Archives for February, 2009

Secretary Sebelius

Following weeks of speculation, President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services. She will be responsible for shepherding the president’s promise of universal health care through Congress, and for carrying out his promises to reform health care in America. In last week’s address to Congress, Obama stated:…

Outgoing KS GOP boss Christian Morgan reacts to the response to President Obama’s address to Congress: Governor Jindal from Louisiana is fantastic. But other conservatives aren’t so sure: David Brooks: “In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say ?government is…

Volcano monitoring

I’m still confused. Did Bobby Jindal really dis volcano monitoring, of the sort that saved lives when Mt. St. Helens erupted? He really doesn’t care for science, does he?

Gay adoption

Last year, we spent a lot of time mocking the self-righteous bigotry of Martin Cothran. Cothran, who works for the Kentucky affiliate of Focus on the Family and blogs for the Disco. Inst., objects to gays having an equal right to marriage, and thinks it’s hateful to call him a bigot for his anti-gay bigotry.…

Deep Thought

Will Bobby Jindal suggest faith healing or exorcism as solutions to our nation’s challenges?

Dobzhansky, Evolution and Me at AAAS

At the AAAS meetings in Chicago two weeks ago, I was privileged to be on a panel with such luminaries as Olivia Judson, David Deamer, Neil Shubin, and this year’s winner of the AAAS Award for the Public Understanding of Science, Ken Miller. It was a great occasion, and afterward I got to shake hands…

Denialism is denialism

DaveScot, at ID creationist Bill Dembski’s place, is on a climate change denial binge. Dave writes: that antarctic sea ice is at a record high (at least since 1980 when measurement started). The new high is REALLY high. It?s 50% greater than the old record set in 1995. In case anyone is laboring under the…

Shorter Bruce Chapman

Disco. Inst. honcho Bruce Chapman is upset at The Weakness at the Center of the Conservative Coalition. Shorter Bruce Chapman: No one wants to have anything to do with social conservatives. Waaaaah! We’ll take our ball and go home. Yesterday, Chapman was going ape about ? well, it’s hard to be sure. Shorter Bruce Chapman:…

True enough

More here, via Glenn Branch.

Blogger Agonistes

Blogging is slow this week. I’ve got a talk at AAAS in Chicago to prepare, an abstract for a conference in Montreal to prepare, and a dissertation to complete. So let it be known that creationism still sucks, that I’m glad a bill forcing evolution disclaimers into Mississippi textbooks failed, that creationist bills in Iowa…