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Master's Degree holder, telecommuting from the hot tub, proud Darwinian Dawkobot, and pirate librarian belly-dancer bohemian secret agent scribe on a mission to rescue bloggers from the wholesome clutches of the pious backstabbing girl fridays of the world.

Friday, November 16, 2007

For He's a Fundy Good Fellow

The Discovery Institute, still stinging from its smackdown at PBS, has decided to bring on Michael Medved as a senior fellow. Yes, that Michael Medved.

SEATTLE — Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host and bestselling author, has joined the Discovery Institute in the role of senior fellow. The position cements a longstanding friendship and recognizes a commonality of values and projects across a spectrum of issues.

“Michael Medved is an intellectual entrepreneur, a political and cultural polymath with great insights, judgment and wit. We are delighted to have this new relationship with him,” said Discovery Institute president Bruce Chapman.

The DI's self-serving courting of the religious right is coupled with its ongoing, inexplicable denial of global warming, its utopianist praise of the Iraq war, and its dubious flirtation with HIV denialism. Even a regular commenter at Uncommon Descent objected to the inclusion of Medved:

I must admit, I find this news scary. This website already seems to have married itself to the global warming issue. If the discovery institute marries itself to Americanism, and to American conservativism, all reasonable issues, it will dilute the primary message of the institute. I ask that you please avoid having the Discovery Institute become the American Conservative Institute. If it does, I fear that the cause of Intelligent Design will suffer.

Another one quips:

I think ID needs more Christians, like BA77 and Denyse O’Leary, not Sasquatch believers.

Well, at least there's finally some debate along with all the bannings at Uncommon Descent!

(Shimmies to Pandas Thumb)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

DI should get a Golden Turkey for this.


November 16, 2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Full of balarney stuffing! ;-)

November 17, 2007 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think ban-happy Dave Scot is on vacation or something. Don't worry; any semblance of discussion at UD will cease once he gets back.

November 17, 2007 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commenter at Uncommon Descent wrote: I ask that you please avoid having the Discovery Institute become the American Conservative Institute.

What, the commenter didn't already know that the DI is a fundy creationist reconstructionist "think" tank? Commenter should get out a little more!

November 17, 2007 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's interesting that he dropped out of sight just about the time the Writers' Guild went on strike.

UD is just a big reality TV show in the making, to be called "Are You Smarter than a Box of Rocks?".

The Overwhelming Evidence supports the notion that creationists are not.

November 19, 2007 10:23 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I think DaveScot started a "Tremulous" blog for jilted losers refused sex by the "spinster" Amused Muse. That's what I think! :-D

The turned-down-for-marriage Legion apparently visited there to weep about my new lover - now that's a surprise. He's going to hold his breath for 22 years to see how long we lovebirds last. BWA HA HA!

GRO! Make love, not lore.

November 19, 2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

What, the commenter didn't already know that the DI is a fundy creationist reconstructionist "think" tank?

Doublethink is a requirement at UD, along with comments about women's roles/looks/marital status, though they certainly don't have a monopoly on it.

November 19, 2007 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think that "Tremulous" blog is downright SICK, Kristine. I won't even visit it. I saw enough. Deranged, obsessed idiot. It's good that you can laugh but it makes me wonder.

November 19, 2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Of course it's sick.

Don't worry about it. Thanks, dear.

November 19, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Thanks, Spirula.

I did, however, take GRO's "advice" and contact a psychiatrist (they have them at my school, you know) regarding his "get help" rant. I sent the psychiatrist his link and mine. Yeah, we'll see what a professional counselor has to say about me feeling, um, personally attacked by personal attacks ("How can you go back to school at 42? Enter a new relationship? Go on a trip? Blah, blah!"). How irrational. (Now I'm too "old" - but I thought I was "too young." Well, I'm one of the younger people in my graduate class, BTW. )

Yeah, excellent idea, George O'Connor.

November 19, 2007 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to drop the central-Asian act for a moment and ask if George O'Connor has joined the Discovery Institute? He's certainly puffs himself up like Dembski: "I received three Bachelor's degrees in three years!" What a waste, like Dembski's three Ph.Ds. I guess somebody didn't work his way through college like, you know, "the rest of us."

Kristine, is this winner your ex-boyfriend? I'm a little confused.

November 20, 2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

NO. He's not! No, no, no! My split with the ex was amicable.

Which makes it way weird how George, who I've never even met, is freaking out about it (and making assumptions about what happened). Holy shit, you touched on something there, Borat! And you really made me laugh. I needed that.

November 20, 2007 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Medved??? Until now, I had never heard of him. If he's a creationist, he's no intellectual, not by my reckoning.

I make no assumptions about the whys and wherefores of your split with your ex. I know none of the details, hence I am in no position to have any opinions about the situation. Some others of your Gentle Readers should adopt that wise course.

November 20, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

We have come full circle back to Janine's witty comment:

Golden Turkey Awards, by Michael Medved.

Michael Medved was, years ago, a leftist that I could never be, an angry, America-dissing radical who had a change of fart and became a conservative windbag. Gee, I think there's a message for someone here. Fanatics flip sides so easily.

The person who blats on a blog devoted to me, about how I'm a loser for going back to school, etc., and how I'm wrong about us not replacing petroleum with wind, should prove me wrong and affix their lips to the proper pipe and blow. He appears to be capable.

November 20, 2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger Paul Fraser said...

Excuse me! The Discovery Institute can bring Michael Medved as it's senior fellow. You have no intellectual argument to say they can't.

February 12, 2008 12:42 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Excuse me, they can bring Tim Eyman on board for all I care. Are you new to this? We're laughing, not protesting.

Loosen up.

February 12, 2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger Skepticality said...

Do people really still believe ANYTHING that the Discovery Institute spouts anymore? If they do... minus 130 to their IQ for just contemplating it to be true.

February 24, 2008 4:55 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Hey! It's called the "Discovery Institute!" It's where a bunch of discoverers make a whole bunch of discoveries! Right?


Haven't heard a peep out of Medved since. Must be all the golden tryptophan.

February 24, 2008 9:12 PM  
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