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There's that old (fake) anecdote about the state legislator who introduced a bill that would declare pi to be exactly 3 in his state because math would be easier that way. Current actual congressman Jeff Miller, R-FL, is dumber.
[Rep. Jeff Miller]: [The climate] changes. It gets hot, it gets cold. It’s done it for as long as we have measured the climate.

[MSNBC host Richard Liu]: But man-made, isn’t that the question?

Miller: Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since earth was created.

In order to know that pi cannot be made "3" by legislative decision, you need to know what pi is. You don't need to know anything climate at all, however, to grasp the central and glorious stupidity of actual congressman Jeff Miller's theory that (A) the climate cannot possibly be changing due to man-made activities because (B) the climate has changed in the past. It's a common function of elementary logic, the sort of thing they might quiz you on in school while you're still young enough to be wearing Incredible Hulk-brand underwear. It's of the same caliber as saying my brother Timmy is not a woodchuck, therefore woodchucks do not exist. It's even closer to saying houses have been catching fire for centuries, officer, therefore I could not possibly have set a torch to that one.

We now have willingly voted into our national government people who are dumber than the mythical pi equals 3 guy. That is an accomplishment. That requires hard work. Getting a fellow that excruciatingly stupid into Congress requires the effort of a great many people, and requires a great deal of money, and hinges on the lucky break of the fellow not once wandering into traffic or drinking a can of paint before his election rolls around. This is almost something we should be proud of.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 02:04 PM PDT.

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