The first American Idiot Award of this edition goes to someone many of you might not have heard of, but is indicative of a certain mindset that holds their dogmas to be the only possible explanations for anything that exists anywhere. His name is Todd Friel, and he is a radio host on “The Way of The Master Radio” a Christian program that takes a particularly fundamentalist view of the Christian religion and how it should be thrust upon others. The main running feature of the show is so-called “street witnessing” which is actually more street ambushing. They confront people on the street, on aircraft, on the beach, and other places and run the same tired exercises by them, using the Ten Commandments in a simple set-up plan that they throw at people. Although what they do to innocent bystanders on the street is irritating, that’s not what got an idiot award for Todd Friel. By the way-the “Way of The Master” is where Kirk Cameron is now that he can’t get an acting gig.
Todd Friel, on his show on February 25th, made one of the dumbest comments I have heard him utter. Now this is coming from a guy who is sure that the earth is just a few thousand years old and that anyone who doesn’t buy that is hell bound. After snidely knocking Melissa Etheridge for thanking her wife and children at the Oscars, he decided to talk about space. He spoke about reports that scientists are concerned about so-called “space junk.”
The term space junk is given to objects in orbit around the earth that are so cluttering near space as to pose a hazard to other satellites or spacecraft. A very small object at orbital velocities can destroy another space vehicle. It is a legitimate concern for space agencies.
Now for the wisdom of Todd Friel. He says “they’ve got us all up in arms about space junk!” later he says…”I thought..wait a second-they estimated that there’s 800 pieces of stuff out there flying around in our Universe, right? Now, the Universe is 100,000 light years wide-light years.” Later he compares the 800 space objects flying around the 100.000 light year wide Universe to putting 800 cars on earth and telling the drivers to be careful not to hit each other.
Hey, Idiot! First, the Universe is not 100.000 light years wide. As far as we know, the Universe is infinite, as we have not yet found any “sides.” 100.000 light years is closer to what our Milky Way galaxy is across. And our galaxy is one of at least millions, if not billions of galaxies. Second, no earth spacecraft is even 1 light year away from earth at this time. Third, a more accurate comparison for his “car analogy” might be to imagine 800 cars on the same couple of blocks, and then he might see the problem.
What is most disconcerting is that he is this misinformed on pretty much any topic he addresses, especially when he tries to tackle anything scientific. That there are people who listen to the show and believe what he is slopping out to them is the real danger.
Next, let’s highlight an idiot that everyone knows. Yes, it’s time to honor Ann Coulter with an award. And with all the idiotic things Ann does, it wasn’t easy selecting just one. But man, it’s a goodie. It’s enough to kick Ann into the American Idiot Hall of Fame, which includes Bill O’Reilly and George Bush, among others.
Ms. Coulter joined Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes on “Hannity and Colmes” to talk about Al Gore and global warming after the Oscars. Also on the show were actress and environmental activist Daryl Hannah and Jon Coifman of the National Resource Defense Council. After she begins her diatribe she says “of all the psychotic, insane things the political religion of liberalism has foisted upon us there is none more preposterous than anti-human global warming.”
Here are some more examples of her gems of wisdom- “liberals are anti-human” “asking for the entire industrial world to shut down” it is a program for mass starvation” “299 million Americans will have to starve or leave, because we can only sustain 1 million” “to say that we can use candles is not an energy policy”
“this liberal woman who lights her house with candles” (speaking to Daryl Hannah) “energy is like oxygen” ‘they want to destroy the middle class of America” “it would wipe out their little friends in Chad and Darfur” ah,,,on and on. And for some reason she couldn’t stop talking about candles. She kept implying that those who are concerned with global warming want to make everyone light their houses with candles. Huh?
Daryl Hannah gets credit for grand understatement. At one point she said of Ann Coulter “she’s getting a little hysterical.” And later “I think Ann is misinformed.”
Ann Coulter, today, yesterday, and tomorrow…..American Idiot!