Josh Rosenau

An end to climate silence

At today’s presidential press conference, New York Times reporter Mark Landler broke a trend that ran through the presidential campaign, a trend of silence about climate change.  From the transcript: Q: Thank you, Mr. President. In his endorsement of you a few weeks ago, Mayor Bloomberg said he was motivated by the belief that you…

Bad blogger

In case you wonder why I haven’t been blogging lately, something else came up.

Ken Ham is an unreliable guide

The excellent Slacktivist notes, once more, that Ken Ham’s biblical exegesis is just as sound as his science. But there’s a twist.  He writes, “For decades I’ve been having this argument:” YOUNG-EARTH CREATIONIST: The Bible clearly says that God created the universe in six days, 6,000 years ago. ME: No, actually, it doesn’t. [Insert everything I’ve…

Race and gender and religion

America is a very religious country, and has been for a long time.  Regardless of broad cultural revolutions and trends in the culture wars, about the same number of people say religion is “very important” in their lives today as 35 years ago. Other measure of religiosity shift, as Gallup points out.  ”Self-reported church or…

So much not to like

The AP reports a dude went to the headquarters of hate group based in Washington, DC, and shot a security guard: Federal authorities say Floyd Lee Corkins II told a guard at the Family Research Council, “I don’t like your politics” before shooting him in the arm. The guard and others helped subdue Corkins, who was…

The horror of Horowitz

Many cruel things can be said about the mendacity of David Horowitz. Few of them were not already said by the brilliant Michael Bérubé, but he-of-the-accents doesn’t seem to blog any more, while D. Ho. remains as prolific as ever in his search for Reds in the Ivory Tower.  RightWingWatch observes Horowitz first suggesting that…

Slipping the surly bonds

“High Flight” Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased…

Home to roost

Shorter Martin Cothran, spokesman for Kentucky’s Focus on the Family affiliate: Is Romney chicken on the same-sex marriage issue?: Mitt Romney doesn’t deserve conservative support because didn’t eat a chicken sandwich to demonstrate his anti-gay bigotry. But really, here’s Cothran’s argument: Maybe someone could explain to me why the people who stood in line yesterday to…

A conservative columnist writes at Townhall: Bloomberg to New Mothers: You Really Should Be Breastfeeding, You Know: Apparently, carrying a baby for nine months just isn’t hard enough. Don’t you think new mothers deserve a lecture about how to feed their baby…..just hours after they endure hard labor and are still in the hospital? New York…

Woodwinds and strings

There’s a tale told about grandparents who refused to take the grandkids to see a classical orchestra perform.  Asked why, they explained that it was a bad influence.  Too much sax and violins. I was reminded of that joke by fantasy author George R. R. Martin’s reply to those concerned about the graphic sex in his…