SOPA's daddy, Lamar Smith, to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Mr_raccoon sez, "Remember Lamar Smith (the guy who tried to pass off SOPA as being good for the internet)? Well there is a lot of talk about his chairing the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The GOP is set to vote on this today. This is like making an arsonist the fire-chief."

27 Responses to “SOPA's daddy, Lamar Smith, to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology”

  1. Finnagain says:

    See!? Government cannot work!

  2. “This is like making an arsonist the fire-chief.”

    The arsonist is busy.  They already made him chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Judiciary Committee, and the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    • niktemadur says:

      Is there anything these a-holes don’t get wrong, on purpose it seems?

      • Finnagain says:

         They are intent on proving definitively that government does not, and can not, function. So vote republican, or something. Incompetent Luddite nitwits, or corrupt money grubbers? Trick question! They can be both!

        • niktemadur says:

          You just might be right in your assessment, but republicans are ultimately shooting themselves in the foot and seem to be too stupid to notice.

          Case in point, The Daily Dish had this tidbit from A Letter From A Millennial Voter:

          We are a technological generation. We came of age during the rise of the Internet, and we have embraced it, and in turn we have revolutionized its use (Zuckerberg, et al). We see the Republican party as anti-science, anti-technology know-nothings. We want no part of that.

          It’s just one excellent reason of many why young ‘uns vote against the GOP in droves.

  3. BillGlover says:

    “This is like making an arsonist the fire-chief.”

    That makes perfect sense for certain values of “fireman.”

  4. Also on the same committee is Rep. Paul Broun, a doctor, who said, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.” Who picks these committee members?

  5. matt says:

    This guy does not even believe that climate change is anthropogenic. Well, apparently the idea that congress is a joke may not have reached its peak yet. Really wasn’t expecting more anyways

  6. jimmoffet says:

    Don’t we already know, empirically, that fire-fighters have a wildly outsized probability of committing arson?

    You know Lamar Smith downloads hella porn via p2p.

    I’ll bet if we tried hard enough we could catch him.

  7. Neill "Dire" Mitchell says:

    In an institution where Peter “If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the IRA for it” King can be Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee then pretty much anything goes.

  8. usuallyconfused says:

    Hell, why not?  take a look at the other members of this committee – like Todd “legitimate rape” Akin.

    Lamar Smith is most likely one of the more progressive members…….

  9. GregS says:

    See? The system works! 

  10. JProffitt71 says:

    I love our Republicans. So. So. Much.

  11. corydodt says:

    I thought this was just the standard way committee chairs were chosen.

  12. jhertzli says:

    I just remembered SOPA isn’t the only bone-headed proposal from Congresscritter Smith.

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