Archives for September, 2007

California One

Take a long drive with me on California One, on California One Take a long drive with me on California One, on California One And the road a-winding goes from Golden Gate to roaring cliff-side and the light is softly low as our hearts become sweetly untied beneath the sun of California One “California One”…

Salon observes: Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts have written a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs urging full funding for a new cemetery at Fort Riley in Kansas. The reason: With an influx of casualties from Iraq, the existing cemetery at Fort Riley is now full. Well, not entirely full: A spokesman for…

Jim Ryun discovers the Interwebs

The National Review writes an analysis of the impact of the internet on the 2008 election, but focuses entirely on the impact of Googlebombing in one race, Jim Ryun’s loss to Nancy Boyda. My guess is that the reporter and Drew Ryun met at a party, and started talking about the evils of the internets.…

Mallard Rape

Reposted from the old TfK, in honor of the late, great Greg Beck. Over at Death’s Door, there is a certain degree of consternation about the possibility that mallard ducks would be gang raping each other. There is a bunch of confusion wrapped around that so let’s start slow. I also wasn’t aware that duck’s…

Greg Beck, R.I.P

I apologize for not noting this earlier, but the one and only Greg Beck died last week. I knew Greg through his astonishing blog, and had the pleasure of meeting him in person a few times as well. Like the rest of the KC blogging world, I’m stunned and shocked. There’s very little to be…

9/11+6

It was all supposed to be different after 9/11. Everyone agreed that everything had changed. For a while, Democrats lay down with Republicans, France and America agreed on things, and non-New Yorkers didn’t think so poorly of the Big Apple. It’s a shame everyone didn’t get together and figure out what, exactly, had changed about…

Leatherface for President

Fred Thompson’s pro-life credentials may be harmed because he hasn’t shed enough blood: Rick Scarborough, a Southern Baptist preacher and president of Texas-based Vision America, said that while he is encouraged by Thompson’s strong voting record in the Senate against abortion, he questioned the candidate’s commitment to social issues. “The problem I’m having is that…

ID is a joke

Many years ago, I heard a story about a mohel (the man who performs ritual Jewish circumcisions), and this comment by the Disco. Institute’s Bruce Chapman reminded me of it. Bruce told Tom Bethell (author of the Incorrect Guide to Science): if I were to carry around Discovery fellows’ peer-reviewed science journal articles on Darwinian…

Random Ten

I realize that my ratio of Random Tens to non-music posts is getting dangerously high, but work has been keeping me busy, and I’m still trying to figure out where blogging fits in my schedule. Blame the Discovery Institute. “Chimes of Freedom“ by The Byrds from the album Mr Tambourine Man (1965, 3:53). “The Whistling…

Ben Stein is Confused

Ben Stein cannot grasp what the GOP’s problem is with Larry Craig: What I don’t understand is why the GOP is tossing Senator Craig overboard as if he were a terrorist. Even if it turns Senator Craig is gay, so what? Barney Frank is gay and he’s one of the best members of the Congress.…