Archives for March, 2007

A few days ago I pointed out the many, many ways in which Charley Morasch is a wacked out Christian Reconstructionist who has no place in setting educational policy for our children. His endorsement of bad history was pretty bad, but his lengthy, inaccurate and ill-informed defense of intelligent design was reason enough to reject…

Senators Pat “Memory Pills” Roberts and Sam “More conservative that McCain, fewer wives than Giuliani” has come out against a bill funding base realignment and closures (BRAC) funding for two Kansas forts. They want those funds removed from a spending bill, despite the fact that Kris Kobach and the Kansas Republican Party have said that…

Help Boyda raise the dough

There’s no question that Nancy Boyda is going to be one of the top targets for the Republicans in 2008. Losing Jim Ryun really stung the authoritarians, and they want revenge. A good showing on her first finance reports will help show them they should look elsewhere. Give generously before March 31. Also, John Kerry…

Tell Tiahrt to support our troops

When the Appropriations committee voted on the latest Iraq spending, they had some tough choices to make. Should we adequately equipped and armor troops deployed to Iraq? After four years of deployments, should we make sure that troops have the time back home that they are supposed to have? Should we ensure that troops sent…

Local school boards: No on Morasch

Charley Morasch is a wingnut. Here are some answers to questions from the Kansas City Star: What would you like to accomplish if elected/re-elected to the school board? ? Provide a stimulus to improve social studies curriculum to include the words and ideas of the founding fathers, and the legal foundations of our nation, which…

Embryonic stem cell research gets surprise support: “From my standpoint, it is clear today that American science will be better-served, and the nation will be better-served, if we let our scientists have access to more stem cell lines,” Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, told the Senate health appropriations subcommittee,…

Expanding on a report leaked a few days ago, the Washington Post’s account of Smithsonian Head Larry Small’s expenses is truly appalling. Compared to previous Secretary’s of the Smithsonian, Small has taken an enormous housing stipend, has decorated his office with museum specimens ? including a rhino skull, and hired interior designers to find furniture:…

An IDolator’s clarification

IDolator David Tyler wants to make something clear about a new fossil, Yanoconodon: The first point to make is that this is not an example of a transitional fossil. ? Rather, the new fossil has been hailed as illustrating an important evolutionary transition: detachment of the middle ear bones from the mandible. It is therefore…

Ashley Holm, an intern at the Statehouse’s Legislative Research Department, still has her job. This is something of a testament to cool heads in the capitol, who resisted criticism of Holm for a bumper sticker on her car. In the AP’s kind phrasing, “The red bumper sticker contains only two words in white ? the…

Cato’s gang continue to push vouchers, I mean “education tax credits,” as a way towards ending public education. We will note only in passing that “education tax credits” are a shell game, an accounting trick meant only to pretend we aren’t giving sectarian schools big bags of taxpayer money: Education tax credits allow every taxpayer…