Moron Magnet Update

May 25, 2007

Dinosaurs with saddles?

People living alongside dinosaurs? Using saddles to ride them?

Folks, when I coined the term “Moron Magnet” to describe the Creation Museum that’s opening this weekend in Kentucky, I didn’t realize that I was being too gentle with the enterprise.

My comment section was visited by a number of little wingers, eyes brimming with tears and lips a-tremble as they whined about the harshness of the big bad leftie who was making fun of their make-believe museum. Listening to them complain, you’d have thought they were being herded into the arena to give the lions some al fresco dining. 

So let me turn over the microphone to fellow persecutor Charles Pierce, who visited the Moron Magnet for Esquire magazine. Tell us what you saw, Charles:

Outside, several of them [flakes] stop to be interviewed by a video crew. They have come from Indiana, one woman says, two toddlers toddling at her feet, because they have been home-schooling their children and they have given them this adventure as a kind of field trip. The whole group then bustles into the lobby of the building, where they are greeted by the long neck of a huge, herbivorous dinosaur. The kids run past that and around a corner, where stands another, smaller dinosaur.

Which is wearing a saddle.

It is an English saddle, hornless and battered. Apparently, this was a dinosaur used for dressage competitions and stakes races. Any working dinosaur accustomed to the rigors of ranch work and herding other dinosaurs along the dusty trail almost certainly would wear a sturdy western saddle.

This is very much a show dinosaur.

There’s more, and if Esquire puts it online I’ll link to it faster than manna can fall from heaven. Until then, check out this Altercation correspondent’s comparison between Pierce’s essay and Edward Rothstein’s review of the joint, and marvel at the strange ways the consensus definition of journalistic balance has been distorted by decades of wingnut attacks.  

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2 Responses to “Moron Magnet Update”

  1. Rix Says:

    An educational field trip to teach children how to be idiots. Tabba dadda do. Now we know how the Jews survived 40 years in the wilderness: dinosaur steaks.

  2. Caveat Says:

    You know, I always thought home schooling was a good idea because let’s face it, the schools aren’t exactly the place to get educated these days. I figured the parents who were willing to set up home schooling were on the vanguard of advanced education.

    Imagine my dismay when I found out that ‘home schooling’ is synonymous with ‘keeping kids from finding out what’s really going on and tricking them into believing a bunch of outdated, unproveable claptrap’.

    I’m thinking I may visit the museum one of these days, just for shit and giggles. And a few photos.

    Still laughing at the ‘moron magnet’ headline. You are one hell of a writer!


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