February 20th, 2008

Psycho Kitteh

Evolution In The Classroom - Can GA Be Next, PLEASE?

Our reputation for flakiness is at stake
By CARL HIAASEN, published in the Miami Herald
In a move that could endanger Florida's flaky backwater reputation, the state Board of Education is poised to endorse the teaching of evolution as a science.

This is a dangerous idea -- not the presentation of Darwinism in schools, but the presentation of Florida as a place of progressive scientific thought.

Over the years the Legislature has worked tirelessly to keep our kids academically stuck in the mid-1950s. This has been achieved by overcrowding their classrooms, underpaying their teachers and letting their school buildings fall apart.

Florida's plucky refusal to embrace 21st century education is one reason that prestigious tech industries have avoided the state, allowing so many of our high-school graduates (and those who come close) to launch prosperous careers in the fast-food, bartending and service sectors of the economy.

By accepting evolution as a proven science, our top educators would be sending a loud message to the rest of the nation: Stop making fun of us.

Is that what we really want?

On Tuesday, , the Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a proposed set of new standards that describe evolution as the ''fundamental concept underlying all of biology'' and ``supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence.''

Certainly that's the position of every reputable academic group on the planet, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Teachers Association.

But forget the fossil record, OK? Forget DNA tracing. Forget the exhaustively documented diversification of species.

This battle is about pride and independence; about boldly going against the flow, in defiance of reason and all known facts.

In recent weeks, the Board of Education has been swamped by e-mails and letters from religious conservatives who advocate teaching creationism or intelligent design, and who believe evolution should be discussed strictly as a ``theory.''

For those who wish to see Florida standing still, if not sinking, this is a fantastic strategy. In fact, it could be expanded to revise other educational doctrines.

Let's start teaching gravity as a ''theory,'' too. And don't forget the solar system -- what proof do we really have, besides a bunch of fuzzy, fake-looking photos, that Mars really exists?

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Go Obey Your Husband You Stupid Republic

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Oh The Stupid, It Hurts...

You've GOT to click this link and watch this video. This is the land of Falwell, people - and these fuckers are SCARY. These are the people Joe Rogan talks about who need to be on the front lines in Iraq. Old, grizzled bastards and their women who think God is in control of everything and that Republicans are closer to Him and that Libruls hate 'merica. Obama is an Islamofascist, blah blah blah.

Go to Ted Nugent concerts and scoop these motherfuckers up in big giant nets, then throw them in a fleet of bass boats to go and fight in Iraq. Tell them that the terrorists love homosexuals, abortions, and hate NASCAR and rasslin'. They'll be on the front lines screaming "YEW FAGGOTS AIN'T GONNA TAKE AWAY MY RIGHT TO DRIVE FAST IN A CIRCLE!! JESUS GUIDE MY BULLETS!!!!!!!!!" and shooting everything that doesn't look like them. And as long as they stay, so fucking what.

Mitt Romney's sons need to be in Iraq too, by the way. Either that or he has to admit that he's raising nothing but a clan of chickenhawks in magic underwear.

Oh, my head hurts.

I Got More Hurty Stupid For You.

Israeli PM blames earthquakes on tolerance of homosexuality.
An Israeli MP has blamed parliament's tolerance of gays for earthquakes that have rocked the Holy Land recently.
Shlomo Benizri, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said the tremors had been caused by lawmaking that gave "legitimacy to sodomy".

Israel decriminalised homosexuality in 1988 and has since passed several laws recognising gay rights.

Two earthquakes shook the region last week and a further four struck in November and December.

Mr Benizri made his comments while addressing a committee of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, about the country's readiness for earthquakes.

He called on lawmakers to stop "passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the state of Israel, which anyway brings about earthquakes".

Israeli court rulings in recent years have granted inheritance rights to gay couples and recognised same-sex marriages performed abroad.

Last week, Israel's attorney general ruled same-sex couples could adopt.