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Monday, June 30, 2008

"Maniac Monday's - The Bold March Backards!"

Since its Monday it's time to mention those Maniacs...Seems like Bobby Jindal is just the perfect candidates for Maniac Monday's and he really makes my job easier. He was in a spotlight a couple of Monday's ago when he was actually considering a proposal for teaching "Intelligent Design" in Louisiana schools as it was also revealed that he is an exorcist, demon slayer and faith healer. The lady he helped perform the exocist on had cancer that apparently went into remission after Bobby J and his buds "laid hands" on her.Anyway it seems Bobby J went one step beyond Friday past and signed the "Stealth Creationism Bill". From HuffPo:

While American progressives propose forward-looking plans for improving American public education, whole sectors of America nonetheless stubbornly persist in a bold march backwards. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has just given a green light for a new, national "Stealth Creationism" initiative by signing into Louisiana state law a "stealth" Creationism bill, SB 733. Barbara Forrest, author of [with Paul R. Gross] Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design describes the national controversy surrounding the bill in a Thursday, June 26, 2008 Talk To Action story:

The stealth-creationist SB 733, the "Louisiana Science Education Act," which in its pre-amended version as SB 561 was entitled the "LA Academic Freedom Act," received final passage in the Louisiana legislature on June 16, 2008, and is now (June 26) on Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The governor can either sign it, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it. Gov. Jindal, who in his June 15 appearance on Face the Nation reiterated his previously voiced support for teaching intelligent design (ID) creationism, is expected to sign the bill. At the behest of the LA Coalition for Science, e-mail petitioners from across the country and national scientific organizations have urged him to veto it. Both the New York Times and National Review columnist John Derbyshire have also publicly called for Jindal to veto the bill. Since Louisiana's passage of SB 733 could be a bellwether for such "academic freedom" legislation, advocates for science education and church-and-state separation in other states had better start preparing now. MORE!

Now the good thing about all of this is that Jindal has come under fire and they even have a recall initiative and petition going around to recall him however it is not over teaching the kids fairy tales and myths and undercutting true scientific theory, and there are still some progressive voices in Louisiana that wanted the Governor to veto the education bill also but the petitions went out for big pay raises...From NOLA.Com:

Recall petition filed against Jindal

by Robert Travis Scott, The Times-Picayune
Friday June 27, 2008, 3:58 PM

BATON ROUGE -- In a sign that the public frustration over the legislative pay raise has spread to Gov. Bobby Jindal's base, a political novice and former Jindal supporter from Jefferson Parish has filed a recall petition against him.

Ryan and Kourtney Fournier of Jefferson submitted paperwork to the Secretary of State's office that allows them to attempt to collect the nearly 1 million signatures needed over the next 180 days to force a recall election of the governor. The papers were mailed Thursday and arrived Friday.

Ryan Fournier, 32, said he is a registered Republican and was "a huge supporter for Bobby."

"Everybody feels a little frustration with the governor right now," Ryan Fournier said. "He's not doing what we elected him to do."

Ryan said he was the one behind the effort and that his wife Kourtney has been shocked at the media attention for their recall petition.

Public anger over a legislative pay raise has bubbled up in the past two weeks, with several House members targeted with recall petitions. Lawmakers during the recent legislative session raised their base salary from $16,800 to $37,500 effective July 1. MORE!

Now I can understand the anger behind this! They doubled their base salary, but you would think there would be a little bit of grumbling about the education bill too it is sort of a side issue when it comes to money like that in this economy. Especially for a legislature making these kinds of stupid backwards laws! Hopefully it will get challenged in court and the ID will be thrown out of Louisiana schools like it was in Pennsylvania. More from the Huffpo:

The Kitzmiller et. al v. Dover Area School District discredited, shredded even, "Intelligent Design" but ID partisans have managed to get an D bill through the Louisiana state legislature and facts have nohing whatsoever to do with this new efforts that's backed by Christian right heavyweight groups such as child-beating advocate Dr. James Dobson's 200-plus million dollar a year nonprofit Focus On The Family and by key Reconstructionist USD history falsificationist David Barton. SB 733 is about the stealth advancement of theocratic Christian nationalism and it's probably more or less a codification of what's already typically getting taught in Louisiana public schools but the bill will silence a minority at least, of teachers who still pay attention to science rather than push the US even faster down the slope towards developing-world and Third World
status by foisting incoherent and Medieval "Intelligent Falling" and "Intelligent Grappling" on America's public school students. MORE!

Check out the video

Kitzmiller et. al v. Dover Area School District-Intelligent Design on Trial

If you really want to know more about this check out the rest of this NOVA documentary...it's very good and really emphasizes how stupid Intelligent Design and it's supporters are! I really seriously tried to watch a group of scientist that happened to be Christians, try to describe "intelligent design" as real science. You could tell they didn't believe the bullshit themselves!

The New Defenders of Scientific Theory!

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