David Limbaugh is also a Big Fat Idiot

(via Eschaton)

David Limbaugh makes the following claim in his book, Persecution:

IN 1776, 99.8% OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA WERE PROFESSED CHRISTIANS

99.8 is obviously a made up number. Never mind the fact that it clearly ignores Native Americans and many African slaves (which if counted would likely put the number well below 50%), but there is no way one could honestly come up with such a precise number.

By the way, to the Christian Right, persecution means “other beliefs are tolerated in the U.S.A.” or “they won’t let us turn the U.S.A. into a theocracy”.

A Technical Summary of the Major Presidential Candidates’ Web sites (2004 election)

Candidate Web Site Webserver information
John Kerry JohnKerry.com Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) (Red-Hat/Linux) FrontPage/5.0.2.2623 mod_python/2.7.8 Python/1.5.2 mod_ssl/2.8.12 OpenSSL/0.9.6b DAV/1.0.3 PHP/4.1.2 mod_perl/1.26 mod_throttle/3.1.2
John Edwards John Edwards Microsoft-IIS/5.0
Howard Dean Dean for America Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.6.5 OpenSSL/0.9.6e ApacheJServ/1.1.2 mod_fastcgi/2.2.10
Wesley Clark General Wesley Clark for President Apache/1.3.28
Dennis Kucinich Dennis Kucinich for President Campaign, 2004 Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) PHP/4.3.1 mod_ssl/2.8.14 OpenSSL/0.9.6b
X-Powered-By: PHP/4.3.1
Carol Moseley Braun Carol Moseley Braun for President Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) ApacheJServ/1.1.2 mod_webapp/1.2.0-dev PHP/4.1.2 mod_ssl/2.8.10 OpenSSL/0.9.6g
Bob Graham Bob Graham for President Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) FrontPage/5.0.2.2634
Joe Lieberman Joe Lieberman for President 2004: Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.6.5 OpenSSL/0.9.6e ApacheJServ/1.1.2 mod_fastcgi/2.2.10
Dick Gephardt Dick Gephardt for President Microsoft-IIS/5.0
Al Sharpton Sharpton Explore 2004 Microsoft-IIS/5.0
MicrosoftOfficeWebServer: 5.0_Pub
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
George W. Bush GeogeWBush.com Microsoft-IIS/5.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
X-AspNet-Version: 1.1.4322

No surprise that W.’s campaign is hosted on a expensive, buggy, and relatively insecure web server. I’m somewhat disappointed in the Democrats who also serve there web pages with IIS.

Opus Returns!

From the Boston Globe:

Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is resurrecting Opus the penguin from the 1980s comic strip “Bloom County” for a new series to appear in Sunday comics this November.

The Sunday-only strip, to be called “Opus,” begins Nov. 23, the Washington Post reported yesterday. It will be syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group.

Polygraph Testing Less than Worthless

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – September 5, 2003)

A two-year study by the National Academy of Sciences, “The Polygraph and Lie Detection,” showed polygraph testing to be less than worthless (WN 18 Apr 03). You might have expected at least a token decrease in testing by the Department of Energy. Instead DOE boldly reissued the old policy, which would subject about 20,000 employees to random character assassination. There was an immediate outcry from employees, and Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) convened an Energy Committee oversight hearing on Thursday, where DOE announced that a mere 4,500 employees with top-secret clearance or positions in intelligence will now be subject to having their careers trashed by polygraph roulette. It was a victory for Sen. Domenici, who praised DOE for its enlightened policy. But nothing in the NAS study says the polygraph works better if you have top-secret clearance.

I’m sure you will all take comfort that our national security relies, in part, on such an “enlightened policy”.

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