Rand Paul, idio(cra)t 4

Kentucky, what the F were you thinking when you elected this guy? Here’s what the junior Senator said about health care in Congress yesterday. PAUL: With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses. Basically, once you imply a belief in a right to someone’s services — do you have a right to plumbing? Do you have a right to water? Do you have right to food? — you’re basically saying you believe in slavery. I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care. You have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be. Link. Major logic fail. So, in ...

Paging Dr. Sinclair, 2008 calling! Paging Dr. Sinclair! 1

Birthers have to be among the dumbest people on Earth. Listen carefully to this exchange between these two intellectual giants, Pamela Geller (of anti-Muslim blog Atlas Shrugged fame) and Eric Bolling (of Fox Business News fame). After “analyzing” the image posted on the White House website, Bolling rhetorically asks Geller why the physician attending Barack Obama II’s birth back in 1961 never mentioned to his family that he had delivered the future 44th President of the United States. Maybe it was because the doctor, David A. Sinclair, died in 2003, five years before Obama, a senator from Illinois, even entered the presidential race. Doctor Who can travel through time. Doctor Sinclair, I suspect, could not.

Stopping creeping sharia law in the Cowboy State 1

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — There are perhaps 300 Muslims who live in Wyoming, where the livestock outnumber the people in general. Yet, a state representative there (he’s a Republican, in case you couldn’t guess) has proposed a ballot measure to forbid state judges from using Islamic law (sharia) or “international law” in deciding cases. He calls it a “pre-emptive strike.” Just in case those 300 Muslims rise up and try to impose religious law on Wyoming’s people … and livestock. Voters in another hotbed of Islam, Oklahoma, approved a similar measure last year. It was later struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge. Despite the futility of trying to have a similar referendum in Wyoming, Rep. Gerald Gay wants to waste everyone’s time anyway. I can’t decide if these guys are insane, or are playing to the crazies to garner votes. Maybe both.

I am fed up with Sarah Palin – again, also 7

JISHOU, HUNAN — I wish she would just shut up, go back to Alaska and do whatever she did before being picked as Sen. John McCain’s running mate. Oh, wait, she can’t. She quit that job. Well, you get my point. Days after the shootings in Arizona, after a number of people remarked on her use of gun-friendly terminology and metaphors, Sarah came out of her Lower 48 igloo to post a long-winded video on her Facebook page. Here is the text, with my commentary in all-caps. I apologize in advance if I offend anyone. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy. HOLE? POOR CHOICE OF WORDS FOR GUNSHOT VICTIMS. “WE” — ARE WE QUEEN NOW? I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country. BLAH BLAH BLAH — ...

Parsing the Expelled Leader’s Guide, part 6 1

Why does it matter? The guide continues with smear campaign against evolution, by accusing it of fostering “relativism, religious skepticism and a dehumanized view of men and women.” All this from a scientific theory! But wait there’s more! In particular, it says evolution provides “Darwinists” justification for abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, racism, and Nazism. Therefore, evolution must be wrong. Try our new faith-based “theory,” satisfaction guaranteed. Operators are standing by. Guide: After establishing that most evolutionary biologists are atheists and agnostics, the guide repeats the allegation that evolution is a kind of religion. “Darwinism has become the substitute ‘creation story’ for those who embrace materialism. Materialism is a philosophy which says that the physical realm is the only reality that exists.” This “worldview” leads to moral relativism, religious skepticism and dehumanization. Hmm, sounds like Satanism to me. Whaddaya you think, Davey? Comments: This one paragraph contains multiple falsehoods. First, the Guide preaches a lie, that evolution, a scientific theory, is directly responsible for Social Darwinism, a completely different animal. Anthropologists, sociologists, politicians, demogogues, have applied a bastardized interpretation of evolutionary theory — the fit survive — to social and political structures. Social Darwinism has existed in one form or another since ...

Parsing the Expelled Leader’s Guide, part 5 2

The Expelled Leader’s Guide veers away from examining the scientific evidence “against” evolution and toward the social implications of evolution on page 12. Beginning with insinuations that only some kind of anti-religious conspiracy can keep such a weak theory as evolution in place, the Guide proceeds to link Darwin’s evolution to racism, Adolf Hitler, and eugenics. Guide: As we have seen, there is strong evidence from several areas of science for intelligent design — and equally strong evidence raising serious doubts about Darwinism. Why, then, isn’t the scientific establishment more open to allowing genuine discussion and debate over Darwinism? Could it be that there is more propping up Darwin’s theory than the mere evidence? The Guide then offers data from a 1998 survey of biologist members of the National Academy of Science, of whom 95% identified themselves as atheist or agnostic. It also quotes results from an unnamed 2003 survey of “leading evolutionists,” of whom 87% denied the existence of God and 88% did not believe in the afterlife. Comments: As we have seen, there is NO strong evidence for intelligent design or against evolution, at least in this Guide. The rhetorical question about the “scientific establishment” sets up an ...

Parsing the Expelled Leader’s Guide, part 4 1

Paleontology Evolutionary theory depends heavily on the fossil record, so one would expect the Guide’s treatment of paleontology would be the most extensive of the three areas of scientific research listed in the introduction. It’s not. The Guide repeats the same criticisms of fossils that many creationist and ID proponents have had for decades. There’s nothing new here. Their case is weak. Guide: Somehow “in the face of these ‘impossible’ odds, the first cell could have formed, and over time developed into all” the organisms now existent. Previous organisms would have left a “substantial” record of evolution among the millions of fossils uncovered after 130+ years of searching. In Darwin’s words, “The number of intermediate and transitional links between all living and extinct species must have been inconceivably great.” In fact, the fossil record as a whole, contrary to conventional wisdom, actually gives persuasive evidence against Darwinian evolution, as we shall see. Comments: More than likely, given the size of the “lab” on ancient Earth, there was more than one cell. Bacteria and other one-celled organisms replicate very quickly, so in short order the Earth was probably teeming with life. Genetics supports the hypothesis of common descent from a single ...

Parsing the Expelled Leader’s Guide, part 3 1

Molecular Biology: The Origin of Life This section of the Leader’s Guide confuses, deliberately or otherwise, evolution with abiogenesis. Evolution deals with the development of organisms in response to their environment. Abiogenesis is a separate theory that suggests that conditions on the early Earth were favorable to bring organic molecules to develop into the first living organisms. Guide: “Darwinian evolution argues that life arose from a primordial sea on a lifeless planet through a chance collision of chemicals, and that over billions of years, this biological accident gave rise to all of life, including humans. In other words: NOTHING + TIME AND CHANCE = EVERYTHING. Modern science has now revealed incredible problems with this explanation.” Comments: The age of the Earth is reliably estimated at 4.6 billion years. The accretion of matter from the early solar system resulted in a young Earth that was very hot, very dry and devoid of oxygen. Volcanism brought water in the form of steam from underground. As the Earth cooled from its formation, water condensed and formed the first oceans. The theory of abiogenesis proposes that the chemicals dissolved in surface water, or in tidal pools, developed through processes not fully understood into the ...

Parsing the Expelled Leader’s Guide, part 2

Following the Leader’s Guide Introduction are three separate pages summarizing (!) the main points of cosmology, molecular biology and paleontology. The message on all is that ID is the best and only explanation for the complexities in these fields of study, though no direct evidence is offered to support the contention. Instead the Guide appropriates suitable quotes from famous scientists — some out of context — to appeal to authority instead of evidence. Cosmology : The Origin of the Universe Guide: Beginning with this heading, “Cosmology has shown that the universe had a beginning and that it is filled with exquisite order,” the Guide discusses “galaxy motion” (sic) and the “elegance of physical laws.” The paragraph on galactic motion notes that the galaxies are moving away from other as the space between them expands, and that most scientists now believe the universe came into existence in a “big bang” — “and such a beginning implies a cause outside the universe that brought it into existence.” Next, the Guide authoritatively states: “Scientists have also recognized the exquisite order and mathematical elegance of the physical laws governing the universe as pointing to cosmic design.” It then quotes physicist Paul Davies, “The temptation ...

Parsing the Expelled “Leaders Guide”, part 1

As part of the media blitz associated with Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the creators of the movie provide a background “Leaders Guide” for school and church teachers. Like the movie, the guide pretends to be unbiased but is far from it. So, I have decided to analyze the document for the benefit of anyone who intends to use the guide. Page 2: Introduction: Guide: The banner over the page reports results from a Newsweek poll: 91% of Americans believe in God and 78% believe that God created human beings on our present form or guided an evolutionary process that led to our present form. On the right is a pullout quote from none other than Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Below that are details about the 78% results and about the number of Americans (69%) that want both the theory of evolution and the evidence against it taught in schools. Comments: The figures quoted are legit, from professionally conducted polls in 2006 and 2007. The Darwin quote from his introduction to Origin is out of context, as ...
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