Archives for October, 2006

In new ads, Phill Kline hired an actor to impersonate his opponent. The actor reads some statements that Morrison may or may not have made 15 years ago. Court cases about the incident resolved in a dismissal and a mutual agreement to drop the case. In other words, there’s no good evidence that Morrison actually…

Where are my doppelgangers?

HowManyOfMe.com There are:3people with my namein the U.S.A. How many have your name?

Popular Governor

With mere weeks before the elections, Governor Sebelius is sitting pretty. SurveyUSA released its poll of approval for all 50 governors, and Sebelius is the 14th most popular. For what it’s worth, the allegedly resurgent Aaahnahld is the 38th. Republican approval of Governor Sebelius seems to have leveled out at 52%, for 6% net approval.…

How much can Ryun lie?

Back in May, Jim Ryun, Mark Foley and a couple of their neighbors hosted a block party. As you see, entrance to each party cost $1,000, and the gang of Republican House members served various tasty beverages. Back when Mark Foley and his predilection for young Congressional pages became known, Jim Ryun was asked what…

Iceland breaks ban on commercial whaling: Iceland announced last week that it would resume commercial whaling, ignoring a worldwide moratorium that came into effect in 1986. They kicked things off by killing a fin whale, one of only 30,000 estimated to be alive as of 2001. A female gives birth to a single calf every…

Can you trust this man? Ten days ago, we reported on Jim Ryun’s claim that he didn’t know Mark “booked for pages” Foley, even though Foley lived across the street and the two had thrown a block party together. Ryun claimed the parties were totally independent, a claim easily disproven by the single invitation they…

Bizarre election predictions

Barron’s thinks Republicans will retain their majority in the House: Our analysis — based on a race-by-race examination of campaign-finance data — suggests that the GOP will hang on to both chambers, at least nominally. We studied every single race — all 435 House seats and 33 in the Senate — and based our predictions…

Best Science Show

This weeks ask the Scienceblogger question is: What’s the best science show ever? I’ll go with David Attenborough’s Life on Earth. I probably would have become a biologist without Attenborough’s example, but who can be sure. I watched our tapes of that show until they wore out. I wanted to be David Attenborough until I…

Via NASA’s EarthObservatory, we learn that Greenland is melting. Historically minded readers know that Leif Erikson named Greenland (Groenland) after its verdant coastlines, even though most of its landmass is covered with ice. Cinematically inclined readers know that the prospect of that massive ice-sheet melting enough to slip off of the island is a significant…

“Personal responsibility”

I haven’t really been writing about the Moore-Ahner race in the 3rd District. Moore will win with his largest margin ever, and Ahner is tragically underqualified to be in Congress. He seems to think a photograph of him shaking hands with Bob Dole and the fact his name sounds a little bit like a positive…