White supremacist learns of his African ancestry.
Craig Cobb submitted to a DNA test as part of an ongoing Race in America series on the syndicated “Trisha Show,” and host Trisha Goddard delivered some surprising test results to the 62-year-old hate crimes fugitive from Canada in an episode that will air Nov. 18.
As her studio audience laughed with delight, Goddard, who is black, told Cobb that test results revealed his genetic ancestry was 86 European and 14 percent sub-Saharan African.
Cobb — predictably — denied accepted science and explained away the result as “statistical noise.” “I’ll tell you this,” he said. “Oil and water don’t mix.” For the record, 14% is way outside the range of statistical noise — Cobb’s oil definitely mixed with someone’s water.
Of course, the idea of racial purity has always been a complete fantasy — especially for people of European ancestry. Centuries of conquest and empire and slavery guarantee plenty of “race mixing.” It is simply inevitable. It’s as ridiculous to assume that your family is decended entirely from people occupying one tiny area on a map as it is to assume that your language is “pure” and without any influence from other languages.
The truth, which nutjobs like Cobb undoubtedly find nightmarish, is that if you’re interested in preventing “race mixing,” you’d better invent a damned time machine and head back to some point in prehistory. It is now far, far too late to do it any other way.
And the more racist you are, the greater the likelihood.
Global warming denial driven mostly by the Tea Party.
Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say there is solid evidence that the earth has been getting warmer over the last few decades, a figure that has changed little in the past few years. While partisan differences over climate change remain substantial, Republicans face greater internal divisions over this issue than do Democrats.
Just 25% of Tea Party Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming, compared with 61%of non-Tea Party Republicans.
Republican voters overall are evenly divided, 46-46, over whether global warming is happening, but this divide is driven by the lopsided difference between Tea Party and non-Tea Party Republicans on the question, with a solid majority of the latter in the global warming camp. “It’s not Democrat versus Republican, it’s Democrat and Republican versus the Tea Party,” Jeff Gohringer, spokesman for the League of Conservation Voters, tells me.
Just another example of how a shrill minority of nutjobs is driving our national conversation in completely self-destructive ways. Gerrymandering isn’t just a cheat, it’s a cancer.
Got in to see a dentist today.
Gave me a script for antibiotics. Abscess should clear up in a couple of days and then I go in for a triple extraction next week, so that should be a lot of fun. He wanted to take five, but two were wisdom teeth that never gave me any trouble, so screw that. I’ll cross that bridge when — and if — I come to it. My mom still has all her wisdom teeth and she’s in her ’70s.
So there will be a brief window where I’m going to feel like blogging — and then a little bit where I’ll feel like what death feels like when she’s sick. So that’ll give you some sort of idea what schedule to expect out of me. Luckily, that probably won’t last very long.
As a side note, if anyone ever tries to sell you on the “intelligent design theory,” keep in mind that the very existence of a tooth abscess is proof that there’s no intelligence behind it. Not only does it hurt like hell, it can do tremendous damage to your jaw or even kill you. Only the most sadistic creator would practically guarantee that a tooth would fail in such a catastrophic and painful way.
Evolution, however, explains it nicely — you live long enough to reproduce and then who gives a fuck what happens to you? Your entire jaw can rot in agony, but the species and your genetic info goes on into the future. That’s evolutionary mission accomplished right there.