Daily Archives: June 9, 2015

Laugh Of The Day

Friendly Atheist has found some serious, oxygen depleted mental retardation on BarbWire. This breaks my policy of not linking wingnut websites so as not to give them advertising dollars, but you gotta see this in all its stupid glory. I’m only gonna give you a taste-you must continue on your own, and you can leave thoughtful comments when you are done:

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God created dinosaurs.

No one that we know of has ever seen one, and our interpretations of the fossils are subject to never-ending revision. But still, those great big bones had to fit together some way. Maybe someday we’ll figure out what any dinosaur was really like.

You really have to work hard to be this ignorant. But, we weren’t there, so ha!

The difficulty is that dinosaurs are nowhere specifically mentioned in the Bible.

OK, by your measure, if it ain’t in the Bible, it ain’t true, so what the fuck?

That doesn’t mean we can’t prayerfully consider the matter and use our brains for something more than cooking up mischief.

Note the author’s use of the word “brain”. Y’know, that organ he’s not using.

It’s my personal belief that God has put the dinosaurs somewhere else, where they can’t eat people, and where numbskulls can’t try to put them into an amusement park and charge money to see them.

Oh, we’re the numbskulls. God damn, that’s some tasty projection and a damn fine example of the Dunning-Kruger effect. I’ve been saving this meme for a special occasion:

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These people are being fruitful and multiplying. They have their own absurd little world, shielding themselves from any knowledge whatsoever. Which is funny, because their Adam ate from a tree that produced it. Go figure.

Jeb Bush Is A Ghoul

I realize this is from 1995, but shouldn’t Jeb Bush answer for this snippet of foul slime that oozed out of his word processor?

Public shaming would be an effective way to regulate the “irresponsible behavior” of unwed mothers, misbehaving teenagers and welfare recipients, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) argued in his 1995 book Profiles in Character.

In a chapter called “The Restoration of Shame,” the likely 2016 presidential candidate made the case that restoring the art of public humiliation could help prevent pregnancies “out of wedlock.”

One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful.

“Name ’em and shame ’em”. That’s George Bush’s prescription for single parentage.

You can think on that for a minute. Because there’s more.

Finished? OK. Now here’s where you might want to read on an empty stomach so you can dry heave instead of lose your lunch. He continues:

Bush points to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, in which the main character is forced to wear a large red “A” for “adulterer” on her clothes to punish her for having an extramarital affair that produced a child, as an early model for his worldview. “Infamous shotgun weddings and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter are reminders that public condemnation of irresponsible sexual behavior has strong historical roots,” Bush wrote.

We liberals like to snark that the Republicans would like to take us back to 1950. Nope, try one hundred years more. Jeb Bush missed the whole point of The Scarlet Letter, because he probably never read it. The shunning of Hester Prynne was a bad thing, you asshole. I never finished it and even I can tell you that it was a tragedy, not a fucking handy guidepost to guard against wanton behavior. Somewhere, Hawthorne’s ghost is fuming, possibly crying a little.

Common Whore

I suppose any Republican running for office has to eventually confront the Christian Right and try to get them in line for their candidacy. But who can tell the difference between pandering and what the candidate actually thinks? It’s Scott Walker’s turn to reach out to these morons. But he’s such a destructive force as a governor it wouldn’t surprise me if this is how he really thinks about Christian homeschoolers:

When Scott Walker talks about education—whether he’s in the parking lot of Office Products Co. in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, or on stage at Disney World in front of deep-pocketed, business-friendly donors—he mentions home schooling.

“Tonette and I have two sons who both went to public schools and we were blessed that they were great for our family,” the governor emailed. “As governor, my goal is to make sure that everyone’s child has access to a great education. For many, that will mean a traditional public school. For others, it may be a charter or a private or a virtual or a home school environment. I trust parents to make the right choice for their children and I want to help them have as many quality choices as possible.”

He added that he is open to federal and state policy changes “that make it easier for families to home-school their children.”

So basically, Walker likes the idea of a legion of undereducated, non-critical thinkers (future Republicans, I guess). Just see what he’s doing to the colleges in his state. But the homeschool bevy wants more-they want Walker to obliterate basic learning standards like Common Core:

“We have a Republican-controlled legislature,” said Tina Hollenbeck, a home school mom from Green Bay who runs the Homeschool Resource Roadmap curriculum database. “It could be gone. It’s not. On Common Core, he has done absolutely nothing at all.”

“There’s concern about his commitment,” said Shane Vander Hart, an Iowa home school dad who contributes to Truth in American Education and edits the blog Caffeinated Thoughts.

What is it about Common Core that they can’t stand? Do they not understand what it requires? What is in it that is so objectionable? Is it because the monstrous “federal gubbermint” is running it (it’s not)? Here’s a few theories. It’s those issues and more.

It’s just unbelievable. Once upon a time, I used to think that Republicans were just playing political football with extreme right-wing causes like abortion, issues like education and voting rights. I never thought they were serious. But the scales have dropped from my eyes. Anything is on the cutting room table. They’re not just slashing taxes on the rich. They’re readying for the impending culture war. And God knows what that’s going to look like.

Or maybe we know, because we’re smack dab in it.

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