February 11, 2010
"It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant" - Barack Obama
What I've always found funny about the global warming and climate change deniers (seriously, read some of those comments, it's a treasure trove of willful idiocy) is that for the right, outside of typical campaign-trail rhetoric it appears to be the one major issue that they're completely supportive of being ignorant about. By that I mean, they are always offended and incredibly defensive when you point out other examples of ignorance- for example, racism, sexism, factual inaccuracy, and so forth.
But they brag about having simplistic views on global warming, using said ignorance as a shield. It's a place where stupidity is a tool. If they knew better, they'd be unable to use the down-home, folksy, "well ah don't know much about them book-learning science wizards" schtick.
Ignore whether or not any of these claims are true or not: on war, they brag about having stronger leaders, smarter generals, and better battle plans; they claim to have better economic plans; that religious-backed home schooling produces smarter students; that male-female parents will always have more successful children- for Christ's sake, they brag that Republican women are hotter than Democratic women. But on climate change, a scientific issue, they brag about not knowing any science.
I don't really have a conclusion to this, it's just sad and fascinating.
Update: Now this is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. What we have here, as we do in so many of these cases, is a climate change denier taking advantage of not knowing anything about science to formulate their desired point. This is like a lawyer willingly not learning law under the premise of claming that murder could be legal if you just "didn't know it was against the law."
I'm sure there are other examples, but without a doubt global warming and climate science remains the most significant matter that the right chooses to be ignorant about as a defense. If they knew any better... well, they'd know better.
February 9, 2010
They just enjoy whining
Right-wing blogger complains that Media Matters claimed another right-wing blogger said something stupid. Media Matters links to right-wing blogger saying said stupid thing. Right-wing bloggers complain more.
I don't get it.
Update: For the uninformed on this- and let's face it, that's hopefully most of you over something as pointless as this- this is all an extension of right-wing blogger Jim Treacher launching an erroneous conspiracy theory that the Secret Service hit him with an SUV. I obviously don't take any personal joy in Treacher's physical suffering, but yeah, it's as ridiculous as it sounds.
February 8, 2010
People who keep dismissing those who are constructively critical of the Obama administration seem to believe that everything doesn't tie together. A magical all-powerful Obama, like the one people naively imagined existed up until November 2008, isn't going to suddenly materialize in time to get Democrats higher poll numbers.
It's pointless to have these arguments about how horrible people like me are for criticizing the president because it "makes him look bad." Nothing on earth is going to stop his opponents from making him look bad, and the fact that he's not trying to make himself look good isn't helping.
February 7, 2010
I don't even know what to say anymore
Sarah Palin caught, during a speech where she makes fun of Obama using a teleprompter, reading notes scribbled on her hand.
(Please remember, of course, that the only reason I am posting this is because like all liberals I am just, like, totally afraid of Sarah!!1!)