Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Someone Please Tell Me Why A Bible Quiz Show Is Wanted or Needed

Coincidence why Foxworthy hosts? Hardly

by Larry Simons
August 28, 2012

As if we needed [or even wanted] another quiz show on television. Not only do we not need one, but we sure as hell did not need one with this subject matter: the Bible.

The Game Show Network has premiered The American Bible Challenge, which began airing last week. Why? What exactly is the benefit of a quiz show that uses a book of irrelevant information, names, dates and teachings that are ridden with contradictions from cover to cover?

Why do we need this? What is the benefit at being knowledgeable about this topic? What job [outside of ones no one wants anyway, like pastors or priests] will you acquire by being a brainiac at Bible knowledge? I will tell you: None. Zippo.

It is hardly a coincidence that Jeff Foxworthy hosts the show. This is the same guy that hosts Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Does anyone think it is really a coincidence that the same host from a show in which the only requirement is to possess more knowledge than 11-year-old children was selected for this show as well? My point being that anyone who thinks knowledge of the Bible is worth anyone's time is probably not smarter than a 5th grader and no doubt has the I.Q. of a 9-year-old.

And why is it called the "American" Bible Challenge? Was the use of the word "American" chosen to distinguish it from the al Qaeda Bible Challenge on the Al Jazeera Network? Or was it, as I suspect, chosen to pacify the abundance of Christian nationalists in America [those who equate being a Christian with being an American, as if they are synonymous, as many [falsely] believe]? To those who say, "That's not the reason", I would like to submit the following question: Why not the American Quran Challenge?

What's next? The American Toilet Bowl Company Challenge [where contestants must possess encyclopedic knowledge of toilet bowl manufacturers]? To those who would call a show like this ludicrous, my reply is simple: At least a knowledge of toilet bowl companies might come in handy at least once in a person's lifetime because they just might need a new toilet at some point. The Bible on the other hand, I cannot say the same thing for.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Alex Jones' Credibility Continues to Sink in His Continual Support of Dave Mustaine

Megadeth Guitarist Dave Mustaine blames Obama directly for the recent series of shootings including Aurora and the Sikh temple. Alex Jones' employee Paul Joseph Watson entertains this ridiculous comment by offering zero proof that it is true

by Larry Simons
August 16, 2012

Recently, at a live concert in Singapore in which his band Megadeth played, guitarist Dave Mustaine [famous for his support of neocon Rick Santorum for President] made an inflammatory comment directed at President Obama that only can be described as irresponsible and without merit.

Mustaine said:

“So he’s staging all of these murders, like the ‘Fast And Furious’ thing down at the border, Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there, and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple. I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.”

Leave it to the hypocrites at Prison Planet to offer their support of such an irresponsible comment simply because Alex Jones schmoozes with Mustaine and has him on his radio show as a regular guest. I label Prison Planet hypocrites because it was Alex Jones himself that was highly offended at the fact that, shortly after Richard Poplawski gunned down three police officers in Pittsburgh, PA on April 4, 2009, he was blamed for the shootings because Poplawski frequented Infowars, one of Jones' sites.

Here is Jones basically doing the same thing: entertaining a comment that blames someone for [not just one, but a series of] shootings that the individual had nothing to do with. In fact, Watson's support of Mustaine's comment is worse than the Pittsburgh shooting/Jones connection because in Poplawski's case, at least there was a connection [albeit a vague one] between Poplawski and Jones. In Mustaine's comment, there is absolutely no proof of connection [even a vague one] between Obama and the recent shootings.

But this small fact does not stop Watson and Jones from the irresponsible act of passing this story off as responsible and accurate journalism, does it?

I would have no problem whatsoever with accepting the notion that a sitting U.S. President was involved in a vile and horrendous conspiracy. This should not be surprising to my readers. But to write a story and support such an inflammatory comment and not offer one shred of proof to support the claim is just plain despicable. It would have been better for Jones and Watson if they would have just ignored the story than for them to embarrass themselves and acknowledge it and support Mustaine.

Rather than offering proof of a connection between Obama and the recent shootings, instead Watson attempts to connect Obama with the shootings by claiming that since he put guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels in the Fast and Furious program, then he must be behind the recent shootings in America. This is the exact same type of attempted psychological word association that Jones condemned President George W. Bush of during his October 7, 2002 speech in which Bush repeatedly used the terms "Saddam" and "9/11" in the same sentence to subconsciously deceive Americans into believing there was a connection between Saddam and 9/11.

The fact that Alex Jones and his employees feel the need to stoop to Bush tactics and the same type of hypocritical guilt-by-association stunts that have been used against them is evidence that Jones is sinking into an abyss of journalistic desperation in which, I am afraid, there is no way out.