What have you done for your community today?
Friday, January 27, 2006
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
The threat on your end table
Monday, January 23, 2006
Bush fights boobs with boobs
Friday, January 20, 2006
De-Borking the process
Wow. The Justice Dept. is claiming that Bush can wiretap Americans without a warrant: "The report argued that a 1978 law regulating intelligence-gathering in the United States did not close the door on surveillance that had not been approved by a special court created by that law." But the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, amended several times after 1978 and specifically in 1995, requires warrants both for physical searches and for electronic surveillance for intelligence purposes... and in those amendments, several times during legislative discussions and in the law itself, Congress specifically said that the executive was still required to come inform Congress about such programs.
Bush did not get warrants and did not inform Congress. Item #4,269 as to why you should be feeling a great deal of 1973 deja vu.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
True, too true...
I received many wonderful birthday greetings today. But the most enjoyable was an e-mail message that simply said this:
"What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!"
Friday, January 13, 2006
Wal-Mart doesn't care, so we have to make it care
I have mixed feelings about this. I'm not eager for government to require businesses like Wal-Mart to provide medical insurance; but if we're not going to get public funding for health care soon, at least this bill is a lesser evil than letting thousands of people go uninsured.
(Posting has been slow due to the holidays and then Macworld... but I think I'll be back now!)
Friday, January 06, 2006
Jack Gordon asserts that Christians should fight against the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools, to avoid the inevitable: scientific examination of the hypothesis that there's an intelligent designer.
Science doesn't tell us that evidence indicates that the Earth revolves round the sun, not vice versa, and then shut up. Science is always obliged to ask the next question: How far is the Earth from the sun? What is its trajectory? What keeps the planet from spinning away into space? [...] They must know that if the scientific method walks us to the doorstep of an intelligent designer, then science must open the door. They can't really expect that science will just ring the bell and then run away giggling. Can they?Pretending to treat the origin of everything as science means asking science to rank their God with Pan Gu, Brahma, Môt, Nanahuatzin, and all the rest. What will they do if Jehovah gets cut off by Occam's razor?