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Jason Spaceman



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(Permalink) Posted: July 31 2006,11:31   

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H.L. Mencken once responded to a question asked by many of his readers: "If you find so much that is unworthy of reverence in the United States, then why do you live here?" His answer was, "Why do men go to zoos?" Sadly, Mencken is not here to ogle the newest creature in the American Zoo: the Bleached Flamingo, otherwise known as Ann Coulter. This beast draws crowds by its frequent, raucous calls, eerily resembling a human voice, and its unearthly appearance, scrawny and pallid. (Wikipedia notes that "a white or pale flamingo ... is usually unhealthy or suffering from a lack of food.") The etiolated Coulter issued a piercing squawk this spring with her now-notorious book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism. Its thesis, harebrained even by her standards, is that liberals are an atheistic lot who have devised a substitute religion, replete with the sacraments of abortion, feminism, coddling of criminals, and--you guessed it--bestiality. Liberals also have their god, who, like Coulter's, is bearded and imposing. He is none other than Charles Darwin. But the left-wing god is malevolent, for Coulter sees Darwin as the root cause of every ill afflicting our society, not to mention being responsible for the historical atrocities of Hitler and Stalin.

The furor caused by her vicious remarks about the 9/11 widows ("I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much.") has distracted people from the main topic of her book: evolutionary biology, or rather the pathetic pseudoscientific arguments of its modern fundamentalist challenger, Intelligent Design (ID). This occupies four of Coulter's eleven chapters. Enamored of ID, and unable to fathom a scientific reason why biologists don't buy it, Coulter suggests that scientists are an evil sub-cabal of atheist liberals, a group so addicted to godlessness that they must hide at all costs the awful "truth" that evolution didn't happen. She accuses evolutionists of brainwashing children with phony fossils and made-up "evidence," turning the kids into "Darwiniacs" stripped of all moral (i.e., biblical) grounding and prone to become beasts and genocidal lunatics. To Coulter, biologists are folks who, when not playing with test tubes or warping children's minds, encourage people to have sex with dogs. (I am not making this up.)


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The Ghost of Paley



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(Permalink) Posted: July 31 2006,14:50   

Now, Jason, you know we don't talk about Miss Ann in these here parts.

                    :angry:

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: July 31 2006,15:08   

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The furor caused by her vicious remarks about the 9/11 widows ("I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much.") has distracted people from the main topic of her book: evolutionary biology, or rather the pathetic pseudoscientific arguments of its modern fundamentalist challenger, Intelligent Design (ID). This occupies four of Coulter's eleven chapters. Enamored of ID, and unable to fathom a scientific reason why biologists don't buy it, Coulter suggests that scientists are an evil sub-cabal of atheist liberals, a group so addicted to godlessness that they must hide at all costs the awful "truth" that evolution didn't happen. She accuses evolutionists of brainwashing children with phony fossils and made-up "evidence," turning the kids into "Darwiniacs" stripped of all moral (i.e., biblical) grounding and prone to become beasts and genocidal lunatics. To Coulter, biologists are folks who, when not playing with test tubes or warping children's minds, encourage people to have sex with dogs. (I am not making this up.)


Shit, is this where you got all these ideas, Paley?

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Flint



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(Permalink) Posted: July 31 2006,16:26   

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Shit, is this where you got all these ideas, Paley?

No kidding, I think Paley and Coulter drink from the same meme pool. They both use the same basic technique - start with what they WANT to be true, cherry-pick stuff out of context to support it if possible, generate the most baffling non sequitur interpretations of irrelevant stuff whenever useful, and otherwise just Make Stuff Up.

Coulter "researches" biology in much the same way as one might "research" conservatism by interviewing nothing but imprisoned sex offenders who voted for Bush - and deleting anything they say that might be accurate.

  
Crabby Appleton



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(Permalink) Posted: July 31 2006,21:37   

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Now, Jason, you know we don't talk about Miss Ann in these here parts.

                    :angry:

Why wouldn't we talk about Miss Ann Thropy here?

I've seen her shoot and the only way she could hit the broad side of a barn is with a Chesapeake Bay Gun.

I'll bet DDTTD would love to take to her out hunting pigs in hollow logs. What the #### does that mean DDTTD? Did you look for pigs in hollow logs (I've never found a pig in a hollow log but I've found a few bears in them) or were you and your friends hunting pigs from dugouts? A dugout is hardly a hollow log.

  
jeannot



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 01 2006,07:43   

Why does a scientist as brilliant as Jerry Coyne waste his time to respond to a jerk ?

  
Flint



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 01 2006,07:57   

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Why does a scientist as brilliant as Jerry Coyne waste his time to respond to a jerk ?

Mainly, because the jerk has a very broad readership, is poking buttons to which a majority of US citizens resonate at least somewhat, is providing ammunition that will be quote-mined on fundie websites until #### freezes over (and pounded from pulpits coast to coast, and recited approvingly by millions of parents to millions of infants). And future scientists, if any, must take root and thrive in the soil Coulter is tilling.

  
Crabby Appleton



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 01 2006,20:14   

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And future scientists, if any, must take root and thrive in the soil Coulter is tilling.

Tilling ain't what she's doing to the soil. Bullshit is more usefull than what she spews because it enriches the soil.

  
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