This poster ought to be grounds for impeachment


Here’s the state of the American government:

Louie Gohmert displayed that on the floor of congress — an uninterpretable tangle of lines and random words and odd logos, all with the intent of somehow indicting Hillary Clinton in a non-scandal. This is where we’re at. Louie Gohmert, in the running for the dumbest person in congress. A bullshit chart. A ridiculous conspiracy theory. And we’re helpless — we have no mechanism for prying the reins of power out of the hands of dangerous idiots.

Comments

  1. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    That’s all part of the nefariousness of all this. They don’t want you to read it.

  2. lumipuna says

    I always despised graphs that purport to show relationships between things without providing any information other than “there is a relationship”. Maybe Gohmert held a filibuster-length speech explaining this graph?

    (Said someone on Twitter: Looks like Sheriff David Clarke’s jacket)

  3. Ogvorbis: Swimming without a parachute. says

    This poster is to a flow chart as diarrhea is to a good healthy bowel movement.*

    Maybe this is a diagram of the way his mind works?

    It looks like a map of a subway system designed by Escher.

    Maybe the green lines are the imaginary connections?

    ===

    * Sorry ’bout that. As I get older, I value a good BM more and more.

  4. HappyNat says

    I looked at this a little last night and my favorite is that there is a direct line between a box labeled “Obama” and another box labeled “Obama”. That’s how deep this runs, multiple Obamas and they are connected. Not sure how we didn’t see this sooner . . . .

  5. Holms says

    I like how “Hillary Clinton Emails” has links to Cheryl Mills, Ben Rhodes, Heather Samuelson, Loretta Lynch AG, and Comey… but is not linked to either Hillary Clinton herself or even “Hillary Clinton Secret Server.” Oh and congratulations to Obama, Comey and Mueller being on there twice!

    This chart was made by a dunce.

  6. says

    This is how the Russian involvement in Trump’s election gets turned into a non-scandal: it’s all competing conspiracy theories and the whole thing gets moral equivalenced away. A huge chunk of the public has become comfortable/inured to this kind of rubbish – they’re going to assume that the democrats are just playing the same game, back at Trump and ignore it. The sad thing is if you drew a map of the relationships of the players in the Trump campaign/Russian oligarch influence/Wikileaks it would look about the same. Get out front of the public with your bullshit first, then when something complicated comes along, it’s going to look like your bullshit.

  7. says

    There doesn’t seem to be any scheme for the size, shape, or color of the nodes. Comey’s on there twice, but once in a gray ellipse and once in a yellow diamond. I doubt a key would help, either.

  8. birgerjohansson says

    The red square with “Russia” should be a red star! Or enlarged so you can add an image of lesbian vampire liberals & black werevolf SJWs goose-stepping across the Red Square*.

    *To get this you need to have memories of the October parades of the Soviet union.

  9. Doc Bill says

    Hey, don’t y’all go about casting aspersions on Louie’s asparagus! They love the inbred little weasel down there in the piney woods of Texas.

  10. birgerjohansson says

    Two Obamas? I always suspected they were two identical twins instead of one person.
    Then when Obama goes out to murder some upstanding Real American the other Obama can give him an alibi.

  11. birgerjohansson says

    The lenticular things are alien spacecraft, giving support to Hillary and the Russians.
    And they go Poow! Poow! shooting straight laser beams all over the diagram.

  12. birgerjohansson says

    …and the flying saucers go “Uranium One to Uranium Two” on the radio. They are like the flying thingies Skynet use to kill John Connor’s fighter.

  13. militantagnostic says

    birgerjohansson @14

    Two Obamas? I always suspected they were two identical twins instead of one person.

    Obviously – How else can you explain how he was born in Hawaii and Kenya at the same time.

  14. whywhywhy says

    The elected folks who are churning up this BS are the symptom. The issue is the electorate or as my Mom said often, “In a democracy we have the right to be wrong”. We need to fix the issue with society/voters and I am not sure if this is possible without first reining in the role of big money and corporate owned media.

  15. TGAP Dad says

    Two thoughts:
    – The chart is all too reminiscent of the whacked out conspiracy nonsense Glenn Beck used to spew on his TV show. And remember: he was booted off Fox “News” for being too crazy.
    – The real brain breaker is that Gohmert was at one point a federal judge, which he had to have completed undergrad and law degrees, then passed the bar. Like Ben Carson, how in the HELL does someone accomplish those things while expressing such utter stupidity? How???

  16. says

    whywhywhy@#18:
    We need to fix the issue with society/voters and I am not sure if this is possible without first reining in the role of big money and corporate owned media.

    If it’s big money and the media, why is it the electorate?

  17. nathanieltagg says

    I tried to start in the upper right. Is there any link between the Clinton foundation and uranium ore? I mean, one is a charity. The other is a rock.

  18. says

    @21: “I tried to start in the upper right. Is there any link between the Clinton foundation and uranium ore?”

    It actually says “Uranium One”, which was the name of a Canadian company that was sold to a Russian company back in 2010, in a deal that required permission from multiple agencies, one of which Hillary Clinton ran. The guy who sold the company later donated money to the Clinton Foundation. That is the sole basis of the “scandal” that Republicans are flogging in a desperate attempt to take attention away from their president’s own crimes.

  19. peptron says

    It should be clear by now that “Obama” is the plural name refering to the collective mind of each of the Obamum.

  20. microraptor says

    TGAP Dad @19:

    [quote]The chart is all too reminiscent of the whacked out conspiracy nonsense Glenn Beck used to spew on his TV show. And remember: he was booted off Fox “News” for being too crazy.[/quote]

    Remember, though, that that only came about when he started attacking companies that bought advertising on FAUX.

  21. Jado says

    PZ, we are not HELPLESS. We are FECKLESS. We can’t be bothered to do what needs to be done, because it will involve arguing and loud voices.

    It’s like trying to remove the local schizo from a supermarket when they have an episode – you can’t have this happening, but you don’t want to escalate the problem. So you just hope it goes away on its own.And in the event that it doesn’t rectify itself, you can always call the cops. But in this case, the cops are either related and won’t help, they are also schizo, or they are making big bank from the local corporate market that is competing with the original supermarket.

    So when the cops won’t/can’t do anything, what do you do? You leave and go to the other corporate supermarket, just like they planned. Mission accomplished.

  22. Gordon Davisson says

    Area man @22:
    AIUI the deal didn’t actually require permission from the committee, the approval was just advisory. From factcheck.org:

    The committee can’t actually stop a sale from going through — it can only approve a sale. The president is the only one who can stop a sale, if the committee or any one member “recommends suspension or prohibition of the transaction,” according to guidelines issued by the Treasury Department in December 2008 after the department adopted its final rule a month earlier.

  23. Gordon Davisson says

    HappyNat @7:
    Is that a line between the two Obama ovals (that goes under the Ben Rhodes diamond), or are both Obamas independently connected to Ben Rhodes? And if the lines go underneath, why is there a line from Ben Rhodes to the upper (far away) Obama (a line that goes under the Hillary Clinton diamond) rather than to the Obama he’s sitting right next to?

    And why do the two lines coming off the upper right of the ROSSATOM oval need to cross each other three times at various angles before they get to their destinations at URANIUM ONE and the Clinton Foundation?

    No, this chart is not like the Tokyo subway system. The Tokyo subway system is topologically sane.

  24. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Gordon Davisson @28,

    The problem is that you’re only looking at a two-dimension projection, so of course it seems confusing. If you saw it in all its 11-dimensional glory, it would make beautiful sense.

  25. Pierce R. Butler says

    The wingnuts want to push the Uranium One “scandal” while simultaneously promoting the “Putin’s a good guy” theme?

    How long, if ever, until one of the brilliant minds of modern corporate journalism thinks to ask about this?

  26. says

    Jado @26
    1. Schizo is an extremely ableist term. Someone have a public mental health episode or someone reading your comment who has this issue doesn’t need more shame.
    2. Why does something need to be done about an episode? The person is very unlikely to be a danger to anyone. Perhaps just leave them alone to work it our unless they ask for assistance.
    3. Using mental health as an analogy for politics is wrong both in terms of accuracy and compassion for the mentally ill.

  27. HappyNat says

    What a Maroon @25

    And yet there’s only one Olsen twin.

    There used to be two. Thanks, Obama.

    KG@32

    Gohmert has revealed the awful truth: Obama conspired with himself!!!

    I now have a new euphemism for masturbation.

  28. Ogvorbis: Swimming without a parachute. says

    HappyNat:

    I now have a new euphemism for masturbation.

    So, does Gohmert Hoggle himself? Or vice versa?

  29. mostlymarvelous says

    Area Man

    The guy who sold the company later donated money to the Clinton Foundation. That is the sole basis of the “scandal” that Republicans are flogging in a desperate attempt to take attention away from their president’s own crimes.

    It’s true that the guy who sold the company later donated to the Clinton Foundation, buuuut …
    … he sold his shares in the company 18 months before Clinton was Sec of State, therefore even longer before the majority ownership went to the Russian crowd.

    His link in the chain was broken before anyone thought there was a chain.

  30. SenseOfTheAbsurd says

    One thing I can tell you with absolute certainty, even without embiggening that mess to the point of legibility, is that whoever produced it had zero training in intelligence analysis.

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