News From Around The Blogosphere 10.19.08

Jenny McCarthy vs. Denis Leary in a battle of wits? – Who benefits? All of us for the entertainment value alone.

Denis, you go first:

“There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can’t compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks . . . to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don’t give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you – yer kid is NOT autistic. He’s just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.”

Okay, Jenny. Your rebuttal?

“My fight isn’t with Denis Leary, my fight is with the government — a bigger fish to fry. So I’m still gonna work on the vaccines and I’m still working on pediatricians and Denis Leary can go hopefully be more educated by every mother that stops him from this day forward to give him a piece of their mind.”

The stupid. . .IT BURNS!

But speaking of Ms. McCarthy, my fellow Stop Jenny contributors and I have been briefly interviewed by Skeptic Dad on his blog Science-Based Parenting. I’d like to personally thank Skeptic Dad again for speaking with us.

ANTI-ATHEIST DISCRIMINATION

This is repulsive – Remember that attack from the Elizabeth Dole campaign against her opponent for a North Carolina Senate seat Kay Hagan? Now, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has put it to video:

I look forward to seeing Hagan kick Dole’s ass in the election.

Department of Justice approved a million-dollar-plus grant to an organization that will only hire Christians

While Barack Obama and John McCain both support faith-based programs, the NYT article states: “Obama has also said taxpayer money should not go to programs that discriminate by faith in hiring, a condition Mr. McCain has not embraced.”

Speaking of Obama, Christopher Hitchens disappoints Republican Cheerleader Laura Ingraham on The O’Reilly Factor by supporting Barack Obama – It is hilarious to see Ingraham’s total inconsistency in order to constantly support the GOP. She was too nutty even for O’Reilly:

And now with Colin Powell supporting Obama, Ingraham is finding herself without many allies.

Psychics make firm predictions on the whereabouts of a missing child – Now where have I heard that before? Oh yeah.

Oh, and speaking of psychics, I forgot to remind everyone that October 14th has passed and still no space aliens – This was the date Australian actress, writer, and part-time “psychic channeler” Blossom Goodchild gave for when the aliens would arrive in Alabama. You know, I’ll be fair. I’ll give aliens yet another week to confirm Goodchild’s psychic powers.

Death: your whole life is leading to this – Here’s an interesting article exploring why people have such a hard time imagining death.

The Anatomy of Pseudoscience

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

Genetic Diseases: Ancient Evolutionary Legacy? – “Tomislav Domazet-Lošo and Diethard Tautz from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, have systematically analysed the time of emergence for a large number of genes – genes which can also initiate diseases. Their studies show for the first time that the majority of these genes were already in existence at the origin of the first cells.

THE FUNNIES:

If you open your mind too much, your brains will fall out…

Totally not related to skepticism but damned funny anyway:

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One Response to News From Around The Blogosphere 10.19.08

  1. podblack says:

    Oh – if you like Tim Minchin – I interviewed him for the vodcast The Tank:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fABcXf_j4vw

    Nice fellow, a local lad. I taught at the school his wife went to. 🙂

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