Stupid Bills Trying To Be Passed In The US

1.  This bill would make it illegal to make fun of political candidates in any way. Here are some things it says:

3. A person shall not distribute any campaign material concerning a target candidate with the intent to encourage the recipient of that campaign material to vote against that target candidate, without first … obtaining, in writing, the prior consent of the beneficiary candidate to the distribution of the campaign material.

4. A person shall not distribute any campaign material that contains a cartoon, caricature, or defacement of the personal likeness of a target candidate.

5. A person shall not distribute any campaign material that contains photographs or other depictions of human role playing, except of a candidate who has approved the campaign material.

6. A person shall not distribute any campaign material regarding a vote cast by a target candidate who is a member of a house of the general assembly if a majority of the membership of the house of which the target candidate is a member voted in the same manner as the target candidate and if the majority of those members of that house of the general assembly who are affiliated with the political party which is not the party of the target candidate voted in the same manner as the target candidate.

2. Creationists in Texas are upset that they won’t be allowed to give out degrees in creation science. So here is a new story about what they are trying to do to get around that. They want to make by pass the system and make it so ANY non-profit organization that does not take federal money is able to give out degrees in anything they want. Here are some nice comments i found on this:

From PZ Myers of ScienceBlogs:

If it were to pass, though, I’d like to move to Texas for a few months, open a free daycare, and issue doctoral degrees to every toddler who can go a day without pooping his pants. I’d have the diplomas printed on diapers, too.

A commenter on the blog Pharyngula:

*Rubs hands together*

You know, PZ, if this law does pass, it only allows us to open our private, non-profit “creation research” institutions “in Texas” (let’s make them distance-learning institutions, we’re all busy people here) to grant degrees without the board’s approval, too.

Which means that every legitimate scientist in the world could be automatically granted a degree in Creation Studies! What good would that do? Well, can you imagine the headline, “Overwhelming majority of Creation Scientists accept evolution, reject Designer”?

“Consensus of Creation Scientists for evolution; Dembski stunned”

“Creationists a minority in Creation Studies”

Bwahahaha!

“In scientific stunner, creation scientists reject creation”

I certainly hope neither of these bills get anywhere, but i sure am glad there are people around to put them forth to give the rest of us a laugh.

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