Archives for February, 2008

199 years ago, in a log cabin in Kentucky, a boy was born to a pair of farmers on the American frontier. His parents named him Abraham, after the father prepared to sacrifice his own divinely promised son when called to do so by his God, and who, the Apostle Paul said, “against hope believed…

On courage and compromise

Hillary:: So when I hear Senator Obama talk about that, I wonder which fights he wouldn’t fight. Would he have not fought to get to a balanced budget and a surplus and help create 22 million new jobs? Would he have not fought to get assault weapons off the street and get them out of…

Disco.’s anti-education agenda

Disco. Inst. frontman Rob Crowther wonders: Why isn’t anyone talking about the 2/3 of teachers who aren’t hassled for teaching basic science? You doubt that anyone could be so silly? Gaze in wonder: the results are cleverly communicated with misplaced emphasis to imply that teachers are under overwhelming pressure to not teach evolution. It just…

Obamomentum

Obama won the Maine caucuses in a fairly dramatic way. The Hillary campaign had expected to take the state, thus upsetting the momentum from Obama’s sweep of the Virgin Islands, Washington, Nebraska and Louisiana yesterday. Obama leads in the polls in the next block of states: Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, which polling may or may…

Disguised as a middle-manager with the American Milk Solids Council, Sadly, No!’s intrepid correspondent suffered through the horror that results when American conservatives gather. Along hte way, there was a screening of Expelled: No Intelligence?, and it sucks: At some point I sneak into a screening of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a Michael Mooreian abortion…

Kansas does the right thing

On Super-Typhoon Tuesday, Kansans overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama for President. This was gratifying, but a muted victory given the overwhelming number of Kansans who aren’t Democrats (yet). But today, in the Republican caucuses, the people spoke again. They rejected nutbar militarist John McCain, and overwhelmingly casting a protest vote for flab-busting Arkansan Mike Huckabee. In…

Attention Floridians

Monday?s public forum on science standards: A press release from the Department of Education gives a few more details about the hearing being held Monday in Orlando about the state science standards. Monday, February 11, 2008 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Orlando Hyatt Orlando International Airport 9000 Airport Boulevard Orlando Of special note is that…

Darwin Day is coming!

How will you celebrate the 199th birthday of Chuckie D? Glenn Branch has some suggestions. I shall be addressing the Community for Humanistic Judaism, giving a talk entitled “May they grow like an onion: Yiddish curses on the history of creationism.” The talk is Feb. 17 at 10 am at the Albany Community Center. I’m…

Fame

Laura’s friend Kara preserves my bon mot for the benefit of the intertubes: “It just amazes me,” said Laura’s friend Josh, “how much of a divide there is between northern and southern California.” “Yeah, we never had that in Maryland,” I said. “Well, it’s not really big enough to have a northern and southern division,”…

Romney out

To announce suspension of campaign at wingnut festival. Will he endorse someone or other? Does this give Huckabee the opening he’s been waiting for? Can McCain ride to the Republican Convention as the first horseman of the apocalypse?