Archives for August, 2006

Odd

WorldNetDaily seems to endorse Nancy Boyda. I don’t know what to think.

Good news/ Bad news

On one hand, SurveyUSA’s finding that a plurality of Americans think we are losing the war on terror (45% think terrorists are winning, 41% think we are, 2.4% MoE) is bad. So is the finding that a quarter of the respondents think it’s time for a draft. But I suppose there’s a silver lining in…

Drought

One of the measures I use to judge whether someone is a serious thinker in Kansas politics is by seeing where they stand on water policy. It seems like there are drought warnings every summer, and those droughts have let other states leap ahead of Kansas in wheat production ? a major part of our…

A repost from a year ago today. Intelligent Design decision boon to other states | LJWorld.com: Dear Members of the Kansas State School Board, I am the Welsh Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have a number of colleagues at Kansas State and the University of Kansas…

Death by any means

Shelley of Retrospectacle asks: “Are you for or against the death penalty, or (if its conditional), in what cases? Furthermore, do you believe that societies that sanction war are hypocritical for opposing the death penalty?” The answer, of course, is complicated.

Tookie

Reposted from the old TfK. In Pete Seeger’s Where Have All the Flowers Gone, he tells this joke: A couple hundred years ago a shipwrecked sailor drifted for weeks till he saw land. He crawled up the beach not knowing what country or continent he’d landed on. He staggered up the bluff, and at the…

August 1 brought a thrilling result, the overthrow of the creationist majority on the Kansas Board of Education. Unfortunately, there remain two races where creationists won and where we need to take the seat in the general election. The picture above shows 4 of the 5 Democrats in the race. Two are working to unseat…

Popular Governor

This is part of an ongoing series of posts deconstructing SurveyUSA’s state-by-state polls of Presidential approval, Senator approval, and Governor approval. Today SUSA released their latest gubernatorial results. Kathleen Sebelius is a popular lady. For a Democrat in Kansas, that’s fairly remarkable, so understanding how her popularity plays out has some broader interest, especially as…

The Times reports that Venom Runs Thick in Fish Families: The study, published in June in The Journal of Heredity, analyzed and compared DNA sequences from 233 species and used the results to create a new family tree for spiny-rayed fishes. That group includes many types of toadfish, scorpionfish (lionfish are a type of scorpionfish),…

From the KC Star’s blog: Nah, a leading Republican strategist says, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won’t take on Sen. Pat Roberts in 2008. Why? Roberts was once chief of staff to Rep. Keith Sebelius, father of Kathleen’s husband, Gary. Too many family ties, the Republican says. This is undoubtedly the silliest argument possible. Who is this…