Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mississippi, Evolution and Stupidity.

A fairly large number of member of the online progressive community have taken note of some polling information comming out of Mississipi and Alabama. One data point has gotten frequent mention, a majority of the republicans in these states don't believe in evolution.

I have a problem with this: Not the data that has been reported in the poll, but how it is being phrased. I do think that a majority of the Republicans in these states (like my home state of South Carolina) no not accept evolution, but this is not a matter of belief, think it is a matter of not understanding.

Evolution is science, you do not believe in science. You can understand the science, you can accept the science (because you understand how science works, but don't want to spend the time learning the details of this branch of science) or you can deny the science, belief plays no roll here.

The truth is the people in these areas are either too dumb or too lazy to do the hard work of understanding this theory so they take the easy route and deny science because they 'believe' in their religion ( where belief is essential... it is a major aspect of faith - accepting what cannot be proven as real). As was pointed out in the news reports about this polling:

Mississippi and Alabama are also deeply religious states that generally rank at or close to the bottom in most state education rankings.
Southern Republicans are, on the whol,e willfully dumb. The refuse to learn or to expose themselves to anything that upsets their world view. Time and again we find the greatest level of reactionary behavior, the greatest resistance to change, the locale where old times are not forgotten (but remembered in a very flawed and disny-esq manner) to be the deep south. This happens because of the population doesn't know better and simply refuses to do the work needed to learn the truth.

As a result we see that the majority of folks who will be voting today think the Obama is a follower of Islam (nope, he is a Christian, just like these folks are) that Evolution is wrong (or somehow in scientific dispute) and that the climate is not changing because of the actions on an industrial society. Heck, this crowd of rubes think Linbaugh is an admirable human being.

Need we say anything more about the flawed nature of the Southern Republican?


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Kirk Cameron, America's Idiot Crybaby

Last week Kurt opened his mouth and removed all doubt about his idiocy. He decided that yet another verbal attack on gays was just what the world needed. So he decided to make a bunch of unsubstantiated and dubious claims about morality and history. When others stepped into the discussion Cameron felt the need to cry on shoulders of the loyal wacks at  World Nuts Daily News with a letter of complaint.

“I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America,” he continues. “I should be able to express moral views on social issues – especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years – without being slandered, accused of hate speech and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.

Now, it's time to step back and explain to Kirk that free speech is a two way street; And yes, he does have the right to say as many stupid things as he wants, but other have the right to call him an idiot and point and laugh at his foolishness, and he does have the right to cry about that, and I have the right to laugh at that.

This latest crying jag is what the right loves to do, make hateful, inflammatory, false and stupid statements and when called out for it, act as if this was somehow an effort to destroy free speech. The facts of the issue are rather different; the 1st amendment only restricts the state (government at all levels) from trying to restrict speech. In addition I would point out to Kirk that no one was preventing him from speaking; only making fun of him after he did it.

And I do not think there could ever be anything illegal with that, it provides too much fun for the rest of us.


Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Bad night for Mittens

The Frothy one was able to win too many states and keep most of the others too close.

As a result the parade of clowns marchs on, all the way to Tampa it looks like. Great news for late night comics and Obama


Monday, March 05, 2012

Gotta Love SC Republicans

The crazy in the folks is strong. Now the Laurens Republican Party has develep a code that must be signed prior to joining up.

Before you can join the Laurens County Republican Party in South Carolina and get on the primary ballot, they ask that you pledge that you’ve never ever had pre-marital sex — and that you will never ever look at porn again.

Last Tuesday, the LCGOP unanimously adopted a resolution that would ask all candidates who want to get on the primary ballot to sign a pledge with 28 principles, because the party “does not want to associate with candidates who do not act and speak in a manner that is consistent with the SC Republican Party Platform.”

Wow... truly amazing. It does leave me wondering how they enfoce some of these provisions.


Rush Tries to Cover his Oversized Ass

Rush spent most of last week attacking the woman who testified to congress about the importance of getting contraception included in insurance policies. He engaged in hours of attacks on this woman, he called her a Slut and many other less than polite words, he demanded that she post sex videos on the internet and generally inferred that the only reason that anyone uses contraception is so they can have engage in sexual activity 24/7/365 with as many partners as possible.

The (rather unexpected) result of all of this is his advertising base has had it and are now walking (running ?) away. Rush, now in a panic, seeing his multi-million dollar gravy train pulling out without him has tried to fix the damage by releasing the following statement:

For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."

This statement, like the vast majority of Rush's words, if full of lies, twists of facts, omissions and self-serving phraseology. He starts early :

I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke
But that is what you spent 3 days doing Rush, blasting her, calling her a slut, hinting about her sexual activity and demanding, for lack of a better term, sexual favors from her (The sex tape he wanted her to make). Maybe he was calling all users of contraception sluts, but that doesn't mean that the attacks were not directed directly at Ms. Fluke. The next lie was right after this:
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress
The discussion in congress is not about 'personal sexual recreational activities' (please note just how Rush phrased this) it is about making sure that comprehensive insurance policies include contraception coverage. Rush is trying to make the fact that she was providing testimony seem sordid and tawdry by trying to slide the focus away from medical care and over to recreational sex.

And, so what, one of the reasons that contraception is important is so that persons who wants to engage in recreational sex can do so with the confidence that child will not be the result. Other reasons that should be listed as why this is a very important issue should include is so the couples who are monogamist but sexually active can have children when they are ready to, not before and then limit the number of children they have to what they feel is best for both the parents and the children (Few rational adults want to be the Duggers). Single women may want to be prepared if they chose to or are forced to (rape) engage in unplanned sexual activity. In addition there are numerous, heading onto countless, medical reasons why contraception is necessary and should be included in insurance coverage.

Now for the third and most egregious lie:

Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?
This is, in very typical rush style, a lie by illusion. Why mention taxpayers paying for anything since this issue had nothing to do with taxpayer services? He does this to muddy the water create the impression that those supporting this issue are looking for some sort of government handout. Not true, but a typical Rush lie.

As of this morning about 9 national advertisers have announced that they are backing away (for a while at least) from their financial support of Rush. It would be interesting to see if local advertisers are also backing off. Only time will tell if this has been Rush's Glen Beck moment (I would bet it will not be), but this dishonest apology should provide ample evidence that Rush is not sorry, will not change and is a vile today as he was last week.

This statement is simply about Rush covering his oversized ass, keeping his job and the millions of dollars it provides him, nothing more, nothing less.


Friday, March 02, 2012

Republicans sure hate women

As noted by Alternet:

1. "Sex-Crazed Co-Eds..."

2. "Lavishly contracepted."

3. "What do you expect from a woman driver?"

4. Women in the military should "expect" to be raped.

5. In my day, "gals" used to put an "aspirin between their knees" [for contraception].

6. Dana Loesch: Women already consented to be penetrated when they got pregnant.

7. Booing birth control at the GOP debate.

8. Democrats and Republicans sitting together is "like date rape."

9. My wife won't sleep with me because of this ultrasound provision.

10. and 11. And two bonus round comments. The Pope says couples who conceive using in vitro fertilization are arrogant while a DC blogger notes that lady journalists who are nice-looking in their Twitter avatars can't be serious.

I have no idea what it is Conservatives fear about women, but it is very clear fear them they do.