Archives for August, 2009

Netroots Nation thoughts

Arriving at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, I was on the escalator behind Duncan Black. David Neiwert introduced us in the registration line. Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com is explaining polling to us now, as Charlie Cook (dean of the polling community), Pollster.com authors Max Blumenthal and Charles Franklin, and Greg Dworkin (DemFromCT) nod…

Ambush Journalism

It is my understanding that NCSE remains unapologetic for ambushing Ed Brayton.

Memo to myself

Remember to double check your train tickets. Showing up at 4:15 for what you remember as a 4:30 train doesn’t work if it’s really a 4:00 departure.

Call a wahmbulance!

Ben Stein got fired from his freelance gig with the New York Times! And it’s because of his previously reported ethical lapse in advertising for a “free” credit report site that actually charges for your credit report. This all leads to: Shorter Ben Stein: Wah! Slightly less shorter Ben Stein: Everyone used to love my…

Deep thought

My wedding will inject substantial funding into the California (and national) economy. I deserve stimulus funding. Which is to say, Debbie and I now both have lovely engagement rings. Hers is from Brilliant Earth, a sapphire set in their “Seacrest” design. Mine is the “Challah” design from Sumiche. We’ve also made a deposit on a…

Unscientific America

I’ve been slow in writing this review only because the kerfuffle over Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future by Chris Mooney, Sheril Kirshenbaum distracted me. Yes, there’s a lot of controversy, but I’m going to set that aside, ignore other reviews, and give my own take here. A response to some of the…

Things are getting out of hand. The absurd disruptions at townhalls will backfire as people realize they are manufactured, and that the bills in question will help most Americans. But TPM reports Congressman Brad Miller’s life was threatened in a call from a constituent: “[W]e have received a threatening phone call in the D.C. office,…

Disco. DJ Bruce Chapman wonders Does Obamacare Provide for Euthanasia? No. This is the simple answer to that stupid, offensive, and intolerable question. Here’s Chapman’s claim in all its glory: Our Sr. Fellow Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute Center for Human Rights and Bioethics is asking the question that Bill Donahue of the…