Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Morons: Don't believe the scientists; we know better than y'all

On average, I estimate, being a Southerner costs you 20 IQ points. How else to explain why such a large percentage of people from the South are blithering idiots?

In the 1950s and '60s, the stupid cause of the South was its indefensible defense of racist laws--most notably the suppression of the rights of blacks to vote and enjoy other civil rights. Once being a racist became unpopular, most of the Southern bigots pretended that segregation had nothing to do with racism and that no one they knew harbored any ill-will toward blacks. It was as if they thought, by saying the South was not a bastion of idiot racists, everyone else would forget that the South was a bastion of idiot racists.

In the 1920s and '30s, the stupid cause of South (and the Midwest) was the indefensible offense against the Darwinian science that human beings and other animals and plants evolve over millions and tens of millions of years. The idiot promoters of Creationism--yes, a few still exist to this day--based their anti-science attack on the Bible. Fundamentalists, unaware that the Bible is filled with errors and a whole lot of nonsense, take its words literally. So Adam was the first man and Eve was made from his rib; and the Earth is but 7,000 or so years old, created in six days by the magic father of Jesus.

The cause of causes of the South was its defense of the Lost Cause--the Civil War. Some idiot Southerners to this day pretend that their cause was not about fighting to retain slavery. It was. The enslavement of blacks was "the Southern way of life."

Today, the idiots of the South (and other parts of our country) have a new idiotic cause--their attacks on climate science. Never mind that most of these morons have no scientific education. Certainly none of them is an actual climatologist. But like their forefathers' attacks on the science of evolution, these retards feel like they know science better than the intelligent people who have dedicated their lives to studying the climate.

The New York Times has a story about a leading anti-science moron--of course he is from the Bible Belt--named Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. Cooch was elected as the attorney general of Virginia.

For nearly a year, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Virginia’s crusading Republican attorney general, has waged a one-man war on the theory of man-made global warming.

Invoking his subpoena powers, he has sought to force the University of Virginia to turn over the files of a prominent climatology professor, asserting that his research may be marred by fraud. The university is battling the move in the courts.

At the same time, Mr. Cuccinelli is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its ruling that carbon dioxide and other global warming gases pose a threat to human health and welfare, describing the science behind the agency’s decision as “unreliable, unverifiable and doctored.”

So this ding-dong with a law degree thinks every one who studies climate science is engaged in some conspiracy?

Now his allegations of manipulated data and scientific fraud are resonating in Congress, where Republican leaders face an influx of new members, many of them Tea Party stalwarts like Mr. Cuccinelli, eager to inveigh against the body of research linking man-made emissions to warming.

“There’s a huge appetite among the rank-and-file to raise fundamental questions about the underlying science,” said Michael McKenna, a Republican strategist and energy lobbyist.

It would help the retard cause if they could find some reputable climatologists to support their cause. Instead, they tend to rely on the "findings" of petroleum engineers working for the oil and coal-mining companies. It doesn't quite hit the fundamentalists that those "scientists," who don't study the climate, might be biased in favor of their employers?

Responding to those concerns, the new Republican majority has introduced legislation that would strip federal regulators of their power to police the industrial emissions that contribute to climate change. But party leaders, treading warily, have cast their arguments against regulation largely in terms of economic consequences, playing down the prospect of major hearings to examine the scientific basis of human-caused warming.

Even dedicated opponents of climate action concede that hauling climate scientists before Congress and challenging their findings could easily backfire, as many representatives lack a sophisticated grasp of climatology and run the risk of making embarrassing errors.

Saying they "lack a sophisticated grasp of climatology" is another way of saying we are dealing with a large group of retards.

“It’s a trap for a lot of members,” said Marc Morano, a former Republican staff member on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee and publisher of Climate Depot, a Web site that advances the arguments of climate skeptics. “They’re apt to make mistakes.”

You mean to say retards don't know what the fuck they are talking about?

After fighting for decades to defend slavery, after fighting for decades to defend Creationism, and after fighting for decades to defend Jim Crow, the South lost every one of its stupid causes. But each time it lost, the morons of the South pretended that the position they faught for was not the position they really held. It was something else.

My guess is that for the next 20 or 30 years the South will fight against climatology. And then when all is lost and their cause is dead, those retards who claimed that they knew the science better than the scientists will pretend they never held such moronic views as they now hold.

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