Florida Legislature GOP Primary — Retards!

There’s an otherwise unimportant Republican contest for a seat in the Florida state legislature going on in House District 17. The primary election will be on 14 August The district includes St. Johns County, which contains the city of St. Augustine.

In the St. Augustine Record of St. Augustine, Florida we read House District 17 candidates present agendas. As you could have guessed without reading it, the story starts out like this:

The three Republican candidates for House District 17 on Wednesday seemed to have taken some of their talking points from their party’s platform — distaste for government over-regulation; local control of growth; and support for small businesses, teacher merit pay and smaller government.

None of that interests us except for one little item which we’ll get to in a moment. But in case you live there and care who the candidates are, the news story identifies them as follows:

Kim Kendall, an activist and school volunteer; St. Augustine building contractor and community volunteer Mike Davis; and state Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart, a physician and Iraq War veteran.

Okay. Everything’s lovely — so far. Now here comes the craziness, with bold font added by us:

Possibly the biggest stunner of the night was agreement by all three that creationism should be taught along with evolution in St. Johns County science classes, not just in church or at home.

Wow — what a surprise! Let’s read on:

Renuart said, “Evolution is still a theory. It should be taught as a theory, not as a fact. Creationism, divine intervention — a lot of people share this belief.”

Well, if it’s just a theory, he’s got a good point. Doesn’t he? We continue:

Kendall agreed with that statement. “Evolution standards are being thrust on our students in science class,” she said. “Academic freedom allows our students to question that science has it right.”

Yeah — quit “thrusting” those standards! And the third candidate? As expected:

Davis said, “The school should present both ideas.”

So there you are. No matter who wins the primary, we can be sure that the Republican candidate from St. Augustine will be an idiot. The good folks of that town can be proud.

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21 responses to “Florida Legislature GOP Primary — Retards!

  1. Head, meet desk. Vote ’em all out.

  2. I needs to be noted that Kim Kendall has been a prominent antievolution crusader for a few years now. She opposed Florida’s revised state science standards in 2008 because of evolution. She has powerful friends here.

  3. St. Augustine??? Anyone else see the mind-boggling irony?

  4. Note that they rarely say that creationism (or ID) is “only a theory.” Yet it is infinitely closer to their bogus definition of “theory” (“mere guess that’s probably wrong”) than evolution is. Certainly somewhere along the way that was mentioned to them. But whether too brain-dead to process it, or they do understand but lie about it “to save the world” they are unqualified to make any decisions regarding science education.

  5. They should have both kinds, country AND western.

  6. NeonNoodle

    They should have both kinds, country AND western.

    They’re on a mission from God.

  7. Not to go all PC on you, but could you retitle this thread, to remove the offensive reference to the mentally challenged?

    “GOP.”

    Oh, and you could change “retard” too.

  8. Diogenes says: “could you retitle this thread, to remove the offensive reference to the mentally challenged?”

    Truth above all.

  9. docbill1351

    The ARC was the Association of Retarded Citizens until the early 90’s. As a child of the 50’s and 60’s the term “retarded” was descriptive rather than a disparagement. Of course, calling my sister “retarded” drew rebuke from my mother. Retarded meant “held back” by circumstances beyond one’s control and we never looked upon our fellow citizens who were classified as retarded with scorn, mirth or derision. No, they were to be cared for.

    The ARC retains its name to this day although the letters are meaningless – the Arc of the United States. I have a number of friends, acquaintances and children of friends who have benefited greatly by the ARC and the opportunities for employment, shelter and fellowship the organization provides.

    That said, the term “retarded” can be used as derision as can a wide variety of emphatic expletives. We fool ourselves (not really) by referring to what creationists produce as “tard” when we really mean “retarded.” And in the case of creationists and politicians who pander to creationists but who are probably too undereducated or stupid to really have a formative opinion, the term “retarded” is apt.

    Like Curmie says, it is what it is. These folks, the creationists, are backwards, held back and, otherwise, retarded. No getting around that and no disparagement meant to our fellow humans on the low end of the Bell curve.

  10. You should remove the ‘retard’ because they are not retarded they are far FAR worse as they are actively STUPID. A retarded person is that way thru no fault of their own, where the re-puck-ians are that way by active deliberate processes.
    And if they are faking it to stay in office or get elected then they are whoring themselves as well.

  11. Euphemism treadmill. Retarded was the euphemism that replaced idiot, moron, and cretin, which were euphemisms in their turn. Getting all butthurt about it is just going to require us thinking up new words for the same thing every 30 years. It’s pointless. Everyone knows who SC is talking about. His “retards” are self-selected.

  12. Gabriel Hanna says:

    His “retards” are self-selected.

    Politicians deserve that, and more, but we try to maintain linguistic standards around here. On another topic, I’m having ghastly internet problems today. It’s nearly impossible to search for news or anything else. I’m constantly having to reboot. Maybe the computer will cure itself overnight.

  13. First of all, it’s not fair to compare the mentally retarded to creationists. I never had a mentally retarded person tell me that scientists were unfeeling loveless atheists planning a Nazi totalitarian state.

    Really, how many retarded people would invent the Darwin-to-Hitler link?

    And second, I’m against pejoratives that use groups of people as the universal negative. When I was a kid, the universal pejorative was “gay.” Gay, gay, gay, gay. “Homework? That’s gay.” We said homework was gay. Everything we disliked was gay. It impoverishes language and it’s not very witty.

    Plus, some day you’re going to need a retarded person’s help. You’ll be old and fall down and you’ll need a retarded person to pick up your sorry ass.

    Full confession: I’ve said “creatards” on occasion. I’m not proud of it.

  14. SC said:

    On another topic, I’m having ghastly internet problems today. It’s nearly impossible to search for news or anything else. I’m constantly having to reboot. Maybe the computer will cure itself overnight.

    If time doesn’t cure it, might I suggest an oil and filter change for your router? Perhaps the CITADEL’s trusty desktop needs a full-fan alignment? Check all of your network cables; make sure they don’t have any kinks in them. Those tend to slow the electrons down.

  15. Diogenes: “Really, how many retarded people would invent the Darwin-to-Hitler link?:

    Exactly. That’s why I take pains to distinguish between the snake oil buyers (clueless if not retarded) and snake oil sellers (seriously paranoid, but knowing full well that they’re lying). Yes, there’s a fine line, with many people, like politicians, “in transit.” But I see the “Darwin-to-Hitler” and accompanying false conspiracy that are the basis of “Expelled” as the last, desperate resort of scam artists (snake oil sellers) who know that their phony, mutually contradictory “alternate theories” and “weaknesses of evolution” have zero evidence to back them up, and in the long run, will fool no one but the most hopeless deniers who will believe what they believe with or without the efforts of the scam artists.

    In the meantime the scam artists are desperately doing everything they can to fool the ~1/2 of the public that is not hopeless, but has nevertheless been seriously misled about evolution, and the “controversy.” I ought to know; I was in that group, and most of the people I know personally still are. It’s somewhat encouraging that “Expelled” did poorly at the box office, but part of me wishes that more people would see it, to see for themselves how desperate and paranoid these people are. Of course, they need to give ”equal time” to those who do the actual work. Think of the irony: The scam artists demand “equal time” for their propaganda where it is illegal, but almost never acknowledge, let alone demand, a critical analysis of theirpropaganda where it is perfectly legal. That double standard alone will have the great majority smelling a rat.

  16. @Gary: Check all of your network cables; make sure they don’t have any kinks in them.

    You can get a lot of errors from kinked cables. The 0’s are smooth and get through most kinks pretty well, but the 1’s tend to bind up.

  17. Tonylurker

    @Gabriel: You can get a lot of errors from kinked cables. The 0′s are smooth and get through most kinks pretty well, but the 1′s tend to bind up.

    In fact, those 0’s can fly! In most systems they can traverse miles between two ends of a broken cable. The 1’s however are afraid of heights and tend to turn around and run back when they get to the broken end.

  18. Gary says: “If time doesn’t cure it, might I suggest an oil and filter change for your router?”

    Time seems to have been the remedy. To be more precise, better weather. I donno why, but lots of rain seems to sabotage AT&T’s internet facilities in this area.

  19. docbill1351

    Time seems to have been the remedy. To be more precise, better weather. I donno why, but lots of rain seems to sabotage AT&T’s internet facilities in this area.

    Some problems, too, here in Houston but in my case the cable modem konked out. “Free” replacement fixed the problem and good old Comcast gave me 6 months of higher speedier (mo mojo) internet for free. Of course, I’ll get used to 20 megabittos bandwidth and pony up after the “free” offer but, hey, my spam downloads MUCHO FASTERO. And, apparently, I learned to speak Spanish!

    As for your rebooting problem (and probably your attitude problem, too) you need to get yourself a new MacBook Pro Retina display and a Time Capsule router/server. And don’t give me any crap about “oh, it’s too expensive” because you can’t take it with you, pal, no matter what Luskin told you. Thank me later.

  20. Ceteris Paribus

    Just reboot it 3 times, and if that doesn’t work, offer it a human sacrifice.

  21. techreseller

    Not to go all PC on you, but could you retitle this thread, to remove the offensive reference to the mentally challenged?

    “GOP.”

    Oh, and you could change “retard” too.

    DIOGENES WINS! HANDS DOWN.