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Environment presents cognitive dissonance

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I’ve been noticing lately that more and more of the Wingnutteria is beginning to clue into the fact that there’s a serious contradiction between claiming to be all about “family values” and not valuing your very own children enough to want to leave them a planet to live on. I saw this defensive column recently trying to grapple with the contradiction, and that’s riding on a wave of evangelicals who can’t stand the contradiction anymore and are overcoming their repulsion at the feminizing effects of caring about the environment to make sure their own virility trophies have an adulthood worth having of their own. I mention it, because I think it’s the tension that caused Victor Davis Hanson’s head to explode recently, with this Corner posting.

It is scary when Speaker Pelosi claims “I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” or Al Gore barks about his utopian plan to shut down all generators of electricity except wind and solar within 10 years — or else: “The future of human civilization is at stake.” Or Obama claims that at the “moment” of his nomination over Hillary (?) “The rise of the oceans began to slow.” Call this ecobonics, geo-narcissism, or hokey science — or a variant strain of Bush Derangement Syndrome — but it is creepy nonetheless.

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To answer Roy’s question about the racism of “ecobonics”, I suspect it was a ham-handed attempt to remind the audience that Obama is black, as if the NRO audience would ever forget.

I’m telling you, though, it’s the “future of human civilization” thing that made him lose it. Conservatives justify their very existence as preservers of civilization, and the ugly reality is that global warming puts human civilization in direct danger, meaning that they’re forced to decide between their stated values—civilization, family—and their real values, which are protecting the short term profits of the richest corporations in our country, even at the expense of family and civilization. Well, that and protecting their fragile male egos from the taint of “feminine” qualities like caring about other people. The contradictions are delicious, really. So sure that the masculine and the feminine can be safely considered opposites, but then faced with the fact that the manly virtue of taking responsibility for your children’s future is impossible without being all girly and caring about the planet.

The good news is that it’s becoming harder and harder for the mainstream media to do their job of papering over these contradictions and glorifying right wing ideas. The MSM types try to take their cues from the Davis Hansons of the world, but that’s increasingly hard to do. “Ecobonics”? David Brooks and Maureen Dowd can’t put lipstick on that pig.


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Ch-ch-changes…..

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After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.

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Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies

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I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.

And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.

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Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence

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At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:

I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.

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