PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.
It was something he ate!
X-rays showed a stomach full of “a large quantity of foreign material.” Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had consumed 43 1/2 socks.
The right is failing to turn the American people against “Obama care.” Mark Strauss reports on their failed ad campaign featuring the man in the odd “Uncle Sam” costume.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law, outspending supporters of Obamacare 15-to-1. But a state-by-state comparison of negative ads and enrollment figures suggests the attacks ads actually increased public awareness of the healthcare program.
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RoseAnn Salanitri, writes,
As a Creationist I tend to watch and read more secular material than most might expect.
Hmm… congratulations, Creationists usually don’t read things written by people who disagree with them. Maybe I spoke too soon, most creationists just repeat verbatim what came out of Kent Hovind’s mouth, before you know, he went to jail. But back to what you were saying,
There is a good reason for this. Usually the secular material provides me with the best arguments against Evolution imaginable - and on many occasions, the material provides me with a good laugh as well. While watching a few minutes of the History Channel’s program entitled The Big History of Everything, a few interesting questions shot through my mind along with a few chuckles.
However, I have a feeling that we’re about to be laughing at you pretty soon, RoseAnn Salanitri, when you try to refute this pro science show.
Now we’re going to skip much of what she wrote, to get to the main point of her commentary. She dismisses the idea that fishes could have evolved into amphibians and than Reptiles by basically arguing that things like eggs couldn’t have been designed by the animals themselves.
Perhaps the most silly and insulting explanation offered is that these creatures “figured out” how to produce eggs. Really? So the program would have you believe that these creatures that were significantly lower than us on the Evolutionist’s evolutionary chain were able to figure out how to change their entire reproductive system and how to produce eggs, as well as how to develop lungs. Do you know of any of us more highly evolved humans that have figured out how we can biologically produce an egg? Perhaps someone should educate these educators on how complex an egg really is.
I may not have seen this History Channel program, but animals don’t figure out how to change any aspect of their bodies. Eggs evolved through a gradual process where each generation of animals produced a slightly better version that did a better job of protecting their offspring. It was done through genetic mutation and natural selection. It wasn’t a conscious choice by any of the animals as to how to build their eggs, and they weren’t redesign with each generation. Notice how the word “Invented” is in quotes in this paper on egg evolution. Unless the History Channel’s “Big History of Everything” got evolution seriously wrong, it wasn’t actually saying what you think it was saying.
But more importantly, I would like to ask: if these primitive life forms could figure out how to lay eggs, why can’t Eskimos figure out how to grow fur?
One, that’s not how evolution works. Two, Eskimos and all other human beings have the ability to make clothing, so they can live in freezing conditions and not freeze to death without fur. Three, if some Eskimo in the ancient past somehow, actually did figure out a way that he/she could grow fur on his/her body and they showed the other Eskimos, don’t you think they’d be a little terrified to see fur sprout on him/her?
After all, the theory of Evolution would have us believe that phyla evolve through mutation in order to adapt to their changing environment. They use the argument of survival of the fittest to support their argument. Although the fittest do survive in challenging environments, there isn’t any data to support that these “fittest” evolve into a new kind of phyla.
Yes, because people who live in cold climates don’t resemble Chewbacca with white fur? Also there you go with that nebulous creationist concept of “Kinds” again. Also like I said earlier, mutation and natural selection doesn’t imply that animals can choose to change their body plans. Animals can’t choose to change form. No scientist since Lamarck has argued for anything even remotely resembling that, and even he didn’t exactly argue for that precisely.
Maybe “Conservative News and Views” should change its name to “Scientifically Illiterate Wingnut News and Views”
Right Wing Watch points out that Fundamentalist “Christian Historian” John Benefiel insists our problems all started when ancient Egyptians came here and dedicated this land to Baal.
So we are to believe that God is punishing us because someone came here in the past and dedicated this land to a false god? So why exactly would God punish people for this when they had nothing to do with it? Why would it give Satan the right to destroy the “Christian nation” of America? At least when the religious right, blames the gays, feminists, abortionists, and secularists, for America’s problems, they’re usually blaming our problems on what people are doing now.
Also the evidence he sites for the Egyptians coming here in the first place, is rather underwhelming. I have to ask, if the Egyptians came here, why didn’t they conquer the natives and build pyramids in America? At the very least, If they hadn’t intended to colonize this land, why haven’t we found any evidence that they traded with the native Americans? Also why dedicate this land to one of their Gods if they hadn’t intended to colonize it? Why is it that I ought to take their “spiritual archeology” seriously?
Also if the Egyptians were going to dedicate this land to one of their gods, why Baal? Baal was one of the many Canaanite gods. He was not from Egypt, at least not originally. He was an import. Like Benefiel, I’m not a historian, but unlike him, I don’t claim to be. However, based on what I know, I don’t think Baal was ever the most popular god overall in ancient Egyptian. If the polytheistic Egyptians actually had come to America, prior to Columbus, wouldn’t they have been more likely to have dedicated this land to one of the gods that we normally think of when we think of ancient Egypt? Say the supreme god in the traditional Egyptian pantheon, Amun-Re?
I’m guessing Benefiel only said Baal because, he’s is mentioned in the Bible and often associated with evil nowadays. Most people today don’t think of the well known ancient Egyptian gods like Amun-Re as evil.
Off course Benefiel would probably tell you that all other gods besides the god of the Bible are really demons anyway.
When I saw this post over at Wonkette, I thought I just had to show Charles Johnson and Gus. I just wonder if and when they’ll make a Greenwald action figure.
Are you a grown-ass person that still likes to play with toys and pretend you are someone else? We really wish we could stop you from doing that. But since we can’t, why not consider fighting for freedom of the press or something like that, but in a really self-aggrandizing way by pretending you are Julian Assange and/or Edward Snowden?
An Oregon firm introduced an action figure of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. thatsmyface.com, whose catalog also includes Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said that the 12-inch Snowden figure comes dressed in a blue shirt, casual trousers and black high-top shoes, but wardrobe options include a gray-striped business suit, Indiana Jones outfit and a combat uniform. It sells for $99.
To be fair, $99 is a very small price to pay to pretend you fled to Russia and are now addressing SXSW via eleventy proxies while living in Russia, land of the free and home of the brave.
Obviously this person was seriously disturbed but I don’t see that the cops had any choice.
CANYON COUNTRY (cbsla.com) — Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man who charged at innocent people with a spear Thursday night in Canyon Country.
The shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. at Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri-La Drive.
“Patrol deputies from Santa Clarita Station were flagged down by citizens who reported a man was in the area, running in and out of traffic, holding a spear, and waving it at passersby on the road,” Dep. Crystal Hernandez said.
Deputies located the suspect standing on a center median, holding a metal spear and behaving strangely.
Witness Priscilla Garcia said the suspect appeared to be taunting deputies and tried to break her windshield.