Archives for January, 2008

It’s pretty hard to see how McCain could fail to romp through Feb. 5, especially if Romney isn’t running any ads in the 22 states holding primaries or caucuses. As Steve Benen notes, this creates an opportunity for the Democratic candidates to break the circular firing squad and start showing who can better beat McCain.…

Tulis on various bovine products

Guest blogging at Balkinization, Jeffrey Tulis considers Obama?s Beef, concluding: Senator Obama has the beef, Senator Clinton the hamburger. Leaving the Republicans with …

The importance of big ideas

One of the things that impressed me about Obama when I met him in 2006 was his nearly palpable intellect. In a situation like that interview, a five-minute session with a little blogger in Kansas, wedged between a private chat with Governor Sebelius and an address to the state’s Democratic powerbrokers, it’d be easy for…

As Florida gears up to revise state science standards, they seem insistent on topping the anti-science nonsense which earned Kansas such mockery. The St. Petersburg Times education blog reports: Another key lawmaker says it’s likely the Legislature will weigh in on the evolution controversy. And in this case, the lawmaker, Rep. Joe Pickens, R-Palatka, says…

State of the Union pre-blogging

Mr. Speaker! The Preznit of the Untied States of America. Congresscritters, esteemed Cabinet members and other besuited Washingtonians, I stand before you to tell you that the state of the union is ? tolerable. After all, there’ll be an election in November, and then it’ll all be someone else’s problem. Heh heh heh. (Applause) We’re…

Attention DI: Skepticism != Dissent

Mike has some astute observations about the Disco. Inst.’s Dissent from Darwinism List. Noting that Rob Crowther claims: Signers of the Dissent List have signed the list because it is their professional opinion that the evidence is lacking for the claims for the ability of random mutations and natural selection to account for the complexity…

Cato’s Andrew Coulson actually applies that “logic” to a different government program, but it makes just as little sense. Yes, Americans tend to reject evolution, though not, as Coulson claims, 2 in 3; a survey by FASEB this month found that 6 in 10 support evolution. That doesn’t mean we should give up on public…

Political effectiveness

Kevin Drum evaluates the Democratic frontrunners on their ability to move an agenda through Congress: Congress is a different kettle of fish [than the public, which he allows Obama could probably swing to his side], and obviously a lot depends on just what kind of majority the new president has to work with. I think…

Tony Campolo, generally considered a member of the Christian Left, writes a staggeringly wrong essay on evolution. After rightly dismissing typical creationist complaints that evolutionary “theories contradict their literal biblical belief that creation occurred in six 24-hour days,” Campolo jumps onto the Coral Ridge/Disco. Inst. bandwagon, claiming that the “real dangers of Darwinism,” lie in…

Poe’s Law

PZ watches a clip from a creationist video game and wonders: Now here’s the question: is this the work of a sincere creationist, or is this the product of the evil atheist conspiracy, made with the intent of making creationists look like talentless, tasteless hacks? I can’t tell. This is an example of Poe’s Law:…