published Monday, March 17th, 2014

Dem talk: Climate deniers, mascots and the Constitution

Last week, Washington, D.C.'s finest Democrats didn't attempt to fix Obamacare, didn't try to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack, didn't suggest President Barack Obama get tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin and didn't try to find out the truth about the IRS scandal. But here's some of what they did do:

Who Takes This Man Seriously?

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who recently said every "horror" story in which people reported trouble with Obamacare was a lie, is at it again. Fresh off the Senate Democrats' all-night pajama party to talk about climate change last week, the Senate majority leader said those who don't say climate change is a problem requiring federal action are "deniers." Opining on a mild, 67-degree day in Washington, D.C., he told The Weekly Standard, "These deniers are, each day as the weather gets worse, becoming less credible." In truth, each time Reid opens his mouth, the world finds he is less credible.

Endangered Mascots

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., got caught up last week in the giddiness of the National Wildlife Federation's attempt to alert the American public to animals endangered by climate change by comparing them to college mascots. "I can't wait," she said, "to dig through the report and actually compare the dangers to those mascots to my [NCAA college basketball] brackets come Sunday. Actual terrapins, of which the University of Maryland has a mascot version, would reportedly be threatened by a much warmer Earth. Edwards didn't say when she made her proclamation, but perhaps her brain that day was on terrapin speed.

The Gentlewoman From Texas

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, surely one of the most quotable women ever to serve in the U.S. House, suggested during a recent speech to congressional colleagues that the Constitution and the American system of governance has lasted about 400 years. "Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not," she said. This is the same astute Lee who asked if the Mars Rover would be able to show "the flag the astronauts planted there before," who said hurricane names were too "lily white," and who, in 2010, described the present "two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working."

That Sinking Feeling

It may mean nothing come November, but Democrats have said all along last week's special congressional election in Florida's 13th District would be a bellwether for the fall. And all the signs favored a Democrat win in the race since candidate Alex Sink had been elected statewide, President Obama took the district in 2008 and 2012, and Republican candidate David Jolly had been painted as a lobbyist with personal issues and was outspent more than 3 to 1 in television advertising. Plus, a Libertarian candidate threatened to draw votes from the GOP. Nevertheless, Jolly won a plurality of votes, and Obamacare was an issue, if not the main issue. Whether that portends a chance for the GOP to win the Senate this year is not clear, but what is clear is that the look-quick, it-changes-daily Affordable Care Act is not going to go away as an issue.

Intelligent Designers Need Not Apply

So much for academic freedom. Creationists can't get a hearing on most college campuses, and now Ball State University says intelligent design won't be heard by students, either, according to the Washington Times. An honors course titled "Boundaries of Science," in which assistant physics and astronomy professor Eric Hedin suggested nature displays evidence of intelligent design, has been canceled, despite a petition signed by 10,000 people disputing the action. It's unclear what four Indiana state legislators looking into the action can do, but they did register their complaint that although intelligent design can't get mentioned, a seminar called "Science Must Destroy Religion" was quite all right to be taught at the university.

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ibshame said...

OK, so you want to talk about the "Gentlewoman from Texas",Rep. Shirley Jackson-Lee, granted she should know better than the things she has said but let's also talk about another from Texas, The former President of the United States, George W. Bush and some of his stumbles, there are so many of them until volumes have been written but here are just a few:

""I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You're doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That's where you started practicing? That's good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." --George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004

"Like you, I have been disgraced about what I've seen on TV that took place in prison." --George W. Bush, Parkersburg, West Virginia, May 13, 2004

"Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country." --George W. Bush, interview with Al Arabiya Television, May 5, 2004

"My job is to, like, think beyond the immediate." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2004

"They could still be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas on a turkey farm." --George W. Bush, on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Washington, D.C. , April 13, 2004

"This has been tough weeks in that country." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 13, 2004 NT.

And of course there's always Sarah Palin. Unfortunately, there's not enough space to print all of her ignorant stumbles and bumbles. Next time you want to make fun of someone in the opposing party and their stumbles just remember two can play that game.

March 17, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.
Plato said...

I think the issue with Professor Hedin's course is he was presenting this "evidence" as fact. If it were presented as it truly is, which is theory than the course should be allowed.

I'm not a scientist but I recognize there is an enormous body of evidence to support the evolution of life on this planet by natural selection, however origin is different from evolution. The origin of life is still debatable. In the grander scheme of things when you consider the vastness of the known universe and all that is in it, to think this all happened spontaneously without something or someone bigger than us, seems like very shallow and limited thinking.

Evolution should be taught as fact, as it has been proven, but we still have much to learn about origin and therefore ALL ideas should be put on the table and examined IMO. Having said that my gut feeling is it will be centuries, before we ever get close to understanding the answer.

March 17, 2014 at 1 p.m.
ibshame said...

That Sinking Feeling?

Evidently it has been forgotten that the Affordable Health Care Act was supposedly the one thing that would keep President Obama from being re-elected. Didn't work out too well though. He still got re-elected and the Affordable Health Care Act is still there despite over 40 attempts by Repubs and teabaggers to repeal it.

March 17, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

ID should not be included in college science because it isn't science. We don't teach Bigfoot, LochNess Monster and the Tooth fairy either.

When the Discovery Institute starts spending its millions on research rather than PR, maybe they'll find something. Until then, it does not deserve a forum at respectable institutions. Creation does, as religious mythology, but not as science.

March 17, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

ibshame, attempting to make others look stupid to distract from the stupendously ignorant remarks of Sheila Jackson Lee doesn't make her remarks look any better. Typical lib tactic.

March 17, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.
una61 said...

All of our mainstream professional science societies have policy statements accepting the reality of anthropogenic global climate change. This is consensus. Climate science is not settled. Real science never is.

The result of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in 2005 was a thorough and public repudiation of "Intelligent Design (ID)" as Science and a humiliating defeat for it's primary advocate, The Discovery Institute. ID is simply relabeled "creationism" and has no place in a science class at any level.

March 17, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.
ibshame said...

"zableedofisterix said... ibshame, attempting to make others look stupid to distract from the stupendously ignorant remarks of Sheila Jackson Lee doesn't make her remarks look any better. Typical lib tactic"

This from the person who once wrote the Affordable Health Care Act was worse than the Viet Nam War. A war where over 50,000 U.S. Soldiers were killed and hundreds of thousands maimed for life. Not one single life has been lost as a result of the AHC. NOT ONE.

March 17, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.
conservative said...

Did you ever notice that the gloom and doomers who have believed in global warming or those who have switched to climate change will never say what they are doing to cause either?

And of course Harry Reid's idea of federal action is a TAX, specifically a carbon tax in order to raise more revenue.

The poor Liberal dupes eat this stuff up, having no idea they will pay higher electric bills and more for ALL goods and services because that TAX will be passed on to them, the consumer.

March 17, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Science [so-called], has produced a ludicrous, belly-laughable, shameful and embarrassing number of contradictions and reversals of [uh hhhhmmm] 'FACTS'. Oh, HA! HA! HA! (:>%=;

The Lord God of Hosts, Jesus Christ of Nazareth Is The same today, yesterday and forevermore. He does not perpetrate myriads of spoiled brat hoaxes like the 'Scientists'. Did I say Scientists? POPPYCOCK! BALONEY!

Do You think for even one minute these anti-Christs are going to tell the truth? They fake their science [so-called] papers by the thousands. Thusly, destroying lives by the millions. Just look at the pharmaceutical industry as an example.

The censorship anti-Christs are horrified at the prospect of treating all theories of how we got here as equal.

Then they perpetrate their hoaxes and false 'SCIENCE' (:> PAPERS.

Will I trust the 'SCIENTISTS' who cheat, lie, deceive, embellish, falsify, and HATE Jesus Followers, or, will I trust Jesus Christ who said:

Malachi 3:6

"For I am the LORD, I change not..."

March 19, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

You don't know anything about science, Ken. You are embarrassing yourself, as usual.

March 19, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

'Scientifically' trained Medical Doctors until the 1950's prescribed (recommended) smoking cigarettes/cigars/pipes to their patients. Oh, HA! HA! HA! Oh my...Good 'Science'!

Remember the 'Scientifically' approved thalidomide that caused widespread birth defects/deformities?

Remember the 'Scientific Proof' that birds evolved from dinosaurs [1999]? The Piltdown Chicken hoax? Or, the hominid skull with an ape jaw hoax?

I like this quote about our revered 'Scientists' who utilize "Factoids based on half-baked interpretations of scientific data". These 'charlatan's' often persuade their senior 'legitimate' research colleagues to endorse their deceptive papers [sight-unseen].

In 1996, scientists at NASA declared that a 6.3-ounce rock, broken off from a Mars meteorite discovered in Antarctica in 1984, contained flecks of chemical compounds— polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, magnetite, and iron sulfide— that suggested the existence of bacteria on the Red Planet 3.6 billion years ago. "August 7, 1996, could go down as one of the most important dates in human history," intoned one newspaper report. But within two years the theory began to crack. Traces of amino acids found in the rock, crucial to life, were also found in the surrounding Antarctic ice. More damning, other non-Martian rocks— rocks from the moon, where it is clear life does not exist— showed the same "evidence" of LIFE---Yeah! Right!

March 19, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

There certainly is incompetence and corruption in climate science, science, science, science. Science?

My best information has it like this:

MEDICAL 'SCIENCE' EMBARRASSES ITSELF WITH 'SCIENTIFIC' REVERSALS/CONTRADICTIONS ON AVERAGE, EVERY 10 YEARS!

Oh Yeah, don't give Intelligent Design equal treatment with the anti-Christ theories within higher learning institutions. Be spoiled brat censorship police.

March 19, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

So when you are deathly ill Orr, I guess you'll head off to church instead of the hospital? If you say no, you are a hypocrite.

March 19, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

No one says there is not corruption in science Ken. Intelligent Design is not scientific: that is why it does not deserve a place in a science forum. And there is no "anti-Christ" theories-where do you get such bizarre ideas?

March 19, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, your argument against science is, like 99.99% of what you say, utter nonsense. Science is not in the business of making pronouncements of absolute truth and putting them in a box, never to be studied or questioned again. On the contrary it deals with the constant updating and discovering of new information and evidence, and it constantly self-corrects based on ever-changing findings. That is a good thing. Science is not a god and doesn't pretend to be. It is merely a curious, humble, and completely honest seeker of truth, and whatever truths it relates to us it never wraps them in a box and declares them sacred and never to be questioned again - unlike religion.

You are hanging on to "truths" based on primitive people who knew nothing of life and the cosmos but what sprang up from the imaginings of their superstitious minds, and you are so dead to life that you dare not question those "truths" but instead blindly accept them. It's funny that you holy rollers think you are destined for eternal life in some future plane of existence, but you are already dead in this life, and being physically dead is not going to make you any more capable of living life to the fullest in some Christian paradise. All I can say is, good luck with that eternal life thing.

March 19, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Oh, HA! HA! HA!...Oh, My...This is truly rich!...Yeah, go on ahead with Your Faith in 'Science' [So Called] that has major changes, reversals, contradictions regularly. Go on Balaam! Have it Your way Buurrger Kingg. You don't want to answer to the Highest Authority {Kingdom Authority}, The Great Love Himself? You cannot go any higher, nor, appropriate more power, but, You choose to live Your own anti-Christ way. Cool! Go For it. But human Science? [So Called]. You've got to be kidding me.

Ken ORR

March 20, 2014 at 2:04 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken Orr, you don't know enough about science to understand any posts here or to carry your side of a discussion. Give it up. Unless, of course, you want to appear stupid.

March 20, 2014 at 7:59 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

You choose to live Your own anti-Christ way

Curious: how do you know how I live? That's pretty creepy.

March 20, 2014 at 9:08 p.m.
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