Archives for September, 2006

In which I steal material wholesale

Unholy Moses’ Obituary for America is too good not to reprint: Washington ? America, United States of, died Sept. 28, 2006, after a six year illness. The family states that is was, in fact, the domestic foes, not foreign, that finally took their toll. Born in 1776 in Philadelphia, America grew up in an age…

Chris Mooney expresses concern at his blog and in Seed magazine about the possibility that Scientists and Engineers for Change (SEforA) will be too partisan. The races they expect to target include (according to the Times) “Senate race in Virginia between George Allen, the incumbent Republican, and James Webb, a Democrat; a stem cell ballot…

I have no opinion about marijuana. Never toked, never cared to, and I can’t say I feel strongly about whether anyone else chooses to, especially while cigarettes are legal. That said, the periodic discoveries of pot farms in national parks and forests is a definite disaster, and one that can be fixed. The San Francisco…

More ID “research”

Billy Dembski’s “research assistant” weighs in on Judge Jones at the Wichita Eagle’s blog.

Walking down a slope

The Times gets it wrong in criticizing the torture bill that the House passed yesterday. We aren’t Rushing Off a Cliff, we’re strolling, carefully and deliberately. Other than that, the editorial is dead on: Here?s what happens when this irresponsible Congress railroads a profoundly important bill to serve the mindless politics of a midterm election:…

“Citizen journalism”

I hate, hate, hate the phrase “citizen journalist.” I don’t know what it means. Someone is a journalist or isn’t, and a given bit of writing is or isn’t journalism. Would a “citizen journalist” be like a “citizen soldier,” doing journalism a few weekends every year? Are members of the Journalist Reserve held to a…

Charter schools or else

Apparently Bob Corkins gave away $32,000 to whoever asked for it. The money came from federal funds for charter schools. Commissioner of Education Corkins solicited proposals from people who would help create charter schools. “I have not been able to find any connection between these people and a school district,” said Board of Ed member…

Hillary/Brownback ’08?

Journal World’s Congressional Briefing points out an Atlantic article about Hillary Clinton, and how Sam Brownback made peace with her. Brownback came to the Senate prayer group planning to talk about a cancer scare, but seeing new Senator Clinton at the meeting: confessed to having hated Clinton and having said derogatory things about her. Through…

Sinners for Sawyer?

According to the Tom Sawyer campaign for the Ohio Board of Ed, Deborah Owens-Fink said in a radio appearance: “If you are Christian, vote for Debbie. If you believe in evolution, abortion and sin, vote for Sawyer.” No mention was made of who Indian Jim or members of the whitewashers’ guild should vote for. A…

Scientists and Engineers for America

Americans “need leaders to protect the integrity of science,” according to Neal Lane, Bill Clinton’s science advisor from 1998-2001, and before that the director of the NSF. He said that in announcing the kick-off of Scientists and Engineers for America, a new 527 that will be fighting to protect scientific integrity. Lane explained that the…