Friday, October 09, 2015

Since When Did "Dumb Ass" Become a Credential?

That's Mel on the Right

Mel Arnold is not a scientist. Mel Arnold is a dumb ass. He's running for the Cons in North Okanagan-Shuswap and he's showing that he has what it takes to be a loyal member of Team Harper.

Mel has come to the media's attention for his perfectly Harperian views on anthropogenic (man-made) climate change. As far as Mel is concerned, it's not anthropogenic. It's not man-made.

"I don't know that it has been determined for sure that human activity is the main cause. It is part of the process," said Arnold. "But how much of it is actually naturally occurring, that's I think where the debate is."

Arnold said he believes approximately 1.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are man-made and believes cycles of climate change could be responsible for the rise in global temperatures following the industrial revolution.

"As you know, this area was once buried in kilometres of thick ice during the ice ages. And we have approximately 30 year cycles on weather conditions here. Those types of things are still in play."

Like any good Tory candidate, Mel is long on belief and opinion and desperately short on science and fact. He still uses words such as "know" and "think" when he really means "believe" and "guess." Very much like how Shifty Steve knows that marijuana is "infinitely worse" than tobacco when medical science consistently says that's not true or believes that Canada is in the midst of a major crime spree when crime rates have been falling steadily for decades.

Guys like Mel and Shifty are all we need to realize that, when it comes to Conservatives and their approach to governance, "dumb ass" is their default operating mode.


Toby said...

Here is how North Okanagan-Shuswap voted in the last election.

Voters around here like their politicians dumb like themselves.

Anonymous said...

Anyong said: Mr. Harper has to be using the statistics from Alberta. Crime has risen in this province especially in Calgary while the rest of the country has dropped.

The Mound of Sound said...

@ Toby - I was deflated to read that "Vote Together" assessment that the Tories can be defeated in North Okanagan-Shuswap if people back strategic voting. Their polling chart, however, shows Mel at or exceeding 50%. That stretch of the interior has always felt like going into the Calgary suburbs.

Toby said...

Mound said, "That stretch of the interior has always felt like going into the Calgary suburbs."

At times it does. There are always a slew of Alberta license plates here. I live in the Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola riding which is more of the same. We have an amazing supply of retired police, military and prison guards; more than statistically normal. These guys will vote for anything wearing Conservative blue with no thought whatsoever given to qualification. I've come to the conclusion that police, military and prison institutions teach stupidity.

bcwaterboy said...

Like Colin Mayes before him, old Mel is assured of to take home the lucrative MP pension at the end of his upcoming tenure as MP for this area of voters anything blue. It seems that saying stupid things is a sure fire way to win and Mel doesn't disappoint. It's unfortunate though in these parts that strategic voting will never have an impact because the (federal) Liberal brand here is so obscure that a candidate does not stand a chance and the NDP is perceived much on the same level as the provincial countnerparts. The Interior is certainly a political entity worthy of a book.

Anonymous said...

" I've come to the conclusion that police, military and prison institutions teach stupidity." Bravo!

An inquiring mind would never go the aforementioned institutions...

The Mound of Sound said...

BCW - yeah, that's my impression also.

A..non. Yes. sigh.