Archives for March, 2008

Expelled

I haven’t written a lot here about Expelled: No Intelligence. It’ll be a crappy movie, and all the PR in the world won’t change that. All the whining about PZ Myers, and criticism of his desire to see the movie he’s featured in won’t make the movie any better. Plus, I’m helping develop NCSE’s response…

Obama on ID

The York Daily Record (known for its coverage of the Dover ID trial) interviews Barack Obama: Q: York County was recently in the news for a lawsuit involving the teaching of intelligent design. What’s your attitude regarding the teaching of evolution in public schools? A: “I’m a Christian, and I believe in parents being able…

Random Ten

It’s been a long Friday, so it’s time to kick back with some tunes: “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley from the album Viva Las Vegas / Roustabout (1997, 2:22). “Bad, Wicked World” by Frank Black from the album Teenager of the Year (1994, 1:58). “Dead Horse” by Guns N’ Roses from the album Use…

In which I pick on another Ryun

Drew Ryun, twin brother of equally clueless Ned Ryun, discusses: the feeling that a vast majority of Americans share. The Democrats are not good on national defense. Hmmm. “Next, please tell me if you think the Republican Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do a better job in each of the following areas: Making wise…

Five years of wingnuttery

Ned Ryun, former White House staffer and son of fmr. Rep. Jim Ryun, thinks Iraq is just like Germany: The Dems think they?re going to really nail McCain on his 100 years of war in Iraq comment. Can I just say Germany, Korea . . . still there, folks. I would question why we?re still…

Hillary is making new friends

The Washington Post digs in an finds interesting parallels: Sen. Barack Obama offers himself as a post-partisan uniter who will solve the country’s problems by reaching across the aisle and beyond the framework of liberal and conservative labels he rejects as useless and outdated. But as Obama heads into the final presidential primaries, Sen. John…

How long for 4,000 more?

Regular readers know why I’m fairly sure that the decline in coalition fatalities recently can be attributed to the unilateral ceasefire by Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army. He announced it in August, deaths were way down in September, and have remained at a low level since October. The announcement of an extension of the ceasefire last…

Excellent idea

Forest Service May Move to Interior – washingtonpost.com: Among some lawmakers who hold the purse strings, there is a belief that the U.S. Forest Service is out of place. The 103-year-old agency, which manages 193 million acres of forests and grasslands, is part of the Department of Agriculture. Its bureaucratic cousins — the National Park…

More guns, please!

Gun Goes Off Midflight: A US Airways pilot accidentally discharged his gun in the cockpit during a flight from Denver to Charlotte, N.C., according to the Transportation Safety Administration. The round was discharged by the pilot in the left seat and did not result in depressurization, according to government aviation sources. The Airbus A319 landed…

Muskrat queen

Congratulations to Dakota Abbot, this year’s champion muskrat skinner, and the new Miss Outdoors: “Oh my God!” a boy in the audience yelled, at the sight of a woman in perfect makeup with her hand inside a muskrat. Then, from another part of the crowd: an older woman’s voice: “She’s good.” I wish Ms. Abbott…