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Archives for January, 2006

Livin’ on the edge

There’s a great story in the Rake about the Dakotas—that place just a few miles west of where I’m sitting. This is an odd part of the world, where population is actually contracting and drifting away to leave our rural communities standing rather lonely and empty. Quite obviously, North Dakota has a problem. Even as…

Say it ain’t so, Jonathon!

Our vampire candidate for governor, “the Impaler”, has been arrested for “escape” and “stalking”. I just have to say…Duh. What do you expect from a vampire? (via MNSpeak)

It’s somebody’s birdday…

…so go wish them a happy birthday.

More Koufax nominations!

I’ve got a couple of posts that have been nominated for The 2005 Koufax Awards: Best Post, so I’ve quickly brought them on board here at the new site. Voting isn’t yet open, but here they are: Idiot America. This one is something of a howl of anguish, and it’s really more a lot of…

Some people might think I’m a rather morbid fellow. Years ago, when I was an undergraduate lackey at the University of Washington and working at the med school, there, I made a wonderful discovery one lunch hour: a bone room. Tucked away in an odd corner of the building was a room full of shelves…

Planet of the Hats

I know you will not believe me, but I swear it’s true: I’m not of this earth. I fled here years ago because my home planet was driving me crazy. Let me explain. My home world is very much like this one. It’s populated by billions of bipedal primates, who are just like people here:…

Idiot America

I love this article. Ctenotrish sent along a copy of Greetings from Idiot America, by Charles P. Pierce (sorry, but it’s behind a firewall, and you have to pay $2.95 to see it) from the latest Esquire. I don’t think I’ve ever read this magazine before—it’s one of those things with half-naked young ladies draped…

Debbie Does Derangement

Oh. My. Nonexistent. God. Debbie Schlussel. How does anyone take these “conservative commentators” seriously? She read a NYT article that shows a genetic link between Asians and Native Americans, and guess what that means? It was OK for Europeans to displace them from the Americas, because they were invaders, too! So whom did THEY steal…

ID floats a lead-lined trial balloon

We’re getting signs that the Discovery Institute is going to be shifting their strategy a little bit. Thoughts from Kansas has an excellent discussion of the subject. Basically, they’re going to embrace more of the actual science, and focus their dispute on finer and finer points. What does this mean? Common descent is now in.…

SOTU prognostications

Well, Kevin Drum’s prediction about the State of the Union address is a bit vague and general: Bush’s theme may well be that he’s right and his critics are wrong; and his vision may well be of a year of partisan trench warfare with congressional Democrats. But Chris Mooney gets specific: A while back I…