I Swear It Wasn’t Me

31 07 2008

“Main Reasons Why Jehovah’s Witnessism is False” from the Jesus is Jehovah blog:

JJ Ross, pastor of the James Street Baptist Church of Hamilton, Ontario, published a denunciatory pamphlet about Russell entitled Some Facts about the Self-styled `Pastor,’ Charles T. Russell. [Martin & Klann, 1959, p.18]
Russell sued …

Gillian, You’re Not Sick, You’re on a Reality Show!

30 07 2008

Remember “everybody has an interesting education” from Sir Ken at the TED conference?

The little girl he talked about in that video, who grew up to be dancer and internationally famous choreographer Gillian Lynne, was just spotlighted in the audience of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Fun. 🙂

McCain Approves Ad Linking Britney and Paris To Hitler (and Jesus?)

30 07 2008

Have you seen the new McCain ad? Its logic is very clear if subliminal.

Major Premise:
Obama is Hitler (also Jesus if you’ve heard Rush lately, which then would equate Jesus and Hitler too, but that’s probably another ad)

Minor Premise: Dumb blonde bimbo celebrities are the same as Obama

Conclusion: All empty headed, morally bankrupt female celebrities are Hitler.

But wait, so by this logic Obama is secretly blonde and a shopaholic, and a girl? Was Hitler?
(Rush Limbaugh was actually ranting today about Obama sounding like a girl — did Jesus? — and how mature conservative women want “real men” instead of “metrosexuals” so don’t be surprised if that’s McCain’s next logical ad: Too girlie to lead, like Jesus!)

And what does this syllogism say about blonde female celebrity Jodie Foster, so brilliant and grounded she’s worth a dozen Britney-Paris sorority sisters? If she’s more like Obama than they are, is she also more like Hitler too, then? (Did you know she has an unusual real middle name, like Obama? It’s CHRISTIAN.) Will the media hold the McCain campaign accountable for these answers?
My head hurts . . .

Oh, what tangled webs we weave, when first we make the people heave . . .

Girls and Boys Get Math Scores Equal (So Are They the Same Now?)

29 07 2008

Good review of the findings, cock of the snook for it to BitchPhD.

The effect sizes they found — ranging from 0.01 and 0.06 — were basically zero, indicating that the average scores of girls and boys were the same.

This had to be my favorite part though, it’s about time we got some research ammunition on this. . .

Again, the team found little difference, as did a comparison of how well boys and girls did on questions requiring complex problem solving. What the researchers did find, though, was a disturbing lack of questions that tested this ability. In fact, they found none whatsoever on the 10 state assessments for NCLB. . .

Connected Catholics “Cook Up” Month of Prayer for PZ Myers

29 07 2008

No comment, except don’t you love it when a theme comes together?
Even as these Catholics believe they’re defending and being obedient to never-changing universal Church traditions, these same hyperconnected individuals help create chaotic change pressures with every keystroke:

“August 2008 Is Officially Pray for PZ Myers Month”

Snook Scoops World! Maverick McCain’s Running Mate Revealed

27 07 2008

Think about what we know that’s been in plain sight all along and you too, won’t have to wait for the formal McCain VP announcement.

It makes perfect political and strategic sense. It’s a Democratic Year, right? So he has to pick a Dem and that lets Lieberman out. (Not to mention that standing together they are old and short and goofy-looking.)

Just picking Bill Clinton alone would be unconstitutional, having already served his allotted full terms as prez. And just picking a woman alone — even Hillary herself — isn’t sexy and historic enough, now that Hillary already got more votes than anybody ever, by her own count. She shattered that glass ceiling and broke all the china too, so Day One was yesterday at 3 am. Old news.

But a COUPLE for VP?
This will truly be history-making, groundbreaking, not an individual but a couple as McCain’s VP. The Next Food Network Star pioneered this historic approach since our last presidential election — picked a gay couple as “the” winner of its individual contest for “a” new host. The 2008 finale of this year’s competition is TONIGHT (which is why Snook is announcing McCain’s pick today) and btw instead of a two-person race this year, it’s another first — three finalists instead of two, one white, one black, one girl!

And what great advice Steve and Dan, the “First Couple to Share a One-Host Show Slot” could offer presidential candidates: Read the rest of this entry »

Protest UCF’s “Ecclesiastically Motivated Witch Hunt”

26 07 2008

The persecuted PZ Myers today finally notices what’s REALLY going on down here, that this is a public education policy story and real kids’ real lives are at stake, right now.

I sure hope besides this Furbush fellow, PZ notices UCF student MICHELLE DUCKER and helps turn the investigative brainpower of Pharyngula’s informal research team toward her story, such as figuring out the real reason Cook’s countercharges against her were dropped with no investigation or temporary hold on MICHELLE DUCKER’s student registration . .near as I can tell, she’s central to this whole incident and may well have precipitated it, may even have had prior animus toward Cook, yet the Catholics have stage-managed her involvement after the fact (successfully so far) with the result that it’s been alternately covered up and pimped out as PR incriminating Cook.

Which makes perfect sense in this Bonfire of the Vanities remake, considering Bill Donohue’s belligerent media prizefighter role and this note accompanying MICHELLE DUCKER’s tiara-crowned publicity photo:

“This fall she’s interning with UCF’s Catholic Campus Ministry in marketing and public relations. . .”

UPDATE – some commenters in Pharyngula’s thread have posted great language from the letters they’re sending to the UCF president and other officials, for when you’re ready to write your own and in search of inspiration:

. . .To have an innocent student’s education curtailed due to the paranoia, bigotry and stupidity of a religious group’s unfounded beliefs smacks of the Spanish Inquisition. Such practices should have been relegated to the Dark Ages and should certainly not be allowed to corrupt an educational establishment of the 21st century.


As far as I know, there is no Constitutional protection against being offended and therefore no crime.


This entire episode is the result of religious dogma and a state supported institution has no legal interest in this matter except to the extent that the university must protect and defend the Constitutional rights of free expression and due process.


It is every Catholic’s right to believe that bread is their savior’s flesh, despite visual and olfactory clues to the contrary, just as it is every Muslim’s right to believe their prophet had a flying horse. It is not a requirement, however, that others embrace or even respect these irrational beliefs. While the student senate can take whatever action it deems necessary in Mr. Cook’s case, I hope that the University will reverse its charges against these students. To enforce someone else’s irrational beliefs is outside the bounds of your authority.

Carry on!