The Watering Hole – Saturday, October 6, 2012 – Republican Denial of Reality

Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (R-GA) is member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. At a recent banquet in Georgia, Rep. Broun had this to say: [WARNING: The following transcript and video may precipitate an episode of irritable bowel syndrome.]

From Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) remarks at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet on September 27, 2012, in Hartwell, Georgia:

BROUN: God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.

And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.

Rep W. Todd Akin (R-MO), a candidate for the U.S. Senate running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), is another member of this committee. Rep. Akin rose to national attention when he brought the phrase “legitimate rape” into the political conversation. One could call it a public service since it helped bring attention to the well-documented Republican War on Women. [In Arizona, Gov Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that could declare a women pregnant before she even had intercourse.]

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) refuses to believe that man-made Global Warming is happening. He prefers to think that solar flares are contributing more to the problem than Man.

This is just a sampling of the way Republicans approach their Constitutional responsibilities to govern. They choose people to write legislation on topics they deny need regulating, in order to to solve critical life-threatening problems they deny exist. They refuse to accept the facts as proven by scientists and prefer to write scientific legislation based on their Biblical beliefs. These people are, by definition, unqualified to sit on any committee with the word “Science” in its name. Until the Republican Party begins choosing qualified people to sit on committees overseeing various areas of our lives, they should have no voice on any legislation writing body. They can vote against the bills when they come to a floor vote, but they should be the authors of none of them.

This is our Daily Open Thread. Feel free to discuss this or any other topic you’d like to bring up. It’s okay. We’re open-minded people here. :)

[Cross-posted at Pick Wayne's Brain.]

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53 thoughts on “The Watering Hole – Saturday, October 6, 2012 – Republican Denial of Reality

  1. Rachel tried to make the point early in her show that Romney having a cheat sheet didn’t change the outcome of the debate. I have to disagree. Without that crutch, he could have easily had a Rick Perry moment and blown the entire thing.

  2. BROUN: God’s word is true.

    Really? Got proof? Even a bit of evidence? A shred will do, any shred (what your mama taught you doesn’t count, though).

    Brings up the most basic question of all: does God exist? Your God, his God, any God anywhere? Got proof? Got even a single basic shred of meaningful and verifiable evidence? Not that I’ve ever seen.

    Science has it all over religion. Science is fact-base, always. It doesn’t get every ‘fact’ right the first time, that’s why there are theories and it’s why all theories are designed to be falsifiable. Any supposed ‘fact’ that can be shown to be not a ‘fact’ by further study and analysis is dismissed, and the theory is altered accordingly.

    In re the oft-cited fear-producing concept of evolution, it is not simply “a theory” as religionistas so often love to define it. Evolution is, indeed, a FACT. The THEORY of Evolution is the scientific study of the details of the FACT of evolution; each and every shred, every part of the theory is, by definition, falsifiable and if/when falsified, the theory will be modified accordingly to include fresh findings.

    Broun himself is, as are all Republicans, evidence of evolution — theirs ape ancestry is still clearly visible — and in fact they each and all stand as proof that evolution is not yet complete, that certain elements of the human species have a LOT FURTHER to evolve, intellectually for sure, before the words “intelligent life” can be used as a species descriptor.

    Science is real. God is myth. The only thing ‘real’ about myth is that myth exists. Ergo, it can be said that in theory, God exists … but sans even the barest shred of evidence to the contrary, God exists ONLY as a myth. If Broun should happen to pop in here, I’d ask him to provide even one single solitary shred of evidence that HIS (or anyone else’s, for that matter) God exists. It’s ok, I can wait, I have plenty of time. Today at least. :wink:

    • Steve Martin still has it. He should play his banjo in the next one. He can be funny playing serious music, just because he’s Steve Martin.

  3. “And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it.”

    This “handbook” was written by people. What fools. They have a right to their religion but they don’t have a right to use it as a blueprint for governing a nation of mixed beliefs.

  4. Hundreds of years ago, the Church excommunicated and executed men of science. Let’s face it, Science threatens the power of the church. It cannot, by definition, threaten the power of God. Men use the notion of God and Hell to control people, to have power over people. To extract wealth from people by selling the notion of salvation for their eternal souls.

    Take away the fear of going to hell, and what does the Church have left to sell? Brotherly love? A sense of community? Compassion for the weak, the sick, the disabled? Evangelical christianity left those ideals a long time ago, as they are…gasp…socialist and communist. Take away the fear of hell, and the only thing left for them to worship is the gathering of personal wealth.

  5. Whether you’re into cute baby elephants, ducklings in a glass, or corgi butt, we’ve got something for you.

    • If there were no differences in Nature, everything would taste just like chicken!

  6. After the new populist, middle-class dude who opposes tax cuts for the wealthy was unveiled in the debate, we now have a series of weepy anecdotes to add a personal touch:

    “His most impactful story, though, was of a sick 14-year-old boy, David Oparowski, in his Mormon ward who asked “Brother Romney” to help him write a “will” before he died. “I went to David’s bedside and got a piece of legal paper, made it look very official,” Romney told the audience. “And then David proceeded to tell me what he wanted to give his friends. Talked about his fishing rod, and who would get that. He talked about his skateboard, who’d get that. And his rifle, that went to his brother.”

    By the time he was finished, Romney had done something he’d never achieved before from the stump: He had gotten people to cry.”

    Do not under-estimate the power of Willard’s ambition. He’ll do or say anything for 51 percent market share, after which it’s Etch-A-Sketch again.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/now-mitt-romney-wants-you-to-love-him

    • For a religion that foists itself on the world (door to door sales) it is a very secretive, creepy society.

        • Fortunate you, bdmm.
          Then again you’ve been deprived of the short sleeved white shirt, ugly tie, young lads who pedal their bicycles to peddle ‘gawd and jeeesus’.

          • Well, we get the carloads of Jehovah’s Witlesses canvassing the neighborhood from time to time.

            Our neighborhood has 1-hour parking restrictions and they show up in cars with handicap placards enabling them to park where they damn please and cannot be ticketed. They they pile out of the car and walk for blocks around the ‘hood. Handicapped, indeed.

            • I don’t know how it is out there, but here in New York State, a handicapped parking permit goes with the person, not the vehicle. So my mother brings hers with her whether I take her somewhere or my sister does. But if I were to use it without her in the car, it would be a crime. If the rules are the same out there, then at least one of those people should be handicapped enough to need the permit, otherwise they’re breaking the law no matter what they’re doing outside the car.

              Yeah, I used the word “handicapped.” Fuck that pc nonsense. I’m not going to sugarcoat it to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. It’s accurate.

    • We have a brand new temple here in Calgary. This month, on weekends, you can go and visit it. The only time outsiders will get to see inside. You have to email them to get a time. We will be going on Monday (our thanksgiving). It will be creepy.

  7. Against all odds the morons just get more moronic. From yelling at a cardboard figure to the shocked disbelief of the jobs report to this freak vowing to throw away 2 centuries of secular governance because he can’t count past 10 with his pants on. He can’t even feign ignorance. He claims that he was “taught all that stuff” so one can only conclude he made a deliberate choice to deny reality. That’s as stupid as it is insane.

  8. Wayne…

    Same handicap laws here in CA. It’s a placard you hang from your rearview mirror so you can move it to any vehicle. I live a block from a university and there are some students using handicap placards to park in restricted parking areas. It pisses me off for several reasons, not the least is that these are able bodied college students already gaming the system and parking in front of my house.

    • If the religion-peddlers are apparently breaking the law, call the cops and ask them what the rules are. If they’re breaking the law, then they’re breaking the law. What you do about the college students is up to you although they are more likely than the religion-peddlers to retaliate.

      • Hey, it’s a big city and the cops (parking enforcement) have their hands full. They’re perpetrating a fraud by using placards that aren’t theirs and that’s an issue for the DMV. I’ve contacted them and they move like a 1000-year old glacier.

        I once nabbed the license plate # and car model from some dicks who were going down the street and rifling mailboxes. I called the local police station and they said it wasn’t their problem — call the USPS. Cops, they serve and protect.

        • Those cops were wrong. Mailboxes belong to the people, not the govt. The vandals may be guilty of destruction of private property. It’s all well and good to say there are more serious crimes going on, but they aren’t getting prevented/solved, either. At least when you can actually nab someone in the act, you can prevent future crime.

          • Well, to be clear, they were stealing the mail IN the mailboxes which is a Federal crime. Still…

    • Those people never saw Babe, did they? The bunny has obviously been given the secret word that makes the sheep mind.

    • Great video.
      It has been, more than, five decades since last hearing that little ditty!

      Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
      Goes the farmer’s gun.
      Run, rabbit, run, rabbit, run.
      Run rabbit – run rabbit – Run! Run! Run!
      Don’t give the farmer his fun! Fun! Fun!
      He’ll get by
      Without his rabbit pie
      So run rabbit – run rabbit – Run! Run! Run!

    • “Surfs up.”

      Were dinosaurs on the ark? Sure they were. We don’t know.

      says the dolt on the board of education.

      The man is a damn genius I tell you. (spit and double spit)

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