Republicans up in arms over duck sex

The right wing is up in arms that the federal government is allegedly funding a study of duck penises while shutting down things like Head Start centers because of sequestration.  Politifact looked into the charge, and found that it’s kind of right and kind of wrong.

You see, the National Science Foundation is studying duck penises, but it’s mostly money that’s already been spent – the grant ends this year – so there’s nothing to cut.

The study itself is kind of interesting, as Politifact explains. In a nutshell, female ducks have developed a method of shutting down pregnancy from rape.  In essence, as Politifact says, Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin was right… not about women, but about ducks.  Though NSF could have saved themselves some money and simply watched this Isabella Rossellini video about duck sex and be done with it.

Of course, this has nothing to do with ducks (though it does have a little to do with penises and supposed GOP victorian purity), and a lot to do with the larger problem of Republicans hating science.  We’ve written about this before.  Whether it’s their ongoing opposition to evolution and climate change, or Marco Rubio’s claim that no one knows how old the earth really is (hint: 4.5 billion years).

Or their efforts to redefine religion as “science” through legislative fiat.

Or their theories that riding bikes causes global warming because you exhale.

Or the recent study that showed only one-third of college-educated conservatives “believe” in science (how do you not “believe” in science?).

Or the time the Republicans corrupted the scientific review process at the FDA.

Or when Texas forced the resignation of the state science curriculum head because she believed in evolution.

Or even when a GOP senator compared global warming science to Hitler’s propaganda.

So when Republicans complain about duck penises, it’s a canard.  Republicans don’t like science even when it sounds normal.

The problem for Republicans isn’t that they think science isn’t true.  Their problem with science is that it is true, and they know it.

Republicans learned long ago that truth has a liberal bias.   It’s why Republicans hate judges, it’s why they hate the media (the one entity powerful enough to poke holes in their lies), and it’s why they hate science.

It’s hard to run a political party based on lies when people keep telling the truth.


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  • thebobbob

    Why does Congress fund microbiology research? Do they really think that tiny little things that you can’t even see will make you sick? Why do they fund brain research? Depressed people should just get over it! They should just lock up crazy folks and cranky old menopausal women should just sit in the park and feed birds. The bible says it all. Science is a scam run by Scientists to steal money from taxpayers. Right?

    Republicans really are anti-Science nut cases.

  • Charon

    Am I the only one who now can’t get “Sex with Ducks” out of my head?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXPcBI4CJc8 (Catchier, but less
    educational than the Rossellini video.)

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    Obviously Akin knew from personal experience. Perhaps instead of calling him “legitimate rape” Akin, we should call him “duck rape” Akin?

  • Naja pallida

    mal lard… bad bacon? Noooooooooo.

  • OtterQueen

    I think mallard has something to do with browning meat.

  • Naja pallida

    They’re still trying to figure out how a male duck tells his wife duck from all the other female ducks, when they all look so much alike.

  • nicho

    The GOP is just pissed off that they were using Republicans as the control group.

  • benb

    NSF proposals are peer-reviewed, the competition for a project is tough, and the amount of money in a contract is small (fortunately grad student labor is cheap). Much easier to get money out of the DoD.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    hmmm

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Ducks… that I can understand, but what would any conservative know about a penis, unless he was gay, that is?

  • Just_AC

    “So when Republicans complain about duck penises, it’s a canard”

    Shit, I thought it was a mallard!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    By way of dKos (h/t to TeacherKen over there, who got it from Diane Ravitch) a brilliant post on Crazy Crawfish’s blog about the deliberate and systematic dismantling of our public education system and the active rejection of objective science.

    It’s titled “A Confederacy of Reformers” and here’s a taste:

    What I am seeing is a purposeful plot to destroy public schools, and to profit from the destruction. These folks say they are data conscious and want to rely on “data driven decisions” but if that were true the data already readily available shows that everything they are doing is having the opposite effect of what they are purporting to provide. There is too much coordination for this to be accidental, and they are too successful for me to believe they are simply not competent enough to understand the data that disproves everything they claim. These groups have gone out of their way to spin the data, falsify the data, or simply hide or destroy the data to prevent people from seeing what is going on. These groups are fully aware of what they are doing – destroying public education in our country.

    That’s part of the closing. Across the length of the post, CCF as the blogger terms him- or herself, we’re shown all the different ways this is being done, from faulty teacher evaluation regimes to standardized testing, to ‘charter’ schools and vouchers, to the Ludditization of school textbooks and more. The only thing I saw left out were the attempts to crush teacher unions, which further ‘de-professionalizes’ teaching itself.

    Seriously, the whole thing is worth a read:

    http://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/a-confederacy-of-reformers/

  • OtterQueen

    “So when Republicans complain about duck penises, it’s a canard.” Ha ha! Thanks for the cute play on words.

    You’re right, though. If it’s just an argument about differing opinions, they’re happy to fight. But when the anti-sciencers are confronted with evidence-based facts, they feel at a disadvantage and get all spun up. Then their only options are to deny the science and claim persecution. This leads me to believe they don’t actually have an argument, they’re just being assholes.

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