January 17th, 2008

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Them that's got shall have, them that's not shall lose

I only saw a little bit of last night's (Tuesday night's, that is, since I probably won't get around to posting this until it's technically Thursday) Democratic debate, which featured only the top three candidates. While I don't have that much against any of them, it does seem like our supposed democracy doesn't really give The People (whoever THEY are) that much power in choosing presidential candidates. Before there were any primaries or caucuses, the media had pretty much already decided that Hillary and Obama [1] would be the top two, and then they gave them the most attention in news coverage and the early debates. And sure enough, now they're the top two. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, really. It's quite possible they would have been the top two anyway, but it seems like none of the others really got a chance, you know? That's one reason why, even though I wouldn't want Ron Paul as president, I can appreciate that he's an unusual candidate who's getting some grassroots support and, while not making excellent showings, has been doing about as well as Giuliani (whom some thought would be the front runner) in the primaries so far.

One question in the debate that I DID see answered pertained to nuclear power, and Edwards said he didn't want to build any more nuclear plants. I guess I have to say I'm kind of on the fence about this issue, because I don't really know that much of the science involved. It seems like a lot of the objections to nuclear power are based largely on an "OMG, that's dangerous!!!!111" gut reaction, but maybe they have a point. I'd love to see a viable source for the mass generation of solar, wind, cold fusion, or magic power (not Mako, though, as that sucks out the lifeblood of the planet), but I don't know that it's viable at this point, and I kind of have to think that the pollution from coal and oil plants is a more serious danger than the possibility of a meltdown or some such. As I've said, though, I don't really know much of the science.

Speaking of Edwards, I also saw a little bit of Bill O'Reilly criticizing him for his belief that the odds are stacked against poor and working-class people. It's no surprise that O'Reilly would favor the rich, but I think Edwards is the only one of the top three Democratic candidates who's really addressing this issue. That ANYONE can make it in this country is one of the great American myths. Sure, it's more possible here than it is in a communist or fascist dictatorship, but it's just not as easy as the believers in good old-fashioned gumption want you to think. When these people point out someone who's become incredibly successful despite humble beginnings (and it's not someone who actually DIDN'T have particularly humble beginnings, which happens sometimes; I think I've even heard it suggested that Bill Gates is a self-made man, which is totally untrue), there are usually some other factors at work that don't come into play for everyone, like skill in business and the right connections. As inspirational as stories about some guy who came up with a brilliant idea that propelled them into fame and fortune might be, does that mean that those of us who DON'T have practically inventive minds and good business sense (or a friend who does) deserve to live on government cheese? (And people like O'Reilly might well think that even the cheese is a waste of taxpayer money.) And that's not even mentioning the huge role that luck plays. There might not be any such thing as luck in Obi-Wan Kenobi's experience, but I don't think that holds true for this galaxy.

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[1] It's kind of weird that, of all the current presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton is the only one I consistently refer to by her first name (although I usually use both of Ron Paul's names). That's probably true of the media as well, although I think there's something in my subconscious that makes it sound wrong to refer to a woman by just her last name. Kind of sexist, isn't it? I think there might be a societal thing that suggests women's last names aren't all that important. After all, a lot of females change them entirely when they get married. I think I also have a habit, at least on this journal, of referring to people I like by their first names and people I don't by their surnames, but I'm not going to look back at my old posts and see if this is actually true. Hillary isn't my favorite candidate, though, so I think it's more of the woman thing in her case.
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Leftist Public Brain Laundry

I hereby present you with the Top 100 Stupid Fundamentalist Quotes (link from here). Some are funny, but others are incredibly disturbing. Some of the people quoted were seriously (at least, I THINK they're serious) blaming rape victims and defending pedophilia. How, exactly, are those Christian behaviors? Anyway, here are excerpts from some of the ones that are less psychotic and more just plain wacky.

One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn't possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it.

Duh, the Sun? What's that?

Well, actually, according to one of the lower quotes, the Sun is only 3000 miles away and 32 miles across, so maybe it really DOESN'T supply energy.

This is what it would be like, if the majority of people were athiests.

ATHIEST DAD: Hey!
ATHIEST MOM: Hi, honey! I'm pregnant again. I guess I'll just get another abortion, since "fetuses don't count as human life."
ATHIEST DAD: Okay, get as many abortions as you want!
ATHIEST MOM: Oh, and don't go in the bedroom.
ATHIEST DAD: Why not?
ATHIEST MOM: There are two gay men fucking eachother in there.
ATHIEST DAD: Why are they here?
ATHIEST MOM: I wanted to watch them do it for awhile. They just aren't finished yet.
ATHIEST DAD: Okay, that's fine with me!


Wait, so if the majority of people were atheists, we'd all just invite random people over to watch them have sex? Would it be to limited to gay men, or what? :P

The Fact the Earth is Flat is not my opinion, it is a Proved Fact! While all we need to know is that the Bible says the Earth is flat (Is.40:22, Ez.7:2, Dn.2:35; 4:10-11,20, Mt.4:8)... but for a second can you imagine what these so-called 'scientists would have us believe --- If the earth really was round, that would mean there arre people who are HANGING DOWN, HEAD DOWNWARDS while we are standing head up? But since the theory allows to travel to those parts of the earth where the people are said to hand head downward, and still to fancy ourselves to be heads upwards, and our friends whom we have left behind us to be heads downwards! LOL! What foolishness! TheWHOLE THING IS A MYTH - A DREAM - A DELUSION - and a snare, and, instead of there being any evidence at all in this direction to substantiate this popular theory, it is plain proof that the Earth is Not A Globe!

Okay, this one HAS to be a joke, right?

Apes are just creatures twisted by Satan to mock Jesus by giving EVILolition credibility. Further more they are naturally lust crazed for human women. Since they are not natural creatures they should be exterminated forthwith as the tools of evil they are.

Well, I HAVE heard that Koko is a pervert, so...

The word of God has been in heaven forever. The KJV has always been there. The so called Hebrew words like Alleluia are English words. The English did not borrow them from the Hebrew but rather the Hebrew borrowed them from the English.

Come on, does ANYONE who doesn't co-host The View actually believe stuff like this?

The only thing a kid will learn in an American public school is that homosexuality is good, and America is bad. There is no way, under any considerations, circumstances, or conditions, that my kid will attend one of our leftist public brain laundries.

Okay, someone should call a website or journal or something "Leftist Public Brain Laundry." Or maybe not, since it probably wouldn't be funny anymore after a little while. I can at least use it as the title of this post, though.