Feel The News, March 30, 2012

A new study says Conservatives, particularly those with college educations, have become dramatically more skeptical of science over the past four decades. Fewer than 35 percent of conservatives say they have a “great deal” of trust in the scientific community now, compared to nearly half in 1974.

Chris Mooney frets:

“We now have a powerful linkage between a powerful political movement in the United States on the one hand, and the denial of science and reality on the other. This not only manifests itself every day in our dysfunctional political debates; it is a gigantic threat to the country’s future and its ability to cope with 21st century problems.”

It would be great if Obama could come out in favor of gay marriage before the election, but it’s still risky to do so, says Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast:

But what about Ohio. Pennsylvania. Michigan. And North Carolina—where, in the pretty-bold department, the president has already spoken out against the anti-gay marriage initiative that will be on the ballot May 8. The four states I just named add up to 51 electoral votes. Ohio and North Carolina may be dispensable, but Obama has to have Pennsylvania (20) and Michigan (16). They surely are put at risk if he touches this fiery button.

At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin today, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball:

“You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera. Friends don’t let friends use pink balls.”

This is the kind of immature shit I would expect to hear only in the halls of a junior high school thirty years ago.

Forget red versus blue America. Stephen Marche says:

There is a young America and there is an old America, and they don’t form a community of interest. One takes from the other. The federal government spends $480 billion on Medicare and $68 billion on education. Prescription drugs: $62 billion. Head Start: $8 billion. Across the board, the money flows not to helping the young grow up, but helping the old die comfortably. According to a 2009 Brookings Institution study, “The United States spends 2.4 times as much on the elderly as on children, measured on a per capita basis, with the ratio rising to 7 to 1 if looking just at the federal budget.”

The Supreme Court has been in the news this week as they contemplate the constitutionality of Obamacare.  One statistical method for analyzing the Supreme Court finds that the current court is the most conservative since at least the 1930s.

A confidential internal document of the lead anti-“gay marriage” group, the National Organization for Marriage” (NOM), says that they wanted to promote hostility between blacks and gays; you know, like Jesus would do:

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key democratic constituencies. We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. . . Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key. . .”

They also sought out beautiful but “non-cognitive” (dumb?) celebrities to help them:

“Hollywood with its cultural biases is far bigger than we can hope to be. We recognize this. But we also recognize the opportunity – the disproportionate potential impact of proactively seeking to gather and connect a community of artists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous non-cognitive elites across national boundaries.

And one writer notes:

“To me the most striking detail was that NOM had budgeted $120,000 for a project to locate children of gay households willing to denounce their parents on camera.
“Whenever I hear NOM described as “pro-family” from now on, I will think of that fact.”


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