Archives for January, 2007

R.I.P. Molly Ivins

According to The New Yorker of 10/31/1994, Ivins made a promise to her mentor, John Henry Faulk: “I don’t want you to worry about the First Amendment. I’m gonna take care of it.” As Lawrence Wright observed, “Ivins finds that humor is the best weapon in the war against intolerance.” And for decades she’s been…

Welcome Back

With Kris Kobach’s return to Kansas politics, the anonymous Kriswatchers have returned as well.

Republicans looking past Ryun

The KC Buzz Blog has a subscription to Roll Call, thus leaned that this article about Republican comeback kids is down on Ryun. While “the National Republican Congressional Committee is prepared to back any former Member who gives the GOP its best chance of reclaiming seats the Democrats won last year,” an unnamed strategist reveals…

Political science

I like to joke that in Kansas, biology is political science. Even when I’m doing job interviews outside of this grand state, people usually get the joke, or need only slight prompting to get it. I take this to be a sad commentary on the state of politics in Kansas. There is no doubt that…

Fighting the war on terror, almost

Via Uncertain Principles, we learn that dangerous terrorist Robert Weiler has pled guilty. So far as we know, the guilty plea is not the result of torture, illegal warrantless wiretapping, invasion of randomly chosen countries, denial of habeas corpus, or any other of the many sacrifices we’ve been asked to make on behalf of the…

What could go wrong?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, after dealing with patients who get busted by portable nuclear detectors after getting medical procedures with radioactive materials, they’ve decided defending nuclear plants against aerial assault is impractical: The new defense plan — most of which is classified — offers provisions related to “multiple, coordinated groups of attackers, suicide attacks and…

Energy policy is one of those nerdy things that no one pays attention to until it starts to go wrong. And that’s where we stand today. Electricity demand continues to rise, as documented by this report by the Energy Information Administration. And most of that electricity is generated by coal plants. This is bad, because…

Every few weeks, we gather the finest of Kansan and Kansas related bloggery. This week, a series of recipes. Modern science: Drop an apple on Isaac Newton, wait until he realizes that the laws of nature apply to the whole universe. Use those laws to fly missions around the Moon, as described by Paul Decelles,…

Pat Roberts has been putting together another campaign for Senate. He’s given up his seats on the Intelligence Committee and the Armed Services Committee in exchange for more pork-filled seats, apparently worried that a resurgent Kansas Democratic Party might remember to run someone against him this time around. With no major party opponent in 2002,…

Cato on creationism

Cato defends children’s liberty to be wrong. This is not the first time that Andrew Coulson has advanced this line of argument. Essentially, his claim is that the only way to end the wars over creationism would be to let children learn whatever they want in schools that their parents pay with other people’s tax…