September 8, 2006

I reacted to the announcement by President Bush that the CIA had Al Qaeda prisoners in secret prisons being interrogated the same way a 10 year old reacts to being told something obvious: Duh. Even before the Washington Post revealed that big secret last year, did anyone really not know? Of course they had secret places where they interrogated such prisoners. Would you want them not to? When they capture someone like Khalid Sheik Mohammed, they have to interrogate them… Read more

September 8, 2006

I don’t know how many of my readers saw this, but last week someone decided to have a hotornot contest for the ScienceBloggers. But it was based on pictures placed on technorati, and since I don’t have a picture there, I was left out of the field of entries; I’m not the least bit disappointed by that. But this week, Janet has decided that rather than a “who’s hotter” contest, we should have a “who’s geekier” contest, so she has… Read more

September 8, 2006

Reasons to Believe, an old earth creationist group headed by astronomer Hugh Ross, is trying hard to sell their new book, Creation As Science: A Testable Approach to End the Evolution/Creation Wars. They issued a press release yesterday about the book, which included some false claims, some good analysis of why ID isn’t taken seriously by scientists, and little detail on this new model they’ve been talking about for years. First, the false claims: “The 1981 Supreme Court ruling guarantees… Read more

September 7, 2006

This magazine has stumbled upon an idea I’ve been advocating for years, that politicians should be like Nascar drivers and should have to wear the logos of all the companies that sponsor their campaigns. It should be all over their clothing and the cars they drive. Here’s their mock up of what Hillary Clinton and Rick Santorum would look like: (more…) Read more

September 7, 2006

Jon Rowe has an excellent post at Positive Liberty about a number of Christian scholars whose work debunks the Christian Nation myth. In addition to the work of Gregg Frazer, which he and I have both promoted greatly, he also cites scholars like George Marsden, Mark Noll and Nathan Hatch. And I love the response that he cites to his own work in this regard, where some hack from Worldmag calls Rowe a “militant secular pagan” – whatever the hell… Read more

September 7, 2006

Our government has arrested yet another executive from an online gaming company, this time Peter Dicks, chairman of the board of Sportingbet, a British company. Jacob Sullum, writing at Reason.com, captured this whole situation perfectly a few weeks ago: If an executive of a U.S. media company were arrested in Beijing for violating a Chinese law against “subversive” online speech, or in Tehran for creating “indecent” Web content viewed by Iranians, Americans would ask what right these countries have to… Read more

September 7, 2006

If you liked the Crossfire episode where Lofton accused pop stars of encouraging our kids to have sex with animals, you’re gonna love this interview he does with James Stengel when he was the head of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia (Stengel, that is, not Lofton). You’re especially gonna love the fit he throws over a skit put on at the center illustrating the 3rd amendment that featured a man in drag: (more…) Read more

September 7, 2006

Does anyone remember those reports a while back about some Indian guru who hadn’t had to eat any food in 7 years? Well here’s a website that tells how he did it – by looking at the sun. This allowed him to “store the sun’s energy in his brain” and therefore did away with the need for food. No, wait; I’m serious: His formula was simple: either at sunrise or sunset (when the intensity of the sun is at its… Read more

September 7, 2006

One of the government’s primary arguments in the various lawsuits against the NSA’s warrantless wiretap program is that no one can prove that they have “standing” to sue. The plaintiffs can’t show that their specific communications were subject to an NSA wiretap without having the NSA reveal who they are surveilling; and since the NSA won’t reveal that information they can’t show standing. It’s a perfect catch-22 that effectively renders the program immune to all legal challenges. But there’s something… Read more

September 7, 2006

Tuesday was primary day in Florida and Randall Terry, running for the state senate there, got thoroughly trounced in his race, losing by more than a 2-1 margin. Terry had the support of folks like Alan Keyes, which appears to be the political equivalent of waking up in bed next to a horse’s head. In more cheery news, Katherine Harris won the Republican primary for the US Senate seat held by Bill Nelson (not Ben Nelson, as I mistakenly said… Read more

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