Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy

August 22, 2012

Would you know stupid if it bit you?

I’m just beside myself. No, not literally. But that would be cool, wouldn’t it?

Oh. Wait. That would make me twice as wide, wouldn’t it? OK. I’m agin it.

Anyway. I read a study a few years ago by two psychologists (who later won a Nobel Prize) on the nature of incompetence. Their findings were that incompetent people are poor judges of incompetence—their own or anyone else’s. To determine incompetence, one must possess the same skills as someone who is competent.

To wit: stupid people don’t know they’re stupid.

That explains a lot.

For instance, US Representative Todd Akin, a republican from Missouri, said, “From what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Is he freaking kidding me?

Oh! But wait. When you’re talking stupid, Texas way outshines even moronic Missourians. Really. Have you been to Texas? Well all right then.

Texas is cutting off funds for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide family planning and other health services to poor women, offered as part of the Texas Women’s Health Program. Why is Texas doing this? Because the Texas state legislature passed a law banning state funds to organizations linked to abortion providers.

Fine. But, um, why?

None of that state’s money pays for abortions now. As a matter of fact, not all that much of their money goes to support the Texas Women’s Health Program. Federal funds paid $35 million of the $40 million it took to operate the organization.

But now, because the Federal government says that big shiny Hummer of a law Texas passed violates Federal law, they’re pulling their support.

Here’s the part where stupid doesn’t recognize itself: Gov. Rick Perry calls the court decision allowing Texas to withhold funds to Planned Parenthood “a win to Texas women, our rule of law, and our state’s priority to protect life.”

I guess he means life before birth, because the great state of Texas doesn’t give a, pardon me, rat’s ass about life after birth. Since the death penalty was reinstated, Texas has executed more than 1200 people, more than any other state, and that includes California and Florida, who have a lot more people on death row than Texas.

And, oh, by the way? The death penalty system is far more expensive than a system in which the maximum sentence is life in prison. Seriously. I looked it up. Go see for yourself.

Besides being more expensive, this express lane to lethal injection doesn’t always make sure the facts are straight prior to execution, either, but don’t worry. You know why?

Because according to Gov. Perry, the evidence doesn’t matter.

The opinions of the people Perry refers to as “so-called experts” (hired by the State of Texas Forensic Science Commission) who say findings presented at trial “were hardly consistent with a scientific mind-set and more characteristic of mystics or psychics” don’t matter.

You know why those opinions don’t matter? Because the proof is right there, boys and girls. Right there in the court records. So saith Gov. Perry. The court records. The records from court. Wherein the faulty evidence was presented. Those court records.

Gosh. That makes sense. Let’s go ahead and execute the guy. And they did. They totally did.

And these are the people to whom critical thinking is such a threat. I reckon so. The unknown is always scary.



  1. Give ’em hell, Harry! Er . . . Carol. The Republicans are making a name for themselves as the “dumb party.” Literally. A lot of news folks have started to refer to them that way. Same thing the Muslim world is dealing with — the extremist of the religion are stealing it . . . destroying it.


    Comment by Captain Michael — August 22, 2012 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  2. I can’t even VISIT Texas. Okrahoma is bad enough. It is utterly shocking that a grown man, educated in the United States in the 20th Centruy should be so stupid and ill-informed. And a government official whom enough people voted for to actually get an office and telephone! He sounds like he just crawled out of a time-machine from the 1930s. Go back, Akin – Goooo


    Comment by ponytail girl — August 23, 2012 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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