February 28, 2013

Fox News Employs An Atheist

John Stossel may state he is agnostic, but he is as atheist as they come. It is surprising to me that Fox News would allow someone with a rational overall point of view to have pretty good air time:

Since the Pope and the Catholic church are back in the news, it is a good time to revisit the classic Louis CK exposure mockumentary about the Vatican:

February 4, 2013

41% of US Democrats Are Young Earth Creationists

I read an article by Michael Shermer, The Liberal's War On Science. I'm not going critique the article, just the title.

The paragraph that got my eye was this:

A 2012 Gallup poll found that “58 percent of Republicans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years,” compared with 41 percent of Democrats. A 2011 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 81 percent of Democrats but only 49 percent of Republicans believe that Earth is getting warmer.

I'm going to assume that this poll includes the old age creationists as well, because it is my understanding that most of them accept dinosaurs were here first, but do not accept evolution because they too believe God created man less than 10,000 years ago.

Because of its anti-science platform, the GOP attracts Creationists, those against gay marriage, and those who want prayer in school. Since around 48% of Americans don't accept evolution, it is not shocking that 58% of Republicans are willfully ignorant YECs. Based on the US anti-evolution numbers, it isn't a shock that 41% of Democrats are YECs as well.

The biggest problem I have is that lets not confuse all Democrats with pro science liberals. Sure, most pro science liberals vote Democrat, but there are a lot of reasons to be Democrat, especially if you are poor and struggling. And yes, there is a correlation with being poor and being poorly educated.

How many welfare moms are going to vote Republican? Not many. Yet my guess is that many are churchgoing and/or collectively are not as well educated on average.

There are others who vote Democrat. Union members generally stay away from the GOP. And then you have government workers. It is natural to protect your livelihood and/or your personal needs ahead of your religious and worldview beliefs in many cases, especially if you lean towards the idea that government and religion should be separated.

There are gay Republicans, but not very many. But being born gay doesn't mean you automatically except evolution over the fairy tale ideas that God poofed Adam and Eve on this planet.

The main thing is that the Democrat platform and its leaders stand for separation of church and state light years more than the Republicans do. But not all Democrats are Progessives, or Liberals or whatever other name the marginalized Right wants to attach to someone who accepts reality versus those who don't.

What I find encouraging is that 42% of Republicans are not knuckledraggers when it comes to evolution.

January 9, 2013

Pat Condell On The Palestinians

Pat Condell hit another home run in the following video where he points out that Palestinians get a free pass for their behaviour because they are not held to the same standards as Israeli Jews:

Condell blames the collective attitude by the West as racism. The West doesn't expect Palestinians and other Arabs to behave like normal Western human beings would.

I agree with that this is a major element but I also agree with Why Evolution Is True that there is a "traditional sympathy of liberals for the perceived underdog."

I also believe that there is also a faction of anti-semites within the Far Left that overlook "inconvenient facts" when it comes to Israel.

If you don't agree with Condell, then why is Israel such a focus of hatred and criticism when a lot more deaths and murders or innocents have come out of Darfur and more recently Syria? It is because we collectively expect barbaric behaviour from Arabs and/or Muslims. And besides, there aren't many if any Jews involved in the Syria or Darfur conflicts either.

December 11, 2012

Oh My, That Moron Good Science For You Has A Forum

This anti-evilutionist imbecile gets an A+ for determination, and an A++++ for wilful ignorance.

I first came across his lunacy when he commented on a few of my Youtube videos. I was hoping for good of the world that he either figured out how wrong he was or that he choked on a baloney sandwich. I could live with either outcome. Unfortunately, he is still out there polluting the earth with real bad science.

Check out his forum, but I'm warning you, your head might explode.

BTW, here is his Youtube Channel.

November 9, 2012

GOP In A Catch 22 Position

Now that the election is finally over, the Republicans need to reflect on how they can win in 2016. I don't think there is much of an argument that the rape comments cost them a few votes, but that might just have been the tip of the iceberg.

Many moderates and independents realize that when it comes to foreign issues and domestic economics, there isn't going to be much variance when it comes to the end result of policies by either party, though you wouldn't know it with all the rhetoric.
When Romney was unknowingly taped regarding his 47% comment, he also said that when it comes to China and the Israeli conflict, the best one can do is just kick the ball down the field and hope that the problems sort themselves up over time. As for economics, cycles are generally out of the President's hands too, and cycles trump policy.

Most business people realize that the fiscal conservatism is usually much healthier in the long run than big government, though when it comes to bubbles and bad economic cycles, neither policy types help much. The GOP definitely appeals to those who understand economics and business, but that is a growing minority in the free world.

I believe the GOP understands this, and that is why they have such a hard time dropping the social issues which give them little to no shot now or going forward to win a Presidential election.

Humanity has evolved too much, and the Religious Right simply pisses off far too many people with their anti-women's right nonsense and even their anti-gay rights nonsense. The fact 45% of Americans still do not accept evolution is comical, but I expect that number to only drop in the future as creationists continue to have their asses handed to them, especially now that social media makes it very easy to quickly refute their idiocy.

However, the Religious Right will never vote for a the Democrats right now because the Republicans, in their charter, are strictly Right To Life, no exceptions. They would rather vote for someone who wears magical underwear while converting dead Jews than a Godless Muslim from Kenya any day of the week.

But as less and less people consider themselves to be religious, and science continues to show more evidence that homosexuality is created in the womb the overwhelming majority of the time, the Religious Right will continue to make it impossible for the GOP to win a major election.

The big question is if the GOP were to drop social issues, would they pick up more moderates and independents to make up for the losses from the Religious Right. They could drop their public stance on abortion and gay marriage, and still hang on to the Armageddon crowd, by being perceived as more pro-Israel than the Democrats (which is the case, though it might just be hogwash as both parties are in kick the ball mode). The Religious Right needs a Jewish majority in Israel or the prophecy of Jesus' Second Coming will be screwed up.

The reality is that the most famous person who never existed, Jesus Christ, would vote Democrat if he could vote today. He was definitely portrayed as a Socialist in the bible, not quite a Communist though, but still he would be compelled to vote for the left leaning party.

So take social issues away, and think what Jesus would do, the Democrats could steal many Religious voters. You know charity and make sure your neighbour doesn't starve and the rest of that empathetic and sympathetic stuff.

It is tough choice to let go of such a big base, but one thing does hold true in politics when you take social issues out of the equation, if the economic cycle is trending downwards, the opposing party has a great chance to win. That is what the GOP needs to happen in 2016, but in the their case, they would lose because of their current need to appease the Christian Taliban. They need to cut ties.