Stranger Fruit

Archives for August, 2008

Steve Matheson over at Quintessence of Dust has posted part IIb of his “Why I’m not a fan of Behe” series, this time covering Behe’s abuse of genetics. I’ve referred to previous posts in this series here and here. Steve ends with: In summary, I find Behe’s handling of genetics in EoE to be unacceptable.…

Obama, Biden & the Progressive Future

Over the past day I have been running across folks in the progressive blogosphere grousing about Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate. Biden apparently is a “hawk”, too centrist, too pro-Israel, too … well, you get the picture. But I’m wondering, what did these individuals expect? Who else could perhaps deliver the…

Your irony meter may just exploded on this one. Predictably, the idiots (at this stage there really is no other word for them) over at Uncommon Descent have been removing comments that criticize Fuller’s vacuous defense against Sarkhar, a philosopher whom philosophical-know-nothing Denyse O’Leary calls “third-rate” (seriously!). In justifying the censorship “Dave Scot” states: In…

A few days back I noted Sahotra Sarkar’s review of Steve Fuller’s latest ejaculation. John Wilkins brings to my attention that Fuller has finally shown his true colors and joined the madhouse that is Uncommon Descent with a post attempting to deflect Sarkar’s piece. It’s amazing how individuals who claim to be dispassionate observers of…

Obama and Law School

I’m a little disappointed at Jim Lippard’s recent post on "Obama resume-padding, a post which favorably quotes this Jerusalem Post blog. Whatever about Obama’s legislative record (and that is an argument for another day), the authors of this piece show that they know nothing about Law schools. They state: Obama spent twelve years on the…

On Airlines and Safety

With the recent tragic loss of over 150 lives in Madrid, the following strikes me … American Airlines deliberately flew two planes 58 times in December that it knew had broken parts and thus could be unsafe in certain situations. For this – and improper drug and alcohol testing – the FAA fined the company…

And so it begins

Yesterday marked the start of the Fall semester here, and by marked I mean saw the circle of hell that is a seven hour faculty retreat. Saturday morning brings the Fall Assembly for honors students and teaching then begins on Monday. Two classes this semester – my regular honors seminar and a (new for me)…

Monday Mustelid #26

Stone or Beech marten, Martes foina Erxleben 1777 [source]

Reaping what you sow

Juan Cole on the world Bush made: The problem with international law for a superpower is that it is a constraint on overweening ambition. Its virtue is that it constrains the aggressive ambitions of others. Bush gutted it because he thought the United States would not need it anytime soon. But Russia is now demonstrating…

Bornean clouded leopard

Bornean clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) … now with mounted headlights. See here for previous story on the species. (click for larger version / image source)