April 05, 2010

Dregs : More winger bullshit

First up, some freakshow testified before Congress that her research showed that the stimulus money was disproportionately sent to Democratic districts. Nate Silver took a look and noticed rather rapidly that the research was, to put it nicely, deeply flawed.

Actually, it was all a load of crap.

That de Rugy has testified before Congress on the basis of her evidence, and never paused to consider why the top five congressional districts on her list overlap with Sacramento, Albany, Austin, Tallahassee and Harrisburg, is mind-boggling. The presence of a state capital is the overwhelmingly dominant factor it predicting the dispensation of stimulus funds. This could have been discerned in literally five minutes if she had bothered to look at the apparent outliers in her dataset and considered whether they had anything in common -- a practice that should be among the first things that any researcher does when evaluating any dataset.

Then there was this which was just too funny... from This Week (via Krugman)

Rove: “This thing is paid for with Bernie-Madoff-style accounting. … It’s a gigantic disaster.”

Plouffe: “Karl and the Republicans would be familiar with that.”

Rove: “You will bankrupt the country if this bill passes. … For God’s sake, will you stop throwing around epitaphs [sic] and deal with the facts for once, David? … We will fight the election on this,. and the Democrats will have significant losses in the House and Senate as a result of this bill.”

Plouffe: “If Karl and a lot of Republicans want to call the election already, they ought to break out that ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner.”

Rove: “That’s cheesy, David. … You should not denigrate the mission of the USS Abraham Lincoln.”

Yes, Karl, break out that banner. It would be Teh Awesome.

Americans For Prosperity, the Republican group that supports a growing economy by advocating for positions that really won't do much to grow the economy (tax cuts, for example, when we're on the left side of the Laffer Curve without even a thought to what the inevitable deficits will do the economy), is apparently chock full of some really stupid people willing to lie for energy companies including Koch Industries regarding climate change. As usual, the dumbest member of the club is from Texas.

Peggy Venable, AFP's State Director for Texas, is less restrained. In an opinion piece titled The Feds are Messing with Texas in The Lone Star Report (29 January 2009), she says: "The scientific establishment has dropped the ball. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. On the contrary it makes crops and forests grow faster. We exhale carbon dioxide." She goes on to discuss the science-based finding by the EPA that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare (its "endangerment" finding). Specifically, she praised a response to EPA's endangerment finding that was being contemplated by the state of Texas and suggested by an AFP ally "who proposes attacking the EPA as a purveyor of bad science under federal statutes that prohibit junk science by agencies."

I guess it should obvious that Peggy never really understood that it's better to be quiet and thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Peggy doesn't understand that escalating CO2 levels actually are detrimental to plant growth (it's stunting) not to mention that increases in temperature usually alter weather patterns and lead to desertification (which we're already seeing, one of the reasons the Chihuahuan Desert is expanding). Granted, it's obvious to us because we know that the methane and CO2 saturated atmosphere of Venus has acted like a pressure cooker on that planet. We also know that an increasing CO2 level in the atmosphere leads to increased levels of carbonic acid which is super bad for the plants there who suck up a lot of atmospheric CO2. That algae exists in a rather narrow band of Ph and more acid ain't so much a good thing.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Peggy doesn't get it. She probably still thinks deficits don't matter and that Iraq has nukes. As long as you pay her enough, I bet she'll believe anything the Koch's tell her to believe.

Some good news... Scott Roeder is going away for a very, very long time.

Posted by mcblogger at April 5, 2010 09:48 PM

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