Archives for October, 2008

Seattle

This Saturday, my NCSE colleague Peter Hess and I will be speaking with the skeptics in Seattle, talking about “‘The best preventive of the evils now most dreaded’: Defending evolution in a religious society.” We will speak about the threat creationist attacks on evolution education pose to our society, and about the ways in which…

On ACORN

I’m a fan of ACORN, and have been for a long time. I gave to them after Hurricane Katrina, to help the New Orleans-based anti-poverty group rebuild itself and its city. I gave again last winter as I was making my end-of-year charitable donations. I like them because they work hard for working Americans. I…

I’ve long wondered about the pseudo-debate over whether the next President should meet foreign leaders with or without preconditions. Obama has said “without,” observing that the whole point of meeting with hostile leaders is to get them to agree to important changes; a meeting is not enough of a reward to compel someone to make…

Obama hits back

There’s been a lot of ink spilled lately over John McCain’s vicious and dishonest robocalls. Sarah Palin criticized her own campaign for running them, and Joe Biden called them “scurrilous,” and calling on John McCain: If he’s really serious when he said … that this election is all about the economy, then I say, John,…

“Like a dream come true”

Barack Obama visits some phone bankers in Missouri, and jumps on a few calls: Throughout the nation, activists are knocking on doors, registering new voters, dialing their neighbors, and doing everything they can to see to it that the morning of November 5 is a lot more fun than Nov. 3, 2004, or November 8,…

Lies and the Lying Liars

My grandfather, while serving as secretary (or possibly president, my history here is ambiguous) of New York Typographer’s Local 1, traveled to Washington to protest against the Taft-Hartley Act. While there, he gave a speak that called out the House Committee on Un-American Activities and one member in particular, a young Congressman on that committee…

Chickens come home to roost

Even John McCain’s supporters don’t care for his campaign’s tactics of attacking Obama with lies. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin has referred to her own campaign and its supporters as “atrocious and unacceptable.” She told the Christian Broadcasting Network: If I ever were to hear that [threats to Senator Obama] standing up there at the podium with…

Endorsements

While Barack Obama is lining up key endorsements from Colin Powell, major and local newspapers, and hundreds of thousands of small donors, it’s worth watching the down-ticket races. Bob Geiger reviews Esquire Magazine’s Endorsements. Geiger writes: Perhaps no incumbent senator more deserves to be run out on a rail for enabling George W. Bush’s shredding…

Expelled poised to become number 2

Even as Expelled promotes itself as “the #1 Documentary of 2008,” its box office take is being overtaken by Religulous (2008): EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED Domestic Total Gross: $7,690,545 Widest Release: 1,052 theaters In Release: 56 days / 8 weeks RELIGULOUS Domestic Total as of Oct. 16, 2008: $7,622,104 Widest Release: 568 theaters In Release:…

Texas is gearing up to revise their state science standards. This is a big deal, because the standards Texas sets determine how textbooks are written not just for the Texas market, but for the rest of the nation. The fight over science standards now is a prelude to an imminent and much bigger fight over…