JGM: 13 Letters About One Thing

Do you think that Don E. Corder just tacks on a soundbite for intelligent design at the end of every conversation in real life?

“One box of Cocoa Puffs…will you be paying with cash or credit today, sir?”

“Yep. I’m coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs today. Like Sonny, my rational (ordered) mind is often swayed by emotional (disordered) lapses.”

“….o…kaaaay…I’m more of a Trix fan myself…”

“Those kids in the commercials really need to open their minds a little. Explore the possibilities. Scientists will dissect dead rabbits and say sugary cereal isn’t any good for them. With us simple folk, we know that good food is meant to be enjoyed.”

“Riiiiiight…$9.53 is your change. You have a good day, sir!”

“You too!…

…teach intelligent design in schools!”


Meanwhile, someone’s complaining about animals again! We always appreciate your input, Burne-

-wait, Ed Goebel?!?

This is an unacceptable breach into Burney Johnson’s domain of rabid, obsessive specisim. I recommend that he sneak into Ed’s territory and pee on something that belongs to him. Like a chair or something. That’ll put him in his place, the way God intended.


2 Responses to “JGM: 13 Letters About One Thing”

  1. January 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Pretty good, Johnny, but more could be said on this curious subject.

    To paraphrase a song lyric, “What’s an education all about, Alfie, er, Don?”

    The actual answer today is, “Why, it’s whatever you want it to be, of course!” Standards, schmanderds.

    Once upon a time in olden days , my dear, it was considered de rigueur for a college-educated person to have successfully completed certain basic courses. These included such topics as self-expression (reading and writing) in one’s own language and one or more other languages. (In England, Latin and Greek were also necessary at top schools.) Also, mathematics, including business arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Also, a firm grounding in “social studies” and history, both of one’s own country and of the world. Specialties were an add-on to such a foundation. Therefore, when one had a sheep-skin from a reputable college or university, one could truthfully boast of being an educated person.

    Alas, no such requirements exist any more. American society, such as it is, has rejected the notion that any definition of “education” should be forced on the unwilling student. Some colleges even let the student design their own curriculum! Why not? It doesn’t mean anything anymore except that the student has paid the tuition and sat in the class for the time required.

    So, sans standards, why shouldn’t the curricula contain intelligent design? Or the theory of basketball? Or the effects of remote-viewing on intelligence-gathering? Or acupuncture? Or phrenology. Or any other specious subject?

    BTW, I wrote about this in a previous post, “What’s A Sheepskin Worth, Anyway?”. It garnered one comment (although I must say, I was new to blogging at the time). Here is the link, if you’re interested:



    • January 24, 2011 at 3:35 am

      Good article Jim!

      Re: intelligent design classes: They do cover intelligent design in normal college classes. Usually in comparative religion or political classes. They don’t usually teach it as a valid hypothesis in science courses, which is a good thing since it doesn’t belong there.

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