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Warren "Anti-CopernicaChisum"

by: Glenn Smith

Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 19:38:25 PM CST

(Here is a copy of the crazy memo denouncing evolution from Rep. Warren Chisum. - promoted by Burnt Orange Report)

It's not surprising that the earth doesn't move for Warren Chisum, and maybe it's not surprising that he blames a Jewish conspiracy for it.

Still, it's enough to set the world a-spinning that the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the most powerful committee in the House, distributed to legislators a memo pitching crazed wingers who believe the earth stands still -- doesn't spin on its axis or revolve around the Sun --  that Copernicus was part of a Jewish conspiracy to undermine the Old Testament. That would be the same Old Testament that was written by the folks Chisum's friends say are conspiring to undermine it.

Chisum has no problem believing that GOP interests revolve around the pocketbooks of its wealthy contributors. And that's why he wants to take dollars stolen from middle class Texans in higher tuition, double-taxed highways, underpaid teachers, sick kids and teachers and cut property taxes for those who own a lot of property -- businesses and the very, very wealthy.

Children with no health insurance, Texas families who can't afford state colleges, crumbling schools -- to Chisum they are about as important as Pluto, a heavenly body no longer even called a planet. I am not advised whether Chisum believes in other planets.

House Calendars has set the vote on Chisum's HB2 for Monday afternoon. The bill would strip about $6 billion from general revenue to fund a big hunk of a massive 2008-2009 property tax cut for the wealthy. (The rest of the $14 billion windfall for the wealthy comes from the puny business tax passed last year that has fallen way short of funding the property tax cut as promised.)

It's clear Chisum's god, Craddick, doesn't want to fiddle around with open and public debate about whether the Legislature ought to stop strangling of the middle class before it tightens its grip on our throats and transfers more middle class money to the rich.

Why fund public schools or keep colleges available to the middle class if they are filling our children's heads with damaging Kabbalistic fantasies? (Yes, Copernicus, Darwin et al are part of a Kabbalistic Conspiracy according to the fixed-earth crowd).

Gravity (Pft!), night and day (bah!), biological reproduction (ugh!). Who needs such immoral ideas corrupting our kids? No, spend the money on those with more visible signs of God's Blessing. The Elect. The ones with the money.

I hope Chisum has the decency to appropriate a little more for velcro, though. I'm worried about the gravity thing.

Capitol Annex has the full Earth Doesn't Move Memo here.

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Warren "Anti-CopernicaChisum" | 15 comments | Time to post comments expired.
Does anyone actually take this guy seriously? (0.00 / 0)
Why doesn't someone run against him?

Prisoner of hope.
by: comeon @ Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 22:03:02 PM CST
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I wish I knew (0.00 / 0)
Chisum is an embarrassment to humanity and to Texas. 

John Edwards '08,Left Of The Rainbow
by: refinish69 @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 00:02:30 AM CST
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That's not all this nut case is up to. (0.00 / 0)
Read this article in the Atlanta Journal and look for Dear Warren's name down towards the bottom.

John Edwards '08,Left Of The Rainbow

by: refinish69 @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 07:45:39 AM CST
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correct link (5.00 / 1)

John Edwards '08,Left Of The Rainbow
by: refinish69 @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 07:47:20 AM CST
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At first I thought that the site was a clever parady of the anti-evolution sites that took the anti-science mindset of the fundys to a point that even they could see was ridiculous, but I'm sorry to say that they see to belive what they write.  There is just no limit to stupid when you set your mindlessness to it.

by: Argus @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 09:34:04 AM CST
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scary ain't it (0.00 / 0)
and for some reason the jerks who support this crap keep getting elected here and in other states.  Damn, we have to find some good candidates to run against these jerks!!!!

John Edwards '08,Left Of The Rainbow
by: refinish69 @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 10:47:14 AM CST
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I don't think (0.00 / 0)
anyone actually ever run's against him.

Prisoner of hope.
by: comeon @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 11:43:40 AM CST
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The last Democrat to run for this seat was in 1994 (0.00 / 0)
And it ws Chisum himself!

by: LubbockDem @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 18:03:23 PM CST
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YIKES! (0.00 / 0)
Someone HAS to run against this guy!!!!!

Prisoner of hope.
by: comeon @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 19:28:55 PM CST
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Knowledge and Reason Most Needed to Recover our Democracy and Stop Climate Collapse (0.00 / 0)
We must Prove Our Democracy to Elect People Skilled Enough and Willing to Problem Solve for Our Biggest Challenge Ever--Climate  Collapse.

My guess, the GOP don't even believe what they themselves say. This is a tactic to try to undermine reason, reality itself.

The Assault on Reason
by Al Gore (Author)

Book Description

A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason.

At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism.

We live in an age when the thirty-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions.

How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste.

Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.

•  Hardcover: 304 pages
•  Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (May 22, 2007) 
•  ISBN-10: 1594201226
•  ISBN-13: 978-1594201226

by: ProveOurDemocracy @ Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 13:47:01 PM CST
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Chris Hedges warns Dark Age subversion burrowing into members of Congress (0.00 / 0)

(Chris) Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York where his father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it. The movement's call to dismantle the wall between church and state and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, as well as reinforced through the curriculum in Christian schools. The movement's yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America.

In American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America, Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, challenges the Christian Right's religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.

by: ProveOurDemocracy @ Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 13:09:39 PM CST
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Senator Webb should be Candidate, Chris Hedges on Corporations supporting Anti-Evolutionists and why (0.00 / 0)
Chris Hedges on C-Span (and today on ), made the point that Democrats/liberals do not appreciate the seriousness of this situation. He suggested that among all Democrats, Senator Webb has the training to see what is going on here.

Hedges says we must address the desperation of our growing poor and vanishing middle class, to inoculate them from this movement. Demagogues use despair.

And, very troubling, though they control the Republican party, they are unhappy that Bush is not radical enough.


A Gore/Webb ticket now is my first choice, if it were up to me.




AMY GOODMAN: And what are the corporations that are part of this?

CHRIS HEDGES: Well, DeVos, a guy who founded Amway; Target; Sam's Club. You know, they bring in -- a lot of these corporations like Wal-Mart and Sam's Club and others bring in these sort of dominionist or evangelical ministers into the plants as a way to mollify workers. Subscribing to this belief system is essentially about disempowerment.


Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times for many years, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He's also the author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Losing Moses on the Freeway. Chris Hedges has a Master's degree in theology from Harvard University and is the son of a Presbyterian minister. He is currently a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and joins me in studio now. Welcome to Democracy Now!

CHRIS HEDGES: Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: It's good to have you with us. Why did you write this book?

CHRIS HEDGES: Anger. I mean, I grew up in the Church and, of course, as you mentioned, graduated from seminary, and I think these people have completely perverted and distorted and manipulated the Christian message into something that is the very antithesis of certainly what Jesus preached in the Gospels.

AMY GOODMAN: Who are "these people"?

CHRIS HEDGES: These are -- you know, they're not -- we use terms like "evangelical" and "fundamentalist" to describe them, and I think that those are incorrect terms. Traditional fundamentalists always called on believers to remove themselves from the contaminants of secular society, shun involvement in politics. Evangelical leaders like Billy Graham's always warned followers to keep their distance from political power. He, of course, was burned by Richard Nixon, came to Nixon's defense and then when it publicly came out that Nixon lied, it taught a lesson to Graham.

This is a new movement, as embodied by people like James Dobson or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell, who call for the creation of a Christian state, who talk about attaining secular power. And they are more properly called dominionists or Christian reconstructionists, although it's not a widespread term, but they're certainly not traditional fundamentalists and not traditional evangelicals. They fused the language and iconography of the Christian religion with the worst forms of American nationalism and then created this sort of radical mutation, which has built alliances with powerful rightwing interests, including corporate interests, and made tremendous inroads over the last two decades into the corridors of power.

Oh, and through faith-based initiatives, we taxpayers are helping to pay for this...

by: ProveOurDemocracy @ Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 18:44:27 PM CST
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Where babies come from (0.00 / 0)
The whole thing makes sense when you realize that the instigator -- Georgia Rep. Ben Bridges -- comes from Cleveland, home of Babyland General Hospital where Cabbage Patch Kids are born.

by: LouellaB @ Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 18:18:21 PM CST
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The tooth fairy, Santa Claus, Jesus, and the baby stork. (0.00 / 0)
Take a moment to answer these 3 questions.

Why do we tell children phony stories about the tooth fairy and go to lengths to prepetuate the myth that the tooth fairy is real, including manufacturing false evidence in the form of a coin under a pillow?

Why do we tell children phony stories about Santa Claus and go to lengths to prepetuate the myth that he is real, including manufacturing false evidence in the form of unexplained presents around the Christmas tree?

Why do we tell children phony stories about a stork who brings babies?

by: SouthTexasDemocrat @ Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 22:55:10 PM CST
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Santa (0.00 / 0)
Oh, my GOD!

by: SterlingTexas @ Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 09:25:28 AM CST
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