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Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble (R) is at it again. The lawmaker who said that poverty is higher among minorities because of poor genetics, fried chicken, and porno, among other things, believes that people are using food stamps to buy weed.

Marble has sponsored bill SB 14-037 to prevent people from using their food stamps to buy weed for reasons only Marble and her colleagues in the local Republican party would fall for.

Last week, the satirical National Report posted a fake story entitled “Colorado Pot Shop Accepting Food Stamps – Taxpayer Funded Marijuana for Welfare Recipients.” [...]

A conservative news site picked up the story, apparently duped. The Douglas County Republican Committee, also apparently believing the story real, linked to the report on its Twitter feed last Tuesday.

A day later, Marble’s bill was filed in the state Senate.

Someone who believes people are using food stamps to buy weed would probably believe anything you tell them. Well, almost anything. Let’s not get carried away. Marble clearly wouldn’t believe you if you told her that poor diet is a symptom of poverty, not the cause.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Wouldn’t surprise me if it were discovered that she watches The Colbert Report and believes in everything Stephen Colbert says on his show.

  • Addison Jones

    Guess what’s in the cupboard of this lady?

  • Christopher Foxx

    Yet another example of the utter lack of intellectual ability of most conservatives. They have their world view, they accept without question anything that supports it (no matter how silly), reject out of hand anything that challenges it (no matter how well supported) and never, ever question it.

    They’ve never encountered anything that’s made them go “Huh? Wait a minute. What? That doesn’t seem to make sense.”

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Is it the lack of self-awareness that prevents right-wingers from distinguishing satire from reality? Is it the desire to feel outraged that blocks any second thoughts about whether the source/target of that outrage is actually real? Is it the fact that their own rhetoric is indistinguishable now from what might have been satire 20 years ago? Or is the knee-jerk unhinged freakout just too lucrative to pass up?

    • Mike_Norris


    • Christopher Foxx

      Yes. Oh, definitely yes. That, too. And certainly in many cases, but mostly for the other reasons.

    • D_C_Wilson

      All of the above.

  • Robert Scalzi

    Vicki Marble – Perfect name for someone who’s head is full of Marbles but lacking any brains

    • Victor_the_Crab

      She’s definitely lost her surname.

  • Regardless of whether it is true or not….why would any responsible legislator rely on a single news article to create a law. Those idiots should be forced to take a course called “Legislating 101”. First less should be to learn how to research something and ascertain facts versus opinion and satire. Sen. Marble clearly has none.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Because doing that would take time away from using the poor as scapegoats for society’s ills and grandstanding in front of your tea party buddies.

      • Christopher Foxx

        And when the whole point to holding office is to assure yourself that the world does revolve around you, the idea that anyone else has issues to be concerned about just never occurs.

  • Mike_Norris

    I live in El Paso County Colorado but I work for Douglas County. You are right, they fell for it hook, line, and well, you know. You asked a guy in another posting today Bob, if he could tell the difference between satire and wingnuts. They can’t in Douglas County Colorado. They were going nuts with that story state wide.