Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for July, 2006

Quote of the Day

From Paul Waldman’s book Being Right Is Not Enough–What Progressives Must Learn from Conservative Success: But the stance of those in the Radical Religious Right toward homosexuality is unlikely to change anytime soon. Since they believe the Bible absolutely prohibits homosexuality, they don’t see any room for compromise. As American opinion evolves, their views will…

Experts and the Middle East

From the old digs comes this post about how catastrophically wrong self-proclaimed ‘experts’ were on Iraq. I will freely admit I’m no expert on the Middle East. Infectious disease. Yes. Evolutionary biology. Yes. The Middle East. Not exactly. While I speak a smattering of Arabic, can converse in Hebrew, and have actually been to that…

One of the implicit assumptions regarding Iraq and the whole militarization of U.S. society is that the bellicose neocons are manly, and those of us who opposed invading the wrong country the Iraq War were wimpy or ‘girly’. This is one of the oldest tricks in the facist playbook: the ‘feminization’ of your opponent. So…

In a post over at Media Matters about the right-wing’s attempt to figure out if the Israeli-Hezbollah-Palestinian-My Uncle Morty conflict is World War III, IV, or V(?!), Larry Kudlow rises above the herd with this spectacular piece of ass-hattery (italics mine): Lawrence Kudlow, discussing a book by former deputy undersecretary of defense Jed Babbin, said…

This is a modified post from the old digs, moved over here to the new site. Stem cell research has always been a very personal issue for me: a close family relative is a type I diabetic (this is an autoimmune form of diabetes caused by the body’s destruction of the pancreatic cells that produce…

If Only All Criminals Were So Caring

From Boston’s Beacon Hill Times: A resident was robbed at knife-point by an unknown Caucasian male suspect at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, near the corner of Hancock and Cambridge streets. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet, according to police reports. The victim said the suspect offered to pay her back if she…

The Cult of ‘Christian’ Victimhood

(via Shakespeare’s Sister) I’ve always found it odd that Christian conservatives constantly claim victim status, particularly when so many of them, when it comes to foreign policy are so convinced that will can overcome anything. It’s sort of like Norman Vincent Pearle but with fighter bombers. Then again, logical consistency isn’t exactly the Christian conservatives’…

What Josh Says (About the Middle East)

Josh, at Thoughts from Kansas, has a superb explanation of why the blogospheric left has largely remained silent about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Matt Yglesias has been pondering why the left half of the blogosphere doesn’t write more about Israel. My answer is simple: Everyone involved sucks. The Palestinians were terrorists for decades, and killing children…

Dobson: Cracked In the Head

At the old digs, I asked about Sen. George Allen of VA: Can we please have presidential candidates who are not psychological basketcases? … Is it possible for the Republicans to nominate someone who is not cracked in the head? Please? Just in case. (Shakespeare’s Sister, by the way, thinks not). By way of Mondo…

Cringe: The Presidential Groping Edition

President Bush groped the German Chancellor. What an idiot.