Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for May, 2008

By way of Lindsay, I read that David Corn relates the following about former Republican senator and McCain advisor Phil Gramm (italics mine):

I like the Smart Car, particularly if it comes with bunny ears. But this is not keeping with the design philosophy of the Smart Car:

Let the Primary Go to the Convention

One of things I don’t get is why so many Democrats are worried about the primary continuing to the Democratic convention. This is the best thing that could happen to the Democrats.

There’s a superb piece by Mark Schmitt that’s been making the rounds. While most people have focused on the Republicans’ use of “Americaness” and identity politics, something near the beginning of the piece stuck with me–and I think it has a lot to do with how Scott McClellan is being treated (italics mine):

Even using conservative measures, the Bush economy has underperformed. Mind you, I prefer measures like the real unemployment rates, various measures of economic equality, the median wage, and other Dirty Fucking Hippie statistics. But if you’re the kind of person who thinks the economy is best described by the rise and fall of stock indices,…

Best Time Waster EVAH!

They’re back. I warned you….

So argues a recent commentary in Science:

Recently, I ripped into Kathleen “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein F├╝hrer” Parker for mainstreaming white power garbage. But Gregory Rodriguez makes a good point about the “formal re-articulation of whiteness as a social category and a racial interest group” (italics mine):

Don’t forget: at Tommy Doyle’s (the one by Harvard Square), Boston Skeptics will be meeting tonight. On the menu:

Chris Mooney comments on the recent attempt by movement conservatives to rebut the concept of a Republican War on Science: