Hank Johnson’s geography and the cost of private sector employment *UPDATED*

Yes, you’ve already seen this video of Rep. Hank Johnson from Georgia (Cynthia McKinney’s old district), but I’m going to show it again, if for no other reason than to appreciate the Admiral’s incredible polite restraint.  An officer and a gentleman, that’s for sure:

Many have noted that Rep. Johnson is ill, which may account, not just for this bizarre delusion, but for the myriad delusions that populate his brain:

I contacted Rep. Hank (D-Goin’ down for the third time) Johnson’s office and asked them if the good Representative had any other fears he wished to share. I was told that Rep. Johnson also fears:

-Future missions to the moon will cause Earth’s satellite to “go all crazy and spin out of orbit”

-Drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge will mean “heavy drilling equipment will cause the poles to shift and Kansas City will end up as the new North Pole”

-Excessive use of the office microwave will cause “the oxygen in the oven to interact with the atmosphere, making it overheat and burn away.”

You can laugh at his delusions or mourn the ravages of disease, but what you cannot avoid is that this guy is getting paid on the public dime and that he turned is mental energies, such as they are, to a yes vote on Obama Care.

In the private sector, Rep. Johnson would long since have been politely placed on early retirement, and someone competent would have replaced him.  In the wonderful world of politics, though, Johnson gets to waste people’s time (poor Admiral) and, worse, have an effect on America’s policy.

Remember, please, what a squeaker the health care vote was.  Had Johnson been in his right mind, perhaps (and yes, this is an extreme hypothetical given the district from which he comes) he might have put the brakes on the whole thing.  As it was, Pelosi probably took gross advantage of someone who is mentally dysfunctional.

Your government at work, people.

UPDATE:  Lissa suggests that the Ace of Spades content is satire.  She’s probably right (although the post went up on March 31, not on April 1).  The sad thing is I can’t quite tell.  Johnson’s original statement is so utterly insane, that anything else insane that is attributed to him has the gloss of reality.  Satire only works when there’s some bright line, no matter how slender, between reality and spoof.

UPDATE II:  Neo-neocon says that what we’re actually seeing is a long-running gag between two old friends.  If that is the case, I would suggest that in Congress, before television, in front of an audience that doesn’t get the joke, is a bad way to have fun.  My kids often try to defend an insult by saying “it was a joke.”  I’ve repeatedly told them it’s only a joke if the audience gets it.  On the other hand, considering that Neo’s own post came out on April 1 — well, where’s the reality in all of this?

Hall of mirrors, here I come!

UPDATE: Neo sent me an email confirming that she was making the joke, not Johnson.  I suspected that, but Johnson’s behavior was so over-the-top, and Willard’s response so exquisitely composed, I could almost be convinced that it was theater.  Also, Neo has a delicate touch and did a lovely job with her satire.

UPDATE III:  Assuming any truth in this report, Johnson himself makes no mention of a long-standing friendship and practical jokes.  Instead, he claims that he was building an elaborate metaphor.

Elaborate metaphor?  Elaborate hoax?  I don’t know but, again, it’s dangerous to make a joke if you’re in power and your audience isn’t in on the joke.

I contacted Rep. Hank (D-Goin’ down for the third time) Johnson’s office and asked them if the good Representative had any other fears he wished to share. I was told that Rep. Johnson also fears:

-Future missions to the moon will cause Earth’s satellite to “go all crazy and spin out of orbit”

-Drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge will mean “heavy drilling equipment will cause the poles to shift and Kansas City will end up as the new North Pole”

-Excessive use of the office microwave will cause “the oxygen in the oven to interact with the atmosphere, making it overheat and burn away.”

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  • Charles Martel

    The man is black, therefore you are a racist.

  • Spartacus

    How cool would it be to always be able to find Kansas City with a compass?  Nobody really goes to the current north pole  (which is in Upper Canuckistan anyway, not even the geographic pole).  KC would be much more practical.
     
    Drill, baby, drill!

  • http://lookingforlissa.wordpress.com lookingforlissa

    I rather think that Ace interview was satire . . .

  • Oldflyer

    Book, Neocon has a post that advises that Johnson and the Admiral are old friends with a history of telling each other outrageous stories while keeping a perfectly straight face..  One of the early stories, stemming from their mutual involvement in the movie “Top Gun”, supposedly was that Guam was so narrow that if you landed an airplane on it, it would tip over.
    Just saying.

  • Spartacus

    [actually going back and clicking the link now...]
     
    Ah.  Hmm.  Not unlikely.  Or possibly Oldflyer’s straight-face theory.  Tell you what, though:  let’s do it anyway.  Drill like we mean it, and wherever the north pole comes up, fine.  (But out of an abundance of caution, let’s scrap those moon missions).

  • Charles Martel

    Oldflyer, if that turns out to be the case, what a hoot!

  • SADIE

    He’s channeling Rep (strike Rep) Hep. C-ynthia McKinney.
    This is Georgia folks, the land of Jimmah and nuts.
     
    In the private sector, Rep. Johnson would long since have been politely placed on early retirement…..
    and promptly put in a straight jacket so he wouldn’t hurt himself or anyone else.

  • Zhombre

    So why are you laughing at this imbecile?  Think about the notion that the political class has utterly failed the country and is wholly ineffective (except at rendering the Treasury insolvent), ditto for some major institutions such as the major media (overpaid hacks, preening bullies and insipid prom queens pretending to be info-babes) and academia (leftwing groupthink made flesh), and if the business interests play a go-along-to-along game in order to survive, where does that leave the U.S.?  Eventually run by the last competent institution extant, the military, and the civilian federal workforce, much like the Roman empire was run by its army and the Greek freedmen who formed the incipient civil service.  Still laughing?

  • jj

    Zhombre’s on track, here.  This isn’t laughable, it’s beyond foul.  What’s the real difference between anything this guy said and what comes out of Pelosi’s mouth as a matter of daily routine?  We have a well-known actual madwoman as second in line to the presidency, which seems to me to be a touch more serious than anything going on with Hank (Whoever-the-hell-he-is) Johnson.
     
    I like the “insipid prom queens” remark too.  Much as I’m a watcher of Fox News, if peroxide ever becomes a controlled substance – they’re gone.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    On the other hand, considering that Neo’s own post came out on April 1 — well, where’s the reality in all of this?”
     
     
    Oh what a web we weave when we first practice to deceive.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:This little episode gave me a flashback to my Psychology studying days in the last ’70s.  Back then, there was a bit of humor in the department about asking people to draw a sketch of an island above and below the waterline.  The results tended to be in two large categories, the lily pad or the mountain top.  Obviously, the good Congressman is a lily (livered?) padder.  As was my first wife.  Good Luck.

  • Mike Devx

    Zhombre says in #8,
    > and if the business interests play a go-along-to-along game in order to survive, where does that leave the U.S.?

    Zhombre, that implies that corporations are capitalist- and free market-friendly, and that they’re operating morally: Just trying to survive a hostile environment.  I don’t think you want to make that assumption.  They will climb into bed with a powerful Congress, to restrict competition, once they get big enough.  They will deliberately seek favors from a powerful Congress (and Administration).   Not all of them.  But like all of us, we and they operate under human nature, and they’re not angels.

    Through the entire ObamaCare saga, the insurance companies were angling to screw us all over, in their own favor.  Obama was entirely willing to strike nefarious back deals with them, and several almost came off.  Who knows?  Perhaps in ObamaCare they did occur, and we just haven’t focused on them yet.  The deals may be buried in that 2000-page behemoth that no one has read.

    The investment banks definitely got together and pulled their chestnuts out of the fire, led by Goldman-Sachs and good ol’ Hank Paulson, the only major power player to serve/operate freely under both Bush and Obama.  He guided TARP.  I understand most of that money is being paid back; is it true?  Are the paybacks, as demanded, going to reduce the deficit like they were supposed to?  I see no signs that the 2009/2010 deficits are shrinking to account for the paybacks.

  • Zhombre

    I do not disagree with you,  Mike, but I always retain the faith that there are some people with basic integrity  –  in business, in media, in academia, in government service, in politics  — who are rational and will adhere to the Constitution and the ideas of limited government and individual liberty.  I am not and refuse to be totally cynical.  The better angels of our nature will never be obliterated.   Tarnished, but not obliterated.

  • spiff580

    All we can do is laugh at this idiot.  And shake our heads in disbelief.  Clearly half of the country is perfectly fine with people like that representing them.  How else could you explain people like Pelosi, Boxer, Reid, etc…

    I sure hope people are right about the thumping the dems are going to get this November. 

    Sean

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “Just trying to survive a hostile environment.  I don’t think you want to make that assumption.  They will climb into bed with a powerful Congress, to restrict competition, once they get big enough.”
     
     
    Eventually the government will become their main competition. Then what are the corporations going to do for survival?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “Through the entire ObamaCare saga, the insurance companies were angling to screw us all over, in their own favor.”
     
     
    The insurance companies are still under the law. If the people of America want to motivate the corporations to game the law system, that’s the same thing everybody else is given an opportunity to do. Since the nation isn’t run by corporations, but by supposed electoral processes, the people of America long ago screwed themselves even before the corporations came on the scene.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “Also, Neo has a delicate touch and did a lovely job with her satire.”
     
     
    I think Neo has gotten me with her April 1 jokes for several years in a row now.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Forgot one thing. Two reasons to for Neo’s post to be a April 1 joke.
     
    1. She’s actually very angry at the political processes being taken by politicians and American voters. Back in long ago years, she didn’t feel the political process was so dire, even though I disagreed. I saw it during 9/11, and while Neo saw the same, she simply thought it was a temporary or at best a local problem with politics. Regardless of her reasons, I don’t think she ever felt the intensity of my emotions in those years ago. Now, however, having felt such things and dealt with it, it is her turn to do the same. I came at my political transformation while young, so I had a quicker adaptation pace. Neo used the long form analysis, which is her temperament and her training. My research into psychological warfare, assassination methods, historical revolutions, and such, fit too well with what the Left was doing after 9/11. And it didn’t get any better. She would not have taken this exchange in Congress dryly, same as you, Book.
     
    2. There is just no way Neo could have such detailed background on the personal relationships of not just one, but two, public figures like that. So detailed that it gets into the “This is No Shit a war story” zones. That level of detail suggested to me that she had personal resources as sources. But she linked to wikipedia saying “check it out”. Too suspicious. Of course, not enough suspicious to guarantee a verdict against her, but just enough to tone down the surprise.

  • Mike Devx

    Being screwed over by someone within a corrupt system is no reason to give in, and joyfully join in with the corruption…   Wrong is still wrong.