Sunday, September 28, 2008

Raptor Ready


From the L.A. Times:

"Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago -- about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct -- the teacher said.

After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her beliefs. Palin told him that 'dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,' Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said 'she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks.'"


For the record, it's not that Palin's claims have anything to do with religion -- she just didn't pay attention in science class and really doesn't know how old the earth is.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Human footprints...INSIDE THE TRACKS!

*falls out of chair laughing*

Steve said...

Of course they co-existed. What about the Flintstones?

I rest my case.

hollygirl78 said...

John McCain will reach normal life expectancy for a U.S. male, 73.6 years, on April 5, 2010.

Mortal. Terror.

VOTAR said...

If it were only that simple. Ignorance is one thing, this kind of stupidity is indoctrinated.

http://www.biblelife.org/evolution.htm

That's just one example I found completely at random.

Read, and tremble. You'd like to think that no one could possibly fall for this idiocy, but then along comes Sarah, who is a relatively unremarkable example of how easy it is to exploit the inherent gullibility of mankind, and you realize just how unworthy we are to call ourselves sentient.

Otis said...

human footprints in dinosaur tracks. sounds like a new shape for Lucky Charms.

Deacon Blue said...

Look, Chez...she has plenty of reason to believe dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time. John McCain told her so, and as far as she knows, he is old enough to know first-hand.

Prophet of Ra said...

http://xkcd.com/135/

Stephen said...

I guess the concept of how the oil she wants to drill for was made is beyond her too? Mo-ron.

CLJ said...

...she just didn't pay attention...

Whew! Is that all? I feel so much better knowing that our potential VP isn't a superstitious dolt but is simply uneducated due to laziness.

Deacon Blue said...

@ Stephen

The oil was created and put there for us by God and then Satan created all those fossils to trick us.

As to why most of the oil ended up in the hands of the evil Arabs who hate Jesus-loving Americans, well...that must has been some clerical mix-up by the Archangel Gabriel or something.

Deacon Blue said...

Now, I would THINK I laid the sarcasm on just thick enough that people won't start saying I'm a moronic fuck who believes in Sarah Palin-like evolutionary views, but as I look at my comment at 10:35 now, all I can think of is: If Votar or a few of the other people read that too damn fast, I'm going to get intellectually raped here instead of just being politely rebuffed for believing in a "2,000-year-old superstition."

So, in case it wasn't clear. I was joking. On the bright side, my angst over possible misinterpretation at least spawned a post for me at my blog today.

Harvey Jerkwater said...

In her defense, she's partially correct. Six thousand years ago,
dinosaurs did walk among humans. The reason, however, was not due to co-creation, but rather due to super-intelligent dinosaur time travellers from eighty million years ago (during the Campanian stage of the late Cretaceous period) visiting their distant future. They visited the
"post-apocalyptic" world of 4000 BCE, bought a few touristy trinkets in Crete and Uruk, and returned to the timestream.

They re-emerged in 1863 CE, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. If you look at Matthew Brady's photographs of the aftermath of the famous battle, you can spot two Chasmosaurs in giant greatcoats and false beards surveying the scene.

So, y'know, partial credit.

drater said...

I was at a carnival at a local church school recently, and wandering through one of the classrooms I came across a book peddling this malarky. Frightening that this is being taught to kids as 'science'. And that said kids can be elected to the highest office in the state.

Fifth Generation Leftist said...

Someone should tell her the Flintstones was just a cartoon.