Archives for May, 2007

Barack Obama Otold the Detroit Economic Club that “the auto industry is on a path that is unacceptable and unsustainable“ because of its fuel inefficiency and the high costs of health care for employees and retirees. He proposed to let the government take on some of those costs if the industry would produce more efficient…

In addition to its flawed standards on science education, the previous Board of Education’s major achievements involved hired an unqualified Commissioner of Education and imposing abstinence-only standards on sex ed classes. The new Board reversed the science standards debacle, is currently selecting a new Commissioner with an actual background in education policy, and will reverse…

The Senate is considering a bill that would have allowed the reimportation of drugs from Canada. This is a measure that overwhelming majorities support, and that many people have already supported with their wallets. Some states have even explored reimporting drugs. Of course, a popular idea that could ease the suffering and financial hardship of…

Someone turned me on to a new journal ? Secular Culture & Ideas ? covering cultural (secular) Judaism. There’s an interview with science journalist Natalie Angier, an essay on secular thought in American politics, and several articles on Jewish feminism. Douglas Rushkoff’s essay on how secular voices can redefine Judaism is especially interesting in light…

Looting our planet’s past

Within days of a tornado that destroyed 90% of Greensburg, KS, at least 7 people have been arrested for looting the town: Four soldiers and a reserve police officer were arrested Sunday on suspicion of looting cigarettes and alcohol from a store in this tornado-ravaged town, state officials said. In a separate incident, two people…

Not evil

How evil are you? As if you, dear reader, would have thought otherwise.

“weirded out”

Drew Ryun, Jim Ryun’s baby boy and former Evangelical Outreach director for the RNC, thinks Mormonism is weird. He defends that claim by encouraging people bothered by that statement to read up on Mormon theology. He then defends his own views, writing: if you’re weirded out by orthodox Christianity. . . that’s your problem. It’s…

Sick bastards

Steve, formerly the Whole Wheat Blogger, is confused. He reads an article about people in Austria trying to get a chimpanzee declared to be a person for legal purposes, and wonders: On pondering this, I was wondering what possible reason these people could have for doing this. Do they desire something that is taboo unless…

The Greensburg Tornado

Last night, a tornado ranging between one and two miles wide swept through Greensburg, Kansas, destroying 90% of the town. The town is most famous for the World’s Largest Hand-Dug Well. That tourist attraction, as well as a 1,000 meteorite displayed nearby, is the envy of neighboring towns, as readers may recall from last year’s…

A smart question asked and unanswered in last night’s Republican Presidential debate was “What do you like least about America?” Blue Tide Rising summarizes Mitt Romney’s non-answer, and poses a followup: If the GOP and it’s candidates can’t identify the problems, how can we reasonably expect them to solve them? This is exactly right. People…