Idiots among us: Open Thread


Evening all…

I guess you can imagine what I’ve been up to the past few days? Well, it took all day Saturday to download all the documents and files from the CSP Sandy Hook School Shooting. Since that time I have been trying to work my way through the mess…

Coming up for air, I found these two items of interest and could not go the rest of the evening without making a post about them. We truly are turning into the Idiocracy society.

Survey: The number of Republicans who believe in human evolution has declined

A growing partisan divide is emerging between Republicans and Democrats on human evolution, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center. Forty-eight percent of self-identified Republicans told Pew in a study released Monday that they believe humans “existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” On the contrary, 43% of Republicans said the opposite, that they believed humans “have evolved over time.”

That is a sizable shift from 2009, the last time Pew asked the question. In that survey, a majority of Republicans – 54% – told Pew they believed in human evolution.

The percentage of Democrats who believe in human evolution, on the other hand, grew in the last four years. Two-thirds (67%) said they believe in human evolution, compared to 27% who said they didn’t.

In 2009, the number of Democrats who said humans evolved over time was 64%.

“I didn’t expect to see that kind of shift,” said Cary Funk, the senior researcher at Pew who oversaw the study. “I think it basically fits with a pattern of growing polarization. And we see that on some other science issues.”

No kidding!!!!!

For Funk, the Republican shift was surprising and led the researchers to check the numbers by controlling the data against racial and ethnic divides between the two parties. Even still, Funk said, the divide on human evolution between Democrats and Republican, as well as the changes in Republican beliefs, persisted.

I mean, when you have idiots out there who think the USA is, are you ready for it….2014 years old, what else would you expect?

Meet The People Who Think America Is 2014 Years Old

According to Twitter, more than a few people believe that the United States was formed 2014 years ago, and that New Year’s Day is America’s birthday. There is so much about this idea that doesn’t make sense. If New Year’s is America’s birthday, is it a different year in different countries? Did you never take any history class or speak to another human being?

Maybe some of these people are joking. PLEASE let them be joking.

Meet The People Who Think America Is 2014 Years Old 2013-12-30 20-23-53

And if you really want to laugh, or maybe cry…go to the link and see the idiots who think the world is only 2014 years old.

But..back to the pew poll results: One-Third of Americans Don’t Believe in Human Evolution | LiveScience

A belief in evolution does not necessarily preclude belief in God, the survey found. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Americans agreed with the statement, “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.”

Pew last surveyed Americans about their beliefs in evolution in 2009, and found that the proportion of believers and non-believers has not changed. Sixty percent of Americans say they believe that humans and other animals have evolved over time. Thirty-three percent say there is no such thing as evolution. [Top 10 Mysteries of the First Humans]

Major religious differences underlie these responses. A majority (64 percent) of white evangelical Protestants disbelieve evolution, compared with 15 percent of white mainline Protestants. Black Protestants are evenly split on the question of evolution.

Among Catholics, Hispanics are slightly less likely to believe in evolution than whites: Fifty-three percent of Hispanic Catholics said humans have evolved over time, compared with 68 percent of White Catholics.

Both white Catholics and white Protestants are similarly likely to see God’s hand guiding evolution if they do believe, with 36 percent of all white mainline Protestants and 33 percent of all white Catholics saying a supreme being guided the evolution of living things. Eighteen percent of all white evangelical Protestants believed the same, with only 8 percent saying that natural processes drove evolution.

Stop the world please! I want to get off!

This is an open thread.

30 Comments on “Idiots among us: Open Thread”

  1. NW Luna says:

    Riiiight, the whole entire universe was created just for us. (facepalm)

    These people have such a delusional idea of their own importance. Betcha they think the Sun revolves around the Earth.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Even the crazy Xtians think the earth is about 6,000 years old.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Even the term “believe in” evolution is silly. Like do you “believe in” gravity? It just is. Not a matter of faith.

      • dakinikat says:

        That’s one of my pet peeves.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I don’t “believe” the earth moves around the sun.

          • Hey, what about those who believe the Pope just doesn’t understand what is means to be a Rich Ass American?

            Home Depot founder worries Pope Francis neither loves or understands rich Americans | The Raw Story

            In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Home Depot founder and devout Catholic Ken Langone said that the Pope’s statements about capitalism have left many potential “capitalist benefactors” wary of donating to the Church or its fundraising projects.

            According to Langone, an anonymous, “potential seven-figure donor” for the Church’s restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is concerned that the Pope’s criticism of capitalism are “exclusionary,” especially his statements about the “culture of prosperity” leading to the wealthy being “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

            Langone said he’s raised this issue with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who yesterday praised Pope Francis for “shattering the caricature of the Church.”

            “I’ve told the Cardinal,” Langone said, “‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country.’”

            Cardinal Dolan told CNBC that he had, in fact, spoken to Langone, and had told him that “that would be a misunderstanding of the Holy Father’s message. The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people.”

            He then thanked Langone for bringing this anonymous donor’s concerns to him, and insisted that “[w]e’ve got to correct — to make sure this gentleman understands the Holy Father’s message properly.”

            Langone further said that, in the future, he hopes Pope Francis will “celebrate a positive point of view rather than focusing on the negative.” He does worry, though, because of “the vast difference between the Pope’s experience in Argentina and how we are in America. There is no nation on earth that is so forthcoming, so giving.”

            Dolan assured Langone that he had communicated to the new Pope the “legendary generosity of the Catholic Church in the United States.”

            Oh the humanity!

          • ANonOMouse says:

            Neither did the Catholic Church, just ask Galileo

          • RalphB says:

            Fuck Ken Langone! He’s a worthless douchenozzle and a waste of human skin.

          • bostonboomer says:

            OMG, that’s hilarious JJ.

          • NW Luna says:

            rotflmao! “No nation so giving”! Of welfare for the rich, and scorn for the poor.

      • RalphB says:

        That “believe in” garbage just drives me round the bend. Science is not debatable by dumbasses.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Another crude oil train crash in North Dakota, just 25 miles from Fargo.

    A wreck involving two trains, one of which was carrying crude oil, sparked a large fire Monday that sent huge flames and dangerous smoke into the sky, North Dakota authorities said.

    There were no reports of injuries from the accident, said Sgt. Tara Morris with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, but “with the oil on fire there are hazardous conditions, and we are directing all people in the area to shelter in-place and stay indoors.”

    Firefighters will be forced to let the fire burn out, which may take as long as 12 hours from the time of the accident (2:12 p.m. CT), because they cannot get close enough to the flames, she told CNN.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Mitt Romney is being sued in Federal Court for racketeering.

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    The people who believe the USA is 2014 years old are the same folks who believe that the Affordable Care Act is ,much better than Obama Care.

    And to the belief in evolution, the answer of the christianist has been “pooh” for as long as I can remember, They’d rather believe one of the two creation stories from Genesis than to believe in evolution. I always wondered why there were 2 creation stories and then I remembered that God, especially the wrathful god of the Old Testament, was a fickle man who sent mixed signals throughout the OT. Hell he couldn’t even settle on one story about the creation of Eve. Y’all remember Eve, don’t you? She was the very first bible temptress who coerced poor, defenseless, innocent Adam into eating an apple. Adam had no choice but to give into Eve’s request and from that point on they were banished from paradise and all people born thereafter were doomed to lives of turmoil, heartache and strife, all to pay for the disobedience brought on by eating one apple. I wish I was bilingual so I could write BULLSHIT in more than one language..

    • RalphB says:

      The GOP has lost about 12% of it’s members since 2009. It’s likely those people were among those who believed in evolution. Thus the big change.

      There are so many former Republicans that now call themselves Independents, the way we evaluate polls has to change. The vaunted “Independent” number isn’t worth squat now. We should look at those voters who class as “moderate” instead to get the information.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    For Dakinikat:

    PBS News Hour: Can the Lower Ninth Ward ever recover from Katrina?

  6. dakinikat says:

    Republicans Go Mad As Pope Francis and President Obama Deliver The Same Economic Message