Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Facts

Rep. Peter King (R, N.Y.) seemed to be rehearsing a new version of the scene from Treasure of Sierra Madre when “Gold Hat” proclaims “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” In the new version King says that he doesn’t need facts in claiming that President Obama went on an “apology tour” in the Middle East despite the conclusion by independent fact checkers that he never apologized or said I am sorry on the tour. King barked “I don’t care what fact check says.” It appears that, according to Santorum below, the GOP has also decided to give up on trying to attract “smart people.”

Here is the exchange:

O’BRIEN: There are fact checks. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.

KING: No. Soledad. Any commonsense interpretation of those speeches, the president’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour. That’s the way it’s interpreted in the Middle East. If I go over and say that the U.S. has violated its principles, that the United States has not shown respect for Islam, that’s an apology. How else can it be interpreted?

O’BRIEN: I think plenty of people are interpreting it as a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it. So I don’t think that everybody agrees it’s apology.

Finally, someone who is willing to liberate politics from tyrannical hold of facts.

This seems to dovetail well with the statement of former presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) who told an audience this weekend that “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do.” Yes, those pesky “smart people” are always such a drag.

I hereby nominate Alfonso Bedoya for president . . .

Source: Think Progress

59 thoughts on “Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Facts”

  1. Rep. King is simply another politician who is adept at twisting words for his own benefit . . . like Obama, Romney, Clinton, McCain, Bush . . . well, you get the picture.

    It still surprises me that the public are stupid enough to believe the words of one politician, because he or she are in the same political party. How dumb is that?

  2. Barkin not bad english to have an accent. This is the way Long Islanders, many of them, speak. If you go by the unpleasantness of an accent, and colloquilalisms, many New Jerseyians, Philadelphians, Brooklynites, and others, must be considered ‘uncivil’ because of the way they speak.
    Guy is an idiot biut not because of his speech patterns,

  3. Oh, now the idiot King was just on tv speaking turdy turd and a turd. For those of you in NY who dont think that this is bad English, please go on line and get the program. The guy is all turdy turd. You cant elect some guy like this who cant speak the King’s English and have any sense of civility. This schmuck is just too illiterate and dumb. Sorry, turders.

  4. lottakatz 1, September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Badger; badgers don’t give a s***.
    ===========================
    Badgers don’t need no badges.

  5. BarkinDog, I don’t vouch for our Congresspeople. I liked Weiner’s politics but, like many men, he just couldn’t keep it zipped up. Just saw one of our senators on TV last week. It was amazing that she could have an interview and I learned nothing about what’s important to her. Just lots of laughs and giggles. Maybe it was b/c she was in the presence of a celebrity. It was embarrassing.

  6. We have more badgers than foxes, the scab gets the foxes. A feral weakened cat is an easy booty. Saw it in the dusk only 4 meters away. Crunch. Fini.
    He was not concerned about my presence. Never are.

  7. To those who revel in “turdy turnd and turd”.
    It is either your ignorance you are showing, or your, what 2 year olds in kindergarten call, “pee-poo” humor.
    (They thereupon will participate in their first group laugh. Fun to see.)

    Take your pick.

  8. Didn’t they have another Congressman from NYC who goes on Facebook and posts photos of himself in his underwear and his last name is weener? He talks turdy turd and a turd too. I have not seen him on tv in awhile.

  9. Captain Ratty,

    You’re spouting stereotypes. There may be some in one of the NYC boroughs who speak as you spout, but most do not. None of the people I know from NYC (all boroughs) do speak that way.

    Peter King represents district 3 which is Long Island which includes Suffolk and Nassau counties and a bit of Queens.

    NYS is a large and diverse state and your stereotyping is insulting. Please stop.

  10. LottaKatz:

    Honey Badger, the biggest SOB in the animal world.

    So small, so angry, must have been frustrated low level bureaucrat in a previous life.

    And he is not going to take it any more!!!

  11. For those who are tired of Fact Checkers I invite you to participate in http://WeCheck.org , the people’s fact check, which I launched a few days ago. Anyone is free to add and edit text, data and supporting evidence to any political claim.

  12. Nick,

    Saw a German Shepard attack a badger in Oregon. Badger ran into a borrow. Dog pis*ed at the entrance to the burrow.

  13. ID, I’ve seen animal shows where it’s obvious Badgers are tenacious, but I’ve never seen one kill a cat.

    Matt, Moved to the Madison area in 1983.

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