Carry on my wayward son… before I shoot you.
On Monday, during a House Appropriations Committee meeting to discuss feral hog population, Rep. Virgil Peck (Asshole-Tyro) said — in public, mind you — that it might be a good idea to control the illegal immigrant problem the way Kansas controls the feral hog population — by shooting them from a helicopter.
Peck made his comment during a discussion by the House Appropriations Committee on state spending for controlling feral swine.
After one of the committee members talked about a program that uses hunters in helicopters to shoot wild swine, Peck suggested that may be a way to control illegal immigration.
Appropriations Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, said Peck’s comment was inappropriate.
Rhoades said he thought Peck was joking, but added, “Hopefully he won’t do it again.”
Asked about his comment, Peck was unapologetic. “I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person,” he said.
He said most of his constituents are upset with illegal immigration and the state and federal government response.
He said he didn’t expect any further controversy over his comment. “I think it’s over,” he said.
Last month, another state legislator, Rep. Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, apologized after referring to a college student as an illegal immigrant because of her “olive complexion.”
First, I highly doubt this is the way southeast Kansans speak; tossing out jokes about genocide willy nilly. Now, I’ve never been to Kansas, but I saw The Wizard of Oz, and I don’t remember Dorothy taking a detour to shoot some Mexicans.
Second, what is with people shooting shit from helicopters? Is this a real thing that people do? Whatever happened to grabbing a six-pack of brewskis, setting up a perch in a tree, and just hanging with your bros? Are we really just gunning animals down from helicopters now (even if for the purposes of population control)? That doesn’t seem right. What do they do with the hogs after they’re all riddled with bullets?
Third, really? This is what passes for humor among the Teabillies?
Fourth, I need a drink. My head hurts.
I’m off to look for my long-form. It’s borderline illegal to be brown in this country.
[cross-posted here at Balloon Juice]