“...Science took a beating in the primary season this year. Leading candidates made it clear that they rejected climate science (Herman Cain and Rick Perry), thought that vaccines caused mental retardation (Michele Bachmann), and didn’t “believe” in evolution (a bunch of them, most prominently Rick Santorum). One candidate, John Huntsman, bravely tweeted, “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” To scientists, Huntsman’s candor was “right on!” To Republican primary voters, apparently he was crazy….”
The right has reached the point where they are so lacking in any intellectual capacity when it comes to science that they no don’t want to even fund climate control studies. It’s not speculation folks. They’re doing it elsewhere. There is a way to seed clouds, to create rain in the Midwest where this horrible drought is occurring, but that might be tampering with the way God wants things done, right? WRONG: If God had wanted us to be stupid, ignorant slugs, who can’t comprehend science, He wouldn’t have invented the brain.
Oh, wait, there’s no cost effective bottom line here. It’s not the Mitt Romney Bain way of doing things. It’s like this, if that had been the criteria for NASA, we’d still be on the ground with no sat phones, dish television, tablet computers, and my mother probably wouldn’t be alive today (medical science based on NASA based spin-offs and all that useless stuff).
We are now living in a world where there is not only a conservative war on women, and it does exist, but there is an abjectly ignorant group of anti-science individuals who want to force their version of “science” on everyone. I’m sorry, but the planet is several billion years old. Humans and dinosaurs exist together only in Jurassic Park and really bad Sci Fi channel movies. In that birds EVOLVED from dinosaurs (yes, I am using the word EVOLVE, and don’t tell me I’m going to hell for using it) we do co-exist with them.
“…Jindal has recently appeared on television as the Romney campaign’s designated education surrogate. This means that Jindal’s approach to science miseducation may soon extend well past the borders of Louisiana.
Imagine, for a moment, that Jindal becomes the vice presidential nominee. Given his track record in Louisiana, can we expect a sudden shift in favor of scientific integrity and quality science education? I’d like to believe that Jindal’s courting of the creationist vote in his state has been nothing more than a matter of political expediency. Maybe once he faces a national audience, he’ll shake that Etch A Sketch and make his peace with science. We’ll see. But the times are critical, the record isn’t promising, and Jindal’s legacy in Louisiana schools has been shameful…”
The latest work has T-Rex DNA sequencing to come out to be that of a chicken. It solves the ages old question of what a T-Rex would taste like – just like chicken. This leads us to the rest of my rant – tasting just like chicken?
The Pink Flamingo is becoming rather fond of Galatians 3:26-29.
26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.
27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
In other words, once we accept Christ, there is no difference between black, white, Greek, Jew, Roman, American, Hispanic, or Brit. There is no difference between gay, lesbian, or straight, male female, free or slave in His eyes. We are all the same. If we are all the same, and a Christian business owner dares to discriminate against people, then looks like he/she is the one who is violating the teachings of Christ.
“…The sign, and its implied support of Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage, was the work of Jim Furmen, who owns 86 Wendy’s franchises in North Carolina. When pictures of the signs were posted on Reddit and began circulating online, Wendy’s quickly took to Twitter to say the franchise owner did not represent the views of the entire company, saying “We proudly serve ALL customers” and adding that the signs had been taken down.
Conservative bloggers and writers then took issue with the insinuation that Chick-fil-A did not serve all customers (even its critics haven’t made that charge), whereupon Wendy’s backtracked. “Not our intention at all,” Wendy’s said repeatedly to users that criticized them. “We’re simply saying that an independent franchisee posted the sign.”
They went on. “We’re honored to serve every customer,” Wendy’s said in another Tweet. “We’d assume they are as well!”…”
This is NOT about an attack on Christianity. There are some far right TEA PARTY blogs who pretend differently, but it is a crock.
Do these people ever get tired of their fake “Christian” indignation. It’s getting old. It is embarrassing and it is SO NOT Christian – well, not the kind of Christian love that I know, but who am I to judge. I’m just an evil Episcopalian who believes that church is for sinners.
Let’s be honest here. NORMAL Republicans don’t go out and boycott. They don’t attend rallies, and they don’t march on Washington. They don’t watch Glenn Beck, and have pulled the plug on Rush Limbaugh. Normal people comprehend the fact that FOX News is in the brainwashing business. Normal people have the capacity to, or should have the capacity to comprehend the difference between information, propaganda, and lies.
We also don’t boycott. I don’t cease dealing with a company because of their political views. I quit eating Ben & Jerry’s because I’m allergic to eggs, not because they are liberal. I have a tendency to go to the local Sonic because it is closer than Starbucks, not because of some senseless anti-gay boycott. I detest Wallyworld, but don’t have a choice, where I live. I prefer Target. I don’t give a damn if a company donates to Planned Parenthood, gay organizations, the ACLU or the Tea Parties. I want low prices and quality product. I never have patronized Chick-fil-A and never plan to. I’ve never been that disparate for food.
“...As for Chick-fil-A, the piety of its owners hasn’t been exactly a secret: A 2007 profile of founder and Chief Executive S. Truett Cathy in Forbes, headlined “The Cult of Chick-fil-A,” mentioned that its corporate mission, “glorify God,” was inscribed on a plaque at company headquarters and explained that its policy of closing its 1,600 stores on Sunday aimed to allow operators to go to church and spend the time with their families. Cathy’s millions in donations to organizations opposed to gay marriage have been documented in public tax filings.
But Chick-fil-A customers didn’t have to think about that until Cathy’s son Dan stepped over the second danger line by injecting himself and his company into politics. At some point when the Cathy family was formulating its views on gay relationships, they became a political issue, what with legislatures and courts all over the country clearing the way for gay marriage and advocates of traditional marriage, whatever that is, pushing back.
Mackey and the executives of Target might have advised Dan Cathy that at that point he should clam up. No one necessarily would have begrudged Mackey his views on health and nutrition until he attached them to the question of how to provide healthcare to more Americans, which was the topic of ferocious political debate. He had as much right to air his views as anyone else, but no right to be surprised that they reflected on his company.
Similarly, Target probably thought it was in the clear on its donation to a PAC because it was secret, until it wasn’t secret anymore.
Indeed, that’s why the sources of big money remain shrouded via contributions to 501(c)4 “social welfare” organizations, which don’t have to disclose their donors and yet are playing a multibillion-dollar role in state and federal elections.
Sometimes politics intercede where you may not expect it. Corporations of all types have supported Planned Parenthood for years, presumably on the grounds that helping deliver inexpensive healthcare to underprivileged women was a good thing and one that fit in with corporate principles such as diversity and fairness. Then one morning they woke up to discover that their longtime beneficiary had become transformed into a gigantic political football. (Apologies to Franz Kafka.) The next thing they knew, they were on an anti-abortion organization’s boycott list….”
One of these days, “Christian” conservatives are going to wake up and smell the Starbucks.