Dem congressman: If Guam gets too overpopulated, it might tip over

posted at 9:55 pm on March 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Weasel Zippers, a clip that’s destined to be viral by tomorrow morning. Even so, go easy on him. Yes, he was an Iraq defeatist, and granted, he demagogued Joe Wilson’s outburst in the scummiest way imaginable, but he’s also a guy with a serious illness that affects his mind (“he regularly gets lost in thought in the middle of a discussion”). Although if that’s what’s going on here, a polite question for Madam Speaker arises: What’s he doing at these hearings instead of resting?

You may also remember Johnson as the man who beat Cynthia McKinney in the 2006 primary. All things considered, I think I still prefer him to her. Barely.

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Like all of us we have heard the PSA (A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE)But in this case this mind or lack of one should be locked away in a very dark and very secure place never never to be open ever.

thmcbb on April 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM

It must concern her that she lost to this guy. If it were me, I’d have to self-terminate.

“Say what? You lost to Mr. Capsized Island?”

BobMbx on April 1, 2010 at 1:38 AM

McKinney pretty much is the origin of the truther movement among Democrats. She also insisted 5000 people murdered by the US government during Hurricane Katrina were buried in a swamp in Louisiana.

She lost to a better man. Even if he does think Guam will capsize.

ButterflyDragon on April 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM

THAT is the stupidest thing I have heard all day! How did the Admiral keep a straight face?

opiemuyo on April 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Finally! The architect of Obamacare revealed!

Lily on April 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM

How did we get to a point where this kind of idiot holds any kind of power?

FireBlogger on April 1, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Finally! The architect of Obamacare revealed!

Lily on April 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM

No, that would be Mitt Romney.

ButterflyDragon on April 1, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I’ve tossed nickels to Crackheads that make more sense than this idiot.

Please assure me that he doesn’t have a vote on anything that affects me, they just let him hang around cuz they feel sorry for him right?

Alden Pyle on April 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

That is what drugs will do to you. Libstacy is a very dangerous drug. So are Oboppers and Barack Cocaine.

andy85719 on April 1, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Wow.

This guy has about the same level of intellegence as the guy who wanted a law to ban all salt in restaurants.

Scrappy on April 1, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Sadly, I don’t think this is due to drugs or even illness (both of which can be treated).

The man is simply a moron.

JusDreamin on April 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM

If Guam is overpopulated, what does Genius Johnson propose to do about it? Kill some people on Guam, or send some of them elsewhere? Go on, Heartless Hank: tell some Guam residents you’re throwing them out of their homes!

How about a better idea, let’s elect Hank Johnson to the Chinese parliament! Where the Government kills newborn babies to prevent overpopulation–Johnson will fit right in!

If the port gunwale (left edge) of the ship of state is overpopulated, it might tip over!

Steve Z on April 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I think someone should draw this guy a diagram of an island in cross section. Does he actually believe that islands are floating on the water and capable of tipping over?

Scrappy on April 1, 2010 at 11:24 AM

There has to be some context missing somewhere…please let there be.

tomas on April 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I wonder what this wackadoodle thinks about Manhattan??

ladyingray on April 1, 2010 at 11:36 AM

…but he’s also a guy with a serious illness that affects his mind (“he regularly gets lost in thought in the middle of a discussion”).

Yes, but let’s also be fair here:

-To be a doctor, you need to have a license, which requires a minimum (generally) of 9 years, including internship and college, and requires an annual review.

-To perform law, you need to pass the board exam.

-For many businesses, for someone to even open up a PC for hardware repair, they need some sort of hardware certification (which typically requires annual renewal).

-To become a teacher, one needs to also pass an exam for a license to teach, which is also subject to renewal.

-Just to drive a freak’in car to get your groceries and pick up your kids from daycare, you need a driver’s license.

-To become a Congressman, you need to…uh………get elected? (Yes, age and citizenship, etc, play a role…but no additional training or certification is actually a requirement.)

And yet, of the professions that I named, a Congressman is the most likely to affect the most people with the least amount of effort (teacher, imo, a close second). The only requirement is that s/he is elected back into office to do so.

So, yes, perhaps his facilities are not exactly up to par–but by the same standard, would you be as forgiving if your doctor said the same thing? Your lawyer? Your kid’s teacher?

CatsGodot on April 1, 2010 at 11:37 AM

In 2009, the estimated population of Guam was 178,430 on an area of 541 km2, or an average density of 330 people per square km, or about 854 people per square mile.

Hank Johnson’s district has an estimated population of 629,690 people, or about 3.5 times the population of Guam. Why doesn’t he send some extra people from his district to keep those poor lonely Guam residents company? Lots of beautiful beaches in Guam!

Steve Z on April 1, 2010 at 11:38 AM

This is a typical representative who is passing laws that effect all of the American people. His iq is probably equal to his age.

joeconn547 on April 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Please God, tell me this is an April Fool’s joke! I guess that a mind IS a terrible thing to waste, and they certainly didn’t waste one on him.

k0xxx on April 1, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Gotta take all those huge statues off of Easter Island–it might tip over!

Steve Z on April 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM

With the proposed increased military presence stemming from the upcoming preparation efforts and relocation efforts of U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan to Guam slated to begin in 2010 and last for the next several years thereafter, the amounts of total land that the military will control or tenant may grow to or surpass 40% of the entire landmass of Guam. This uptick in personnel has led to some concerns about the island’s stability and the possibility that it may capsize if it is overloaded with new troops.

heh…someone edited the wikipedia page on Guam.

equanimous on April 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM

…and someone edited it back again…that was quick.

equanimous on April 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM

The US has become a kakistocracy.

theCork on April 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Backtrack!

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” Johnson says via a spokesman. “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 overburden 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.”

lonesome_pine on April 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Barbara Boxer: “You mean, Guam won’t tip over. That’s a relief.”

hepcat on April 1, 2010 at 12:11 PM

The way he was setting up his question sounded so detailed and then he shows himself to be a gigantic moron.

I wish the admiral had burst out laughing and called him out on the capsize thing.

Missed opportunity.

Dave Rywall on April 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Back in the hippie-dippy days of 1970, my public high school orchestrated a stunt that Hank would have loved. Wanting to show us the dangers of overpopulation, they had all of us gather in a big hallway. We didn’t know until it was too late that some of the school’s lunkheads had been engaged to stand on the outskirts of the crowd and, at a pre-arranged signal, start shoving us into a tighter and tighter mass.

Of course, the kids in the center of the crowd were smashed together. One girl lost a contact lens or two; another fell and got an arm injury when someone stepped on her. Someone’s clothes were torn. Kids screamed. Mayhem continued for several minutes. The only people enjoying it were the thugs doing the shoving.

When the “demonstration” was over, furious students began stalking toward the principal’s office. Within minutes, he apologized over the loudspeaker. If that mess had happened today, he’d have been fired (I hope) and the school board probably would have been sued. Rightly so.

Although I was a teen-ager, I figured out that the problem with overpopulation isn’t that people don’t have room to stand, but that resources are spread too thin, such as food. Maybe they should have cancelled lunch for the day to make that point? (Of course, we now know that many countries have birth rates that are too low.)

Wish you’d been there, Hank, instead of me.

KyMouse on April 1, 2010 at 12:36 PM

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” Johnson says via a spokesman. “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 overburden 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.”

lonesome_pine on April 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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ha ha the moron is backpedaling real real hard but it ain’t really working.

He used his f’n hands to try to look so clever when he said the island would CAPSIZE.

Dave Rywall on April 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM

THAT is the stupidest thing I have heard all day! How did the Admiral keep a straight face?

opiemuyo on April 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM

His ability to keep a straight face is, in part, why he’s an Admiral.

He answered the question. No ad-libing or sarcasm. Just as he should have done.

Best led, best trained armed force the world has ever seen.

BobMbx on April 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM

His ability to keep a straight face is, in part, why he’s an Admiral.

He answered the question. No ad-libing or sarcasm. Just as he should have done.

Best led, best trained armed force the world has ever seen.

BobMbx on April 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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He should have outed Johnson as a threat to national stupidity.

Dave Rywall on April 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Hey Hank…

Ever hear of Hong Kong? The entire country of Japan?

Super-dense populations. They figured it out.

Here’s something you could look into for us, if you’re really concerned about Guam:

Why aren’t there any birds on Guam? Maybe a quick phone call to the Algorian Center for World Saving, Inc. is in order?

BobMbx on April 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

he’s also a guy with a serious illness that affects his mind

If the guy’s not mentally competent, should his vote for socialized medicine vote counted?

olesparkie on April 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM

You have to question the mental competency of any Congressional Representative that voted for Obamacare.

olesparkie on April 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” Johnson says via a spokesman. “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 overburden 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.”
lonesome_pine on April 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Oh, I see. He’s not just a moron, but a liar also.

justltl on April 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM

If Hank Johnson is so sick that he spews stupidity, then he needs to step down.

nwpammy on April 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Islands don’t capsize; democrats do.

Dhuka on April 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I’ll bet he has a a bunch of scientists as constituants.

saiga on April 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Wow, Guam is going to sink. Who would have thunk that? I guess that’s going to happen right after the sky falls.
Incredibly Johnson may be representative of the typical democrat politician.

docdave on April 1, 2010 at 1:27 PM

He obviously did not come up with that clarification/retraction himself. It may well be what he meant to say, but if he were capable of articulating his concern that way, he would have in the first place.

SarahW on April 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM

How come those Dems are so much smarter than we are?

petefrt on April 1, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Later he pressed the Admiral on whether Guam’s anchor was still going to be big enough.

2ipa on April 1, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The Coast Guard should do an immediate safety inspection to make sure everyone on Guam has a life vest and that there are enough lifeboarts for the entire population.

sdd on April 1, 2010 at 2:03 PM

What a shining star for the ProgLibarxists. How on earth do these people get into congress? The constituents that voted for him have no place in a voting booth, or a free republic for that matter. They will, however, find a nice fit in donkey utopia.

ClanDerson on April 1, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Remember, he did replace Cynthia McKinney. The district went from dumb to dumber.

SC.Charlie on April 1, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Treatment for Hep-C, eh?
.
But from this link at Neo-Neocon:
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http://neoneocon.com/2010/04/01/in-defense-of-hank-johnson/
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Johnson and the Admiral know each other form first having met on the set of “Top Gun” and may be re-living a skit of some sort.
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But the Neo-Neocon article says “April 1st, 2010
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then “In Defense of Hank Johnson”
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Which is it?
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Or is it both, and potentially the last hurrah of a dying man?
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And, as asked before, if the meds do this to his mind, why is he still in Congress, instead of at home with his family?

Arbalest on April 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” Johnson says via a spokesman. “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 overburden its already overstressed infrastructure.

Right, it was a metaphor… and the use of the word “capsize” he probably meant “cap size” and was thinking of buying a hat…

Oh, and the hand tipping gesture with capsize… um, he was buying a beret, and you wear those at an angle?

Sure, that probably covers an explanation. And if you believe that explanation you probably don’t understand why he needs one in the first place to backtrack his “island tipping over” comment.

gekkobear on April 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM

If Hank Johnson is so sick that he spews stupidity, then he needs to step down.

nwpammy on April 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I believe the Catch-22 clause comes into effect here.

If he’s so sick to spew that stupidity, he’s not likely to be self-aware enough to know he’s spewing such stupidity, and wouldn’t be aware enough to know that he needs to step down.

Likewise, if he’s aware enough to know he should step down, then he’s aware that he’s spewing stupidity, and, being aware of that, would stop spewing such stupidity.

CatsGodot on April 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Remember, he did replace Cynthia McKinney. The district went from dumb to dumber.

SC.Charlie on April 1, 2010 at 2:13 PM

What ever happened to her?

saiga on April 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

The admiral is a true professional…he kept a fairly straight face and answered the question.
Which gives you an indication of what photo-ops of Obama meeting with our Generals are like, as they “seriously” listen to Obama.

right2bright on April 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM

And these are the people now in charge of our health care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MaiDee on April 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I wonder what this wackadoodle thinks about Manhattan??

ladyingray on April 1, 2010 at 11:36 AM

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Probably this:
The Day They Almost Sawed Off Manhattan

mrt721 on April 1, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Why the hell is this guy still in Congress? Oh, wait, he’s a Democrat….nevermind.

Torch on April 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Another environmental activist out to save the planet. Another apostle of AGW.

I hope this man is drugged up on something, and not actually as ignorant as he sounds.

petefrt on April 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Remember, he did replace Cynthia McKinney. The district went from dumb to dumber.

SC.Charlie on April 1, 2010 at 2:13 PM

What ever happened to her?
saiga on April 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Hopefully she’s still in jail in Israel.

Scrappy on April 1, 2010 at 5:11 PM

But from this link at Neo-Neocon:
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http://neoneocon.com/2010/04/01/in-defense-of-hank-johnson/
.
Johnson and the Admiral know each other form first having met on the set of “Top Gun” and may be re-living a skit of some sort.
.
But the Neo-Neocon article says “April 1st, 2010”
.
then “In Defense of Hank Johnson”
.
Which is it?

Arbalest on April 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Libs at the YouTube link are clinging to Neo-Neocon’s supposed explanation of this as an in-joke between Johnson & Admiral Willard. It’s incredible that they are defending Johnson’s ignorance/confusion/illness/whatever as an inside joke and use as evidence an April Fool’s Day joke!

L.N. Smithee on April 1, 2010 at 5:11 PM

the really sad thing about this,he’s an improvement over cynthia mckinney

badpenny on April 1, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Unlike most members of congress, Johnson could actually get a job in the private sector. just stand him on a street corner and use him as a stop sign.

MaiDee on April 1, 2010 at 5:41 PM

US Naval Academy (Annapolis) training… He’s Class of 1973…

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=19

Khun Joe on April 1, 2010 at 5:47 PM

What is wrong with America in NOT this man, but the lack of partiotic americans willing to move to his district and aggresively run against him. Sadly, no, I don’t think I could run for congress. But there has to be a million people who could. Maybe that is one of you.

AnotherOpinion on April 1, 2010 at 5:56 PM

He obviously did not come up with that clarification/retraction himself. It may well be what he meant to say, but if he were capable of articulating his concern that way, he would have in the first place.

SarahW on April 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I am *SURE* that the “clarification” came from Obama/Axelrod/Emanuel/Pelosi, whatever their current chain of command might be (not in the order I just listed, I’m guessing).

BECAUSE, just do a quick search of these terms:
“Hank Johnson Guam”
…and see the robust list of sites linking to the Johnson “Guam Tipping” video.

So it’s easy to see that the White House and/or Anita Dunn and husband with Rahm and Axelrod and buzzing Nancy went into hypersonic retraction/reissue mode as to Johnson’s Committee statement.

Lourdes on April 1, 2010 at 6:14 PM

So Guam is not an Island but a raft ? Someone better let Obummer know so he can fix that too

Ltmousseman on April 1, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Poor baby. Poor, poor baby.

NoLeftTurn on April 1, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Apparently we have to cut the guy some slack:

http://neoneocon.com/2010/04/01/in-defense-of-hank-johnson/

Molon Labe on April 1, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Talk about desperate spin – this “deadpan routine” is supposed to be an April Fool’s joke? Riiiight – on April Fool’s Eve.

I ain’t no April Fool – not buying it.

disa on April 1, 2010 at 9:32 PM

C+.

justltl on April 2, 2010 at 2:43 AM

Well when all is said and done does anyone mention that rep Johnson is very ill? Yes Mr Johnson is ill and its a sad thought that the all careing left allowed this to happen. If a friend or relitive had such a physical condition that it affected his mental capacity I would not allow him to make a fool of himself. I truly say this with the utmost kindness.

TomLawler on April 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM

OMG Tell me he was trying to be funny!!!!!

hopefloats on April 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

..and after the hearing the Congressman eventually found his car and drove home.

diogenes on April 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

No, not really. At least prolly not.

Akzed on April 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Yeah, and how many Americans think there’s actually blue blood flowing through their veins or that males are born with one less rib than females?

Ignorance isn’t the sole realm of politicians. It’s because we as a society has become socially ill and morally bankrupt that clowns like these can thrive.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Apparently we have to cut the guy some slack:

http://neoneocon.com/2010/04/01/in-defense-of-hank-johnson/

Molon Labe on April 1, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Check that date again . . . and the comment thread. That was NeoNeocon’s April Fools joke.

Good one, huh?

Trochilus on April 2, 2010 at 11:41 AM

We are so fuc&$dwhen an absolute certifiable moron like this has the ability to vote our rights away

I could find no place for this sorry excuse of a person working on a deck much less carving legislation

I’m sure he can’t wait for the next trip to Cuba

I hope whatever he has is painful

Sonosam on April 2, 2010 at 12:07 PM

If “Guam will capsize” Johnson sits at one end of Turner Field in Atlanta, and 50,000 welfare recipients from his district sit at the other end…

Will Turner Field capsize and propel this moonbat to the moon forever?

Cleveland Steamer on April 2, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Shouldn’t there be some sort of intelligence test before someone is allowed to be a congressman?

Wait a minute, that might be called racist.

Someone tell that fool that islands don’t float!

Mark7788 on April 2, 2010 at 4:11 PM

LOLOL,…OhMyGosh! I thought this was a joke!…His hand gestures say “I’m a pimp” but the brain and the mouth say lights are on, but ain’t a dayem person home!!

christene on April 2, 2010 at 8:17 PM

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