1. #1 Joshua Zelinsky
    August 22, 2008

    I’m really hoping that there’s some editing going on there. The way it looks now, Pryor thinks that his religious beliefs about the age of the earth are in fact generally held by dumber people.

  2. #2 Jon
    August 22, 2008

    His facial expression at the end is hilarious. Assuming no clever editing, of course.

  3. #3 BJN
    August 22, 2008

    And you don’t have to believe what you say you believe, you just have to persuade the folks who vote based on beliefs that you think like they do.

    Mahr’s indignation is funny, but I don’t think he really has much understanding of science in general or evolution in particular. It’s pretty easy to whip out his talking snake, but he often goes off about non-organic foods in a way that resembles the faith-based stupidity he so despises. Oh, and Mahr was a big Iraq war hawk before he discovered (surprise!) the WMDs etc. were bullshit.

  4. #4 Joshua Zelinsky
    August 22, 2008

    RJN, you are write about Mahr accepting a lot of left-wing anti-science nonsense. But I think you should be more fair to him about Iraq. A lot of people were wrong about Iraq and Mahr admits he was wrong. (I have a particularly sympathy here because I was very in favor of the war initially and obviously now was very wrong).

  5. #5 chet snicker
    August 22, 2008

    You don’t have to pass an IQ test to be in the senate


    i certainly hope not! such a bar would be racially prejudicial….

    yours truly,
    c.v. snicker

  6. #6 JanieBelle
    August 22, 2008

    Shades of Ray Mummert.

  7. #7 GrayGaffer
    August 22, 2008

    Actually Pryor looks like he thinks he is scoring a point but in fact he is merely highlighting his own miserable IQ. He is also conceding that it takes a low IQ to believe in a talking snake. I do not have a clue as to why he thinks this is a good thing.

  8. #8 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 22, 2008

    No, you don’t need to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate. In fact, it would be an elitist bunch if they could pass an IQ test.

    Wait, it just occurred to me. Is their a “pass/fail” on IQ tests? From my limited sample, IQ tests are gradients to measure against a pool of participants. How do you fail an IQ test? And is Pryor the only one to do so?

    Hunh. New information he probably didn’t want to leak.

  9. #9 dreikin
    August 22, 2008

    Perhaps they should just have to pass whatever achievement tests are standard for their state/district?

    (Here, FCAT, CTBS, Florida Writes..)

    Maybe even a college achievement test? (SAT, ACT, CLAST even..)

    Nah. They like their jobs..

    (Though actually, a lot of them are [former] lawyers, so the tests shouldn’t pose a problem for them. Supposedly.)

  10. #10 greg laden
    August 23, 2008

    What is really scary is that most of these guys have passed the lsat. Go figure.

    And yes, IQ tests are all pass fail. You either ring a bell or not. If you have a score any where along a wide range, you are ignored . If the score is exceptional (high or low) you win … meaning, you get to take another test. So it is kind of like pass fail.

  11. #11 Escuerd
    August 23, 2008

    That strongly has the feel of an editing trick to me. While I agree that the senator’s comment was pertinent to that part of the discussion, I doubt that’s exactly the way the conversation went.