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Wed May 14, 2008 at 10:30 PM PDT

Theocon Bioethics

by baliyya

The Presidents Advisory Council on Bioethics(known to many of us in the trade as the bioluddite council) has just released a 555 page report titled Human Dignity and Bioethics.
Dr. Steven Pinker takes strong exception to this report in The Stupidity of Dignity.
I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Pinkers conclusions.

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Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 08:44 AM PDT

Ganked by the Instapundit

by baliyya

I have always reguarded Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. the Instapundit, to be a staunch defender of science and technology.
No more.

I haven't seen Ben Stein's Expelled, and I regard "Intelligent Design" theory as pernicious twaddle. But it's interesting to see Stein clobbering Morgan Spurlock in box office. At any rate, according to the comments, at least, there's more to the film than I.D. twaddle.

Then he updates the post with an extremely favorable review by Ed Morrissey.
He was not going to include any negative reviews of Expelled until I forced him to.
Even though I have been sending him negative reviews and background material since the 11th of April.

You can read my post with the gmail he sent me  here.
I can't include the gmail screenshot here, because it isn't approved.

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Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 08:28 AM PDT

Culture Wars and the Handmaid's Tale

by baliyya

Over at Malkin's HotAir blog, there is an Expelled thread with over a thousand comments so far.  As a scientist type (MS math-stat) who works in DSP(digital signal processing) and IP(image processing) and SF(sensor fusion) every day, I completely don't get Ben Stein's postulate that the scientific "orthodoxy" is repressing freedom of scientific inquiry as exemplified by Intelligent Design Theory (IDT).  

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Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 06:02 AM PDT

Obama and Resilience

by baliyya

In the comments to this Kospost, the comment community wonders if the protracted campaign wars have been good for Obama.
The answer is yes.
I make the case that the protracted campaign has both developed and demonstrated Obama's resilience,and that part of Obama's resilience is his appeal to the visual cortex.

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Do you think appearance is a factor in voting for a presidential candidate?

42%3 votes
57%4 votes

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Thu Apr 17, 2008 at 04:16 AM PDT

Awwww, K-Lo.....Don't be Bitter

by baliyya

I'm sick of K-Lo's papalalooza already.
It seriously creeps me out how she is fawning and gushing over this pedophile enabler.  And this:

Unholy Hold-up   [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Senate sources tell me Barbara Boxer is the holdup on the Casey-supported resolution because of life language. Give it up. It's the pope. He said God bless America.

Or let's have this fight, Boxer. You really want to oppose the pope? Any Dems want to come out on record supporting her?

Is K-Lo seriously suggesting the Pope gets to influence American law-making?  WTF?  What about the separation of church and state?
UPDATE:
Awwwww, K-Lo......don't be bitter

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I was shocked and appalled at yesterday's cheery "Get well soon, Arlen!", where the kossacks all pat themselves on the back for bein better than the republicans.
I guess I'm not politically correct enough to blog here.
I'm an ageist.
Like Thomas Sowell, I personally think John McCain is too old to serve as president.
Update:
CAN WE TALK ABOUT AGE NOW?

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Should there be mandatory retirement past the age of 72 in Congress?

22%22 votes
77%76 votes

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Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 07:45 AM PDT

The Rise of the Theofascists

by baliyya

Dear Mr. Goldberg,
I have been reading your book, Liberal Fascism, and I find myself with some puzzling questions.  Like, if Democrats are liberal fascists, how would you describe these people?
Are they theofascists?

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The democrats are graciously saying that John McCain's age is not an exploitable target for them. Unfortunately, I think the Senator's age is pretty relevent.
So does Thomas Sowell.
So does America.
At 69, Ronald Reagan was the oldest president ever.
John McCain will be the new oldest president ever, if elected.
In August he will turn 72.
Reagan promised that he would undergo regular physical screening for "senility", and step down if it was detected.
McCain has promised he will not seek a second term.
authors note:
i admit that the title is sensationalist, and i cannot diagnose Alzheimers from a single incidence of shortterm memory loss.
i want to start a grass roots movement to discuss mccain's age.
i think it is a fair topic, an not subject to cries of "Unfair!" or "that's slimy-or-underhanded".

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Are age-correlated infirmities a fair issue to discuss in McCain's candiacy?

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