Today is one of those in-between work days — I have a deadline, but mostly I have a bunch of loose ends that need to be tied up. I need to make an appearance over at the DetNews blog, I need to catch up on e-mail, I need to reassert my land-of-living status with a few parties, I need to do a bunch of crap. So not much today.
But I did see this en route to looking up something else, and thought it had more to say today than I did, so what the hell. You may recall that when the Kansas state Board of Education decided to embrace so-called intelligent design in its recent vote, it also voted to change the definition of science; it dropped the phrase calling it “a search for natural explanations of observable phenomena.”
Last night I was talking to a friend, and said one of the weird things perplexing journalists these days is that, with the flowering of so many partisan news outlets, we can’t even agree on a set of facts upon which to base our assumptions. Were the swift boat veterans stationed anywhere near John Kerry? Did Valerie Plame send her own husband to Niger? And now we get to redefine science (science!), at least in Kansas.
“What we need is more people to say, ‘That’s a bunch of bullshit,'” he said. I think that’s what Three Way News did, rather succinctly:
These people balk at changing the definition of marriage to include same gendered couples but fall all over themselves in a rush to change the definition of science to include, well, the polar opposite of science? These people are worse than zealots, they’re fools. And never forget which party embraces this idiocy. It’s the party of a president who can give a speech to the nation on the danger of bird flu making the jump to humans yet still claims the jury is out on evolution. How exactly does he think that jump will be made? A late inning intelligent redesign of the virus?