Archives for April, 2008

The braintrust at conservative blog RedState is fed up with people complaining about John McCain’s enthusiasm for a century more of our awesome Iraqi adventure. Sure, when McCain was asked if he minded 50 more years in Iraq, he responded “make it 100,” and sure that’d mean 20 times the devastation to that nation and…

How pleasant to know Mr. Crowther

How pleasant to know Mr. [Crowther] Who has written such volumes of stuff Some think him ill-tempered and queer But a few think him pleasant enough. I can’t say I know who those would be, though Mr. Lear would undoubtedly have been worth knowing. Mr. Crowther, flack for the Disco. Inst., is not nearly as…

Save me!

Bipedal alligators

Daigoro is a bipedal alligator, and according to the Mainichi (Japan) Daily News, has “walk[ed] into the hearts of aquarium visitors” at the Marine Plaza Miyajima in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The dwarf caiman alligator has been standing on its hind legs occasionally for a couple of years. Daigoro is, presumably, planning to follow the course…

Random Ten

In honor of National Poetry Month, ten random songs from iTunes: “By the Moon and Stars” by Louise Johnson from the album Mississippi Blues Vol. 1 (1928-1937) (1930, 2:51). “Po’ Boy” by Bob Dylan from the album Love and theft (2001, 3:05). “God Don’t Never Change” by Blind Willie Johnson from the album The Complete…

Happy Poetry Month!

April being National Poetry Month, I’ll let you entertain yourself with this poem by Robert Frost: War Thoughts at Home On the back side of the house Where it wears no paint to the weather And so shows most its age, Suddenly blue jays rage And flash in blue feather. It is late in an…

Back to the framing wars

I’ve been skipping the framing wars lately. I think Matt Nisbet was wrong to criticize PZ Myers for talking up his expulsion from the Expelled showing in Minneapolis. I think PZ is wrong to blithely dismiss framing. I think both of those parties, and a number of other players in this persistent spat, have lost…

Dembski vs. D’Souza

Billy Dembski complains about Dinesh D?Souza’s handling of ID, then adds: I encourage anyone who has personal contact with him to provide him with better information. A point of leverage is that D?Souza presumably wants Christians, many of whom support ID, to buy his book. To be clear, then, Dembski’s position is that D’Souza ought…

Mike Dunford has a great rundown of the ruling in ASCI v. Stearns, a lawsuit in which Christian schools attempted to force the University of California system to rework its admissions standards to accommodate some atrocious textbooks. The court dismissed all of the motions for summary judgment by the schools, and granted the UC system’s…

Good idea

I hope this happens. Truly, the people of San Francisco deserve a way to remember George W. Bush’s presidency, and as ideas go, this is top-notch: The Presidential Memorial Commission is proposing an ordinance initiative for the November 2008 San Francisco ballot, to rename the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility the George W Bush Sewage Plant.…