I’ve seen some surreal moments in our nation’s capitol, but few can compare to watching Republican members of Congress lecture John Holdren last week on the meaning of “science.” Here are some highlights.
Holdren, the president’s science advisor, was the lone witness at a hearing held by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to review the White House’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for science agencies.
You can watch the two-hour video here —or better yet, don’t. We’ve watched it for you. Plus, you don’t want to be more embarrassed than you already are about a science committee that includes a congressman who describes evolution as a “lie from the pit of Hell” and another who claims that climate change is a liberal plot to “create global government to control our lives.”
While discussing women’s reproductive health and the government’s role in adminstering health care, a Republican state senator said he believes birth control is used by people “who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.”
State Sen. Pete Kelly is pushing for a state-wide effort to combat and prevent fetal alcohol syndrome in Alaska by placing state-funded pregnancy test in bars, restaurants and private businesses. But when asked if he would offer the same resources for birth control, Kelly said he does not believe in increasing access to contraception because “the thinking is a little opposite.”
“Birth control is for people who don’t necessary want to act responsibly,” the lawmaker said in an interview with Anchorage Daily News. “I’m not going to tell them what to do or help them do it. That’s their business.”
When asked by the reporter if the act of using birth control itself was a responsible act, he disagreed with the notion.
“Maybe, maybe not,” Kelly replied. “That’s a level of social engineering we don’t want to get into.”
Social Engineering? —how does acknowledging the Right of Individual Choice of Parenthood become Social Engineering. I thought it only became Social Engineering when the State or a Religion mandated the use or non-use of contraception.
Such wingnut fundy stupidity, you either are a young earth creationist, and reject science or you hate America. Never mind all the atheists who are patriotic and believe in America’s ideals, heck many of them come closer to the ideal American than many American Christians, Especially if we’re talking about theocratic fascists like Bryan Fischer, who don’t accept the fact that the first amendment says what it says. Than of course there are all the rational Christians out there that accept evolution, but still love American and its ideals of individual liberty. Also don’t forget people of other faiths. Michael Peroutka on the other had would beg to differ.
“What I am saying is that the promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America,” he explains. “What I’m saying is that there is no way you could promote or believe in evolution and sing ‘God Bless America’ during the 7th inning stretch.”
“All men are created equal, they are not evolved equal, get it?” he adds. “So evolution is anti-American.”
I also want to thank Palmerskiss for alerting me to this in a comment on my previous post
Amanda Marcotte points out just how scary Neil Degrasse Tyson is becoming to creationists. I’m hoping Tyson scares the climate change deniers next.
The wingnut panic over the show Cosmos is incredibly amusing to me. It’s understandable, because Neil deGrasse Tyson is really good at being clear and concise about science and he eviscerates right wing attempts to muddy the waters with precision. I particularly liked this quote from an interview on Inquiring Minds: “I claim that all those who think they can cherry-pick science simply don’t understand how science works,” because science, unlike theology or musical taste, isn’t a matter of just taking what you like and leaving the rest behind. What is interesting—and threatening—about Cosmos is it asserts interconnectedness of science. Evolution and the “big bang” theory are inseparable, and knowing how old and vast the universe is makes it much, much easier to understand how evolution works.
Phyllis Schlafly has latched onto the news from December that the Marine Corps is delaying its toughened pull-up requirement for women, part of the preparation for allowing women to serve in combat roles.
“Our enemies are tough, strong, vicious men ready to fight to the death, and we need real men to fight them, not girls who can’t even do pull-ups,” she added.
Of course, many US allies, including Israel, allow women to serve in combat.
D’Souza told the conservative conference that Obama believes “the free market system is based on theft” and seemed to be under the impression that Obama came up with the entire system of taxation: “Think about this, it’s almost like here you are at home, you’re watching TV, and a bunch of government guys show up at your door and they start taking your furniture and taking your car and you’re like, ‘What are you doing?’ They’re like, ‘You know your paycheck that you got last month? You didn’t earn that, you stole it, it doesn’t really belong to you.’
In an October 16, 2012 article, published in World Magazine, author Warren Cole Smith reported on D’Souza’s activities after a September 28, 2012 talk in Spartanburg, S.C. In the article, Smith states that D’Souza, who was married at the time, checked into a hotel with another woman, and left with her the following day. In a rebuttal to that article, D’Souza stated that he had separated from his wife, Dixie. He also confirmed that he had been engaged to the woman mentioned in the article, Denise Odie Joseph; he later suspended that engagement after the article prompted an investigation by officials at The King’s College where D’Souza served as president. It was later revealed that Mrs. Joseph was also married at the time. He officially filed for divorce from Dixie on October 4, 2012.
After the news of the engagement became public, the trustees of The King’s College announced after meeting on October 17, 2012 that D’Souza resigned his position as president of the university in order “to attend to his personal and family needs”. The scandal resonated particularly at The King’s College because “The King’s College is not a typical institution of higher learning. It is a tiny Christian college based in a downtown Manhattan office building, whose mission statement articulates a ‘commitment to the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview”.
… indicted by federal prosecutors and charged with campaign finance law violations. Prosecutors alleged that D’Souza used straw donors to funnel campaign contributions to an unnamed Senate candidate. D’Souza was charged with violations of the Federal Campaign Act of 1971, with prosecutors asserting that D’Souza had violated the limit of $5000 for any individual to contribute to a specific candidate for US Senate in a single election year, by directing others to make contributions to Wendy Long in the amount of $20,000 and reimbursing them. He would be arraigned in a Manhattan federal court on January 24. The charges include making illegal campaign contributions, with a maximum sentence of two years incarceration, and causing false statements to be made to the FEC, with a maximum sentence of five years incarceration.
D’Souza’s attorney argued that D’Souza “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever” and described the incident as “at most … an act of misguided friendship”. His co-producers alleged that the indictment was politically motivated retribution for the success of his 2016 movie.
He also wrote a book in 1995 declaring : ‘The End of Racism’ which he then subsequently disproved by releasing another book in 2010: ‘The Roots of Obama’s Rage,’
So…… D’souza - why exactly is he a thing again?
When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) made a thinly veiled reference comparing Eric Holder to George Wallace before a group of conservatives, it may not have occurred him that the attorney general’s sister-in-law, Vivian Malone Jones, was one of the segregationist’s actual victims during the Jim Crow era.
Methinks Russia might just be more his speed…..
Bill O’Reilly opened his show Thursday night warning of “America in decline” because of a variety of factors ranging from the bad economy to a “corrupt” education system to rowdy fighting at sporting events, saying that “American leadership [is] sadly lacking in almost every area.”
He opened by asking, “Is the USA now incapable of confronting dangerous behavior?” And while the answer is technically “no,” O’Reilly warned that “America is getting weaker on almost every front,” and not just militarily. He argued the economy is faltering because “we have elected politicians who favor social justice over a robust marketplace,” blaming Democrats for imposing big tax burdens on the wealthy and private businesses.
a bad-tempered or surly person.