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Impersonal... Jesus...
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February 28, 2004

Sphere of Influence

Nope, the invasion of Iraq had no role in Libya's decision to end its WMD program. None at all.

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi says he gave up his plans to develop weapons of mass destruction, because such weapons would have exposed Libya to danger, rather than protect it.

It was his first public reference at an international gathering to Libya's surprise decision last December to renounce its arms of mass destruction program. Colonel Gadhafi told leaders from other African countries that individual nations should not try to develop such weapons.

"Any national state that will adopt this policy cannot protect itself. On the contrary, it would expose itself to danger," he said.

Maybe he meant danger from alien attack. Yes, that's probably it.

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February 27, 2004

Put On Your Party Hats

Zombyboy, the nicest conservative Christian (shhhh, ignore the oxymoron - look away!) you'll ever meet, is celebrating his first blogiversary. Go give him a big, wet kiss.

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February 26, 2004

What's Pissing Me Off Today...

...includes this editorial by Phil Gingrey (R-GA) in the Atlanta Constitution.

It wasn't President Bush who established marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Thanks for clearing that up, Congressman. Now I feel bad for calling my mother a lying whore when she said she married in 1952 when President Bush wasn’t elected (well, sort of) until 2000.

Gimme gimme more more more »

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February 25, 2004

Talk About The Passion, Again

There's a new controversy in Denver over the sign that a local pastor put up on his church marquee:

The marquee of the Lovingway United Pentecostal Church on Colorado Boulevard and Mississippi Avenue reads, “Jews killed the Lord Jesus..."

The Anti-Defamation League said it received several calls Wednesday morning from people who drove by the sign and were upset by its message.

Well, surely, that's because the line is being taken out of context, and clearly goes against the Biblical message of love. So, with that in mind, let's look at the line in its proper context:
1 Thess 2

14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

Hmmm, nope, that pesky Paul pretty much says the Jews killed Jesus and that they all around suck, and God kicked their asses because of it.

Ah well, so much for the Bible and Jesus and love and forgiveness, huh?

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Even More About Andy

You probably remember seeing my absolutely exciting results from the Physical Attraction Test. If you don't, you can click on the pretty link there and go catch up while the rest of us wander off to make a cup of tea.

Back? Good. Because I just took the Personality Test, and now, because I think you should know more about me than probably interests you, here are my results, judiciously edited to portray me in a positive light (actually, I just cut out the truly dull crap and left in the moderately dull)...

Gimme gimme more more more »

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Impersonal... Jesus...

Today's the big day, the day on which Jesus - King of Kings, Lord of Lord, Highest of the Most High, and "Peter, I can see your house from up here!" - comes back to reign supreme over the box office (as predicted in the Book of Revelation), courtesy of Mr. Braveheart and his envangelical vehicle, "The Passion of the Christ."

With a title like that, and with Monica Bellucci in a starring role, I was hoping for something a bit sexy and wild, but apparently that's simply not the case. Apparently this displeases someone at the Hollywood Reporter as well:

The Reporter also says that the movie's violence is so intense and more important than character development that audiences may have trouble with that.
Character development? How, precisely, does the critic expect there to be character development, when the source material is positively devoid of any? Violence is easy - the Bible is chock full of it (smite this, smote that, fire and brimstone on the lot of ya - and get off my porch, you kids!).

Character development... good luck with that.

I suppose Mel could have shown us how Jesus felt guilt upon reading Penthouse Papyrus. Or how Judas was the product of a violent home which confused him sexually and emotionally. Or how Monica Bellucci looks good even when not wearing much makeup and caked in dirt, and I realize that's not character development, but that's ok, as Monica's a hottie.

However, none of that is to be found in the New Testament. It's an archetypal myth, a fairly standard interpretation of the hero's journey. The purpose of the myth is to explain something to members of a culture - origins, morals, the number of licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop - not to develop complicated characters with whom we connect on a deep emotional level, for whom we have complex feelings and a sense of real association beyond "good guy" and "bad guy."

Which, in a roundabout way, brings me to the point that hit me last night: Why is it that many Christians (particularly of the Protestant, evangelical variety) claim to have a "personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?"

How is this possible, given that the source material is rather bland, and assuming for the sake of argument that they've never had an interpersonal exchange with Jesus (except, perhaps, for their Mexican yardboy of the same name, but who only speaks Spanish, and so the end result is about the same)?

When I think of my own personal relationships, there are certain elements that are required. At the minimum, a general knowledge of personality and behaviors - at the maximum, an intimate understanding of psyche, likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, and more. From acquaintance to friend to spouse, they're all defined by a spectrum of the above - and for those for whom I can't offer any meaningful knowledge of the above, well, those are the everyday people on the street. The ones I pass without a second thought. The ones who pass me with same.

So, tell me something meaningful about Jesus' personality. Tell me his favorite song, his favorite food, his dreams for himself and others. I mean, aside from the superficial information provided in the Bible, which amounts to a willingness to sacrifice for a greater good, no different than even the most basic of childhood stories.

Tell me something that makes him leap from the page and become a flesh and blood human being with depth of character and emotion. And then tell me how you know this, and why I should not think you crazy for claiming such knowledge. Because I doubt you got it from the New Testament - which means you've picked it up from your church (who have no more grounds to assert such knowledge than you), from Hollywood (ditto), from books (ditto), or from the voices in your head (which may or may not be Jesus talking - and either way, you're probably nuts).

Personal relationship with Jesus? I doubt it.

(this rather lengthy, rambling post was inspired by a comment I left here)

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February 24, 2004

Medical Science Isn't His Forte

The Pope, speaking on the topic of in-vitro fertilization, said:

"The act during which a married couple become father and mother through a mutual act of giving brings them close to the creator, by bringing into the world a new human being. Such an act cannot be replaced by technological intervention."
Errr, um, yes, it can. It's called "in-vitro fertilization." Granted, there's a lot less sweat, squeaking springs, and utterances to the divine (by believers and atheists alike), but indeed it does make babies.

Do try to keep up, JP, old boy.

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It is as it wasn't

You read it here first: Gibson's Passion is riddled with historical errors. More later.

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Quote of the Day

Courtesy of Colby Cosh:

Even granting that religious belief is a form of lunacy rather than error, you have to treat lunatics who outnumber you with a certain modicum of respect.
Hey, I'm not saying you're a lunatic (although, with statistics as my guide, I'm willing to bet at least one of you is), I just liked the quote.

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February 23, 2004

Just a Friendly Reminder

It's been 896 days since this. Never forget. I fear too many of us already have.

(brought to mind by this post, not that we should need a reminder)

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Jukebox Blogger

Via John Scalzi, by way of Steve Green (although I do remember seeing it over at Gaiman's place too), comes this little meme:

1. If you've got a music jukebox (i.e., an iPod, or iTunes or WinAmp or even Microsoft Media Player on your computer), fire it up, open up your entire musical library.

2. Put the library on "random shuffle."

3. List the first 10 songs that pop up. No cheating to delete the uncool, embarrassing or guilty pleasure tracks.

OK, here they are:
  1. The Connells - Hey You
  2. Sublime - What I Got
  3. Crowded House - Something So Strong
  4. Sidewinders - We Don't Do That Anymore
  5. Toad the Wet Sprocket - Butterflies
  6. Guns N' Roses - My Michelle
  7. The Freddy Jones Band - Blue Moon
  8. Barenaked Ladies - When I Fall
  9. The Questionnaires - Anything Can Happen
  10. Rhett Miller - World Inside the World
How very thrilling indeed. This wasn't my entire MP3 collection, just the portion of it that is currently residing on my laptop (via the Jesus-powered miracle of WiFi, I don't need to have them all duplicated left, right, and into the hereafter, you see).

I trust you all feel a little enriched by this experience.

Update: Fine, fine, since everyone else is doing it, here's ten more:

  1. Poi Dog Pondering - Te Manu Pakarua
  2. Jim Croce - Photographs & Memories
  3. Cowboy Junkies - To Live is to Fly
  4. Van Halen - Summer Nights
  5. Gin Blossoms - Until I Fall Away
  6. Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
  7. James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
  8. Emmet Swimming - Tom Collins
  9. Mother Love Bone - Bone China
  10. Space - Me and You Vs. The World
Even more enrichment for you. But this one comes with an unrelated gripe from yours truly.

Why on earth does the new Martha Stewart Collection television commercial slaughter Jesus Jones' "Right Here, Right Now" by turning it into a cross between Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and what probably resembles the theme song to "The View?" Egads, it's 'orrible!

Also, why is there an ad for a collection of love songs that includes "Right Here, Right Now" as well? If I remember correctly, it's a song about being alive in a time of what, we thought anyway, was massive change in the world - the Berlin wall coming down, the collapse of the Soviet empire, the end of the Cold War. A time when all things good seemed possible.

Not a time for gettin' your freak on (although that's good, and possible, but not the context of the song).


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Out of Luck

Is Arnold Schwarzenegger eyeing the Oval Office?

The Republican governor said anyone who has been a U.S. citizen for at least 20 years -- as he has -- should "absolutely" be able to seek the presidency. A constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would make that possible.
Sorry, Arnie, but I think allowing foreigners to run would destroy the sanctity of the institution of the Presidency.

We can't have that.

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Not a Good Time to Go Blind

C'mon, if you can type with one hand, surely you can drive with one too.

Police said the 35-year old man from Clifton Park, New York, was watching a adult movie called "Chocolate Foam" on Tuesday night while driving his Mercedes Benz in the town of Schenectady when he was spotted by an officer at a stop light.
I hope he has leather seats.

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February 21, 2004

Joseph Smith and the Amazing Technicolor Slippery Slope

For your amusement:


Found via The Discount Blogger.

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February 20, 2004

I Know What Andy Likes

I know what Andy wants. At least that's what says they can figure out with this test. So, here's what they say I would like, across a spectrum I guess, based solely on my answers to the insanely long quiz.


Well, if nothing else, I've got a blonde, redhead, and brunette. See, all sorts of open-mindedness here. That's me: Mr. Open Mind.

Link courtesy of bloghotty Michele.

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A Spot of Tea

Americans are, by and large, crap when it comes to making a proper cup of tea. At least that's what the British cultural marketing juggernaut would have us believe. So let's run with it.

It no longer has to be like that!

The winning bidder of this auction will have, in their own home, a perfect cup of tea made by myself, along with tuition on how to perform this arcane art by themselves. I will bring all the necessary makings and as an additional bonus, supply the lucky winner with a bone china tea set for their future tea consumption.
C'mon, fellow septics, get a-biddin'!

Found via Sarcasmo.

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Local Blogger Does Good

Denver's very own atypical Christian conservative, Zombyboy, is getting his fifteen minutes. At least among those who listen to AM talk radio on the weekend. It's a start, and is more than I'm doing, so you ought to check it ought.

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February 19, 2004

Daily Observation #82

You know what sucks? I'll tell you what sucks.

When you hear a song on the radio that you don't like. But they keep playing it. Every morning. At almost the same time. And on the drive home. Until one day you realize the song has grown on you. So you Google the lyrics to find out who sings it. And you find out that it's Linkin Park.

And, suddenly, the world makes a lot less sense.

That's what sucks.

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World Peace in One Easy Step

How do we make the world a safer place? Adil Najam, associate professor of international negotiation and diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, has the answer:

We must insist on a nuclear-free world. We must make a sincere commitment to it at home and demand it abroad. Rather than better mousetraps for proliferating nations, we need an approach to eliminate nuclear weapons.
So, let's say we get rid of our nuclear weapons - you know, leading by example. And then it comes time to demand that, oh, China, join the nuclear-free club. How exactly do we threaten them to get rid of their nukes when we no longer have any?
Some may argue this is unrealistic.
No argument about it. It's right up there with thinking wars would end if we were all just hugged more as children.

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February 18, 2004

Baby, He Was Born to Run

Acidman is looking for some help. I don't know the full circumstances around his present situation, but I do know a number of men who have been thoroughly screwed in divorce court, without deserving it (although, I'm sure some do deserve a hot poker right up the bottom).

Anyway, sounds like Rob is getting the hot poker and then some. Good luck, man.

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You're Decomposing In It!

Sigh. Yet another icon of my youth, Madge the Manicurist, has gone to the great salon in the sky.

No, no, not really heartbroken about it - after all, 'twas only a commercial and I never knew the woman personally - but it gave me a chance to whip up a semi-clever title for a post. Hey, you get what you pay for.

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February 16, 2004

One Step at a Time

The Denver Post alerts us to this bit of breaking news:

Electronic stores discover women
Unfortunately, electronics geeks have yet to do the same.

Maybe soon. Maybe soon.

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I Love the Local News

While watching the news over the weekend, I was pleased to see Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the United States.

This amendment would threaten the rights of cities, such as Denver, to provide basic protections to its citizens including domestic partnerships, partnership benefits to its employees and a domestic partnership registry for all, all of which Denver currently offers,” said Hickenlooper.
On the flip side, Hickenlooper's position could also be reversed to imply that localities and states should be able to deny same-sex marriage as they see fit, but I suppose that would be better than a blanket, institutionalized condemnation courtesy of Dubya and the friends of JesusTM.

Stranger still is that the party of "personal responsibility," "states' rights," and "small government" seems to be positively spooging in their political jeans over the prospect of using the power of the Federal government to deny a group of citizens something.

Republican State Senator Wayne Allard, showing a rather weak grasp of world history and reality, had this to say:

“I personally feel that we need to protect the institution of marriage, I think that it is a building block for democracy,” he said.
Uh, ok, Wayne. Now we know what is really bringing change to China, Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea - we know why the Soviet Union collapsed - we know what liberated the states of Eastern Europe. Yep, just the fact that a man and woman can say "I do!"

Let two men or two women do it, and it will be GLOBAL COMMUNISM LIKE NEVER BEFORE!*

Oh no!

I bet the Bolsheviks were, truth be told, flamboyant homosexuals with exceptional taste in home accessories!

* Little known fact: instituting global communism is tenet seven of the Homosexual Agenda.

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February 14, 2004

In The Distance, A Rumbling

Yeah, I'll be back soon. I may have decided to take a break, but the world didn't, and the stupid people kept on being stupid. It would be unlike me to let all of that go without comment.

Going to spend the day recuperating from last night's dinner party (an early variant on our annual Pancake Day celebration). Had some friends over, enjoyed good food (quiche, salad, steak), and good wine and beer. Slept for 11 hours. Craving a few more, but it's nothing a little hair of the dog won't remedy.

Correction: is currently remedying.

Back soonish, boys and girls and transgendered and others of which I've not thought.

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February 10, 2004

To Pause, Perchance to Quit

I'm taking a break. No, no, it's nothing to do with any of you wonderful people who stop by here on a daily basis looking to be enriched by the sage wisdom that pours forth from my mighty keyboard.

The real world has proved to be rather emotionally draining. I've spent too much time and energy caring about things over which I have no control, and not enough time caring about myself. I don't have it in me right now to be sarcastic or cynical. And, without that, what would the World Wide Rant be, you know?

Anyway, back at some point - I might have to turn a few posts into my personal exercise in catharsis. Be good to one another.

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February 09, 2004

The Law Has Been Fulfilled

Andy's Law, which reads:

A conservative Christian debating any moral issue will inevitably invoke the non-consensual abuse of children or animals and think they've won the debate.
...has been fulfilled! To the surprise of virtually no one in the studio audience, Mark Shea has invoked its mighty power:
What a useful word "taboo" is

Perfect for smashing any previous barriers between civilization and savagery.

Someday we'll be reading about "taboos" concerning sex with children and animals, as well as "taboos" about gladiatorial combat between consenting adults.

Now, I didn't see the new "gladiator" twist coming, so I'm awarding an extra 10 points to Mark for originality, and I'll also be having the furry gnomes who word the Law come up with a corollary to address this new angle.

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Presidential hopeful Wesley Clark said Monday it is a "moral outrage" that Americans are struggling financially and contended he is a Democrat uniquely qualified to right the nation's economy.
Hmm, I think it's a bit of an outrage that someone who wants to be President of the United States of America doesn't realize that a capitalist system entails some portion of the population struggling financially at one time or another, if only because of unavoidable issues like structural unemployment. The only other solution is to create a system in which we all struggle equally - or, more accurately, suffer equally.

I think history has shown just how well that one works (even if the far left slept through the lesson).

"I'm strong enough and I'm tough enough to make things happen, and I've proved it on the battlefield," Clark told about 50 activists.
Unfortunately forgetting that in politics, at least modern American politics, you're not allowed to shoot people who get in your way (or even make them disappear).

Nope, no real point to this post - busy day, and figured Clark was an easy target. I'd have written something about Kucinich but I wouldn't want to hurt the feelings of the fluffy bunnies and fairy godmothers with whom he keeps company.

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February 07, 2004

Unintentional Ironic Headline of the Day

Courtesy of Mark Shea, comes this:

The Return of Paganism

As Christianity Declines, Superstitions Gain Force

Anyone willing to prove how Christianity differs from superstition is welcome to it.

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And Your Point Would Be?

Oh no, only 15% of Canadians would vote for Bush!

Even before we know whom he will be running against this fall, Canadians have made their decision. Only 15 per cent, according to an exclusive new Maclean's poll, would definitely cast a ballot for Bush if they had the opportunity.
Um, right, but you see - stay with me here - they don't have the opportunity!

I wish those Canadians and their magazines would quit trying to unilaterally influence American politics!

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February 06, 2004

Very Important Post, Or Not

I've not been posting as much of late, so here's some filler just to create the illusion that I've been going blog-happy, when in reality I've been occupied by various work activities.

For the curious, here's a little blurb all about the wine we had last night at WWR Global Domination and Full-Body Massage HQ. 'Twas a nice bottle, at least to my for-the-most-part undiscerning taste. I've been reading The Wine Bible the last couple of weeks, and am slowly learning enough to give me reasons to buy wine other than "ooh, pretty bottle - and a nice price!"

At some point I need to get around to installing wine racks in the basement so I can begin to age some wines, all the while impressing visitors with my obvious cultural superiority.

OK, chat amongst yourselves while I look for something else to write about.

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The Glories of Socialized Medicine, Part 1923

It inspires dangerous creativity:

British surgeons are endangering patients by using paper clips to close wounds and tongue depressors as splints for babies, a government agency said Tuesday.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said it had uncovered an increasing trend for doctors to use medical devices in ways they were not meant to be used, and also "adapt nonmedical products for clinical purposes."

Is this a case of necessity (that is: scarcity) being the mother of invention, lack of a proper profit motive resulting in less competent doctors, both, or something else?

I think I'll try to avoid any trips to the hospital the next time I'm in England, just so I don't have to be the one to find out.

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February 05, 2004

In The Details

Looks like Jon's post about the lack of accuracy in Mel Gibson's Jesus biopic is getting some attention from Welcome to any visitors!

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The Cutting Edge, with Nary a Peep

Tomorrow is the day that science once again tries to repair the mistakes of God / mother nature / insert name of your supernatural bogey-man:

A Dominican infant born with a second head will undergo a risky operation Friday to remove the appendage, which has a partially formed brain, ears, eyes and lips

The surgery is complicated because the two heads share arteries.

Led by a Los Angles-based neurosurgeon who successfully separated Guatemalan twins (search), the medical team will spend about 13 hours removing Rebeca Martinez's (search) second head.

So, pardon me, but where is the outrage over this from the "no abortion anytime" brigade? The every sperm is sacred crowd?
Rebeca shares blood vessels and arteries with her second head. Although only partially developed, the mouth on her second head moves when Rebeca is being breast-fed. Tests indicate some activity in her second brain.
Surely, removing this second head, which even has a partially active brain, must be wrong if it's murder to abort even an undifferentiated blastocyst. C'mon, we can't let this one little girl's desire for an easier life let her or her parents slaughter her half-formed sister!

Update: No matter, the little girl has died after surgery. Sigh.

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February 04, 2004

Science Community Fleeing in Terror

Or something like that, obviously, as the esteemed Larry Taylor tells us in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Darwinists eager to avoid debate
Yes, but only with uneducated, illogical, radical, right-wing extremists.
I was shocked as Cobb County public school teachers stood at the podium and made the absurd claim that evolution is an absolute proven fact that is no longer disputed by reasonable, educated people.
Sorry, they meant to say that evolution is an absolute proven fact that is no longer disputed by reasonable, educated people who don't suddenly stop being reasonable and educated all because something conflicts with what the big daddy-o in the sky said in a book. We apologize for the confusion.
Further, these teachers went on to denigrate anyone who held an opposing viewpoint as "uneducated," "illogical," "radical" and my all time favorite, "right-wing extremists."

I left that meeting vowing to protect my children from the obvious bias and open hostility that was exhibited by the teachers in attendance.

And immediately took them to church where all opinions and theories on human origins and behavior are welcome - nay - encouraged!
Far from settled science, there is a growing debate within the science community about the ability of evolution to fully explain the diversity of life on Earth. More than 300 scientists from major universities nationwide, including dozens from Georgia, have signed a document expressing doubts about the claims of evolution.
Which scientists? Are they experts in biology, genetics, or some other field that is among those that have solidifed evolution's place as happily explaining the diversity of life on Earth? Or are they experts in physics, the operation of an Easy-Bake Oven, or *snicker* creation science?
Modern science instruction includes an undisclosed bias that artificially eliminates any possibilities other than evolution to explain life. It prevents the students from expanding their scientific knowledge and learning skills by forbidding the opportunity to investigate alternative theories scientifically.
No, modern science instruction teaches our current understanding of science on the topics it covers. When you have any real science to back up claims of design, feel free to get the scientific community to buy into it and then it will become modern science instruction.
Much of the "evidence" cited in science textbooks in support of evolution is dubious at best, and in many cases outright fraudulent.
Indeed, scientists have made discoveries and formed ideas, only to have to refine them or refute them later on. Such is the beauty of science - it weeds out the false. Religion, on the other hand, embraces whatever with no intent of ever debunking it. Amen and kill the infidel. You tell me which is more intellectually honest, Mr. Kook.
Scientific evidence that might cast doubt about the claims of Darwinian evolution has been censored from Georgia classrooms, as are the views of scientists who dissent from the established evolutionary doctrine.
Just because you're a scientist, doesn't mean you necessarily do science. Get thee to a peer-reviewed journal! Creationist, peer thyself!
In an attempt to cloud the issue, the Darwinists will always try to interject "creationism" and "separation of church and state" into the debate. Knowing that they cannot win the debate on the merits of the evidence, they will always resort to this tactic.
No, it's a way of taking the shortcut to keeping your IDiocy out of the classroom rather than rehashing your same, tired arguments over and over again.
The Darwinists are always quick to label someone like me a religious extremist who just wants to interject my own personal faith into the science classroom.
I notice he doesn't deny the label. Guilty as charged!
Yet it is they who seek, through the power of the state, to insulate their own beliefs about life's origins from critical examination, to propagate those beliefs on an unwitting student population, and who defend their beliefs with the fervency of the most radical fundamentalist.
Science and reason must be fervently protected from ignorance and superstition. You can probably guess what we called the last period when it wasn't.

We'll keep the light on for ya.

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Going Global and Gobbledygook

You know, the written Welsh language looks remarkably like what I get when the World Wide Runt gets her 9-month old hands on my laptop keyboard.

Cymru dan ddwr

Cafwyd problemau gyda llifogydd drwy Gymru gan gau ffyrdd, rheilffyrdd ac ysgolion gyda thrigolion Llanrwst ac Ynys Meudwy yn cael trafferthion difrifol.

You don't say!

I'm sure it's a lovely language though.

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At The Movies

To date, there have only been two movies that I've actually had some trouble following. The first was "The Usual Suspects" - alas, I watched it years ago with friends, while rather intoxicated and becoming more so, and movies don't tend to make a lot of sense when you watch for ten minutes, talk for ten minutes, watch for ten minutes, talk for ten minutes. Technically, I could claim I've seen the movie, but it almost seems like a lie. Maybe I'll add it to the Netflix queue and give it another go.

However, last night I was sober and sitting peacefully on the sofa with the World Wide Family as we watched "The Mothman Prophecies." Wow, what a discombobulated disaster that was. I'm still not sure what I witnessed on the wide-screen in Dolby 5.1 digital theater sound. Here's my plot summary: Hey look, it's Grace! Ack, a flying mothmannish creature just flew through their car and gave her cancer and now she's dead. Richard Gere is lost, how did he get here? Wait, the Mothman apparently looks like Richard, and maybe not so mothlike. People hear voices. The Mothman talks to people on the phone through a cheap voice disguiser. He gives them prophecies. And cancer, but only that one time - sometimes he just drives people to wander off and die in the woods. Laura Linney's pretty good looking, I think. Wait, the Mothman isn't just prophetic, he can see your every move. And maybe he's an alien! Or something! And then a bridge collapses, decent effects too, and Richard saves Laura from drowning. The end.

Yup, absolute blockbuster that one.

On the other hand, we then watched "Little Big Man," which was terrific, at turns delightful and tragic, and well-worth the slightly-over-two-hours running time (and I wonder if that made it any kind of cinematic oddity way back in 1970). Yes, I'd seen it before - but I wanted to see it again (such are the benefits of paying $20 a month for all I can rent).

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A New Law for the Internet

Everyone knows, or should know, Godwin's Law (even if they have it wrong):

1. What is Godwin's Law?

Godwin's Law is a natural law of Usenet named after Mike Godwin concerning Usenet "discussions". It reads, according to the Jargon File:

As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

Experience seems to show that it's a pretty valid statement, although on sites like Indymedia or Democratic Underground the probability defies all known laws of the universe and is equal to a constant value of 101000. New models of space-time are actually beginning to show that such sheer stupidity is crucial to the fabric of reality, so let's not complain.

Anyway, rather than having my forehead rubbed on a cheese grater via a 10-ton hydraulic press, I undertook an experience of similar sensory delights in the land of Mark Shea. This one entailed the macabre, morbid, and strangely fascinating topic of plastination, a la Bodyworlds, during which a new (to me) law bubbled and formed in the squishy regions of my brain.

So, without further ado, here is Andy's Law:

A conservative Christian debating any moral issue will inevitably invoke the non-consensual abuse of children or animals and think they've won the debate.
Go on, test it out, report back. It's enough to make one want to give up the good fight, isn't it?

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February 03, 2004

Best Name for a Blog

...and the award goes to...

(drum roll)

(breathless anticipation)

(some elderly man in the back of the audience farts)

(a bit of snickering)

(the presenter, a jaded comedian, makes a funny about it)


...seriously, though - the award goes to...

code: the websocket;

I thought it was clever anyway.

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February 02, 2004

In The Money

There's something to be said for being laid off, quickly finding a new job, having a child, and being on the receiving end of President Bush's tax cuts (you know, the ones that only benefit the wealthiest Americans - nevermind that I'm not one of them). Went out and bought my copy of TurboTax, imported my W-2s and mortgage information through the magic of the internet, plugged in some investment income info, charitable contributions, and the like, and - voila! - my refund turns out to be a big ol' chunk of change.

I realize, of course, that what this comes down to is that I gave Uncle Sam a hefty (by my account, anyway) loan for the year, and I'm getting it all back sans interest. Partially true, except for the unplanned life changes which proved beneficial for my tax status.

Regardless, it's money money money money money which will make my credit card company happy, the wife happy when she gets her piano, and me happy when the deck is added to the house.

Thanks, Easter Bunny President Bush!

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February 01, 2004

Global Plot to Annihilate Bloggers

What else could explain this and the fact that a virulent virus of nasty proportions is winding its way through the WWR Global HQ as we speak. First, the World Wide Runt fell victim, forced into a 24-hour slave-like requirement of coming up with creative diaper loads. Then Mrs. WWR was struck down, and now yours truly is suffering, off-and-on, more off than on, which is a good thing, but it all really does quite suck.

Perhaps 'tis the wrath of Yahweh for the "killing Jews" jokes found below... nah, I'm sure that if he existed he, unlike Chuck, would have sense enough to read all the supporting material and realize the true point of the post. Deities are smart like that. Some blog readers aren't.

However, fellow blogger Faithiepoo had this to say in the comments:

May I just say, as a reader of this site and an occasional corresponder with Andy and as a Jew, that Chuck can go fuck himself? I may? Thank you.
Of course you may! After all, such a popular sentiment should be shared!

And now back to having my insides twisted about like so much Play-Doh as I pray for death.

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