Archives for November, 2008

I haven’t blogged about the fight for the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee because I thought it was a done deal. Rep. Dingell has been running that committee for an eternity, and he has a lot of power and support. He is also, unfortunately, in the pocket of Big Oil and Big…

Disco. Inst. tries to hustle Texans

The Disco. Inst. is in a tizzy. No, it’s more than a tizzy, it’s all-out Disco. Inferno! Spokesman Rob Crowther writes: Liberal Darwin Activists Spin Push-Poll in Attempt to Water Down Science Standards: The liberal Darwin lobby group Texas Freedom Network has just published a push-poll of scientists titled, “Survey of Texas Faculty: Overwhelming Opposition…

Cabinet speculation

Rumors hold that Eric Holder is under consideration for Obama’s Attorney General. He would be the first black AG, and is exceptionally well-qualified for the job. Hillary Clinton is rumored to be a top candidate for Secretary of State. This will be a grave disappointment to Sadly, No!, who boldly predicted that Louis Farrakhan would…

Another thought on marriage

Martin Cothran jokes: Are the issues of same-sex marriage and interracial marriage the same kind of issue? Well, we could be smart alecky and point out that one has issue and the other doesn’t, but we won’t settle for that. This is an example of a joke that isn’t a joke; joking-but-for-real, if you will.…

Correcting the record

I know I said that “all you need to know about [Martin] Cothran” is that he managed to misidentify both my employer and my profession and then repeat those easily corrected errors many times. But it turns out there’s more to Cothran. Sure, he’s bigoted, has an odd fascination with the word “faggot,” and writes…

Has wingnuttery peaked?

Last October, there was a brief period when smart people wondered whether wingnuttery had crashed and burned. Within 7 minutes, it was determined that wingnuttery had not reached a peak, and was likely to continue expanding indefinitely in its inanity. And yet, post-election, I feel a great lack of wingnuttery to mock. This explains why…

Simple Answers To Stupider Questions

As part of our multi-part colloquy regarding whether Martin Cothran is, in fact, a gigantic bigot for wanting to take away marriages from 18,000 gay people married in California, the Disco. Inst. blogger wonders: Isn’t the whole debate about whether they are marriages in the first place? No. As they say: PROP 8: ELIMINATES RIGHT…

The sound of silence

Martin Cothran, bigoted Disco. Inst. blogger and staffer with the Kentucky affiliate of Focus on the Family, is very worried. Having pitched a hissyfit when his bigotry was called bigotry, he is now worried about What McCarthy would do if he were gay. He does this without any jokes at all about Roy Cohn: That…

Stem Cells

Ronald M. Green writes in the Washington Post: Few issues are likely to generate more emotional opposition than federal funding of stem cell research. Handled wrongly, it could energize conservative opponents and derail Barack Obama’s presidency. There is no question that we must move ahead, but caution is key. Actually: Time Poll conducted by Abt…

Simple answers to stupid questions

Disco. Inst. blogger and staff member for the Kentucky affiliate of Focus on the Family wonders: Are gay rights groups turning into hate groups? No. This has been your simple answer to another stupid question. Cothran’s argument is actually much stupider than it might seem: