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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Bill Dembski, You Asked for This

All I want for Christmas is a toot under my petoot. Especially one this cute!

(Heartfelt, grateful shimmies to Red State Rabble!)

UPDATED: This is OT (that's not Old Testy-ment, Bill, sorry), but I received an A and a B for my first semester, and I'll take 'em!

UPDATED: More low-brow humor: a preacher uses the whoopie cushion to invoke the spirit of the continuity man. (Note: the *farts* are not what's coming out of his mouth. Yes, that reeks, too.) "I smell heaven's bakery cookin' up something good for you, sister!"

Don't like my childish humor? Well, watch this in all seriousness, then. And this one, too.

UPDATED: William Dembski! Would you fix that broken link on the bottom of your page! I e-mailed you about that weeks ago! Ahhhhh, it's like a hang-nail! It's driving me nuts!
;-)
It is driving me nuts, though.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Corporal Kate said...

You're a riot, Kristine.

I gotta tell SleepyBelle to stop by when she gets up to see this.

Low brow? US?

hehe

Kisses

December 20, 2006 5:54 AM  
Anonymous Corporal Kate said...

And congrats on the grades!

W00T!

December 20, 2006 5:56 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Low-brow? Us?

Yeah, I love low-brow humor, actually. I didn’t object to the farts in Dembski’s animation per se, but to the flogging of a dead court case, and the ongoing crucifixion of Judge Jones. It’s morbid. It creeps me out that Dembski can’t see the crappy showing that Behe made on the stand or the arguments of the judge. The animation seemed really angry and then Dembski goes off and quotes the OT—yuck! I hate the OT! You can throw the whole thing out as far as I’m concerned, and that includes the overrated Song of Solomon.

Poor, bedeviled, cute little prudish preacher. Why is he the way he is? (He reminds me of my ex-boyfriend, BTW.) Sometimes he really makes me laugh, and then I respect him a little for being a clever carny selling snake oil, and other times, I think, Sheesh, he’s really bought into this stuff! If he wants to hitch his star to a wagon about to go over a cliff that’s his problem, but I do think it’s too bad. It’s just so obvious that intelligent design is going down. I don’t care so much except that people waste their lives on it and get their hopes up.

But I’ll enjoy a little Schadenfreude watching Denyse go over the cliff. I really can’t stand her. The rest of them I have a sneaking affection for.

And congrats on the grades!
Thanks!

December 20, 2006 9:42 AM  
Anonymous AJ Milne said...

Sometimes he really makes me laugh, and then I respect him a little for being a clever carny selling snake oil, and other times, I think, Sheesh, he’s really bought into this stuff! If he wants to hitch his star to a wagon about to go over a cliff that’s his problem, but I do think it’s too bad.

Funny. I find myself thinking something a little like that...

It's not exactly sympathy so much as a sort of pity... Much the same discomfiture I feel when I see a B-list or C-list celebrity of doubtful talent long out of the 15 minutes hype once bought them still trying to trade on their fading name in questionable venues and ventures...

Find myself wanting to gently say to them: 'ask yourself: do you need the measly stipend from this painful clutching at imagined lost grandeur more, the fading tatters of your fervent delusion that you're still (or ever were) in any way relevant, here... or, maybe, would you like rather to hang on to a little self respect, and, as gracefully as is possible under the circumstances, slip from the scene and into the quiet obscurity of a private life?'

Yep. It's a 'Hollywood Squares' moment, in its own little way.

December 20, 2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I admit to being somewhat a sucker for the proponents of lost causes. This is almost tragic, except with creationism it's always tragio-comedic, something my theatre professors said was impossible. ("You can't combine tragedy and comedy.")

Now read this post by Dembski and ask yourself if he isn't describing himself! (Unfortunately, I don't think he intends to--he means what he says!)

December 20, 2006 12:36 PM  
Anonymous AJ Milne said...

Now read this post by Dembski and ask yourself if he isn't describing himself!

Oh. My.

A little projection, there, just maybe...

Sorta the same way there's maybe a little coffee in Brazil.

...tragio-comedic, something my theatre professors said was impossible...

My view of that is I really think we've heard enough of Aristotle, already.

... insofar as the only sense in which that's true is that the classically defined forms of tragedy and comedy are incompatible... and only insofar as they prescribe plot outlines which are difficult to mix. But treating those definitions as the last word on the subject cuts off discussion at the knees and fails utterly to capture the very real variety in the stories we tell (in theatre, cinema, written fiction, and so on)... A black comedy may have as its subject neither the rise of a plucky hero nor the downfall of a basically good protagonist, so much as rueful commentary on common misfortunes its audience will know too well...

The only dodge then to save the classical categories is to say, perhaps, it is neither tragedy nor comedy, or to arbitrarily call it a tragedy--tho', oddly, it is one we are meant to laugh at...

The more important thing, I'd say, is that the tragedy and comedy (in less formal senses) are actually very nearly inseparable. It is more the exception than the rule to have one entirely without the other.

... anyway. I do go on, don't I? But yeah, tragicomic does fit, here.

December 20, 2006 1:31 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

My view of that is I really think we've heard enough of Aristotle, already.

LOL! Thank you!

The surrealists rebelled against the Artistotian idea, incidentally, by employing black humor (or as I like to term it in the case of Robert Desnos, "gallows optimism").

December 20, 2006 2:24 PM  

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