Archives for January, 2010

Anti-abortion terrorist convicted

Scott Roeder found guilty of first-degree murder in death of George Tiller: A jury took less than 40 minutes Friday to find Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of abortion provider George Tiller in a [Wichita] church […] last May. […] The murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison,…

As the Times puts it: Former Justice O’Connor Sees Ill in Election Finance Ruling: “Gosh,” she said, “I step away for a couple of years and there’s no telling what’s going to happen.” Justice O’Connor criticized the recent decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, only obliquely, reminding the audience that she had been among…

Headline of the day

Courtesy of the San Mateo County Times: Police find cache of weapons, alligators and suspected explosives in South San Francisco home: Lazaro Ismael Leon Jr., who is allegedly a Norteno gang member, entered his [not guilty] plea Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court and Commissioner Stephanie Garratt set the man’s bail at $1.2 million,…

Creation vs. Expelled

Darwin biopic Creation premiered in seven movie theaters across the country last weekend, earning $53,073, an average of $7,582. That’s not a lot of money, but at roughly $10/ticket, this works out to 760 viewers per theater, a solid showing. I know the theater I saw it at was full for their 7 pm showing.…

On denying reality

I’ve had my disagreements with Martin Cothran over the years. He’s a bigoted man, proud of teaching logic at a private school, yet utterly dependent on logical fallacies in his actual argumentation. He wants creationism taught in public schools. He dislikes gay people and anyone else who challenges his notions of how sex and gender…

The stupids, redux

Having blown an easy win in the Massachusetts Senate race, DC Democrats seem intent on blowing the dreams of millions of Americans, and the best chance of reforming the health insurance industry to make it more equitable – a policy long held up as a major reason to vote Democratic. The Times reports on the…

Creation at the cineplex

This weekend marks the U.S. premiere of Creation, featuring Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife Emma. It’s an adaptation of Darwin descendant Randal Keynes’ Annie’s Box, an account of Darwin’s struggle to decide whether to publish the Origin while overcoming the death of his favorite daughter. I got to see…

On healthcare

I’ve never been more ashamed of the Democratic party than I am right now, watching the idiots in Congress piss away the opportunity to expand insurance coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans, to protect the insurance coverage of people who have preexisting conditions, to save Medicare by reducing the rate of medical inflation, and to…

Deep Thought on Massachusetts

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Scott Brown will be a U.S. Senator until 2012. Seriously. Ted Kennedy’s seat went to a teabagging healthcare opponent who voted against 9/11 rescue personnel. On the bright side, Joe Lieberman is no longer the 60th vote for anything interesting, so Senate Dems can take him to the woodshed.

Helping Haiti

There’s much that needs to be done to assist the recovery in Haiti, but the consensus of those on the ground is that what’s needed now is money. Don’t mail blankets or whatever, just let the aid agencies buy what they need and ship it in. The airports and seaports are clogged and there’s minimal…