Intelligence Tests for Liberals

American Sniper has lit up the box office over the weekend, with packed theaters having to turn away moviegoers. Selma, not so much. The total box office for American Sniper may well top $100 million by the end of the weekend.

And guess who really really hates the success of this movie? Liberals. Like Guardian columnist Lindy West: “The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero?”

Michael Moore does not disappoint with this tweet:

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But my favorite has to be this cartoon making the rounds:

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Let’s see: if you can’t make the moral distinction between terrorists who aim to kill civilians and a uniformed military person, in a lawfully authorized war, shooting terrorists attempting to bomb your comrades using children dressed in civilian clothes, then you must be a liberal. With lots of empathy.

Here’s another intelligence test for liberals: a study from the Solar Foundation that finds that there are now as many solar power jobs in the U.S. as there are coal jobs. Great news, right? Perhaps if you’re an economically illiterate liberal it is. Let’s see: coal produces 39 percent of America’s electricity, while solar power produces less than 1 percent at best. If solar really requires the same amount of workers to produce so little energy compared to coal, it’s obviously a really inefficient energy source. No wonder it costs so much more.

Even the Vox’s reliably green Brad Plumer isn’t fooled:

Another way to look at these numbers, however, is to point out that solar power is a pretty inefficient way of creating energy. As one 2012 University of Tennessee study found, it takes far more manpower to generate one megawatt-hour of electricity from solar than it does from any other energy source.

That’s not necessarily a good thing. . .

Plumer includes this tweet that summarizes things pretty well:

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JOHN adds: I think they flunked. Brad Plumer says it’s “not necessarily a good thing” that it takes so much manpower to produce solar power? Good God! How dumb are these people? How about if we put 100,000 people on treadmills hooked up to a generator? How many jobs would that “create”? 100,000! Well, sure, the government would have to make someone pay for them…

Sometimes I despair.