A few years ago, Slate journalist Daniel Engber, wrote a provocative, and I think highly accurate, article describing the corporate strategy of “manufactured uncertainty” that was used for years to question the scientific consensus that cigarette smoking causes cancer. Read more
I’ve been posting quite a bit recently on the disastrous record of the current Conservative government here in Canada, especially in regards to how they treat information, science and the environment. Sadly, I have way too many posts in the works along these lines.
The other day a post I saw on the Deciphering Science blog that really blew me away. It perfectly captures every important detail about the Harper government and their total contempt for science and disregard for the environment. Read more
As I reflect back to those days before the election in 2008 and I recall the feeling of hope so many of us had at the time. We had just lived through eight years of watching America become a mountain of falling dreams and Corporate America becoming more powerful, as ordinary people bought homes they couldn’t afford, thanks to subprime mortgages at high interests rates and those ordinary people, both Republican and Democrat all began to work a lot harder to make a living. Read more
In an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, Obama confirms his support for gay marriage. Obama said this: Read more
As a blogger, I watched the Republican nomination challenge very closely. I also watched the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008 and I know it got a little dirty; Hillary ended up crying which broke my heart but also solidified my support for Barack Obama. I was originally a Hillary supporter because I have a great deal of respect to her. That respect is mostly because of how she held her head high during her husband’s impeachment trial, but, when she cried during her run for the presidency, she showed me that she was not yet ready for the White House. To me, a president should only cry for others but never for themselves. Read more
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber put the state constitutional amendment that’s up for a vote Tuesday, in the perspective it should be with Christian voters. Rev. Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina said this a day before North Carolina voters go to the polls to vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state: Read more
Vice President Joe Biden recently made a comment on NBC’s Meet
the Press affirming his support for marriage equality. “I am absolutely
comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying
women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are
entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,”
Biden said. This new discussion forces one to look at the President, look
at his supporters, and ask the question: Why, again, do you support the
President? Read more
I’m glad we have a president who has his eyes wide open and is intelligent enough to figure out what we need when it comes to security. If our nation was left in the hands of Republicans, they would have us fighting a war in every country they found to be a threat and many more of our young men and women in uniform would be paying the ultimate price with their lives. Along with that, our nation’s treasure would be depleted even more. Read more
Hypocrisy is running rampant in the GOP when Ayn Rand becomes their idle while they’re still trying to proclaim the Christian mantle. Ayn Rand’s vision for the world was about individualism and satisfying oneself over the needs of the many. Her philosophy was what you might say was the exact opposite of Jesus Christ’s philosophy which was about selflessness and compassion for the poor.
To me, the GOP and Ayn Rand belong together – their policies for the last several decades has been anything but Christian when it comes to their views about the poor and the social programs that provide a safety net for those in need. It’s as if suddenly they woke up to the fact of this is who they are; selfish and self-centered and caught up in this dance with the devil. Read more
It struck me only after finishing the eBook and skimming it for notes that The Rude Guide To Mitt was dedicated to Seamus. Oblivious to the allusion during my initial read, the irony of the dedication seemed fitting in retrospect. You see, Seamus was the one time dog of Mitt Romney, that is, until Seamus wisely ran away after Mitt strapped Seamus to the roof for a 12 hour nonstop car ride which literally scared the shit out of Seamus. Alex Pareene effectively uses the anecdote in the introduction to highlight the basic premise of his eBook, that Mitt Romney is one helluva strange guy. Read more
Job numbers are growing, the Health Care bill is showing savings for Medicare for over $200 billion by 2016, and the stock market is doing well; all of this, even after President Barack Obama took the country over at the beginning of the Great Recession. And now Republicans seem unhappy because he didn’t completely clean up the mess left from their party’s president, George W. Bush. Read more
[Attention Conservation Notice: About 3,500 words on the factual, scientific, and philosophical problems of a paper which was surely not intended to be taken seriously as science or philosophy. Nick Matzke comes at it from a different angle at The Panda's Thumb, and more briefly.] Read more
I know many of us really get tired of listening to the constant barrage of personal attacks on President Obama. The attacks on his policies are fair game but the personal attacks and now threats, just go too far.
I do remember back in 2008, talking to others like myself about Obama. Many liked him then and still like him now because he’s never done anything to make any of us dislike him, at least as a person. But there was so much fear that something would happen to him. The reason why we felt that way was because we knew the level of hate out there against black people. Read more
The organization “Americans for Tax Reform” founded by Grover Norquist is well known for its anti-tax pledge which most Republican lawmakers and candidates for president have signed. The pledge binds those who sign it not to raise taxes for any reason. The pledge is really meant to protect the wealthy and large corporations from their taxes being raised, even though I’m sure Mr. Norquist would never admit to that. Read more
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS???
A couple weeks ago, the would-be-hilarious-if-they-werent-so-dangerous group, the National Organization for Marriage (OMNOMNOMONOMNOM!) had their 2008 donor list leaked via the Human Rights Campaign (pdf).
One of the largest donations came from none other than the president of the John Templeton Foundation, John Templeton ($450,000) and his wife Josephine ($100,000). Read more