Archives: August 2005

31 Aug 2005, Comments (1)

More ghastly stuff

Author: Helen

that didn’t quite make the front page…

In California, there’s a new Creationist trial (yep, the C-word, not just intelligent design, the stalking horse of the Noughties). Hawaiian blogger The Questionable Authority writes

It appears that yet another creationism-related lawsuit is in the works. This time, the venue is in California, and it is the Creationists who are doing the suing. Apparently, the Association of Christian Schools International and Calvary Chapel Christian School of Murietta are no longer satisfied with being able to teach their students creationism instead of real biology. Now, they also want to make sure that their students will not have to suffer the consequences of this decision, and they are suing for that “right”.

The University of California System, quite reasonably, requires that the students that they accept have a certain educational background. Several courses, including biology, offered by Calvary Chapel were determined to be insufficient to meet the UC standards.

Read the whole thing, and the post after that. Via Guambat Stew.


(Image from here)

Meanwhile, on the other coast, Joe McCarthy – sorry, Joe Barton – of the House Committee on Un-American activities, sorry, House Committee on energy and commerce — is demanding an investigation into the background of climate change scientists. Not all climate change scientists and pundits, mind you– just the ones that think climate change might be human-related and therefore might threaten the doctrine of eternal growth and energy consumption.

And no, Peter, I’m not being anti-American. We can come up with world class idiocy ourselves, can’t we.

23 Aug 2005, Comments (0)


Author: Helen

This piece of unbelievable gash arrived in my inbox the other day as a powerpoint presentation, courtesy of somebody who likes to send out Inspiring Thoughts. These are usually pallid bits of crap of the Hallmark card type, but this was really something else. A quick google traces the original idea to Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, who is a “charismatic” who isn’t afraid to be offensive. I don’t know who originated the emailed PPS- her spinmeisters or an admirer.

I Hope this catches U the way it caught me!

In light of the many perversions and jokes we send along to one another for a laugh, this is a little different.
A prominent American’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?”
(Regarding the attacks on September 11)

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

Oh, hello! Remember the strawman argument after the September 11th attacks, where any of us who wanted to discuss possible reasons why young men might want to go and fly planes into buildings were somehow indirectly saying that the victims of the attack deserved it? But it’s OK for Billy Graham’s daughter to imply quite clearly that the people in the Twin Towers died because God had deserted them for their evil atheistic, materialistic ways. Now where else do we hear that sort of thing? Oh, yeah, those Islamic fundamentalists! This irony escapes her, of course.

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc, I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school…
the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.
And we said OK.

This is really sick. Madeleine O’Hare spoke up about prayer in schools, and she was found gruesomely murdered. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence, do you folks?! You better watch your step, all you other schoolkids who might be moved to complain about the creeping fundamentalism in your school.

..Snip paragraphs about the bad influence of Benjamin Spock and the banning of corporal punishments in schools…

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents.
And we said OK.

Predictable, given the rest of the rant, but have a think for a moment about what the consequences might be if you sent rabid far-left-wing sentiments around your workplace via email. This stuff gets a free pass. Why?

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school.
And we said OK.

That’s a hoot, given the extremely conservative nature of many American schools. Condoms are available in “only a small fraction of schools nationwide”, according to Planned Parenthood. If the world is in fact going to shit, this is hardly a causal explanation. The availability of contraception and safe sex education is actually declining in many states of the US because of the rise of religious conservatism and the abstinence-before-marriage movement. This looks like an example of how the Right like to portray themselves as a beleaguered minority.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

But Clinton lost out, big-time, to his adultery, with left and right alike. He never recovered and has been a figure of fun since. I suppose because Americans voted him out instead of burning him at the stake, they’re too lenient by Anne’s standards.

Then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body.
And we said OK.

Oh, yeah, my liberal* friends say all the time that the magazines wrapped in plastic in the local newsagency are wholesome appreciation of the female body. We love them, and buy them for our partners regularly. After they’re finished with them, we wipe the stains off and read them on the train.
Just how stupid does this woman think we are?

* in the American sense

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet.
And we said OK, they’re entitled to free speech.

Yes, I can see where atheism naturally demands that we become addicted to kitty pron… and we lefty atheists have never addressed the matter of free speech versus unacceptable content. Never! Because we’re e-vull. And stupid.

Then the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let’s record music that
encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it’s just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill
strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

OK, let’s just ignore the fact that crime has actually been in decline since the 1990s. Neocons actually need crime to be constantly threatening the very foundations of etc, etc, and they’ll be very upset if they find it isn’t really so.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out!

I think it has a great deal to do with
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but
question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people
think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is
suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Funny how I won’t be forwarding it because it’s offensive propaganda. If God did exist, She would smite you for such self-serving, hate-filled, unchristian rubbish.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in!

Are you thinking?

I’m thinking the bad shape the world is in has a lot to do with people like you, Anne. And I think you have a lot more in common with the Taliban than you might like to admit.

19 Aug 2005, Comments (0)

Jeez, I’m glad…

Author: Helen

…we don’t live in one of those poor, strife torn countries in which armies and militias use children as soldiers.

Which Amnesty and many other organisations are trying to stamp out for the abuse that it is.

Yeah, I’m glad I don’t live in one of those countries…


Via Burnt Karma

17 Aug 2005, Comments (0)

As some commie ratbag said once

Author: Helen


To widen the market and to narrow the competition is always the interest of the dealers … The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce which comes from this order , ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted, till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even to oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it.

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book I Chapter XI

Inspired by Making Light

14 Aug 2005, Comments (0)

Mrs Wainwright at the Tote

Author: Helen

I’m getting another run onto the field from the Mrs Wainwright Interchange bench.


Marcel Borrack, Mrs Wainwright and Dust
Sat 20 Aug. The Tote, Collingwood
Doors open 9.00 $10

Mrs Wainwright is Trish Anderson of Git with Pete McKenna and, usually, Shortie from Collard Greens and Gravy.

Trish says:

Heartbroken? Haunted? Feel like a howl? It’s a full moon on Saturday 20 August, and the Tote has a line-up that will soothe, enchant but will also spook. Oooo-ooo-ooh!

Mrs Wainwright are an alt country 3 piece featuring “the pure, passionate voice” of Trish Anderson of Git fame. Their stunning debut EP ‘Deadmans Pocket’ has been putting shivers up spines all round the country and inspired comparisons with Jefferson Airplane, Wall of Voodoo and Mazzy Star.

The impossibly handsome Marcel Borrack has been variously described as Melbourne’s very own “hometown sweetheart” and the “cowboy philosopher that every lone, late night drinker needs to sit next to”. He will be previewing some more infectious heartfelt ballads from his soon to be released second album.

These highly acclaimed and established musicians will be joined by Melbourne’s newest psychedelic balladeers, Dust. A 5 piece featuring a “powerline pastoral sound” shades of the intense axe work and downbeat rhythms of Crazy Horse overlaid with ethereal vocals reminiscent of This Mortal Coil.

So grab your garlic stakes and rosaries and take refuge at the Tote under a howlin’ moon! Oooo-ooo-ooh!

Mrs Wainwright starts approx 10pm
with the fully kitted Helen Smart-Wainwright on
drums as our beloved Nurse Shortie Wainwright
is elsewhere engaged thumping things.

Trish Anderson

CD review over the fold.


6 Aug 2005, Comments (0)

Please Talk Gooder

Author: Helen

Message to whoever is issuing the press releases about the Space Shuttle: Please, people! I know youíre excited, but there is still some requirement for English to be used in a way people can understand. Heard on the ABC news Wednesday morning:

ìUsing his bare ñ albeit heavily glovedóhandsÖî

The possibilities are endless once you get into this sort of semantic territory. ìMílud, in this rapistís defence, this woman was walking down the street completely nude ñ albeit under thermal longjohns, tracksuit, burqua, parka and raincoat..î

ìMmmmÖ Shameless!î

and in the same news report, we had a cross to an American voice referring to ìThe hacksaw, which of course he had in his arsenalîÖ Lucky we didnít have one of those sudden outages the cash-strapped ABC often gets with its overseas live crosses before this sentence finished, otherwise the photoshop gurus of the Ozblogosphere would have had a field day.

Of course, press release writers could learn to rite good if they went to this wonderful University (via Barista).

2 Aug 2005, Comments (0)

Touched by his Noodly Appendage

Author: Helen


Most of you know that many states in the US are demanding an “equal time” law between teaching evolution, and intelligent design, in schools. (An excellent development that may reach our shores via Hillsong Church, Assemblies of God or whoever.)

Kansas citizen Bobby Harrison decided to do something about it. Here’s his letter to the Kansas School Board (via Alas, a Blog).

I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action.

Now read on

Bobby, so far, has had two responses from the School board.