Archives for September, 2008

What I had for Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Happy New Year! I was a good little atheist today, and made a reasonably convincing argument that Bill Maher has NOT gone too far in trashing religion. After all, no one expected the Spanish Inquisition. Or at least, the elderly Jewish and Catholic people were nodding as I was ranting about it, so I think…

Poll on Palin

Here’s a poll you may be interested in. The question is: Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as Vice President of the United States? And so far the answer is “Yes” by a small margin. This poll is at PBS. Here.

Obama Surges in North Star State

Not long ago, Minnesota was moved to the “undecided column” by many pollsters. Well, in the words of the great Inspector Clouseau, “Nit Iny Meour”….. In Minnesota, Barack Obama has opened an eight-point lead over John McCain. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Minnesota voters finds Obama attracting 52% of the vote while McCain…

Galveston Dead and Missing Mystery

This is a photograph from the vicinity of Galveston Texas. These fish were stranded in this fence after Hurricane Ike’s storm surge receded. This photo is one of a dozen or so I received that are allegedly being used in FEMA disaster training, and that may be true. But I think these are also circulating…

Get ready for the Vice Presidential Debate

You’ll need two/three cases of beer, three/four bottles of wine, a few friends, and understanding neighbor. Do not watch this video if you intend to drive. And now, How to remove red wine stains from your carpet:

Plan B

This is from Robert Reich’s blog: Prediction: A scaled-down bill will be enacted by the end of the week. It will provide the Treasury with a first installment of $150 billion. Treasury can use it to back Wall Street’s bad debts with lend no-interest loans of up to two years, until the housing market rebounds.…

Sub Prime Explained: You must read this

It is a cartoon power point-like thingie about the current financial crisis. Click the picture.

Moore on the Bailout

Michael Moore’s critique of the bailout recently mailed around the intertubes includes this list of problems: 1. The bailout bill had NO enforcement provisions for the so-called oversight group that was going to monitor Wall Street’s spending of the $700 billion; 2. It had NO penalties, fines or imprisonment for any executive who might steal…

Empty Oceans

See also this short article on film director Randy Olson.

Evolution, the Carnival

Thirty Days Hath September, which means that tonight I’ll be compiling the Carnival of Evolution. I’ll actually be putting it up during the day tomorrow, and can probably take late submissions even through the early AM. Either way, please send me your blog posts on Evolution and stuff, or submit them here.