Palin’s Ignorance Imperils the Whole Planet

30 08 2008

The record offers worrisome evidence that the first woman to make it onto a Republican presidential ticket holds to this backward and wholly unscientific view of reality.

As reported in the Anchorage Daily News during her race for the governorship of Alaska, Sarah Palin offered up a classic anti-evolution answer when asked during a televised debate whether creationism should be taught with evolution in the public schools:

“Teach both,” Palin said.

“You know, don’t be afraid of information… I am a proponent of teaching both.”

“Teach both” and “teach the debate” have long been the mantras of the religious right and the Intelligent Design crowds, which have struggled over the years as court after court has batted down their efforts to inject unscientific teachings into the nation’s science classes.

The legal record suggests that Palin’s approach is not just ignorant of the facts, but a plain violation of the Constitutional boundary between church and state.

But wait, there’s more! Now how much would we pay, for dominionist-induced ignorance??

In addition to her unscientific views on evolution, Palin has said she does not believe that human activities are contributing to global climate change, a fact of planetary life on which the world’s best scientists have reached complete consensus.

Never Mind Palin, It’s McCain’s “Gross Political Misconduct”

30 08 2008

Cock of the snook to Daryl for the link.

It’s always said that the most important decision a presidential candidate makes is their pick for vice president. It shows their thinking and judgment. John McCain, in his first decision, has just told the world that he believes Sarah Palin is the most qualified person to be a heartbeat from the presidency.

Forgetting all the available men for a moment, if John McCain felt it critical to select a woman in an effort to somehow grab the Hillary Clinton supporters, look at his choice of women he had available: Christine Todd Whitman, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Elizabeth Dole, Susan Collins, even – for goodness sake – Condoleezza Rice. Or Carly Fiorina. . .

It’s not that Sarah Palin is inexperienced. It’s that this is gross political misconduct.

Lucky for John McCain his senate seat isn’t at UCF or he’d be impeached for misfeasance and keeping company with that other maverick young politico, Webster Cook . . .

Hey, I Picked Sarah Palin for McCain’s Veep Weeks Ago — Ready on Day One

29 08 2008

. . .to compromise the constitution and her sworn service to the people, for her own bull moose-headed, gun-slinging, man-manipulating, woman-dissing, image-pandering, ego-feeding agenda! She’s perfect! See
“McCain Could Pick a Real Mother of a Veep” to confirm.

Doesn’t this just make her the perfect nominee for Republicans, to be a (very) old man’s single heartbeat away from the First Woman Presidency? She will be ready and willing on Day One to misuse her executive power, no waiting for that pesky outsider’s learning curve!
. . .how in power, they let their personal beliefs and desires run roughshod over others, individuals who do NOT rightfully belong to them to play God (or Godfather) with.

It might not be Palin but if it is, I’m claiming credit for seeing the compelling political story in it “first” — August First. 😉

UPDATE 10:38 — cable news is confirming from Norah O’Donnell that it is indeed Palin. What fun!

UPDATE II 10:56 on MSNBC – Joe Scarborough just said this means the Rs will run a ruthlessly ideological campaign with nothing but its base to work with, and it’s a “helluva risk.” — I think that’s right and I previewed it in the August first post:

“Btw, hmmm, this would make an ideologically airtight anti-abortion ticket, with adoption at the top of the order, and not aborting after genetic testing on deck.”

Another MSNBC commentator just said “EVANGELICALS AND HOMESCHOOLERS WILL BE ECSTATIC” — actually that is true. I’m a homeschool parent who thinks this seals the deal for Obama-Biden. It’s a complete capitulation, giving up the only legit thing McCain had going with undecideds and independents, a fear that only he could be a trustworthy commander in chief keeping Americans safe for the next four years. But his health history and age makes him a big risk not to make it through the next four years physically, and the fading away of mental acuity in Reagan’s second term is a big risk with McCain, too, especially given his recent out-of-touch moments and his famous volatility even as a young man. So the only way he’s not risky is with a veep ready to be commander in chief on the ticket with him. Palin is the least likely choice I can imagine then, even younger than Obama! — and she’s not even racially-internationally flavored like Jindal would have been.

She’s about the whitest, most socially and geographically isolated, insulated and only marginally educated choice he could have made. Not to mention gun-totin’ and hot-headed and image-obsessed. Come finish off America, all you foreign leaders, if we’re stupid enough to put this forward as serious, important third-millennium global leadership. We’d deserve it.

AND just to top off the absurdity of all this, she’s from the other newfangled, exotic, not-quite-real state that people should be suspicious of, you know, like Obama’s homestate of Hawaii, a strange place that wasn’t even a state when Old Man McCain was born (in the Panama Canal Zone??) LOL!!!!

UCF Student Webster Cook Kicked Out By His Peers

29 08 2008

Hot off the presses late Thursday night (it’s midnight right now) for Friday’s news . . .why weren’t these supposed politicos in the making watching Obama’s historic speech??!
And I don’t understand how they got malfeasance and misfeasance out of the dispute with campus Catholics, but Webster Cook has just lost his student senate seat over it anyway. The student newspaper says he plans to appeal.

As alert readers will recall, at least he wasn’t expelled too.

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

28 08 2008

. . .yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

FavD and I had a musical rehearsal last night until late (for Singin’ in the Rain, I’ll blog that next month) so we recorded all the doings from Denver, and I just now got the chance to fast forward up to President Clinton’s speech.

I saw Kendrick Meek of Florida introduce him — chuckling to myself because when I was lobbying for public schools back in the 80s, Kendrick’s mother Carrie was in the Florida Senate taking the mike in her high-pitched Butterfly McQueen voice to proclaim the gospel that some bill or amendment or other, was “Black Flag dead!”

But I digress.

So I chuckled at Kendrick and thought again how Florida is always pivotal in presidential elections, an honor I’d gladly give up if I knew how, and then the Bill Clinton intro music began to play:

Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone?

How ironic, and kinda sad. I remember hearing that same theme song when he took the stage with a much younger, almost-girlish, darker-eyebrowed Hillary, so achingly young and excited and overconfident.

That song was playing, and it was our song and their song. It was right then, and it’s still right now.
Maybe it’s still ours, but not theirs anymore . . .

Oh well, as popular music it beats Wake Up Little Susie!

. . .did you know that the dynastic Governing Brothers both have the exact same favorite song?? (WHAT ARE THE ODDS??)

Yes, it’s a highly rated crowd pleaser of a song that has stood the test of time, its power of story about lying to parents and pleasing the country-western crowd, but they are so gosh-darn earnest and church-going and clean-cut about it . . .

This year the Bush-Rove team is singing McCain to sleep, with innocent lies to tell us parents. . . Read the rest of this entry »

Physical Culture Cool: Bring Some Home for the Kids!

28 08 2008

An Olympic slide show of cutting edge athletic cool that, like Johnny B. Good in Back to the Future, you may not be ready for but your kids are gonna love —

The sleek LZR Racer corset swimsuit wasn’t the only athletic equipment to make news at the Beijing Olympics. Other intriguing sports gear showed up on the feet, faces, shoulders, bodies and bikes of the world’s best and had recreational athletes talking.
Some of it is new, high tech and lust-worthy, and some is simply cheap and easy to get.

My favorite description was probably for the spring-loaded, bright yellow Stinger running shoe:
“Braving possible censure and certain blinding visibility . . .
We haven’t gotten a ruling on whether the spring-loading is legal [but] that didn’t stop the Olympians . . . from bounding along.”

Pretty much how we like to think of our unschooling family life! 😉

Favorite Daughter’s First Vote On 88th Anniversary for Women

26 08 2008

She is a self-educated feminist and avid student of suffrage history.

Her first vote this morning on her way to college classes was inconsequential in every way, except the fact that she was able to cast it.
Voting independently has been a more important milestone in her eyes than getting her license to drive, which she still hasn’t gotten around to pursuing.

I predict she will always remember her first, and the exact date. 🙂

“Parents Are Our First and Best Teachers”

26 08 2008

. . .now that’s Power of Story.

I had to remind myself watching last night, that I’m non-partisan. Not a Democrat, not a Democrat, not a Democrat! 😉

Mr. Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, talked about growing up in a family with little money, raised by a mother who was “an eternal optimist who understood that parents are our first and best teachers.”

. . .[Then Michelle Obama spoke] of her own family’s blue-collar past and spoke of her husband’s life as “a great American story.”

You’d Think Carly Fiorina Was Officially a DEMOCRAT

25 08 2008

. . .and all the rest of them getting free air for their spin, to “speak” about the Dem convention. I’ve seen a bunch of conventions but nothing like this, ever. Not just Fox but MSNBC and even CNN are interviewing Republican critics of this convention and historic candidacy round the clock! I’ve seen Carly every time I had electric power and could turn on the tv, and she’s on again right now for extended one-on-one with Andrea Mitchell who just pitched her softballs and then accepted whatever talking points she came out swinging with. Including even more noun-verb-POW character claims.

Free campaign ads for the Rs all week?

And Paul Begala, James Carville and the rest of the Clinton crowd still dominating the news media on tv, naturally continue to advance Hillary’s visibility and importance, and both Clintons’ status as disrespected victims even as they suck up all the attention as THE story, with all the time left over that the Rs aren’t filling on-air — criticizing Obama for not kissing her feet while she continues to kick him with faint praise, as he’s flat on the floor from the latest truck McCain hired to blindside him. Now Andrea is prompting Walter Mondale (not much older than McCain but did she mention that??) to talk about Hillary Clinton instead of the Obamas.

In fact, the only time I’ve heard the Obama name mentioned in the last 36 hours is to attack it — Michelle Obama has been trashed all day, from every angle, Dems and Rs alike, plus the supposedly neutral commentators. Is this what McCain’s whining about media bias (and shadowy corporate backers) bought him? Or is this really what passes for “fair and balanced” news coverage now?

They better believe I will be watching next week, to see if the real news journalists do nothing but air spin from Dems promoting Obama and trashing the Rs while they are having THEIR convention . . .

Don’t Let Know-Nothings Dumb Us All Down

24 08 2008

. . .by cynically conspiring to devalue the “power of the individual human mind to think” (as Spencer Tracy’s Clarence Darrow-esque character put it in Inherit the Wind.) Daryl puts his own good mind to use in this rant against ignorance as a potent political weapon.

What say we start now to repurpose academic “accountability” laws, use that concept to hold the conspiracy of know-nothings accountable to the people for all they’ve done to sabotage intelligent human consciousness and collaboration, thereby interfering with our ability to understand and address our real common problems, to progress (survive?) as a species!

Henry Drummond:  Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!

Judge:  I hope counsel does not mean to imply that this court is bigoted.

Henry Drummond:  Well, your honor has the right to hope.

Judge:  I have the right to do more than that.

Henry Drummond:  You have the POWER to do more than that.
[The Judge holds Drummond in contempt of court]

Better Education On Student Loans: Priceless!

24 08 2008

See the NYT.

MOST people struggling to pay off their student loans keep quiet about it. They do not want to acknowledge that, perhaps in a fit of naïve, youthful optimism, they borrowed more than they could handle. . .
Usually, people do not learn just how powerfully the law protects student loans until something goes unexpectedly wrong in their lives.

John McCain’s Surge

20 08 2008

Surfing cable news, just heard Fox announcer tease new presidential polling before the commercial break, as evidence of a “John McCain Surge” — bad pun, in REALLY bad taste.  Subconsciously evokes the idea that like in Iraq, McCain’s surge means redoubled patriotic American military ferocity is winning against the fading Muslim foreigner interests (Obama) . . .