Sunday, August 27, 2006

Holy Crap

Go watch this trailer for the movie Jesus Camp. Yikes.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Terrifying truths here

I don't even know what to say about this

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Educators Question Absence of Evolution From List of Majors Eligible for New Grants

Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal grant program designed to reward students majoring in engineering, mathematics, science, or certain foreign languages.

That absence apparently indicates that students in the evolutionary sciences do not qualify for the grants, and some observers are wondering whether the omission was deliberate.

The question arises at a time when evolution has become a political hot potato at all levels of education. While the theory of evolution has overwhelming support from scientists, some conservative Christian groups argue for alternative explanations of the origins of life, including "intelligent design," which holds that an intelligent agent guided the creation of life.

Even President Bush has weighed in, advocating teaching "both sides of the debate."

The awards in question -- known as Smart Grants, for the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent program -- were created by Congress this year, with strong support from the president. The grants are worth up to $4,000 and are awarded in addition to Pell grants.

Recipients must be college juniors or seniors enrolled in one of the technical fields of study that the Department of Education has deemed eligible for funds. Many different topics, as varied as astronomy and Arabic, qualify.

But evolutionary biology is absent.

The department has an index of classification numbers -- referred to as "CIP codes," for the Classification of Instructional Programs -- for all academic areas of instruction.

Under that classification scheme, there is a heading for "Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology," under which 10 biological fields are defined. For instance, ecology is 26.1301, and evolutionary biology is 26.1303.

But on a list that defines majors eligible for the grants, issued by the department in May, one of those 10 is missing. On that list, the classification numbers rise in order from 26.1301 to 26.1309 -- with the exception of a blank line where 26.1303, or evolutionary biology, would fall.

Lawrence M. Krauss, a physics professor at Case Western Reserve University and an outspoken defender of evolutionary sciences, noted the subject's absence from the list in a letter to the department.

"I'm not making any accusations," Mr. Krauss said in an interview on Monday. "I'm concerned it's not there."

Mr. Krauss said he sent the letter to the department when he learned of the absence, which he called "a serious omission."

He also asked for more openness in determining what majors qualify for Smart grants: "It would make sense to consult directly with organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and other professional scientific organizations asking for input."

Barmak Nassirian, an associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, also wrote to the department about the omission.

In an interview on Monday, Mr. Nassirian said the absence of evolutionary biology was disconcerting. "I'm hoping it's inadvertent and unintentional."

Officials from the Department of Education who could comment on the matter were not available, but a spokeswoman said she suspected that the absence of evolutionary biology was a "clerical consolidation of some kind," and that evolution might fall under other topics.

Indeed, the word "evolution" is not entirely absent from the registry of eligible majors. It is still listed as a subtopic under other fields eligible for Smart grants. For instance, paleontology and genetics, both of which draw on evolutionary theories, list "evolution" as a potential area of focus for students in those subjects. There is also an "other" category, under which studies of evolution might fall.

Still, the absence is conspicuous: the only major with evolution in its title was one of only three among the physical sciences that appears to have been deleted from the list. For unknown reasons, "behavioral sciences" and "exercise psychology" are also absent.

Stephen Burd contributed to this article.

First, I should thank my good buddy Tom for ruining my day with this link. Second, though you all know I can go from zero to rant in seconds, I'm not going to do so in this post. I couldn't sleep tonight, though, without at least addressing President Bush's ridiculous assertion that we should teach both sides of some fictitious "debate."


THERE IS NO DEBATE ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION AMONG ACTUAL BIOLOGISTS. Full stop. This "debate" is a lie trumped up by people who don't understand what the word "theory" means in the context of science and who cling so desperately to their Sunday School stories that they're willing to deny any evidence you place in front of them and, most heinously, they're anxious to keep that evidence from not just their own children but MINE. They have no business mucking with science instruction in the name of their personal superstitions. They should be ASHAMED of themselves.

By the way, the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs are sending videos about humanism and naturalism to high schools. Click the banner below for info:

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Friday, August 25, 2006

I love The Onion

War-Torn Middle East Seeks Solace In Religion

The Onion

War-Torn Middle East Seeks Solace In Religion

JERUSALEM—Millions of Middle Easterners are turning to one thing to make sense of the seemingly endless violence between Israelis and Arabs: religion.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The nerve!

So I haven't been able to post for awhile, in part because work is back with a vengeance and I've been hellishly busy. ALSO alienating me from my beloved rant vehicle, however, is the all-out banning of forums and blogs on our school's network. I have no idea what happened there, except that students periodically post something deeply moronic on their blogs and get in trouble at school. I'm assuming this ban stems from such.

What really sucks for me (and, I flatter myself, for you) is that I often blog while eating lunch at my desk, and that option is now gone. As is my ability to read YOUR blogs while eating lunch at my desk. I'm pretty bummed.

I'll do my best at home. In the meantime, pity me, friends.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Recent visitors, nothing but class

Users have reached my site through the following Google and Blogger searches since my last post:

"blogspot wife sex"

"married couples"

"masturbation sin"

"masturbation stop"

"had sex"

"wife images"

"better sex life"

"sex my wife"

"gay porn"

"women loves sex"



Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Disturbing and weird

Title link will take you to a section of the website of a mega-church in the OKC area. It's like that website where people send in postcards with secrets on them, but much weirder. Some of the submissions are quite funny, but all too many seethe with Arthur Dimsdale levels of self flagellation. It's very unsettling to read entry after entry of desperately self-hating homosexuals or (more amusingly, I confess) evil masturbators, all seeking repair from the very people who convinced them they were broken in the first place. (This is the place that saved my son on guest night by the way. Yes, I still abhor them.)

Enter at your own risk--they provide the following disclaimer:

Warning: Some of the confessions below should be considered content appropriate for adults only and should not be viewed by those under 18 years of age.

Not something you see every day on the fundamentalist church website, but OK. A sampling, errors and typos the authors':

Made Me Laugh

Sometimes when I see other couples, I picture them having sex in my mind. I have no idea why.

Dude, me either. Is it like how people tell you to imagine your dissertation committee in their underwear?

I have had sex with a married couple. And sometimes I think thats not a bad thing. I have been invited to do it again with a diferent couple.

Wow. Did you put out a flyer or something?

I have been born again as a Christian for over twenty five years just out of high school. I had a serious gas poisoning accident 21 years ago today (7/31) that affected me physically, mentally and emotionally as well as spirtually. I regained my sprituality and have once again become grounded in the Lord, walking in the Spirit with a great joy, however, as a result of a few personality changes and women/couples I dated during the aftermath of the accident, I got involved in the 'chic' bisexual scene to some degree. I am now married for many years with children yet still bisexually inclined, like according to recent statistics, many, many other married men. I know that doesn't justify my feelings and I do prefer women, specifically my wife (yes, she knew/knows), yet I have bi desires... it's been two decades and the curiosities turned to desires which have been partially fulfilled. I have been honest with these feelings with her and even a few friends. with mixed acceptance.

OK, overall I find this entry sad, but the connection between bisexuality and a "serious gas poisoning accident" made me spit Diet Coke. Like, as opposed to a minor gas poisoning accident? Or an on-purpose gas poisoning? And, sorry, but what exactly lubricates (if you'll excuse the term) the slippery slope from gas poisoning to man love?

I like to masturbate. I would never cheat on my wife physically. When I masturbate I still think of her. She hates sex and I hate masturbation. God help me.

How about "god help her"?

Made Me Go WTF

Just over 2 years ago I had an affair on my wife. I tried to hide it but God had other plans. God allowed it out in the open! I have been in the ministry for a long time an thought this would never happen to me but just when I thought I was bigger than life God brought me down. Thank God for his Grace and my wife's love for God and me. It has been hard but God has restored our marriage and it is stronger than ever. Never give satan a inch because that is all he needs to destroy you.

I John 4:4

Sounds like you gave Satan more than an inch, homeslice. (Thank you! I'll be here all week!) Also, nice deferral of blame.

Made Me Cry

I do not believe in sex before marriage. I believe that God has a plan. I have had sex before marriage, but made a vow that I would not do it anymore about a year ago. Since then, I have taken up masturbation, which I never did before. I also started dating someone and then slept with him, even though I know better. I think that sinning when you know better is even worse. He is a Christian and part of me is really mad at him, because he is the man and he should have been stronger. Part of me knows I was there too and I shouldn't blame him. We continue to have sex and I know it is wrong but I don't know how to be the one in the relationship that stands up and says we aren't doing this anymore. I think he should be the strong one and I get tired of always being the strong one. I am scared I will lose him if we stop having sex and I know in my heart that if I lose him over something like this, he wasn't worth it in the first place. Can God forgive me now? Even though I did something I knew I shouldn't?

Oy, sister. Too many problems to address here.

I have always struggled with sexual behaviors. I started having sexual thoughts in junior high school, and of course they continue today even thought I am in my twenties. Don't get me wrong, I love women. I am married and love my wife dearly. However, many of these thoughts I have are homosexual in nature. I find myself "stumbling" across gay porn on the internet and masturbating to it. Not in a way that I desire to have sex or a relationship with one of those men, but simply in a physical way. Maybe wishing I could look like one of them or something. I don't know. This has gone on for many years. Way too long as a matter of fact.

The Bible says to flee from sexual sin, and that the marriage bed is undefiled. I desperately want that. This has gone on way too long, and haunts me all the time. I want a healthy marriage, and a healthy sex life with my wife.

First, I have to acknowledge the hilarity of "I started having sexual thoughts in junior high school." NO. Really? You are SO UNIQUE.

I sobered up quickly after I stopped giggling over that line, though. This post is just very, very sad.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Rockin post by Alyx

Title link takes you to a post over at Mad Sheila Musings that blew me away.

One more complaint, this time balanced by something I like

Something I Do Not Like:

I'm afraid I can't support this new trend toward so-called "skinny jeans." I'm not sure I could've pulled off (or pulled ON) those jeans back in my days of actually being skinny, but now? No. I'm still not fat, by any means, but I don't find these pants flattering even on the stick models. Heidi Klum wore some a couple of weeks ago on Project Runway and, as lovely as I find her in general, those jeans were fug.

There's a disturbing 80s revival of some sort going on. I've seen several young women wearing enormous low-slung belts over shirts lately. It still looks ridiculous.

Something I Like:

Invader Zim

I've always enjoyed cartoons, and the best Looney Tunes can still make me giggle like a child, but this new generation has some wickedly funny animated entertainment. I get a kick out of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, too, and my son is pulling me into Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, which has less edge but such a clever concept.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Some brief complaints

1) I haven't had much time for blogging because (sigh) I'm back at work.

2) I HATE when television channels run ads for other shows that take up a good quarter of the screen while you're trying to watch something. I know that they know that, thanks to the glory of DVR, I no longer suffer their insipid moronic commercials, but it has gotten to the point where I don't want to watch their shows either, because it seems like as soon as I get caught up in the action onscreen some insipid moronic ad pops up and obscures the shit I'm trying to see!

This scourge is annoying enough in and of itself, but it's particularly egregious on, for example, Spike TV, which is a reeking cesspool of sophomoric bullshit 90% of the time anyway but does broadcast shows my son enjoys, namely The Three Stooges and Star Trek: The Next Generation. But do you think they could hold back loathsome sexist promos for that vile Man Show until after their early morning, before-school showings of the fucking Stooges? Maybe? Of course not. Bastards.

And before you say it, yes the Stooges themselves can be tarred with the brush of sophomoric bullshit and sexism, but I have loved their slapstick and wordplay for so long and have so completely passed that love to my only child that there's no hope for us there. We all have our weaknesses. There's still no excuse for knowingly befouling a children's show with tits and ass promos. Who is that mealy-mouthed son of a bitch on that show? I'm not going to waste a Google search on his ass, but I feel utter seething hate flooding every cell in my body every time I have the misfortune to glimpse his smarmy smirky ass face. GOD I hate him. Someone needs to slap that load of shit out of his mouth so he can speak properly.

3) Finally, what is with Why does every internet search direct me to an entry that, 9 times out of 10, provides me nothing but a photo of some grinning dork that looks, in all seriousness, like something they'd use on The Onion followed by a poorly written and laughably superficial "answer" to my search query? Who are these people, and how did they amass this power?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Benji and Heidi

Let's try this again since the other video got disappeared. (Sorry about that!)

Number of online users in last 3 minutes