Maybe Sylvia Allen Was Bitten By a Radioactive Moron

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Arizona Sen. Syliva Allen's comment about the earth being 6,000 years old, posted on YouTube by the Arizona Guardian, is breaking into the MSM, with Keith Olbermann naming her the worst person in the world.

It's also bouncing all over the blogosphere, with references on sites such as Daily Kos and Andrew Sullivan's blog at the Atlantic. It's turning into a hit on the the blogs of scientists, too.

Our favorite so far is Phil Plait at Discover magazine's Bad Astronomy blog, who notes:

It’s not that she says the Earth is 6,000 years old — twice, just to make sure — that floors me. It’s the casual way she said it, as if she said "I had a cup of coffee today." From her manner, it’s clear that not only does she believe this complete and utter nonsense, but this is a simple fact woven into her mind just like the Sun is bright or chocolate is tasty.

To her, the Earth being 6,000 years old just is.

Now, to be fair, this video is without context, and so we can’t be absolutely sure she’s a creationist. But it sure as heck sounds that way, and given her voting record it fits right in.

The irony, of course — and there’s always irony when creationism is involved — is that she’s talking about uranium mining, and it’s through the radioactive decay of uranium that we know the Earth is billions of years old. And she also praises technological achievements!

BTW, Kenny Jabobs at A Pithy Diary was hoping the YouTube clip of Allen's absurdity would reach more than 100,000 views before the end of July. It has passed the 100K mark already, which probably makes it the most-watched moment of the legislative session. As Blog for Arizona points out, Allen has gone viral. Perhaps that was God's plan all along?

You're making Arizona proud, Sen. Allen!

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