Archives for December, 2008

Happy Darwin Year from Saturn

Via Laughing Squid.

A nation of laws

Martin Cothran, the perpetually benighted Disco. Inst. blogger, considers the tussle over Blagojevich’s Senate appointment and sees it as a fight, The Democrats vs. the states: Whether Burris serves as Senator from Illinois is a matter for the people of Illinois to decide, not the U. S. Senate. Reid and the rest of the Senate…

Gonzo’s Journal-ism

TPMMuckraker highlights this quote from former AG Alberto Gonzales’ interview with the WSJ: [F]or some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror. We could, of course, spend all day pondering…

Disco. Inst. Financial Planning

Discovery Institute boss Bruce Chapman has some ideas about your financial future. In September, while declaring that President Bush’s stock was on the rise, Disco. frontman Chapman insisted the growing financial crisis was awesome: The disappearance of Lehman Brothers and the transformation of Morgan and Goldman Sachs into heavily regulated commercial banks presents an opportunity…

Several of the blogs have pointed to the Disco. Inst.’s shameful abuse of the suicide of Jesse Kilgore in an end-of-year fundraising pitch. Kilgore, a college student who had recently returned from military service in Iraq, had been challenging aspects of his upbringing, and his father (a fundamentalist pastor) concluded that reading Richard Dawkins’ The…

Yet another study confirms what we’ve known for a long time, abstinence education doesn’t work: The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a “virginity pledge,” but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy…

Star Trek women, RIP

Eartha Kitt and Majel Barrett both passed away recently. Barrett has had a role in all of the Star Trek movies and series, including the forthcoming prequel. Update: See comments below. I’m a moron.

Harold Pinter takes a pause

Playwright, Nobel Prize-winner, and peace activist Harold Pinter passed away yesterday. Pinter was most famous for the Pinter pause, a stage-directed delay which allowed actors to reorganize themselves, and for the audience to take in the events on stage. It also contributed to the disquieting nature of his pieces. More recently, Pinter took a role…

Merry Xmas

Don’t let Santa’s jolly-seeking missiles get you. And, as we warriors in the war on Christmas say, Season’s Greetings.

A Christmas Gift from Ken Starr

You remember Kenneth Starr, right? The prudish pantysniffer who invested millions of your tax dollars to figure out where and when Bill Clinton got sexual favors from an intern and then reported all the prurient details. Anyway, he’s been brought in by the anti-gay bigots seeking to enforce Prop. 8, and in particular to help…