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Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Gunshy, which I really don’t have anything to say about…

So, tell me – does the popcorn butter aid in your masturbation process?

And now for something completely different – a cat with a tape recorder up his brother’s nose:

Dozer, the mighty hunter…

4 comments July 8th, 2005 at 08:22pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Umm… Pat? Earth To Pat!

From New Republic, by way of Digby, by way of Atrios (pause for breath) – Ben Adler asked a bunch of prominent conservatives their views on evolution and intelligent design and creationism, and whether they should be taught in schools. Pat Buchanan seems to have a rather… shaky grasp on the scope of evolutionary theory:

Whether he personally believes in evolution: “Do I believe in absolute evolution? No. I don’t believe that evolution can explain the creation of matter. … Do I believe in Darwinian evolution? The answer is no.”

What he thinks of intelligent design: “Do I believe in a Darwinian evolutionary process which can be inspired by a creator? Yeah, that’s a real possibility. I don’t believe evolution can explain the creation of matter. I don’t believe it can explain the intelligent design in the universe. I just don’t believe it can explain the tremendous complexity of the human being when you get down to DNA and you get down to atomic particles, and molecules, atomic particles, subatomic particles, which we’re only beginning to understand right now. I think to say it all happened by accident or by chance or simply evolved, I just don’t believe it.”

How evolution should be taught in public schools: “Evolution [has] been so powerful a theory in Western history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and often a malevolent force–it’s been used by non-Christians and anti-Christians to justify polices which have been horrendous. I do believe that every American student should be introduced to the idea and its effects on society. But I don’t think it ought to be taught as fact. It ought to be taught as theory. … How do you answer a kid who says, ‘Where did we all come from?’ Do you say, ‘We all evolved’? I think that’s a theory. … Now the biblical story of creation should be taught to children, not as dogma but every child should know first of all the famous biblical stories because they have had a tremendous influence as well. … I don’t think it should be taught as religion to kids who don’t wanna learn it. … I think in biology that honest teachers gotta say, ‘Look the universe exhibits, betrays the idea that there is a first mover, that there is intelligent design.’ … You should leave the teaching of religion to a voluntary classes in my judgment and only those who wish to attend.”

So is Pat’s beef with evolution, or with SCIENCE? I certainly don’t recall anyone ever claiming that evolution explained the origins of matter or subatomic particles…

And I’d like to hear more about how evolution has been used by non-Christians and anti-Christians to justify horrendous policies – the only ones I can think of are social darwinism and eugenics, and my recollection is that their advocates were mostly, if not all, Christians. Christians of Pat Buchanan’s political persuasion. You almost have to admire the pair on Pat.

July 8th, 2005 at 06:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Religion,Republicans,Science,Wankers,Weirdness

NYT Nails It… Again

Okay, yeah, their news reporting is… shaky, and their defense of Judy Miller and harboring of David Brooks and John Tierney is godawful, but the NYT editorial board really does have its moments:

We have been incredibly fortunate that there has not been a major terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. But yesterday’s horrific news from London is a reminder that to make the nation safer, the Bush administration and Congress need to do more than raising the terror alert.

Several important steps should be taken right away. But influential industries and members of Congress have blocked these common-sense solutions, putting their narrow interests ahead of the national interest. They have been helped by a growing sense of complacency, fueled by the idea that the absence of attacks means the threat is gone. If the Madrid train attack last year did not change that thinking, yesterday’s events certainly should.

They then go on to give specific examples of commonsense anti-terror steps that Republicans are actively blocking (prioritizing funds for high-risk locations, improving security for mass transit and chemical plants, restricting travel routes of hazardous chemicals). As I have said before, Democrats cannot yell loudly enough about this: Republicans posture and talk tough on terror, but they put corporate and regional interests ahead of the safety of American citizens. The supposedly spineless and wimpy Democrats are the ones trying to pass concrete measures to actually make us safer.

Really, how hard could this be? We’ll see if the dynamic changes now that people who look like us and even speak the same language have been killed in the heart of their capitol, but my suspicion is that the Republican prescription will be… more posturing and tough talk. Maybe larger flag pins.

2 comments July 8th, 2005 at 12:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism

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