Archives for February, 2008

Would someone kindly hire Disco. Inst. lead vocalist Rob Crowther a copy editor? It wouldn’t necessarily make what he says any less bogus, but at least his argument would be readable. It took me a long time to even find a grammatically correct interpretation of the title of his latest post “Revisioning Darwin’s Theory as…

Yet more corruption

As Barack Obama clears his millionth individual contributor, the Congressional influence of large corporate donors continues to generate controversy. The fight currently focuses on the question of warrantless wiretapping. The story goes like this: Some time in 2001 (before 9/11), the Bush administration started leaning on telecoms to give broad access to telephone calls involving…

Fare thee well, William F. Buckley

Making Light reminds us of William F. Buckley’s greatest hits: ?The central question that emerges?is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas where it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is Yes?the White community is so entitled because,…

On shelving

While Matt Selman’s rules of book shelving are clearly insane, Ezra Klein’s response is clearly not quite right either. The basic rule, from which all the others follow like a pack of hallucinating baboons, is: It is unacceptable to display any book in a public space of your home if you have not read it.…

Bruce Chapman, president of the creationist Disco. Inst., complains about “young adults talking about politics and making fools of themselves in television and radio interviews.” This is already rich, coming from a group that hosts such intellectual lowlifes as Johnny West and Billy Dembski. But the comedy doesn’t stop there. Chapman, whose organization encourages school…

More pandering, please

Americans Change Faiths at Rising Rate, Report Finds – New York Times: More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, according to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The report, titled ?U.S. Religious…

Effing Kansas!

During Robert F. Kennedy’s candidacy, he gave an anti-war speech at K-State. At this comparatively conservative outpost, the crowds went crazy. A speechwriter remembers looking at the wild crowd reaction and saying, “This is Kansas, fucking Kansas. He’s going all the fucking way!” I thought of that when I saw a set of new polls…

Still a good question

It’s two days short of the 5th anniversary of this question: can anyone? give me one single example of something with the following three characteristics: 1. It is a policy initiative of the current Bush administration 2. It was significant enough in scale that I’d have heard of it (at a pinch, that I should…

Bruce Gordon, “Research” Director at the Disco. Inst. has A Few Words about a Long-Winded Breach of Etiquette, his response to Daniel Brooks’s exposť of a Disco.-funded conference. Gordon complains that Brooks’s account is inaccurate, but never actually says what he got wrong. He complains that Brooks did not “respect the privacy of the conference…

Iraq

Kevin Drum notes that Moqtada al-Sadr has extended his cease-fire for another six months. This is abundantly good news, and as the Washington Post points out, this cease-fire is at least as significant a factor in the drop in violence as the “surge”. I’ve updated the figure above from what I posted at the State…