Mothers, don’t let your children grow up to be Tennesseans… ‘cause they’ll grow up stupid
April 20, 2012

No, this isn’t about the law down in Tennessee that will sneak religious fairy tales into science classes. Not directly anyway.

NPR’s Takeaway program this morning featured a discussion on the Tennessee law. On one side they had a representative from a national science organization. In the middle they had the usual not-too-competent interlocutor, John Hockenberry. And representing Tennessee they had a seventh grade science teacher.

Okay.

And then Hockenberry says the science teacher doesn’t believe evolution is true.

Think about that for a second. A certified science teacher, teaching seventh graders, who believes one of the most fundamental theories of science isn’t true.

The State of Tennessee certified this guy to teach science. To children. A guy who doesn’t accept the Biblical flood of evidence, of fact, of research, that support evolution.

This same State of Tennessee wants to make it okay to teach Biblical fairy tales in science classrooms. Or rather to protect teachers who want to do so. It’s all a little ambiguous, no doubt designed that way to cover its sins.

And during this little colloquy did Hockenberry ask the teacher to explain why he didn’t believe evolution is true? Barely in passing, and getting the answer, “There’s some problems with it,” which Hockenberry just brushed past. I should note that Hockenberry has had a distinguished career in journalism, but on this show he inserts his opinion too often, asks questions that roll on forever, and ignores key items, i.e., why was this guy certified to teach in Tennessee, and what the hell was Tennessee thinking when it certified him.

There’s about a dozen states trying to pull this off. It’s a little fluid, but the states where this is going on or has gone on (it never goes away) include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Indiana. And that’s likely not an exhaustive list.

What we’ve got here is a case of severe stupidity being enshrined in law and education, and in children’s minds, by the state, where citizens have chosen to elect incredibly narrow-minded, ignorant religious fundogelical freaks to their legislatures and state offices.

Never mind ‘America the Beautiful’. A more accurate song would be titled ‘America the Backward’.

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New Hampshire: Religious Idiots In The Legislature–Republicans, Of Course
January 12, 2012

Here’s another argument for requiring educational, intellectual, and emotional testing of people who want to serve in public office. A Republican (of course, again) is sponsoring a bill to force the teaching of creationism in school classrooms, which is not unusual from the intellectual Neandertals on the right, but this one has an ugly twist to it.

It would require science teachers to address scientists’ “political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.”

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Jerry Bergevin, explained:

I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It’s a worldview and it’s godless. Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights. As a general court we should be concerned with criminal ideas like this and how we are teaching it… Columbine, remember that? They were believers in evolution. That’s evidence right there.

Believing in evolution is evidence of criminality? Believing in science means you are a criminal? What’s next from these brilliant thinkers – legislation demanding that we burn witches?

Two other Republicans have introduced another bill that is fairly standard fare for the brain damaged religionists of the right. From the Huffington Post:

As the Concord Monitor noted, "[Representative Gary] Hopper points to the state constitution and its order that teachers support their students’ ‘morality and piety’ for the justification of his bill." The article goes on to explain, "He would like to see intelligent design – the idea that a creator controlled how early life on Earth developed – taught in classrooms, but hasn’t been able to find an example of the philosophy being successfully legislated into schools."

Gee, Gary, there’s reasons for that. One, it’s not a philosophy, it’s simple ignorance. Two, the courts, including the Supreme Court, have said over and over that you can’t foist your religion on students in public schools.

Unfortunately New Hampshire is not the only state these dim bulbs of the religious right are attempting to pollute with their profound desire to return to the tenth century, or perhaps they have the Stone Age in mind.

Apparently the old religious saying is still true: “The dumbass religionists we will always have with us.”

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Of Republicans, Flag Pins, and Professional Wrestling
December 31, 2011

There’s going to be blood in the streets of this country. I don’t think there’s any question about that. Too many chasms are open and widening between classes of people, too much viciousness and ignorant bile flows from the Republicans and their Tea Party masters, an ignorant lot at best. There’s a price to be paid for what they’re doing, and I can only hope that Republicans pay it rather than the people they demonize and victimize.

The Republican candidates represent the worst of America. I tend to think of them as clowns, or Republiclowns, but that trivializes the danger they represent to the country. They are, no matter what face they show to the world, evil, foul, and disgusting human beings. Romney, considered the most electable of the lot, is ignorant and thoughtless, not to mention a liar and a hypocrite who will do or say anything to get to the White House. He seems to think he’s entitled, even while he blasts what he calls the ‘entitlement culture’ – never mind that most people earned and paid for those so-called entitlements. Even the most reasonably intelligent one, Huntsman of Utah, is a bad apple. He came out and said he believes in evolution and that global warming is real and caused by human activity, but in a matter of days he reversed himself. Why, one might ask?

A few years back the National Science Foundation did a study of Americans’ knowledge of science. It’s not surprising that a majority question whether evolution is a fact, given the childish and unfounded  faith in the supernatural most Americans exhibit and practice. But the study also found that twenty percent of Americans believe that the sun moves around the Earth. Twenty percent.

That’s why Huntsman reversed himself. That twenty percent? They’re the Republican base. Ignorant. Superstitious. Utterly incapable of critical thinking. Anti science. Anti intellectual. Anti government, in good part because they understand nothing about government. They are immature, thoughtless, and arrogant. And if one of these Republican candidates gets into the White House, with any kind of support in Congress, or even if lacking that support, you can be sure that it is the Republican base that will drive policy, and that Republican President will take the country back to the dark ages of the nineteenth century, of Jim Crow, of women as second class citizens, of education as a religious endeavor, of persecution of people who are ‘different’ — gays, blacks, Asians, Latinos — you name it: if you’re not white and heterosexual and religious, you get to go to the back of the line, to the back of the bus, to the slums, to the street.

Romney’s big claim to the White House is that he’s a businessman and therefore he can fix the government. The big flaw in that argument is that the government is not a business, is not about profit and loss, is not about manufacturing things for profit. Remember that Romney’s big success (success being defined as making himself rich, which is the only way Americans define success) involved buying up companies, burdening them with debt, breaking them up, throwing people out of work, and putting the profit from all of that in his pocket.

Translate that into government policies, driven by the brain dead, slogan-eating Republican base, and Romney will see his mandate as telling him to break down Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; tax the poor and the middle class more; cut taxes on the rich, who he will call ‘job creators’ when in fact they do not create jobs or contribute much of anything to the common good of society; expand the military beyond its already bloated, purulent presence in the world; and use the military to bludgeon countries he disagrees with because he is utterly lacking in the skills and intellect needed to actually talk with and deal with them constructively over the short term or long term.

And Romney is considered the best of the bunch. Imagine if the atavistic Ron Paul gets in. Or the freakish Santorum. Or the volatile hypocrite and greedster Gingrich, the bomb thrower. Even Huntsman, whose views in full are by no means moderate, has chosen the path of hypocrisy and pander to appease the ignorant mob that is the Republican base. He effectively slobbered all over himself when he reversed his supposedly honest opinion on two major scientific facts.

What a disgusting bunch of people.

And Obama, the Democrat? He might as well sign on with the Republican party, because if he gets in again we’ll have a Republican in the White House, parading as a Democrat. He can’t be trusted. His word is worthless. He refuses to fight for anything. I don’t think he has the balls for a fight, frankly. He comes across as a man who would  let a psychopath rape his wife before he’d fight for her. I no longer respect the man. He lied to us for our votes, and he lied big, which only made the letdown after he got into the White House that much more devastating. He doesn’t stand for anything. Hard to believe in a man who doesn’t stand up, who doesn’t stand for anything, who doesn’t fight for anything. Oh, okay, he lets the military kill anonymous peasants in Afghanistan and Pakistan and assassinate American citizens. I guess that makes him a man in the eyes of… somebody.

Some choice for 2012. The Weakass Liar Obama or The Ignorant Panderer (Romney, Paul, Santorum, et al).

I no longer have any interest in voting. Hardly any point. Obama brings a slow death of democracy and freedom. Romney et al offers a quick death. And all the while that democracy is dying the yahoos and fools and stupid people on the right will cheer and whistle and stomp their feet because the depth of their understanding and appreciation of the United States government and its Constitution and laws doesn’t run any deeper than their appreciation of professional wrestling, an activity as phony and shallow as a Republican wearing a flag pin on his jacket.

Creationist Crazies Strike A Blow for Ignorance
May 27, 2007

Tomorrow the Christian evangelicals, having spent $27 million dollars, will open their Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The goal of this monumental waste of money is apparently to convince visitors that the Biblical Genesis creation story has scientific support and is based on scientific evidence. And the real miracle is that these people intend to do this without offering a single shred of scientific evidence. They can’t. There isn’t any. Except what they make up.

But the Bible says it’s so, so it must be so. Therefore the universe was created in six days and the earth is six thousand years old. And it only costs $19.95 for an adult and $9.95 for a child to step into this Christian fairyland of falsehood. Why that’s only about $3.325 a day for the whole creation! What a bargain! I wonder if they got their price structure from the Bible too.

But the real crux, the real guts of the matter – well, here’s what the head of Answers in Genesis, the group responsible for this expensive joke, Ken Ham, has to say about Christians losing faith in the literal interpretation of Genesis: “You’re then telling the next generation they can reinterpret the Bible. Then what we’ve lost is Christian morality. If there is no absolute authority and we’re just animals, why not do what you want to do?”

Wow, how these people just love kneeling to ‘absolute authority’. God forbid they should think for themselves. God forbid they should take responsibility for their own lives. God forbid they should seek actual facts and evidence about the real world they live in. These people will be good little Nazis when the next Nazi clones come along and ask for volunteers.

The really sickening part? In what is supposed to be one of the most educated and intelligent countries in the world, the United States, half of Americans agree with this crap.