"Tens of millions of Americans, who neither know nor understand the actual arguments for or even against evolution, march in the army of the night with their Bibles held high. And they are a strong and frightening force, impervious to, and immunized against, the feeble lance of mere reason."-Isaac Asimov
It’s funny sometimes how quickly things can change. I recorded this show this afternoon with plans to go out later in the evening. I got behind schedule, became subject to an impromptu dog-sitting, had to scrap my plans and found out that John McCain had all but canceled the RNC activites for Monday…all in the course of about 3 hours.
Take this episode as you will. Being as my RNC plans have changed (see above link) since recording it earlier this afternoon it’s only about 2/3 relevant. I’m leaving it as is and providing all links as usual. The police and FBI round-up of protesters and self declared anarchists has been swift and frightening over the past 48 hours and I’ve provided a bit of info and local links on that situation.
I’ll be doing a few 10-15 minute shows this week as well. No politics, I promise!
A while back it was announced that the Democratic National Convention will be kicked off with what’s being called the “first-ever Democratic National Convention interfaith gathering“. The polarization among loyal democrats seemed nearly instant, some seeing it as a line in the sand and others writing it off as nothing but a show to win votes. The latter was my initial reaction; it just seemed to surreal. The overall weirdness of the ordeal never left my mind but I’ve been able to mentally write it off as a song and dance maneuver to get the fence-sitters until very recently. The Saddleback church event happened, my mind exploded and I saw things a little differently. It wasn’t just an issue of the DNCC alienating atheists, humanists and other generally godless folk anymore, it was all out assault on secular politics.
Keep in mind the difference between being an atheist and believing in a secular government. One is a political view while the other is a world view. You can be of any faith, worship any god you like and still believe in a secular form of government. I only point this out because there seems to be a common juxtaposition of the terms.
Catholic league president Bill Donohue probably hates you. Unless, of course, you are Bill Donohue.
The Catholic League, despite the name, doesn’t particularly reflect the views of the catholic church in general due to the barking lunacy of this Donohue character. He’s vicious, angry and more or less anti-everything, aside from his own dogma, which makes him a turd in a lot of peoples laundry.
I first became aware of this vacuous chode a while back when he called for the firing of University of Minnesota-Morris Prof. PZ Myers for throwing away a eucharist cracker. As a source of amusement I now keep up to date with the CL’s press releases and I’ve come to the conclusion that this man could only ever love or respect himself.
In this weeks release we find Billy calling for Democrats to “nix offensive bloggers”, whom have been given press credentials, from the DNC. You can read the full text there if you like but more or less he’s whining because he doesn’t like what some of the bloggers have to say. He picks three, from the 120-some odd bloggers that have been credentialed as members of the media, to pick on: Daily KOS, Bitch Ph.D and Towleroad. I couldn’t imagine these sites were as bad as Donohue seems to think…
I finally have a firm grasp on my audio software! The overall quality should be quite a bit higher then the past shows. As best I can tell the last technical aspect I need to cover is a higher quality mic, which will happen, as soon as funds allow.
48min, 10 sec (roughly 39mb)
Can’t stream it? Download it! (right click below link and hit ‘save as’)