Archives for January, 2007

In a meeting with the Topeka Capital-Journal editorial board, former congressman Ryun blamed their coverage for his failed campaign: Ryun acknowledged that a Capital-Journal article in October about how well he knew Rep. Mark Foley, accused of improper conduct with House pages, was OK. Ryun was quoted as saying he had only recently discovered that…

Still wrong

Roddy Bullock repeats some questions, as if they get more interesting the millionth time: Question: What do you call a person who hypothesizes an unseen intelligent being and searches outer space for confirming material evidence? Answer: A scientist. Question: What do you call a person who hypothesizes an unseen intelligent being and searches inner space…

But there some nice people there, too

Study finds regional differences in US serial killings: Did you know that people living in the Western region of the United States are more likely to become victims of a serial killer than people living in the Northeast? Ah, science. The study by University of Connecticut Emeritus Sociology Professor James DeFronzo examined male serial killers…

Drug abuse on campus

No, not the hard stuff. Cassie Gentry uses the campus paper to get all worked up about abuse of Plan B. Plan B is basically a high dose of birth control pills. Taken shortly after intercourse, it prevents an egg from implanting in the uterine wall being released from the ovaries, preventing pregnancy. Gentry is…

Warning: Congress at work

DarkSyde interviews the new chairman of the House Science Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. Chris Mooney rejoices in Henry Waxman’s scheduled hearing on abuse of federal climate scientists. Nancy Pelosi proposes a select committee on climate change and energy independence. The first two are great. Expanded oversight into abuse of federal scientists and abuse…

A good Democratic response, at last

The opposition response is often an exercise in triviality. For the last few years, powerless Democrats responding to Bush after he delivered his annual pablum dosage seemed meaningless. Jim Webb set a different standard. Here’s how he signed off: Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt…

More SOTU previews

I reviewed the energy proposals from tonight’s address, so I may as well offer quick takes on the rest of it. He breaks it down into eight categories: energy, health care, education, immigration, HIV/AIDS, malaria, defense, and spending reforms. The health insurance portion will be the most discussed, and is also the least interesting.

The energy portion of the State of the Union is online. As promised, no cap-and-trade. As expected, it emphasizes ethanol. Within ten years, the President proposes to replace 15% of gasoline with alternative or renewable fuels, equivalent to 35 billion gallons of ethanol per year. For comparison, ethanol producers cranked out about four and a…

Nancy Boyda’s bill stripping federal pensions from Congresscritters convicted of certain felonies passed the House unanimously, with four members not present. In all his years in Congress, Jim Ryun’s greatest legislative accomplishment was making foreign shoes somewhat cheaper.

Wonkery

While I’m wonking out, Salon.com’s How the World Works has a really excellent piece about the role of seed companies in the prospective ethanol boom. If ethanol advocates have their way, half of the current corn crop could be put to use in ethanol, reducing foreign exports and raising food prices here and in famine-susceptible…