Archives for June, 2008

Tim Russert dies, aged 58

Meet the Press host Tim Russert died.

Mars

We live in a truly stunning time and place. The lovely vistas in the finest of science fiction movies could never produce the simple awe I feel when I look at NASA’s image of sunset on Mars: We did this. Next time someone tells you that the government can’t do anything right, point them to…

Not just a river

Disco. Inst. head Bruce Chapman takes a dip in denial. Global warming isn’t an issue, he seems to believe, because: We’re having the coldest winter, er, spring in 100 years in the great Northwest. There’s new snow in the mountain passes and even freak frosty flecks in Seattle’s hilliy suburbs. Meanwhile, the Arctic is melting…

Taking DC out of the DNC

Excellent news! Barack Obama “is quite literally moving swaths of the DNC to Chicago to create a unified organization with the sort of party-wide message discipline that has eluded Dems in the past.” TPM cites this as an example of what Obama is doing to avoid the split between his campaign and Terry McAuliffe’s DNC…

Among the many Republican congresscritters not backing McSame, Todd Tiahrt truly stands out. Tiahrt claims to represent the Wichita area, and his refusal to back his party’s nominee probably doesn’t mean he backs Obama. He may well think McCain is too nice to immigrants, or is insufficiently Bush-like, or perhaps he’s looking for a candidate…

Ben Stein is at it again

Not content with mangling basic science and history, MediaMatters points out that Stein is misrepresenting Barack Obama’s tax plan: On Fox & Friends, Ben Stein misrepresented Sen. Barack Obama’s tax plan to raise the capital gains tax rate on the wealthiest earners, stating: “[P]eople that have incomes in the five digits … that’s crazy to…

Not just by being a double-dealing hack. He also Toverrode the best advice Hillary got about Iraq. The former chief pollster and lead strategist for the campaign explains: the rest of the campaign didn’t want to tackle Iraq. They always felt that that was a losing proposition for her, and they always pulled it back.…

SB 733, a creationist bill in the Louisiana legislature, was approved on a lopsided vote in the Louisiana House of Representatives today. It now moves back to the Senate, where small differences between this bill and the Senate version must be reconciled before it can go to Governor Jindal. Jindal is a leading contender for…

Shorter Michael Gerson

Barack Obama’s victory over the nation’s racist history may be impressive, but unlike John McCain, he never had to face Rudy Giuliani or Law and Order’s Fred Thompson. Interestingly, Gerson is the author of President Bush’s phrase about “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

Johnny West, associate director of the Disco. Inst.’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, is upset with the New York Times: Message to New York Times Editorial Page: Hire a Fact-Checker … The Times apparently hasn’t been paying attention to Texas during the past decade, because … the “strengths and weaknesses” language the…