Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fitz Nails It

6 Comments:

Blogger Sirocco said...

Heh. I haven't looked at the cartoon online, or the related comment thread ... but I can guess what it's going to look like.

10/21/2010 8:36 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Well, at least Jesse Kelly is honest about just having a high school education.

Ruth McClung, the Tea Party candidate in CD7, has frequently referred to herself as a "rocket scientist" and a lot of people seem to think she is. As it turns out, she is an engineer at Raytheon with B.S. in Physics. It is certainly an accomplishment to get a B.S. in Physics, but engineers with B.S. degrees generally call themselves engineers, not rocket scientists. It seems that she has deliberately tried to create the perception that she is more educated than she is and that her job is more important than it is.

Of course, in the figurative sense, she would most definitely be a "rocket scientist" compared to the rest of the Tea Party.

I certainly hope that CD7 Democrats turn out to vote.

10/21/2010 4:20 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

The Fitz cartoon says it all.

I think Grijalva will be okay.

10/21/2010 4:57 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I hope you're right, Nav.

For some reason, I find it so extremely offensive that any candidate, even a Tea Party candidate, would refer to herself as a "rocket scientist" when she only has a B.S. degree.

My nephew is a physicist who has a Ph.D. from Harvard. He spent an additional three years doing post doctorate research at UCSD. By the time he was hired as an associate professor, he was about 30 years old. I just got 905 hits when I searched on his name and his university. And most of those are associated with his research and his publications. My nephew is what you call a scientist.

A little wingnut girl who works as an engineer at Raytheon and pretends to be at the same level as my nephew is nothing but a fraud. She has fooled quite a few people and she needs to be called out.

Getting a B.S. degree in Physics is most definitely an accomplishment. But it does not make her a rocket scientist and she knows it. She is only a rocket scientist in comparison to her Tea Party supporters who can barely read and write in their native language.

It really annoys me.

10/21/2010 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Oh, Liza, if you only knew the depths of this outrage, or perhaps you do.

How do you destroy greatness? By glorifying mediocrity. By anointing know nothings like Palin or O'Donnell (can you believe that church and state nonsense?) as among the knowing, you eliminate knowledge.

We are witnessing a surge in the complete lack of regard or respect for knowledge, experience, and truth. It is remarkable.

I think several of x4mr's posts have been pointing at this. The US seems to have fallen in love with stupid.

I don't get it. I really don't.

10/21/2010 8:40 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Liza,
I share your outrage. Anyone who has obtained an advanced degree, especially in the science and engineering fields, knows how the graduate work is far, far more difficult and extends a great deal beyond the basics of the bachelor's degree.

I like what Thomas has said. There is a growing boil or tumor or pustule or whatever, of sickness and filth probably best illustrated by Sarah Palin, that deliberately hurls credentials, wisdom, knowledge, competence, and understanding into the fire.

It is truly terrifying.

10/21/2010 9:04 PM  

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