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Alabama Senate Race Free Fire Zone

As many of you know, today there’s a special election in Alabama today for a US Senate seat. The candidates are Republican Roy Moore, a hard-core creationist endorsed by Trump, and Democrat Doug Jones.

Here’s Wikipedia’s write-up on Roy Moore. They say:

Moore attended West Point and served as a military police company commander in the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School, he joined the Etowah County district attorney’s office, and later became a circuit judge. Moore was elected to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2001, but was removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court’s order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.

Moore was again elected Chief Justice in 2013, but was suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges to continue to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that this had been deemed unconstitutional. . Following an unsuccessful appeal, Moore resigned in April 2017, and announced that he would run for the United States Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions upon Sessions’s confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.

They also say:

Moore rejects the theory of evolution, saying “There is no such thing as evolution. That we came from a snake? No, I don’t believe that.” … In a 1997 speech, Roy Moore claimed that teaching evolution in schools led to an increase in drive-by shootings, arguing that “they’re acting like animals because we’ve taught them they come from animals.

That’s bad enough, but then there are the Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations, which are too grotesque to describe here.

This is Wikipedia’s write-up on Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones. They describe his career and his views — which are, shall we say, a bit less spectacular than Moore’s.

Because today’s the election, we have a few websites that say they’ll give up-to-date election results as they are available. If one fails, another should work. They are:

• CBS News: Live results: Alabama Senate race and exit polls

• New York Times: Live Alabama Election Results: Roy Moore and Doug Jones Compete for Senate Seat

• Washington Post: Moore vs. Jones: Alabama Senate race live results

The polls close at 8:00, Eastern time. That’s less than fifteen minutes away.

If that isn’t enough excitement, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. You know the rules. We’re open 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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Donald Trump Says: We’ll Go to Mars, and Beyond

We know that Donald Trump is rarely praised in science-oriented blogs, but — at the risk of offending our readers — we want to give credit when it’s due. We just saw this at PhysOrg: Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip.

You’re shocked, aren’t you, dear reader? That’s not what one would expect from a science-denier, is it? Then PhysOrg quotes him:

“This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space policy directive. “We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond.”

[*Gasp!*] What would ol’ Hambo think? Obviously, Trump doesn’t care. PhysOrg continues:

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the newly revitalized National Space Council, have previously vowed to explore the Moon again, but offered few details.

Flanked by Pence and two female astronauts, Trump said the directive “will refocus the space program on human exploration and discovery,” and “marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972.” The goal of the new Moon missions would include “long-term exploration and use” of its surface.

Egad — Pence too! And they were flanked by two female astronauts! Surprised, dear reader? Here’s one last excerpt:

A White House statement said the US “will work with other nations and private industry to return astronauts to the Moon, developing the technology and means for manned exploration of Mars and other destinations in our solar system.”

So there you are. Trump may not be everything you’d want, especially in the area of climate change, but he’s definitely not the creationist ignoramus you thought he was. We anticipate some disagreement. That’s okay, we’re used to it.

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Congressional Candidate Knows Extraterrestrials

This is a bit off-topic, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s rare that we encounter a politician who may actually be crazier than a creationist. We found this in the Miami Herald: Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship. Now she’s running for Congress.

Sounds good, huh? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle. [That’s Bill Nelson.] A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she’s been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials.

No comment. Let’s read on:

Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says.

Isn’t this great? We’re told:

Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican who is running to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recounted her experience with the ETs during a 2009 television interview. She described “going up” inside the spaceship — though whether it went into space or just hovered around town was left unclear. “I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes,” Rodriguez Aguilera said.

Sounds credible. The news story continues:

In two separate videos posted to YouTube years ago, one by local Spanish-language station America TeVe and another by a political critic with the user name DoralGirl26, Rodriguez Aguilera spoke on television in detail about her extraterrestrial experiences. She said the alien beings reminded her of the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, with arms outstretched.

Among the things she said she found out from the aliens:

▪ There are 30,000 skulls — “different from humans” — in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta.

▪ The world’s “energy center” is in Africa.

▪ The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.

▪ “God is a universal energy.”

At last, we may get someone in Congress who knows what’s going on. Let’s read some more:

The Miami Herald asked Rodriguez Aguilera about her experiences Friday. She responded with a statement that waxed astronomical, but sadly failed to mention close encounters of any kind.

[They quote her:] “For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone,” she said. “I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.”

There’s a lot more to the story, but nothing about aliens, so we’ll stop here. Oh, in case you want to make a contribution, here’s her campaign website: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera for U.S. Congress.

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WorldNetDaily: Darwin Was a Left-Wing Racist

Buffoon Award

We found an incredible hash of trash at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND) — the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.

Here’s the article we’re talking about: The true leftist identity of the so-called ‘far right’. The subtitle is: “Exclusive: Scott Lively stresses Darwin’s role in legitimizing ‘Aryan supremacy’.” Wowie — it’s an exclusive! You can’t find this information anywhere else!

But who is Scott Lively? WND informs us:

Dr. Scott Lively is the founder and president of Defend the Family International and has been since 1997. An attorney, pastor and human-rights consultant, he has promoted and defended the biblical view of marriage and family in more than 30 countries. He is the author of five books, including “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party.”

There’s no information about his doctorate. Wikipedia’s article on him says he “became an alcoholic at the age of 12,” graduated from high school in 1976, and “spent the next 10 years drifting around the United States, often homeless, sometimes sleeping under bridges and begging for spare change on street-corners.” That same information is found on his own website, but there’s no mention of any further education.

We know you’re eager to jump into Lively’s article. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Let’s start by remembering that American conservatism is grounded in the Bible, and what it seeks to conserve is a society conformed to the biblical worldview. That’s why conservatism is so heavily focused on the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution, and the most intense political battles between conservatives and liberals relate to “original intent” and “traditional values.”

[*Groan*] That old clunker. See Is America a “Christian Nation”? Then he says:

On race relations, the New Testament is quite clear that – as individuals – all human beings are equally valuable to God and to be judged on their conduct not their ethnicity: [scripture quote]. Yes, the Bible allowed various forms of slavery in the Old Testament (but never based on skin color), just as it allowed divorce and polygamy – all practices God disapproved. Importantly, these were worldwide practices in those days that the Bible regulated in such a way as to steer the world away from barbarism toward civility. Biblical law must always be viewed in contrast to the extreme depravity and wickedness of the pagan world at that time.

Yeah, right. There’s no bad stuff in the bible. After that he tells us:

The anti-slavery movement has always been a primarily Christian phenomenon from it’s earliest roots in the 14th century.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What took so long? Lively continues:

In contrast, “white supremacy” is a doctrine of the occult, built upon the ancient anti-Creationist worldview we call Evolution, which was popularized (not invented) by Charles Darwin. In the late 1850s, Darwin emerged as the ideological savior of the African-slave-owning world just as post-Reformation Christianity began making major strides against slavery.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We debunked all that nonsense in Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.

Lively spends a few paragraphs quote-mining Darwin in an attempt to show that he was something like a Klansman in his thinking. In truth, Darwin was not only anti-slavery, his views on the subject were among the most enlightened of his time. After that, Lively he talks about Nazis and gays. He somehow scrambles everything together, and finishes by concluding

No, the so-called “far right” is not conservative; it is and has always been the outer fringe of the far left.

So there you are. Left is right. the bible is anti-slavery, Darwin was a racist, the American Constitution is based on the bible, and Lively is an expert on The Truth. Another example of great journalism from WorldNetDaily.

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