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Current Topic: Current Events - Bush: Schools should teach 'intelligent design' - Aug 2, 2005
Topic: Current Events 7:33 pm EDT, Aug  3, 2005

During a round-table interview with reporters from five Texas newspapers, Bush declined to go into detail on his personal views of the origin of life. But he said students should learn about both theories, Knight Ridder Newspapers reported.

"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Bush said. "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes."

This whole "we should teach different ideas" is retarded. There are ideas that life spawns from rotten meat. There are ideas that the US forced Japan to attack Pearl Harbor because of an oil embargo. There are ideas that the earth is hollow.

The point is there are ideas for everything, and we don't teach them all. We have some criteria that concepts have to meet to be taught. In science classes, that criteria is the scientific method.

I quote the Intelligent Design article on Wikipedia:

Critics call ID religious dogma repackaged in an effort to return creationism into public school science classrooms and note that ID features notably as part of the campaign known as Teach the Controversy. The National Academy of Sciences and the National Center for Science Education assert that ID is not science, but creationism. While the scientific theory of evolution by natural selection has observable and repeatable facts to support it such as the process of mutations, gene flow, genetic drift, adaptation and speciation through natural selection, the "Intelligent Designer" in ID is neither observable nor repeatable. This violates the scientific requirement of falsifiability. ID violates Occam's Razor by postulating an entity or entities to explain something that may have a simpler and scientifically supportable explanation not involving unobservable help.

ID is *not* science. It should not be taught in a *science* class. Doing so undermines the entire point of science. Bush's complete misunderstanding of this is beyond excuse.

I am glad that my child is homeschooled. We teach EVOLUTION and only evolution with no qualms about it. I don't understand why these ignorant fools can't appreciate the unbelievable wonder and beauty of evolution.

They stumble on the word THEORY. They somehow think that because we use the word THEORY in describing evolution, that it must be untested science without evidence.

The problem is that these fools don't even begin to understand the most basic science - the SCIENTIFIC METHOD. Why would I want someone that lacks that fundamental understanding teaching science anyway?

Creationist have their right to see the world the way they do, as much as Nancy Reagan had the right to plan state affairs based on astrology. That's fine. I just want them to leave me and mine alone. They scare me- the creationists more than the astrologers! - Bush: Schools should teach 'intelligent design' - Aug 2, 2005

New ways to track money
Topic: Current Events 10:52 pm EDT, May 11, 2005

Entering serial numbers of money in databases to track it....detecting large amounts of cash. Civil liberties?

New ways to track money

Claims that Police tasered learning disabled woman in genitals
Topic: Current Events 9:47 am EDT, May 11, 2005

There are other options for restraining someone than shooting or stunning a subject. Its not an 'either or' situation most of the time.

Claims that Police tasered learning disabled woman in genitals

Police taser Pregnant Mom
Topic: Current Events 4:00 pm EDT, May 10, 2005

Tasers should be outlawed. The police NEVER know the condition of someone that they might decide to use these things on. They are inhuman and most of the police that I know are too stupid and too mean to be trusted with them.

Police taser Pregnant Mom

Student Arrested For Writing Zombie Story
Topic: Current Events 2:20 pm EST, Mar  4, 2005

The US are not the same US that I grew up in.

Student Arrested For Writing Zombie Story

Computer disk led to arrest of BTK
Topic: Current Events 10:54 pm EST, Mar  1, 2005

Wonder what computer forensics discovered to help out with this case?

Computer disk led to arrest of BTK

Police need a sweatshirt like THIS
Topic: Current Events 11:16 pm EST, Feb 28, 2005

The family made a plea to eBay clothing sellers to keep an eye out for a sweatshirt like this - I thought I'd pass that along, the photo is on the site....

"The photo below shows a sweatshirt Brooke Carol Wilberger was wearing when she was abducted from the Oak Park Apartment complex in Corvallis, OR May 24, 2004. We are attempting to locate a sweatshirt from the same or similar lot to compare fibers/dye at the crime lab. FreshJive headquarters informed us the records for this sweatshirt are no longer available and they are unable to assist us in providing a sample. The company has made numerous versions of sweatshirts. This particular sweatshirt is estimated to be marketed around 1999 to 2000 time frame. We are not sure. Therefore, it is necessary to make a public appeal for assistance in finding a matching sweatshirt. If you have a sweatshirt matching the one depicted in these photos, please contact Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6989 (Brooke Wilberger Tip Line Case No: 04C03557) at your earliest convenience. "

Police need a sweatshirt like THIS

ACLU defends the right of Ward Churchill to Free Speech
Topic: Current Events 1:09 am EST, Feb 10, 2005

I've been following this story closely. I was quite alarmed when Bill O'Reilly and several people that I know started calling for this guy to be tried for treason.

Also,his speech from today is played tonight on C-Span. They will probably replay it. Its quite and eye opener to listen to him, and to listen to the reports. I'm starting to think Bill O'Reilly has a mission to crucify him, and academic freedom with him, especially for liberals.

ACLU defends the right of Ward Churchill to Free Speech

Students say First Amendment Rights NO BIG DEAL
Topic: Current Events 12:48 am EST, Feb  1, 2005

Very dangerous trend.

Students say First Amendment Rights NO BIG DEAL

Reported faces jail time for protecting his confidential source
Topic: Current Events 1:48 pm EST, Dec  9, 2004

Crap. There goes freedom of the press.

Hmmm, let's see...If it HAS to be a freedom, we can make it so treacherous and/or inconvenient no one will do it. Works pretty good to help limit abortion.

Reported faces jail time for protecting his confidential source

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