I swear that I am not making this up.  Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA) said the following during a hearing on global warming last week, talking about a previous point in the Earth's history when greenhouse gasses were also amassed and caused widespread extinctions and a period of substantial warming and change across the planet (via ThinkProgress):

"We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?"

They have the video, and you can watch Rep. Dinosaur Flatulence actually say this. Out loud. Now, I know it was probably some sort of smart-assed retort to protect whatever pollution-friendly interests were funding whatever was making Rohrbacher happy in the moment but…hello?!?  Yes, I'm certain that we can all stop for a moment in our day to pause and reflect on how dinosaur farts could, indeed, be the cause of a mass, global extinction.  Now THAT is some powerful tooting, if you ask me. 

There is this whole branch of study that I like to call "science." Perhaps the Republican party might consider delving into it a bit more before violating Mark Twain's axiom if idiocy:  "It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

Of course, that doubt was removed a long time ago for Rep. Dinosaur Flatulence.  (H/T to Atrios.)

TRex says: Oh, my gosh, I'm so embarrassed.

No more black bean burritos for me. 

Here, I'll open a window… 

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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