The Tea Party and the Mad Hatter

November 5, 2010 at 11:00 am 4 comments

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Is it just me or are our American cousins across the Pond losing the plot a little? A little more than usual I should say?

I am not sure that I understand all of this Tea Party stuff. It seems to me to be related more to Alice in Wonderland than revolutionary events in 1773.

Now I get the appeal for hitting the banks for their role in the credit crunch, calls for smaller government, lower taxation, and, reducing spending. But, it seems to have become the home for every extremist and mad-cap idea going. And, in America, there are a lot of those! It is unfortunate that the racist, anti-Muslim,  homophobic and global warming sceptic fringe (at least I hope it is just a fringe) is doing its damnedest to get involved. The Tea Party claims to represent middle America while a poll in April this year  showed that only 7%  of party goers apparently supported Obama, compared with 50% of the general population.

As well as the Gadsden Flag, the movement seems to have elected Sarah Palin as its unofficial symbol. Oh, come on. The non-thinking man’s milf! If she is the brightest and best of the best of America, then God help us all!

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  • 1. wingnut  |  November 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Seeing these people in interviews is quite frankly frightening. If you haven’t seen her ridiculous interview you can find it here:

    To think that she is now in the senate and thinks that if evolution is true you should be able to see monkeys evolve before your eyes!

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    • 2. Middle Man  |  November 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

      Hi Wingnut (I so love calling you that without getting grief from yours or mine!),

      To be fair, that whole evolutionary thing can be a bit perplexing to those of us that didn’t do science beyond o-level. Now, I understand it moves slowly – hence your point. But why don’t we see species at the various points in the evolutionary chain – why aren’t there Neanderthals roaming about at the same time as monkeys and homo sapiens (not counting Smithy of course!)?

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      • 3. wingnut  |  November 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

        unfortunately I cannot comment on anthropologic evolution but there is a famous case of moths in england in the industrial revolution which were both white and black. due to all the soot from mills, trains etc the white moths were more obvious to predators and their numbers declined. An excellent example of natural selection.

        Rocks can also be dated by the evolution of the same species. Graptolites are a good example!

        Why are homo sapiens much taller now than even a few hundred years ago?

        the other factor are the things that drive evolution. Crocodiles and shark are almost exactly the same as they were 150 million years ago maybe because they are such perfectly evolved predators and are at the top of the food chain so do not need to adapt.

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  • 4. Barbara O'Brien  |  November 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Middle Man,

    I just have a quick question for you but couldn’t find an email so had to resort to this. I am a progressive blogger on senior issues. Please email me back at barbaraobrien@maacenter.org when you get a chance. Thanks.

    Barbara

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