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Ray vs Ra (Part 2)

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

So, here’s the debate that I talked about earlier:

So, some quick thoughts:

  • AronRa has to learn to dial back the tech talk a bit. I think he explains things well to someone like me who has a number of science degrees, but doesn’t have this subject in my wheelhouse. However, he not going to convince someone who doesn’t know about Evolution that it’s true. Keep it simple. Also, slow down a bit as well to give people a chance to understand your points.
  • AronRa was also talking over Ray a bit too much. I understand he was trying to correct Ray who has no idea on how Evolution works, but if it is a debate, then each side should get a chance to speak their points without interruption.
  • It was really hard to tell if Ray Comfort really couldn’t understand Evolution, doesn’t want to understand Evolution or he does understand and didn’t want to be boxed in a corner and have to admit it.
  • In the end, AronRa won the… let’s say Argument rather than a Debate. Ray can only appeal to emotion here and has nothing really to say other than ‘Just look around, God Exists!’. Sorry Ray, but we have a very good idea how everything got here. Maybe not a 100% complete idea, but that’s no reason to add a God to the Equation.

I don’t really think it’s worth having another one of these until Ray has something better to add.

Star Trek: Fleet Captains – Romulan Empire

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Star Trek: Fleet Captains - Romulan Empire

Yep, the game is on pre-order. 🙂

Star Trek: Fleet Captains is a lot of fun. I’ve been trying to get it to the table to play but life is getting in the way with my kids back in school. Maybe this weekend I can get a game in.

I have a number of posts about this game and one of my worries is a number of ships in the box were damaged in the original game. My hope is that Wizk!ds has that fixed this time around.

US Press Running Scared

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

What happened to the days when the US Press reported on the news and took risks to do it?

Pic of Muhammad in a French Paper

You won’t see this image on the US news. However, the image is news because of the past behavior of this religion!

The more people who stand up to this myth from Ancient History, the sooner it and other myths will shrivel up and die.

Props to Charlie Hedbo for taking a stand.

Out of Touch GOP

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

So let’s start with Rick Santorum:

Now I call this ‘Out of Touch GOP’, but sadly Santorum is in touch with the far right GOP.

First, let’s start with the quote that everyone is talking about:

“We Will Never Have The Elite, Smart People On Our Side”

So you don’t find that telling Rick? Of course not, because as he goes on, he’s got God. Well we have brains Rick (and from your point of view, given to us by God) and we have figured a few things out with them. If the smartest people have used their brains to figure out that you folks are doing someting wrong, then maybe you should step back and think. Sadly a lot of people turn off that part of their brain when the word God is spoken.

Plenty of people are Good without God Rick. We don’t need fairy tales.

Now, let’s move to Mitt Romney and while you are watching this consider how ‘Godly’ you would consider this man:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”

So Mitt, you don’t think we should take care of people who have a lot less like: Food, Housing or Health Care? What would Jesus say about that? That doesn’t sound very Christian to me.

2nd, Mitt is working really hard to divide the nation, exactly what the GOP likes to point at the Dems for. I don’t want a President that only cares for half the country.

Lastly, I hate to tell you Mitt, but a lot of those 47% do pay taxes and a lot of those who don’t are seniors. Of course, facts shacts, he wants you to think of most of these voters as minorities or crazy liberals, etc. Got to play the us vs them card…

What I get out of this is, Mitt Romney is desperate. When someone starts speaking to his base like this, it’s a mark that he smells blood in the political water… his.

Ray vs Ra

September 17, 2012 1 comment

Live debate! Ray Comfort vs AronRa
live on Radio Paul’s Radio Rants
http://www.radio-paul.com/
Monday Sept, 17th 2012 @ 7:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm Central

Crazy Creationist vs Biker Guy who looks like he is going to Hell. Bring Popcorn!

AronRa’s knowledge of evolution is excellent. He helped the fight against the Texas Board of Education’s stance to add Creationism in the classroom.

Golden Crocoduck Fun

I’ve been talking a bit about the anti-science crowd for a few posts now. I’ve gotten a few more follows lately, so I thought I’d toss up some Potholer54 videos who goes after some of these folks with his Golden Crocoduck award.

Every year, Potholer54 hosts the famed Golden Crocoduck Awards where the viewers vote for the biggest breach of the 9th Commandment by creationists.

Now it won’t take long before you start saying that these guys are crazy and rightly so. These are the worse of the worse. However, a lot of people listen to these folks, believe the same things or some something similar. It amazes me how people can twist their brain just to believe a 2000 year old book.





Yes it’s a lot of video, but it will save me the time later when I want to vote for the Golden Crocoduck to have most of them in one spot.

Mitt Romney: I can’t do it…

I really hate knowing who I’m going to vote for this early in the race, but I have to face that there is no way I’m going to vote for Mitt later this year.

So to give a high level view of where I’ve been politically:

  • I was a big supporter of the GOP during the end of the Carter Presidency and thru Reagan.
  • This started to change during the first Bush Presidency as the GOP went deeper with the Religious Right, but I still supported them thru Bush, Clinton and part of Bush II.
  • By the end of Bush II’s Presidency, the GOP had drove me away. Their ties with Religion has moved them to go against science, woman, the poor, gays, and anyone else that Religion likes to hate about.
  • During the Obama’s first term, I switched parties. I really don’t like being part of either party, but the rules of voting in my state make it so you really should be in one of the major parties.

Here is my prior posts on politics.

So why not Mitt? Well, let’s take a step back and look why the GOP is more of an issue right now then the Democrats when it comes to the health of the USA…

The GOP likes to frame the difference between the two parties as personal responsibility vs government responsibility. So, for example, the GOP will say that we give out too many hand outs to the poor so they have no reason to want to look for work. These people are a drain to the economy and should be pushed to find a job.

Part of this is true, I do think part of the country is too dependent on hand outs. There is a lot of reasons for this and I would argue that many of them is not the fault of the poor. Still the GOP is arguing for ‘tuning’ the economic engine of the USA to make it run better. This message reaches a lot of people.

However, on the flip side of the GOP, the are directly attacking the economic engine of the United States itself. This was talked about by Bill Nye. The GOP is attacking science and getting people to distrust science. This is REALLY bad. Science drives the economy. Look around your life. Everything from your smart phone to air conditioning. This is what science brings you. Move people away from science and you are damaging the health of the USA.

So as much as I would like to ‘tune’ the USA’s economy, I also have to defend what we have now. When the GOP drops the anti-science crap, then I’ll talk to the GOP again. I don’t think this will happen soon given the hold of the Bible thumpers on the party.

However, does Mitt follow the GOP’s stance? I really don’t know. I do feel the Mitt will stand for whatever gets him elected. That’s clear from his changes in Health Care and woman issues. His choice of Matt Ryan as VP shows that the far right has their hooks in him deep. It’s similar to the Sarah Palin pick, but Matt has a stronger background. I really feel the paybacks he will make to the GOP will hurt this country in the long run.

As for President Obama, he has been a weak President. It took a lot to pass the Healthcare bill. Likely too much political capital was spent, but for his faults he has stabilized the economy. Healthcare still needs work, but I haven’t heard anything better from the GOP.

Can Mitt do better? I don’t know. He clearly would have made the wrong choice for the automakers. I’m sure companies would make lot of money under Mitt, but will that translate to US jobs instead of jobs overseas or have the money just pocketed by big business? I doubt Mitt will care what business does with the money.

Bottom line, I don’t have tons of praise for Obama here, but I don’t feel that the GOP is the right direction. They need to move back to the positions they held under Reagan and it’s not a shock that was the last time the GOP was truly successful..

And BTW, I never voted for Bill Clinton, but he knows how to give a speech: