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NCSE has announced that two remaining anti-evolution bills have died in committee: Alabama & Missouri. To recap the year: Mississippi – dead in committee Oklahoma – dead in committee Iowa – dead in committee New Mexico – dead in committee Florida – dead in committee Alabama – dead in committee Missouri – dead in committee…

“Biological imperatives trump laws.” Quick … who said that? Evil Darwinist? Nazi eugenicist? Liberal professor? Nope to all three. Answer is Orson Scott Card – sci-fi hack, proponent of guiltless genocide, and anti-Darwinist – in a screed against gay marriage. One is left wondering whether rape is OK to Card – after all, spreading your…

The Arizona Education Association is reporting that nearly 4,500 K-12 teachers and other personnel have been pink-slipped for the next school year. What is truly worrying about this is that it is based on reports from only 36 of the 220 districts statewide and more layoffs are inevitable. You may remember that Republican lawmakers called…

“So be a man and deal with it.”

Matt Taibbi on Jake DeSantis’ narcissism: Only a person with a habitually overinflated sense of self-worth could think he deserves a $700,000 retention bonus, even if it has to be paid by taxpayers, when in reality no one “deserves” that much money. It may be that some people do get paid that much, but most…

More Dawkins in Oklahoma

The Dawkins @ Oklahoma debacle continues. As Greg Lukianoff correctly notes: Think about it: If every time a student or faculty member invited, say, Rick Warren to speak on campus, they knew they would be subjected to a thorough and time-consuming investigation by state officials, you can all but guarantee that schools across the country…

More McCain Asshattery

As some here know, I have a daughter. If some idiot (like, for example, Laura Ingraham) made a comment about her, I’d stand up for her. That’s what fathers do – especially if that comment had something to do about your daughter’s body. Apparently this is not the case with John McCain. Quoting ThinkProgress: Today,…

Texas

Texas House Bill 4224 (introduced yesterday) attempts to introduce “strengths and weaknesses” language, despite opposition from scientists and educators. More over at NCSE.

Are you a “progressive”?

Mike Dunford has linked to a CAP poll for measuring political ideology. What can I say, I’m procrastinating, so I answered the questions and scored 344 out of 400. That makes me a god-damned baby-eating liberal pinko scumbag “extremely progressive.” Below is the mean score by group: I have yet to read the CAP report…

Over at PT, Hector Avalos is reporting that the deadline has passed for the DI-inspired “Evolution Academic Freedom Act? (HF 183) to move out of committee in Iowa. This one is now officially dead. Thus the scorecard so far looks like: Mississippi – dead in committee Oklahoma – dead in committee Iowa – dead in…

Jim Cramer (of CNBC “Mad Money”) doesn’t come off too well when he chats with Stewart. See here (video) and here. Short version: the financial news industry is guilty of sins of commission in all of this. As Stewart says, “it’s not a fucking game”.