I’m irresistibly reminded of Sir Humphrey in “Yes, Prime Minister”: “‘controversial’ will lose you votes; ‘courageous’ will lose you the election”. McCain’s choice was quintessentially courageous….Read More Adjectives for Palin
From a comment by Ripper McCord at TPM: Appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in July, John McCain was reminded that [he] often tells his audiences the vice president has only two duties: Breaking tie votes in the Senate and inquiring daily about the health of the president. “That job will be very, very…Read More Quote of the day, from McCain
I’m off to Boston first thing Tuesday, flying SEA-DEN-BOS and returning BOS-SFO-SEA on Sunday. From those routings, you can tell it’s United, can’t you? I’ve applied to upgrade both trips; in each case I’m confirmed on one leg, waitlisted on the other. 15K miles for each upgrade; I’m drawing down my MP balance as fast…Read More Off to Boston, using all the Frequent Flier miles I can
This beautiful piece appeared today in 3quarksdaily, and I just had to quote from it: Dermatology & Galileo A creationist student of mine with a wart the size of a gumball on the end of his nose recently told me science is overrated and is anathema to God.Â In the same breath he said he…Read More Dermatology and Galileo
Here’s the new “American Prayer” video by Dave Stewart and a crowd of celebrities endorsing Obama. It’s pretty good, and I make no apologies for being part of the viral network…. Read more about the project here: As an Englishman, I’m not an expert in all the intricate details of American politics. But as an…Read More "American Prayer"
Secular geek quote-of-the-day: “The Bible exploits unpatched vulnerabilities in the human mind.” (via A Division by Zer0 )Read More "Unpatched vulnerabilities"
Stephen Law is bemused, because in Nigeria… Muslims are attacking Christians because they think that Christians prayed for the death of their leader, and their prayers worked. Why would their prayers work, though, if, as Muslim’s think, Christianity is a false religion? I assume that this is a rhetorical question, because the answer is pretty…Read More Demonic woo
The Pub Philosopher watches the final episode of Dawkins on Darwin, in which Dawkins talks to science teachers: There was an embarrassed silence as the penny dropped. Indoctrinated by years of multi-cultural relativism, these scientists had found themselves saying that science was just one way of understanding how the world was created. Whether or not…Read More Dawkins confronts school science teachers
If you have miles accumulated in United’s Mileage Plus program, now’s the time to use them up – preferably on Star Alliance partner flights. Because you won’t want to be flying United from now on…. The Cranky Flier has more.Read More UA enters death spiral?
Who kidnapped Deepak Chopra, and where have they hidden him? Normally, Deepak Chopra’s contributions to HuffPo and other forums have been unadulterated woo; pure mystical New Age claptrap. But today he nailed Rick Warren’s fatuous Saddleback forum in uncompromisingly blunt language.. For McCain, it’s all as simple as what Reaganism carved out almost thirty years…Read More Good grief! I agree with Deepak Chopra!