My favorite intellectual sinkhole is complaining about Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of education, Arne Duncan. Duncan has spent the past seven years as the CEO of Chicago Public Schools and has what most view as a mixed track record–nothing abysmal for someone facing the challenges posed by a huge, urbanized school system. But Gribbit spits up this line:
His vision? Widespread poverty and ignorance.
Gribbit does not, of course, cite where Duncan claims to value poverty and ignorance. This is because Gribbit, in no position to judge whether an educational system has failed or not, is making things up as he goes, as per his custom.
But the most telling part of his post is this:
My beef however has less to do with Barry’s choice than the lack of a backlash from those who thought it prudent to criticize President George W. Bush’s selections.
And there it is. Gribbit, like too many wingmen, is more concerned with the nature of the fighting between Dems and Repubs than with how efficiently the nation actually operates or how prosperous it is. These assholes would rather have their pound of flesh and have their pointless squawking validated than see America grow. They are dangerous with a ballot in hand, no less so than Yosemite Sam with one finger in a wall socket and five others shoving a pipeload of crystal meth into the hole under that bright red mustache.
9:29 p.m. EST UPDATE: Not until after I posted this did I see that Gribbit has posted a hagiography of me and of ScienceBlogs in general:
The lefty blogosphere is ripe with turds who couldn’t find a coherent thought with a seeing eye dog and a flashlight. But there seems to be a couple who are obsessed with what I write. I should be flattered I guess, but I’m not. I’m not even annoyed by the turds. I don’t find them entertaining nor do I find them anything resembling intelligent in spite of their efforts to come across as educated. One writes a diary in the misleadingly named Science Blogs collection of hate pages. I call him Kevin the Chimp because he names his hate page Dr. Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge. One of those evolution is settled science types who can’t remember that it is only a theory. And one that is full of holes that they call missing links.
Science Blogs I call misleadingly named because I can’t for the life of me understand where the science is. The main site states that it is “the world’s largest conversation about science” in spite of the lack of evidence supporting the claim. But what you can find is no shortage of “blogs” which cherry pick Conservative sites and attempt to label the writer as a loon by using distortions and conjecture. But hey, that’s just science right?
In his last reference to my blog, and me personally might I add, Kevin the Chimp insinuated that I didn’t know that King Barry I hasn’t assumed the power of the Presidency yet. On the contrary Mr Chimp, it is Barry that hasn’t learned that just because he was elected on November 4, 2008 that he doesn’t begin his “rule” until January 20, 2009 at 12 noon.
What I did find at Science Blogs was a prideful announcement about the site’s stats. The site hosts 73 “blogs”, has over 86,000 posts, and 1,161,000+ comments from “yes men” who, like the authors of the pages couldn’t find a coherent thought even if they hired a guide to point them out. But no science.
Nope, no science at all! And sure, Gribbit is so “not even annoyed” that he’s constantly trying to ban me and others from reading his site. In addition, he fails to provide specific examples of “distortions and conjecture” I’ve employed in my criticism of him, so I hope he details these as well; as things stand now, all Gribbit has done is call me an uppity liberal without saying why he thinks this is so. The closest he comes to making a topical claim is asserting that there are holes in the theory of evolution and that it has “missing links”; I invite Gribbit to expand on these–after all, he claims in the latter part of this post (not quoted) that a formal education is essentially a drawback and the lack of one an asset, so I expect that as someone with no post-secondary education Gribbit can and will intelligently defend what he’s written here.