Texas Congressman Upset by Tweet


Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) did what politicians always do in times of tragedy and called for prayers after the Ft. Hood shooting, as though prayer was going to change anything. When a constituent replied to him on Twitter suggesting that perhaps public policy would work better than prayer, Olson was mighty upset.

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Olson then went on a right wing radio show and obsessed over this, bringing it up several times and saying that the person who said it should “get the heck out of America.” Glad you’re being calm and rational about this, congressman.

Comments

  1. doublereed says

    Because that’s the kind of person who should be representing everyone in his Texas district.

  2. moarscienceplz says

    I see Mr. Olson is also a “formal naval aviator”. I wonder if flying a Navy plane is a black tie or a white tie affair?

  3. says

    There is an Arabic proverb: “Put your trust in Allah, but tie up your camel first.” That is to say, if your transportation has a tendency to wander off, no amount of prayer will be as effective as a rope halter and a well-grounded stake.

    It is a pity that there is no such proverb for Christians.

  4. scienceavenger says

    @5 “In God we trust, in all others verify”? There is also a similar lesson in an old story about a man waiting for God to save him from a flood and therefore passing up his neighbors’ help, a rescue boat and a rescue helicopter. He drowns and upon reaching the pearly gates, asks God why his faith was not rewarded, and God replies “Well, I sent your neighbors over, then I sent a boat, then the helicopter…”

  5. countryboy says

    To modify an old Cossack saying, put your faith in your sword and your sword in a politician.

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    We have too much heck in America – if Blue DuPage won’t get it out, who will?

  7. says

    All very cute :D But there doesn’t seem to be a proverb in western Europe that says sensible precautions are far more useful than prayer and faith. And you would think there would be, given how the Talibangelicals all lock their home doors and carry big guns “for safety.”

  8. freehand says

    Gregory in Seattle: There is an Arabic proverb: “Put your trust in Allah, but tie up your camel first.” That is to say, if your transportation has a tendency to wander off, no amount of prayer will be as effective as a rope halter and a well-grounded stake.

    It is a pity that there is no such proverb for Christians.
    .
    “God helps those who help themselves.”
    .
    I have a workout buddy who is a sane conservative Christians. He is a part-time (!) rancher, and would never dream of asking Jesus to help a cow deliver her calf when she’s having trouble..i don’t think his farmer neighbors would ask Jesus to milk their cows, either.

  9. lancifer says

    And let’s not forget “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!” which seems particularly appropriate in this case.

  10. coragyps says

    Not precisely the proverb we were in search oh here, but “shit in one hand, pray in the other, and see which one fills up first” may be kind of applicable.

  11. dingojack says

    Gregory in Seattle – ‘A stich in time saves nine’, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’, or the old builders’ maxim ‘measure twice; cut once’ all come to mind (off the top of my head).
    Dingo
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    Or would the Christian version be something like ‘Put your trust in the Lord but stick your camel in the eye of a needle’. ;)

  12. says

    “The LORD helps he who helps himself.”.

    No wonder the GOPunks like him so much; they are very good at helping themselves to the public dollaz (pork barrelin’) and the private dollaz (lobbying, bribery).

    I think that one of the primary reasons for KKKonservaKKKlowns liking prayers so much is its not costing them any money/votes. Prayer is as effective as wishing on a star, otoh, it’s free. It would be interesting to see the ReiKKKwing’s reaction to the head of, for instance, The Brady Campaign, announcing that he had prayed to OUR HEAVENLY FATHER for guidance and been told by HIM that some sort of sensible gun regulation was necessary. THEN, maybe you see atheists in foxholes, deer blinds and even at the Knob Creek Blastingasm (http://machinegunshoot.com/media/video).

    The TN lege just passed a bill (25-2) to allow unrestricted open carry for anyone who legally owns a gun. Hello, Dodge City.

    * Wheenever I look at the videos from one of these events I am struck by two things. The sheer wastefulness of the idiots firing the machine guns and the incredibly lax enforcement of the Sacred 4 Rules of safe gun handling. Wottabunchamaroons.

  13. says

    The TN lege just passed a bill (25-2) to allow unrestricted open carry for anyone who legally owns a gun. Hello, Dodge City.

    See? They do believe in evolution, after all!

  14. eric says

    The political idiocy annoys me more than the bigotry, I think. Getting a snarky post from a constitutent provided this guy with a perfect opportunity to take the high road and make himself look good to pretty much everyone. “While Blue DuPage and I obviously disagree on the value of prayer, I will gladly work to make my constituents’ workplaces safer from gun violence. Blah blah blah…” But does he take this opportunity? Does he do the political calculus well? No. He throws it away on an obsessive rant. Bigoted is one thing, but the sheer stupidity baffles me. I don’t expect politicians to be good at much, but I do expect that they would be pretty good at politics. I’ll admit that this expectation has been taking a number of hits since 2008 and Palin, but I still hold it.

  15. abb3w says

    @5, Gregory in Seattle:

    It is a pity that there is no such proverb for Christians.

    There’s “Pray to God, sailor, but pull for the shore” and “Pray devoutly, but hammer stoutly” — dating back to the late 1800s. The former appears to have been influenced by a religious themed story of a shipwreck. It looks like the latter may be an English variant of the earlier Spanish “Á Dios rogando, y con el mazo dando”, influenced by the Latin “Ora et Labora” — motto of Clan Ramsay.

  16. Forbidden Snowflake says

    scienceaventer @#7:

    There is also a similar lesson in an old story about a man waiting for God to save him from a flood and therefore passing up his neighbors’ help, a rescue boat and a rescue helicopter. He drowns and upon reaching the pearly gates, asks God why his faith was not rewarded, and God replies “Well, I sent your neighbors over, then I sent a boat, then the helicopter…” “Who do you think sent the flood, dumbass?”

    FTFY
    Just a pet peeve of mine, carry on.

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