Monday, April 09, 2007

The Know-Nothing Party

I'm probably one of the last people to get around to visiting it, but this new Conservapedia thing is a hoot. Proudly billing itself as an unbiased, anti-intellectual alternative to Wikipedia, its main difference seems to be an insistence on using "BC," rather than the less godly "BCE." Oh, and it contains far less actual information, since the more information you accumulate, the more likely you are to be exposed to something that challenges your worldview.

In Conservapedialand, Central America consists of just one country: Mexico, even though here on liberally-biased planet Earth Central America contains seven countries, none of which are Mexico.

Click through to the entry on the Central American country of Mexico, and here, in its entirety, is what you find:

Mexico is a country in North America, directly south of the United States. Mexico is noted for its poor economy, causing it to be the main contributor of illegal immigration to the United States to find work.

The states of Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona were part of Mexico until the Mexican American War. Many U.S. citizens in the region speak Spanish as their native language.

Mexico is the source of most of the marijuana imported into the United States. (Citation Needed) The dominant Religion of Mexico is Roman Catholicism. The current president is Felipe Calderon from the PAN or National Action Pary [sic]. Calderon and the PAN are conservative.

Well, that sure was enlightening, no? The entry for Mexicans is even more concise:
Mexicans are people who live in Mexico. They most often speak Spanish.

The topic Mexican History - which is for some not-quite-obvious reason completely separate from "Mexico" - is somewhat longer, but sticks to safe territory:

Mexico was originally the Aztec nation. Great warriors, they could also be cruel, often killing people in human sacrifices. Cortez conquered them and brought Christianity to the country....

After the [1910] revolution a socialist government was installed. Atheist president Plutarco Elías Calles introduced various anti-Christian laws in the 1920's. The cristeros started a rebellion against the government to defend their religion. ... President Lázaro Cárdenas nationalized the country's oil in 1938. Mexicans are still very proud of this but other countries believe that the Mexican government stole their property in Mexico. However, Mexico was lucky because the United States needed Mexico's help in World War II, so the United States decided not to make a point of it.

In the 1970's because of the high spending of the liberal presidents Luis Echeverría and José López Portillo the Mexican economy started to get bad. The economy started to recover after the introduction of free market policies. In 1994 NAFTA was signed, to help the Mexican economy at the expense of the United States...

That's enough book-learnin' for one day, dontcha think?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No, I am the last to find out, and thanks for cluing me in.

Unfortunately, my sock puppet feels truly put out as the site notes his kind is banned. Why? I made him myself and he's so cute. Besides, he's dumb, so he'd fit right in.

I also note on the site's Rules --aka, The Commandments page (how come Charlton wasn't credited?) that vandals will be reported to authorities, including one's employer and the prosecutor. Would that be one of those political appointee types?

Btw, thanks to this site's historical quote of the day, which appears below, I now know the relationship between Christ and the Easter bunny.

Historical Quotes of the Day: “The cross was two pieces of dead wood; and a helpless, unresisting Man was nailed to it; yet it was mightier than the world, and triumphed, and will ever triumph over it!” Augustus William Hare.