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Archives for March, 2009

Lookin’ lovely, ladies

Your ornamental function must be your important asset — never mind those degrees and skills and various non-superficial attributes. I can imagine how Sheril must feel, but have never experienced it myself. Strangely, I’ve never met a distinguished stranger and had them compliment my looks or ask after my marriage status. It’s the Western complement…

Who’s going to the American Humanist meeting in June? I know I am — I’m getting an award, and I felt quite cocky about it. Then I saw all the other people being recognized, and I’m suddenly having one of those “I am not worthy” moments. Yikes. At least it guarantees that we’ll have a…

This is not one of those fake church signs: it’s the real thing, taken in Arkansas. This looks like an irreconcilable difference to me.

The Florida anti-evolution bill I mentioned yesterday? It is an ex-bill.

More Catholic inanity

The pope’s ridicuolus and wrong stance on condoms has led to world-wide outrage, and the Vatican is going to be sent millions of condoms in response. I have an even better idea: if you’re Catholic, leave the church. Why you are following an ignorant, superstitious kook as a moral authority is mystifying to me. In…

Texas BOE roundup

How did Texas screw up public education? It’s complicated. The rational members of the board managed to exclude the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ language, which would have invited an immediate assault by the ignorant on a well-established scientific principle, but at the same time the ignorant members of the school board managed to hammer in several…

It’s terribly unfair. Not only are the paladins of evolution handsomer, wittier, more charming, and with a deeper grasp of the truth than the orc-like hordes of creationism, but even our ancillary skills are wielded with more effortless panache than our opponents’ primary talents. Here’s a beautiful example: Richard Dawkins, a mere biologist, wrote a…

Texas is getting all this attention — they’ve got Don McLeroy! Reviews of curricula with creationists chipping away at them word by word! Insanity reigns, and everyone just acts as if it were standard operating procedure! I think Florida was feeling neglected, so that state slipped in another creationist education bill. It’s like this is…

A little ol’ Texas Poll

Texans need some wise advice. KTBX asks, How do you think science should be taught in Texas schools?. Evolution only – 34.50% Creationism only – 16.83% Combination of both – 48.67% Total Responses – 600 Those numbers don’t look quite right to me. I’m about to get on a plane and fly to Minneapolis…is there…

Texas confuses me

I was premature in mentioning the good news from the Texas hearings: the situation is much messier than I thought. The ‘strengths and weaknesses’ amendment lost on points, but the creationists responded with a flurry of new amendments to various pieces of the science standards — most of them look like very nit-picky changes in…