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Once Again, Texas Is Making Headlines In Culture Wars

In creationism, Culture Wars, editorial, evolution, kooks, religion, Texas on March 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Students Will Be Encouraged to Examine “All Sides” of Theory


Texas head of the Texas Board of Education, creationist Don McLeroy

We’ve already seen that Texas is mulling allowing colleges to give degrees in creationism, well here comes another shocking (sarcasm) story from Texas. The Associated Press is reporting state education leaders passed a resolution by a margin of 13-2, which would encourage kids to examine “all sides” of scientific theories. As if so-called “intelligent design (ID)” was a legitimate alternative theory to the origins and nature of species. This resolution also implies that evolution isn’t one of the most successful theories in the modern age, MAYBE second only to relativity. Speaking of, is there a kook-alternative to the theory of gravity? Intelligent falling perhaps? Angels accelerating a flat Earth upwards? Given the ridiculous claims of ID, who would be surprised if creationist began trying to get such things taught to America’s children?

The backers of evolutionary theory, who wanted the State Board of Education to drop the 20-year-old requirement that both “strengths and weaknesses” of scientific theories be taught, said the new plan uses confusing language that allows creationist arguments to slip into Texas classrooms. “Through a series of contradictory and convoluted amendments, the board crafted a road map that creationists will use to pressure publishers into putting phony arguments attacking established science into textbooks,” said Kathy Miller, president of the watchdog group Texas Freedom Network.

The fact is that evolution is the basis for how we understand biology today, and refutations of it are often misguided, ignorant, or just outright lies. The god of the gaps is not an alternative to the scientific method, as it can not be observed, experimented with, or make any future predictions whatsoever.

Supporters of the resolution claim that it does no harm, and serves only to encourage “creative thinking”. It’s more likely to encourage regressive thinking in the children of Texas. There is hope for their young minds, indeed, the minds of the future. Federal courts have ruled against teaching creationism and the similar theory of intelligent design in public schools. Lets hope they step in.

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Even Family Dog Sees the Obvious

In cool, lol on March 31, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Finally an Atheist on TV, other than Dr. House!

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U.S. House Member Calls for Violent Revolution

In editorial, Hypocrisy, kooks, republicans, treason, Violence on March 30, 2009 at 12:06 am

People from the Great State of Minnesota Embarrassed Almost Daily

I could be wrong, but after the 2000 election, I don’t remember any prominent democratic commentators or officials calling for the violent overthrow of the Bush administration. This was of course an election Mr. Bush lost (but still won the Presidency). President Obama won the popular vote by 7%, and he received over double the electoral votes as Senator McCain. Yet, this has not stopped some on the political right from calling for violent revolution in the United States. From citizen revolts, military coups, to seceding from the Union, there has a been a chorus of calls for open treason. Notorious Minnesota representative Michelle Bachmann (pictured), launched to fame after calling for McCarthy-era investigations into the ‘anti-american’ members of congress in October 2008. Ms. Bachmann has outdone herself, this time calling for the people of the United States to be “armed and dangerous” in their opposition to the President’s agenda. Here are some of the more treasonous statements Ms. Bachmann made last week on several different ‘news’ outlets..

“At this point the American people – it’s like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point, Sean, of revolution. And by that, what I mean, an orderly revolution — where the people of this country wake up get up and make a decision that this is not going to happen on their watch. It won’t be our children and grandchildren that are in debt. It is we who are in debt, we who will be bankrupting this country, inside of ten years, if we don’t get a grip. And we can’t let the Democrats achieve their ends any longer.”

Any longer? Its been 2 months, and already she is ready to throw out the greatest example of the peaceful transition of power of any government throughout history? Ironically, a peaceful precedence set by Jefferson. Is she really ready to burn that shining city on a hill? Sadly, it appears so. She continued..

“Right now I’m a member of Congress. And I believe that my job here is to be a foreign correspondent, reporting from enemy lines. And people need to understand, this isn’t a game. This isn’t just a political talk show that’s happening right now. This is our very freedom, and we have 230 years, a continuous link of freedom that every generation has ceded to the next generation. This may be the time when that link breaks. And I’m going to do everything I can, I know you are, to make sure that we keep that link secure. We cannot allow that link to break, because as Reagan said, America is the last great hope of mankind..”

Only someone as tone deaf as Ms. Bachmann could sport these blinders. Does she not see the hypocrisy of talking about the great democratic tradition of America shortly after advocating that our process should be usurped by the minority? I mean come on, did she just say being a member of congress put her behind enemy lines? What happened to ‘Country First’? Sadly, for some, country has taken a backseat to ideology.

As an American, I am appalled by Representative Bachmann’s calls for the unilateral destruction of our great democracy. As a liberal, I’m loving ever minute of it, as Ms. Bachmann’s statements have come at a time when it seems the Republican party is struggling daily to make itself look even worse than it did just the day before. 19 page budget anyone? I suspect we won’t have to hear about this kook anymore after the 2010 election, but I’ve been wrong before.

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Detroit Tigers to Catholics: Where’s Your Messiah Now?

In lol, stupid people on March 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Surprise! Christian are Upset About Something Nobody Cares About…

For the last 30 years, the Detroit Tigers have had their season opener at 1 or 2pm eastern time. Given the climate of Detroit, it doesn’t make much sense at all to schedule a night game. This year is just like any other year and the Tigers kick off their 2009 season April 10th, at 1:05 eastern. This has lead to some controversy as Catholics claim they are insulted by the opening day tradition, as April 10th is Good Friday. But wait, the issue isn’t that it is Good Friday, but rather that its between the hours of 12-3pm. This is the time, allegedly, that Jesus hung from the cross. Never mind that if anyone actually was crucified on this day 2000 years ago, it wouldn’t have been on eastern standard time, so regardless the staunch believers still will have missed the so-called holy hours. Let me also say this: I was born and raised Roman Catholic, I went to Catholic school most of my life. I’ve been around for many Good Fridays, and I don’t ever remember observing holy hours. But to be fair to the Catholics, I knew it was all BS back then, so I didn’t pay any attention what-so-ever. Literally, I passed all my religion classes with two or three uniformed answers, “read the bible”, “pray for forgiveness/help/answers”, “attend mass weekly”. This is by no means an exaggeration. But, I am getting off topic.

“It’s sort of an insult for Catholics,” said Michael Ochab, who will miss the first opening day game in 20 years to observe his faith. Michael went on to say he would spend the time [watching] “the Passion of the Christ and eating Gordon’s Fish Sticks, not Tyson’s Fish Sticks because every good Catholic knows Tyson was a protestant heretic.” Ochab paused and reflected, “If there is any justice, Tyson is shoveling shit in hell, soon enough he will have Bud Selig for company. This is outrageous!”

AIG Sucks, But This is Pretty Funny

In lol, politics on March 26, 2009 at 9:16 pm

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In Irony, lol on March 23, 2009 at 11:48 pm

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Marie Antoinette, errrr, The Pope Says Farewell to Africa in a Way Only a Christian Can

In Hypocrisy, stupid people on March 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Trip Ends How it Began, Completely Out of Touch With Reality

The Pope said goodbye to the Lost Continent of Africa today in the city of Luanda, Angola, after rejecting the use of condoms as a viable way to slow the spead of AIDs. He also took the time while in Cameroon to lay praise on the nation for refusing to sign an African Union agreement that would mandate that women who are raped, even raped by a family member, or whose life is in danger the right to have an abortion. Thats right, the Pope went to the Sarah Palin School of Insensitivity. Il Papa went on to criticize the nations that had indeed taken steps to guarantee abortions in extreme cases. The Pope values the life of a fetus over that of the woman carrying it. Nice.

But the purpose of today’s speech was to call on the leaders of Africa and the world to help Africa’s large desperately poor populations, saying at the Luanda airport “Our hearts cannot be at peace as long as there are brothers that suffer the lack of food, work, a house, and other fundamental goods.” The Pope then got on his private luxury jet. You see, the Pope was on his way back the Vatican, an independent state solely devoted to the Holy Office. With an annual budget of $175.5 million dollars, this faux-city employs 3,000 servants. Quite a lot for one man who was just talking about helping out the world’s poor. Once again, hypocrisy is never in short supply. Let them eat cake? Indeed. Oh, and nice Mercedes your holiness!

Religious Sick Cling to Life At All Costs

In Hypocrisy, Irony on March 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm

“Knowing” Heaven Awaits, Terminally Ill Christian’s Chose to Hang Out at the Hospital

You are dying.There is nothing medical science can do to improve your condition. Do you succumb with a quiet dignity, or do you stay alive artificially in intensive care unit? Do you let what would have been “god’s will” 100 years ago play out, or do you have machines (on the tax payer’s bill) breathe and pump your blood for you? 33% of the Medicare expenses go to the treatments given in the last year of life. 80% those costs were for ventilators and intensive care.

According to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In trying to gage your answers to these questions, one would be wise to start by asking about your religious beliefs. If you have faith that you are going to heaven, you are three times more likely to undergo intensive, life prolonging care. The machines will keep you alive, but won’t cure anything, or improve your quality of life. “We’re not saying every religious coper is likely to get aggressive care,” said one of the authors, Holly Prigerson. She continues, “There’s a paradox. Patients trust their doctors but they may not be trusting of information about their prognosis shared by their doctors. They may not think it’s relevant and that when or how they die will be determined by god, not by medicine.” That is to say they when they die, that time of death will be determined by god, unless their doctors are somehow able to outsmart god, and inject humanity into his divine plan.

This is all very non-intuitive to me. If I knew with absolute certainty that there was heaven, and I was indeed on the guest list. I would walk in front of the next bus I see. I would be crazy not to. Who wouldn’t want to be there what with all the good things we hear? Plus, it would be smart to beat Jesus and his entourage (pictured) to the pool, while the gettin’ is still good, if you follow me. There can be an arguement made that a young person would want to extend their life for various reasons. But would you not be eager to get on to heaven if you were old and teriminally ill? Could it be that their so-called faith isn’t absolute after all? Guess the choir doesn’t quite believe in all the preacher has to say.

In Texas, Anyone Can be a Scholar

In creationism, Culture Wars, evolution, Texas on March 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Degrees in Creationism Becoming a Possibility

Answering concerns of the legitimacy of evolution, and the popular support for creationism, the Texas state legislator (pictured) is mulling a law that would basically render Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board impotent. This law that would allow private, “education institutions” to issue degrees without the board’s oversite. Basically, anyone who wanted to could give out a “degree”. I’ve already issued myself a degree in awesomeness, and I plan give my dog a degree in cuteness when she finishes her thesis titled “On the Smelling of Other Dogs’ Asses”.

This law would set a very dangerous precedence. Imagine if you could get a degree in creationism in America, the world would laugh at us even more so than they do now. I think the international community can smell blood in the water when it comes to the United States’ waning, cultural, economic, and military dominance. This is just one more embarrassing nail in the coffin of the Pax Americana. Oh, by the way, I’m offering degrees in Thruthology from my University, Lone Star Christian Tech. Only $19.99. But wait if you act in the next 20 minutes, because I can’t do this all day, I will throw in a Masters Degree in reptoid studies at no additional charge. All you pay is shipping and handling!

Just In case I Get Sucked Out an Airlock

In cool on March 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

In space without a space suit, contrary to popular belief would not make you explode right away, you can actually survive a few moments exposed to the vacuum of space. How long would you last? Take the quiz! I can’t speak for the validity of the quiz, or its basis in science, but its interesting nonetheless. Oh, they try to make you sign up for a dating service to see your results, but there is a link in the bottom left corner that lets you see it without signing up.

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?