Friday, November 6, 2015

Ben Carson was right

OK, I poked fun at Ben Carson yesterday, and certainly liberals are having a lot of fun with his pyramids-were-grain-silos idea (here, here, and here, for example).

But this guy points out that Carson might actually be right, in a way:
Remember when Cain was peddling the 9/9/9 tax plan that turned out to come from Sim City?

Well Carson's statement about the pyramids being used to store grain is actually true in Civilization II where building the Pyramids wonder gives you a granary in every city.

Obviously, Ben Carson was just talking about my all-time favorite computer game, Civilization II. Hey, maybe he's not so crazy after all, huh?

Of course, do we really want a president who confuses a computer game with reality? How about one who confuses fantasy with reality?
The GOP frontrunner's theory that archaeologists are wrong and that the Egyptian pyramids were really built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain wasn't created in a vacuum. In the fringier corners of the Internet, variations of the pyramids-as-grain-storage argument has spawned entire blogs and a 30-minute documentary.

Carson -- who is continuing to defend beliefs that were surfaced this week in video of a 1998 commencement address by the acclaimed neurosurgeon -- joins the ranks of pyramids truthers who believe that, warned by God of an oncoming famine, Joseph built grain storage units that exist today in the form of the ancient pyramids. ...

According to [Richard] Flower, the theory gained traction in Gregory of Tours’ History of the Franks, written in the 6th century, where the bishop wrote about a “city in which Joseph built granaries from squared stones and rubble with marvellous workmanship."

“He made them larger at the base and very much smaller at the top so that wheat could be thrown in there through a tiny hole. These granaries are still visible even today,” Gregory wrote at the time,...

Clearly, this is why Ben Carson is leading in the polls. While the rest of the Republican Party wants to return us to the 12th Century, Carson wants to return to the 6th Century. Now that's conservative!

Also batshit crazy, of course. But that seems to be an advantage in today's GOP.

2 comments:

jeff725 said...

I see Carson got busted for lying about being appointed to West Point.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/report-carson-lied-about-west-point-acceptance/ar-CC2hJO?li=BBgzzfc

Predictably, he attacked the media. Also, the predictable response from the conserva-trolls in the Facebook comments section ("but, but.....Billary!! But, but...Obama!! They lied, too!!")

WCG said...

For a Democrat, serial lying on this scale would be a game-breaker. But Republicans are faith-based. This will be seen as persecution, which will probably increase his support.

Well, no. I think that Carson's support is about as high as it will ever get. Even in the GOP, there's crazy and then there's CRAZY.

Of course, lots of Republicans will say they support anyone who's currently being criticized by the 'liberal media.' But in many cases, that's just a knee-jerk response.

I tend to think that Carson's support is very soft, anyway. But I guess we'll see.