Friday, December 4, 2009
Not a round earth denier, more of a round earth skeptic.
It had to happen, I'm just amazed it took this long.
Just last summer, that oh so more innocent time, the still revered though now retired Princess Sparkle Pony wrote a quick post about big old quitter Sarah Palin in which the soon to be former governor said she would soon be twittering (Tweeting? Twoting?) less politically correct stuff, once the shackles of government service were removed.
One of the commenters named Smapdi guessed she might actually write Sambo, a phrase a waitress claims Palin said about the now President of the United States, and a spelling challenged commenter named Matty Boy responded:
I think Smapdi may be going too far but... di you think Our Sarah is a birther?
That would be just too perfect.
I can't say "you heard it here first", because I didn't write it here and I was just speculating, but it turns out Sarah Palin is a birther, sort of. She believes there are still unanswered questions and the American people have a right to know. She's not in the 11% who believe he was born in Kenya or Equatorial Guinea or wherever Orly Taitz is claiming now, she's in the 12% who want more information.
Slighty off-topic: Isn't this the best picture ever of Sarah? It's clear she's happy and trying to look excited, but she comes off as crazy and is probably blissfully unaware of it.
Then there's global warming, or climate change if you prefer. According to the recent poll commissioned by ABC News and the Washington Post, very few people are on the fence about global warming. Right now, the numbers are 72% of Americans believe the strong scientific consensus, while 26% think them there scientists is just pullin' a fast one. After all, it hasn't been getting any warmer in the last ten years, so problem solved! Get back in your Hummer to pick up some eggs and milk at the grocery store two blocks away!
As those of us who can add will notice, 72%+26%=98%, so only about 2% of the public are on the fence about global warming, and looking at the chart on the last link, you'll see that the "I dunno" crowd has never been higher than 3% in all the polls listed from the past twelve years. Compare these numbers to the poll taken about Americans belief in evolution this year, where 36% of the population is still on the fence about the organizing principle of modern biology.
Last week, major climate change denier James Inhofe (R-Bedrock) was crowing about this change in the numbers, saying to Barbara Boxer "We won, you lost, get a life."
Think about this for a second. A majority of conservatives are convinced in global warming, as are a majority of Republicans. With every other group, it's a super majority, and this is in a country where a majority of people don't believe in evolution. And according to this knuckle dragging chowderhead Inhofe, this constitutes victory.
Borrowing once more from the never to be forgotten Peteykins, a.k.a. Princess Sparkle Pony, "And this is the essence to which the GOP has been boiled down, like a toxic caramel."