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Thursday, March 11, 2010

New awards: "Friend of Hitler" and "Friend of Jefferson"

In response to the National Center for Science Education's ridiculous "Friend of Darwin" and "Upchucky" awards, I have decided to institute the "Friend of Hitler" and "Friend of Jefferson" awards.

"FRIEND OF HITLER" AWARD

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the suppression of freedom of expression and freedom of thought.

"FRIEND OF JEFFERSON" AWARD

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of thought. Named in honor of Jefferson's famous statement, "I have sworn eternal hostility . . . . against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

FIRST RECIPIENTS OF "FRIEND OF HITLER" AWARD

Judge John E. "Jackass" Jones III, Eugenie "Evil Genie" Scott, Fatheaded Ed Brayton, Stupid Steven Schafersman, Sleazy PZ Myers, Wesley "Ding" Elsberry, Brandon "Haughty" Haught, Josh Rosenau, Kevin Padian, Jerry Coyne, Chris Mooney, Chris Comer, Carl Zimmer, Ken Miller, Francis Collins, National Center for Science Education, Florida Citizens for Science, Texas Citizens for Science, Texas Freedom Network.

FIRST RECIPIENTS OF "FRIEND OF JEFFERSON" AWARD

Jim Sherwood, David Berlinski, Casey Luskin, John West, Don McLeroy, Bill Buckingham, Cornelius Hunter, Discovery Institute.

I welcome the names of nominees for these awards.

27 Comments:

Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Thanks for the Friend of Jefferson award, Larry. I am honored.

Friday, March 12, 2010 3:46:00 PM  
Blogger Philip Gilbert said...

PZ is right, you are indeed an idiot of monumental proportions.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 3:13:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

There should be a Baron Munchausen Award given annually by Eugenie Scott, to the one who has supported her efforts the most by telling the biggest lies about ID. Kenneth Miller would seem to me to be the frontrunner, but Daniel Dennett is close on his heels with his statement that ID "is creationism," is "a hoax," and is comparable to the view that quantum physics is the work of the devil.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:53:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> PZ is right, you are indeed an idiot of monumental proportions. <<<<<<<

"I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."
-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous H. C. Anderson said...

I nominate Larry for the Don Quixote award. He has certainly earned it.

Friday, March 19, 2010 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Uh, Don McLeroy just voted to remove Thomas Jefferson from Texas social studies text relating to the enlightenment. So how, exactly, does he qualify for a "Friend of Jefferson" award?

Also, it would probably help if you actually de-lineated why people were receiving these awards.

Finally, does anyone else find it a bit odd to have a Holocaust denier handing out "Friend of Hitler" awards to people who he doesn't like?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 9:50:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> Uh, Don McLeroy just voted to remove Thomas Jefferson from Texas social studies text relating to the enlightenment. So how, exactly, does he qualify for a "Friend of Jefferson" award? <<<<<<

Don McLeroy got the award for his stand on evolution education.

>>>>>> Also, it would probably help if you actually de-lineated why people were receiving these awards. <<<<<<

I considered that, but the lists are so long that that would take a long time.

>>>>>Finally, does anyone else find it a bit odd to have a Holocaust denier handing out "Friend of Hitler" awards to people who he doesn't like? <<<<<<

I am a holocaust revisionist, not a holocaust denier. And neither my revisionism nor my awarding of the "Friend of Hitler" awards means that I like Hitler.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger soupergenyus said...

HAHA, McLeroy gets a "Friend of Jefferson Award." I think he'd be offended, as I don't think he's much of a fan!!!

Oh, the irony... It hurts.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh censorship. Typical m/o for a revisionist.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Friends of Hitler by your criteria...

Galileo Galilei, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Martin Luther King Jr...

And, oh yes, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

I'll bet you a dollar this post doesn't pass your moderator.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Rainier Wolfcastle said...

The FAIL of this blog! My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger A Hermit said...

"I am a holocaust revisionist, not a holocaust denier." says Larry the Dwarf...

So you're not a Nazi, just a Nazi sympathizer...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger KaylaKaze said...

>>>"I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."
-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Or they don't like you because you're an ignorant jerk. Or because you smell bad. Or because you make really annoying jokes and then laugh really loud at them. Or because you're always making rude sexually suggestive remarks to any woman you see. There are many reasons for someone not to like someone else. Somehow I think "always kicking their butts" is not the reason people don't like you.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Taylor Glen Muse said...

Is there a "Friend of Unflattering Irony" award?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

The irony of giving a Friend of Jefferson award to a man who is suppressing Jefferson from Texas classrooms is just the most glaring example of what a farce these awards are. They are so ridiculously backward that I have to wonder if this is meant to be satire. If this is satire, bravo. If not... YIKES.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:06:00 PM  
Anonymous CTC said...

You shouldn't insult Don Quixote like that, Mr. Anderson.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:24:00 PM  
Blogger Nameless Cynic said...

"I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."

Funny thing. I hear that from right-wingers a lot, usually after they've made ridiculous, easily-disproven arguments. You guys really don't have long memories, do you?

Which is also the reason that so many of you are historical revisionists (see Don McElroy), and now even Biblical revisionists. (See the Conservative Bible Project - uh... can you guys define "heresy" for me?)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:33:00 PM  
Anonymous BlownIronyMeter said...

Dude, what color is the sky in your reality? Oh and nice job destroying my brand new irony meter.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Oh so one doesn't have to actually believe that any of the principles Jefferson stood for are important enough to merit mention in a curriculum with his name attached to be a friend of jefferson?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I considered that, but the lists are so long that that would take a long time."

So you're lazy to boot.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 3:00:00 PM  
Blogger BoredInfidel said...

Semantics. You deny what happened, so you revise.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 3:37:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Hatfield . . . . said...

Larry: my name is Scott Hatfield. I am an enthusiastic teacher of evolution and proud NCSE member.

I have a request.

Please, Please, PLEASE nominate ME for your newly-minted 'Friend of HITLER' award.

It would indeed be an unprecedented honor for me, a humble science teacher, to have my pedagogy, my field of study, yea verily my personal character attacked by the likes of you and your buddies with the Disingenuous Institute.

I cheerfully invite you to so lambaste me. Feel free to visit my blog:

www.monkeytrials.blogspot.com

I have been trolled by professional provocateurs, so you would not be the first ID maven to misrepresent the state of the scientific enterprise in my neck of the woods. Your attempt to make rhetorical hay with your version of 'Der Fuhrer's Face' is like an outtake from 'The Producers': twice as juvenile, and nowhere near as funny.

Anyway, I have to confess that I can only look forward to the day you attempt to brand me with the same sort of limply-rotating, politically impotent mock-swastika.

After all, the intellectually crippled should, as a rule, avoid goose-stepping. They are likely to slip, fall and hurt themselves. It's awkward even for the adroit, and for you it's pure vaudeville spectacle, akin to slipping on your own banana peel.

Now, that might not seem funny to YOU, but compared to the trivialization of the Holocaust your precious 'award' implies, it has the ring of high farce.

Sincerely....Scott Hatfield

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 5:11:00 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

"Don McLeroy got the award for his stand on evolution education"

This must be a mistake. Don McLeroy is opposed to teaching evolution. Favoring religious instruction instead. Sad that Christians can't just be honest.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 6:53:00 PM  
Blogger James Hanley said...

>>>>>> Uh, Don McLeroy just voted to remove Thomas Jefferson from Texas social studies text relating to the enlightenment. So how, exactly, does he qualify for a "Friend of Jefferson" award? <<<<<<

*Don McLeroy got the award for his stand on evolution education.*

Do you actually know anything about Jefferson? If there's any one of the founding fathers who would have quickly understood Darwin's theory and recognized its brilliance, it would have been Jefferson, who--unlike you--was not constrained by dogma and was a firm believer in an enlightenment education.

You have grossly insulted the memory of Thomas Jefferson, you pathetic fool.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 8:39:00 PM  
Blogger Alex Strinka said...

So... Supporting freedom of speech and freedom of religion is the way to get a "Friend of Hitler" award?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 3:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, as a holocaust-denying(oh I'm sorry, "revisionist") creationism-spouting religious fanatic, what say you about Jefferson's attempt at rewriting the bible to remove all the supernatural/divine mumbo-jumbo from the core message of peace, love, and respect?

Incidentally, if you think about it, by following Jefferson's editing criteria, he'd probably remove all the magic breath and sky ocean nonsense from Genesis as well.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 2:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

These Darwinism-believers appear to be very ignorant, since they think that everyone who doubts their One True Darwinist Faith must believe in "creationism" and be a "religious fanatic." What can anyone say to a clueless Darwinist yokel?

Sunday, April 11, 2010 2:43:00 PM  

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