Look, I’m not turning this into a political blog, but as one of the lone conservative leaning guys in the tech punditry business, I get a lot of mischaracterization from my peers: “Oh what does he know, he’s a Republican or a Libertarian or something. Probably a teabagger. Who knows? They’re all stupid.”
So when I see something like this (especially after the other day), I hafta point it out.
This is your party, Dems.
Update: Rep. Hank Johnson responds:
“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction on the tiny island with a population of 180,000 – could be a tipping point which could adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and could overburden its stressed infrastructure. Having traveled to Guam last year, I saw firsthand how this beautiful – but vulnerable island – could easily become overburdened, and I was simply voicing my concerns that the addition of that many people could tip the delicate balance and do permanent harm to Guam.”
For the record, here’s the transcript of the relevant part of the video:
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize […] and also the environment. Coral reefs and that sorts of things. I know that lots of people don’t like to think about that, but we didn’t think about global warming either, and now we do hafta think about. I’m concerned from an environmental standpoint whether or not Guam is the best place, but I understand it is the only place to do it, is that right?”
So, yeah. Doesn’t sound like capsize means what he thinks it means.