"Once religion takes hold in a society it can't be stopped." So says President G W Bush in an interview with Bob Costas at the Beijing Olympics. Let's all hope that such is not the case.
You can find the video here. The section in question is about 3:15 in. There are plenty of other moments to make you cringe as well.
Change "can't be stopped" to "damn hard to stop" and he may be right. The Chinese need to start translating Pharyngula and letting it through the firewall.
I liked the part when GW said America doesn't have any problems. And then talked about our values.
Bush says that like it's a good thing.
Reminds me of that old Simpsons where Bart and Martin both run for class President. The scene pans from Martin placing a smear ad that says "A Vote for Bart is a Vote for Anarchy." to Bart placing his own ad that says "A Vote for Bart is a Vote for Anarchy!"
Really? Can't be stopped? Someone had better phone Europe, then, and tell them they're all still fervently-devoted Catholics despite the last few centuries of progressive humanism.
I think what Duyh-bya meant is that in a nation full of ignorant shitbrains, religion can't be stopped.
The quote by fan-in-chief made me cringe more intensely last night on Costas than did the sight of W at the opening ceremony slumping and sprawling in his seat, opera glasses dangling, while glancing with boredom at his (Mickey Mouse?) wristwatch.
When W chats with Putin in Beijing, does he still think that Putin is someone with whom he can work, having looked into his eyes and seen "his soul" as opposed the the letters KGB? And has someone explained the W that the Georgia being bombed and invaded is not the one from which came Jimmy Carter?
I think we (Europeans) shipped all our most vehement Christians over the Atlantic. Whether that was a good thing in the long run is open to debate. Good for the local situation, but it would have been nice if they could have gone to somewhere a bit less globally influential, like New Zealand. Or the Falklands.
Poor old Two Ewes (read "double u") just can't give it up. Perhaps he worries that he might relapse.
The SCARY thing is that some of my fellow citizens consider him a leader. He is not. He is a follower. Following a trail of mistakes made over and over for a very long time. The greatest mistake is to imagine that force can guarantee security. Experience shows that security is better served by cleverness, attention to detail and honesty. But, hey! A jillion despots can't be wrong.
And a media that tries to seriously debate such a notion? And does it in terms of the mood of the electorate!? AAaaaarghhh!
Lately I find that I just cannot listen to the man or even read his words. Now, he might be a helluva guy to spend a day fishing with, or riding out to check the herd, but I wouldn't follow Two Ewes to the corner store.
I'm almost sure that this doesn't make me unpatriotic, but I wonder. What if somebody else thought it did?