Archives for March, 2008

More Expelled reviews

Someone at the same screening of Expelled: No Intelligence that PZ Myers was tossed out of has two very contradictory things to say about the movie: the entire audience, minus Dawkins? posse, agreed that that the film?s main point was that Intelligent Design should be taught in conjunction with Evolution. And also: In fact, Nazi…

Too stupid for words

If you make a movie that falsely claims there’s a massive conspiracy to expel dissenting voices, it’s probably unwise to then expel dissenting voices. And if you are going to pass photographs around to security guards and instruct them that certain people are threats to your movie, and must be expelled, you might as well…

Jerome Armstrong sez: Pull off the blinders that have you supporting a particular candidate, while being blind to the bigger issue. If progressives are not going to have the guts to call out those who foster divisive talk, and demand their renouncement, no matter where it comes from, it’s a bigger loss than an election.…

Deep thought

After 5 years of pointless war in Iraq, you’d think that John McCain would have picked up a few things about who we are supposed to be fighting over there.

Obama’s speech

There’s much discussion and analysis of Obama’s speech yesterday. I continue to be amazed, as I look at Obama’s speeches, simply that they are written with complete paragraphs, and not (as in so many speeches, even Hillary’s) with a single sentence per paragraph. That is how Obama thinks, and I truly believe the time has…

Presidential churches

There has been much wringing of hands over video of a speech delivered by Sen. Obama’s pastor. Pastor Wright says various and sundry things which go well beyond what ought to be said at a pulpit, and beyond what a presidential candidate would consider, well, presidential. Obama has responded, rejecting those statements (in language stronger…

Via Brave New Films Tony Perkins takes on eco-friendly Southern Baptists. Perkins says “people are told and taught to look inwardly and making sure that they are spiritually prepared to meet the End Times, not throw away the keys to your SUV and jump on the Al Gore bandwagon.” In other words, global warming is…

Smithsonian picks a new boss

G. Wayne Clough, president of Georgia Tech, was tapped to run the Smithsonian Institution. As we’ve reported, he steps into a deeply troubled organization. His predecessor allowed infrastructure to crumble, appropriated museum artifacts for personal use in his offices, and focused more on cozying up to corporate sponsors than on the scientific and educational mission…

Happy Pi Day!

Mmmmmm pi. Inexplicably, this is not a paid holiday at NCSE, but we do consume copious volumes of pie (including pizza), so it all works out. My contribution is strawberry-rhubarb. King of pies. Discuss your favorite pie, pi, or pie-blogging in the comments.

Self-preservation

Todd Tiahrt, Republican congressman from Wichita, is worried. In the course of a heated debate, he told his colleagues on the House floor “If you have a single ounce of self-preservation, you’ll vote no.” What, you might ask, is so crucial to their survival? Is this more heated rhetoric over FISA? Funding for the war…