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Sunday, October 30, 2005
Brace YourselvesWell, the people that know things say that the Bush Administration has just completed it's worst week. Katrina fallout, Iraq quagmire, oil prices, interest rates, and Harriet Miers. Call me a starry-eyed optimist, but I am supremely confident that these geniuses can do worse. But things are looking up for the Fighting Legacies of Andover. Aunt Harriet has decided to fall on her sword, and do one last favor for her idol, George Bush. But wasn't it an interesting few weeks? I am reminded of the harsh criticism levied at Arlen Specter a year ago, when he dared suggest that maybe moderate judges made sense for a country in which most citizens think of themselves as moderate. Now, we'll probably never know what Miers is about, although I deeply suspect she is about very little. But it was riotously funny watching Christian Conservatives ("The No Health Care for 45 million Americans" people) just savage this woman, who by all accounts, is one of them. The problem is, that they just couldn't prove it, even though the president knows her heart. So, I suppose the days of blind faith in W are over.
But they still love the little guy. Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women of America (Are you concerned about wage disparity? Rape?) actually said the following about Bush:
"I think he thinks we're all mad at him," LaRue said of the president. "But we're saying, 'We know you'll get it right this time, and we will be there."
What is he? A five year-old who struck out playing softball? Did he get knocked out of a spelling bee? Did he make boom-boom in his pants? He is getting a do-over. And his loyal followers will be there for him, as long as he does exactly what they want. Some friends.
"Get it right, and we'll be there."
Think about that.
He should nominate the head of Planned Parenthood to the Court, and tell these jackals that they could have had Harriet Miers, but perhaps they will trust him next time. And maybe he gets another chance, and maybe he doesn't.
Yet another reason I'm unelectable.
But in the meantime, brace yourselves for someone philosophically worse, if qualificationally better, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.
posted at 7:02 PM
My Friend Harriet
There is nothing quite like having it both ways. Make no mistake about it, we all want it like that.
Eat like a pig, and never gain a pound!
Drive a tank and have gas for a dime!
Write a fantastic blog and remain utterly anonymous!
So, sometimes, you can have it both ways. But most of the time, that's a privilege only for the wealthy and connected among us. Like our increasingly out-of-touch president.
After somehow managing to nominate a truly world-class mind as Chief Justice in John Roberts, George has decided that we need a Justice that more Americans can relate to. Someone, who like so many of us, has never been a judge. Someone, who like us, really doesn't have any expertise where the Constitution is concerned.
"I like her! She reminds me of my aunt who helps out at the shelter when she's sober!"
None of that matters, though, because George W. Bush knows her heart. Unfortunately, the rest of us are learning about her head. It really is a frightening little mind there.
She referred to the president, as, and I quote, "The most brilliant man I have ever met."
I don't particularly care for the president. I think his policies and hypocrisy are hurtful and disgusting, and I know he is causing unbelievable damage to this country. I think it will take decades to repair what he is still doing to the United States. I find him to be an average intellect at best.
He is not the stupidest man I've ever seen, I will concede that. He may be the worst president in history, but I will allow that perhaps there have been one or two that were worse. But, come on! Have you ever heard anyone refer to George W. Bush as brilliant? The word simply does not apply!
Either Harriet Miers is full of crap, hasn't left the house much, has suffered a brain injury, or she believes this treacle. Sadly, the first three options frighten me less than the last. This woman, who would replace the brilliant Sandra Day O'Connor comes off like a starry-eyed groupie. This should embarrass all of us.
But, the President knows her heart.
Now, what was it, six weeks ago? Two months? John Roberts went through the same process of confirmation, and was asked a lot of questions. Now, Justice Roberts is a Catholic, and people asked whether that would color his judgment.
"Whoa, hey, wait just a minute!" screamed the administration. "You can't ask this man about his faith, his religion. That's bigotry!"
And, maybe it is. I'll allow that it may be, in a way.
So, when Nominee Miers was announced, having no experience, and seemingly no opinions of her own, the press and the citizenry asked, "Um, so...what can you tell us about this person?"
And instantly, we got a pile of solid info! I found out the name of her church, what denomination she is, when she converted from Catholicism to Evangelical Christianity, all of it!
Because now, the administration needs to have it both ways.
This woman is a lightweight, legally, and apparently intellectually. This has nothing to do with her gender. Bush nominated her because he knows her heart. He knows she will do his bidding, because she is such a groupie. She will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade at the first opportunity, because George wishes it, and she lives to make him happy. She will carry out this Far Right activism from the bench, and you will kiss your remaining civil liberties goodbye. The fact that the only way they can sell her to America is as a Christian is an affront to all of us. It is, once again, the hypocrisy that galls me the most.
Because what was wrong for John Roberts, simply cannot be right for Harriet Miers.
posted at 8:02 PM
No ID Required
Once again, asshat fundies are in court to throw science under the bus.
A bus is a multi-passenger vehicle used to convey many people from place to place. It is powered by an internal combustion engine.
The internal combustion engine was created on Day 5, when God became tired of walking everywhere.
What the hell is wrong with America? So many curious people have invented so many important technologies over 200 years! This country has led the world in science for decades, and yet a majority still want Genesis taught as science? What is the matter with us?
"Not so fast, commie atheist scumbag. Creationism isn't where it's at. This is Intelligent Design. It's science!"
Yes. I like that. Intelligent Design. It still allows me to believe in fairy tales without feeling like such a moron. Come on.
A lot of people don't really understand what this is all about, and then there are others who slyly pretend not to know, in order to seem even-handed. Like the President of the United States, who has suggested that this garbage be taught alongside evolution, because "we have to teach both sides in science class, in order to be fair."
I'll be honest, if you want to talk intelligent design in philosophy class, even in public schools, I'm fine with that. It's good for people to kick around possibilities and theories, and to ponder the nature of the universe. It's important. But not in science class. No. Absolutely not.
And this is where the ID proponents are so clever. I really have to hand it to them. They say things like:
"You are oppressing the debate, and free speech!"
"What are you scared of, anyway?"
"Well, if evolution is the answer, what about ____? YOU HAVEN'T ANSWERED EVERYTHING YET!"
And that's true. Science has not explained everything yet. For that reason, men and women work very hard, using scientific methods to unravel the mysteries that surround us. No, science has not explained everything yet.
But Intelligent Design has not explained anything yet. Nothing. Not one thing.
There are no scientists laboring to prove and explain who or what this intelligent designer is. We all know who they mean, anyway. There is not one shred of science involved with this sham.
ID proponents are very good at getting stupid people interested in this, and even some smart ones. It's effective, and it works most of the time, because people still like easy answers, especially in the United States. There is nothing that science can't make better and faster, except science. I'm sorry, Evolution is a very complicated thing, and I don't pretend to understand all of it. But what I have studied makes sense. It's entirely logical. And I don't think that evolution is something only for atheists. There is still no reason a supreme being couldn't have started the whole process without having to guide every tiny step along the way. It's ok.
This is a lengthy piece, but it really gets to the crux of the debate. There is no controversy about Intelligent Design. There is no science to Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design is Creationism in a lab coat.
posted at 7:48 PM
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