23 March 2008

Easter wrap up

Blogger Radio has an excellent declamation of Shrub's recent attack on Obama for sitting down with tyrants. Sometimes you really have to wonder how such hypocrits say such garbage with a straight face. Shrub was sitting down with tyrants, making business deals with tyrants, and kissing tyrants before, during, and after the 9-11 planes hit and a major pillar of his foreign policy is to keep tyrants who are friendly to U.S. oil interests in power throught the Middle East and Central Asia.

And here's a story that will provide much Easter cheer. The writer of Pharyngula was expelled from Expelled (the irony's just too juicy), a Creationist film:

I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried … but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn't even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn't going to cause any trouble. I went back to my family and talked with them for a while, and then the officer came back with a theater manager, and I was told that not only wasn't I allowed in, but I had to leave the premises immediately. Like right that instant. I complied. I'm still laughing though. You don't know how hilarious this is. Not only is it the extreme hypocrisy of being expelled from their Expelled movie, but there's another layer of amusement. Deep, belly laugh funny. Yeah, I'd be rolling around on the floor right now, if I weren't so dang dignified. You see … well, have you ever heard of a sabot? It's a kind of sleeve or lightweight carrier used to surround a piece of munition fired from a gun. It isn't the actually load intended to strike the target, but may even be discarded as it leaves the barrel. I'm a kind of sabot right now. They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn't notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn't recognize him. My guest was … Richard Dawkins. He's in the theater right now, watching their movie. Tell me, are you laughing as hard as I am?

Really. When will these people evolve? And what's next? Will we have advocates of Aristotelian physics whining about how they're "expelled" from science classrooms, how we should also hear alternative views about how rocks fall because they desire to be back in touch with terra firma?

On another erudite corner of the internets, Jodi at I Cite discusses the Bear Stearn's debacle:

The Fed gave JP Morgan a 30 billion dollar credit line so it could buy Bear Stearns. So the bank is protected from the realities of the market. Another way to put this: one of the leading market bad guys is taken under the wing of the US government. The market needs the government; it can't do what it promises. And the government protects the poor, victimized investors, rather than the poor victims of the investor class. We can expect all sorts of whining and justification from neoliberals to the effect that what is good for them is what is good for America and the world. They present their position as universal, unlike, say, the victims of Katrina who ultimately became--in the US ideological context--particular; unlike those who need health care and education-- all of us--who are represented as particular, as special interests.

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