Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
The analysis, by Prof. Gabriel J. Chin, focused on a 1937 law that has been largely overlooked in the debate over Mr. McCain’s eligibility to be president. The law conferred citizenship on children of American parents born in the Canal Zone after 1904, and it made John McCain a citizen just before his first birthday. But the law came too late, Professor Chin argued, to make Mr. McCain a natural-born citizen.
“It’s preposterous that a technicality like this can make a difference in an advanced democracy,” Professor Chin said. “But this is the constitutional text that we have.”
Several legal experts said that Professor Chin’s analysis was careful and plausible. But they added that nothing was very likely to follow from it.
That’s some good irony right there.
What Obama did here is a really important thing. Not him validating that whole birth certificate drama. Instead, he separated what he’s trying to do from the spectacle around what he’s trying to do. And as a result, he should be able to get beyond the stupid drama and do what he’s been trying to do for over two years — improve our economy. For too long, Obama’s become less about his own goals and efforts and more about the people looking for any way possible to cut them down. And by making his statement today, he drew a line in the sand. If you jerks are going to continue to talk about this, you’re doing so at the peril of the American people. And that’s what we needed to hear as a country and as a media. source
The Republicans learned a lot while Clinton was in office. If they concentrate on attempting to de-legitimize a duly & legally elected Democrat president instead of doing anything useful, they take the spotlight off the Republicans own “warts” and the sneaky bullshit they’re up to because all anyone can talk about is whether the president should actually be president or not. This is ridiculous of course, anyone with half a brain should realize it’s a simple act of misdirection (pay no attention to the man behind curtain, kids), and yet here we are.
I fear for the future mainly because people have shown themselves to be so easily distracted from reality. I’m not sure why this is. People often blame the education system, or call it simple racism (which is certainly a part of the criticisms of Obama, but obviously doesn’t apply to what happened to Clinton), but I think the answer is both easier and more complicated than that. No, I’m afraid this is a deep-seated problem with the general mindset of the American public. Always looking for an easy way out, and sore losers to boot.