Thursday, May 29, 2008

Great analogy

Royals, I hate you so much

I seriously can't believe I'm writing another blogpost but I have the insomnia. And by insomnia I mean I can't get off my GD computer and go to bed.

The Royals are in the midst of a classic KC 10 game losing streak. I don't know if they can stretch it out to 19 again but they are losing in some pretty epic ways. They've been no-hit, they've given up 2 grand slams in the same game, last night they hit a 3 run inside-the-park homer to tie it up only to lose in extra innings, and tonight they gave up a 5 run lead in the 9th inning to once again lose in extra innings. The manager that does his best Dusty Baker impersonation by apparently not even remembering he has a bullpen until his starter has thrown at least 120 pitches decided that he was worried about pitch counts for his bullpen and left the same turd that gave up the 3 run jack in the 9th to give up the game winning homer in the 10th against a guy that was 5 for 6 lifetime against him. I guess that's how they roll in Japan.

It's amazing to me that before this streak started the Royals had clawed all the way back to one game below .500. After their first tank job I predicted they would never see .500 again and it appears I was right after all. It sucks that I was starting to buy in. I mean, the pitching was looking good, there were some good young hitters, a new culture was being created. Nope. We still suck.

Fangraphs does a thing where they statistically analyze a game based on the situation to determine a team's chances of winning that game. Anytime a team enters the 9th with a 5 run lead only to lose you know the graph is going to be pretty awesome. What is this, Enron stock?


How Dangerous Are You to the Spiritual Health of America?

From TFK: Coral Ridge Ministries polled their members to find out several questions including "How dangerous are the following to the spiritual health of America?" The results may surprise you (actually, not really surprise you at all, I just wanted to use some of that gravitas in my voice like some local news anchor): Oh, and the formatting sucks but I'm lazy. The numbers are percentage of people that responded very, somewhat, and not very important.
How dangerous are the following to the spiritual health of America?
Very Somewhat Not very
The ACLU and similar groups 96 3 1
Pro-homosexual indoctrination 95 4 1
Abortion 93 6 1
Islamic terrorism 91 8 1
Hollywood 89 10 1
News Media 87 12 1
Darwinism/evolution 85 14 1
Cults and false religion 82 16 2
Atheism 82 16 2
Courts 81 18 1
Apathetic/uninformed Christians 79 20 1
Colleges and Universities 78 21 1
Public education (K-12) 69 29 2
Congress 63 35 2

Now, what can this data tell us? First, whoever these people are they're all way too obsessed about some really dumb shit and probably batshit crazy.

Atheism only gets 82% behind the news media and evolution? 95% are worried about homosexual indoctrination? What can it be like to be so worried about your kid being gay that you see the dreaded homosexual indoctrination boogey man behind every corner?

It's hilarious that the ACLU comes in at #1 as if missing out on that school prayer or Ten Commandments monument in City Hall is really destroying us spiritually.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Too late, Scotty

Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary, is getting a lot of pub for his "explosive" new book. The "shocking" revelations contained within include that Bush is not open to examining his mistakes, his administration misled the public by dispensing propaganda, and the media wasn't questioning enough. Wow, shocking stuff indeed.

My question is, seriously? There's a couple of points that just drove me crazy about this whole thing. First, I happened to sit down and watch a few minutes of NBC's national news program and Brian Williams sat down with Tom Brokaw to have a very serious conversation about whether the media actually did do their job in the runup to the war. Brokaw's take was basically "what were we to do? Sure, in hindsight it looks bad and maybe more could have been done but everyone thought what they were saying was true." Well, not everyone and he did mention that they put one guy, Brent Scowcroft (NSA for Ford and Bush I) who was opposed to the war. Yeah, one guy drowned out by all the other cheerleaders. Then he placed the blame not on the media but for everyone else who went along, like the 77 Senators who voted for the war, etc. It is a somewhat valid point but not nearly enough to assuage their culpability.

The fact that the media treats the assertion the Bush administration engaged in a propaganda campaign as a "revelation" is about as surprising to me as Christmas falling on December 25th. Really? No one reads the New York Times? Just about a month ago there was nothing but crickets chirping after the NY Times expose on the paid military "experts" organizing their propaganda efforts. Apparently it takes a hack from the Bush administration to get their attention.

This is all extremely predictable for me so it's tough to get too worked up about it anymore. Most of my anger in this whole episode is reserved for McClellan himself. I've been ripping on this scumbag for years. I know I did a post at one time about how he wasn't even good at lying for the president but I can't find it. 'tis a shame because his flop sweats up there as he was caught in his web of denials and lies was always pretty good entertainment. I always felt that although he was a pure weasel Ari Fleischer was good at his job and Tony Snow was just a pretty-boy sellout tool who knew how to kiss the media's ass. For my own sanity I tried to stop paying any attention to whatever bullshit Dana Perino has been saying lately. So, of the four Scotty was clearly the worst. Not only was he a lying scumbag but he sucked at it and was still let off the hook.

I just don't understand what he's trying to do. Is he trying to redeem himself? That ship sailed long ago. I'm of the belief that it's been way too obvious for way too long what this administration has been doing for anyone to claim that they were unaware or lied to which is his main defense in the book. If you wanted to do something honorable you could have resigned or done any number of things. Now you're just doing too little too late and sticking a knife in the back of your boss when he's already taking his last breaths. Sorry, Scotty, there's no honor in that now.

It's hilarious that some people actually expected liberals to take up his cause as if there is some knee-jerk reaction to accept and defend anyone that criticizes Bush. We're just supposed to forget that it was his sweaty little face up there telling all of this lies and say, "hey, he's all right after all!" Don't think so, we're a little smarter than that and he's on his own now. Just take your paycheck and get the fuck out. I'll never read your book.

As the aptly named Rude Pundit says:
Hopefully, the book will tank, and McClellan will be reduced to blowing Hannity for nickels. Screw this obsequious pig-fucking son of a bitch, this grubby little man-whore, attempting to purge his soul of the taint and stench of death and sorrow while pulling in a buck or two.

Here is a perfect example of this hypocritical bullshit. In the book he writes
...that after Hurricane Katrina, the White House “spent most of the first week in a state of denial..."

And here's an exchange in the days after Hurricane Katrina:
Q: Scott, recently, top Democrats in Congress, they had some tough words and some questions about President Bush. Congressman Pelosi says that -- said that "the President was obviously in denial," because she said she talked to him yesterday about Mike Brown and said that things were going wrong, and he said, What's gone wrong?"

MR. McCLELLAN: ...You all are well aware of how engaged this President is in the response efforts and making sure that we're meeting the immediate needs...the President has been working to make sure that we have all the resources needed dedicated to this effort, and that the needs on the ground are being met.

Denial? What state of denial? We're totally on top of things.

So, sorry, Scotty, the ship has sunk and, as one of the bad rats, you're still on board. No amount of paddling now will ever get you back to shore.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Summer is approaching

It wouldn't be the end of May if I wasn't telling stories from my annual Memorial Day family reunion (2007, 2006, 2005)

If you'll indulge me I'll recap a few issues I was facing at the last reunion. I pissed off some woman by screwing up my duties as flag raiser. Some woman pissed me off by not letting me write my own nametag, acting like this was my first reunion instead my 25th or so, and attempting to move the reunion from, not only it's traditional location in the Norway gym, but it's traditional date. A certain someone broke my cousin's finger in the annual basketball game.

So, cut to this year. Staying at my grandpa's place is always a bit of an adventure because his dog absolutely runs the place so it's not exactly clean. During the time I was there the dog ate leftover steak, watermelon, eggs, and bacon spread over dog food. Of course this is probably fair since in the last 2 years or so my grandpa has accidentally fed the dog tainted Chinese dog food, pulled out in front of a pickup truck on the highway with the dog in the front seat, and shot her through the neck with a 22 rifle. They based the movie "Unbreakable" on my grandpa and his dog.

Because of this and the lack of beds a few lucky ones are chosen to spend the night at one of the many luxurious hotels in NC Kansas. There's the Super 8, the Best Western, and the Plaza Motel. This year grandpa was in charge of making the reservations so he went on down to the Plaza and plunked down $42 in cash for a room. Hmm, it doesn't necessarily have the national reputation of the Super 8 but it was going to be good enough for us.

My dad and I went to go get the keys around 9 or so and pull into this sprawling complex with a glowing sign that says "Mot l". There are probably 35 rooms or so all arranged in two single lines that meet in a "V" shape with a massive courtyard that is completely overgrown. There are about 5 cars in the parking lot all squeezed onto one side away from the front desk area that is an office of some sort attached to a tiny brick house. As we approach the office we see a man stretching his arms high over his head as he enters the office from what is apparently his living room and my dad says, "well, looks like Norman Bates is home."

The man is wearing a green sleeveless t-shirt with several holes around the neck and armpit areas. He has a fu-manchu mustache that is slightly obscured by the 3 days of beard growth surrounding it. The stench of cigarettes is overpowering as soon as we enter the room. An ancient TV blares "Hogan's Heroes" from the corner and possibly one of the original PCs ever made sat on a desk along one of the walls. The man steps up behind the wood-paneled desk and asks if he can help us in a voice that can only be described as Kermit the Frog-esque but only if he smoked three packs a day to get that really raspy quality. So, we tell the froggy raspy gravelly voiced man that we have a reservation for that night and show him the receipt that says we'll be staying in room 27.

The man stares at the receipt for what seems to be an awkwardly long period of time before my dad interrupts the silence, "it says the room number is 27."
"Oh." Long pause again as he stares at the receipt and his book again.
"OK, here are your keys."

We turn to leave and are almost at the door when I hear the voice again quietly behind me. I'm trying to decide if this is just something from "Hogan's Heroes" or not and do I dare turn around to find out? I hear the voice again and turn around as my dad mumbles, "is he talking to us?"

"Are you with the O'Boynans?"
"Huh?" We walk back to the desk.
"Are you with the O'Boynans? My book says the O'Boynans have room 27."
I glance to where he is pointing and next to 27 penciled in neat writing is "O'Boynan 2."
We hand him the receipt again. "Well, this says 27 on it."
"Oh, I believe you I'm just trying to figure out the room situation...." and he trails off.
"Is there anyone in there now?"
"Can we have it?"
"OK, well, don't send anyone else there because we'll be there."
"Sure thing, won't be a problem."

As we head to the room we laugh about this guy and make a few more Norman Bates and "No Country for Old Men" jokes. We peak in the open window to check for O'Boynans. Finding none we enter the room and find it fine as far as cheap motel rooms go in that it actually has beds and a shower. We head back to the house to tell of our adventure. As my grandpa said, "well, the guy I talked to wasn't any jewel either."

My sister and I ended up being the lucky two chosen to brave the Plaza Mot l and return to find the door to room 27 wide open. Awesome. I'm pretty sure this is exactly how that one horror movie went. I peak around all of the corners fully expecting Javier Bardem to do horrible, horrible things to me but no one was there. Spooky. Fortunately no O'Boynan's barged in and no Norman Bates appeared as a silhouette in the window through the cheap ass curtains that let in way too much light.

Other than the disgusting smell, the uncomfortable, loud bed, the lack of shampoo or soap, and the creepy silence it wasn't half bad. There were only like 2 or 3 cig burns in my bedspread and 1 in the shower curtain. Not too bad for a non-smoking room, right? The sign on the door let us know that there really was no checkout policy other than leave the keys in the room and get the fuck out before 11 so that's what we did.

On our way to the cemetery we stopped at the old farm to cut some flowers only to discover that the metal barn door had been blown off by the windstorm the night before. This caused much consternation among people that weren't me.

Not much of note happened at the cemetery is that for like the 23rd year in a row I picked wrong for the weather. If I wear long pants it's 100 degrees by noon and I'm sweating to death. If I wear shorts and don't bring a jacket it's 55 with a howling wind (like today!). I wasn't asked to raise any flags up the flagpole and experienced a small amount of joy when my uncle pointed out that the West Virginia flag was upside down. Fuckups.

A major topic of conversation among the family happened to be my cousin's finger. Apparently the kid has already had one surgery and missed chunks of his senior year football and wrestling seasons but is still unable to bend it all the way meaning he's going in for another surgery soon. It was almost comical how many people brought this up to us.

Not much else happened really. Most of the troublemakers from last year weren't there which increased my enjoyment. Food was outstanding, a step up from a disappointing spread last year. The only thing that was too bad was our massive basketball game had dwindled down to a 3 on 3 affair. 2 cousins had broken bones, the old guys are getting too old. Plus, my 16 year old cousin died in a rock climbing accident over the summer and I think that kind of put a damper on some of it because he enjoyed it so much the year before. The good news is that I was moved from the old guys team that won last year to the young guys team that won this year. Pretty sure you can call me the Robert Horry of reunion basketball.

Anyway, thanks for indulging me this personal post that went way too long and wasn't really entertaining at all. I'm sure you'll have just as boring of one to read next May.

EDIT: I remembered something stunning I read in the local paper. They have a section on the comment page where people can call in and leave anonymous comments. I'll paraphrase one of them since I don't have the exact phrasing:
"I find that these things usually even out. For every innocent person executed there are hundreds that are guilty but never caught."

Umm, how does that even out at all? Well, sucks for you dead innocent guy, you're getting punished for all the guys that don't get caught. If that is truly "evening things out" I'm sure this guy won't mind volunteering to be the innocent man, right? Dumb.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

San Francisco Values

This is an ad that's running in KC for their congressional seat. I can't stop watching those people dance. Hilarious.

So is this similar ad that ran in Mississippi. "That may be groovy in California but here in Mississippi that dog won't hunt." Groovy? What is this, 1969? Apparently ads like that one won't hunt because the Democrat won the election. I can't wait until he sends the gays to steal your marriage license and abort your children like they do in San Francisco.

Update: Here is Barnes' response to the ad. "Sam Graves. A pathetic record. A pathetic campaign." Hahaha.

Monday, May 12, 2008

All my life I've been searching for something

Sometimes I check to see what searches lead people to this blog. It's usually pretty entertaining for me because I write about some weird shit and people search for some weirder shit. Here are the top searches for the last week or so.
2 9.52% germany news basement
2 9.52% germany children in basement
2 9.52% karolyi ranch
2 9.52% idiotacracy
2 9.52% larry johnson may
1 4.76% stanford tree bicep
1 4.76% emma huang kc huang pipa huang
1 4.76% tony zirkle
1 4.76% carl winslow
1 4.76% kept children in the basement
1 4.76% simpsons shave those sideburns mattingly
1 4.76% wacky german stories
1 4.76% are basement apartments dangerous for newborns?
1 4.76% my life in the basement
1 4.76% i hate laura bush
1 4.76% basement german news

Turns out having "basement" in your blog name really helps out whenever there's a story about some sicko keeping a dead baby or their incestuous secrets in a basement. And then there's Carl Winslow and Mattingly's sideburns and a really old school post about the Karolyi Ranch. So many memories.

One time I wrote about Bob Uecker's stalker and she emailed me a few months later telling me it wasn't true and that I should take it down because everyone that googles her finds that story. I was pretty sure it was true but I took it down anyway because I felt bad. I'm pretty sure that Laura Bush and Bela Karolyi can take it though.

Ha! He's old

I'm a little tied up this week so amuse yourself with this site:

Not only does it make fun of McCain but it's educational.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I hate Indiana Nazis

In all the hoopla surrounding the Democratic Presidential Primary some other important Indiana election news may have slipped under the radar.

Like me you may have never heard of Tony Zirkle but with his political skills I'm shocked he would ever lose but he did last night in the Republican primary for one of Indiana's Congressional Districts. Zirkle's main campaign theme is outlawing pornography. After comparing it to bin Laden he goes on to blame it for everything from the tripling of the homosexual population to the invasion of Middle Ages Europe. Clearly this man knows the issues that will resonate with the people.

Unfortunately he drew criticism for speaking at an event hosted by the National Socialist Workers' Party, better known as the local Nazis. The event? A celebration in honor of Hitler's 119th birthday.

Now, Zinkle has said he didn't "know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it" and that he didn't think all of the people there were Nazis. I mean, just look at the picture and tell me that you couldn't have made the same mistake. It could have happened to anyone! How was he to know they were Nazis?!

Apart from the fact that there are still groups that have events like this the most surprising thing is he still got 16% of the vote! Apparently being a Nazi sympathizer isn't as much of a career ender in the Indiana Republican Party as one might think...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Oh no, how embarrassing

Apparently McCain is confused again and must have been reverting back to the first time he was running for president when he had this to say:
We need a League of Nations, we need a group of nations who work together and pose meaningful sanctions and modify Iranian behavior.

League of Nations? Seriously? Umm, I hate to break it to you but they already tried 1920. And it was, in 1946. The good news is we have formed something similar called the United Nations. Bush appointed a Mark Twain-impersonating people-hating Walrus as our ambassador there. Check it out.

Speaking of embarrassing situations, how about what the First Lady said about the tragic situation in Burma?
US First Lady Laura Bush accused Myanmar's military rulers Monday of failing to warn their citizens in time about a killer cyclone and pressed the junta to accept US aid in the disaster's wake. "Although they were aware of the threat, Burma's state-run media failed to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm's path," Bush said in an unusual appearance at the White House briefing room podium.

Yes, what kind of despotic, incompetent government would stand by while thousands of their citizens died in a natural disaster? They'd have to be real sociopaths.

I agree that Myanmar has a horrible government but maybe now isn't the best time for a lecture, Laura. Our government is so concerned about the situation there that they initially offered $250,000, or about $20,000 more than we spend PER MINUTE in Iraq. Since then we've upped it to $3 million (which would buy about 13 minutes in Iraq!). I'm sure they can buy some abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum with it or something.

Never fear though, the last part of Laura's press conference was spent on her daughter's wedding. Gotta focus on what's important.

Well, we've got one more jaw-dropping piece of news. The Pentagon released a $5 billion development plan for Baghdad's fortified Green Zone including a golf course and country club called "Tigris Woods", luxury hotels, even a skateboard park! Hey, that's freaking great. Watch out for the mortar crater over by that sand trap, George!

But, seriously, what can you even say about that? Tens of thousands dead and still dying five years after they declared "Mission Accomplished" and the best plan they've come up with yet is the one for the luxury hotels. So, what are the Iraqis saying about our wonderful gift of American-style capitalism?
"What do I care?" shrugged one, Ahmed Hussein. "I don't have electricity, I don't have fresh water and I don't have a job."

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Voted America's Coffin in 1893

Hey, I love a PBR as much as the next hipster wannabe but if I ever get to the point where I want to be buried in one...well, I don't want to ever get to that point. But, for one Illinois man that 115 year-old blue ribbon is just enough to convince him otherwise.
Bill Bramanti will love Pabst Blue Ribbon eternally, and he's got the custom-made beer-can casket to prove it.

“I actually fit, because I got in here,” said Bramanti of South Chicago Heights.

The 67-year-old Glenwood village administrator doesn't plan on needing it anytime soon, though.

He threw a party Saturday for friends and filled his silver coffin – designed in Pabst's colors of red, white and blue – with ice and his favorite brew.

Personally, I want to be cremated and have my ashes spread in Jeff Lebowski's beard.

Monday, May 05, 2008

German Speakers are Sick, Sick People

It's always dangerous (and fun!) to make hasty generalizations about groups of people but I can only conclude that German speakers are just plain sick.

First, we had the dungeon master in Austria who kept his daughter and their children in his basement. This came on the heels of another Austrian sicko who kept a girl in his dungeon for 8 years. Is adding a dungeon a common thing there or something?
AUSTRIA, that lovely little Alpine republic on the banks of the Danube, has a new and deeply lamentable claim to international notoriety: As of this past weekend, we officially lead the free world in the abduction and confinement of young girls in soundproof, subterranean apartments.

Now there is the case of a German woman who kept three infants in her freezer. They were found after her adult children went to find a frozen pizza. Not to make light of this but I'm picturing something like a really twisted Sunny D commercial.
"Hmm, pizza, popsicles, frozen stuff...AHH, fetuses!"

I mean, can you imagine finding that? And then they had to wait until their parents came home from their weekend trip before confronting them. "So, uhh, I was cleaning out the freezer and well, what the hell are all those babies doing in the freezer? We probably ought to go talk to the police about this."

So, as sick as that is I get to the end of the article and find out this is apparently a pretty common practice there.
It was the latest in a string of similar cases in Germany.

In the worst case, a woman was convicted of manslaughter in 2006 and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies and burying them in flower pots and a fish tank in the garden of her parents' home near the German-Polish border.

More recently, police in February were called to a home in northern Germany where a dead infant was discovered in the cellar.

In January, a 28-year-old German woman was charged with manslaughter after the remains of three babies were discovered in her house and the home of a relative. That woman has denied killing the babies.

Yikes. What the hell is going on over there?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Uhh, spell check?

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Jack Trizzice

Jack Trice expansion phase II was approved apparently. Now they just need to come up with the $70 million or so it will take to build it and, uhh, maybe some fans to fill it.

It seems like a fairly large gamble to put in all those new seats when they don't average much more than 50,000 now, but, they did set a record for season tickets even with the last couple of years being as brutal as they have been. I think if they win they can come close to filling it on a consistent basis but if they continue to lose it could be a lot of empty seats for most games.

Either way, you can't deny it looks badass compared to what it looked like before. Here is a photo gallery including the view from Elwood. Err, did I see they renamed that street last time I was there? Hey, I really am an old alum if I insist on calling everything by what it was when I was in school...

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Friday, May 02, 2008

A couple of things I found interesting on a Friday

The story didn't get much play in the media but 25,000 union port workers went on strike yesterday to protest the war in Iraq. The action shut down 29 ports across the entire West Coast.
"Longshore workers are standing-down on the job and standing up for America," said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath. "We're supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it's time to end the war in Iraq." ...

"Big foreign corporations that control global shipping aren't loyal or accountable to any country," said McEllrath. "For them it's all about making money. But longshore workers are different. We're loyal to America, and we won't stand by while our country, our troops, and our economy are destroyed by a war that's bankrupting us to the tune of 3 trillion dollars. It's time to stand up, and we're doing our part today."

Unlike the rest of the world May 1 is kind of overlooked in the US as far as labor days go but it seems like between things like this and the massive immigrants' rights march of a few years ago we're starting to see more of that. One of the major reasons that May 1 is known as International Workers' Day is due to the Haymarket Massacre around that time when several people died in the aftermath of a bombing and the resulting crackdown on Chicago workers protesting for an 8 hour work day. Grover Cleveland chose to set Labor Day in September to try to prevent people from commemorating the event.

And in environmental news the Kansas House failed to override Kathleen Sebelius' veto of the bill that would have allowed two massive coal power plants to be built by Holcomb. So, for a brief moment anyway, sanity reigns in Kansas as we are no longer trying to fight against all things rational.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Not that I can take any joy from it...

...but Bush is now officially the most unpopular president in modern history.
A new poll suggests that George W. Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush his handling his job as president.

"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Interestingly it says that Truman and Nixon both had lower Approval ratings but never broke 70 in Disapproval. It seems that 28% is his absolute basement floor where these dead-enders will think he's doing a great job no matter what. I mean, it's almost kind of scary that 28% of people in this country actually think he's doing a good job. If the last 7 years haven't convinced them I'm pretty sure nothing will. Who are these people?

I actually know someone from my hometown who joins Facebook groups like "I Support a Third Term for George W. Bush." I thought, "there's no way these people can actually be serious" but I couldn't find any evidence from any of them that this was somehow ironic or some elaborate performance art piece. They were actually having a serious discussion on whether the Constitution could be changed in time to allow this. Hey, I know how you can get George W. Bush that third term...elect John McCain! The fact that he's not getting absolutely stomped in the polls can only be chalked up to a media that keeps promoting his BS "straight talking" persona. He's four more years of Bush and 100 more years in Iraq.

I wanted to join the group and say, "Wake up! Are you not paying attention?" but it's a lost cause with them. I think these are the type of people that will support anything, no matter how phony, as long as it pretends to love Jesus a whole lot. To me, Bush has to be one of the least Christian presidents ever but because he alludes to God a few times in his speeches these people love him and talk about how great it is to have a Christian in the White House. Really? What exactly has he done for you?

Oh, and also of note in the article is that the war in Iraq is getting its lowest support yet as well. Hmm, coincidently it's also been exactly five years since Bush got all dressed up in his flightsuit and declared "Mission Accomplished." Mission accomplished, indeed.


Win Ben Stein's Last Remaining Shred of Sanity

Ben Stein has gone from playing the monotone teacher ("Bueller....Bueller") to beach ball loving pitchman ("Dry eyes, red eyes...") to wacky creationist lover. He is the star of a new documentary, "Expelled", whining that everyone hates the scientists that try to promote intelligent design (aka Creationism 2.0). From what I've read he basically chops up interviews with noted evolution defenders like Richard Dawkins, claims they don't have any facts while offering up none of his own, takes up the cause of shitty professors like the guy that was at Iowa State for a few years, and intersperses it all with clips of Hitler and Stalin. Classy move. I've read that not only is it completely ridiculous subject matter but it isn't even well done. They apparently even take time to disprove parts of Darwin's "Origin of the Species." Yes, I'm serious. Hey, I heard that in ancient times they used to think Pi was about 3.13...clearly all math is false too.

Well, today part of an interview he did with the Trinity Broadcasting Network is making the rounds.
Stein: When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers [i.e. biologist P.Z. Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.

Crouch: That’s right.

Stein: …Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.

Crouch: Good word, good word.

Now, first, TBN sucks. I had a friend who called them about his wife having the cancer and not only did her cancer not get better but it turned out she didn't even exist and the guy just wanted to speed read a prayer to him.

Second, science apparently leads you to the holocaust. Forget any of the advances in science that have led to saving countless lives because his opinion is that scientists were responsible for the mass murder of millions. Well, of course it's just an opinion because there's absolutely no evidence he could ever come up with to support that ridiculous theory. I really hope that he chooses to live his life without any of those horrific scientific advances. You know, no cars, no thick glasses, no pasteurization of milk...just Ben Stein doing some hunting and gathering in animal skins.

The Anti-Defamation League responded by saying
The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler's genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

Umm, clearly.

"...and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you."
Wow, just reading that quote again pisses me off to no end. Ben, you're free to believe whatever you want to believe but the fact is that intelligent design can not be defined as science and when people like you start trying to force children to learn that it is on equal scientific footing as evolution there's a problem. And when you're using hyperbole (is there something even worse than hyperbole...slander, defamation?) like that there's an even bigger problem.

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