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Factored in the...never mind

by chris at 01:28 AM on December 26, 2005

Annabelle Chong is a porn star who cuts herself to know that she still feels. Self realization through self mutilation has become a modern way of life for many Americans. It's true for me as well. At least that's how I feel when I watch Bill O'Reilly. It feels like a form of intellectual self mutilation. I don't know why I do it, but sometimes I have to turn on the TV just to remind myself what it feels like not to think.

An episode of the Bill O'Reilly show this week had him branding a judge with the labels "anti-religious" and "activist" for ruling that intelligent design (ID) should not be taught in science classes. So by Bill's own admission, ID is a religious concept, and the position that one ought not teach religion in science class makes one anti-religious, as well as someone who takes vigorous agenda-based action against the status quo. I notice he's fond of labels. They sound authoritative and have a way of carrying information without having to be explained or justified. He used the term "secular progressives" to refer to those who agreed with the judge, and to describe a general movement in our society that he appears to have a problem with.

I'm always amazed to see a term used as an implied insult, when I would otherwise have thought that it referred to something good. Progress and freedom are good things, right? How then to explain the implied slander behind being called progressive or liberal?

So Bill doesn't like secular progressives. Shall we refer to him and the people who agree with him as religious regressives? In supporting a position that the state should be able to teach religious dogmatic explanations of the origin of the universe as science in public schools, and deriding those who disagree as activists with an agenda, he begins to sound like some of the governments we're fighting to "liberate" in the middle East. I know the moniker is already taken by that young, repentant, misguided kid from Marin, but maybe we should start referring to Bill O'Reilly as the "American Taliban".

In defense of his position on ID he had a lawyer on the show who described evolution and intelligent design as both "just theories", and that the origin of life happened so long ago that nobody really knows what happened. The idea was that since nobody was there, both theories are equally valid, and the secular progressive bullies are just scheming to beat up on the poor religious folks who simply want to bring a little God into the public schools. Never mind the idea that evolution has a place in science class as a theory because it actually is a theory, a valid result of the scientific method, and supported by evidence. Whereas ID is barely a hypothesis, which makes no testable predictions, doesn't actually explain anything, and as such falls completely outside of the scientific method.

So neither Bill, nor his highly qualified, highly educated lawyer friend appear to know anything about science. Instead of shedding light on the debate, he just makes it worse through his ignorance and generalization. No scientist I know is against discussing intelligent design in public school. Maybe it would be good in a discussion of comparative religion, history, or philosophy. However it's only role in science class would be to teach what science is not.

In another segment he complained that 12 articles in major newspapers devoted to the movie Brokeback Mountain was evidence of a political conspiracy to carry out a homosexual agenda to normalize a deviant lifestyle.

When a movie tells a compelling story that sheds light on the human condition in a way that most people hadn't considered, I'm not at all surprised that it gets attention. Yet to Bill O'Reilly, it's not a human interest thing, it's a political conspiracy thing. Who's spinning now?

No, I don't understand the attraction to O'Reilly. He doesn't make things better, he mangles the issues. He just wants to get that wine into you so he can use his sloppy soapie loofa. Wines and loofa. That's the real O'Reilly factor.

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I have a radio at work. It only pix up 1 station. It the afternoon I must choose between silence and O'Reilly. Day after day I hear him railing about the war on Christmas, secular progressives' insidious plot to destroy that which never existed outside a sappy Norman Rockwell painting or a Leave it to Beaver episode and advocates of drive-thru abortions.

My blood pressure has boiled to a point where a heart attack is only a matter of time. My only consolation is that he is liable to have a coronary before me.

by anna at December 26, 2005 9:19 AM


Maybe you'll get real lucky and you'll both get a coronary the same day. Serindipity baby!!!!

by Long Time Lurker at December 26, 2005 11:03 AM


Maybe you'll get real lucky and you'll both get a coronary the same day. Serindipity baby!!!!

by Long Time Lurker at December 26, 2005 11:06 AM


Maybe you'll get real lucky and you'll both get a coronary the same day. Serindipity baby!!!!

by Long Time Lurker at December 26, 2005 11:08 AM


Maybe you'll get real lucky and you'll both get a coronary the same day. Serindipity baby!!!!

by Long Time Lurker at December 26, 2005 11:09 AM


I repeat myself when under stress.

by Long Time Lurker at December 26, 2005 7:33 PM


Bill O'Reilly is the world's biggest troll. He's a crybaby and an intellectual coward, and knows even less about civil discussion than Rush. Maybe if we stop feeding him he'll go away.

by Adam at December 27, 2005 2:13 PM


Annabelle Chong has made a pornographic work or two, but actually people in the pornography industry disapprove of them. She is extreme, even by their standards. I didn't know that she cuts herself also.

by jean at December 27, 2005 4:54 PM


...Billy O Reilly...

....more borrowed money... more borrowed time...

...Chris, your portrait is nice...
...yet your thoughts seem incongruous... waiting for that spark that sets you off into a ABRAMS TANK... CRUSHING WITH THREADS OF EXISTENTIALISM... Everything you RANT against and Everything you SUPPORT.....

...JOIN ME

by LOCKHEED at December 27, 2005 7:48 PM


If you haven't noticed, I have some conservative leanings, but when I look at O'Reilly all I see is the kind of one-dimensional rhetoric that is the bane of all rational conversation. Bill O'Reilly is easily the most awful person on the face of the planet. Pretentious, and either a huge liar, a great actor, or a dunce of the most highest degree.

by mg at December 27, 2005 10:53 PM


"______ is easily the most awful person on the face of the planet. Pretentious, and either a huge liar, a great actor or a dunce of the most highest degree." Clean up the syntax a little and you've got your all-purpose ultimate insult. Give Bill an Emeril.

by anna at December 30, 2005 9:48 AM



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