Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2006

Fellow Liberals, Never Forget That…

…fifty years ago, this man would have been lynched. Progressives and liberals are the reason he isn’t lynched today. And don’t let some conservative tell you otherwise. For those of us old enough to have grey hair, we remember which side conservatives were on and which side liberals were on: it wasn’t liberal politicians who…

What’s the Matter With South Carolina?

I go for a walk, and watch some soccer, only to find out that Thursday, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee passed ‘standards‘ that force students to “summarize ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.” I have to hand it to the creationists:…

That’s the title of a post by Greg Palast that recounts a massive Republican operation to disenfrachise ten of thousands of voters in Black-majority districts through illegal voter challenges. Many of the targets include servicemen and servicewomen serving overseas. Let’s make something clear: this is not a voting ‘irregularity.’ An irregularity is when the voting…

Animalcules 1.9 Is Now Up

Over at Aetiology, the carnival o’the wee beasties known as Animalcules is now online. Lotsa good stuff. My contribution can also be found here.

So How Do I Find the Time to Blog?

From the Seed Hive Mind comes the following question: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog so prolifically? As a PI, I actually find blogging to be a good release, and I don’t find…

Republicans: Still Sliming Murtha

An exchange between Republican Congresscritter Gohmert and decorated veteran Democratic congressman Jack Murtha: Rep. Gohmert: Let me close by saying some have not had nice things to say about our colleague Mr. Murtha, and others wanting to pull out of Iraq quickly. I understand the faithful visitation that he does routinely. So i say thank…

Isn’t Amnesty a Good Policy?

I’ll readily admit that I’m as partisan as anyone. But am I the only progressive liberal blogger who has a problem with the other ‘progressive’ bloggers who are going batshit crazy over the Iraqi government’s offer of amnesty for insurgents who have not killed Iraqis (i.e., they have only killed Americans)? After all, we’re the…

God Genes and Other Overblown Claims

One of the advantages of being at ScienceBlogs is that when confronted with idiocy like this NY Times article about the genetic basis of behavior, you can count on your fellow bloggers to tear it to shreds. Thankfully, Jonah and Dave do a wonderful job. It seems every so often this sort of sloppy genetic…

Respond Does Not Mean Swiftboat

Thesaurus Rex, over at Shakespeare’s Sister makes one of the best observations about the Blond Banshee’s claim that the Sept. 11th widow’s are unassailable: The ‘droids of the Reich Wing are in full rout. Ann Coulter is far, far out on a limb with her latest attacks on the 9/11 widows and sawing fast. But…

Mike the Mad Biologist Says Give!

So Dr. Free-Ride convinced a whole bunch of us to do something altruistic and decent (damn philosophers…). We’re raising money to help school teachers fund small educational projects for their students. You can find all the ScienceBlogs participants here. My challenge is to raise around $5,000. And if you donate, you’re entered into a contest…