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Tennessee to film new Dumb and Dumber movie

Apr 13 2011 Published by under [Politics]

Tennessee has been a battle ground for defending evolution for a long time. In fact, the first legal challenge of evolution, the 1925 The Scopes Trial was prosecuted in Tennessee. Unfortunately, as part of a growing list of anti-evolution legislation, the Tennessee General Assembly is looking to turn back the clocks to 1924.

On April 8th, the TGA voted 70-28 to pass bill HB368 that starts off as such:
The general assembly finds that:
(1) An important purpose of science education is to inform students about scientific evidence and to help students develop critical thinking skills necessary to becoming intelligent, productive, and scientifically informed citizens;

(2) The teaching of some scientific subjects, including, but not limited to, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning, can cause controversy; and

(3) Some teachers may be unsure of the expectations concerning how they should present information on such subjects.

Well, we would want controversy and unclear teacher expectations to get in the way of teaching science, now would we? I don't need to get into all the reasons this makes me fear for the future of this country, but I do want you to go check out the two videos on the Mother Jones blog that feature some short lowlights of the TGA discussion. The first features Republican state Rep. Frank Niceley making up an Einstein quote to suggest that the famous physicist believed that his work pointed towards Christianity and the second has Rep. Sheila Butt confusing science with chocolate* and Aquanet hair spray.

While it's a shame that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are not available to extend the Farrelly Brother's Dumb and Dumber franchise, the Niceley-Butt paring look up to the job.

*Her argument for teaching creationism in high school is that she learned in high school that chocolate was bad to eat and latter came to find out that dark chocolate has antioxidants, ergo, evolution might turn out to be just like chocolate. And these are elected officials. Tennessee! Dudes! Fuck. sigh.

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The GOP comes out of the closet

Feb 20 2011 Published by under [Politics]

If you haven't been paying close attention to what the Republican party has been doing over the past few years, you might almost be able to believe that they care about this country and the people in it. Almost. I mean, they talk about Real American* Values and getting back to what is important to The People*. The party line is all about controlling government spending to keep more money in the pockets of The People*. Too bad "controlling" has more than one meaning.

So in this day and age of politics being more about cultivating an image that will get you elected than about doing what will move the country forward, I have to say that the spending bill that got pushed through the House on Friday was refreshing. It was refreshing to have the GOP lay bare all of their true agenda and make it crystal clear who they care about. Let's review the Bill and see who that might be...

Well, according to an AP report, "Changes rammed through the House on Friday and Saturday would shield greenhouse-gas polluters and privately owned colleges from federal regulators; block a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay; and bar the government from shutting down mountaintop mines it believes will cause too much water pollution."

Hmmm, it wouldn't appear that the GOP likes the environment very much, what else was in the bill?

"The Environmental Protection Agency took hits from Republicans eager to defend business and industry from agency rules they say threaten job creation and the economy. The EPA's budget was slashed by almost one-third, and then its regulatory powers were handcuffed in a series of votes.

The measure would block proposed federal regulations on emission of greenhouse gases, which are blamed for climate change. It also would stop a proposed regulation on mercury emissions from cement."

I mean, what is the EPA, but a bunch hippies who constantly whine about "the environment". When has that ever affected anything?

So what else was in this spending bill to save America? Well, as COR already pointed out, it included a nice measure to decimate that heathen atrocity, Planed Parenthood.

"Across four long days of freewheeling debate, Republicans left their conservative stamp in other ways.

They took several swipes at Obama's year-old health care law, including a vote to ban federal dollars for putting it into effect. At the behest of anti-abortion lawmakers, they called for an end to federal money for Planned Parenthood."

By why stop at the environment, women and the poor? Let's cut money to public schools (rich white kids don't use them anyway) and public health.

"The legislation imposes severe spending cuts on domestic programs and foreign aid. Targets include schools, nutrition programs, environmental protection, and heating and housing subsidies for the poor."

Well, that pretty much runs the gamut, no? I wonder what they did with defense, since that eats up a little more than 20% of the federal budget, and more than double all other forms of discretionary spending, combined.

"Republicans awarded the Pentagon an increase of less than 2 percent increase, but domestic agencies would endure cuts of about 12 percent."

Uh-oh, only a 2% increase? Sorry guys, we'll do better next time.

But I actually think the GOP is doing us a favor. Instead of posturing and sending mixed message about caring for the people while passing laws that say otherwise, they are coming right out and wearing the fucking t-shirt. If you're poor, female, care about your health or that of the land, or are in any way uninterested in making rich white dudes more rich, you can go to hell.

"It's democracy in action," Mr. Boehner said Friday night when it was clear the bill would pass. "I'm proud of this vote."
Giant Douchecanoe

I'm sure you are, rich white dude, I'm sure you are.

*Defined as non-immigrants and not people who talk or look funny. Well, alright, all white people immigrated here, but a long time ago and that doesn't count. I mean, it's not like anything happened before the Tea Party.

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Senator Congresswoman Giffords

Jan 08 2011 Published by under [Politics]

Honestly, is there anymore damning assessment of our current political situation than having a senator congresswoman, her 9 year old daughter girl and several staff members gunned down at a political event? Arizona has become a hot bed of political divisiveness, but this is sickening on so many levels. The senselessness of the whole situation makes me embarrassed for our country as we continue to live up the expectations of so many foreign countries that recognize our disinterest in gun control and education as what will eventually be our undoing. Make no mistake, this country will not continue to enjoy its current status if we continue down the path we seem destine to follow. Unfortunately, we seem the least willing to hear the message that is so obvious to others.

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Remembering but not forgetting

Sep 11 2010 Published by under [Politics], Etc

Like most Americans, I remember exactly where I was on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I watched live as the second tower in NYC was struck and news started to come in that the Pentagon had been hit as well. At the time, I was close enough to DC that the fighter jets were scrambled all over the East Coast screamed overhead at regular intervals. It was a day that changed a lot in the U.S. and, indeed, all over the world.

It is an important day to remember for many reasons. The innocent lives lost is the primary, with a close second being the foreign policy that got us to that point in the first place. Why was the U.S. targeted in that initial statement and not Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Australia, etc... It certainly wasn't because we were watching baseball and eating our apple pie.

Nevertheless, in remembering 9/11 it is also critical that we not forget.

We can not forget that our nation was founded on the notion of freedom of expression and that, for better or for worse, the majority groups in the U.S. are here because their ancestors were seeking a refuge from intolerance. For the many who are descendant from immigrant groups, remember that your ancestors likely were discriminated against in their effort to carve out a life for themselves in their newly adopted country.

We should not forget that in every group there are extremists who either take actions in the name of something or are later associated with it. Yes, the hijackers on 9/11 were Muslims, but that incriminates ALL Muslims in the same way that any other religion has to answer for the worst among it. If you are catholic, do people scorn you or hate you because of the actions of some priests in your church? Is that a direct reflection on you, as a person? Do you feel responsible for those actions, which you could not possibly have known were taking place?

We should not forget history, even recent history, has shown us that the combination of a poor economy and a spokesperson who is happy to capitalize on fear, hatred and ignorance*, can provide enough spark to start a fire with devastating consequences. You can read a much more lucid post about this at White Coat Underground. Those who are willing to use people's difference against them have always been the enemies of society, no matter what group they self identify with or what flag they wave.

The simple fact remains, if you are willing to categorically hate a group of people just because they believe in something different from you, look or speak different from you or live different from the way you do, then you are no different than those who were willing to kill the innocent on 9/11.

That is what I will never forget.

*Ignorance does not mean stupidity in this case. Plenty of intelligent people have happily filed into the ranks of the mobs of hatred.

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