THE HONORABLE Mark Souder is one of Indiana’s representatives in the US Congress. This Republican lackwit was interviewed by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette regarding his recent “accomplishments” in Congress. As the reporter says:
Each year since he was sworn in to the House in 1995, Souder has sat down with The Journal Gazette to review the year. This is an edited and condensed version of 2008’s two-hour conversation.
We offer some choice excerpts from that interview: Souder’s top triumph: Saving VA hospital. We’ll skip all the political puffery about VA hospitals and such. Near the end of the interview, Souder shamelessly — even pridefully — declares his absolute idiocy:
Q: You appeared on the big screen this year. What was that experience like?
A. The biggest single moment was (that) the movie “Expelled” came out on intelligent design. (The documentary about intelligent design – also called creationism – hosted by Ben Stein describes how some educational professionals have been blacklisted from universities and journals because they disagree with the theory of evolution.)
Dear reader, if you care to know what your Curmudgeon has written on that wretched film, see: Our Articles on “Expelled”.
[Addendum: Souder’s official congressional website proudly offers this link, which requires Windows Media Player: Expelled: The Movie. Also at that governmental site, under the heading of “Issues and Legislation” appears this text section: Intelligent Design & The Expelled Movie, where, among other things, he recommends books from the Discovery Institute. Souder’s website also has this charming article: My Moment as a Movie Mini-Star. He’s so proud of himself. We can’t wait for the sequel — Mark Souder at the Earth’s edge.]
Now, on with the Souder interview:
Q: How did your role come about?
A: Ben Stein’s producer contacted our office about being in a movie off of the subcommittee report we had done on a researcher we believed had been persecuted and pushed around at the Smithsonian Institution because of his views on intelligent design. He lost his office. He lost his keys. He lost his sponsorship. We were able, over a period of years, to get the e-mails behind this. This was a three-year fight.
Souder is referring to Richard von Sternberg, who disgraced himself when, as editor of Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, he published a pro-intelligent design article by Stephen C. Meyer, and bypassed the journal’s peer-review requirements to do so. Souder’s congressional investigation accomplished nothing. For the best source of accurate information on Ben Stein’s movie, see: Expelled Exposed.
Back to the Souder interview — and because of the importance of this excerpt, we’ve added a few visual embellishments:
The interview has a bit more by Souder on his film experience, but we think you’ve got the general idea.
Before the Third Punic War, Cato the Elder would always end his speeches in the Roman senate — regardless of the subject — by saying “Carthago delenda est,” or more likely it was “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam,” meaning “Furthermore, I think Carthage must be destroyed.”
Your Curmudgeon will end this post, and perhaps others, by saying as follows: Furthermore, I think that Mark Souder must be defeated.
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