Another fair vignette

So, I’m working the DFL booth at the fair. Anyone who has done this kind of thing before knows you spend a lot of time just sitting there, trying to look open and inviting and friendly, and you end up staring across the aisle at the booths on the other side. The two directly across from me were these:

Morris Life Care Pregnancy Center

This is one of those rinky-tink pseudo-Planned Parenthood outfits that provide some prenatal care (which is commendable), but really exists for their primary function: scaring people out of abortions. While I like adorable babies as much as anyone, I consider these kinds of organizations fundamentally dishonest, and clearly not actually as interested in the welfare of the woman as they are her transient zygotic payload.

Something for the Soul: the Mystical Place for Healing

Crystals and angels. Enough said. Enough, I said. Don’t make me relive it.

Most of you readers know me well enough. Was this a horrible form of torture, or what? Every time I looked up, I could let my eyes fall on the religious blastula worshippers, or the woo-woo crystal healers with the cherubim. It was like a standing dilemma: which one was crazier, more remote from reality, and more representative/more damaging to the local culture? The Mystics were probably more likely to vote for the DFL, and I also couldn’t decide whether I should consider that a good thing or a bad thing.

Don’t worry, I was well behaved and didn’t confront either of them. Revulsion trounced temptation.


  1. says

    You’re a better man than I am, PZ. I would have had a hard time not lobbing various things found on the fairgrounds over at their tents. But then, that’s me.

    I admire your restraint.

  2. Ian H Spedding says

    PZ wrote:

    Every time I looked up, I could let my eyes fall on the religious blastula worshippers,…

    Fair’s fair, you can console yourself with the the thought that they were looking, albeit unwittingly, at a blastula butcher…

  3. oldhippie says

    Looks like the set up will teach people that science is just one possible view of reality. I wonder how many would like to fly in “faith-based” plane. (Or pray in a church constructed on “faith-based” engineering).

  4. says

    And the Republican Party in Minnesota does business under the moniker “Independent Republicans” — or have they given up the IR fig leaf? The DFL comes by its name more honestly, since it represents a historic coalition of progressive and populist forces in the state.

  5. Buffalo Gal says

    Yep, they sure would pray in a church built on faith-based engineering. Or, they would have if it didn’t fall down first.

  6. Scott Hatfield says


    The last time I went to the Fresno Fairgrounds for a ‘home show’ there was a booth peddling lamps made from ‘200-million-year-old Himalayan salt crystals’. They put out a fair amount of coral-tinted light, and I would’ve bought one, except their sales pitch vaguely implied some healing powers.

    I asked the proprietor if he was aware that the Himalayans did not exist 200 million years ago, but were rather a more recent product of the collision between the Indian and Eurasian plates. The question seemed to baffle him. Oh, and as usual I had to be dragged snarling away from the ‘Right-To-Life’ booth in another exhibit hall. So, yeah, what can I say? I don’t just feel your pain. I’ve lived it.


  7. Shane Hotakainen says

    The Republicans gave up the independent several years ago, about when the serious bible thumpers seized real contol of the local party and all the more secular/progressive Republicans quit the party. I think it was right around the Contract on America mid term in 94.

  8. JamesR says

    It’s enough to make a grown man develop a spontaneous case of Turrets (sp) syndrome.

  9. redbeardjim says

    Turrets syndrome sounds like it would involve a fair amount of high-powered automatic weaponry.

    You may be on to something there…

  10. jim says

    What is really dishonest about those people is that they go to great efforts to prevent abortion, but once the child is born they are no where to be found. They make a lot of claims that people will help the prospective mother, but once things come to fruition they are outa there.