Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bill Nye gets it right

Bill Nye (aka the Science Guy) has a short video where he stresses how counterproductive resistance to evolution is in raising a scientifically literate population. It’s a nice little bit that fairly succinctly summarizes the central problem with evolution denial: you can believe whatever you want, but the world doesn’t make any sense when evolution, […]

Abstinence-only only abstains from working

Two parents are suing a school district in California over its abstinence-only-based sex-ed curriculum. Good for them–I hope their lawsuit succeeds. Most of us would like our children to make smart decisions about sex. Children–teenagers in particular–do dumb things all the time, and the consequences of sex without forethought can be life-altering, or life-ending. Since […]

Dividing up the budget pie

As we all know, Republicans as a whole (with the possible exception of their small libertarian wing) get orgasmically enthused about spending money on the military. As mentioned in this article about the Romney/Ryan budget “vision,” the GOP in general, and this ticket in particular, wants to gut discretionary spending for things like food stamps, […]

A mandate from God

To no one’s surprise, Todd Akin claims that God has called him to run for the Senate. There are a remarkable number of politicians who claim a direct landline from the Almighty. During the GOP presidential primary, no fewer than four of the contenders (Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, and Rick “Santorum” Santorum, if memory serves) claimed […]

Willful ignorance about the biology of rape

This is an extremely concise and well-written article that says absolutely everything that needs to be said about Todd Akin’s boneheaded comments over the weekend. Some key portions: “The problem, of course, is that such pregnancies do occur. More than 31,000 of them happen in America every year. Pretending they don’t by listening to a […]

Swiftboating ad absurdum

Mitt Romney is saying the poor and sick would be better off under his presidency than Obama’s. That is laughably absurd. Romney/Ryan want to gut spending on government programs that benefit the poor so that they can fund a tax break to the very rich. They rely on the trickle down effect of supply side […]

Noah’s Ark? Seriously???

Where on earth to start dissecting this? So former Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico has decided it is a lifelong dream to search for Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat, and has injured herself in the process, and has vowed to keep pressing on. As humans, perhaps we are all drawn to quixotic quests from time to […]