May 2014

House panel talks to everybody, except climatologists, about climate science.

The US House Science, Space and Technology Committee heard testimony this week on climate change. Republicans were so keen to protect their patrons – the fossil fuel industry – that they interviewed anyone who denies the overwhelming evidence for anthropogenic global warming.

Witnesses included a biologist, a geologist, an economist and – in fairness – a meteorologist (although he is retired). No currently working climatologists were heard from.

John Boehner has a well developed sense of humor.

Speaker Boehner said that Hillary Clinton was wrong. He insisted – with a straight face – that the latest Benghazi committee was not about politics – it was about one issue only, the truth.

When is a massacre an accident?

Joni Ernst, a GOP candidate for the US Senate from Iowa, is so desperate for the gun nut vote that she has lost her perspective. She referred to the UC Santa Barbara massacre as an “unfortunate accident” – like a paper cut I suppose.

Actions speak louder than words. Are Republicans hypocrites?

Republicans cling to their intolerance of “immoral” behaviors (although it is unclear who decided on what is immoral). But talk is cheap. Do Republicans actually act more morally? The evidence suggests – no.

Certainly divorce rates are generally higher in Red States. And internet searches for gay porn vary not from state to state.

Is God necessary for good behavior.

One of the claims made by religious folk is that atheists cannot behave “morally'” as they have no God. But what God has to do with behavior – moral or immoral – is unclear. Time and again “men of God” have screwed up sexually. Going so far as to rape children. Joseph Robert Hall is just the latest example.


What Our Love Affair with Nutritional Supplements Tells Us About Our Regard for Science.

May 29, 2014

Unlike the science underpinning evolution and climate change, the science surrounding nutrition is fractured, contentious and far from settled. Yet people, who ignore the real and overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution and climate change, will swallow without reservation the bogus science behind the claims for nutritional supplements. Even in the halls of serious nutritional science […]

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Intellectual Rigor Mortis – Because Faith Is Easier than Thinking.

May 27, 2014

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. – Henry Ford. There are people, who go through life confident that God’s moral system is identical to their own; confident that the Founding Fathers and they are of one mind; and confidant that “real” science describes […]

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Gun Owning White Christians Are not Going Gentle into that Good Night.

May 21, 2014

The religious protest that “religious freedoms” are under attack. Gun owners protest that the government is on the verge of a citizens’ gun grab. Whites  protest that they shouldn’t have to check their privilege at the door. Whence all this angst? Call it the last throes of the “establishment” as we know it. And they […]

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School Vouchers are a Subterfuge to Benefit the Rich and Subsidize Religion.

May 18, 2014

The Tea Party and establishment Republicans agree on some things – school vouchers for one. Both Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are fans of this transfer of money. Especially as they have opportunistically linked it to civil rights. A two for one deal. It warms the cockles of the conservative heart to ship public money to private interests. And […]

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The Religious Behaving Badly. Here Are Some of Their Stories

May 15, 2014

A woman is sentenced to death for apostasy. A Christian woman married to a Christian man and eight months pregnant, has been sentenced to death for apostasy – ie. for rejecting her Islamic faith. She has also been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery as Sharia Law forbids the marriage of Muslims to Christians. What […]

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Rutger’s rejection of Condoleeza Rice is unconscionable.

May 13, 2014

It is graduation season and colleges commencements are replete with guest speakers. The vast majority will speak without drawing comment – but the occasional high-profile and controversial speaker will roil the student body. Condoleeza Rice is the best known of this year’s casualties. Her scheduled speech at Rutgers University was cancelled after protests painted her […]

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Really? – 5.11.14 – Paul irks bigots; Science explained by journalists; Revisionist civil war; Limp guns; Science according to God.

May 11, 2014

Rand Paul riles the vote suppressors. Rand Paul is upsetting conservatives by criticizing the vote suppressors – and saying out loud what everyone knows in their heart. That voter ID laws are racist. He is even lobbying to restore voting rights to felons who have served their time. The right-wing reaction is summed up by […]

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Really? 5.9.14 – Rand Paul’s appeal; Sex drive; Homophobia; Steve King sinks lower; When zealots hate the free market.

May 9, 2014

Rand Paul broadens his appeal. Rand Paul is the one Republican who understands that, for the party to take the White House in 2016, its candidate needs to appeal to more than just old white guys. First he went to black academic bastion Howard University (he was patronizing, but he tried). Then he went to […]

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