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Archives for April, 2010

The monarchy is reduced to this folly

Prince Charles always seemed like a walloping great dunderhead to me, and I see that my opinion has been confirmed. His great cause, the philanthropic purpose he’d like to be remembered for, is propping up the quackery of homeopathy and other such nonsensical therapies. And now one of his aides in this misguided impulse has…

Republicans: petty and stupid

Yesterday, I linked to an offensive poll by Minnesota Republicans in district 42 (that’s one of the Minneapolis suburbs, by the way). My readers marched in, voted against their support for Arizona’s racial-profiling, anti-immigrant law, and completely skewed the results to be against the desired Republican outcome. This happens often enough; the point is that…

Science of Watchmen : Pharyngula

Remember this? I mentioned this on an old thread that was on of the precursors to the immortal thread. Now there’s another twist: that video is up for a Webby Award. Go sign up and vote! We need to send Jim Kakalios to New York to accept his prize! I looked at the other four…

Gray vs. Grayling

I’ve taken a swipe or two at John Gray in the past, and now he has a plodding review of AC Grayling’s Ideas that Matter…a review that is of no account except for the fact that it motivated Grayling to write a delightful rebuttal. I groaned at the boring and predictable Gray, I laughed at…

This is Minnesota. We’re mostly pale and of Scandinavian/German ancestry up here, which means our local racists are mostly blithely confident and don’t have much opportunity to express themselves. We just saw one interesting example of a regional Republican party with a contemptuous attitude towards Hispanics…but you’ve got to go to the teabaggers to see…

Interview on EarthSky

There I am, in a short interview with Jorge Salazar.

You may have heard that Arizona has a draconian new immigration law that essentially legalizes racial profiling, and requires immigrants to carry their registration documents at all times…and by default, then, you better not be caught brown in Arizona without proof of citizenship, no matter what your legal status. One of our local Republican districts…

That hollow ring, that tired objection

Lots of people sent me a link to this essay in which David Hart declares “New” Atheism a passing fad, expecting me to take it apart. I didn’t have the heart, and I’m busy right now, sorry. It’s a horribly written and excessively long piece — I’d almost call it purple prose if the periphrastic…

Bye-bye McLeroy, Hello Dunbar

Arch-creationist dentist Don McLeroy is limping and quacking his way off the Texas Board of Education, but there’s still plenty of crazy left behind. Cynthia Dunbar recently appeared on a far right-wing radio show to preach her revisionist history, her dislike of atheists and Christians who aren’t part of her sect, and plead for more…