Archives for March, 2007

Philosophy

Via Stranger Fruit: You scored as Justice (Fairness). Your life is guided by the concept of Fair Justice: Everyone, yourself included, should be rewarded and punished according to the help or harm they cause. “He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.” –Leonardo da Vinci ?Though force can protect in emergency, only…

Corrections

Bounce Boyda is very excited. The found a small error in my comments about Congresswoman Boyda. I stated that yesterday was the end of the fundraising quarter when today is the end. That means you can still donate. This error inspired an error-laden post from them, a post filled with misspellings (“dillusion?”) and their own…

Lies and the lying liars

Bounce Boyda thinks Bancy broke this promise: Nancy Boyda stood in front of a camera, taped a commercial, and ran it on the air. On the commercial she said, “I’m not going to raise your taxes.” Bounce Boyda, like the RNC and the Kansas GOP, are using a definition of “raising taxes” very different from…

End of Quarter push

Today is the last day of the FEC’s fundraising quarter. Your favorite Congresscritters and candidates will file forms based on how much money they’ve raised and spent as of today, and what those numbers look like will shape perceptions of the races in 2008. If you’ve got a favorite in the Presidential races, today is…

A few days ago, I mentioned some revisions of the regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act, changes which would gut key provisions. In addition to imposing an arbitrary time limit on what decision-makers could examine regarding potential threats to a species, the new regulations would delegate many powers to state governments, water down the standards…

Local school boards

One of the great ironies of politics is that the most local offices, the ones that ought to be most responsive to constituent needs, are often the least-known. Presidential elections are hotly debated, even in a state like Kansas where the outcome is fore-ordained. But a local or state school board election can be decided…

Karl Rove’s enemies list

These are the Democrats Karl Rove wants to unseat: Nick Lampson, Texas Tim Mahoney, Florida Jerry McNerney, California Zack Space, Ohio Baron Hill, Indiana Chris Carney, Pennsylvania Patrick Murphy, Pennsylvania Nancy Boyda, Kansas Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Brad Ellsworth, Indiana Heath Shuler, North Carolina Ciro Rodriguez, Texas Steve Kagen, Wisconsin Jim Marshall, Georgia Joe Donnelly, Indiana…

I’ve addressed the absurdity of Denyse O’Leary’s analogy between arson investigations and biology before, but she can’t seem to stop. Here is how she proposes to address why invoking design doesn’t stop research: Suppose we say: If the fire marshall?s office (FMO) concludes that a fatal fire has been set deliberately, then they are just…

Selective quoting

Stay Red Kansas ? formerly the proprietors of Fire Kansas Democrats ? is excited. A recent Pew Poll showed, in SRK’s words: over 40% of the public believe that the situation is going ‘very well.’ According to Pew, however: Four-in-ten Americans say that the U.S. military effort in Iraq is going very or fairly well,…

Mike Silverman found this remarkable statement on the website for James Bush, until recently the minister at a Southern Baptist church here in Lawrence.: I have read the report the City Commission received from the city staff as well as reviewed the comments made by citizens of Lawrence and members of the City Commission. If…