Archives for May, 2007

From The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Vol.1: The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro, describing Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression (beginning October 29, 1929): In December, 1929, he had said, “Conditions are fundamentally sound.” In March, 1930, he said the worst would be over in sixty days; in May, he predicted that…

Birds of a feather

A while back, the Reverend Jerry Johnston, intolerant blowhard extraordinaire, was revealed to have been skimming the till from his First Family Church. It’s the all-too-familiar tale of a conservative megachurch with a TV audience. Family on the payroll, bogus accounting, a lavish lifestyle for the Rev. and his family, and dubious uses of religious…

Reposted while I unearth myself from a bunch of work I have to get through. From the old TfK, and still relevant. The editor of the racist VDare.com explains that white nationalists are different from white supremacists becasue: They brush their teeth. This has been today’s edition of the field guide to racial extremists.

Running silent

Apologies for the long absence, I’ve had some personal issues and a period of a lot of work to contend with. Back to regular bloggery shortly.

Jerry Falwell dead at 73

The sanctimonious blowhard lived a life of noisy desperation, hunting constantly for a way to divide America and the world. In response to everything from Katrina to the Dover creationism decision to 9/11, he knew that the way to get on television was to declare judgment in God’s name. Job’s friends ? friends who (wrongly)…

In honor of the local paper’s attempt to get an in-depth look at events around Lawrence for 24 hours, I spent a little time outside city limits with a bug net and a camera. While a bug-on-the-street interview is less traditional than other coverage the day generated, I think that a look at the activities…

An LA Times report on a study of the HPV vaccine summarizes it by saying “Overall, the new results indicate that the vaccine is not living up to its initial prospects.” But is that true? Here’s what the reporter said mere paragraphs earlier about the findings: Among women who had not previously been exposed to…

Fulfilling the hopes of many, the Board of Education named Alexa Posny to be the Commissioner of Education. Dr. Posny will replace Bob Corkins, the woefully unqualified commish installed by the previous Board. This undoes the last of the major damage done by the previous Board. Posny was the deputy to the widely respected Commissioner…

Chris Mooney and Matt Nisbet will kick off their Speaking Science tour tomorrow in Kansas City, in the Stowers Institute auditorium at 4 pm. It should be a fun event and a good chance for science advocates to start a discussion about how to communicate science to nonscientists. Nisbet and Mooney kicked the discussion off…

The Lawrence Journal-Worlld is putting together a project called 24 Hours in Lawrence. Tomorrow, they’ll send out reporters throughout the community, the Watkins Community Museum will be set up to take oral histories, and you can submit your own content. They’ll pull all the material together in reports online, on the air and in the…