Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for September, 2006

Pragmatism and Principle

I agree with Digby that progressives have to stand for something more than winning.

Phage Therapy

Since I’m going away for a long weekend, I’ll leave you with this post about phage therapy from the archives.

Republican Corruption Involving a Minor

Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned yesterday because he sexually propositioned a sixteen year-old congressional page. That’s awful enough–well, that and Foley was the Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, but what’s even worse is that the House Republican leadership knew about this for months and did nothing. Well, they did one…

Torture and Willy Pete

Over at Hullabaloo, tristero argues that the moral argument against torture, rather than the utilitarian one, is the argument to use. It reminds me of something Hunter wrote about the use of white phosphorous in civilian areas:

I’ve Been Waiting For Coturnix To Say This

I had always hoped that my take on the Reign of Little Lord Pontchartrain was overblown. But even I have never thought it could lead to civil war. coturnix writes:

Maybe Iraq Is Like Vietnam…

…if for no other reason than Henry Fucking Kissinger is once again disastrously advising another president. From 60 Minutes (italics mine):

I See Stupid People: The John Boehner Edition

This transcends absurd: Republican Rep. John Boehner, the House Majority Leader, stated on national television that Al-Queda and Saddam Hussein were linked, even though President Bush himself has admitted no connection. Keep in mind, Boehner isn’t some councilman in a podunk little town. He is one of the most influential members of Congress. And he…

You Never Get the Last Word in Against…

…a Jewish grandmother. Barbara Boxer did a wonderful job of preventing the standard Fox ‘News’ modus operandi of ending an interview of a Democrat with a Republican talking point. Like you’re ever going to get the last word in against a Jewish grandmother…. (link here. By way of Oliver Willis)

Sen. George “Macaca” Allen (R-VA) is quite possibly one sick puppy: Shelton said he also remembers a disturbing deer hunting trip with Allen on land that was owned by the family of Billy Lanahan, a wide receiver on the team. After they had killed a deer, Shelton said he remembers Allen asking Lanahan where the…

Paul Waldman Kicks John Stossel’s Ass

And one of my favorite liberal wonks was wearing glasses while doing so. That has to hurt. Seriously, Waldman did a brilliant thing: he shifted the discussion onto his terms. Instead of the storyline being “liberals are mean to Bill O’Loofa O’Reilly”, it became “why can’t conservatives respond to criticism in any other way than…