The Watering Hole; Friday September 30 2016; Uncategorizable Wingnuttistanian Nonsense, and The Remedy

A darting fear — a pomp — a tear —
A waking on a morn
To find that what one waked for,
Inhales the different dawn.
(Emily Dickinson)



This Just In:

David Barton Claims The Founding Fathers Used ‘The Exact Language Of The Bible’ To Write The Constitution

Barton . . . once again insisted that the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution by using the “exact language” of the Bible.

Barton was making the case that the Bible tells voters all they need to know about how to choose their elected leaders, repeating his falseclaim that 34 percent of the political documents from the founding era cited the Bible, which he claimed is why the Constitution is filled with direct quotations from the Bible.

“I can show you clause after clause in the Constitution where they used the exact language of the Bible in the Constitution,” he said. “It’s just that we’re so biblicaly illiterate today that we don’t recognize that in the Constitution.”

I’m no biblical expert, but Barton’s claim sounded interesting so I decided to take a quick look. First, the Preamble:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

No luck there, so I made up a list of words that I figured were genuinely biblical and then word-searched each one in my docx version of the Constitution, as amended. Here are the words I chose:

In the beginning
Thou shalt not kill

Got a hit on only two of them. David Brearley from New Jersey was one of many who signed the original 1787 document. Also, I got a whole pile of hits on the word Virgin, not in biblical style, but since the word “Virginia” appears regularly . . . well, you know [reminded me of that old college joke that went something like, “I dated a girl named Virginia. I called her Virgin for short, but not for long.” (sorry about that)]. None of the other words or phrases showed up anywhere in the Constitution, so I’m guessing maybe it’s fair to doubt either Barton’s premise or my own ability to pluck worthy stuff from the Bible. Time will tell, I guess.

Then there was this one:

Rick Joyner: Climate Change Is A Communist Plot

Joyner said that climate change goes all the way back to a purported 1930s-era Communist Party “plan for subduing America” through “reeducation” and subversion.

Part of the plan, he said, was to “co-opt” young people knowing that “the youth will always respond to environmental issues and we have to keep inventing crises so that we can be the ones who save the world or are the answer to saving the world over and over.”

I dunno, I’m clearly in a tee-tiny minority, but I still think climate change has something to do with CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption, but who am I to compete with a brainiac like Rick Joyner.

Then last but by no means least, this gem popped up:

Ken Ham: Christians Who Believe In Evolution Follow A ‘Pagan Religion’ & Invite God’s Judgment

Ken Ham, the head of the Creationist group Answers In Genesis and founder of the Creation Museum, joined conservative radio host Janet Mefferd last week to discuss a new book about evangelicals who have embraced the theory of evolution. These Christians, Ham said, are following a “pagan religion” and are therefore inviting the judgment of God. . . .

“I’m going to say it out very bluntly,” he said. “Look, millions of years in evolution is the pagan religion of this age to explain, to attempt to explain life without God. And when you compromise God’s word with millions of years and evolutionary ideas, you’re no different to the Israelites, who took the pagan religion of the age—or the Canaanites, or whatever—incorporated into their thinking. And look what happened. It destroyed them, and God judged them before it. We are no different, there’s nothing new under the sun.”

I think it was Solomon who said, “there’s nothing new under the sun,” but I looked, and that phrase isn’t in the Constitution either.

Solomon was wrong on that one, though, because each and every day and on every corner of the earth there’s ALWAYS something NEW under the sun! Life’s like that, you know. Unlike preachers, politicians, and radio talk-jocks. Nothing new there, same old same old.


If I had my choice between hanging around with Ken Ham, or Rick Joyner, or David Barton, or a desert sunrise, guess what my choice would be! Time to give equal space to all that “emptiness”🙂 one sees under the rising sun and then decide if it’s possibly more interesting than the three dudes cited above. So here goes, as they say, “nothing.” Dude/Desert comparisons welcome; y’all be the judge!

▼1. September 2003 dawn, seen from the center of metro-Phoenix in the Phoenix Mtn. Preserve.▼


▼2. January 2004, view from White Tank Mountains regional park overlooking the entire of metro-Phoenix (downtown visible in center on the horizon)▼


▼3. March 2007 cloudy dawn from White Tanks Regional Park; first mountain is Camelback in the center of Phoenix, Superstition Mountains in the background.▼


So the landscapes in those split second views are apparently somewhere in the vicinity of fifty million years old, give or take ten or twenty million years. There are no signs anywhere of the passage of Noah’s Ark all those 5000 years ago (no sign of a flood either, at least not that I ever noticed). But it remains a virtual certainty that during all those millions of geologic years there’s been plenty of NEW stuff under that old sun! Regularly, too!

There. That feels a LOT better!






20 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday September 30 2016; Uncategorizable Wingnuttistanian Nonsense, and The Remedy

    • He’s right on many points.
      Some are smart and some aren’t.
      You have to be born and blessed with something up here.
      It’d be wonderful if you could develop it but I’m not sure you can.
      And, like Dick Cheney, he likes blood.

      I recall Robert Reich blowing him out of the water on his financial acumen and investment strategies. Donald is actually a financial loser and a bad investor.

      • He should also have pointed out the virtues of Pond Scum, of which there are many — but none of which make Pond Scum a legitimate candidate for world leadership.

        Forrest Gump or Donald Trump: Vote Here. I’ll take the former.

  1. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for rest of term

    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage.

    The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term.

    “For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately,” the order stated.

    The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of canon of judicial ethics. Moore’s term is to end in 2019. Gov. Robert Bentley will name a replacement for Moore.

    We’re rid of him for over two years at least, until the knuckledraggers re-elect him again.

    (If you try to go to the link it may load slowly.)

    • What Alabama needs to do is impeach him, and upon conviction bar him from holding office in Alabama again. The penalty for impeachment isn’t limited to removal from office. They can also be prohibited from working in the govt ever again. That’s what they need to do to Roy Moore or he’ll keep running and keep coming back.

      Which leads me to question the wisdom of having judges be up for popular election. Especially state Supreme Court judges. It’s too important a position to leave it to ill-informed and ignorant voters to fill.

  2. Well, using the phrase “we the people” gets 74 hits. So there you have it. The Founding Fathers plagiarized The Bible extensively.

    • Damn. I looked for that site but apparently screwed up when I searched for biblegetaway. com. But still, a search of the King James version for ‘we the people’ tells me “Your simple query produced no results.”

      I dunno. Somebody said god works in strange ways. Maybe they nailed it. To the cross, sotospeak.

        • Oh wait. Emily Dickinson avoided the word ‘we’ but spoke of ‘the people’!

          When I count the seeds
          That are sown beneath,
          To bloom so, bye and bye —

          When I con the people
          Lain so low,
          To be received as high

          When I believe the garden
          Mortal shall not see —
          Pick by faith its blossom
          And avoid its Bee,
          I can spare this summer, unreluctantly.

          “When I ‘CON’ the people . . . To be received as high” — now I get it!!

  3. Trump Appearance In Porn Movie Found As Miss Universe Attack Totally Backfires

    Donald Trump told America to check the sex tape, and unfortunately for him, what was found was the Republican candidate for president’s appearance in a Playboy adult film.

    Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed went looking for the tape and what he found was Donald Trump in adult film:

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