Sunday, June 24, 2007

Stupid is mighty strong

I was going to write a post about my heart attack and I was going to use an old punchline for the title but when I googled (suck on that you Google goons, I didn't use a capital letter when I made a verb out of your company name) the punchline, something most disturbing came up.

It seems that a blogger had already used this particular punchline for a post he had written. Now that in and of itself would not be a bad thing but what was bad about it was this blogger had used this punchline as a title for a post that he wrote that was part of his ongoing series of posts that deny the Holocaust took place. This blogger, who I will not link to or name for fear that someone will find him and give him the attention he craves, had found a picture of another well known blogger, one who is left leaning but not one I read or link to, and posted this picture on his hateful little blog. He wrote that the left leaning blogger who's picture he posted did not look like he was of the Jewish faith. And because this left leaning blogger did not look like a typical caricature of a Jew then that helped prove his point that the Holocaust could not have happened because the Nazi's would have missed so many Jews because they all looked so different from one another. It was like getting hit in the head with the claws of a claw hammer when I read that. I looked to the side of this blog and I noticed that he had linked intelligent design websites, anti Darwin websites, and other anti Jewish and anti Holocaust websites.

I quickly clicked off his blog and back to mine. I felt dirty, and not the good kind of dirty either, after looking at such idiocy. I immediately went to the tools tab and erased my web history so as disinfect my computer.

And then it hit me, even though we've come a long way as a people, we did after all figure out which plants and animals we can eat to stay alive, fly to the moon and back, and invent the internets, we've still got a long long way to go.

Of course the Holocaust really happened. They are still finding mass graves over in Europe for christsakes. (Ouch how many sins did I just commit there? Not capitalizing the name of our alleged savior and using his name in a sentence about the mass graves of some Jews who may have been related to the people who killed him.) Or maybe it didn't happen and all those dead Jews were just pulling a prank on us, they are masters of comedy after all.

Of course evolution is real and ongoing. No matter how much they try to deny it, it's a fact. Evolution is scientifically sound and Darwin has been proven to be correct many many times over.

Of course intelligent design is nothing but nonsense. It's a creationism pig wearing lipstick. A pig in lipstick is still a fucking pig. The earth is not 6000 years old, it's millions and millions of years old. In fact, it's older than we can even fathom because our brains have not evolved enough yet to grasp just how old our earth really is.

The thing that gets me about idiots like this guy is that we know the earth is old because of a little thing called carbon dating. We, well scientists who are way fucking smarter than me, use carbon dating to accurately determine the age of things. Now if something should happen to one this idiot's loved ones and they were murdered and the body was not found for let's say years and years and then one day they found it, they would determine the date of death using carbon dating. If the killer of his loved one was convicted in part because of the carbon dated evidence then this idiot would say "Hooray for carbon dating!" And then he would turn around and say the very thing that helped convict his loved ones killer was not something that could be used to determine the age of the earth.

Bullshit. You can't pick and choose what is proveable by the scientific method, either something can be proved by it or it can't. Either you accept the FACT that earth is millions of years old or you don't. Either you accept the FACT that the Nazi's and their minions slaughtered thousands and thousands of Jews or you live in a state of denial.

After I get all worked up about someone spouting stupid racist ignorant shit on their blog I remember that we are evolved enough in the USA to allow a modicum of free speech. And free speech means all people, even ignorant idiots, are allowed to speak and say what they like.

The only bright spot in this sorry chapter is that this idiot was from California and not from around here in Tennessee. I know we have our share of evolution denyin', Jew hatin', pricks who think that NASA faked the moon landing on a soundstage in Arizona, but it's nice to see that other states have their share of those people as well.

When I see those idiots online or in person it makes me want to blow a whistle and shout, "Okay, all of you OUT OF THE GENE POOL NOW!!!" But I know that that is not possible because stupid is mighty strong.


Matty Boy said...

The young earthers, who hate evolution something fierce and want it out of our schools, aren't gonna be real happy when physics class turns the page to the red shift, which is Einstein's method for figuring out how far a star is away from us, which of course is measured in light years. There are plenty of cosmic options that are more than 6,000 light years away, which means we are seeing them as they were 6,000 years ago, not as they are "today", which is actually a very tricky concept when dealing with the universe.

My solution: rural de-electrification. If these chowderheads want to return to the 19th Century, I say give 'em the 19th Century all the way.

Matty Boy said...

My bad; replace "options" with "objects".

FranIAm said...

Amen my brothers. As an actual living breathing thinking Catholic (how positively oxymoronic of you Fran!)
I love that the earth is really really really old.

Stupid seems to somehow not evolve out of our really old, beautiful world.

As I type this I see Jane Goodall over there to my right with a simian beauty.

That is all I need to sigh deeply and live on in relative peace.

P.S. Can we keep our electricity? And indoor plumbing? Please?