Tuesday, October 04, 2005

 

What's Up with Intelligent Design

This post is taken from a weekly email I receive called "What We Now Know". I have attached their info at the end. I find this article unbelievable.

**********************************************Creator with Meatballs
"And the Flying Spaghetti Monster saw the light, that it was good: and with His Noodly Appendage divided the light from the darkness."
Thus might read the Book of Genesis in the Pastafarian Bible. Pastafarianism, according to its followers, is a new and entirely plausible theory of the beginning of the world and the history of human beings--at least as plausible, if not more, they say, as the theory of Intelligent Design.
And they are willing to fight for it.
The story of the FSM Church and its battle for official recognition started with an unemployed physics graduate from Oregon State University with too much time on his hands. Inspired by fundamentalist Christians' demand to teach Intelligent Design as another scientific theory side by side with evolution in biology classes, 25-year-old Bobby Henderson addressed an open letter to the Kansas Board of Education (see his website, http://www.venganza.org/).
"I am concerned. . . that students will hear only one theory of Intelligent Design," he wrote. "I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him."
The logical consequence: "It is for this reason that I'm writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. . . If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith."
As proof of the scientific correctness of his theory, Henderson explains in detail how the Flying Spaghetti Monster messes with the results of carbon-dating of artifacts to make them look really, really old. He also provides an explanation for the dire situation of planet Earth, complete with chart:
"[It] is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. . . You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s."
The accompanying graph, Henderson argues, shows a clear, statistically significant connection between rising global temperature and the waning pirate population within the last 200 years.
This could just be a cute story if--thanks to the Internet and instant global communication--it hadn't gotten so much public attention, and gleeful endorsements from dozens of angered scientists as well as members of the Kansas Board of Education who want to keep Intelligent Design out of the classroom. Doubtlessly realizing that it's a lot easier (and much more satisfying) to fight for a cause instead of against a problem, U.S. scientists have converted in droves to evangelical Pastafarianism.
"I am firmly convinced that the evidence supporting this depiction of the origins of life, the universe and everything has many of the trappings of science," writes Sebastian Wren, Ph.D., "and I therefore support the inclusion of FSM creation evidence in the Kansas science curriculum and standards."
Professor Douglas Shaw, Ph.D., concedes that "the FSM theory is much more plausible than the non-FSM ID theory, because it is the only one of the two that takes into account all the discrepancies between ID and measurable objective reality."
And Steven D. Unwin, Ph.D., author of The Probability of God, agrees that "if supernaturalism be called for, the pasta family of theologies seems the most plausible, and unquestionably the tastiest with cheese."
Some even offer additional evidence for the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Brian D. Rabern from the Department of Philosophy at the UC Santa Barbara makes the cosmological argument, including chains of logic like "Gods create humans in their own image. The brains of humans resemble a bowl of spaghetti. Thus, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the one true god."
Scientist Howard Bond, Ph.D. points out the noodly appearance of certain nebulas photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope; Santiago Perez, Ph.D. finds his evidence in the microcosm, namely our DNA, which bears a striking resemblance to His Noodliness--who, by the way, looks like a bunch of pasta with two meatballs and eyes on stalks. Proof positive that we are made in His image and likeness, says Perez.
But the buck doesn't stop at university staff--the national and international media has gotten wind of Bobby Henderson's new movement as well. FSMism has been featured in prestigious papers like the New York Times, Washington Post, Arizona Daily Star, Seattle Post Intelligencer, St. Petersburg Times, the UK Guardian and Daily Telegraph, the German Der Spiegel and Die Welt, the Italian La Repubblica, the Taipei Times, and on CNN. Even professional skeptic James Randi wrote an article in acclaim of Henderson's new religion.
Silly as it sounds, Pastafarianism is a force to be reckoned with. Henderson's open letter has meanwhile gone out to various other school boards and is being blissfully backed by hundreds, if not thousands of U.S. college students and pro-science activists nationwide. Staunch supporters are willing to take the matter to court and force the tale of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be told in classrooms around the country.
And the best: It's so much more fun than the other story. RAmen.
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Saturday, February 12, 2005

 

Dean? - Howard Dean??

Is this the same Howard Dean, who in the most recent Presidential Primary campaign said his "favorite book of the New Testament is Job, only I don't like the ending." Did the Dems really put this guy in charge of their party? I can't believe it.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

 

Droopy Pants Update

I have just learned from FoxNews that the more clear headed Legislators in Virginia have defeated the "droopy-pants bill Thursday after the whole thing became just too embarrassing."
"The bill, which would have slapped a $50 fine on people who wear their pants so low that their underwear is visible in "a lewd or indecent manner," passed the state House on Tuesday but was killed by a Senate committee two days later in a unanimous vote."

I am pleased the legislation was killed. I don't think that our lawmakers should be spending their efforts on things that ought to be common sense and taught in the home. I certainly believe it is unbecoming a gentleman to wear his pants in the afore described fashion, but to enact a law prohibiting it is over the top.There was a time in our society when adults felt the liberty to reprimand children, if they were not behaving appropriately (including dressing appropriately). Now neighbors are afraid of being sued by someone if they dare say or do anything to enforce appropriate behavior.

"When men cease to be moral, democracy will fail". John Adams
 

Professor speech

Professor Ward Churchill at University of Colorado recently likened all the folks in the WTC to Nazi's and deserving of death. He did allow an exception to the Nazi proclamation - the janitors and the firefighters may not have been Nazi.
The Governor of Colorado has called for him to resign his post. The Board of Regents of UofC are reviewing his comments. He has said that "he doesn't work for the Governor or the Board of Regents" but only his students. Asked about his government paycheck that amounts to $90,000 per year, he just said he was also deserving of death like the Nazi's in the WTC.
I think I agree with the guest host of the Rush Limbaugh Show on Wednesday who said something like, I wish Ward Churchill would give a speech everyday so that the world would know how crazy and stupid these ultra-liberals really are. I do find it funny that there has been no widespread out cry from anyone one the left distancing themselves from this guys statements. It seems Jews in particular would take issue with likening the folks in the Towers to Nazis.

 

Better not show your drawers!

How about the new law in Virginia that allows for fines up to $50 for showing your underwear in public. They are trying to address the sloppy dress of teenagers particularly that wear their pants so far down on their backsides that their underwear shows. As for me, I just delighted to know they are wearing underwear.

Friday, February 04, 2005

 

Cows, The Constitution, and The Ten Commandments

This was passed on to me by my friend Maria Rapchick, I think it makes some good points:

COWS: Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington, and they can track her calves to their stalls. But, they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering aimlessly around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION: They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years -AND- we're not using it anymore.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse! You cannot post: "Thou Shall Not Steal", "Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery", "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians... It creates a hostile work environment.


 

Patrick Henry?

Another take on entitlements and the entitlement mentality.

"Give me Security or give me Death!"

Thursday, February 03, 2005

 

What should be done with Social Security??

Do you think President Bush should devote so much effort and political clout to Social Security? Will he be able to get some kind of reform past?
I am appauld at the opposition to the "idea" of letting folks "invest" this money. Many of the opponents say "you can allow people to risk government money like that". I was unaware the government had any money. I thought the money they were talking about "letting" me invest was money they TOOK from me...

It blows my mind that there is such an out cry regarding allowing folks - NOT FORCING - to invest in the very economy that supports them. I bet if one of the "investment options" is LOTO Tickets then we would have the support of the Left. In the advertising that they do for the SC State Lottery, it's a GREAT idea and it supports education!! There is NO mention of it being reckless or that you might lose your money or anything negitive.

We would not have the problem today with reforming a broken system if we had not created an entitlement mentality among our citizens. I applaud President Bush for taking aim at a system that is broken and taking the lead in putting in on a fiscally sound footing. I think that unless we address the attitudes of entitlement and getting something for nothing, we will ruin our economy and our country in the not so distant future.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

 

History Test

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test. The events are actual cuts from past history. They actually happened!!!

Do you remember?

1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
a. Superman
b. Jay Lenno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to
take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US
Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

Nope, .....I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent
on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile
certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women,
little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are
members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips,
and Medal of Honor winning and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim
Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone because of profiling.

*This is copied from an email I received from JoyRidge*


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

 

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