Archives for April, 2009

Deep Thought

Freedom Singer and civil rights icon Bernice Johnson Reagon: If you’re in a coalition and you’re comfortable, you know it’s not a broad enough coalition. Relevant, I think, to the kerfuffle over evolution/religion accomodationism. Also relevant to note that most scientists are not incompatibilists of the Dawkins/Coyne/Myers school.

They do that, you know

Both the mammalogist and the political junkie in me wish we could see this: rumors are flying like monkeys and squirrels, which, of course, clouds the issue A literal cloud of flying monkeys and squirrels would be quite a sight.

Heckuva job

In attacking the Obama administration’s response to the swine flu outbreak, “Brownie” reveals more about the past administration than the current one: I think they want to raise this level because that gives them more attention, it gives them more, you know, more legitimacy, and allows them to get out there and say ?oh look…

Shorter every conservative everywhere (RNC Chairman Michael Steele or disgraced former Representative Jim Ryun’s sons or Martin Cothran, for instance): Arlen Specter, pfft. The Republican Party needs to abandon Ronald Reagan’s Big Tent approach so that Republicans can have more leaders like Ronald Reagan. BTW, why can’t Martin Cothran spell? “Barrack Obama”? “Arlen Spector”?

There’s a kerfuffle under way in which Jerry Coyne, PZ Myers, Richard Hoppe, and a host of others are debating whether NCSE is too nice to theists. Since I work for NCSE, I’m trying to stay out of this, and my comments about NCSE will be based on publicly available information, not any internal discussions;…

Kathleen Sebelius confirmed

Ending obstructions thrown up by wingnuts who think that abortion is more important than a global pandemic, the U.S. Senate confirmed Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius has resigned as Governor of Kansas and is moving into her office. Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson is now the Governor. Sebelius won her nomination…

Steve Benen observes that the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees our response to pandemics like swine flu, is currently without its Secretary. Governor Kathleen Sebelius, whose own state had some of the first cases of swine flu in the US, is waiting for Senate confirmation. The delay? Anti-abortion activists couldn’t kill her…

Martin Cothran’s difficulties with basic reading comprehension continue. I’m putting most of this response below the fold, because sometimes someone on the internet is just wrong. All you need to know about Cothran’s commitment to the truth is this reply to my claim that “I find [William F.] Buckley’s condemnation [of Buchanan] significant because his…

Kentucky Logic?

Shorter Longer Martin Cothran: If you ignore all the comments Pat Buchanan has made claiming that the Jews (not just Israel, but the Jews per se) are a shadowy force secretly controlling world affairs, geofinance, and Hollywood, and if you ignore his invocation of the blood libel, and you ignore his denials that the Holocaust…

Deep thought

We don’t torture. Or at least, we shouldn’t, and anyone who did, or who authorized it, or constructed elaborate legal fictions to justify it, should have the courage of their convictions to stand trial. They broke the law: laws of this nation, and moral laws that precede the Bill of Rights, let alone the Torture…