Somebody call PETA!
Someone has developed a hamster-powered cell-phone charger.
Strutting and fretting in an insane world.
Someone has developed a hamster-powered cell-phone charger.
I saw a bumper sticker once that said "If Bill Clinton is the answer, it must be a dumb-ass question." I was reminded of that when I saw a clip in which a reporter asked Cindy Sheehan what she would tell the Iraqi people about why she was pulling our troops out. She is really not a scintillating intellect, and her statements just keep piling up evidence that she doesn't know what she's talking about. The answer that she lost her son in the fighting in Iraq, doesn't wash as an explanation for the absurdities she utters daily.
It occurs to me that the objections to intelligent design are from slightly differnet camps. One is scientists who fear that it will supplant teaching of evolution, which I very much doubt. The other is people who see such teaching as an intrusion of religion into government, which I think is also overblown. Then there are people who just don't like the idea of some intelligence out there which could have designed all this and shepherded its development, because they fear the implications of such an idea.
Intelligent design, despite its proponents' claims to the contrary, isn't modern science. It's part of that rebellion against it. Scientists look for natural explanations for natural phenomena. Their best explanations, if they survive rigorous testing, become scientific theories.This doesn't sound like science to me. He's saying that once scientists have announced a theory, the burden shifts to doubters to prove it wrong, not just by asking more about how the theory works, but by proposing "testable alternatives." But it doesn't really work that way when other scientists critique some theory. They pose objections all the time, without being told that they have to prove otherwise. And the easiest thing in the world is to define terms so that they don't allow any alternatives. That's why the "it's not science" objection is misleading. If sounds more like, "I'm a scientist and I have this theory, which explains the evidence we have, but you're not allowed to criticize it unless you can affirmatively disprove it. And any other explanation isn't science by definition."
Intelligent design, in contrast, is a critique of all that. Its proponents may challenge the sufficiency of evolutionary explanations for the origin of species but they have not — and cannot — offer testable alternative explanations. The best they can offer is the premise that, if no natural explanation suffices, then God must have done it. Maybe God did do it, but if so, it's beyond science.
It won't be as long as Cliff May's. Here it is:
Dear Mrs. Sheehan:
President Bush will not be meeting with you again. It is quite obvious that the "questions" you want to ask him are rhetorical only, being posed to attack his policies and to form the basis for to publicize yourself and your opinions against our war on terrorism in Iraq, not to elicit any new information. Since your past comments have included demands for Israel to leave Palestine, accusations that American troops are contaminating Iraq with nuclear material, and characterization of the terrrorists who killed your son as "freedom fighters", it appears that any answers President Bush would give you would be rejected by you and your friends in MoveOn.org and other groups who have been funding your protests. Therefore, I can only conclude that you have been unhinged by your grief and that another meeting with the President would only result in your being subjected to cruel criticism and ridicule.
The President has a busy speaking schedule and is not available for Democrat media events.
The WaPo is reporting that John Roberts, editing a speech for President Reagan, changed the term "Civil War" to "War Between the States." Think about that for a moment.
Evan Cohen, who certainly qualifies for as a "person of interest" in the case, has disappeared. If I wanted to drop out of sight, I'd be guesting on Franken's show. Nobody would find me.
Pat Robertson is an idiotarian, but his latest screwup brought this guy out of the woodwork:
Pat Robertson has succeeded in vaulting himself to the No. 1 spot on the list of reasons why there should be complete separation of church and state in this country. This man was a serious candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2000. It is not too much of a stretch to envision the possibility of his having been nominated by the Republicans and his having won in 2000 with the help of his fanatical conservative Christian Fundamentalist followers. What an American dystopia that would have been!
I can envision bands of Christian Fundamentalist death squads roaming the East and West coasts of the U.S. searching out openly gay and lesbian people, Unitarians, French chefs, "Hollywood types," poets, writers, artists, evolutionary biologists and anyone else who they feel is an "elite."
The BRAC has voted to save Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. Political? I don't know. Probably. But then what happens in Washington that isn't political?
I remember thinking as I perused photos of the doings at Camp Casey yesterday, that it looked like there was plenty of money sloshing around. I'm sure Cindy didn't pony up for that tent that looks like the Denver airport or the row of Porta-potties, or all those little white crosses.
There is real reluctance to talk about whose [sic] paying. And the PR machine that's promoting Cindy Sheehan. But not everyone here is completely comfortable with it.I wonder how many well-paid activists are involved.
Gold Star mother Karen Meredith went to Crawford from Mountain View. Her son Ken Ballard died last year.
Karen Meredith: "Sometimes things don't feel quite right to me. They don't feel wrong but maybe that's how they do it in the marketing business."
ABC7's Mark Matthews: "You feel you're part of a marketing business?"
Karen Meredith: "Possibly. Yeah I think so."
the NYTimes could be next in line. It's a light hearted report that the movie industry is sucking gas. It's not really as if they didn't know how to make money. (Hint: stop insulting your audience!) Michael Medved has shown that G and PG rated films aimed at family audience, reliably make more money while PG-13, R and NC-17 rated films take in markedly less. It seems contrary to the idea that movie-making is a business. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas make the case all by themselves. It seems that Hollywood makes movies for the critics and for its own appetite for breaking down moral boundaries. One begins to think that the industry did better when it was censored.
George Stephanopoulos advocated assassination of Saddam Hussein in a Newsweek column in 1997. Of course, he's no Pat Robertson. Apparently the press thinks Robertson is more influential with the Bush administration than Stephanopoulos was with the Clinton team.
They were created by liquid water. Why this is such a big deal, I don't know. The article says that when liquid water reaches the surface, it immediately boils away. If they found some algae or something like it, it's not as if it would be a huge surprise at this point. More like a huge disappointment if they don't find it.
why do they keep demanding more of Robert's work product. Here's a proposal. How about PFAW or NARAL's attorneys publish all of their privileged memos to their clients? I mean if they're really "for the American way," why should they object to releasing this stuff?
It sounds like he's doing what Bush appointed him to do. The smooth functioning of this machine could use a good shovel full of sand.
Hugh Hewitt read this entire post by Michael Yon. This guy is right up there with Michael Kelly, but right there at the fight as well. He is a gifted writer, and he understands this war in an elemental way that stirs the soul, and recalls Shakespeare's words for Henry V before the battle of Agincourt:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;Americans haven't all lost the warrior creed. It lives in men like LTC Kurilla and the members of Deuce Four.
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Peggy Noonan says we should scrap the base-closing on better safe than sorry grounds.
That's what Ralph Neas says he said to his director of public communications after he perused John Roberts' resume after his nomination was announced. Then he discovered that Roberts was a integral part of the Reagan destruction of all our rights and the Constitution. Aren't we glad Neas is out there protecting us? [How many votes did he get in 2004? -ed.]
His wife defends him against claims that he and his translator were having an affair. Who's to say what his killers thought and why the killed him, but it appears that the charge that he didn't understand the culture appears to be scurrilous.
Glenn Reynolds and his readers consider why Bush looks so tire.
President Bush spoke to a convention of the VFW today in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake's mayor, "Rocky" Anderson, was participating in a protest demonstration against Bush and the war in Iraq. Rocky's a squirrel all right, but he'll never fly. He's a former ACLU attorney who made enough money to launch a political career in the only area in Utah he could get elected, then promptly began trying to run the state. He's firmly in the Cindy Sheehan wing of the Democrat Party.
I hope the New Yorker piece will get his show picked up by a radio station I can pick up out here in the boonies. When that happens, Hugh will truly have "made it."
C-Span is a wonderful idea. Too bad it doesn't reach more people. It's show Washington Journal begins at 5:00 a.m. where I live. Hence I don't catch it that often. Yesterday, however, I caught a segment with Reuel Marc Gerecht, taking comments from listeners. He was amazing patient giving scholarly answers to harebrained seminar callers, some of whom were reading statements. He only got one call asking a genuine question. The rest were people pushing their own explanation of world events, generally built around a conspiracy theory involving George W. Bush. A few were right wingers with their own conspiracy theories. I'd have told them they were flaming idiots and gone to the next caller.
Wasn't it inevitable that people would get tired of it? I can't stand Dr. Laura, and I never did listen to Rush that much. I listened to Michael Medved for a while before I got tired of his formula of bringing on goofy people who have said or written something outrageous and then arguing with them. Bill O'Reilly just gets more arrogant every day.
Via Glenn Reynolds:
“These [people sending cell phone video to the news media] are not journalists, and that scares me,” says Steve Schwaid, head of programming and news for NBC’s owned-and-operated stations. “How do I know what training they’ve had and what their relationships are?”Don't worry Steve, most people don't trust you that much to begin with or think that you're particularly objective, or even very smart.
I've always detested him. He says nasty things with a big grin that never leaves his face. It's a mask. His very name is synonymous with insincerity.
I've had a feeling that a lot of the left wing rage against Bush was driven by memories of being activists in 60s and 70s. I kept seeing people as old-looking as me at rallies and demonstrations, spouting off with irrantional rants, trying to relive their youth. This seems to be going on down at Cindy Sheehan's mob scene in Crawford, Texas, complete with old protest singers. I've seen gray haired, middle-aged women protesting by shedding their clothes, not realizing that they weren't the nubile sylphs they were at 20, and bald men with pony-tails. And I thought I was pathetic. These are the people who felt so empowered back then by participating in pointless activities like demonstrations and seeing them covered on TV. What they forget, as Ann Althouse points out, that they lost elections back then, too. And they still can't understand and become angry and annoying, just like in the good old days.
If Chuck Hagel is hoping to run for president, he's blown it. He doesn't understand his national party.
but may already have won the war. Maybe it doesn't matter if Iraq can't get it's constitution settled. We've already planted the idea that democracy can work throughout the Muslim world.
One of the little imperfections of our American political system is that the qualifications of an excellent lawyer like John Roberts are judged, and often subjected to vituperative questioning, by politicians who are manifestly unfit for the job. Two of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin and Dianne Feinstein of California, are not even lawyers. You can tell by the questions they ask, how they ask them, and, in Ms. Feinstein's case, her look of incredulity after a nominee gives a straightforward answer any law student would give but that Feinstein deems "out of the mainstream."Blunt, but spot on.
There has never been any reason for expecting the "international community," that frequently invoked and rarely useful fiction, to dissuade Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.I guess, if your only other option is to bomb a Russian client, why not give the EU a chance?
It sounds like conservatives are losing heart, and faith in Bush and the majority party in Congress. Andy McCarthy and Michael Ledeen sound ready to renounce the effort in Iraq because of reports that we may be giving in to Islamic law being enshrined in the constitution.
that that the Iraqi constitution is proving more difficult to resolve that we hoped. The U.S. is pressing for compromise, as it should, but I hope it isn't dictating too many terms. Maybe we should give them a list of the basic requirements. That would spur a national debate in the U.S. and maybe the Iraqis could fight it out politically.
Underneath Their Robes rounds up blogs discussing whether John Roberts is gay, including the arguments that he didn't marry earlier and hasn't had any affaires with younger women after marrying. I guess that means if you're ambitious, adultery is a good career move.
Tim Worstall illustrates the dishonesty of people who think that government is the solution to everything and then rail when programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs is such a disaster.
My reaction to politicians tends to wander around a little between what I consider to be the only three possible options. Laugh at them, ignore them, or experience a (so far repressed) desire to have them tap dancing on air from the nearest lamp-post. There's no grand philosophic underpinning to this attitude as I don't do philosophy, partly because I don't understand what people are talking about. There's also the rather unkind thought that while engineers, in the last few thousand years, moved on from pointy sticks to bridges, skyscrapers, spaceships and the pop-tart, those who study more weighty matters are still pondering the nature of reality, just as their forebears were those thousands of years ago. It simply seems obvious to me that politicians can't actually do anything very well.Who hasn't had that thought?
There are only three valid options, derision, hatred or ignoring [politicians] in the hope that they'll go away. Others may come to Libertarianism by other routes but for me it's just life, a natural part of the way the world works. Politicians can't actually do what they promise to do as they are incompetent. Thus we shouldn't ask them to do anything very much.I can't go that far, because it implies that democracy can't possibly work, and that society would be better off without it. But what would replace it? The main problem with modern democracies is that politicians have learned that they can buy votes with the voters' own money. Once the New Deal arrived America started downhill.
After all the worrying by civil libertarians about Tony Blair's measures to crack down on terrorism, they should be reassured by this appointment. But I'm not.
The talk of the panel on Fox News Sunday was worry that the Iraqis will miss another deadline in completing their constitution. As is typical, Juan Williams characterized it as a failure for the Bush administration and called for an exit strategy, meaning a date to pull our troops out. Fred Barnes rightly pointed out that the issues involved are tough ones and may take a lot longer to work out completely. He says they should "kick the can down the road," and give the people a governmental structure that provides for public self-determination and which protects the rights of all three major groups and balances their powers in the government that finally emerges, and leave the most contentious ones for continued negotiation.
It was to be a gas attack on the House of Commons. Will this go down in history like Guy Fawkes.
It must be tough to have to write stories day after day about somebody as non-newsworthy as John Roberts has been all of his life? Dana Milbank tries, but fails to make Roberts' distaste for Michael Jackson, back in 1984, sound like--what, racism, fogeyism? Actually for most people, given recent events in Jackson's history, it sounds like pretty good sense. Anybody who could watch fifteen minutes of an interview with Jacko and not think he's got severe personal problems, is not qualified to be appointed the the Supreme Court. I guess if Jackson gets convicted of child molesting later, and appeals it to SCOTUS, Roberts can recuse himself.
A former aide to Colin Powell says his involvement in preparing Powell's presentation to the U.N. about Saddam's threat to the world was "the lowest point" of his life.
Terrible, that is.