Andrew Trembley (bovil) wrote,
Andrew Trembley

I guess it's safe to talk about the "Big Bang" again...

With everybody nattering about the Vice President shooting some damned fool (and realistically, while it's sensational the only real serious part of the story is that they delayed acknowledging it happened for nearly a day), I've noticed a serious lack of discussion about George Deutsch.

Who's George Deutsch? Well, the folks at have a really snarky summary of his short career in politics and science.

Don't go by that, though. It's a little laden with hyperbole.

George Deutsch was a Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign and inaguration committee intern who was appointed to a junior position in NASA's Washington Headquarters Public Affairs office, presumably because he was a journalism grad (because he had no science background).

He made a few waves there.

The Big Bang is "not proven fact; it is opinion," Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, "It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator. This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most."

So apparently, Deutsch thinks that equating theory with opinion is good science education. He thinks that a creation myth that hasn't stood up to the rigors of the scientific method and peer review ought to have equal standing in cosmology. He instructed a NASA webmaster to always include "theory" when referring to the "Big Bang," not because it's technically correct, but because he wanted to exploit the popular misunderstanding of the scientific use of "theory." He threatened NASA climatologist James Hansen with "dire consequences" if Hansen didn't toe the administration's line on global warming.

Pretty ballsy for a junior staffer.

He was forced to resign.

Not because of his creationist or anti-science agenda, though.

Because he lied on his résumé.

Remember that bit about him being a journalism grad? Turns out he never graduated. Now I'm not going to fault him on not graduating.

But he lied on his résumé.

And you know what? He didn't take responsibility for it. Sure, he resigned, but it was all the fault of evil partisan forces.

"There has yet to be any proof of any scientific watering down or any scientific censorship coming out of NASA in regards to Hansen or anybody else. What you do have is hearsay coming from a handful of people who have clear partisan ties and they are really coming after me and the rest of the Bush appointees because this is a partisan issue," Deutsch said in a Feb. 9 interview with Bryan, Tex.-based WTAW News Talk radio. "It's a culture war issue. They do not like Republicans. They do not like people who support the President. They do not like Christians. And if you are perceived as disagreeing with them, or being one of those people, they will stop at nothing to discredit you."

Discredit you with facts...

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