this country is so screwed. and right wingers want to elect more people like this: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/the-crackpot-caucus/?smid=tw-share "On matters of basic science and peer-reviewed knowledge, from evolution to climate change to elementary fiscal math, many Republicans in power cling to a level of ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom." Letâs take a quick tour of the crazies in the House. Their war on critical thinking explains a lot about why the United States is laughed at on the global stage, and why no real solutions to our problems emerge from that broken legislative body. Weâre currently experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, a siege of wildfires, and the hottest temperatures since records were kept. But to Republicans in Congress, itâs all a big hoax. The chairman of a subcommittee that oversees issues related to climate change, Representative John Shimkus of Illinois is â you guessed it â a climate-change denier. At a 2009 hearing, Shimkus said not to worry about a fatally dyspeptic planet: the biblical signs have yet to properly align. âThe earth will end only when God declares it to be over,â he said, and then he went on to quote Genesis at some length. Itâs worth repeating: This guy is the chairman. On the same committee is an oil-company tool and 27-year veteran of Congress, Representative Joe L. Barton of Texas. You may remember Barton as the politician who apologized to the head of BP in 2010 after the government dared to insist that the company pay for those whose livelihoods were ruined by the gulf oil spill. Barton cited the Almighty in questioning energy from wind turbines. Careful, he warned, âwind is Godâs way of balancing heat.â Clean energy, he said, âwould slow the winds downâ and thus could make it hotter. You never know. âYou canât regulate God!â Barton barked at the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in the midst of discussion on measures to curb global warming. The Catholic Church long ago made its peace with evolution, but the same cannot be said of House Republicans. Jack Kingston of Georgia, a 20-year veteran of the House, is an evolution denier, apparently because he canât see the indent where his ancestorsâ monkey tail used to be. âWhereâs the missing link?â he said in 2011. âI just want to know what it is.â He serves on a committee that oversees education. In his party, Kingston is in the mainstream. A Gallup poll in June found that 58 percent of Republicans believe God created humans in the present form just within the last 10,000 years â a wealth of anthropological evidence to the contrary. Another Georgia congressman, Paul Broun, introduced the so-called personhood legislation in the House â backed by Akin and Representative Paul Ryan â that would have given a fertilized egg the same constitutional protections as a fully developed human being. Broun is on the same science, space and technology committee that Akin is. Yes, science is part of their purview. Where do they get this stuff? The Bible, yes, but much of the misinformation and the fables that inform Republican politicians comes from hearsay, often amplified by their media wing.