Archives for November, 2008

On Turkey

Various of the lefty blogs are suggesting that we only eat turkey on Thanksgiving because of tradition, and that turkey is actually a tasteless hunk of protein. I must conclude that Ezra, Matt, and the rest of these barbarians are insane. (Though Ezra’s braising proposal isn’t altogether bad.) Sure, an overcooked supermarket turkey will tend…

Deep Thought

Gobble gobble.

On Food

Slacktivist talks about politics in Delaware, concluding: the state’s governor-elect ? ma[de] a shrewd, surprising and encouraging announcement of his own regarding his upcoming inaugural celebration: “Markell: Give time for your neighbors.” Gov.-elect Jack Markell proposed an alternative to the traditional inaugural ball. No expensive gown or tux rentals necessary. But get ready to roll…

This story is too good not to re-run (image h/t The Advocate). Sept. 11 loss leads mother to fight for gay rights: Seven years on, she still wakes up with a shock in the night, startled to remember that her only son is dead. Inside the bungalow in the mountains above Los Gatos where Alice…

Armen Sedrakian makes a good point in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle: Don’t let companies grow ‘too big to fail’: Whatever happened to breaking up large corporations so they don’t dominate the market? Instead of the Treasury Department bailing out corporations, why doesn’t the antitrust division of the federal government break up corporations?…

The Oswald Band’s last show

Via Edge of the West, we are reminded that today is the anniversary of Lee Harvey Oswald’s last dance, memorialized in this famous photograph: At least, that’s what I learned in school. Kathy tells it differently, but she doesn’t explain why people claim Oswald and Ruby were acting in concert. This photograph does. H/T PBS,…

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is one of the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives. It’s especially important as we look at climate change legislation and fuel economy (both of which current chairman, John Dingell, has delayed and watered down). Newly selected Chairman Henry Waxman will be much more aggressive in pursuing…

“Eliticism”

Listening to the Texas TEKS hearings, I note that a speaker is decrying the “eliticism” of his biologist critics. Isn’t it a little counterproductive to decry elitism even as demonstrating that one is ignorant of basic vocabulary? Or am I being eliticist?

Usurped!

Paging Dr. Orac! Your crown has, apparently, been usurped.

Disco. spins some more tunes

I want to add a point to my response to the Disco. Inst.’s claim that TFN’s survey of Texas biology teachers is a “push-poll” and “jackbooted thuggery.” That language is unbecoming and unprofessional, but we have all come to expect that from the Discovery Institute. It is also hypocritical. I know they read TfK, so…