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Quote of the Day - 6 April 2009

Apr 06 2009 Published by under Accidental

This is a short one, and it might not technically be a quote, but it was written down and it's wrong on so many levels I just had to share it:

Evolve. Use a condom every time.

Advertising slogan seen on a Trojans display

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Quote of the Day - 5 April 2009

Apr 05 2009 Published by under Accidental

Nothing too serious today - I pulled this one from my old blog when I was looking for things to repost:

"Try to get it near the center, daddy. That's the good spot."

-my daughter [then age 8], in all seriousness, as I'm playing darts.

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Obama "Indicted" by Georgia "Citizen Grand Jury" That's Amusingly Ignorant of Basic American History

Apr 02 2009 Published by under Accidental

The wackier inhabitants of WingNutDaily are apparently thrilled by the news that some nutjob in Georgia scoured his home state until he found 24 other people nuttier than himself, swore them in as a "Citizen Grand Jury", took "sworn testimony" from various birther loons, and "indicted" President Obama. (He won't say what they indicted him for, citing the need to maintain secrecy so as to not impede the forthcoming prosecution.) They've "served" the "indictment" on various Federal and Georgia officials, and are threatening that unless action is taken within 40 days, they may:

...distrain and oppress the government in every way in their power, namely, by taking the homes, lands, possessions, and any way else they can until amends shall have been made according to the sole judgment of the grand jury.

Ed Brayton picked up on all that this morning, but he seems to have missed the best part. I waded a little farther into the nutjob's website, and found this gem of a quote. I swear I'm not making it up:

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John Boehner and Retroactive Truth

Mar 26 2009 Published by under Accidental

Like many people, I was amused by the "budget" that the Republicans in Congress unveiled today. If you count both the front and back covers, it's 19 pages long - but even that's a generous estimate. Three of the pages are cover pages for sections of the document. Random figures with little to no relationship to anything in the text are used to fluff out the space, margins are suspiciously large in places, font size varies - basically, think of anything you've done to a term paper at 3 am the morning it was due when you were five pages short and out of ideas.

But there are plenty of other folks - on both sides of the political spectrum - laughing at the GOP's "budget". Fortunately, there were actually other disasters at the same press conference. One thing that Minority Leader John Boehner said seems to demonstrate that he might be just a bit temporally challenged when it comes to certain concepts - like "truth":

"Two nights ago, the president said we haven't seen a budget yet of the Republicans," said House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio). "Well, it's not true, because here it is Mr. President." He waved a thin document called "The Republican Road to Recovery" that describes the GOP proposal.

Someone really needs to sit Boehner down and explain how the whole "truth" thing works. He apparently doesn't seem to understand that you can't make something that was said on Tuesday untrue by pulling an all-nighter on Wednesday. You can hand in the homework on Thursday, but that doesn't mean it actually existed on Tuesday.

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I love Walter ReMine

Mar 26 2009 Published by under Accidental

Some of you might be familiar with the work of Walter ReMine. He's been around the fringes of the online creation-evolution thing for quite a while now. His typical schtick involves the relentless self-promotion of his self-published book The Biotic Message, which he claims represents a revolutionary new origins theory of some sort.

It's been a while since ReMine was last on my radar screen, but he's posted a couple of items over at Uncommon Descent recently. These are advertised as the first two parts of a multiple-part essay of unspecified length. He promises that this essay will introduce readers to "Message Theory" - a term which he uses often, always with the capital letters, but has yet to actually define. Instead, he devoted all of his first post and half the second to a discussion of the importance of testability, and why it's such a good thing that Message Theory is actually testable. (He does not, of course, explain how to test it in either post.) The remaining half-post is devoted to an explanation for why it's not possible for him to publish his idea in the form of scientific papers - apparently, it's too wide-ranging and comprehensive to fit in anything less than a book.

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Conservapedia Tonight: The Let Someone Else Do The Work Edition

Mar 23 2009 Published by under Accidental, Humor

Tonight's entry in Conservapedia Foolishness is my favorite kind of entry to write - one where someone else did all of the work.

Over at Religion, Sets, and Politics, Josh Zelinsky has a fantastic - and amusing - look at a Conservapedia discussion thread where Andy Schlafly apparently redefines "liberal" to mean "less conservative than him", and says that his main problem with a British political party that his own website describes as "Neo-Nazi" is that the party also supports universal health care.

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Conservapedia Tonight: The No True Scotsman Edition

Mar 10 2009 Published by under Accidental

Tonight's episode in the Conservapedia Follies comes in the form of their page on the "Religion of Barack Obama". Specifically, it comes from a section of the article that attempts to "correct" what the Conservapediots perceive to be "errors" in an article about Obama and religion that appeared in the "liberal magazine Newsweek." The whole article is, typically enough, amusingly bad, but there are two entries that are particularly enchanting:

Born to a Christian-turned-secular mother [correction: mother who abandoned Christianity] and a Muslim-turned-atheist African father [correction: almost no African Muslims become atheists], Obama grew up living all across the world with plenty of spiritual influences, but without any particular religion [correction: he was raised as a Muslim].

He said, "I decided that the meaning I found in my life, the values that were most important to me, the sense of wonder that I had, the sense of tragedy that I had—all these things were captured in the Christian story." [correction: "Christian story"? No real Christian refers to the faith that way.]

I particularly like the "No real Christian" line. Apparently, Conservapedia editors are also arbiters of faith and morals. Who knew?

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Conservapedia Tonight

Mar 09 2009 Published by under Accidental

Tonight's entry isn't actually from one of Conservapedia's "encyclopedia" articles. Instead, it's from one of their "debate" pages. The topic for the debate is "Women in the Military", and the first entry on the "No" side contains an absolutely fantastic sentence:

Also, there are some jobs that by their nature are better suited to the female's mind, such as Air Traffic Controlman.

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Conservapedia Tonight

Mar 04 2009 Published by under Accidental

Today, we've got a case of "you keep using that word, but I do not think it means what you think it means." On a page that highlights news stories that "are mainly about Liberal hypocrisy", they report:

Refugees given homes, education, welfare benefits by Britain; in return, the Islamic terrorists plotted mass murder.

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Conservapedia Tonight

Feb 27 2009 Published by under Accidental

I know, I know, I really should stop going to Conservapedia, but it's got that train wreck thing going. Every time I go back, I think I'm not going to find something worse than the things I've already turned up. And every time I'm wrong. But I might just be right tonight.

Today, I found the "Liberal Denial" page. It's not one that you're going to want to read with your mouth full.

The page starts out by defining liberal denial:

Liberal denial is the tendency of liberals to conceal, deny or censor the truth for ideological reasons. A list of the top dozen common instances of liberal denial are the following:

The page then goes on to list 13 items.

Included in that list are a few massively hysterical items. In no particular order:

liberals deny how they deify government officials, similar to how communists deified Stalin and Lenin and still deify Castro

In denial that Hitler and the Nazi party were in fact Liberals (anti-Semitism is a well-documented characteristic of Liberal Christianity as is the PETA-like Green wing of the Third Reich

the strident promoters of evolution generally have weaker credentials than advocates of intelligent design

The most spectacular of the baker's dozen has to be:

liberals deny they are liberal, and that most of the media are liberal

But - as the television dude says - wait! There's more!

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