Creationist Sarah Palin and dinosaurs

This comedian’s video from the USA is called On Bush, Bible, Fossils, Evolution, and Reality.

From Laelaps blog in the USA:

Palin & dinosaurs

Over the past few weeks a number of visitors have made it to this blog by searching the web for information about Sarah Palin & dinosaurs. Previously there wasn’t much to say beyond a 2006 quote, but now new evidence has appeared that suggests that Palin indeed tried to get creationism into the classroom despite her public comments that she desired no such thing.

According to a little muckraking done by David Talbot for, Palin may very well be a young earth creationist who tried to sneak fundamentalist religion into public schools:

“Another valley activist, Philip Munger, says that Palin also helped push the evangelical drive to take over the Mat-Su Borough school board. “She wanted to get people who believed in creationism on the board,” said Munger, a music composer and teacher. “I bumped into her once after my band played at a graduation ceremony at the Assembly of God. I said, ‘Sarah, how can you believe in creationism — your father’s a science teacher.’ And she said, ‘We don’t have to agree on everything.’

“I pushed her on the earth’s creation, whether it was really less than 7,000 years old and whether dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she’d seen images somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them.””

While this is secondhand stuff, it is consistent with just about everything else we do know about Palin, and whether she believes humans and dinosaurs lived together in the last 10,000 has quickly become a running gag. Matt Damon has recently expressed concern about Palin’s YEC beliefs, and questions over Palin’s anti-science perspective have provided fodder for satire on Saturday Night Live, as well.

The scary thing is that there are many people in this country who probably see Palin’s belief in coconut-munching tyrannosaurs to be a good thing. We might all have a few laughs at her expense, but it is truly a frightening prospect that someone so dictated by fundamentalist religion might end up in the White House. For now, though, I will be very interested to see if the issue is breached in the upcoming VP debate, an event that may very well be a spectacle given the tenacity of both Biden & Palin.

Apparently, Sarah Palin does not know the difference between Fred Flintstone comics, with Dino as a “dog” in a “Stone Age” house; and science.

Like she also does not know the difference between war and peace.

See also this McCain-Palin-Flintstones cartoon.

Naomi Wolf on Palin: here.

Behind the creationism controversy at Britain’s Royal Society: here.

Watch the Christian Right Argue Over Whether the Earth Is Really 6,000 Years Old: here.

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  2. Posted by: “bigraccoon”

    Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:15 pm (PDT)

    Sarah Palin: Myth vs. Fact

    Sarah Palin’s credentials as a “reformer” are nothing but spin. She has continually sided with Big Oil, lobbied to increase pork spending, raised money for one of the nation’s most flagrant pork barrel abusers, and mismanaged public funds through her own neglect and ineptitude. Here’s a guide to separating myth from fact.

    THE MYTH: “She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay. And made a profit!” � John McCain, at a campaign stop in Wisconsin

    THE FACTS: No one bought the jet online. It was eventually sold through an aircraft broker � at a loss to taxpayers of nearly $600,000 – to one of her largest campaign contributors, who is reportedly now seeking $50,000 in taxpayer money to pay maintenance costs.

    THE MYTH: “I told the Congress ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.” � Sarah Palin, convention speech

    THE FACTS: Supported the infamous pork project in her 2006 run for governor, even after Congress had killed the bridge; derided its opponents as “spinmeisters.” Reversed her stance a year later � but kept the money, doling out the $223 million in federal funds to other pork projects throughout the state.

    THE MYTH: “We … championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.” � Sarah Palin, convention speech

    THE FACTS: As mayor, employed a lobbyist who also worked for Jack Abramoff to secure $27 million in pork spending for Wasilla � more than $4,000 per resident. In her two years as governor, requested $453 million in earmarks. Alaska ranks first in the nation for pork, raking in seven times the national average. Alaska ranks number one in federal spending per resident ($13,950) but sits at number eighteen in taxes paid per resident ($5434), meaning all of us taxpaying non-Alaskans spend $8500 per year on each and every resident of Palin’s model of “rugged self-sufficiency”.

    THE MYTH: “I found … someone who stopped government from wasting taxpayers’ money.” � John McCain, introducing Palin

    THE FACTS: Signature accomplishment as mayor: building a $15 million hockey arena that plunged the city (whose annual budget is just $20 million) into debt. She broke ground on the project without finalizing the city’s purchase of the land, with the resulting fiasco leading to years of litigation and forcing taxpayers to pay six times the original market price for the property the city ended up seizing from a private citizen using eminent domain. This cost Wasilla an additional $1.3 million � roughly $200 per resident. Palin funded the project by pushing a special referendum that raised the city sales tax by 25 percent. City hall records show the referendum was passed by just twenty votes.

    THE MYTH: “Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems � as if we didn’t know that already.” � Sarah Palin, convention speech

    THE FACTS: Apparently Ms. Palin did not know that just the month before: “I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can’t drill our way out of our problem.” � Sarah Palin, July 2008

    THE MYTH: “We began a nearly $40 billion natural-gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.” � Sarah Palin, convention speech

    THE FACTS: With federal approval years away, not a single section of the pipeline has been laid. State could end up paying the pipeline’s contractor $500 million � even if it never breaks ground on the project.

    THE MYTH: “She’s from a small town with small-town values.” � Fred Thompson, convention speech

    THE FACTS: Wasilla and the surrounding valley were recently named the “meth capital of Alaska”, with 42 meth labs busted in a single year. Charles Wohlforth, in a Frommer’s travel guidebook on Alaska, described Wasilla as “the worst kind of suburban sprawl of highway-fronting shopping malls and gravel lots.”

    THE MYTH: Palin has “taken on the political establishment in the largest state of the union.” � Fred Thompson, convention speech

    THE FACTS: Served until 2005 as director of fundraising group associated with indicted senator Ted Stevens. Citizens Against Government Waste is a frequent critic of Stevens’ affinity for pork and keeps a list of his projects. Ted Stevens has taken criticism for a wide variety of positions and actions taken in the Senate. He placed a secret hold on a bill that would allow easier accountability and research of all federal funding measures, and supported pork barrel projects such as the Gravina Island Bridge and the Knik Arm Bridge (collectively known as the “Bridges to Nowhere”). In December 2003, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Stevens had taken advantage of lax Senate rules to use his political influence to obtain a large amount of his personal wealth. According to the article, while Stevens was already a millionaire “thanks to investments with businessmen who received government contracts or other benefits with his help,” the lawmaker who is in charge of $800 billion a year, writes “preferences he wrote into law” that he benefits from. On July 29, 2008 Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of falsely reporting gifts. The charges relate to renovations to his home and to more than $250,000 worth of gifts he has allegedly received from VECO Corporation. The indictment followed a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for possible corruption based on his relationship with Bill Allen, an oil service company executive, who has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaskan legislators, including Stevens’ son, former State Senator Ben Stevens.

    THE MYTH: “She’s fought oil companies.” � John McCain, introducing Palin

    THE FACTS: Collected $13,000 in campaign contributions from oil and gas lobbyists, including Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron. BP was a major sponsor of her inaugural ball.

    THE MYTH: “She’s been to Kuwait. She’s been over there. She has been with her troops. The National Guard that she commands, who have been over there and had the experience.” � John McCain, highlighting Palin’s national-security credentials

    THE FACTS: Never had a passport before 2007, when she made a brief photo-op trip to visit her son’s batallion in Germany and Kuwait. Claimed to have visited Ireland, but this was a refueling stop and she never got off of the plane. Has never been to Iraq, and has not met a single foreign head of state.

    THE MYTH: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending.” � Sarah Palin, convention speech

    THE FACTS: As governor, sought travel reimbursement for 312 nights she spent in her own home!!!


  3. Posted by: “Zoltan Abraham”

    Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:19 am (PDT)

    Sarah Palin doesn’t blink. But, alas, no one can record her epic, heroic, anti-evil-doer stare, because the media have been banned from her presence. After not allowing her to give press conferences, and greatly limiting her public appearances, on Tuesday, the McCain campaign sought to shut out all media from Palin’s UN speed date with foreign heads of state (the first time she has ever met any, aside from glimpsing Putin from her porch, on his customary morning swim in the Bering Sea).

    Campell Brown of CNN is not pleased. She wants McCain to “free Sarah Palin.”

    Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell have a word or two to say on the matter also. Sudan and Syria like to shut out the press… But wait, didn’t McCain just do the same?

    The Iowa Democrats are distributing a new ad, showing the chilling parallels in how McCain and Bush see health care. Enjoy! And, oh yes, the ad uses the tune of the Odd Couple.

    In other news, a new ABC poll shows Obama pulling ahead by an encouraging margin – Obama 52, McCain 43. I’m sure that the “liberal media” will find a way to spin this against Obama…

    McCain – Palin
    Unstable – Unable
    Unfit to lead!


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