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    Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Little Suzie Newsykins remembers to forget
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Space exploration in 2014 is stuck waiting on the House to act, by DarkSyde
    • The 2014 elections and voting demographics: promise and peril, by Steve Singiser
    • The Teapublican Party wins 2013 'Racist of the Year' award, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • When is $2.1 billion just chump change, by shanikka
    • Why the U.S. should treat health care like a utility, not a market, by Jon Perr
    • An elderly veteran delivering pizza? The system has failed us ..., by Mark E Andersen
    • Urgent message from United Nations: Wake up before it's too late, by VL Baker
    • The Ideology That Sacrifices Humanity To Satisfy The Rich, by Egberto Willies
  • Poll: Americans see gloomy future: The survey from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 54 percent saying they expect life in the United States to decline, with 23 percent saying it will improve and 21 percent saying it stay about the same. But personal contentment hasn't changed much the past 40 years.
    Whites are particularly gloomy: Only 1 in 6 expects better times over the next four decades. Also notably pessimistic are middle-age and older people, those who earn midlevel incomes and Protestants, a new national poll finds.[...]

    Interviews by the federally funded General Social Survey, one of the nation's longest-running surveys of social trends, show Americans' overall happiness as well as satisfaction with their jobs and marriages barely fluctuating since 1972.

  • Wall Street Journal editorialists still think cold weather means global warming ain't happening. And they repeat the BS about "liberals" being the ones who avoid using the term "global warming."
  • Justice Dept. files papers saying contraception mandate doesn't impinge on religious views: An order of nuns has claimed that even though it is exempt from having to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees, having a third party do so instead means it would still be supporting something it objects to, just less directly.
    The administration and supporters of the law contend that the mandate is both constitutional and needed for women’s health. They note that the regulations exempt churches and do not require religious nonprofit organizations “to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for contraceptive coverage.”

    Instead, changes made to the original language shift the responsibility of providing the coverage from the faith-based institutions to their insurance companies or a third-party administrator.

  • 2013 was Iraq's bloodiest year since 2008: Iraq Body Count, which some critics say underestimates the number dying as a result of the lingering war that began with the U.S. invasion 11 years ago, reports that 9,500 Iraqi civilians were killed last year.
    While the exact numbers [of fatalities] vary among counts, the result is the same—as are the causes. “Iraq is now a fragmented state, where each party struggles to gain power, at the expense of the others, as they have incompatible security requirements, which means that the security of each cannot be assured at the same time as the security of its rivals or enemies,” Iraq Body Count said in its report. “Thus they seek relative gains, where their own gain is a loss to another, rather than absolute gains, which require cooperation.” And so the struggle between the minority Sunnis and government-leading Shiites continued, stretching from the political arena to the streets of Iraq in violent episode after violent episode.
  • Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," will debate founder of Creation Museum: Tickets are $25 for what, frankly, is a coup for Ken Ham of the northern Kentucky Creation Museum and a waste of time and talent for Nye, whose YouTube video saying kids are hurt by being taught creationism has been viewed nearly six million times. But Nye has nonetheless agreed to appear with Ham on Feb. 4.
  • Bakken crude unexpectedly explosive:
    The U.S. pipeline safety agency on Thursday issued a safety warning that the type of crude oil produced in the Bakken region in the northern United States "may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil."
    The fracked crude oil looks more like gasoline than oil, according to reporter for Globe and Mail.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, our first live show of the new year! Greg Dworkin rounded up ACA news, including "As Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge, So Does Conservative Rage," and comment on the OHIE study from The Incidental Economist. Also discussed: De Blasio inauguration coverage, the snowstorm, and Ezra Klein's maybe-sorta plan to start planning something and why the NYT is so interested. Next, musing on the still-growing NSA stories, from Ruth Marcus to Michael Dearing to Julian Sanchez. Lastly, the Japanese Mob hires the homeless to clean up Fukushima, and U.S. Navy sailors in the region have radiation sickness. Only KITM would try to tie THAT together!

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  •  Son of non-Parve Ham (6+ / 0-)
    Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," will debate founder of Creation Museum: Tickets are $25 for what, frankly, is a coup for Ken Ham of the northern Kentucky Creation Museum and a waste of time and talent for Nye, whose YouTube video saying kids are hurt by being taught creationism has been viewed nearly six million times. But Nye has nonetheless agreed to appear with Ham on Feb. 4.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:34:16 PM PST

  •  million mullah mom marches needed (1+ / 0-)
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    2013 was Iraq's bloodiest year since 2008: Iraq Body Count, which some critics say underestimates the number dying as a result of the lingering war that began with the U.S. invasion 11 years ago, reports that 9,500 Iraqi civilians were killed last year.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:39:32 PM PST

  •  I object to a lot of things (4+ / 0-)

    the government does.  Can I pick and choose which laws I am expected to follow because some offend me or are contrary to my moral code or personal beliefs, religious or otherwise?

  •  Allen Who™ is "Concerned" (3+ / 0-)
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Allen West 'Concerned' More About Elizabeth Warren Than Hillary Clinton For 2016

    Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said he's more "concerned" about a potential presidential run from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Boston Herald.

    Warren has insisted she has no plans to run for president, but West said on Boston Herald Radio’s “Trending Now" he thinks she could rally progressives more than Clinton, who has yet to weigh in on her 2016 plans. West also said he thought Democrats "have to" have a woman run for president because "they need the marketing gimmick."

    “Elizabeth Warren is their darling. That’s who they want,” West said. “And they have to run another woman because they need the marketing gimmick of the first something. We had the first black president... and now we’re going to have to have the first woman president.”

    West said he's not making any 2016 plans as of now, claiming "any person that says 'I'm thinking about running for president' should not be president."

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:40:50 PM PST

  •  Iraq (4+ / 0-)
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    is GWB's gift of freedom that keeps on giving killing.

  •  I don't understand the criticism of Nye (6+ / 0-)

    How do you expect people to change their minds if you're not willing to confront them with facts.  So Ham makes a few bucks - who cares. Sometimes you got to go on the other teams turf and tell them whats up.  How many more views will Nye get after this debate?  How many of those views will come from people who don't already agree with him?

    •  Honestly... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think the expectation here IS to change anybody's mind, I suspect exposure is more the end game here.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:14:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  You Know They're Not Going to Change Their Minds (0+ / 0-)

      because they're fundamentalists. They speak for The Lord, and Nye is opposing The Lord. They would be giving up the foundation stone of their entire way of life if they changed their minds.

      You can't even call it a debate when one side argues while the other side preaches.

      There will be millions who are introduced by this and its years of reruns to the now legitimate debate between science and Genesis.

      There are plenty of ways for this to be more of a setback than an advance.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:16:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I believe that is the wrong way to look at it (0+ / 0-)

        You're right, the vast majority won't change their minds.  But not all the people in attendance will have fixed views.  Nye may help give voice to a teen or an adult struggling to find someone who reflects their views in a very pro-christian fundamentalist culture. Furthermore, people grow.  This may be the spark that gets a few people questioning their fundamentalist views.

        You think Nye's debate is going to introduce people to creationism? Millions are introduced to creationism every Sunday (and more) while sitting in church, or sitting in a mega-church, or while watching TV of a mega-church.  That is why we are having this debate 150 years after it should have ended for good.  What do you think is going on in that 400 seat room down the road from you? At least on this debate evolution will get a word in.  

        I can't believe people don't have more faith in the ability of science to trump creationism.  One thing is for sure, science certainly won't sway people if you never present the argument.

      •  There may be more than the made-up minds present, (0+ / 0-)

        but you're right about a non-debate debate.

        Nye is best off to avoid a real debate, because there isn't one to be had.  If you need to believe in creationism to hold on to your faith, more power to you.

        But it isn't science.

        The only thing to argue is what science is and isn't -- and the difference between "facts" (whether actual or made up) and science.  Science requires facts, but facts do not constitute science, and "facts" most certainly do not constitute science.

        You can't argue against faith, but you can strike a blow for science writ large, especially if there will be any kids listening in.

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        by dinotrac on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:44:06 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  To paraphrase Issac Asimov, (0+ / 0-)

      "there is a cult of ignorance in the United States...nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.""

      More succinctly as Gregory House nails it: "If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people."

      This entire "debate" will only lend legitimacy to Ham's "science" by even being debated by a reputable scientist like Bill Nye. This plays right into the hands of creationists who will do anything in an attempt to legitimize their superstition as real "science".

  •  Nye v. Ham (5+ / 0-)

    No matter what transpires, Ham's supporters will agree he won hands down.

    Those steeped in a lifetime of the suspension of disbelief will see and hear precisely what they want or expect to. Self-delusion is their lifestyle.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:55:29 PM PST

  •  How do you "debate" evolution? It is a (4+ / 0-)

    given that anyone who does not "believe" in evolution does not use rational thought.

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:56:17 PM PST

  •  Why is the Bakken crude described as (2+ / 0-)
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    "unexpectedly" explosive?

    Based on its composition, that is totally expectable (not sure if that's a word, but otherwise the statement stands).

  •  More Asscoiated Press Bullshit On Obamacare (0+ / 0-)

    http://abcnews.go.com/...

    A lot of the information in this article is incomplete and misleading.  All the plans reach the same out of pocket spending caps at $6,250 per person. The copays apply to costs between the deductible ($0 to $5,000) and the out of pocket cap ($6,250).  If someone has a serious chronic illness, the Bronze and Gold plans are pretty much the same because patient will hit the out-of-pocket cap at around $6,000 - $7,000 and then all their costs are covered for an individual.  For people with serious illnesses or injuries, the main difference is how quickly someone reaches the out of pocket cap.   But if someone reaches the cap, the costs of Bronze and Gold plans are pretty much the same, because the difference between the Gold and Bronze premiums will be about $5,000 a year.

    On the other hand, if you want to see the doctor frequently because of MINOR health problems, then get a Gold plan that will cover several thousand dollars of expense the Bronze wouldn't cover.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:10:17 PM PST

    •  Incomplete and misleading information in article (1+ / 0-)
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      What do you expect, it's from abc news...

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:18:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  They Don't Understand The Basics (0+ / 0-)

        . A bronze plan covers 60 percent of expected costs, silver covers 70 percent, gold covers 80 percent, and platinum covers 90 percent. But that's the % copay until the consumer reaches the $6250 out of pocket spending cap and insurance pays 100%.  If you have over $20,000 in bills, you'll pay about $8,000, and it's roughly the same for Bronze, Silver, or Gold.  

        If you have minor health problems and like seeing the doctor a couple times a month, get Gold.

        The cheapest Silver program is cheaper than the most expensive Bronze. Some people will cheat themselves out of Silver coverage.

        Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

        by bernardpliers on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:12:46 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I'll try again (0+ / 0-)

    I posted a slightly different version of this comment in an open thread yesterday but received no response:

    A question for non-New Yorkers

    Something that one notices from time to time while consuming media such as network news broadcasts is how New York-centric American media is. If it's affecting New York, it automatically is IMPORTANT and must be covered in considerable detail. Extensive detail. Such a New York-centric bias is hardly new, but it seems to crop up more prominently from time to time.

    Now, I understand that New York is an important city both culturally and financially, and I have a sense for how much of the American economy relies on investment banks managed out of New York. But sitting out here on the left coast, it just gets ridiculous now and then.

    New York has a new mayor as of the first. But more than one reporter (based in New York, natch) over the past few days has philosophized about how important this development is and how the whole nation looks to New York for leadership and guidance and so on and so on until, one can only imagine, their navel lint seemed to take on gigantic proportions.

    So I ask my fellow non-New Yorkers, especially those who don't have family there, don't live close to there, and whose job is not directly related to the City of New York: is this accurate, in your experience? Do you find the citizens of Cincinnati wandering the streets discussing the intricacies of New York?   Do the rustlers outside Reno secretly read the New Yorker and chortle over the cartoons?  Is it the habit of the denizens of Dubuque to look to New York for guidance on what is happening and important?

    I dunno -- maybe it's just me, but I find it almost comical how American media, based in New York, is utterly convinced about how important and pervasively influential New York is.

    •  Yes... (0+ / 0-)

      years ago when I was younger, I used to balk at the elevation of NYC as the nation's "first city".

      But being older now and having lived in many different places (and especially in many different urban environments, including NYC), I understand the how and the why of looking at NYC as a model for changes and trends.

      Same with LA.  Not because the media are centered there (they are and that plays a role), but because as the largest urban centers and the most diverse places in the country, nearly every issue that may come up some place else, will probably be tested, experienced and dealt with in one of those two places.  The mayoral elections in NY are important, just as they are important in LA.

       

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:24:14 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  On the Bill Nye thing... (3+ / 0-)
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    my guess, Nye has no intention nor hope of reaching the Ken Ham audience, but rather wants to underscore to the bulk of parents that aren't ensnared in the Creationist Fog that these Creationism folks are dangerous.

    I wouldn't assume that he is going into this debate with the expectations with which one usually approaches a debate.

    But granting any legitimacy is problematic. Still, there may be a different agenda here.  Hard to say or know.

       

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:12:56 PM PST

  •  broken record (0+ / 0-)

    I'm frustrated.  I keep on commenting that the US decline is due to the decline of union power--it's obvious.  Trumka cannot get the AFL/CIO back on its feet, so we need to look elsewhere.  My vision is that dkos morph into a bulletin board--telling liberals who/what to boycott.  Not too many stores at one time, just enough to cause serious pain.  For example, Kellogg's is in our doghouse for dropping employees work hours to deny health coverage--for the next 2 months, all on this site avoud their products.  Easy to do, will cause corporate pain, could get results.  

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:13:07 PM PST

  •  The Problem - What Shall We Call It? (1+ / 0-)
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    We have a 'global warming' problem.  

    Re-designation of our 'global warming problem' as a 'climate change' problem means using an inherently more vaguely described term that de-couples the problem description from  the fundamental construct of the seriousness and magnitude of our actual problem (which is 'global warming').

    "Global warming" as an actual physical description of the actual worldwide problem is far more compelling as a communication element than the use of 'climate change' which is a neutral term.

    The term 'climate change' does not connote or command either qualitative or quantitative specificity.   From a public communications standpoint, the term 'climate change' does not necessarily communicate or mean a negative thing as far as actual effects for everyone everywhere.

    •  Tied to the "literalist" contingent (1+ / 0-)
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      of our political culture.  An important rhetorical, cultural and political development over the past 35-40 years.

      In fundamentalist religion you have the Biblical literalists, folks like the right wing evangelicals and dominionists who want to turn back all the social progress of the last century because of poorly translated versions of a set of texts written 1800 years ago, in constitutional law and policy you have the originalists, folks like Scalia, who's smart enough to know better but enjoys playing semantic chicken and being pedantic in order to advance a particularly authoritarian political philosophy and policy and now climate change deniers, many with specifically corporate and financial interests playing that same pedantic literalism for a specific political end.

      All the folks who bemoan literary criticism and textual analysis as useless on the face of things need only note the degree to which the forces of regress and anti-modernism have embraced those tools and put them to very strategic political purposes.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:34:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Jesse LaGreca (a DK blogger ;) is on MSNBC now. (2+ / 0-)
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    right now ;)

  •  Yeah, yeah, BS -- sure. (0+ / 0-)

    I still can't bring myself to call global warming climate change.

    It is, of course, but only a subset of the whole.
    Global warming is a very specific kind of climate change with a known cause that we can affect.
    It dilutes the issue to call it anything but what it is, even if the symptoms of that warming can sometimes be a bit confusing.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:37:42 PM PST

    •  Think of it this way. Global warming is causing (0+ / 0-)

      climate to change.

      •  It is one cause of a changing climate, but so what (0+ / 0-)

        ?

        The important thing is that global warming is something we can actually address, unlike cycles of the sun, the planet's orbit, etc, etc.

        We can stop pulling fossil fuels up out of the ground and putting them into the atmosphere.

        When you start talking about climate change, you are faced with the fact that the climate is always changing and that nothing we do can make it stand still.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 04:50:49 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Insane RWNJ Conspiracy Blackboard of the Day! (0+ / 0-)

    Okay... so maybe I DID watch too much of the Twilight Zone Marathon on New Year's.....

    theory32

    Momma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But Momma - that's where the fun is!

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:48:04 PM PST

  •  God willing (irony intended) (0+ / 0-)

    Bill Nye is a better debater than he is a dancer. For those who missed it, his performance on Dancing With the Stars was embarrassing. But he's great - much luck to him in his no doubt futile attempt to change minds of stone.

  •  GOP: Making shit up (1+ / 0-)
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    Think Progress | Climate progress

    In a 2002 memo, GOP spinmaster Frank Luntz urged conservatives to switch from using the term “global warming” to using “climate change.” He wrote (original emphasis):

    It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of global warming…

    So republicans (Fox "News" Murdoch) push the lie:
    You see, it’s all about climate extremes. That’s why the liberals no longer refer to “global warming.”
    And then there's the truth:
    The term “climate change” was used long before Luntz’s memo, particularly in the scientific literature. For instance, a 1970 paper published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was titled “Carbon Dioxide and its Role in Climate Change” and discussed how emissions of carbon dioxide warm the atmosphere.
    Which is why it is kind of hard to see what's to be gained with Bill Nye the Science guy agreeing to talk with a group that has no compunction when it comes to distorting facts into meaning just the opposite of the truth.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And about Justice Sotomayor's stay:
    Politico asks 5 key questions about the legal issues of the contraception mandate

    The government is expected to tell the Supreme Court on Friday that if the Brothers have religious objections to the mandate, they can refuse to send contraceptives to the employees with no repercussions — and therefore, the Little Sisters have no reason to bring this lawsuit. That was the government’s argument to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case.
    So Justice Sotomayor is giving the White house until friday to respond:
    Now that the government has responded, Sotomayor could decide to keep her order in place, remove it or take the issue to the other justices. The Supreme Court could then decide to hear the full case in the next few months. Even if this specific case does not come before all the justices immediately, the core issue here could eventually work its way through the legal system and return to the high court through this case or a different case.
    Religious organizations/Churches are completely exempt from providing contraception.

    And here is one point at issue:

    Religious-affiliated groups that fall somewhere in the middle, such as the Little Sisters or a Catholic college, can use the Obama administration’s regulatory accommodation and work through their insurer or third-party administrator.
    The argument from the religious:
    The administration contends that it protects the group’s religious rights while ensuring that female employees have access to contraceptives no matter where they work. The groups that have filed suit disagree and say their religious beliefs are still in conflict with the requirement. They argue that if they have a religious-based objection to contraception, they should neither have to pay for it nor provide access to it.
    It seems like Justice Sotomayor has made this decision to force a conclusion:
    “No one will ever get contraception coverage in that context, so it’s hard to imagine they have standing, that there is a substantial burden on their religious beliefs or that there is sufficient harm to [block the policy],” said Brigitte Amiri, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed briefs in support of the government’s position in similar cases.

    The Little Sisters say they object to even notifying their administrator to provide contraceptives, regardless of the fact that the Brothers would not comply on religious grounds.

     - emphasis added

    A conclusion that sure seems like will end up in favor of the White house and PPACA because the religious groups have their exemptions and are now taking beyond the scope of the law into other areas

    Thx MB

    source: By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 1/3/14 8:44 AM EST  Updated: 1/3/14 4:17 PM EST

     

  •  Bakken and Ham in the same thread LOL, sounds (1+ / 0-)
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    like your side order choices for breakfast....do you want crude Bakken or Wingnut Ham with your eggs?

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    by wishingwell on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:20:28 PM PST

  •  HI-Sen: Leading local blogger weighs in (0+ / 0-)

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:41:56 PM PST

  •  Disgusting Obama-lynching RWNJ page hacked (0+ / 0-)

    by good-guy trolls. Hilarity ensues.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/...

  •  qwatz (0+ / 0-)

    So how is everyone doing, in those parts of the country where it actually snows?

  •  Bill Nye should abandon any thought of ... (0+ / 0-)

    debating science with Genesis 1. He should instead debate the the ridiculous extrapolations that Ken Ham has made from the handful of generalities contained in Genesis 1, and which have been manufactured into a tourist attraction.
    Steve Green, president of the arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby, has contributed material to the Verbum Domini exhibit in this museum. Though the material contributed by Green has some historical context as it pertains to the Bible as a printed document, there are still no facts to support Ham's creationist views being displayed elsewhere in the museum.
    A diorama of Adam in a lush Garden of Eden surrounded by animals, including a penguin? Ridiculous! A cave aquarium features live, blind cave fish, showing how natural selection allows organisms to adapt but not evolve. Don't get cute with the words adapt/evolve, Ken. Evolution is adaptation.
    Ken also has a dinosaur fetish, but his fetish goes beyond paleontology. He has fossils. He has lifelike dino models. He has a dinosaur stamp collection. Somehow he had to weave this fetish into Genesis 1. The result it laughable.
    But this is the mind of a huckster and a creationist out to empty the pockets of anyone gullible enough to walk in the doors of his carnival side show.
    Sadly, Christian Fundamentalism is a side show that more, and more of us are forced to witness in the name of religious freedom.


    Caution: The reality in the mirror may be closer than it appears.

    by glb3 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 04:54:36 PM PST

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