It’s worth reading this amusing Spectator blog post that looks at the decline of “pop-science” author/speaker/professor Richard Dawkins in the eyes of the politically-correct left. Now that they recognize his anger, vitriol, and invective have not been saved solely for the Christian church, he’s suddenly become a ‘bigot.’
Pass the popcorn bowl people, this one should be good for a laugh.
As I said at the time, that article — in the Washington Post, no less — ‘conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.’ But Dawkins has not become any crazier in the intervening four years; he’s simply widened his attack on blind faith, as he sees it, to include Muslims and feminists.
In the process, he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists. That rift is growing fast: non-believers, having exhausted their anti-Christian rhetoric, are turning on each other with the ferocity of religious zealots. Enjoy.
What happens when you try to mix a Scottish accent with voice recognition technology on a lift/elevator.
I think I just confused the poor sales lady from a local solar company. She called to see if I was interested in having solar panels installed on my roof to help decrease my energy costs. According to the prepared text she was reading, I “could reduce my monthly electricity bills by more than half for zero-down!”
She started to ask me if I thought that I spent more or less than $150/month on electricity, but I stopped her there and asked if the program that she was selling relied on government subsidies to make it possible. She replied that, yes, the solar panels she was selling were covered as part of a federally funded program to promote solar energy.
I stopped her again and said that, “As a libertarian, I find it immoral and personally offensive that you are advocating that I steal tax dollars from my neighbors to install new solar panels on my home, just so I can get lower electricity rates.”
Dead silence for about 2-3 seconds and then “… uhhhh …. Oooookaaaay then … I guess …”
Clearly her employer has not created the “how to deal with libertarian objections to the subsidies that keep this business running” card for their telemarketers.
It’s been a few years since I shared this with readers, but it always makes for amusing reading at Christmas. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to everyone out there.
(first posted 19 Dec ’03)
In keeping with the holiday spirit, I figured I would dig out an amusing e-mail I received last year from a friend in BC. The text of the mail gives all the detailed facts and figures relating to Santa and his yearly trip around the world. He apparently received it from an engineer friend, which explains the math (and the title).
Good fun for the whole family! Enjoy.
SANTA CLAUS: AN ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE
There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18 ) in the world, however since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the population reference bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.
600,000 tons traveling at 1040 Km per second creates enormous air resistance….this would heat up the lead reindeer in the same fashion as a space shuttle re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip. Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 1040 k p s in .001 seconds, would be subjected to centrifugal forces of 17,500 G’s. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.
Stephanie, honestly … When even the Obama sycophants at MSNBC are laughing at your talking points, you know you’re in serious trouble.
In March 2011, Obama clearly stated that he could not just go around Congress on the issue of immigration-related executive orders. He took great pains to explain the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government to the people listening to this speech. But last week, he just ignored those sentiments and did the very thing he said was illegal, just 15 months ago.
So … I’m left wondering what changed over the past year?
Of course it appears that the electoral ‘love’ he might have gained from ignoring his own words with his Dream Act-related executive order, has been effectively quashed with this little number.
¡Cuidado! No Forks Allowed at Obama’s Latino Luncheon
Judging from Obama’s actions at this years National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) luncheon, Obama’s newest fear is Latinos with forks. Obama had the Secret Service confiscate all the dinner forks from the participants at the June 22 event held in Orlando, Florida.
Several participants Tweeted that butter knives were banned outright and forks were confiscated as soon as the diners finished eating and before the President entered the room to speak.
The attendees were elected officials and their staffs, not just the average Jose off the street. Nevertheless, Obama took away their forks as if they were inmates at a prison. Many of these elected officials are probably wondering why the president was concerned for his safety.
Painful. I almost started to feel sorry for Jay as I watched him stumble over this answer.
Amazing to see him actually fit more “uh’s” and “ah’s” into an answer than his boss without a teleprompter.
Classic video by Bob Parks of Black & Right that asks several attendees of the 9/12 Tax Payer March if they’ve “seen any people of color around?”
Best line in the video is by the fellow at the end (3:30),
We’re just all American citizens, trying to speak to our president … and tell him “get your hands out of our pockets.”
Not sure why, but this seems unusually funny to me. How many other ‘famous’ people are that arrogant that they would write their memoirs as a teenager?
Harper Collins announced today that Bieber is publishing a memoir with the colon-heavy title “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story” that will be be released in October. The book promises to reveal all the details of his “amazing journey to stardom,” a journey that, it should be pointed out, has lasted all of 16 years.
This is almost as good as the songs that have the 15-year old boy bands singing that they’ll “never love another the way I loved you.” Can anyone take this seriously?
More to the point. As a product of the current U.S. government school system, I’d be shocked if this kid could even manage one cogent written sentence, let alone an entire book? (I’m actually wondering how long would it take to recount 16 years in texting shorthand.)
Excellent description of the complete failure of the modern progressive movement. Despite all their good intentions, their expended energy, their struggles, their planning, their happy thoughts, and their concern, they remain wholly incapable of accomplishing anything of substance. Take it away, Tam
In sum total, what you people did was drive someplace where there wasn’t a problem, complain about something you don’t fully understand, get in the way of people who may actually be performing a function, and then do nothing, en masse, except hope that someone else notices your little snit and makes it all better.
… if there’s a more perfect metaphor for the modern progressive movement, I’ve never seen it.
Miller is in fine form here. His discussion about Steve Nash’s comments on SB 1070 were spot on as well.
BTW, he’s right. Obama’s joke to the Jonas brothers was funny.
James Allen has this one dead to rights,
They’re just sooo edgy aren’t they…After editing out any Muhammad related content from a recent South Park episode, including Muhammad dressed in a bear suit, the BRAVE folks over at Comedy Central are planning a new Jesus Christ cartoon
They’re too scared to attack MO, but they’ll tear into Jesus any day of the week because they live life on the EDGE!!!
Pathetic. Comedy Central, the shows mocking Jesus have been done to death. Let us know when you grow a pair and come up with something truly on the edge.
Excellent post at JammieWearingFool on the ‘weapons grade stupidity’ demonstrated by some of the anti-Arizona crowd (in case you missed it, they’re OUTRAGED over the passing of SB1070).
Apparently the haters out there are boycotting Arizona Iced Tea, completely ignorant of the fact that its made in New York.
More in the post.
One other thing that the AZ-haters seem to have missed is that SB 1070 was supported by 70% of Arizona’s voters. Also, persons of Hispanic or Latino origin make up more than 30% of the Arizona population. So the haters are out there crying “racism” and “fascism,” but the simple fact is that you don’t get to 70% support of anything in Arizona without a substantial number of Hispanics supporting it.