Noticed and bothered. I remember watching debates between W. and Al Gore. Gore would just wipe the damn floor with him, repeatedly. Then the news analysts would come on afterwards and say "George Bush clearly won this debate." I am still wondering if they watched a different show than I did. Al Gore would've been great Pres.
What blew my mind was public sentiment in the next election. Lots of people and the press viewed W. (Super rich AWOL Air National Guardsman) as working man-war hero. They viewed John Kerry (Real actual getting your ass shot at in a PT boat war hero) as a spoiled, rich deserter. Mind boggling.
And did they ever find W's military record? Bet you a million bucks they could find mine!
I think 'god' is trying to tell Rick something very important...I think we should ask him: "Rick, why does god hate your state so much?"
Unfortunately, all kidding aside, he'd probably come up with some reason like "We Christians thrive under suffering circumstances...persecution, plagues, and pestilence just make us STRONGER in our faith. This is how god tests our faith...what's a little brush fire, now and again...at least we won't be feeling the flames of HELL-fire and damnation into ETERNITY like the liberals. " (It's a bullet-proof argument: suffering makes them stronger, good times are proof that their suffering was 'worth it'.)
I read an article (sorry about not linking it, here) that basically said, the more Rick Perry has come out to pray and politic for president, the worse Texas has suffered from weather conditions, as though God, himself, is trying to tell us something! Perry holds a weekend prayer rally, not stopped by the courts despite his using governorship (i.e., political office) to promote it (or, better, to have it promote him), and Texas wild fires go up. He did something else months ago, and the draught deepened and worsened, and the fires started.
Now, if only we could transmit that bit of superstitious propaganda to the public (or just the reBiblicans), maybe Tea Partiers and others would recognize Perry as being on God's bad list and not vote for him, after all.
@booklover: You'll like this old Doonesbury quote I bet:
"Situational science is about respecting both sides of a scientific argument, not just the one supported by facts."
**During his presidency, somebody criticized President G.W.Bush by saying his approach to global warming was a 'facts be damned' approach...so I like to use that one myself when the situation warrants....I forget who to give credit to unfortunately!
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.
~Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The 'dumbing down' of science is something I keep hoping the Obama administration takes a much stronger stand against in public schools curriculum. The general public has lost its respect for scientists, scholarship, and research. Being an intellectual now is something to be ridiculed and held in contempt. Leaders who appear to be 'eggheads' have been encouraged to 'tone it down' and speak the language of the 'common people'....lowest common denominator, if you ask me! Whenever you hear a politician use the term 'folks'...that's an indicator of this trend.
Ignorance about science is a topic for somebody in a leadership position to discuss in front of the American people. It has consequences. As Susan Jacoby, author of "The Age of American Unreason" defines the problem: "Scientific illiteracy provides fertile soil for political appeals based on sheer ignorance." (Sure sounds like some current appeals from the candidates from the right side of the political spectrum these days.)