Archives for August, 2008

Meet the Bloggers

Saturday at 2 PM, Scienceblogs and New York City Skeptics are organizing a meetup for Scienceblogs readers. Anyone in the area and interested in hanging out with a bunch of cool folks should head on down to Social, 795 8th Ave (betwixt 48th and 49th St.) sometime between 2 and 4. It promises to be…

Kansas primary update

Phill Kline lost his bid for a full term as Johnson County DA. Having lost his re-election campaign for state AG in 2006, the county’s Republican party installed him in the post, despite the fact that he did not carry the county in that statewide election. This move peeved a lot of people, and Kline…

Kansas elections, early returns

With only a handful of precincts reporting, Phill Kline appears to be going down in the Republican primary. We can only hope and pray that the second “l” continue to stand for “loser.” In the Board elections, the excellent Mary Ca Ralstin has the edge in the race to replace Sue Gamble, subtle creationist Robert…

Prideful Ignorance

Barack Obama defends himself from Republican stupidity: Now two points, one, they know they’re lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they’re making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. It?s like these guys take pride in being…

John McCain takes a vow

In a townhall meeting, John McCain said “I want to look you in the eye: I will not raise taxes.” Anti-tax wingnut Grover Norquist declared that this was: an updated version of “Read my lips, no new taxes” That line of course, was George H. W. Bush’s promise, which Bush promptly broke. Of course, McCain’s…

Dear Kansans: Vote tomorrow

In particular, Kansas voters should be sure to vote for State Board of Education members. Stand Up For Real Science has the skinny on the candidates, with proscience candidates: District 2 (Sue Gamble’s old seat, KCK): Sue Storm (D, unchallenged) Mary Ca Ralstin (R, competitive race) District 4 (Bill Wagnon’s old seat, Lawrence) Carolyn Campbell…

Digging for something else, I encounter Kathryn Jean Lopez arguing with an emailer about curriculum. The emailer objects to an earlier comment, where Ms. Lopez allowed that she’s “the Discovery Institute’s patsy” at NRO, but “I don’t want public schools reading Cardinal Shönborn’s tract on creation and evolution.” In response, K-Lo: if Baton Rouge wants…

Quizzical

Via Bora: My Liberal Identity: You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains. Take the quiz at www.FightConservatives.com Of course, changing my answer to one question transforms me into a neo-hippie or…