TOM THE DANCING BUG: "Governor Rick, Science Hick," starring Rick Perry!!!


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  1. Good stuff as usual from Ruben, but that second panel comes dangerously close to promoting the paranoia surrounding vaccines. For all Perry’s many (many) faults he does deserve credit where it’s due, and his support of HPV vaccinations likely saved a lot of lives.

    1. This is another of your colourful American figures that I know nothing about, but a search for “Perry donations Merck HPV” turns up a lot of questions.

      Tbh, with all this complicated and questionable shit that goes on, I wonder how you guys manage to achieve anything that could reasonably be called “politics”.

    2. I saw it as more of a dig at Perry’s relationship with Merck, rather than anything about the vaccine paranoids.

    3. he doesn’t want credit… cash and checks only. (the only human life he appears to be concerned about is his own, possibly his family, and to a lesser degree anyone who will hand him money).

      1. I said he did the right thing supporting HPV vaccinations. I didn’t say he did it for the right reason.

        1. True, true.  One thing, though, that really hasn’t come up is also how Gubner Perry handled it – bypassing the Texas Legislature and mandating vaccinations by executive order.  If Obama tried that (and I would hope he wouldn’t be so stupid), Republicans would be calling for his lynching.  But the Republicans, being who they are, attacked Perry not for subverting the democratic process (elected representatives making this decision), but for giving girls the idea they may want sex.

          1. Exactly. “They forced people to have their daughters vaccinated for a SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE!!!!11”

            Seriously, if a vaccine for HIV/AIDS is developed, these people are going to throw the same hissyfit about mandating that one.

    4. It’s worth remembering that evolutionists aren’t just the paleontologists as depicted. Probably the hottest part of evolutionary biology today is molecular evolution, and besides informing us of the history of life, it is needed for those vaccines — they couldn’t be developed without evolutionary knowledge, as they are based on consensus sequences derived from phylogenetic trees.

  2. I had never drawn the parallel to “teaching the controversy” about birth control before. That’s a really interesting tack.

  3. Don’t forget the Lord God loves the smell of burnt sacrificed woman and children.  These ritual murder sacrifices first mentioned in the bible and killing into the millions  in the name of the Lord God  by God fearing super pious Christians  continued from Abraham and Jepthah right up till the 18th century in North America and England and would still continue today had it not been for the collective cry of Atheist telling Christians that  murder sacrifice was Grossly Immoral and should stop.  Would you vote for Abraham if he were alive today?  Does Rick and Michele really believe that  a voice in one’s head telling  brutally murder  sacrifice woman and children is moral?  

  4. IIRC, the church had less of a problem with Galileo’s findings, and more with his opinion on how that should affect scripture, and then went after him for both. And in modern history the Catholic church is probably the most ‘science friendly’ with their own panel of science advisers, their own Astronomy dept, and not ones to deny evolution nor the support of a young earth, etc. The “big bang” theory was from a priest/astronomer. The evangelicals and baptists, etc are the ones – for what ever reason – who can’t seem to reconcile the bible and science.

    Fun fact – Galileo’s tomb is in a church (IIRC) in Florence, even though he was still excommunicated at the time. I asked the people there how that was possible, and they said the Medici family paid for it to happen. So in a way, Medici had more money than god.

    1. Yes, and it only took the Catholic Church three and a half centuries to pardon him.  The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.  As opposed the arc of gravity, which is oblivious to the Papacy.

    2. IIRC, the church had less of a problem with Galileo’s findings, and more with his opinion on how that should affect scripture, and then went after him for both.

      I’ve heard this, but his condemnation only seems to mention legitimate science. If you could provide a reference, I’d be grateful.

      1. You know, I remember reading it in a book, but it was awhile ago. Perhaps it is an over simplification of the issue. Originally he stayed out of the debate, it was only after he tried to argue the case, taking the St Augustine position that not every thing could be taken literally, that he became a target.

        From what I understand, Galileo was friend with Pope Urban before all of this. There were a lot of outside political forces involved in the whole shenanigans. Lots of shenanigans every where back then. ;o)

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