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10 years ago @ Wonkette - Paul Ryan Knows Poor F... · 0 replies · +14 points

Yes, the Epistle from James has long been a thorn in the side of the "faith first/last/only" crowd. No wonder Martin Luther hated it so much and wanted it dropped from the Canon. What a cafeteria Christian he was....

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Paul Ryan Knows Poor F... · 3 replies · +36 points

“What they’re offering people,” Ryan homilizes, and he is talking about liberals, “is a full stomach and an empty soul.”

James 2: 14-16 (NAS)

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Arizona State Senator ... · 0 replies · +5 points

This just in: Oppression of Sincere Christians (tm) in ultra-liberal math departments:

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Arizona State Senator ... · 2 replies · +11 points

For some g in G, g(That guy) ≠ (That guy)g

10 years ago @ Wonkette - 70% Of Americans Perfe... · 16 replies · +32 points

the most basic question in science: ‘does the Earth orbit the sun?’
The good news is that 74 per cent of Americans know the answer.

Really? 74 percent of Americans know that the correct answer is ``No, of course not. The Earth and Sun both orbit the centre of mass of the solar system, which is just outside the Sun's surface?"

That's pretty good, much higher than I would have expected.

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Marsha Blackburn Wins ... · 0 replies · +25 points

The constant invoking of Lindzen by people like Blackburn is a shell game. He is one of the few (maybe the only?) climate scientists on their side with a long history of quality research behind him. And he is a vocal critic of many aspects of contemporary climate science. And he is on the faculty at MIT, which of course has an easily recognizable marquee effect on his reputation.

But despite his apparent love of contrarian bomb-lobbing, he agrees with the climate science consensus on more details than he agrees with wingnuts like Blackburn, For example, he agrees that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and causes warming. He calls people who disagree on that point ``nutty". He just suggests that the resulting human-caused warming won't be as severe as current models project, in part because he has a theory about potential countering effects resulting from cloud movement. (No-one but Lindzen and collaborators thinks this counter-theory is plausible.) He also thinks that the purported negative economic consequences are too great to justify significant efforts reduction of emissions. But he accepts that there is human-caused global warming. Just not as much as some people predict, and not enough to warrant intervention.

Really, the standard response to mentions of Lindzen by that crowd should be "Ah, you think Lindzen is an authority. He says that denying the warming effect of carbon dioxide is nutty and that there is some human-caused warming resulting from it. Do you agree?"

10 years ago @ Wonkette - How To Stop Being Such... · 1 reply · +21 points

Tip # 1: if your spouse is shell-shocked and can't face the day, slap 'em and say how disgusted you are with them.

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Introducing Patriot Co... · 3 replies · +17 points

Their motto: Have Toxic Storage Problems? Patriot is Your Last Refuge

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Derp Roundup: Your Wee... · 8 replies · +51 points

“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.”

Um, no. Thanks for playing, though.

The word "Messiah" in Biblical Hebrew means "the anointed [one]"; referring to leaders or priests anointed with holy oil. [The Greek translation in the Septuagent Greek Old Testament is "Χριστός / Christos".] Lots of messiahs in the tradition, even a non-Jew like Cyrus the Great of Persia a (Isaiah 45:1-7 Isaiah 45:13) who was designated a Divine messiah in the Jewish Bible for the whole "conquer Babylon, release the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity, return them to Israel, rebuild the temple ..." thing.

I can handle religious fanatics being ignorant of most things. But is it too much to expect that they will actually know what they are talking about on the subject of the religion they are fanatics about?

10 years ago @ Wonkette - Smart Jewish Lady Thin... · 0 replies · +23 points

Nazi anti-Semites said that Jews were hostile to Christians. Fox News says that the Left is hostile to Christians.

OMIGOD! Fox News is starting a Kristallnacht against the Left!!!!!!!