September 12, 2005

The NY Times has a pretty cool resource available on their website. It has the first chapters of hundreds of books that they have reviewed, split into fiction and non-fiction categories. Great way to get a gist of the book and whether you’d want to buy it. Read more

September 12, 2005

FEMA is of course not the only agency to screw things up in handling the hurricane. Here’s a great example of Gov. Blanco screwing up royally: In emergencies like natural disasters it’s normal for states to suspend this requirement and offer temporary reciprocity with the other 49 states, recognizing their licenses as being valid in the affected state. In an emergency, who cares where your doctor’s license comes from? Usually this requires a proclamation from the governor stating that there’s… Read more

September 10, 2005

Even a stopped watch is right twice a day, right? Here’s one I fully agree with the Worldnutdaily on. A Canadian minister named Stephen Boissoin has been brought up on charges before the Human Rights Commission of Alberta, his home province, because he submitted a letter to a newspaper condemning homosexuality. A professor from the University of Calgary, Darrell Lund, filed the charges and is demanding that Boissoin be fined (he could be fined as much as $7000) and be… Read more

September 10, 2005

While the White House scrambles like mad to cover its butt and avoid any and all questions about what went wrong in the response to Katrina, at least some Republicans are breaking the party line talking points and saying what is obviously true, that the response at the Federal level was appalling and heads need to roll. Robert Novak has this column about those reactions. He writes: Democrats have seized on the administration’s performance in handling Katrina to bash George… Read more

September 10, 2005

Over the last year or so, Jon Rowe has written a series of posts about the founding fathers and religion, a subject which has always fascinated me and that I’ve written on a lot as well. In the course of that series of posts, Jon has evoked the notion of “theistic rationalism”, an excellent description of the beliefs of the leading lights among the founders (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin). The key distinction, the absolute touchstone of the distinction… Read more

September 10, 2005

I haven’t written much on the little brouhaha between Genie Scott of the NCSE and Larry Caldwell, a creationist parent in California who, it seems, threatens to sue everyone. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he threatens to sue me for saying he threatens to sue people a lot. Genie had written an article for California Wild, a publication of the California Academy of Sciences, about a creationist flareup in Roseville, California that contained a few minor mistakes about… Read more

September 9, 2005

Food, clothing and shelter are generally listed as the three necessities of life. Close behind those three, in my view, is music. If I was forced to choose between being blind and deaf, I would choose blindness. That’s how difficult it is to imagine living in a world without music. And in the history of American music, no city is more important than New Orleans. America gave the world perhaps its greatest musical gifts – jazz – and New Orleans… Read more

September 9, 2005

My friend Henry Neufeld, head of the Pacesetter’s Bible Institute in Florida, now has his own blog. Anyone interesting in the intersection of science and religion will want to read it. Henry is a Hebrew scholar with a longtime interest in science and just a generally fascinating guy. Read more

September 9, 2005

Sometimes I feel like I should send Joseph Farah, founder of the Worldnutdaily, a gift. The webmag he founded is such a fountain of sheer stupidity that he makes my job here so much easier. Virtually every day, I could find ample fodder for this blog just by clicking on his page. And now that he has added Alan Sears, the CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund, as a weekly columnist that job should get even easier. The Alliance Defense… Read more

September 9, 2005

Paul Campos has an article in the New Republic (registration required, but available on bugmenot) about FEMA director Mike Brown. I’ve written before, as have many others, about Brown’s complete lack of qualifications for that position, which he got only because his former college roommate hired him as his assistant. But Campos reveals that, if anything, we’ve been too charitable to him: To understand the Mike Brown saga, one has to know something about the intricacies of the legal profession,… Read more

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