Volcano Monitoring’?

by Ken Layne


It’s unfair to blame only Bobby Jindal, the boy exorcist of the bayou, for this asinine response to Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. Why? Because the entire national GOP leadership shares the blame for this dumb bullshit. But doesn’t Bobby look smug while he consults his illustrated Bible for proof that American manufacturing, high-speed trains and geological disasters are all simple tricks of the Devil?

Wow, $300 million to buy American-made cars for the American government’s fleet of cars? And $8 billion for high speed rail projects in America, when China has spent $170 billion on fast trains in the past decade and will have invested $300 billion by 2020? (“Disneyland” is apparently what Jindal thinks is the real name for “Los Angeles,” which is actually the nation’s second largest city and not some tiny swamp suburb like Baton Rouge, and the only California high-speed rail project ready to build connects LA/San Diego and San Francisco/Sacramento, the two population centers of America’s most populous state.)

But, chuckle chuckle, the *real* outrage is spending $160 million on the monitoring of active volcanoes in the United States. Ha ha, what kind of science nerd thinks volcanoes even exist? Was Jesus pooped out by a *volcano*? Exactly. [TPM via They Gave Us a Republic]

 

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Hoplight April 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

I expect Jesus was pooped out by having to deal with Xtians in close proximity. I know I am.

Bostoprov April 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

I just love the “Where are they now” segment of Wonkette. I remember that guy! Isn’t he the presumptive Republican nominee for 2012? Who won that election anyhow?

ManchuCandidate April 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

If Brown (but not THAT BROWN) Bobby and his gang of Morans were in charge, he’d declare war on Geology, kill every Geologist he could find, blow up every Geology dept in US America and then nook every volcano within range of the US Nookular Missils.

If that failed, he sacrifice every virgin he could to appease the non-Xtian volcano gods. Might be the best use of abstinence pledges ever.

Potater April 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

Mornin’ Miss Lemon~

weejee April 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

Booby, you have millions more in hurricane monitoring cuz you have a major city located below sea level and you’re droning about volcanoes?

Were you sleeping during St. Helens, which fortunately is far from major developments but sacked Eastern Washington but good. How’s ’bout C’Addle & Mt. Rainier, which could present some problems for developments in the Kent Valley.

Horrorism April 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

Monitoring volcanoes, sounds like a European idea.

Terry April 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

Sadly, though, does the average person CARE if the facts are wrong as long as GOP person gets in a few zingers?

Crank Tango April 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

STFU “Bobby” and just tell me how to fix my fucking printer.

Katydid April 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

Instead of spending the money, why don’t we just throw Bobby Jindal into a volcano, and see if that don’t appease the gods.

norbizness April 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

I WILL EXORCISE THE EVIL DEMONS FROM THE EARTH’S MOLTEN CORE, SO HELP ME MEL GIBSON.

Katydid April 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

[re=560132]Crank Tango[/re]: oooooooh, low blow.

JMP April 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

Someone should explain to Jindal that the government only lets a foreseen natural disaster hit without lifting a finger to mitigate the damage when his party is in charge.

Potater April 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

[re=560136]Katydid[/re]: They do enjoy their virgins.

Rich Tanguy April 20, 2010 at 11:07 am

GOP blaming Obama for this in 3, 2, 1….

Johnny Zhivago April 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

“for something called volcano monitoring”

It almost sounds as if Jindal had never even heard of a volcano before.

By the way, when the winds shift (and the ground warms up more) and the Katla supervolcano finally blows, it will probably dump 6 trillion tons of ash on the US. It’s a good thing we’ve done such a fantastic job on investing in passenger rail, or else we would be in a heap of trouble.

blader April 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

back off, people! everybody knows volcanoes erupt because of woman with loose morals

SayItWithWookies April 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

It’s a lovely day, Bobby — go outside and ride your Big Wheel.

Litlebritdifrnt April 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

I think the money would be best spent by paying all the republicans to stand on the side of each volcano holding a little thermometer with the instruction “here monitor this if it gets hot, call us”. Win win if you ask me.

Autoo April 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

In fairness to Bobby, didn’t the Icelanders Icelandics Icelandians Ikes just invent volcanos last week?

Katydid April 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

[re=560132]Crank Tango[/re]: Don’t get me wrong, I loled…then felt ashamed.

yargisbargis April 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

[re=560144]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Makes a great excuse not to fly out and visit the in-laws in Minnesota: “Sorry, Janet, the volcano is stopping us. Now if we had more volcano monitoring we’d be sitting down to your salad loaf right now.”

Zadig April 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

[re=560119]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Plus, teens will now have an insanely strong incentive to fuck.

freakishlystrong April 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

Don’t mock the Volcano, Jindal. Eyjafjallajokull will eat you.

snideinplainsight April 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

[re=560132]Crank Tango[/re]: Of course you can fix your own printer, because AMERICANS CAN DO ANYTHING!

Catholics4Condoms April 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

Like he had a chance at the Republican Presidenttial nomination. Although he is a christian with Hindu ancestry, some wingnut will just move the “d” after the “a” then take the “l” and overlap it with the “n” …and his name is “Bobby J!h@d”

Jim89048 April 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

If Iceland had done a better job of keeping an eye on Eyjafjallajokull it never could have erupted like that, so maybe Piyush is right.

rambone April 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

oooh oooh! Got any clips of GOPers mocking FEMA pre-Katrina?

Hop to it Layne. I got my lotion and box of tissues all ready for that one . . .

tonashideska April 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

Time for a sequel to “Joe vs The Volcano”, this time starring Payush Jindal.

Crank Tango April 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

[re=560152]Katydid[/re]: hahahaha–it’s just a pet peeve of mine since they closed my tucson call queue and sent it to india years ago. but don’t cry for me argentina, I took my severance package and went to france like i was planning to do anyway. I went in to work one day thinking I needed to give two weeks’ notice, and BAM! they sent us all home with pay for the whole day and several weeks thereafter.

[re=560157]snideinplainsight[/re]: we have that special spirit, small businesses, mom and pops, teen pregnancy, retard baby, todd snow machine, drill baby drill.

Escape Goat Nation April 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

It’s too humid in Louisiana to have a Volcano.

magic titty April 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

Chemical castration has been known to deter volcanoes from erupting.

Aflac Shrugged April 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

[re=560146]blader[/re]: More recent research suggests that our proximity to repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is the primary cause, aggravated by the continuing popularity of Girls Gone Wild videos.

Crank Tango April 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

Also, in Soviet Union, volcano monitors you, also.

PabaBritannica April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

The boy in the ill-fitting suit and Michael Steele are the GOP’s only shots at diversity and, well, we see how those are going.

JMP April 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

[re=560155]Zadig[/re]: But nerds have a hard enough time in high school as it is, and one of the few things to pull them though is the knowledge they’ll do well as adults; replace that with a sacrifice to the volcano gods and things just get depressing.

WadISay April 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

[re=560154]yargisbargis[/re]: Or visit the dead in Poland.

Katydid April 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

[re=560168]Crank Tango[/re]: I hear you. I work in IT, and the job market and outsourcing situation has me so crazy I was getting really annoyed with Dell the other day because they outsource nearly everything. What you wrote was hilarious, btw, although it took me a second to get it. And I was kidding, I know you from ’round these parts.

Aquannissiwamissoo April 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

Lose-iana doesn’t have volcanoes because back in the 1930s they hung a bunch of them from trees to teach them a lesson.

Cape Clod April 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

It’s clear that volcanoes are “God’s Wrath” and should not be monitored. Wrath is something that God get’s to spring on us by suprise like a birthday party, only with less liquor and music and infinately more explosions, flying lava and choking ash clouds.

Aquannissiwamissoo April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am

A quarter of Bobby’s ancestral homeland, India, is made of the Deccan Traps, which is the largest volcanic outflow recorded in Earth’s history. But that happened when the baby Jesus was just starting to walk around with the dinosaurs so it doesn’t count.

user-of-owls April 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

You know who Jindal sounds alot like? This guy, that’s who.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8631775.stm

gertrudis April 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

[re=560146]blader[/re]: I know! Why do the wingnuts want to bomb Iran? Their understanding of the natural world and God’s plan is so eerily similar to the wingnuts’ own!

bitchincamaro April 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

Curried Gomer Pyle.

x111e7thst April 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

[re=560190]Aquannissiwamissoo[/re]: “volcanic outflow” sounds suspiciously like science. You will rot in hell if you keep that sort of thing up.

thesheriffisnear April 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

Residing in the “where are they now file” along with the Thamesmen. Too arcane?

Mr Blifil April 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

No one could have foreseen huge belching ash clouds spitting lightning and brimstone.

Crank Tango April 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

[re=560187]Cape Clod[/re]: you raise a very good point. since volcanoes are God’s wrath, it would be better to monitor the root causes of said wrath, such as promiscuous women and the gays. I suggest a lesbian themed bondage club? Or was it a lesbian-themed bondage club? eh, whatevs.

[re=560183]Katydid[/re]: : )

Starrigavan April 20, 2010 at 11:54 am

Ah, such refreshingly arrogant ignorance. It’s what fuels the GOP and the Tea Baggers. Just fill in the blanks:

Obama is spending money on studying __________ . I don’t know anything about __________. It’s stupid!

If it’s not about them it’s stupid. If they’ve never heard of it, it’s stupid. They’re the idiots in class who don’t think they should have to learn anything unless the teacher can absolutely show that they will use it some time during their narrow, ignorant lives. Being ignorant is one thing, but being proud of it is stupid.

GeneralLerong April 20, 2010 at 11:54 am

[re=560146]blader[/re]: We must find that woman, and stop her. Or maybe not.

Aquannissiwamissoo April 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

If God had meant us to monitor volcanoes he would have put two on the Ark.

Advocatus_Diaboli April 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

Bobby’s right. It’s a matter of personal responsibility. Everyone should have their own volcano mon’tor and not depend on gubbmint.

geminisunmars April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

[re=560178]PabaBritannica[/re]: How’s that Bobby-Steeley thing workin’ out for ya?

[re=560170]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: Hahaha – way to stay on topic.

GeneralLerong April 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

Apropos of nothing, my favorite volcano name is El Reventador, in Ecuador. The name sounds as if it should be a double entendre, or something. “BOOMER!” ??

jus_wonderin April 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

VOLCANOES (when tossed into an anagram generator return the results listed below). I kindly added punctuation for emphasis.

SAVE COLON!
NOVA. CLOSE!
AS CON LOVE (if only I could buy another S, Pat)
SAC LOVE, NO?

There ya go “Bobby”. Chew on a couple of those!!!!!!!!!

comicbookguy April 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Real Americuns don’t visit Europe anyway, it fell to the secular socialist fascist forces years ago.

Except for Poland. Our #1 best ally in the world.

jus_wonderin April 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

[re=560214]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: LOL. Actually, I was working on a personal pocket volcano monitor. Well, that is until Mom caught me and warned me that it might make me go blind.

I intended to market it under the name – iPyro.

ForTheTurnstiles April 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

[re=560127]weejee[/re]: I don’t know about the second-cousin side of Washington, but I can say that I caught more than a mouthful of cinders and sand in St. Johns, North Portland, Oregon in May 1980. Mt Hood’s been thinking of going off for a while now, which would mean turning PDX into a muddy flooded swamp… and that would really fuck up the coffee.

finette April 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm

No but really, you know what the worst part is? The guy was a pre-med and biology double major at Brown. He was a Rhodes scholar. His dad was a professor. His wife is a chemist. He knows, without a doubt, the value of scientific research and monitoring, but he has sold his soul not only to the Catholic Church but also to the GOP.

gjdodger April 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Volcanoes don’t kill people. People who monitor volcanoes kill people. If they hadn’t been monitoring Eyeforaneye or whatever, we’d have never heard anything about it, and Bobby would be Preznit.

jetjaguar April 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm

volcanoes are elitist

Ninong April 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

“Bobby” Jindal is an idiot. He rejected $100 million in stimulus money to fund unemployment benefits because he said businesses would be stuck paying the higher rates after the federal money ran out. He refused to apply for $300 million in stimulus money to jump-start high-speed rail in Louisiana because he said the state would be stuck with future maintenance costs.

I can’t wait for the Republicans to start inviting Jindal to speak at their campaign functions. Can you imagine what a hilarious collection you would have with Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and “Bobby” Jindal all on the same stage?

JMP April 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

[re=560241]finette[/re]: Even in college, though, he believed in demonic possession and exorcism, which shoes a distinct lack of understanding of neurobiology. It’s amazing how religion can destroy otherwise intelligent minds. Beliefs in silly magical shit also seems a lot more common among the applied sciences, like medicine and engineering, than among scientists.

queeraselvis v 2.0 April 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Hey, Bobby Ji, how’s that whole fiscally responsible, not depending on the federal government thing for muneez working out for ya?

Also, this: The governor said he is depending on bailout — or stimulus — legislation before Congress to replenish the state’s coffers and produce the money that will be needed to repay the federal government.

Lying hypocritical religious nutbag sack of shit sez WHUT?

populucious April 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm

We’re not Scientologists people! What the hell do we care about volcanoes?

mustardman April 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

As long as we do not make God angry by aborting fetuses and giving Americans real Healthcare that does not bankrupt them then we do not have to worry about Volcanoes. It’s just so simple. Why do you libruuuls not understand that!

Pop Socket April 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Why do we need to monitor volcanoes? It’s pretty tough to miss them once they erupt. Just ask a million stranded travelers.

TGY April 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Yeah, Jindal looks like a schmuck, since we have a desperate need to know when to make human sacrifices to prevent a volcano from blowing.

TakingAmes April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

[re=560132]Crank Tango[/re]: WIN!

TakingAmes April 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

God, it’s like putting money toward studying FRUIT FLIES or something.

steverino247 April 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

[re=560119]ManchuCandidate[/re]: That’s why you shouldn’t have your daughters sign those abstinence pledges! In case of a volcano erupting in your town, the black helicopters will deploy, seize your daughters and drop them into the lava belching mouth. Registering virgins is exactly like registering guns.

A little off-topic, but now we know how to conquer Iran. We just draft about a battalion’s worth of pretty girls with nice breasts and air drop them into each major city in Iran. Our demand: Give up your nuclear materials or we order those titties exposed and shaken! The threat of mammary-induced earthquakes will overpower them. Plus, we can put it on pay-per-view and bailout California with the proceeds. Done.

Fox n Fiends April 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Jindal/Palin 2012 = best case scenario.

Red Zeppelin April 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Bobby who?

whiterabid April 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Volcanos exist only in myth — and Jimmy Buffett songs.

http://popup.lala.com/popup/432627095095794700

carlgt1 April 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Is Bobby possibly the dumbest Indian alive? The Repukes like Jindal hate geologists because it offers proof that the earth is more than 6000 years old. The horror!

GOPCrusher April 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm

[re=560324]steverino247[/re]: Someone call Joe Francis! Girls Gone Wild-Tehran Vacation!

GOPCrusher April 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

[re=560132]Crank Tango[/re]: He doesn’t work at Kwik-E-Mart? Meh, they all look the same to me.

steverino247 April 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

[re=560387]GOPCrusher[/re]: No, no, no! It’s a military invasion. Operation Titty Quake. T Hour is 0200 hours. The troopers will be air-dropped and assemble around the mosques in the objectives which will be known as “Titty Cities” in OPLAN 38DD-24-36. It goes rapidly downhill from there.

schvitzatura April 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

[re=560261]JMP[/re]: i n = i n mod 4?

Xtian Volcano Disbeliever: WTF?!?

You have to show them the really teeny tiny slices of a circle to let them know how integrals work, too.

Newton and Leibniz thingee, for the lulz!

schvitzatura April 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

KALI MA, PIYUSH!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZPspxJ4jw

I’M NOT SHITTING YOU, PIYUSH!

sezme April 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

[re=560175]Crank Tango[/re]: This ‘joke’: it’s starting to take shape

weejee April 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

[re=560399]schvitzatura[/re]: Jingle Jungle Jindal is an imaginary modulus?? i yi yi, who knew?

Neilist April 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

[The Saga Continued!]

Jindal Din!

The foot inside his mouth
Lacked “soul,” there was no doubt,
But our little Hindu pol was not deflated!
Volcanic ash may fill the air, and even Bobby’s hair,
But our Bayou Babu’s faith is not abated.

He’ll ignore volcanic cones, high speed rail,
And coastal zones: Who needs “science” when
You speak to Jaysus daily?
Keep your faith up to the fore, just like back in Bangalore
Where you worshiped cows instead of making gravy!

[Chorus]

Jindal, Jindal, Jindal!
What the HELL you doing now?
Did you sacrifice yourself to Goddess Pele?
Do your burning on the ghat! Iceland’s ash
Will mix with that red dot upon your forehead daily!

Sparky McGruff April 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

[re=560127]weejee[/re]: To Jindal, Washington is the problem. Doesn’t matter if it’s Washington DC or Washington state. There aren’t any volcanoes in Louisiana, so who cares.

One Yield Regular April 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

$140 million for volcano monitoring sounds like an incredible bargain given the current volcanic event resulting so far in $1 billion+ already lost by airlines alone, the $500 million estimated economic losses to Britain alone, and $250 million in lost tourism revenue for New York City alone.

But this is how Republicans roll: Decry spending for science-y, preventive-maintenance kinds of things, and then demand to know how the Democrats got us into huge financial messes.

whiterabid April 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

With inside information from the volcano monitors, the property owners at Mammoth Mountain could sell out and make a profit faster than a hedge fund manager with friends at Goldman Sachs.

blader April 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

[re=560132]Crank Tango[/re]: lol!! i feel like such a fucking tearon for taking this long to get it

HuddledMass April 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

[re=560212]GeneralLerong[/re]: Find that woman and buy her a drink, you mean.

Lionel Hutz Esq. April 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bobby Jindal has a point. Do you know how many virgins to plug up Volcanoes you can buy for $160 million?

Well, David Vitter does.

Sparky McGruff April 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm

[re=560573]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: How many virgins are there in Louisiana?

Lionel Hutz Esq. April 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

[re=560635]Sparky McGruff[/re]: For $160 million, they’ll find a few.

RogueDC April 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm

[re=560573]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: That’s not a fair comparison, Diaper Dave gets volume discounts. Of course, if you want virgins for free, just announce a Ron Paul Rally atop one

Boethius April 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Hahahahaha Bobby Jindal.

ladymacbeth April 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm

all fun and games until someone spends four nights on the floor of the marseilles airport.

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