Archive for February, 2010

The things they got away with in the old days

Posted in Odds on February 27, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I’m reading The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer. In the chapter about the types of people you’d meet then, he had this to say about women:

Medical knowledge, which is heavily based on the teachings of the third-century writer Galen, holds that women’s wombs are “cold” and need constant warming by “hot” male sperm. In addition, if women do not regularly copulate, their “seed” (as Galen calls it) might coagulate and suffocate their wombs, thereby damaging their health.


Both parties suck, so then what?

Posted in Politics, Rant on February 25, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I have no party affiliation because both parties suck (although, in my opinion, Republicans suck far worse than the Democrats.) But what can be done? Remember the Reform Party from years ago? I didn’t get all choked up about it because I knew if it ever became a major party it would just end up just as corrupt and worthless as the other two. I see the same future for the Tea Party if it ever gets off the ground. So do we just sit back and accept that the system doesn’t work and there’s nothing we can do about it?

Years ago I figured what needed to be done was to lock all the Congressional leaders in a room and say, “You’re not being let out until you come up with a balanced budget.” They’d bitch and moan, but then they’d be locked in with a supply of bread and water. Eventually, when they actually did their jobs, they’d be let out. But before they could pat themselves on the back they’d be locked in another room until they fixed health care. And so on and so on through all the problems facing the country. It’s a nice idea, but locking up members of Congress is probably illegal. So what do we do?

It’s been over a decade since I switch from being a Republican to having no party affiliation. At the time I thought I was being rebellious (I think my entire family is Republican) but over the past few years I’ve come to the realization that I was just blaming the system without providing a practical fix. That’s the biggest problem, no one is providing a practical fix. But what can be done? I’ve written political stories to get people thinking (“And So It Begins,” “Candidate C,” “History Will Forget,” and others) but what more can I do? I’m not cut out for running for office and I wouldn’t want to get bogged down in the devilish details of helping someone else run, even if I found someone I found worthy. So what do I do?

I’ll just end this here before it gets more rambly. In time I may clean up some of these thoughts.

The Pale Blue Dot

Posted in Astronomy, Politics, Religion, Science, Spaceflight on February 21, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Can Man be Good Without gods?

Posted in Religion on February 19, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

One of the tired, old arguments believers use whenever attacking atheism is that throughout the millennia the vast majority of people have believed in a deity of some sort. The standard reply to that is, “When the vast majority of people believed the Earth to be flat, did that make it so?”

Today I thought of a way to use this against another argument believers make, that man is flawed. They point to all the wars and atrocities committed over the millennia – when the vast majority of people believed in a deity of some sort – as proof man is inherently “not good” and one needs to believe in a deity of some sort to be good.

I will not claim that if the vast majority of people didn’t believe in deities there would be fewer wars and atrocities, but really, could we do worse?

Conservapedia scrapes the bottom

Posted in Odds, Religion on February 18, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I saw this on Conservapedia today:

So, calling the Book of Revelation Revelations counts as “publicly embarrasses himself?” What the hell did you guys say during the Bush years?

Note they don’t discount anything he says in his videos. I wonder why that is?

Why I prefer MSNBC to Fox News

Posted in Odds, Politics, Rant, Religion on February 18, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Basically, I can watch MSNBC.

If I watch Fox News for five minutes, I feel like kicking my TV. There’s either something I find offensive:

Outright hypocrisy:

And as I’ve shown before:

Worthless crap:

And factual errors:

The Ten Most Egregious Fox News Distortions

Also, Glenn Beck bawling. True story. I’ve only watch Beck in the clips of him being an asshole. One day I was flipping through the channels and I came across his show. I decided I should try to watch it. I made it about three seconds. This is what I heard: “There was this guy. Sob, Boo-ho-ho.” I don’t know what about the guy made Glenn bawl, and frankly, I don’t care. He can cry all he wants, but I have no interest in watching.

Do I disagree with everything on Fox? No.

Do I agree with everything on MSNBC? No.
I spent about ten minutes looking for a good video clip, but I couldn’t find a good one. Mainly because 90% of the time when I disagree with MSNBC it’s a difference of opinion. For example, sometimes the people on Olbermann’s Worst Person List seem … not so guilty, I guess. I do not agree with his placing them there. I feel there are far worse people that deserve to be on the list. Now, about 90% of the time when I disagree with Fox News, it’s because of the offensive, hypocritical, and factually wrong bits. Why would I want to watch something that pisses me off and raises my blood pressure?

Now, is MSNBC perfect? No. Did Bill Nye go off into hyperbole when he said that the people who say the big snowfall disproved climate change were “almost unpatriotic?” Yes.

But how does that compare to the free reign Kirk Cameron had to unleash his laughable ignorance with the Crocoduck?

MSNBC vs. Fox News

Posted in Humor, Politics, Rant on February 17, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I’m gathering info for a blog. I wondering something so I looked it up and found the results amusing.