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Jindal obfuscates, Grace calls him out

Creationism renaming contest by cpurrin1 @ FlickrRecently, dishonest Creationists, dressed in their latest cheap tuxedo, managed to obfuscate and prevaricate enough to get a bill through the Louisiana legislature for the express purpose of bringing Fundamentalist Religion into Louisiana public high school Science classrooms, in direct violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution, and a ton of Federal and Supreme Court precedent.

(See Epperson v. Arkansas, Daniel v. Waters, Edwards v Aguilard, and especially Kitzmiller v. Dover for a good idea of the evolution of the increasingly deceptive tactics of Creationists to circumvent the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  There’s even a transitional fossil that bears undeniable evidential witness to the outright dishonesty of the Intelligent Design Creationism Hoax.  It’s taxonomically correct name is the cdesign proponentsists.)

In this morning’s Times-Picayune, Stephanie Grace calls Jindal on his dishonesty, his evasions, and his deception in supporting and signing this bill into law.

The bill never mentions that evolution is almost universally accepted among scientists as the basis for modern biology.

And it skips right over the key fact that the effort is backed by the same archconservatives who’ve trying to force religiously based doubts over the theory, either in the form of creationism or its successor “intelligent design,” into science classrooms for years now.

Those efforts have been consistently rejected by the courts, which explains another artful bit of misdirection: The bill explicitly disavows the promotion of any particular set of religious beliefs. That directly contradicts the goal of its most ardent supporters, including the Louisiana Family Forum, which in and of itself should raise plenty of questions over just what was going on here.

Still, the obfuscation made it hard to argue the merits of the bill, and in the end, even many of the lawmakers who knew better threw up their hands and voted yes.

When asked about Darwinism, Jindal responds with his own fuzzy catch phrase, which he trotted out on the campaign trail last fall and again during a recent appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He claims he wants students to be exposed to “the very best science.”

On the television show, he went further, arguing that he didn’t want facts and theories withheld from students out of “political correctness.” It was all part of a circular response to a direct question that he never answered: whether he himself has doubts about the theory of evolution.

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From whence came the art:

That image is titled Creationism renaming contest, by cpurrin1, and is licensed by the artist under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 license.

Filed under: Biology, Education, Fundies, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science, , , ,

The Trial of Lucifer

XV – The Devil, by malik williams @ FlickrThis might prove an interesting discussion, but it requires a complete reading of The Lilith Obsession for proper context.

I’ve been surfing around, looking for a place where my erotica might be a better fit than the Sugasm.  Again, let me reiterate:  I love the Sugasm.  I just don’t think I’m offering what Sugasmers are looking to read.

I want to get my content into the browsers of people who are looking for my kind of content, rather than have a bajillion page views by people who are disappointed by what they find here.

I happened into the Erotica Readers and Writers Association website, where there is a newsletter, forum, email discussion list, resources, blah blah blah.  I’m grooving to it so far.

There’s also a call for submissions there, and one of the things they rule out in submitted erotica is rape (probably quite sensibly to avoid the legal hassles).  Now, I’ve not gotten to the point where I’m seriously considering a submission yet, but it brings to mind a series of questions about the sexual interaction between the two characters in my story, and I don’t think the answers are as clear-cut as they might at first appear.

Now, the questions, below the fold to conceal any spoilers from those who’ve not read The Lilith Obsession yet.:

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Filed under: Erotica, Literature, Literature and Literotica, Romance, Sex, , ,

The Lilith Obsession, Part the Fourth

The Ownership of Lilith

(Read Part the Third, The Conquest of Lilith)

p78, by Zinin Alexei @ Flickr“You’ve been at this for weeks, when are you going to ask?”

“When I’m ready.  What’s it to you, how long I take?  Do you have someplace to be?  A dentist appointment or something?  There’s no expiration date on our bet.  What’s the rush?”

The Jerkwad was really getting annoying, lately.  Lucifer refused to hurry on his behalf, and had been deliberately putting off making his final request of Lilith as much to piss off The Big Wanker as because he wasn’t ready.  Truth be told, he could have gotten her to brand his mark in her thigh a week ago, but watching the brainless idiot twist his knickers in a knot… oh right.  He didn’t wear knickers.

Lucifer scowled at the recurring thought.  He really did wish Yahweh hadn’t mentioned that.

“I don’t care for your tone, Lu.”

“Oh?  And what?  You’ll punish me for it?  Kick me out of Heaven, Ya?  Oh forsooth.  Why don’t you go and spy on some altar boys or something?”

His Holy Peckerhead wrinkled his nose and left.

(Story continues below the fold.)

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Filed under: Erotica, Literature, Literature and Literotica, Religion, Romance, Sex, The Lilith Obsession, , , ,

Historic Pwnage. Richard Lenski’s E. coli, 1 : Andrew Schlafly, Compete Zilch

My baby E. coli, by Wearn @ FlickrA peek above our garters to Dr. BA for this.

Dr. Richard Lenski, Hannah Professor of Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University, recently published the results of a twenty year long experiment with E. coli where he definitively demonstrated some really cool evolutionary adaptations.  The results were subsequently discussed in a NewScientist article.

Among other really neat results, one of the descendant colonies of E. coli developed a mutation that enabled it to feed off citrate, part of the solution in which it was growing, while other colonies, also descended from the same parent colony, did not.

The paper is well documented and well executed by all accounts of scientists in the relevant fields who’ve read the paper.  It’s elegant, it’s meticulous, and it’s conclusive.

Infamously dunderheaded creationist Andrew Schlafly, creator of Conservapedia (AKA the Idiot’s Alternative to Reality), was not about to stand for the results of said experiment.  In what appears to have been an attempt to intimidate Dr. Lenski into altering his conclusion as far as I can tell, he fired off an Email, ostensibly challenging the results.  Unfortunately for Schlafly, Dr. Lenski was neither intimidated nor deceived into believing that Schlafly either actually read the paper or had the faintest clue about what he was blathering.

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It’s About Damned Time

I’ve been thinking for some time that a friend of mine should start a blog.  He’s got some interesting things to say, and a wicked and funny creative streak that I love.

How could you not love his YouTube entry in the April Skepchick contest?

Well, as I said in the title, it’s about damned time.

As soon as you’re finished dancing naked on your/your lover’s/your boss’/your neighbor’s/a perfect stranger’s/my desk (Kate, you have to move so I can write, huz!), go say hello to Rystefn at The Last Road, and try to pronounce his name correctly.

Filed under: Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Entertainment, Friends, Music Video, Video, YouTube, , , ,

Sugasm 137, and My Recommendations Therein

Mz. Berlin courtesy of Mz. Berlin's Blog.
The image at right is Mz. Berlin, and is courtesy of Mz. Berlin’s Blog.

I think I’m going to start giving you my own recommendations with any Sugasms I enter.  To that end, let’s start with JanieBelle’s favorites from this week’s Sugasm, in no particular order:

Anal Sex from a Female Perspective at SexSecrets
Gotta turn the naughty on -HNT at Secrets of a Blue-Eyed Vixen
The Outfit Kris Picked at The Belle of the Ball
Over the Edge at Essin’ em

The best of this week’s blogs by the bloggers who blog them. Highlighting the top 3 posts as chosen by Sugasm participants. Want in Sugasm #138? Submit a link to your best post of the week using this form. Participants, repost the link list within a week and you’re all set.

This Week’s Picks
I can only be what I am.
“It’s strangely refreshing, to really submit and give up that control, and not have to make decisions.”

Over the Edge
“He tells me to hold still, in that soft, controlling voice of his.”

A Story Told Out of Order and Out of Character – Part 4
“You thought you could just come to my room and tease me?”

Mr. Sugasm Himself
Sugar Bank

Editor’s Choice
A former slut examined

More Sugasm
Join the Sugasm

See also: Fleshbot’s Sex Blog Roundup each Tuesday and Friday.

(Sugasm participants should re-post all the links above within a week. The following links may be excluded as long as you include all the above links.)

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Happy Birthday Greg

Gams, by Cap'n Monky @ FlickrHe didn’t know I was coming, it was a surprise from his readers.  Steph and Mike and Laurisa had approached me with the idea, and we’d all chipped in what we could.  Fortunately, our plan called for us to come up with enough cash for only one plane ticket.  Kate wouldn’t need one.

The guy at the airport was somewhat hesitant to check Greg‘s gift for me, being oversized and against the rules and all, but I had batted my eyelashes just so and whispered things in his ear to convince him to “forget” about all that airline mumbo jumbo.

The DHS girl had picked up that something was amiss, but a strategically placed index finger run from just behind her ear down to her throat while I explained the situation alleviated her concerns.  She was suddenly quite helpful, and half a ton of red tape miraculously disappeared.  It turns out she was a fan of Greg’s.  …and mine.

Greg was going to get his gift, and I was going to give it to him.

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Filed under: Biology, Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Education, Friends, Science,

Goodbye George Carlin

Jesus is Coming.. Look BusyGeorge Carlin, age 71, went to California just before nine Eastern time last night.  He apparently died of heart failure in a Santa Monica hospital, so at least he didn’t have far to go.

The world is a lesser place for his leaving it.

Goodbye, George.  I’ll drink a decent beer for you.

From whence came the art:

That image of George Carlin is cropped from Jesus is Coming.. Look Busy, by Point-Shoot-Edit, and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License.

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The Lilith Obsession, Part the Third

The Conquest of Lilith

(Read Part the Second, The Taking of Lilith.)

Mephistopheles alone, by seriykotik1970 @ Flickr“She didn’t say ‘No’.”

“She did say, ‘Fuck you’. I think that counts as a ‘no’.”

Lucifer didn’t really expect the little pain in the ass to go for that, but it was worth a shot. He’d learned over the millennia to never overestimate Yahweh’s intelligence, or expect him to adhere to any form of reasonable logic. He’d wiped out his own creation several times and called it ‘Love’, for Christ’s sakes.

“I’ve got two chances left, don’t get your knickers in a wad.”

“I don’t wear knickers, Lu. I like the breeze.”

“I really could have gone the rest of eternity without that information, thanks.”

Holy Joe had interrupted his private musings with his inanities over an hour before, and Lucifer was annoyed from square one. Within the first fifteen minutes, he was ready to go bash his own head into a brick wall, just to make the blithering idiot shut up. Immortality definitely had its drawbacks.

“So where is Lilith now, Lu?”

“She sleeps where I left her. Rather peacefully and contentedly, I might add. Don’t you think, Ya?”

Dimwit wrinkled his nose and finally left.

Immortality definitely had its little pleasures as well.

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Filed under: Erotica, Literature, Literature and Literotica, Religion, Romance, Sex, The Lilith Obsession, , , ,

Creationist Gone Wild

The Abuse by John FreshwaterA peek above our garters to Richard B. Hoppe, of Talk Rational, over at The Panda’s Thumb for this.

Seems some psycho fundy named John Freshwater was “teaching” some interesting things in his public school classroom in Mt. Vernon, OH.  Today, the school board voted unanimously to kick his sorry ass to the curb.  See that picture?  That’s not teaching.  That’s abuse.  (At least one family has filed a federal lawsuit against Freshwater and the district.)

The Board’s resolution cited four basic grounds for its resolution [to terminate Freshwater]:

1. Freshwater burned crosses in students’ arms using a high voltage, high frequency leak detection device, ignoring the manufacturer’s safety instructions associated with the device.

2. Freshwater taught material on thermodynamics, the Big Bang, the age of the earth, and the periodic table that is not in the approved curriculum or American Content Standards. Mr. Freshwater also taught ID and creationism in contravention of the curriculum and the First Amendment to the Constitution. He did so in direct contradiction of school board policy and administrative instructions. The resolution noted that Freshwater’s 2003 request to teach those materials had been denied by the board, so subsequently teaching them was insubordination.

3. In monitoring the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Freshwater exceeded his monitoring role by conducting prayers, recommending speakers, and generally taking a directive role rather than a monitoring role.

4. Mr. Freshwater did not remove all religious materials from his classroom as instructed by school administrators and in fact brought additional materials in to “make a point.”

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Filed under: Biology, Education, Fundies, Images, Photos, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science, , , , , ,

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