Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Bush Endorses Teaching `Intelligent Design' Theory in Schools

The current president thinks evolution is only one theory that should be taught:

"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Bush said. " You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes."

OK, now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about something else in the same article. (As many readers know, my real passion is not evolution but sports.) Keep reading and you see that the president -- who in the past has insisted that steroid users must be banished from sports -- now says that Rafael Palmeiro should be believed when he said he never used steroids, despite a positive steroid test to the contrary:

"Rafael Palmeiro is a friend. He testified in public and I believe him," Bush said, referring to Palmeiro's denials under oath to a congressional committee on March 17. "He's the kind of person that's going to stand up in front of the klieg lights and say he didn't use steroids, and I believe him. Still do."

And here's what infuriates me about the mainstream media. I've read and heard Bush's quote a dozen times already, but no one has bothered to point out that Palmeiro and his homemaker wife donated $8,000 to Bush's 2004 campaign. That's a very important part of the story: Why aren't reporters asking him whether he's going to send back the eight grand? It was given to him by a steroid-fueled player. Doesn't that taint the donation?


At 8:29 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

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At 8:30 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

So do you think that the reason Palmeiro had to start taking Viagra was because the 'roids he was taking made him impotent? Seriously though, do you know how common it is for professional athletes to donate to political campaigns? I didn't really think about it during the steroid hearings, but if Congress and the President are going to continue to stick their noses into this issue, there is a definite chance for some conflicts of interest.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Excellent point about the campaign contribution, MDS...I never knew that nor have I heard it in the media. In fact, I work FOR the media and nobody has said anything here!

Maybe Raffy was also the leak, because Bush did the EXACT same 180 on the Karl Rove story...

At 11:07 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

I forgot to mention, nice catch on the Raffi and Bush story. I hadn't heard that either.

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