Good News Free Fire Zone

You’re wondering about the good news that our title promises, aren’t you? We won’t keep you in suspense. The good news is that we can’t find any creationist news out there, and the creationist websites haven’t posted anything that we can play with. Therefore, we’re on our own.

We keep asking if you think Biden is doing a good job, but no one ever responds. Why is that? Come on, you never had any difficulty criticizing Trump, so now that he’s gone there’s gotta be something you can boast about. Let’s hear it!

Alas, all we can hear is crickets. Why is that? Anyway, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Use the comments for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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20 responses to “Good News Free Fire Zone

  1. Kent Hovind was convicted on a criminal domestic violence charge involving his girlfriend Cindi Lincoln (he now has a new girlfriend in Sandra Sawyer).

    He asked for a new trial and his motion was denied last Thursday.

    When he was sentenced earlier, he was told to report by October 18, 2021 to the county jail to serve 30 days.

    That’s tomorrow!

    Will he show up for jail?

    Will something else happen?

    I don’t know.
    Stay tuned!

  2. Thanks for the update, Robert Baty. I predict that a miracle will save him from prison.

  3. Theodore Lawry

    You want a pro-Biden comment, here it is. Biden would really MAGA if it weren’t for two (expletived deleted) DINOs, who will go down in history, along with Trump and McConnell, as the pivot point of American decline. How’s that?

  4. Theodore Lawry

    Speaking of ID silliness, Brian Miller subscribes to natural genetic engineering theory which involves “intelligent” cells! He links to the work of William Miller (no relation?) whose CV includes titles such as “Biomolecular Basis of Cellular Consciousness via Subcellular Nanobrains!”

    At last we find out who the Designer really is! Teeny-tiny “nanobrains” inside of single cells. Totally awesome! When will the DI release this Discovery unto an astonished world?

    No wonder the DI turna off comments on their websites.

  5. Theodore Lawry

    Oops, I fudged the link in “He links to the work of William Miller (no relation?)

  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    Criticizing Trump and boasting about Biden are not linked. That said, I like his old man, no malarkey approach. Ripped the band-aid off of Afghanistan, took some skin, and it will fester. But we are out and can move on.

  7. I would like to hear from Australia about the nuclear submsrine deal. I have read that it was on Australian requee request that France was not given prior info. I am told that nuclear power is not superior in all respects; and Australia is not capable of supporting nuclear power on its own, but wil be reliant on the USA.

  8. @The Curmudgeon:

    “Alas, all we can hear is crickets. Why is that?”

    In reference to the intraparty negotiations on the Build Back Better reconciliation bill, I can’t imagine why no one is eager to provide color commentary on the process of making sausage
    🙄

  9. Dave Luckett

    I’m not an expert. This is what I glean from the Australian media.

    1. Australia had the contract with France. so only Australia could terminate it. It specifies certain penalty payments for termination, depending on how far the design work had progressed. Australia is liable for these. It was in our interest, therefore, to terminate as early as possible, but obviously, it would be most unwise to do so unless a better alternative was secure. That, in the event, was what happened.

    2 Nuclear boats are intrinsically slightly noisier than the best electric drives, but this is for an ideal hull shape. Apparently these boats will not have missile launch tubes, which do produce more noise. A nuclear plant is also heavier, though not more bulky, than a diesel-electric. But the two stand-out advantages are crucial: endurance and availability. The only limit to a nuclear submarine’s endurance on patrol is feeding its crew. High endurance means long range and indefinite submerged loiter time. The boat never needs refueling. In theory, if you can find the crews, it could be double-crewed, and come into port only long enough to hand over to the other. Nobody is kidding anyone that these boats are intended for coastal defence. They will be used for long-range and long-endurance missions – the Malacca Strait, the South China Sea, even Taiwanese waters. In other words, against China.

    3 Australia has no nuclear power plants, and only one small reactor for producing medical isotopes. On the other hand, our theoretical nuclear physics is world-class. Obviously, we’d need to import practical know-how from the US and UK, (and be able to keep it secret), but once we had it, we’d be able to use it. I never could understand why the Australian electorate is so dead set against nuclear power. We’ve got three fifths of the uranium supply for the entire planet, the most geologically stable strata on Earth, and places where the population density is measured in square kilometers per person rather than the other way around. But it is as it is.

  10. When he threatens political opponents, is an all around nasty dude, and is still attempting to overthrow the government, why are we not supposed to say something. If we are supposed to say something then what’s your point.

  11. I’m the rare Biden fanatic. Before he was vice President, as Senator, he did the Sunday political talk show circuit and I was always impressed with his take on foreign policy. In particular Biden wanted to partition Iraq, which seemed particularly prescient since it would have essentially castrated the rise of ISIS. Biden wanted to get us out of Afghanistan 10 years ago after Bin Laden was taken out. The withdrawal had bad optics, and of course it was tragic as we lost several troops. I’m not inclined to blame the guy who ripped off the band-aid, but Biden is a Velcro President, everything seems to stick.

    In particular Biden is taking heat for moderate inflation and supply chain disruption that is a direct consequence of Covid remediation. The alternative would be a Hooveresque wasteland that led to the Great Depression. I keep hearing complaints about the border. This is pretty much a FOX talking point and doesn’t affect anyone. If done correctly, immigration, can be an asset. There is a need for low skilled labor. Trump actually did a better job of repelling desperate people at the border. You don’t need a continuous wall, just get the word out that you hate them and that you won’t treat them humanely. So Biden loses by being decent, which is also his downfall when dealing with the Republicans. He’s thinking back 30-40 years ago before the Trumpian zombification of the GOP and thinks he can have bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is dead: Trump and his cronies need to be in prison. The Biden Dept. of Justice with “hands off Trump” policy of Merrick Garland is weak sauce. As a champion of the enlightenment, surely the Curmudgeon doesn’t want a Trump dictatorship that takes over by Trump cronies installed at low level election officials to find Trump votes in 2024?

  12. I hate the way Biden never brags when the stock market hits a record high. Weak.

    I hate the way Biden keeps pushing people to get vaccinated. It’s like he values lives over profits.

    I hate how he wants to tax the rich. Workers are clearly happy with their larger paychecks thanks to Trump’s tax cuts trickling down.

  13. I am glad he denied Trump’s executive privilege request about Jan 6th. When Psaki was asked whether this set a dangerous precedent, she replied: “I can assure you, Ed, that this that this president has no intention to lead an insurrection on our nation’s Capitol.”

  14. Honestly, praising the head of the executive branch of office is fundamentally weird, to me. I’m looking for someone who’s going to get me closer to my destination than I was before, and Biden does that. Not far enough, particularly on immigration and foreign policy, but closer. Like, if we’re talking about it as though it’s bus routes, Biden is two transfers that still leaves me with a five block walk, while Trump sold the buses for parts.

  15. I’m with Matt. Cain’t stand that Biden feller haha.

  16. Puck Mendelssohn

    I would not say that I am a particularly great fan of Biden, but if one senses government misconduct and incompetence in the same way one hears sound, I am afraid that four years of 200-decibel noise has destroyed my ability to hear anything that isn’t pretty big. If Biden holds a comb under his nose and starts shouting in German, let me know. Short of that, I’m good.

  17. @KeithB

    Cover your Cheerios

    “The various issues raised by the commission’s subpoenas and other requests for information are complex, and largely unanswered by the courts. . . . As for the bottom line, it seems quite likely that the committee is correct that, as a legal matter, it is entitled to most of the information and testimony it seeks. But, as a practical matter, the committee may never receive it.”

    https://www.lawfareblog.com/executive-privilege-and-jan-6-investigation

  18. @Jim Roberts

    Nice metaphor

    “We’re All Bozos on This Bus” (Firesign)

  19. @Matt — Spot on

  20. What has Biden accomplished since being put in the White House?
    Randy Weir:
    “Signed a much-needed coronavirus stimulus bill almost immediately after taking office.

    “Lowered childhood hunger by 25%

    “Orchestrated a massive vaccination campaign, including procuring sufficient doses of the vaccine and establishing vaccination centers.

    “Since he took office, the economy has created something around 5 million jobs.

    “We’ve posted the two best quarters for GDP growth that we’ve seen in decades.

    “The Dow is up about 15%, repeatedly closing at an all-time high.

    “Despite the former guy’s efforts to deliberately sabotage our operations in Afghanistan, we had a successful withdrawal from America’s longest war, and despite one terrorist attack that originated from outside the country, 2021 will go down in history as one of the least bloody years of the entire conflict in terms of American lives lost.

    “But let’s not pretend he was elected with more votes than any candidate in history because people hoped he’d accomplish great things. It was because if he didn’t win, then America would have spent four more years under the control of a twice-impeached treasonous pedophile who routinely abused his office for personal gain. So his biggest accomplishment is that he’s kept that from happening.”

    https://www.quora.com/What-has-Biden-accomplished-since-being-put-in-the-White-House/answer/Randy-Weir-3