Zero News Free Fire Zone

You can’t imagine what it’s like to search all day for news we can blog about, and to keep finding nothing. What’s going on out there? The creationists haven’t run out of idiocy — the supply of that is infinite. So what does it mean when they aren’t doing anything to amuse us?

Perhaps you can figure it out, dear reader. Meanwhile, we have to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we declare this post to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. But beware of the profanity filters.

Okay, the comments are open. Have at it, dear reader.

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11 responses to “Zero News Free Fire Zone

  1. Sunny the Soccer Cat

    News from the world of feline football

  2. About the US government partial shutdown… 800,000 government employees either furloughed, or if deemed critical, working without pay. Some who are working without pay may be doing so voluntarily, while others may not have a choice — they are being forced to work without pay and without the option of quitting to find other work to support themselves and their families. Since the Coast Guard is now part of the Department of Homeland Security (which is not now funded), members of the Coast Guard are among those being forced to work without pay and without the option of quitting, since they are also considered a branch of the military. Quitting is desertion.

    My point is this — how is being forced to work without pay not slavery?

    Of course, slavery is forbidden by the Constitution. The Constitution also states that no money can be paid from the treasury except by action of Congress, and all spending bills must arise in the House of Representatives.

    The House and Senate approved a bill that would fund keeping the government open into February, and Trump initially said he would sign it. But then Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and others got on Trump’s case, and he backed out, demanding $5.6 billion for a wall, or he’s not going to sign — thus shutting down several government departments.

    Since the Republican Congress did its job, it is Trump causing the slavery to take place, in clear violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution. Moreover, it is unconstitutional for a president to dictate to Congress what they must spend — the Constitution clearly gives that authority to the House of Representatives, and the House alone.

    So 800,000 government workers are going without pay and many are being forced into what amounts to slavery all so Trump can fulfill a campaign promise. But then, he also promised to make Mexico pay for the wall. So, what happened to that promise?

    Yes, he’s a stable genius all right. Just like Mr. Ed.

  3. (For those too young to know the reference, Mr. Ed was a star of ’50s TV. He was a talking horse.)

  4. Remember the list of particulars against George III in the Declaration of Independence? The first is that he has withheld his assent to necessary laws.

  5. “You can’t imagine what it’s like …”
    Yes, I can. I’ve tried it myself and never made it longer than five minutes.
    Well, we have our trusty Dutch YECers. This one is translated from the newsletter of

    http://www.searchforthetruth.net/#newsletter

    Alas the original is not on the site and translating back is always tricky. Still I have no choice.

    – Some scientists say this relation arose by accident. But why would termites start eating wood if they coudln’t digest it? Why would microbes settle in the bowels of termites if they didn’t get the food they needed? Both termites and microbes had to be together from the beginning, mutually dependent. Who would have thought that termites and the microbes in their intestines would praise the Lord!

    Now I wonder why this guy didn’t bring up Homo Sapiens as an example.

  6. @FrankB
    If the writer thinks that it is troublesome for evolution not to have (as he supposes, without evidence) an answer, does ID or YEC have a answer to the very same question?
    Why design or create termites to rely on gut microbes?
    Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. (Galileo. See wikiquote.org.)
    Surely, God could have caused termites to digest wood without using gut microbes. Why didn’t he?
    Why resort to contrivance, where power is omnipotent? Contrivance, by its very definition and nature, is the refuge of imperfection. To have recourse to expedients, implies difficulty, impediment, restraint, defect of power.(Wiliam Paley. See wikiquote.org.)
    Why have recourse to gut microbes, when termites could be fed otherwise?
    Why the beautiful soaring flight of eagles, their excelent sight, their powerful talons and beak, just to kill their prey, when they could be fed by non-animal food?
    If the writer thinks that it is troublesome to evolution to ask “why?”, isn’t it also troublesome to ID or YEC to ask the same question?

  7. What is design?
    Here are some examples of design. They may help us to understand what
    Intelligent Design” might produce;
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1WlFTQNbQMd1tXD4Km9F98p/out-of-this-world-spaceship-designs-based-on-everyday-object

    The designs have not resulted in actual objects. But then we all knew anyway that “Intelligent Design” alone does not account for the real world. It also takes physical work on matter in space and time according to the laws of nature.

  8. “He was a talking horse”

    Trump is located opposite of the speaking end.

  9. sci guy,,,its tough out there for sure.

  10. retiredsciguy

    @Zetopan – and that’s where his brains are as well.