This is why Andrew Schlafly is a (very bad) lawyer

It’s worth mentioning that before racist bigot and Conservapedia founder Andrew Schlafly went to Harvard to learn how to hate Barack Obama and become a really bad lawyer along the way, his mother sent him off to Princeton to become an engineer. Needless to say, that little venture didn’t last long…

Now it would appear as if Schlafly was as bad an engineer as he is a lawyer – and there’s plenty of evidence of the latter: from his cock-up at Ma Bell, through to his “but Washington’s letter is heartfelt” plea before a couple of States’ Supreme Courts, Schlafly creates the impression that if he were to work pro bono, his family would starve to death. No wonder he’s left lawyering for the lunatic fringe.

Below is the “engineer’s” reply to a criticism that unqualified people should be translating the Bible – referring, of course, to Schlafly’s pet heresy, the Conservative Bible Project. It also appeals to his “best of the public” crap, wherein he feels that members of the public (most notably Schlafly himself) can best any expert in any subject.

“The objection to the Conservative Bible Project is like saying an engineer should not try to build a bridge unless he first becomes a master in trigonometry. That objection doesn’t work, because the trigonometry is well-understood and modern challenges in building a good bridge have little to do with sine and cosine functions.”

Remember, this is an engineer speaking. If it were a dribbling moron like Ken Demyer or Ed Poor, I’d understand, but an engineer? Whether Schlafly actually believes the crap he writes is another matter. personally, I think lying is second nature to the man. It saves him having to think when called out on his latest piece of bullshit.

Then again, it does explain why he spends most of his time mentally abusing young children in a church basement, these days.

Just for argument’s sake, I turned to Google and searched for the terms “engineering trigonometry”. From the first two links that came up (excluding the ubiquitous Wikipedia) we get:

Trigonometry is used very extensively in engineering. It is used to break force vectors into components, allowing civil and construction engineers to see how stress is channeled throughout a building.

Engineers of various types use the fundamentals of trigonometry to build structures/systems, design bridges and solve scientific problems.

‘Nuff said.

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PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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9 Responses to This is why Andrew Schlafly is a (very bad) lawyer

  1. brxbrx says:

    “pro bobo?” You mean bono?
    Anyways, Andy is an electrical engineer. Civil and electric engineers do very different things. I know because my parents are an electric engineer and a civil engineer. So maybe trig isn’t involved? That doesn’t explain his antipathy towards imaginary numbers, though. That’s VERY related to electrical engineering.
    But I agree that his response makes no fucking sense.

  2. PsyGremlin says:

    Yes, I picked up the bobo thing. Although, given how Andy monkeys around the courtroom “bobo” is more suited.
    And no you’re wrong. Yes (as the child of a civil engineer too) it has obvious uses in civil engineering, but it’s used extensively in electrical engineering – modulation of radio waves in electronics, electric power engineering, trig is used with impedance in ac circuits, it’s also used to find the strength of fields.

    So, yes, Andy should be an expert in trig.

    • brxbrx says:

      Thanks for the info!

      I tend to give Schlafly the benefit of the doubt too much because
      1. it’s hard to imagine a guy that graduated from two Ivy League schools being such a dolt
      2. I tend to condescendingly see him as a lovable idiot

      So you’re totally right.

      • PsyGremlin says:

        Schlafly might be an idiot, but there is nothing lovable about the man. He is a petty, vindictive, deceitful, vicious little individual. About the only thing I can say about him is that he’s not a mindless bully like Karajerk.

  3. PWEOTWEB says:

    This man needs professional help, badly. I’m just glad he’s only ruling Conservapedia, some extremist fringe site, instead of going into politics and actually becoming an elected official. I shudder at the thought of that >.<

  4. CS Miller says:

    In AC circuit analysis, the resistive (DC) component is given by real numbers; the reactive (inductive or capacitive) by imaginary numbers.

    Manipulation of complex numbers is basically the same as 2D vectors – trig is used to convert between the polar and Cartesian forms.

  5. Arthur Adams says:

    I’ve got a degree in Electrical Engineering, like Schlafly.

    Trig is very important to an electrical engineer. You cannot get through sophomore Circuit Analysis (probably the first actual Electrical Engineering course a prospective EE takes) without trig.

    Depending on what form on EE you specialize in, trig may continue to be very important. If you’re studying power (big electrical machines and the like) or communications (radio, TV and cell phone signals, for instance), trig continues to be important. If you study digial logic (those new fangled computer machines all the kids use today), not so much.

  6. Norseman says:

    Oh come on. By the age of 3 I was performing tons of engineering trigonometry calculations! Everyone knows that!

    • PsyGremlin says:

      /Schlafly voice on
      Unsubstantiated claims of expertise do not work here.
      /Schlafly voice off

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