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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Say What?

When I read a letter to the editor of the Bristol Herald Courier from a reader who considers it improper to teach creationism alongside the theory of evolution - because one is based in science and the other on religious faith - my reaction was: In actuality, both are theories based heavily in faith, one just has more facts to back up its conjectures. But really not a whole lot more facts. A pile of "humanlike" bones recovered over the years the total volume of which would fill half a phone booth does not science make. See "Palin Doesn’t Understand Theology, Science."

The reasons aren't clear but this seems to be the argument:

"When a public servant who could be the vice president or perhaps eventually the president of the United States does not understand the difference between theology and science, we have a serious problem."

How this person knows that Sarah Palin cannot discern the difference between theology and science is unclear. She probably knew absolutely nothing about Alaska's governor until just hours ago, but she knows what the woman thinks? Or doesn't think?

Then I read the name and title of the person who wrote the letter to the editor. It was a pastor of a local "church." One of those weird
Unitarian Universalist Churches. She's a UU.

It all became clear.

How Pathetic

Why we should not trust the Europeans to have our backs:

'Stop! Or We'll Say Stop Again!'

We need to get out of NATO. These people are dangerous.

Quote of the Day

The Wall Street Journal:
Even as the Obama camp ponders how best to handle John McCain's veep pick of Sarah Palin, the high priests and priestesses of the media have marked her as an apostate. The Beltway class is in full-throated rebellion against a nondomesticated conservative who might pose a threat to their coronation of Barack Obama and the return of Camelot-on-the-Potomac.

They want a VP to be a kind of parliamentary choice, someone they have already vetted, someone who's made them laugh with insider jokes at the Gridiron dinner. The Beltway class whines constantly about how it wants fresh voices in politics, but we guess this means a first-term Democratic Senator rather than a first-term Republican Governor from some godforsaken U.S. state few of them have ever been to.

We are instructed that Mrs. Palin isn't qualified, because she lacks Washington experience. But until recently that was said to be a virtue in Mr. Obama, who is at the top of his ticket.
"The Beltway Boys," August 3, 2008

As the Evidence Pours In ...

... it might do us well to stock up on firewood. Lots and lots of firewood:
There Goes The Sun
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Al Gore's been busy in recent years scaring everyone about what he's sure is disastrous global warming. More ruinous, though, would be a deep cooling, which is the direction our planet might really be heading.

For most people, August was an unremarkable month. But for those who keep an eye on celestial events, it was an extraordinary 31 days. For the first time in nearly 100 years, the sun created no visible spots. The last time that happened: June 1913.

While most see this as more news to yawn by, some are paying attention. One such person is Anthony Watts, a television meteorologist for a quarter-century and self-professed "green." He drives an electric car, promotes conservation and alternative energy, and is concerned about the consequences of decreased solar activity.

"Let us all hope that they are wrong," Watts wrote on his blog wattsupwiththat.com. "For a solar epoch period like the Maunder Minimum inducing a Little Ice Age will be a worldwide catastrophe economically, socially, environmentally, and morally." (link)

So you know, I'm holding on to my skepticism regarding this whole warming/cooling business until additional data come in. If the "science" behind global warming seemed too fanciful, thoughts of a coming ice age are a bit beyond the realm of believability right now as well.

Still, it wouldn't hurt to have a pair of long johns at standby ...

With Blinders On ...

... the Washington Post criticizes Sarah Palin's "thin record":

"It's hard to recall a time when either major party asked voters to accept a nominee with a thinner record." (link)

It's hard to recall only if you're tanked up, on drugs, or walking around with a blindfold hindering your ability to see the real world. Do these people recall the name Barack Obama?

Dan Wants a Measurement

A commenter made the suggestion yesterday that one couldn't compare the way the mainstream press is handling the Bristol Palin pregnancy news with the growing-up years of Chelsea Clinton.* This despite the fact that the press made clear its decision to leave the children of political officials alone back then, but have no problem with it now.

But okay. He wants to be able to measure the media's double standards.

Consider: We have learned more from the mainstream press in recent days about 17-year-old Bristol Palin's pregnancy than we've learned in recent years - from the media - about former vice presidential nominee John Edwards's scandalous love affair conducted while his wife was battling terminal cancer.

Measure that, pal.

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* In fact, this is easily measured. Compare the number of negative news articles about Bristol Palin with the number written about Chelsea Clinton - over the last 16 years.

I Like These People

It is reported that vice president nominee Sarah Palin's father, Chuck Heath, has this bumper sticker on his pickup truck:
I like this bunch more each day.

This Must Infuriate Them

If only the Democrats hadn't treated him like dog meat when he ran for reelection:
Lieberman calls Obama young, untested
By Juliet Williams, Associated Press Writer

St. Paul, Minn. - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential pick eight years ago, on Tuesday criticized his former party's nominee as an untested candidate unwilling to challenge powerful interest groups as both Republican John McCain and one-time Democratic President Clinton have done.

Playing his former party's spoiler, the Democrat-turned-Independent called McCain — not Democratic nominee Barack Obama — the best choice to lead the country forward in his prime-time address to the Republican National Convention.

"Sen. Barack Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead," Lieberman said. "But my friends, eloquence is no substitute for a record — not in these tough times for America." (link)

Amen to that, Joe.

Is Drudge Mocking Obama?

Matt's main page at 5 pm yesterday:

The story that links to this headline tells us that Barack Obama feels he has more executive experience than Governor Palin does because he is the nominal head of his political campaign and its 2500 full and part-time employees. Which is the only executive experience this clown has, nominal or otherwise.

(Of course, he chose to ignore the fact that Palin runs a government in a state that produces $46 billion in gross domestic product each year.)

He's bragging about that?

You Democrats want a do-over yet?