Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Deepening Disgust

This morning, I awoke to learn that george bush (bushco) somehow escaped his handlers yesterday while standing in front of a group of minor-league news reporters. For the most part, I avoid talking about bushco on my blog because he often inspires me to suffer fits of apoplexy. But this time, I must comment because in yesterday’s interview, bushco openly declared war on science and intellectuals. In this barely coherent, meandering news story, we learn that bushco is now trying to direct the nation’s science education policy by claiming that people should be open-minded kids should be inculcated in so-called “Intelligent Design” (ID).

Bushco said he favors teaching ID to kids “so people can understand what the debate is about.” Ignoring a statement made on 5 March of this year by his own director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John H. Marburger III, bushco compared the current debate regarding teaching ID in schools to earlier disputes over “creationism.” While he was governor of Texas, bushco was caught on camera several times, advocating that students should be exposed to both creationism and evolution, obviously forgetting that the vast majority of American kids are indoctrinated in creationism in Sunday school from the day they are born.

“I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,” bushco countered. “[If] you’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.”

Well, if we are going to be truly open-minded about this, bushco would propose equal time for ALL other creation myths floating around out there. But we all know that will never happen.

But the problem with this unexpected rush of phony open-mindedness is that bushco once again reveals that he grossly misunderstands science: the science of Evolutionary Theory is not about presenting different creation mythologies as if they are Flavors of the Week at the local ice cream parlor. In fact, there are thousands of peer-reviewed research articles published every year that provide yet more evidence supporting the Theory of Evolution but there is absolutely no scientific credibility, and absolutely no data, for ID/creationism. How long will it take before this simple fact finally gets through bushco’s thick skull? ID/creationism is pseudoscience; mythology dressed up in the lamb’s skin of science. In view of this simple fact, forcing teachers to present ID in a science classroom is a professional insult and further, is absolutely ludicrous.

But as usual, when confronted with more pesky questions about this, the news story reports; Bush didn’t seem eager to talk about the topic.

Gee, I wonder why? Perhaps because bushco didn’t want to be accused of pandering to the religious wingnuts’ crackpot agenda to make our nation’s future scientists and leaders into shallow cookie-cutter intellects by providing them with a third-rate education mislabeled as “science”? In yesterday’s statement, the bushco administration has once again confirmed their overtly anti-science and anti-intellectual stance and demonstrated the depths they will go to in their desperate attempt to protect their religious beliefs – beliefs they know are lies, otherwise they would never need to go to such ridiculous lengths to protect them.


The Leader of the Free World ..



.. proudly seeking to create the American Taliban
destroy every business he's ever touched
education
(our future).

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18 Peer Reviews:

Blogger Smilin' Jack said...

Aww, give W a break...he ran for president, not professor of biology.

Furthermore, teaching ID in schools would impart to kids (the smart ones, anyway) an important and valuable lesson: Don't believe everything they tell you in school.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

I LOVE that picture so much, and it works so well with this particular story. Bush is such a nasty, small-minded man. I can't understand how people see him as a God. He is single-handedly dismantling everything I hold dear, and with such vengeance. It is breathtaking.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

had to laugh at smilin' jack's comment. quite amazing most people haven't learned that.

at any rate, it's quite interesting that he contradicted what his handlers have been saying. I say we let him hang himself. The more outrageous he gets, the better chance we'll have of not having Jeb win next time there's an election. Better yet, perhaps people will get pissed off enough to actually impeach him. Lord knows the rest of the world knew he was an idiot all along. Eventually even the dumbest Americans will have to catch on... right?

I don't know though, people are really stupid. I was talking to someone the other day about how they voted for a Republican senator just because they supported funding for science. They said they had to vote their pocketbook. But I have a really hard time believing the Democrat in the race didn't also support funding for science. And more to the point, they obviously weren't thinking about the consequences of having a Republican majority in Congress, which we might be able to do something about sooner rather than later if people would just wake up and do the math!!

grrr.

--MsPhD

9:32 PM  
Blogger thePsychologist said...

This is sad. Your president does so many foolish things. I'm glad I don't live in the US. As for the first comment: "[he did not run] for professor of biology". Good remark, which brings up a very interesting point: there should be stricter requirements to become a president. Requirements which would have denied this guy his presidency.

10:01 PM  
Blogger : Joseph j7uy5 said...

No, don't give Bush a break. As President, he should know enough to keep his mouth shut when he does not know what he is talking about.

Yes, I realize the remark was sarcastic, and even kind of funny, but I'm really having a hard time finding any room for forgiveness on this one. It ranks right up there with Bush Sr's "read my lips" comment as one of the most embarassing statments in history.

Dr. Myers already has compiled a list of 133 bloggers who have spoken up, and I am sure many more will follow.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

Teaching the various mythologies of cultures has a long and valid history in the curriculm of American schools. I am all for it.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

That isn't your editorial on the ivory bill in the New York Times today is it?

8:55 AM  
Blogger latina marie said...

yeah, mythology is appropriate school material - in a mythology class. not a science class. it truly is ridiculous that bush thinks that ID/creationism should be taught as science when there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support it. and like you, i think that if bush wants his version of creationism taught in schools, he should also be pushing to have all other creationist mythology presented. how about if i make up a random creation story of my own and argue that it deserves to be taught in schools as well?

9:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Dilatush said...

Bush promotes a "tarted-up version of creationism"...
JamulBlog

9:27 AM  
Blogger Pinky said...

I think this presidency has single-handedly made science in this country go backwards...
ID, stem cell research, making it so difficult for internation students to get Visas, etc. etc. etc.

Arrrrrrgh.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Pinky said...

That should say "international"...

I'm so angry, I can't write! lol

11:40 AM  
Anonymous ThomH said...

God, I hate this nonsense. Panda's Thumb has the blogswarm, so fortunately people are coming all out in support of science.

We're all going to need a break soon from this IDiocy.

Not that I don't love your reply here, but for reasons of sanity I'm looking forward to the next "Birds in the News" report.

Consider a paypal or Amazon.com link. Is it worth $5 - $10 per year (well, actually more) for the virtual "Birds in the News" report? Most certainly. I'd "subscribe."

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Libertarian Luziannagirl said...

You Go SciGirl!

No, Bushco doesn't support evolution, because Bushco doesn't buy science. Science is the ultimate fact-based institution, and Bushco doesn't need facts.

Bushco, a.k.a., W & the American Way Wrecking Co live in an alternate reality called the Bizarro World of Religious Mass Delusion. They consider their mission from God above all fact, reason, fairness, compassion, and law. Those are important only when convenient to their religio-ideological goals.

That's why it's a mistake for real scientists to debate the anti-evolution crowd in public.

Perhaps all the flag-waving American Christian Bush supporters will wake up & smell the coffee when these modern Pentacostal/Baptists with a stranglehold on U.S. government inevitably go back to a ban on fun of any kind---and I'm talking fun like: dancing, going to the movies on Sunday, women wearing makeup or showing their legs, and eating catfish. This Christian jihad running Washington traces its roots to groups espousing such restrictions as recently as 20 years ago. Maybe less.

I'm waiting for the muddy pickup crowd to figure that out, and when they do, hoping those Good Ol Boys & Gals will actually have the balls to buck all their pulpit-politicking, panty-waist preachers and vote BushCo & God's Own Robber Barons out. By the way, my 76 year old mother in law says GW Bush is living proof that chimpanzees can be taught speech.

It's an insult to chimpanzees.

Sincerely,

Libertarian Luziannagirl

2:16 PM  
Blogger Smilin' Jack said...

Hee, hee...love it when you pinkos bash Bush in the name of science, then go home and read your Deepak Chopra and take your echinacea pills (c'mon, admit it...I know you do.)

But maybe it's not too surprising that a lot of proles refuse to admit that genes evolve, when the faculty of Harvard refuses to admit that they even exist.

5:18 PM  
Blogger GrrlScientist said...

Smilin' Jack: True, bushco did not run to be a professor of biology, but his stupid comments are not ignorable because (1) he has access to the best minds in the world so there is no reason for him not to use them. (2) He has a Science and Technology Policy office for a reason, and he hired the director, so he should either listen to him or hire someone (a real scientist) whom he will listen to. Incidentally, the "flat earthers" will heartily agree with your sentiment; Don't believe everything they tell you in school.

RD: I think that bushco is tying to get revenge on academics for only giving him a C average in college .. is that the best grade that his money could buy??

Ms PhD: what, math? As Barbie once said, "But math is hard!!"

Jason: There already is a brain drain occuring in the USA. According to my sources, lots of American scientists are leaving for Europe. I would eagerly join them, if I can only advance beyond that prerequisite telephone interview.

Joseph: I agree with you; this was just too huge to ignore or overlook. What an international laughingstock we've become (yet again).

Tabor: I think that teaching mythology is GREAT, in a literature class! (and no, that's not my editorial -- I WISH that one of my missives was published on the Op-Ed pages in the NY Times!).

Latina Marie: heh. I've got a few stories about the creation of the universe and all life in it of my own, too. Maybe I should start my own church?

Tom Dilatush: thanks for the link.

Pinky: I agree, hence the "brain drain" that will soon crescendo unless something changes soon.

ThomB: my comments were linked by Pharyngula and the Panda's Thumb, so that partially explains the huge number of hits I've enjoyed recently. I was also linked by The Scientist magazine on Monday (unknown to me until late monday when I tracked back to the referring page shown in my count meter), and by two blog carnivals, too.

Because you asked, I do have a paypal button on this blog .. it's near the top, under the demographics data on the left sideboard. It's been there for six months or so.

Libertarian Luziannagirl: speaking of buying science .. I wonder what this country will do in the near future when they find their science, medicine and technology all is purchased from overseas .. if these things are expensive now, how expensive will all this be then?

5:43 PM  
Blogger Smilin' Jack said...

I think that bushco is tying to get revenge on academics for only giving him a C average in college

Hee, hee...you must be glad Kerry lost...his grades were worse than Bush's, and in easier courses.

I wonder what this country will do in the near future when they find their science, medicine and technology all is purchased from overseas .. if these things are expensive now, how expensive will all this be then?

Well, if we extrapolate from the example of cars, televisions, clothing, computers, etc, etc...they'll be a helluva lot cheaper.

And before you join the brain drain to Europe, I'd check out their salaries. As a full-time prof over there, you'd be lucky to match what you make as an adjunct here.

8:01 PM  
Blogger jamie said...

Teaching ID in schools would actually impart to kids, hey, believe whatever you want and then pick through all the evidence and use a few unanswered questions to defend your preconclusion - hardly a responsible way to teach critical thinking.

Having had about 9 hours of a college level Anthropology class wasted with students challenging a PhD holding prof about evolution with great arguments like - and I'm not kidding - "My youth pastor said evolution isn't true, and he wouldn't lie to me," this is hardly a vehicle for teaching independent thought. Class time is too short, funds are too little. Wanna learn argument? Take an argument/ rhetoric class. Wanna learn about religious movements? Sociology. Wanna learn science . . .

Comparing European prof salaries to the US is misleading - one would have to factor in the cost of living as well. Plus, I'd be willing to bet, considering the actual hours worked per week by my own profs, some of them make less per hour than I do, and I turn wrenches for a living . . .

10:45 PM  
Anonymous ThomH said...

1. My bad on the paypal. 2. Great that you're being linked! 3. I have no idea how defending science became "leftist," but count me in even should the political tides shift.

12:09 AM  

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