I do not believe that this legislation changes the scientific standards that are taught in our schools or the curriculum, I also don’t believe that it accomplishes anything … “Monkey Bill” Haslam
It hasn’t been a good week here in TN. Charles Pierce, Hunter, PZ Meyers, and Suzie Madrak have all spilled virtual ink and probably actual tears about goings-on here. (Even I joined the chorus of Cassandra’s.)
Professor PZ Meyers has linked to this handy chart as a partial palliative for part of our predicament, and of course, if anyone might ever want to hold your hand, you know what to do. And if by chance the Legislature manages to get one wrong, at least you won’t be alone. [cont'd.]
Because it gets worse.Vance is back.
And he’s got a friend. Who’s got a bill.
So we’ve got a petition.
And we’d like you to sign. And tell some friends.
Today on the steps of the State Capitol, about forty or so people showed up for a rally to protest the climate and creationist laws (the hand-holding and Bully 2:The Sequel haven’t had a chance to show up on the radar yet). The media was present, and there should be video later (hopefully without ads).
The speakers were Larisa DeSantis, Ryan Haupt, and Jen James, who have been working with MoveOn and 350.org. They managed to get some 3,200 signatures to deliver to Gov. Haslam, and the numbers have continued to grow, both inside and out of state, forcing him to go from “Monkey Bill” to “Weasel Will,” as the opening quote shows. He wouldn’t sign it.
Among those present were a half dozen or so members of Occupy Nashville. Unfortunately, they’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, although they hope to rally mightily for May Day. (Sounds like they could use a little Beautiful Trouble to spark up their love of life.) We care.
So does ON. They are in touch with Progresso Community Center and hope to help with ESL lessons, and stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.
Maybe “Monkey Law” wouldn’t be all that bad after all…..
After all, we’re all one big happy family.
Nashville artist Brandt Hardin created an original painting dealing with the “Monkey Law.” I don’t know art, but I know that I like. I wasn’t sure about the legality of using the image without his permission, so I’ll link to it here. Feel free to post here for Saturday (or anyday) Art, Brandt