Archives for June, 2010

You may recall a small brouhaha among science fans some time back when the clowns in Insane Clown Posse released a video of a song declaring their hatred for “scientist[s], y’all motherfuckers lying and getting me pissed.” The offense of scientists? Trying to answer bog-simple questions like “fuckin’ magnets, how do they work?” When ICP…

Rand Paul continues to fail

His defense of mountain removal mining: I don’t think anybody’s going to be missing a hill or two here and there. Stupid hills, always getting in the way.

Lieberman vs. Lieberman

In 2000, Will Saletan described Joe Lieberman’s crusade against lurid Hollywood. Joe, he explained: has spent years trying, through shame and intimidation, to cleanse movies, television, pop music, and video games of gratuitous sex and violence. […] When asked on Meet the Press about the possibility of “legal restrictions” on Hollywood, Lieberman swore allegiance to…

Never listen to TMLC

For reasons passing understanding, people continue to listen to the Thomas More Legal Center. Listening to their nonsense cost the Dover Area School District a cool million, and now some buffoons in Michigan have taken TMLC’s help in a suit challenging the Affordable Care Act. TMLC litigator Robert Muise defended the suit challenging the individual…

Kobach makes things up

You remember Kris Kobach, right? Once a Congressional candidate with ties to white supremacists, before that a Justice Department staffer on a since-abandoned racial profiling scheme, after which he bankrupted the Kansas Republican Party, and is lately famous for authoring Arizona’s “show me your papers” law. He’s running for Kansas secretary of state, where he’d…

A fair point

Never let it be said that I don’t acknowledge error. Ophelia Benson, responding in part to my earlier posts on the World Science Festival’s science and faith panel, points out amistake I made: Meanwhile – Josh Rosenau’s claim, in his post on why there shouldn’t be any atheist scientists on the panel Whoa, there. I…

Epistolary

Steve Matheson writes An open letter to Stephen Meyer: Dear Steve: …Yes, it would be great to follow up on our brief meeting onstage, and to find ourselves in situations in which topics of mutual interest are discussed by knowledgeable and intelligent people (at conferences, for example, or in multidisciplinary working groups). … Right now,…

California Propositions

So we’re getting ready for another round of California’s dysfunctional government by proposition. The ballot will include a proposal for Louisiana-style open primaries, in which the top two vote-getters proceed to a runoff in November. It doesn’t strike me as an intuitively awful idea, as it might make it easier to elect non-wingnuts to the…

In which people cannot read

Ophelia and Larry are upset. In particular, they are upset that Chad Orzel and I thought it was OK to have a panel about how scientists reconcile their religious faith and their scientific work but not to include panelists who reject the panel’s premise. This was the point that Chad and I were raising, at…

Talking Sense

Chad Orzel, responding to Sean Carroll, is absolutely right. The question is whether a panel at the World Science Festival (funded by Templeton, ZOMG!) should include incompatibilist atheists in a discussion about science and religion. Chad argues that doing so would derail the discussion: In the end, I’m not convinced you need anyone on the…