Monday, October 09, 2006


Carry Which Zeros?

Noahs ark.2Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has been going around insulting Republican lawmakers. No, wait a minute, Schweitzer was insulting Christians. No, maybe that's not right ... he was insulting scientists. Oh, you figure it out:

Speaking to a crowd of school children, parents and teachers in Bozeman on Friday about global warming, Schweitzer asked how many in the crowd thought the Earth was hundreds of millions of years old. Most of the children in the audience raised their hands.

He then asked how many believed the planet was less than a million years old. At least two people, including [Rep. Roger] Koopman, who was in the crowd, raised their hands.
In a later interview with a newspaper, Schweitzer brought up Koopman's response. Koopman in 2005 announced plans to introduce a bill allowing the teaching of "intelligent design" theory and other "alternatives" to evolution in public schools. Schweitzer said some people believe the planet is only 4,000 to 6,000 years old, despite all the geological evidence to the contrary and added that he needs support from a state Legislature that will help move Montana's agenda forward, "not people who think the Earth is 4,000 years old."

Koopman called the comments insulting. Well, if someone implied I was so ignorant as to think the Earth was only a few thousand years old, I'd find it insulting. But I bet you guessed that wasn't Koopman's complaint:

"He insulted many Christian people and other people of faith that arrived at that position other than the way I arrived at it," he said.
Uh, oh . . . you know this is going to lead to another forehead slap, don't you?

Koopman said his belief in the Earth's age is not based on his faith, but on his scientific investigations.
Maybe Schweitzer should clarify his statement. What no rational governor needs is a state senator who, instead of concentrating on his job, goes around doing "scientific" investigations so badly that he misses the correct answer by a mere 3,999,996,000 years or so. Koopman should be in the state capital doing what he is supposed to be doing ... legislating badly.
Detail of Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks (1780–1849). Taken from Wikipedia article "Noah's Ark."

You would think a state that depends so heavily on cola extraction would want people to understand where it comes from (and possibly where to find more).

As a diet pepsi addict, I agree with both what you wrote and what you meant;)
My head has a permanent red mark in the shape of my palm. I'm thinking of tattooing it in so it looks intentional instead of like a strange skin condition.
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