Did you happen to stumble on the viral Internet sensation that was my friend Megan Fox’s audit of the Field Museum last month?
This was an interesting experience, because one trip to the museum asking questions about some of the things posted in the displays ended up causing the Left to have a complete meltdown. Megan and I have been working on a few book projects, with one of them focusing on the propaganda put in front of children in places like the Field Museum here in Chicago.
The museum’s “Evolving Earth” exhibit is dusty and poorly-maintained. A lot of the displays have “facts” in them that are outdated by many years. Some of the displays have contradictions within just a few paragraphs. Others show artistic depictions of animals that are wildly off…but, again, the exhibits have not been updated in a decade or more. Yet, this is what they’re teaching all the school children that are paraded through this exhibit every day en route to the fossils (which is what the kids really want to see).
Going to Catholic school as a kid, I never was exposed to very much Creationism or speculation on the origins of life. The Garden of Eden and Genesis were covered in religion class, but only in passing. Usually, that would happen in a combined religion class/art class (or penmanship exercise)…where we would read stories about the Creation event and then draw pictures of all the animals in the Garden, the Tree of Life, etc. We spent probably a day on this every year in grade school (and no time at all on it in high school). The story of Noah’s Ark had about the same amount of classroom time.
Megan Fox is not Catholic. Like my boyfriend Justin, she’s some kind of protestant (but I never can remember which). Calvinist, Lutheran, something. It’s also part of the legacy of Catholic school that I don’t remember these things, because to me all protestants are just “protestants”. Culturally, we’re very different…and one of those differences is how little I care about how life started on this planet.
I find that I care about this as much as I care about whatever happened to Amelia Earhart or whatever happened to Alexander the Great’s tomb. Would it be nice to know the truth? Sure. Would it make an exciting detective story or Indiana Jones-type movie, centered on solving these great mysteries once and for all? Definitely. But I don’t lose sleep over these things.
Growing up Catholic, there was no time spent by the nuns who taught me in grade school wondering if dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark was one of the Bible stories used to inspire us to draw really pretty pictures during art class. I don’t recall any of my classmates drawing dinosaurs, but I do remember a girl named Melissa putting two unicorns on the gangplank leading into the Ark and Sister Mary Howard (probably the scariest and meanest of all nuns) didn’t bat an eye at that. This was a nun who would smack kids upside the head for coloring ousted the lines…but she didn’t care if unicorns were included in the Ark scene.
I think that’s just because for Catholics the list of what was on the Ark or wasn’t on the Ark…or what was real or what wasn’t real…didn’t matter as much as it does to protestants (or, I’ve come to discover, to self-proclaimed atheists).
What inspired this new book project with Megan was a trip she took last year to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, where a docent became apoplectic when Megan referred to one of the fossil skulls in the exhibit as a “dragon”. Because to her it looked just like a dragon from a fantasy movie. The docent — no doubt an Obama-voting leftist — just couldn’t stand that a mom with her kids called a fossil skull “a dragon” and practically pushed other museum-goers down in her rush to correct Megan. “That’s not a dragon. It’s a dinosaur. Don’t call it a dragon,” the Docent commanded. Megan reacted the same way I do whenever the word-police are dispatched by the Left: she called it a dragon repeatedly until the Docent shriveled to the floor like Margaret Hamilton meeting a pail of water.
The brittleness of the ideological Left always amuses me.
And I am thankful that these lunatics always so clearly telegraph what upsets them. I know I am onto something when they react hysterically to anything that I do, or friends of mine in the good guy ranks like Megan do. If calling dinosaurs by the word “dragons” upsets the Left, then I think that’s something we all need to start doing. When the Left is emotionally upset and raging about something ridiculous, then it can’t be firing on all cylinders in its attempts to destroy our country.
That video tour Megan and I made of the Field Museum has something like 1.2 million hits on YouTube now. It upset the Left so much that Megan’s been receiving a steady stream of death and rape threats from people who claim they are employees of the Field Museum or the museum’s supporters. All because she asked questions about some of the poorly-made displays in the museum and used the word “dragons” for the reconstructed creatures on display.
Incidentally, when I lived in China I would hear the word “dragon” all the time when someone meant to say “dinosaur”. I taught English in Beijing and corrected the “Engrish” writings of Chinese business people and the dinosaur/dragon thing happened all the time. It’s because Chinese people call all fossils “dragon bones”, as there’s no word exactly like “fossil”. Chinese is an idiomatic language and when they say “dragon bones” they mean any ancient creature whose remains are found in the ground. They capture more of the wonder of such a discovery by saying they are “dragon bones”, as opposed to our dry, clinical word such as “fossil”.
It’s an interesting question to ask if whether the word “dinosaur” — literally meaning “terrible lizard” — is the best term to use for the astounding beasts of our planet’s past. Were they really “terrible lizards”? Terrible, here, means more “awesome”…like how “Ivan the Terrible” is better translated as “Ivan the Awe-inspiring” or “Ivan the Awesome”. There’s nothing “terrible” about dinosaurs. And there’s nothing really lizard-like either. That’s a 1950s way of looking at these creatures, as if they were lumbering, slow-moving, behemoths always being trapped in tar or drowned in lava in bad murals that decorated the cinder block walls of Cleveland’s natural history museum (all seven rooms of it) back when I was a kid.
I like that Megan Fox calls these creatures “dragons”. And not just because it upsets the Left so much. I like that Chinese people call them “dragons” as well, even though they (and Megan) aren’t implying these creatures ever breathed fire. They are truly marvelous creatures to wonder about…to speculate about…and to discuss.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you more of our audits of the museums of Chicago and updating you on some of the other projects that Megan Fox and I have been working on with our Story Time Digital Media production company. I hope you check us out on YouTube, here: www.YouTube.com/IntolerantFox
Also follow along on the Facebook account we have setup for Story Time, too: https://www.facebook.com/MeganFoxWriter
It’s a learning process and quite the adventure to be directing and producing videos like this. As someone who is not the best with technology, I’m amazed that Megan and I were able to upset the Left so much with our first foray into the medium…but clearly the word “dragon” is a magical word that rings some kind of bell with these lunatics.
I was amazed today while visiting a friend that her children (both under 10) had never heard Whitney Houston sing…let alone heard her sing this Christmas song.
I feel that America is at a crossroads between the world most of us grew up in and a new, nastier, darker, and relentlessly-negative concoction that the Left has been pushing. A big part of that is the destruction of religion…and with it the butchering of our national soul. Kids today are being taught to hate America in schools and adults play the “nationality game”, where instead of being proud to be Americans they like to say they are “part German, part Hungarian, part Greek” or whatever. Teddy Roosevelt cautioned against that garbage a hundred years ago…because it’s part of what divides us as a people…and makes it so easy for the Left to split everyone along these various cracks and fault lines. America could never be conquered externally, but it can be killed from within by the “nationality experts” and the generations of children who are growing up insisting that America is nothing special and that we should all be “global citizens” instead.
How does Whitney Houston factor into all of this?
I think she was a canary in the coal mine for all of this. When I was a kid in grade school and Whitney Houston was coming to town, it was THE event to hit Cleveland. I remember the THRILL of finding out that a classmate’s mom had scored a group of tickets and a bunch of us were being invited to go to a Whitney Houston concert. And everyone there that night of the show was filled with such positive energy, singing along…with Whitney herself regal and serene and absolutely gorgeous. People of all ages marveled at her voice and were delighted by her songs. That voice. That regal bearing. That PRESENCE. Even now, these are the hallmarks I attribute to angels.
Is there anything like this in the music world (or in the greater realm of pop culture) today? I don’t think so.
Whitney herself is gone, of course. But in her last years she wasn’t the same Whitney that rolled through Cleveland back in 1985. In her final years, the nastiness of the Internet turned her into a joke. She was savaged and defamed and something inside her just gave up. And the demons got ahold of her.
This same corrosion is happening to our country. Every year, the attacks on Christmas get stronger. Militant atheists, Neopagans, and Satanists chip away at our shared Christmas traditions. The Multi-Culti cult makes new gains, further dividing Americans along various imagined ethnic and ancestral lines, carving us up into new demographic groups. Every time you play “nationality expert” you help them do this, whether you realize it or not.
Is all of this permanent, or is it just an unfortunately dreadful period in history that we’re going through?
I don’t know…but I don’t see much point in giving up hope. If you really believe in this country and the fact that America is something special in the world, then you should seize every opportunity to set the nationality experts and the Multi-Culti crowd straight. If you truly love the Lord (the way that Whitney sure did, back in her prime) then should celebrate Christmas with boundless verve. At a time when the creatures of darkness have more power than ever before and the Internet allows them to scratch and claw at everything good in the world, too many decent and kind people feel bullied into silence. They’re afraid to speak up for what’s right because they don’t want the trolls out there to come after them. They don’t want to be savaged, so they stay silent.
While it’s certainly one strategy to hide like that (and thus always avoid the attention of the Left), is it fair or right to hide your light under a bushel?
I am overcome with a sense of great redemption when I listen to “Do You Hear What I Hear”, by Whitney back in her glory days. That performance echoes through eternity. Twenty-five years later, it’s as joyful and as meaningful as the day she sang it on The Tonight Show. None of what happened to her later matters now. Her soul’s at peace and her joyful singing lives on.
Today, two new Whitney Houston fans discovered this song and are burning up their Kindles playing it over and over again for Christmas. They see in Whitney what I saw in her when I was their age…and that’s what her legacy’s going to be. Not the Bobby Brown years. Not the fall and the struggles. Not her sad and tragic end.
I think this nation is in a state of depression that’s more than economic. The Left has succeeded in dividing us and breaking our spirit, battering and berating our shared identity. But I don’t think that has to be permanent. I don’t believe what’s been done can’t be undone. And I don’t believe evil ever wins in the end.
If you love the Lord and you love America, just remember a comeback and real redemption are as reliable as Christmas rolling around on the calendar every year. The Left will scratch and claw and attempt to destroy Christmas, but they won’t succeed. Just as they will fail in their attempts to destroy America.
It’s not right or fair or fun that we have to be alive today to witness the Left at its zenith of power…but it wasn’t right or fair or fun for my grandparents’ generation to be alive when Hitler’s armies were marching across Europe and the forces of evil were at a previous zenith.
The Left is more insidious now, though. And the greatest threats to America today are domestic, not foreign. The Left has succeeded in turning America’s children against their own country. That’s never happened before. It’s one helluva challenge we face. I believe a large part of the Baby Boomer generation wants to see the country fall into ruin and burn to the ground before the Boomers depart this planet…and the Millennials in the generation below me have been taught by Marxists in the classroom that America must fall for the utopia of globalism to take over.
I don’t know how we can combat any of this…but I do know it’s worth trying.
Remember that pesky scandal where it was revealed the NSA collects metadata on U.S. citizens? Remember how many people (from both sides of the aisle) blew it off as nothing we should worry about; that it was a vital part of our national security efforts?
Now we learn from the former head of the NSA that the United States uses metadata to decide who to kill. Not in the United States (yet), but definitely overseas.
This is disturbing enough. I thought we actually had, you know, SPIES and such operating throughout the world, intercepting communications, reading letters, etc. Now the NSA is revealing that we don’t actually bother to read what’s in the communications… we will actually kill someone just for communicating with other people.
What’s wrong with that? Some people will ask this question. Unfortunately, Republicans will be among them. There’s a lot wrong with this. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a HUGE problem with this. Want to eliminate someone you can’t get to? How about having a bunch of your Al Qaeda buddies to call him a bunch of times. Eventually the United States will classify him as a major terrorist based on his metadata and off him for you!
Another problem: metadata is “data about data”. Which means the United States is killing people not on evidence, but on “evidence about evidence”. I really hope that I don’t have to explain why this is concerning.
Most worrisome about this article, though, is this single statement by former NSA chief Michael Hayden regarding the domestic collection of metadata:
“It’s really important to understand the program in its entirety. Not the potentiality of the program, but how the program is actually conducted.” (emphasis added)
Hayden is asking us to NOT look at the potential of the program. This is a de facto admission that the potentiality of the program is something we would find “distasteful” to put it lightly. Furthermore, within the context of the overall article, I’d like to know exactly what Hayden means when he says “potentiality of the program.” You would think it is unlikely he means the government may start killing civilians on U.S. soil based on metadata, but who knows?
At the very least, we should be concerned about targeted political character assassinations, using metadata to poison someone’s reputation, or blackmail someone. But metadata could eventually become grounds for granting search warrants, which means search and seizure of private property based on evidence of evidence. Or for things like IRS audits. Metadata could easily become a tool in the government’s bag of bully tricks.
The potentiality of the program concerns the hell out of me. I hope it concerns you too.
At least Obama did something (after enormous pressure) and “officially” abandoned the program. Small consolation considering the potential for “unofficial” collection, and that private entities will maintain the metadata and the government will basically have access to that whenever they want.
The Commander in Chief of the world’s greatest military power seems hell bent on relinquishing that title. The latest on the chopping block are the Hellfire and Tomahawk missile programs. Obama seeks to cut all procurement of new Hellfire missiles from the Navy by 2015, and all new Tomahawks by 2016 — a seemingly inexplicable move considering Obama took so much credit for U.S. involvement in the Libya operation, which relied heavily on Tomahawk missiles.
This is just the latest in a long line of cuts to specific military programs which have occurred or will occur during Obama’s tenure. Now I’m not saying each and every cut was unwarranted, but here is what I know — when your budget has to be cut, you start by looking for way to cut spending with minimal impact to capabilities or quality of outcome.
I’ve worked in organizations funded by the government in the past. They are wasteful — there is no doubt about it. From the seemingly endless bureaucracy, to the fixed budgets that “HAVE to be spent,” the entire system has become a monolithic machine with the primary purpose of perpetuating its own existence. I remember computers and furniture being replaced well before it was necessary, simply because it was “a replacement year”. The old stuff taken to a warehouse and sold for pennies on the dollar.
So my beef isn’t with general cuts to the defense budget. I firmly believe that every single department of the U.S. government could find a way to cut at least 10% of its budget without firing a single person or diminishing the quality of the work or service provided.
I submit for your consideration Senator Coburn’s report on potentially over $60 billion in waste found at the DoD. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I needed to cut the defense budget I would start by rooting out waste and corruption! Then I would move on to other non-essentials, like parties and other perks. Then and only then would I start looking at specific programs.
But Obama and his ilk seem unconcerned with the billions of dollars disappearing in the bureaucratic ether. No doubt this is partly because exposing the waste will expose the very nature of massive bureaucracy, thereby severely weakening the “moral authority of modern big government” which progressives have been diligently creating for the last decade.
But I think something else is going on. Obama’s move to kill off the programs which allowed him to execute the Libya operation without U.S. troop involvement is very telling. Obama specifically seeks to diminish the United States’ ability to execute military operations. Hagel wants to cut the Army to levels not seen since before WWII. The administration has also killed or hamstrung the Air Force’s F35 joint strike fighter, the Navy’s next generation cruiser, and the Marine Corps’ next generation EFV.
Dinesh Dsouza essentially predicted this. He believes Obama is an anti-colonialist who sees the USA as somewhat of a bad guy on the world stage, and the U.S. military as the tool enabling the “bad actions”. Bathed in this light, Obama’s actions make sense.
If you haven’t seen him before, I introduce you to Michael Che. Saw him on one of my DVR’d episodes of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Personally, I think he was funnier than the host.
This is a great bit. The perfect kind of comedy. Sort of a-political, sort of libertarian, very cool. Very refreshing to see a black comedian address the out-of-hand political correctness and fake racism permeating our culture.
Back in 2008, following Obama’s less than compelling reaction on the campaign trail to Russia invading neighboring Georgia, Sarah Palin remarked that Ukraine could be next. The left attacked her, mocked her, called her comments “strange” and “far-fetched”.
Today, the scenario is very real. Russia’s puppet parliament just voted unanimously to approve military action against Ukraine. This after paramilitary forces, likely of Russian origin and backing, have already seized government buildings and airports within the Crimean region of Ukraine.
Which means, all those fawning, sycophantic, Obama-protecting liberals… all those self-righteous, self-described “experts” on foreign policy… all those talking heads on the television were WRONG.
Sarah Palin was right, folks.
I wonder which of those supposed experts has the guts to admit it.
Chris “thrill up my leg” Matthews recently pointed out that Democrats will consider 2014 a good election if they only lose five seats, but that they could potentially lose 10 seats.
If Matthews is bringing this up, you know it’s bad news for the Democrats. So let’s have a look at how 2014 is shaping up:
- In 2014, there are 21 Democrat races to only 14 Republican races
- Only one Republican race is in a 2012 blue state (Maine), while seven Democrat races are in 2012 red states
- Two of the Democrat races in 2012 blue states are open (no incumbent running)
- In 2010, Democrats lost three seats in blue states (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois), while only holding one seat in a red state (West Virginia). It’s worth noting that one seat was Joe Manchin, who some would certainly call Democrat-lite.
If the NAACP was ever actually an organization dedicated to the advancement of colored people, I am certainly too young to remember. Throughout my adult life it seems the NAACP is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the liberal/progressive political wing. If “colored people” happen to align with their politics, great. But anything not part of the official Democrat platform is ignored or outright opposed.
A great example of this last is the NAACP opposition to school choice laws, which have been shown as fairly successful for black children in many communities. You would think an organization supposedly dedicated to helping advance black people would actually want to help advance black children, but since Democrats oppose school choice, you would be wrong to assume so.
In the latest bit of whacky weirdness, the NAACP organized a march to protest voter ID laws. Prior to the march, they distributed a flyer with DOs and DON’Ts. One of the DOs? “Bring photo identification and keep it on you at all times”
In my present state of mind, I am beyond the point of feeling angry about this. The hypocrisy among political power players is so rampant, so obvious, so egregious that I just can’t help but laugh.
Maybe I am laughing the laugh of the damned.
Before the two best teams in the NFL squared off against one another, two political titans entered their own arena to do battle. Here are my five takeaways from the Obama / O’Reilly Super Bowl interview.
1. The entire Obama administration is technologically naive
O’Reilly pressed Obama on the botched Obamacare rollout. Obama repeated multiple times:
“I don’t think anybody anticipated the degree of problems”
Really? Nobody in the entire administration anticipated these problems? I find this incredibly difficult to believe. I work in the web industry. I develop web applications used by hundreds of thousands and even millions of people. I can tell you from personal experience that if my deadline was approaching and the product was not ready, I would be in regular communications with the client discussing crisis mode options.
CGI Federal has taken a lot of heat for the botched rollout. Some of that they deserve, no doubt. But I suspect the #1 problem was a terrible set of specifications delivered from the government. Poor specifications leads to poor product. I also suspect that the middlemen within the Administration did not possess enough tech knowledge to comprehend the extent of the disastrous rollout.
“[Nobody] anticipated the degree of problems.” Obama’s own words. I expected more from the supposedly “most tech-savvy administration in history.”
2. Holding people accountable is now officially meaningless
O’Reilly challenged Obama on Kathleen Sebelius’ continued employment. O’Reilly clearly believes she failed and she should go. I happen to agree. However, Obama’s reassures us:
I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable.
Okay, but what does this mean? Obama has told us before that he holds people accountable. Other than General Stanley McChrystal, who has Obama actually fired? Only a select few have even resigned.
In the Obama administration, you can oversee the Fast and Furious scandal, lie about the cause of the attack in Benghazi, lie to Congress about the government’s data-collection policies, and even botch the rollout of the President’s signature legislation and your job is secure. But dare to mock Joe Biden and you’re fired!
The following is a conversation with a welfare mother who called in to a radio show. If you haven’t heard it, you must listen. The woman describes how she can smoke marijuana, sit around doing nothing all day, and the checks come every month. Words cannot adequately describe, you must hear it for yourself.
UPDATE: A reader discovered a source saying this was false. Not exactly a hoax, but apparently the woman called back again and said she had been on welfare, but was off it, and was incensed others didn’t do the same. Also that she invented the original story to raise awareness. Now I am left wondering if the retraction is true, or merely the result of worrying that some government official would come after her now that she embarrassed the system. A person who has been on welfare and successfully gotten off it could surely come up with better ways to raise awareness for the PROS and CONS of welfare than by concocting a story which only highlights the CONS of the system.
If any body else finds more to this story, let me know.
Video after the jump because it auto-plays.