Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Remembering the Thanksgiving commercial that was made in 2008 to thank Sarah Palin for just being Sarah Palin.

Oh man, does that bring back memories!

I was reminded of this ad by Bloomberg. who calls it, "The greatest Thanksgiving ad of all time."

Pretty sure their tongue was firmly jammed into their cheek for that one.

But seriously I think WE should all take a moment to thank Sarah Palin as well. Here I'll start.

Thank you Sarah Palin for providing a barometer whihc helps us to measure the ignorance and incompetence of our politicians.

Thank you Sarah Palin for promoting the Tea Party in its infancy so that it could damn near destroy the Republican party from within.

Thank you Sarah Palin for the many helpings of incoherent word salad, with batshit crazy croutons, that allows the rest of us to realize just how intelligent we are by comparison.

And most of all, thank you Sarah Palin for raising a gaggle of moronic, uncivilized morons, who were responsible for perhaps the most fun we had this year.....the Throwdown at the Hoedown.

Gee, and I did not get you anything this year.

HBO films documentary on Scientology. Has 160 lawyer looking at it before broadcast. You know that might not be enough.

Courtesy of CNN:  

HBO is backing a documentary based on "Going Clear," a book about Scientology and Hollywood -- and isn't taking any chances with the legal side of things. 

"We have probably 160 lawyers" looking at the film, HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter. (HBO, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.) 

"Going Clear," by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright ("The Looming Tower"), digs into the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the influence his church has had on its believers, many of whom have close ties to Hollywood.

I have believed for years that Scientology exists solely as an opportunity for religious people to recognize how fundamentally ridiculous ALL religions are.

It is true that Scientology is filled with the so much batshit crazy that I tend to believe that L.Ron Hubbard was just putting everybody on, and would be shocked to learn that not only did his completely made up religion survive, but that it prospered.  However if you if you really examine religions, there is really NONE that stand up to even the most basic scrutiny. (Golden plates transcribed in "reform Egyptian" that only Joseph Smith ever saw? Seriously Mormons?)

And the list of famous people who follow Scientology is jaw dropping. From Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Sharon Stone to J.D. Salinger, William S. Burroughs, and Van Morrison there are a number of highly intelligent and talented people who buy into its bullshit.

Well I certainly hope that HBO is adequately prepared for the backlash, because the Scientologists are famously litigious and not know for taking perceived attacks on their beliefs lightly.

After South Park's hilarious Scientology episode the "church" went after Trey Parker and Matt Stone with everything they had. Fortunately they found nothing they could use against the duo, but it was not for lack of trying.

Republican Congressman Peter King believes that President Obama should invite Darren Wilson to the White House. Oh yeah, that's good idea.

Courtesy of Politico:

Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over. 

“I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on Tuesday. 

“I thought it was terrible how, over the last four months, a narrative was put out there by our national leaders and by many in the media presuming that the police officer was guilty,” King said. 

Yes poor, poor Darren Wilson. Who somehow was able to get the St. Louis prosecuting attorney to skew the results of a Grand Jury decision by providing, and promoting, evidence to exonerate him.

Something essentially unheard of.

And now Peter King thinks the President should slap the African American community in the face by inviting this man to the White House?

Gee, it's almost like Rep. King were trying to convince the President do something that would enrage black Americans and convince them they were betrayed by the first black President elected to the White House.

Gosh I wonder why he would want to do that? (#2016.)

Hey would you like to feel smart today? Well watching this homeschooling mother demonstrating stunning ignorance while visiting the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago should do the trick.

Now the above is just a sample from the original 30 minute video which I will embed below, but it gives you some idea of that vast which emanates from this Megan Fox woman. 

As you may have guessed she is a Fundamentalist Christian, who home schools her children to protect them from anything which might threaten their faith in what Mommy and Daddy believe.

Here is how Raw Story reported on this: 

In the description of the 30 minute video she uploaded to YouTube to document the visit, Fox wrote, “In November 2014, Megan Fox toured the Field Museum’s ‘Evolving Earth’ exhibit to audit it for bias. She found many examples of inconsistencies and the Field Museum’s insistence that people support opinion as fact without proof. The Field Museum pushes certain theories as if they are absolute proven law when that is not how the scientific method works.” 

In the video’s opening moments, Fox is reading a display regarding the evolution of eukaryotes — which she has to ask her camera operator how to pronounce — simple, microscopic animals that first evolved as single-cell life forms, but which became multicellular, beginning the diversification that would lead to complex life forms. 

“‘At first, many eukaryotes were single-celled, and many still are today,’” Fox reads from the display before scoffing. “What? If many still are today, then that would support the theory that they have never changed, that they have always been as they are today, not that they started someplace else and then are here, but they were always this and still are today.” 

Regarding what paleontologists have said about the first animals to make the transition from life in the water to life on land, Fox says this is impossible. God made the creatures of the water to live in the water and the creatures of the land to live in the land, which is why fish have fins and people have feet. 

“It’s not like their fins fell off and they grew feet,” she says. “That’s what they want you to believe, that their fins fell off and then they grew some feet and started walking on the land. This is the dumbest theory I’ve ever heard in my whole life. It’s not good, it’s really not good. It’s bad. It’s very bad. Do you know how complex feet are?”

Holy crap! This woman almost makes Sarah Palin seem like a Rhodes Scholar. 

What is even more troubling is that this lunatic has a YouTube channel where she reviews, and recommends, books for children.

Now as promised embedded below is the entire 30 plus minute video.

My advice is to watch in small segments however as the stupidity is actually overwhelming.

Just a reminder that you can pause a video to make anybody look stupid.

I sometimes get angry feedback due to my propensity for finding really terrible pictures of Sarah Palin and using them on this blog. Many of them are ones I create myself by taking screenshots and posting them here.

You know like this one.

And this one.

And this one.

Okay fair enough.

However in my defense I would like to point out that when you hear Professor Tyson speak it immediately dissuades you from believing that he is intellectually impaired in any way.

Yet when you hear Sarah Palin speak people instead think, "That screen capture really failed to fully grasp the stupidity of this woman."

And the defense rests.

"Religion is really made by the brain. It is a secretion of the brain."

Lionel Tiger is a Canadian-born, American-based anthropologist. He is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and co-Research Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

I swear as much as I love politics, this is the kind of thing that really gets my intellectual juices flowing. I guess in my case brain secretions are caused by pursuing an understanding of the origins, purpose, and benefits to humans of religion.

"Mommy's shot."

Courtesy of KJRH:  

A Tulsa woman is dead after her toddler son accidentally shot her in the head, police say.

Christa Engles, 26, was pronounced dead at an area hospital just after 5:30 p.m. Monday after being transported from her east Tulsa home in "grave condition." 

Police say Engles was found by the children's grandmother, who arrived home to find the victim in the front room of the house with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Police say it appears she was changing the diaper of her 1-year-old daughter when she was shot by her 3-year-old son with a semiautomatic handgun.

According to the news report the young child discovered the gun under the couch, apparently there were several guns in the house, and he accidentally shot his mother to death.

Afterward the child kept repeating the phrase "Mommy's shot."

Just another tragedy brought to us by the American "gun culture."

Guns are not tools.

Guns are not accessories.

They are instruments of death, and they need to be treated as such.

Before they prove that to people the hard way.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

George Stephanopoulos gets first interview with Darren Wilson after Grand Jury decision.

Courtesy of HuffPo:  

ABC News broke into scheduled programming Tuesday afternoon to give a brief preview of the interview. Stephanopoulos told viewers that he spent more than an hour with Wilson in a "secret location." He said Wilson told him that he is "sorry" for the death of Brown, but that he would not do "anything different" if he were to relive that day. "He does not think he could have done anything differently," Stephanopoulos said. 

"He says he did what he was trained to do. He has a clean conscience over his actions that day."

"He has a clean conscience over this actions that day." You know having a clean conscience after ending the life of another human being indicates a psychopath.

Even soldiers fighting in wars against individuals that are trying to kill them, do not usually say they have a clean conscience over the soldiers they have killed.

Even if you really feel you are justified that is a troubling way to put things.

And saying that he would not have done anything differently....well I don't even know what to do with that statement.

If you watch this tonight feel free to weigh in here to let us know what you think of Wilson during, and after the interview. I am interested to learn if it changes anybody's mind or not.

Ken Ham tells us that Creationists DO believe in climate change. However no need to worry as it is just the earth "settling down" after Noah's flood. Oooookay.

Okay so on Saturday Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum and the worst thing to happen to children's brains since lead based paint, wrote a post explaining how everybody is wrong to assume that Creationists do not like science.

In fact they LOVE science. Just not the science that scientists understand.

Confused? Me too.

But here let Ham explain it to you:

You see, there are two different kinds of science. Observational science works in the present and is testable, repeatable, and observable. Historical science deals with the past (origins) and is not directly testable, repeatable, or observable. With historical science, the worldview you approach the evidence with is going to determine how you interpret the evidence. Secular scientists start from the perspective that man is the ultimate authority and determines truth, but we start from the view that the Bible is God’s Word and provides the true history of the universe. So we both reach different conclusions when we look at the evidence.

Okay so now do you get it?

The "science" that scientists study is the kind that relies on ridiculous things like facts, reliable testing procedures, and peer review. That kind is much more accessible for really smart people, and makes the brains of less intelligent people hurt like crazy.

However the much easier to understand "historical science" (Which is a term that apparently Ken Ham pulled out of his ass.) simply means that you rely on your faith in the Bible to explain how things work.  See? No brain pain.

Ham then goes on to explain that using his "scientific method" puts the whole global warming thing into perspective, and renders it not nearly so frightening:

I want to emphasize that we do not deny climate change. Even Bill Nye continues to spread the false charge against us that we supposedly deny climate change! What we do deny are the worldview-based assumptions behind the interpretations of what causes climate change. Climate change is observational science (we can observe it by recording measurements), but it needs to be interpreted as to why it’s happening—and your starting point determines your interpretation. Starting from the Bible, we know that there was a global Flood a few thousand years ago that completely changed Earth’s surface and climate, and that the earth is still settling down from this catastrophe. So we should expect there to be some variations in climate change, but this is not alarming and is not the direct result of modern human activity. 

See that kids? 

Sure the earth IS experiencing climate change. However there is no need to worry your ignorant little heads over it because it's really just due to the earth getting its act together after a huge global flood for which there is absolutely NO evidence.

But what am I thinking? What I mean is that there is no "observable science" which proves the existence of Noah's flood. But if you get your information straight from the "historic science" of the Bible, well then everything makes perfect sense.

So don't worry about switching to renewable energy sources, or having to buy an electric car, because God would never allow humans to break the planet he gave us.

And if the oceans do rise, no problem. Because surely God will simply wave his magic wand and give us all gills to help us survive underwater.

Wow, religion really IS the opiate of the masses.

John McCain "strongly encouraging" Lindsey Graham to run for President. Seriously?

Courtesy of Mediaite: 

It’s no secret that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are close compadres. They see eye-to-eye on so much and speak in tandem on so many big issues that it’s actually noteworthy when they publicly disagree on something. So, of course, with Graham actually considering a run for president in 2016, McCain may very well be one of his biggest advocates and tells ABC News he is pushing Graham into running. 

“I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it,” McCain said. “I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don’t think these challenges to our security are going away.”

Well good to see that McCain is still just as sharp as always when it comes to picking presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Could you just imagine the histrionic Lindsey Graham as the freaking Commander-in-Chief?

"Oh I do declare, they's attacking us Beauregard. Send out the Army, the Navy, the Marines, oh hell send out everybody!"

Well I know at least one former McCain associate that will be none to happy to know that he is endorsing Graham instead of her.

Showing side by side video of President Obama calling for peaceful protests alongside violence on the streets of Ferguson. Just Fox News things.

Courtesy of the You Tube site:

While President Obama delivered his response to the decision by the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, Fox News offered a split screen view of events on the ground. At one particular moment, around 10:15 p.m. EST, as the president called for non-violent demonstrations, protestors could be seen attempting to turn over a police car.

You know you almost can't blame Fox. This is almost tailored made for their racist narrative.

Here is all of the evidence released by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. There is a journal entry from Witness 40 that, if accurate, seems to explain how Michael Brown was shot in the top of the head. But then Witness 14 had a completely different take.

And here are Officer Darrell Wilson's "injuries."

As you can see he was really manhandled. Apparently by a toddler. Remember Michael Brown was six foot five, and weighed 289 lbs.(And by the way these pictures look much different than ones taken in another series of photos after the shooting.)

I will admit that there is a lot of contradictory evidence released by the Grand Jury, but it seems clear that there was a lot more credibility given to Wilson's version of events than to versions coming from other witnesses.

After reading through some of it I think that if I had been an African American living in Ferguson I might have been on the streets last night as well.

"The Sarah Palin Syndrome:" When a person believes their own hype and falls in love with themselves. Seems legit.

Nancy Smith, a reporter for the Sunshine State News, was reporting on the fact that Charlie Crist's running mate, Annette Taddeo, seemed to have national political aspirations.

Smith clearly does not think that Taddeo is particularly qualified, and describes her overinflated sense of self thusly: 

God knows why. The Sarah Palin Syndrome, perhaps? 

After Sen. John McCain and Sarah Palin lost the 2008 presidential race, Palin quit the governor's job in Alaska, wrote a book, and has been touring America whipping up her conservative fan base ever since. Those are the folks she listens to -- the only ones -- the cheering throngs who adore her. Now she has a website exploring her presidential prospects for 2016. (I would disagree with the reporter here to suggest that the channel website has actually nothing to do with a potential career in politics and everything to do with promoting Sarah Palin the brand.)

That's the gist of the Sarah Palin Syndrome: Palin came to believe her own hype from 2008 and fell in love with herself.

Okay now THAT is certainly true.

Now I don't know really anything about Annette Taddeo, and certainly not her qualifications to run for office, so I was really drawn to this story due to its use of Sarah Palin as a yardstick for somebody's overinflated ego and sense of entitlement. 

We have all seen Sarah Palin used time and time again to measure a person's intelligence, their commitment to their job, their qualifications, and their seriousness as a potential politician.

In every case, except a few rare occurrences on uber Right Wing news outlets, the Palin comparison is used to indicate a negative in the person, not a positive.

If one were to be compared to Sarah Palin, in almost all circumstances, it would be cause for serious concern as it is almost certainly a slam against your character for one reason or another.

So that is the true legacy of Sarah Palin. She is the very definition of character flaws, poor judgement, and a lack of intelligence.

Yeah, that works for me.

An Atheist camp? I am so jealous of these kids.

I cannot believe that the reporter suggested to the counselor that he might be "brainwashing" these kids. Has she never attended a church. or Christian sponsored summer camp?

When I was a kid I went to Victory Bible Camp. Which was great fun for me right up until Sunday morning when I had to be escorted to the prayer meeting against my will and forced to participate or risk losing my turn to go horseback riding.

I must confess that when I closed my eyes and lowered my head I didn't actually do any praying.

Which reminds me of the old adage, "You can lead and Atheist to a house of worship, but you can't make him buy into your bullshit."

That might not be an old adage, but it should be.

Sarah Palin makes list of GQ's Least Influential People of 2014, which in and of itself is not news. However check out how they describe her.

So GQ has its list of the least influential people of 2014, and to be fair a lot of people made the list, including the President, Chris Christie, John McCain and Johnny Depp.

However it was the description of Palin that I thought worth sharing: 

She barely even get out of the limo! Some dude is reportedly calling her daughter a slut and a cunt, and the rest of her family is brawling at a kegger, and there's Sarah in the fucking limo (of course she's in a limo), letting her Wasilbilly family rumble while she's probably Googling herself without a care in the world. She only finally gets out of the limo to name-drop herself to the cops! Does she even know she has a family? Or does she think those people are stock models provided for her by GOP donors?

Yeah clearly the drunken brawl is now part of Palin's permanent legacy. And though she may have helped her family wriggle out of any legal consequences, the court of public opinion has gleefully convicted them all the same.