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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Win Ben Stein's Funneh

"I'm With the Banned - The Movie"

Just an idea.

Lots'o'Thoughts analyzes the many errors in Ben Stein's upcoming film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed":

The text reads:
"ESPITE [sp] A STELLAR RESEARCH RECORD, Iowa state university professor Guillermo Gonzalez is being forced out of his job for the expression - outside the classroom - of an inconvenient personal belief"

"No intelligence allowed" is a nice tagline for a film that can't even spell the word "despite." However, there are many, many things wrong with this.First of all, Gonzalez was never "forced out" of anything at all, whatsoever. Rather, he was denied tenure when he first applied at the University of Iowa.

Second, Gonzalez did not have the "stellar research record" the Discovery Institute and Ben Stein seem to think he did. At least not in a pattern that warrants a grant of tenure.

I agree about the spelling - but not about the solution. They just need to remove the preceding "E."

The Austringer also nets a big, inconvenient fact:

The paranoia-fest that is Ben Stein’s new movie project, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”, has opened the doors to the public to contribute tales of “Darwinist” censorship of “intelligent design”.

Now, they apparently are screening entries, but one has popped up that got past their own flappers.

Expelled from Uncommon Descent recounts “ReligionProf”’s expulsion from William Dembski and Denyse O’Leary’s weblog:

Today I was expelled from the Uncommon Descent blog. All I was trying to do was talk about intelligent design in an intelligent way. I’m a Christian and a religion professor. Can you believe the sort of censorship this site is engaging in?

Um, yes.

Shimmies to Wesley Elsberry and Lots'o'Thoughts.

UPDATED: Ben Stein gives bad financial advice on Fox News, and now the You Tube video of the same exchange has comments disabled so that people can't point out how wrong Ben Stein was (stocks tanked, Euro went gangbusters). Yeah, that's real freedom of speech, all right, Ben. Facts, expelled! I guess all you unbelievers just shouldn't buy financial stocks the next time Ben Stein tells you to, because we are living in a material world.

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Anonymous missouri said...

I must confess that I've never had the guts (unlike you) to comment at Uncomment Descent - their thinking is so fundamentally flawed that I don't see the point. I see you got reamed there, too.

November 25, 2007 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BEN STEIN has been an ASSHOLE for a very long time!!!

November 25, 2007 9:05 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

*Snork* Missouri, why didn't I think of the moniker "Uncomment Descent"? That's brilliant! Bwahahaha!

Well, Anon, here's Ben Stein getting egg on his puss regarding his predictions for the stock market. I think he lost a lot of his own money after that. I hope he doesn't stop crying again. And I had no idea that William "The Fridge" Perry couldn't count. Apparently, neither did he.

November 25, 2007 9:34 PM  
Blogger Samuel Brainsample said...

He's also fond of comparing those he doesn't like (including "Darwinists") to Nazis. When Larry Craig was arrested in an airport bathroom, Stein quickly compared the arresting officer to a Nazi stormtrooper, saying, "Gestapo, Gestapo, Gestapo. It's not America."

November 25, 2007 11:31 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, holy crap. This guy is starting the sound like a major drama queen!

November 26, 2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger Samuel Brainsample said...

Also, Stein sees a psychiatrist to deal with his "fear of losing." Or at least he did so in 1999 (see the above-linked Time article). Perhaps this can help explain why he likens his critics to goose-stepping Nazis who just want to persecute him and take away his free speech.

November 26, 2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I wonder if he cries in his own film.

November 26, 2007 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He thinks of all the money he "lost" in 'Win Ben Stein's Money'. He tears up every time.


November 26, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yeah. Smoke of another fire there.

I wonder if he'd cry if all his little ID minions got so enthusiastic that they recorded this film on their cells phones and minicams, and passed it around the internet so that he doesn't make enough royalties.

I wonder if he (like Napster) would sue his own audience. Then cry.

The thuoght makes me chuckle.

November 26, 2007 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Foggg said...

Has no one yet mentioned Stein's current piece of trash: VH1’s “America’s Most Smartest Model”?

November 26, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

That's because I was completely ignorant of that one, foggg.

Bad linky - here. Ugh.

Take a look at Ben Stein's books. :P

November 26, 2007 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I avoid VH1 as if it was the plague. It is where D-list celebrities go to die. So I guess it is the ideal place for Ben Stein.


November 26, 2007 4:52 PM  
Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitur said...

Ben Stein is about as enigmatic as William Buckley. A mystery wrapped in a inquiry dipped in a conundrum syrup.

Dan Akroyd is a UFO nut and then there is the list of Scientomogists. Aren't there any normal people in the arts? lol

November 27, 2007 10:18 AM  
Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitur said...

Oh I forgot - Godwins Law alert!

November 27, 2007 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev, I am sure there are. They are the boring ones that the celebrity media passes on.


November 27, 2007 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Banned by Jack Krebs 22 Times said...

Since when do atheists have a problem with censorhip?

November 27, 2007 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, Ben Stein is just a blip in the radar. I didn't even know he was the "clear eyes" pitchman. As that, he is mildly amusing, but not at all slap-your-knee, bust-your-gut guffawingly so. I had little clue that so many people dislike him.

November 27, 2007 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that this will have any meaning for you, Shitlgruber but censorship is not an "atheist" issue but a power issue.

Ah, but you you are bringing up a non issue. There is no censorship in this discussion.

Ah, but wait again, going by the name you are using, you are making the claim that you are being censored over and over again. That is not the case though. You can spread your droppings where you want. But posting online is kind of like meeting people on the street. Sane people will just walk away from you or if they recognize you,
will cross the street to avoid you. Is that censorship? No, that is avoiding a malicious and stupid person.

And you are too stupid to understand this. And you so want to believe that you are a martyr. But the truth is this, we all laugh at you until the very short time that we just want to get away from you.

But you will keep yourself from understand my message to you.

HA-HA! Laugh at the troll.


November 27, 2007 1:31 PM  
Blogger Spirula said...

Since when do atheists have a problem with censorhip?

That reminds me, we Atheists are having a book burning, DVD burning and, for you old-timers, a record burning party this weekend. It's time to commemorate our history of burning shit-we-don't-like.

Be sure to show up, but be sure to shut-up too.

Oh's the christians and muslims that have that history.


November 27, 2007 3:49 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Well, there's a conundrum. Someone I've banned comments and is on topic for once, and not obscene or abusive. Well, well.

I suspect somebody else I've banned, someone you tangled with at Rev. Chimpy's blog, Legion, has also commented here. Well, I guess that just shows what a complicated issue censorship is, doesn't it, that I would ban another atheist?

As a matter of fact, I have a big-ass problem with censorship. This issue, in relation to an atheist publication, has occupied a good part of my weekend, believe it or not, and I came down on the side of free speech. Why do you think blog mod is off again, which allowed you to comment at all?

One thing I do not agree with is playing nice and couching atheism in inoffensive language in order to trick theists into becoming atheists. I think that insults believers' intelligence. Let's just lay it out there.

I wish Bill Dembski and Ben Stein were as honest toward theists, but they're not.

So go over to Uncommon Descent, Legion, and try commenting there. Comments are closed, if you'll notice. At least I let you back.

This time.

Now buzz off before you start swearing and talking about Hitler.

November 27, 2007 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ye who bans legitimate argument has no platform to criticize the redoubtable Prof. Stein. Stein lives in Beverly Hills and is married (twice to the same woman) to an entertainment lawyer and is selling his services (Jewish though he is) to the goyim for Intelligent Design BS. Sounds like a great gig. He makes more off of the IDiots than YOU DO.

Having fun in the map room oh one recently of new relationship?

November 27, 2007 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings oh anti-semitic dumbass. So you are saying that Ben Stein is willing to get paid while not believing in the swill. And you belittle us for standing on principle?

And also, all knowing dumdass, what legitimate argument has been banned?

Pathetic troll.


November 28, 2007 12:42 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yes, as a matter of fact, I have been having a lot of fun in the map library. For one thing, they don't have a preservation plan, so in addition to completing an assignment, I am actually doing some original research that they could use. Every researcher longs for that. In addition, they have neato Skylab maps on fiche. You remember Skylab, right, child?

Several people flipped out online when HZ and I decided to amicably part ways, and I chose someone who was not them. I had no idea you were one of them. I'm flattered.

It seems that love has also blossomed between GRO and you over at Tremulous Neurosis. So I guess I can only say, good luck, best wishes, and I've gone the hotel room route, too.

Bye, now!

November 28, 2007 8:49 AM  
Anonymous missouri said...

Having fun in the map room oh one recently of new relationship?

Jealous much, oh ye of no relationship?

Just as I said. Sick.

November 28, 2007 9:05 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Just read what I said in my post about correcting the spelling of ESPITE, Missouri.

Married twice to the same woman? Only a lawyer.

It seems I may have mistaken GRO for Legion (unless GRO has been Legion all along? Now there's a thought). Well, it's not, "The first thing we do, let's kiss all the lawyers," I hate to break it to ya. You're beginning to sound like the man who stalked me for three years. Now goodbye, sick ass.

November 28, 2007 10:07 AM  
Anonymous missouri said...

It worked. :)

BTW, what's so neato about Skylab's photos? Did it snap photos back in time, pangeia, or something? :D

November 28, 2007 5:36 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

You silly man. (You are a dude, right? I just realized I always assumed you were but I don't know.)

It took pictures of the earth and, while we kids slept and dreamt of space, it mapped our dreams. ;-)

November 28, 2007 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what about all the people up at the time the pictures were taken? And would not the pictures of space be different when a different group of people are asleep?


November 28, 2007 11:51 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

But what about all the people up at the time the pictures were taken?

Gosh, I don't know. I guess it would depend if they were airheads or not. :-D

And would not the pictures of space be different when a different group of people are asleep?

I think you're on to something there. Who was it who said, "Freudians have Freudian dreams, Jungians have Jungian dreams, and so forth"? I wonder what kind of maps the dreams of Borat would produce, for example. ;-)

November 29, 2007 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

November 29, 2007 11:01 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Legion or not, I reiterate that all comments here still go into my e-mail where they are saved.

I wouldn't be surprised if GRO is banned at a couple more blogs after this last aria.

Thank you to those of you who contacted me personally to give me support and express your concern and outrage as a result of his behavior here.

November 30, 2007 8:46 AM  
Anonymous borat said...

I Laika Ike. :)

November 30, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

That’s pretty clever, Borat! Although if you turn “Laika” into a verb, that’s not a very nice thing to say about an ex-President!

I like Van Eyck. ;-)

November 30, 2007 9:02 AM  

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