Sheesh! Did climate change boost the crazy crop, or what?
Without much comment, a few stories that cropped up in the browser today; as the comic writer Dave Barry says, you can’t make this stuff up. If you were trying to sell it as fiction, they’d laugh you out of the room. Nobody could be that crazy . . . and yet:
- Creationists visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they found they don’t like what science knows about nature, especially evolution. Why did they even bother to go? Story at the Sensuous Curmudgeon.
- At Slate, David Weigel wrote about Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to eliminate the state tax on gasoline — the tax that pays for roads and bridges — and instead tax hybrid cars. It’s stupid, because it dramatically increases taxes on clean air machines, and it creates the wrong incentives for a tax system. But it’s dramatically crazy because it sucks money out of the funds to build and repair roads and bridges. As best I can tell, it takes a tax that collects about $100/vehicle now, and imposes a tax on about 5% of cars, of about $100. There can’t be enough money coming in to replace the tax. In short, McDonnell’s plan damages jobs, hurts business, and leaves Virginia in the back row of well-run states. With patriot plans like McDonnell’s, who needs al Quaeda, the Soviet Union, or China?
- Sometimes the excess of stupid makes you feel embarrassed for them. Fox News distorter Eric Bolling accused teachers (natch!) of indoctrinating students in algebra classes. (See what I mean? You can’t make up this sort of crazy — oh, you don’t see what I mean? Read on). Seems Mr. Bolling has discovered — this is exclusive — that there are problems in algebra books that teach the distributive property of multiplication! Can you get much more liberal that that? Bolling wonders. The rest of us wonder, can Fox News sink any lower in the stupid sump. (Distributive property.)
- Meanwhile, in Tennessee, James Yeager who claims to be a consultant and instructor in security, urges people to arm up for civil war because, Yeager is sure, Obama is coming to get everybody’s guns. His profanity-laced YouTube rant is off of his site, but preserved for us (fortunately? unfortunately?) at RawStory. This is a bit too crazy even for West Tennessee — the state suspended the man’s handgun carry permits. (Would he have been so persecuted, had he been living in East Tennessee?)
- Hackers exploited a flaw they found in Java 7 — the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can’t figure a fix, and neither has Oracle, so Homeland Security urges businesses to disable Java on their browsers.
- Another Republican Member of the House of Representatives made a burro of himself with comments about rape. In a bad paraphrase of Frank Zappa, “Rep. Phil Gingrey, what’s gotten into you?” Gingrey misrepresents a district in Georgia.
- The House GOP is still threatening to shoot America’s economy in the head unless Democrats agree to crash the economy in the ditch with draconian, unnecessary and damaging spending cuts.
- Anthony Watts already has a half-dozen posts up denying the recent findings that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the contiguous 48 United States. James Delingpole, at The Daily Mail is just making stuff up. (
Should it be “Gourdian?”) I hadn’t realized there was a King of Denial crown up for grabs.
Update, January 15, 2013: Greg Laden reported that the Watts blog has taken crazy to cosmic proportions.
There is good information out there. I hope there is an army of sane people to get the good information, and sort it from the bad.
I’m going to sleep on it. Good night!
- McDonnell to Unveil Highway Funding Reforms (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Embattled CEO: ‘I Will Shoot’ Whoever Tries To Take My Guns (huffingtonpost.com)
- EDITORIAL: Governor Tax Hike (washingtontimes.com)
- GOP governor: Obama ‘minister of God’ (wnd.com)
- McDonnell’s roads proposal isn’t perfect, but it’s a start (hamptonroads.com)
- Va. gas tax eliminated and sales tax increased in McDonnell’s plan (wtvr.com)
- Gas-tax plan draws reaction from transportation world (hamptonroads.com)
- Grover Norquist lobbies against Bob McDonnell’s roads plan in Virginia (bizjournals.com)
- Proving Insanity (skydancingblog.com)
- Fox News Sinks to a New Low: The War on Algebra (mikethemadbiologist.com)
This one’s for you, Eric Bollinger; from Khan Academy, the Distributive Property of Multiplication:
(Did you notice that the answer was the same under the “liberal” distributive law as it was without its use?)