Okay - here goes: Rep. Hank Johnson: Guam could 'tip over and capsize'. No, really - this is true. I KNOW it sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but it is FOR REAL:
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is afraid that the U.S. Territory of Guam is going to "tip over and capsize" due to overpopulation.
Johnson expressed his worries during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense budget Thursday.
Addressing Adm. Robert Willard, who commands the Navy's Pacific Fleet, Johnson made a tippy motion with his hands and said sternly, "My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize."
Willard paused and said: "We don't anticipate that."
I'm sorry, I am laughing so hard I can't type anything right now...Holy shit. This is an elected official??? Are you freaking KIDDING me??
Just in case you are worried that Guam, or Hawaii (the entire chain), or Manhattan, or any other island, for that matter, might just go tipping over while you are out strolling around, fear not:
Like other islands, Guam is attached to the sea floor, which makes it extremely unlikely that it will tip over, even if there are lots and lots of people on it. Guam is 30 miles long and up to 9 miles wide in certain spots, with a population of 175,000 civilians. The military is proposing the addition of 8,000 U.S. servicemembers and their families.
Reached for comment, a spokesman for Johnson said the lawmaker had visited Guam, and his concern was that the influx of military personnel would overwhelm the island's infrastructure and ecosystem.
Um, I'm not sure that makes his "tipping over" comment any better!!
You have to see this for your self - it's a little over a minute in:
How in the WORLD did Admiral Willard answer him so seriously?? How did he not stop and say, "Are you making a joke, sir?" Or, "Am I being Punk'd?? Where's that Ashton Kutcher?" Or, "You know it isn't April Fool's YET, right, Representative Johnson?"
Holy cow. No wonder our country is in the current shape it is if Rep. Johnson is indicative of who is running this show. Guam might capsize. Wow. I gotta say - that's one I've never heard before! Thanks for the belly laugh, Rep. Johnson. That one was a DOOZY!!!
ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE: My heart goes out to our fellow citizens in the Northeast, especially Rhode Island, while they deal with record breaking rains, and devastating floods. Many of the areas hardest hit by the floods are also experiencing hard hits with unemployment. Unbelievable what is happening there...
May you all be safe, may your losses be few, may jobs increase soon, and may your lives return to normal as quickly as possible.