Archives for December, 2007

Casey Luskin is upset. Iowa Citizens for Science responded to Luskin’s press conference on behalf of Guillermo Gonzalez a few weeks ago with their own press release, a release which mentioned that “None of his [Gonzalez's] graduate students had completed their programs.” Luskin complains that the statement wasn’t removed in response to an email from…

When tigers cross the walls

Mere days after the skinned and beheaded remains of a Siberian tiger were found in a Chinese zoo, a Siberian tiger in the San Francisco zoo jumped the moat around its exhibit area and attacked three visitors, killing one. Police shot and killed the tiger, so we can only speculate about any link between those…

Oscar Peterson, RIP

The jazz great was 82. The Times obituary reveals that he played trumpet and piano as a youth, but that a bout with TB forced him to choose the piano. He excelled as a jazz pianist, and played with many of top jazz talent over the course of his seven decade career. “Don Cha Go…

Cuba

Way back in April of 2004, I wrote the following note to Sam Brownback: I’m writing to you because you sit on the subcommittee which oversees the Treasury. I just saw an AP report that, since 1990, the Treasury has only opened 93 enforcement actions on terrorism financing, resulting in $9,425 in fines. In contrast,…

Late Week Limerick

WITH BONUS DOUBLE DACTYL and no limerick. Higgledy Piggledy Michael J. Behe (phud) sees in bacteria wee little boats. Reducing complex fla- gellomachinery weakens religion which Behe promotes.

In an arrogant and counterproductive move, the E.P.A. denied California’s request for a permission to regulate vehicle greenhouse gas emission: The Bush administration said Wednesday night that it would deny California’s bid to set stricter vehicle emissions standards than federal law required as part of the state’s efforts to fight climate change. Stephen L. Johnson,…

Misreporting tax policy

The New York Times reports: Congress Votes to Spare Millions From Alternative Tax: By 352 to 64, the House voted to shield about 21 million Americans from being hit by the alternative minimum tax. No, they didn’t. But it takes until the 8th paragraph to find that out: House Democrats angrily approved the bill after…

Heroes

Ten U.S. Senators stood up against a pointless expansion of secret wiretapping. Fourteen missed the vote, including several candidates for the Presidency: The heroes: Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Dodd (D-CT) Feingold (D-WI) Harkin (D-IA) Kerry (D-MA) Menendez (D-NJ) Wyden (D-OR) Hopefully a respect for the basic rule of law will result…

Morrison resigns

Though observers had thought Kansas AG Paul Morrison was digging in to fight for his reputation, he announced his resignation today, effective January 31. Kathleen Sebelius will name his successor. Chris Biggs, who lost to Phill Kline in 2002, is among those mentioned as being on the short list of candidates to replace Morrison. The…

Witchhunt

Philll Kline to investigate AG Morrison’s alleged improprieties. I must say that I don’t see Kline’s logic here. Morrison may well have done something wrong, and if so, his enemies’ best move would be to sit back and let him fall apart on his own, and to force the Democratic governor to follow through with…