Jon Huntsman and the Republican Party

I don’t like Huntsman. I wasn’t going to vote for him.

But it was refreshing to see a man stand up on the right and publicly state that he accepts the scientific evidence for evolution and climate change.

I give him a ton of credit for that. However, it was not the way to win the Republican nomination because the conservative base doesn’t accept these things. In fact, they believe that these things are the enemy. They believe that science is the enemy.

That makes me sad.

Now, we only have Republicans who publicly state that they don’t accept the scientific evidence for evolution or climate change – or anything else scientific, for that matter. And whether it’s because they are trying to become accepted by the most inbred, lunatic, racist, paranoid, deluded bunch of idiots in the country or whether they actually don’t really accept science as the fundamental way of discovering the way that the universe works doesn’t really matter much to me. The fact is that the right is utterly devoid of the ravages of intelligence.

I find this to be incredibly sad. I blame dogmatic jingoism and religion for this. For years, Americans have been told, over and over again, that they live in the “freest” nation on earth, the “best” nation on earth, and the one “blessed by god”. And now that their little rustic world has come crashing down around their shoulders, all that they can do is retreat further into the fantasy which they have been taught.

If you want to be elected as a republican today, you have to state that you believe in bronze age magical, superstitious, ignorant thinking, or you will never, ever, be elected.

Republican candidates today, including Ron Paul, are simplistic, divisive, paranoid morons. And it does matter a great deal if you accept science or not. A person’s beliefs do matter. The goal of going to school for decades isn’t to teach us to make decisions based on our fantasies, but to make decisions based on acquired knowledge which has taken centuries to collect. We don’t sit in class to learn matters and subjects based on “a feeling” which we get when we close our eyes and just robotically “believe” something to be true.

We go to school to learn how to process information, accept science in a variety of subjects, and then build our own thoughts upon it so that we may lead more educated and enlightened lives and, perhaps, to one day contribute to that body of knowledge ourselves as well.

Not everyone is a scientist by profession, but everyone is supposed to be a scientist in our daily lives. Even when we drive or cross the street, we don’t just blindly turn or cross because we “feel” that a car isn’t coming the opposite way. We learn to observe and process data.

Somebody who publicly states that they don’t believe in this process is not worthy of my vote. In my view, they are not even worthy of much in the human discourse.

And they are certainly not worthy of running this country; of fixing complex problems which require deep thinking and problem solving. They have missed the entire point of what it means to be educated.

I’d rather vote for a village idiot who understands that you will never, ever, be able to fly by simply thinking very hard and wishing it were true.

Reply to another Email Scammer

Initiating Contact:

On Aug 26, 2011, at 8:43 AM, Sarah Kipkalya wrote:

Greeting From Miss Sarah Kipkalya!!

I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With due respect, trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter, I wish to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country so i feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business having gone through your remarkable profile, honestly i am writing this email to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, i will really like to have a good relationship with you and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you, i decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation, My name is Miss Sarah Kipkalya Kones, 23yrs old female and I held from Kenya in East Africa. My father was the former Kenyan road Minister. He and Assistant Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso had been on board the Cessna 210, which was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area called Kajong’a, in western Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June, 2008.
[… clipping more irrelevant garbage here…]

Yours Sincerely
Sarah Kipkalya Kones.

My Response:

Really!

Wow, thank you so much for contacting me.

As it so happens, I am also in need with a personal family tragedy. You see, my father was the late Umbutu Bassekke from Nabali, Africa. As you know, he was the President of that country for eighty two years before being put on trial for crimes against humanity.

Before fleeing the country, my family had $59,687,098,000.82 in the bank account which is currently inaccessible to my family and myself. However, with your help and access to your bank account, I will be able to transfer the funds directly to you, and you can keep 50% of it! Think of it: Free Money!

All you have to do is send me your bank information and we can sign a contract over this which is legal in my country and yours.

Thank you so much for your consideration, and I hope to hear back from you soon.

Summer Seale

The Greatest Book Ever?

Dear Theists,

Raging debates in the Atheist and Skeptic communities aside, Richard Dawkins and PZ Meyers were recently debating Muslims outside of the World Atheist Convention (clips on Youtube):

After watching the claims of Muslims, and Christians (in clips of the Atheist Experience) about how wonderful their particular Holy Book is at understanding all things scientific, astronomical, medicinal, and even geological, I really had a simple question to ask them:

What great, enormous, and incredible scientific discoveries have been made of late using only your Holy Book?

I really apologize for such a blunt and rude question which, essentially, states “prove it or shut up”, but I think it’s warranted. Exactly what huge scientific leaps in any field have been made with the Bible or Koran in the last couple of hundred years?

You see, it’s not good enough to dig through your obscure passages and then point to already-discovered knowledge and say “Aha! It was written about in there all along!” Well, if it was, then why didn’t it talk about it more plainly? I’m really sorry to doubt every single thing you claim as science in either book but…quite frankly…I do.

You have two choices on that front now: either put up or shut up. Show us “angry” Atheists out there exactly what science has been done using only the book that you claim was written by the Creator Of The Universe(tm). Such as: decoding the Human Genome (Francis Collins may be a fundamentalist, but he didn’t use the Bible to do his job), discovering the Big Bang, revealing the Theory of Relativity, explaining the Theory of Gravity, creating the transistor and microchip, sending people to the moon, sending rovers to Mars….you name it: show us something that your book revealed, discovered. or pioneered in science using only that book.

If you cant, then I have a really simple reply for you and your claims: you can’t come running up on science’s coat tails, waving your holy book around, and squealing “I knew that all along! I was only testing you!” like some idiotic little bratty child who is too proud to admit when he’s just dead fucking wrong. I mean, it looks egregiously stupid, arrogant, uninformed, and immature. It’s also selfish because you’re trying to claim advances on your side which you never, ever, made or had anything to do with.

The fact is, religious people: you got nothing; nada; zilch; zip. You got some words written by people who knew absolutely nothing at all about the world around them, about the stars, microbes, evolution, geology, chemistry, medicine, or a whole lot of other things which we have discovered since they were written, and those words are obscure at best. They are so obscure and wishy-washy at times that you can’t even make out what they mean. Other people have to actually come along, discard those books, and then figure shit out on their own using actual logic, reason, experimentation, and a rigid set of laws with tons and tons of hard work and even more failure than you can imagine before a success, before you peevishly are able to climb up on what they’ve built with their hard work and say “Hey! I was here first! This is mine! My stuff beat you to it and knew about this all along!” like some dumbass little pipsqueak sidekick that, frankly, I want to just kick aside into the corner like the annoying little rodents that you are.

So, if you think that’s an unfair comparison, then put up or shut up: what the fuck has your holy book actually discovered, since it is so blessed with infinite knowledge, that it alone can claim the discovery to with absolutely zero scientific help whatsoever?

Anything? My guess is: Nothing.

And if that’s the case, then please shut the hell up about your book knowing more about science than science itself. It doesn’t know squat about science. That’s why, when you go to study astronomy, medicine, biology, or any other actual science, the first book they tell you to crack open and start reading isn’t your “special” book. In fact, it’s not even on the same bookshelf as any of the others.

Maybe most theists are too stupid to understand this, but that’s a major fucking clue.

Scammers are Idiots

Internet scammers just don’t stop, do they? They must be the biggest idiots on the face of the planet, which means that their stupid little tricks shouldn’t even be able to work. However, since they are catering to even bigger idiots out there, they simply won’t just fucking go away.

Case in point: Here’s an internet scammer who can’t even detect some serious dripping sarcasm. This is the first email I got from this fetid piece of shit douche bag:

From: kristen@lynee.com
To: summerseale@gmail.com

I am Kristen Lynne Boyd, a British & Northern Ireland Citizen by Nationality. I’m a 77 years old woman without a child to inherit my fortunes due to UTERINE FIBROID TUMORS CANCER which denied me pregnancy.

I have undergone several medical treatments of UTERINE FIBROID TUMORS CANCER in other to be pregnant but all efforts were in vain. I inherited my late father assets and funds, few weeks ago my doctor revealed to me that due to my UTERINE FIBROID TUMORS CANCER, I have number of weeks to live here on earth.

Though I have made several donations out most of my properties to relatives and my well wishers around but as much pressure mounted on my health, I can’t figure out what will happen next to me, Therefore, I decided to contact you, to solicit your support and assistance to kindly assist me with the distribution of these funds to Churches, Schools, Charity Homes, Less Privileges and Public Hospitals in your State.

The amount is UKGBP 11,450,000,000.00 Million British pounds is still with the Security Company in London and below is how the funds are going to be use, If you are willing and have interest to assist me on this please get in touch with me and email me for more details.

1) UKGBP 3,450,000,000 Three Million four hundred fifty thousand British pounds should be for you and your family members:

2) UKGBP 2,000,000.000 Two Million British pounds should 0be shared to the public hospital in your State:

3) UKGBP 3,000,000,000 Four Million British pounds should be shared to the charity homes and less privilege in your State:

4) UKGBP 3,000,000,000 Two Million British pounds be sharing to churches, schools in your State:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kristen Lynne Boyd.

Yea right.

I decided that since one was wishing for a little bit of the “Luck o’ the Irish”, I’d adopt a Father Ted level sort of mocking tone just to see what would happen. Why? Because unlike spam scammers, these people actually read the replies so as to try to con each person individually (or their scam wouldn’t actually work).

My reply:

Dear Kirsten,

God bless ye with a shillalegh! Did ye see a father over this little problem ye have? Oh but I don’t think I can do much without the sister’s consent at the convent nearby, but this year is their time for makin’ whisky, so I don’t think I’ll hear much from them for the next few months. I’m afraid that’ll be too long before you die, so I can only say God Bless Ireland and may ye be buried with all due honors as befits an Irish maid. I’ll pray for ye, of course – best I can do!

Amen!

I figured that this was so over the top that there was no way I’d ever hear back from them. But, as we all know, these are degenerates living in Nigeria, which means they actually don’t have an education (key word being “degenerates”. Obviously this does not apply to most Nigerians who don’t go around trying to leech money from people on the internet).

But no, it wasn’t sarcastic enough for this particular diseased vermin, who promptly replied:

Dear Beloved,

May the peace of God be with you.I am happy for your immediate response,confidence and willingness to help.

If you are with me and ready to assist me in carrying out this project in Honesty, Sincerity and Trust, kindly get in contact with my attorney for formal introduction and also send him your bio-data,as i have already informed him about your interest to assist me.This will enable him start preparing the legal documents necessary for making you my hire (Next of Kin) and also the release of the funds to you by the finance company.

Contact my attorney with the details below:

Contact: Barrister Mfana Tutu
Email: att.tutu@yahoo.co.uk

I have attached my picture to this email to enable you know who i am.

My surgery will be taking place soon and i hope you will be praying for me. Please keep me informed as soon as you contact my attorney.

Your sister.

Kristen Lynne Boyd

Complete with the utterly hilariously fake picture of her in her hospital bed:

Yea…..right!

Too tasty not to reply:

Dear Madame and Sir,

I’m writin’ to ye from the Blarney Castle where I’ve kiss’d the stone for ye! I even saw a Father for ye problem because the sisters down the road were still busy makin’ up a batch of whisky. Ooh, but don’t they have the life here on Craggy Isle? I’ll be tellin’ ye, there’s no better life than tha’ of a father and sister.

I have to apologize because I’m not sure we understand legal documents here in Ireland. You see, we usually just let the Church preside over these matters and then, bless me heart, if they don’t feck it up somehow! Also, we still haven’t evolved past usin’ rocks fer currency – that or sheep. The Church took all our gold ages and ages ago, donchaknow? And what with the millions of orphans we have here plantin’ potatoes, we’re not sure we’ll be havin’ time to get around to printin’ money anytime soon. That means we don’t have any banks either because they’re an offense against God an the Church has to direct all funds for payments.

So, if ye be willin’, I suggest ye contact Father Ted Crilley at here Craggy Island. It’s the bit off the Western coast that nobody ever comes to. But if ye be passin’ or send a carrier pigeon, I’m sure he’ll be willin’ to talk to ye.

Best I can do! That and pray for ye again before ye die.

Are ye sure you don’t want to end it now while it’s not too hard? I’ll be sorry for ye passin’, but ye know, God takes all and I’m sure ye’ll be blessed because I kissed the blarney stone for ye!

Let’s see if this moron finally gets it, or if I have to actually start threatening their lives with insanely illegal torture which befits a listing at the Human Rights Commission – which I may actually do in the next reply or two if it keeps going on like this.

I will, however, keep you all updated if I do get a reply….