Toller Cranston was truly way ahead of his time.
Claude Mailhot used to be an assistant deputy minister in the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure, and Sport.Très drôle.
Ironically, it [the term "pimp"] was most likely intended as a compliment.Knievel v. ESPN, 393 F.3d 1068 (9th Cir. 2005) (.pdf; 35 pgs.).
Jim Schneider: One of the nominations that's pending before the Senate at this very moment, just passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is Louis Butler, former Supreme Court justice here in the State of Wisconsin. You're sitting on the Senate. Would you be voting to confirm Justice Butler, or not.Really, because Terrence Wall — on two occasions, no less — lost popular elections, right here in Wisconsin. So according to his own reasoning, he's unqualified for the federal office he seeks. Indeed, Mr. Wall is "appalled" that his own self is even being considered.
Terrence Wall: No. [See "No, Party of."]
Schneider: Would not meet your criteria?
Wall: No. [Ibid.]
Schneider: Twice rejected by voters here in the State of Wisconsin.
Wall: I think it's appalling to think that we would, uh, appoint a justice [sic] to the court that failed to meet the criterion that the voters want, on two occasions.
Jim Schneider: Would you be in favor of embryonic stem cell research?I thought JFK put an end to that business 50 years ago.
Terrence Wall: No. [See supra, "No, Party of."] However, I did check with the Catholic bishop uh, office, and the representative there and talked to them at length about what is allowed, and they were talking about you can do adult stem cells and there's lots of other things you can do without doing embryonic stem cell research, and those are proven now to create solutions and embryonic stem cell research is not proven to create any solutions to cancer or any other disease.
In Canada, we don't really have a Christian culture like you guys. In the States it's sort of cliché, I think. In Canada, they're so far away from a Christian culture that I think a lot of people find it interesting, and they ask me about it all the time.I suppose that explains why Roman Catholic schools are fully funded by the government in the Province of Ontario but the same practice is constitutionally prohibited in the United States. Apparently a lot of people are asking the wrong person.
Caller: I heard Mr. Wall state that climate change has been going on for billions of years. This tells me that he is an evolutionist and not a creationist. Yet he claims to support the religion this nation was built upon. Is this not hypocritical of him?This guy is a hoot.
Schneider: Okay, well I'll let him address that issue. [To Wall:] He's referring to your term, the use of the word "billions" when there are a number of creationists who say, well, we're closer to ten thousand years old as an Earth.
Wall: Okay, well I'm not going to get into an argument about the years, I just threw out a number. The Earth has been changing, that's the point. The Earth is changing, it's continuing to change, we're not gonna, you know, that's the fact. But God created the Earth and the universe and it's just that simple.
Schneider: The president is wanting to have the Congress and Senate pass legislation* that would deal with this topic of global warming. Where do you stand on that issue?As long as Terrence Wall remains situated in one place (e.g., Madison, WI) and the Earth doesn't stop revolving around the Sun he needn't worry too much about getting stuck in winter all his life.
Wall: I'm highly skeptical. The fact that they changed it from global warming to now they're calling it climate change I think is a big clue that even they don't have confidence in their argument. You know, climate change. Well, of course. You know, the climate of the Earth has been changing for billions of years. I certainly hope it continues to change. I think we'd be all in trouble if it didn't change, especially if we got stuck in winter for all our lives, y'know. So I think that I am not at all believing one cent of this whole global warming thing.
And God said, Let the Earth bring forth ... the pumpkin.h/t Blogging BlueTube.
— Genesis 1:11 (JKV)
In both the Gableman-Butler race and a race one year earlier in which Justice Annette Ziegler was elected to the Court, independent groups spent heavily — far more than the candidates themselves. One was a business advocacy group known as Wisconsin Manufacturers Commerce [sic]. It spent somewhere around two million dollars on the race.Conspicuously left unsaid is the fact that a portion of that two million dollars was spent on producing and distributing a video featuring none other than Rick Esenberg, reclining in a book-filled study and expounding critically on Justice Butler's alleged "activism."
"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance* on the subsequent children," said State Delegate and leading theologian Bob Marshall, a Republican.**These crazies clearly deserve more political power come November.
[David Margolis] approvingly quotes Jack Goldsmith's testimony that it's an unsettled question whether [the USDOJ Office of Legal Counsel] should offer "neutral, independent, court-like advice" or something "more like ... an attorney's advice to a client about what you can get away with. ..." Wow. What about the president's constitutional obligation to faithfully execute the law, which OLC is supposed to help the president discharge? Whatever you think "faithful execution" means, it surely isn't "what you can get away with."David Margolis is wrong
Something so tremendous that tremendous alone doesn't quite explain it's tremendousness.Eddie Olczyk goes viral with bunch of happy humans.
It's been a long time since I stood on a stage in London. It was about 14 or 15 years ago. I was 60 years old, just a kid with a crazy dream. Since then I've taken a lot of Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Ritalin, Focalin. I've also studied deeply in the philosophies and the religions. But cheerfulness kept breaking through. — Leonard CohenIn My Secret Life
As they only proved, once again, that the words "yoo" and "torture" in the same sentence make commenters get rather unhinged.Orin Kerr.
Rom Houben is communicating quite well, thank you, by tapping out messages on electronic equipment. He’s writing a book about the experience.The hopeless case who is now tapping out a book
Dr Steven Laureys, one of the doctors treating Houben, acknowledged that his patient could not make himself understood after all. Facilitated communication, the technique said to have made Houben's apparent contact with the outside world possible, did not work, Laureys declared.Brain-damaged patient proved unable to communicate
"What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd?" Dianne Capps asked. "He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray." The crowd erupted in laughter.Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall to the rescue:
"Nobody had a rope to hang Patty Murray," Capps said."This movement is the future of politics in America." — Sarah Palin
"Civil rights are grounded in natural rights,"* said Sorba. "Natural rights are grounded in human nature. Human nature is a rational substance in relationship. The intelligible end of the reproductive act is reproduction. Do you understand that? Lesbians ... Lesbians ... Bring it!"What a circus.
The document answers one question and one question only. If you agree that Barack Obama is engaged in a deliberate and relentless attack on the American constitutional order, well be assured: the conservative establishment is on your side. But if you think those worries are a hysterical distraction from the country’s actual problems? To you, the conservative world says: go away. We have nothing to offer you.David Frum
LIMBAUGH: Talking about the "Big Lie" — from his 1925 autobiography, Mein Kampf, the "Big Lie" was an expression coined by Hitler. And the "Big Lie" is exactly what all of liberalism is. The "Big Lie" is exactly what all of Marxism is, or socialism is, or communism is.How many times must irony die.
A nonpartisan legislative attorney said the request could be denied for being too broad in scope. — Agent MacGyverAn intriguing narrative from Cory Liebmann.
"Why sit down with 7th graders and say to some, 'You will be heterosexual, some [will be] homosexual'?," wondered Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman. "Part of that [homosexual] agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals," Grothman added. Out loud.And the reason this part of the homosexual agenda is "left unsaid" is exclusively because most people don't have access to the nut-right pantaloon's medulla oblongata, which is the only place it exists.
Wisconsin State senator Glenn Grothman's opposition to discussing and recognizing different sexual orientations in schools seems to come [from] his belief that instructors who lead these talks would have what he called an "agenda" to persuade students to become gay.Glam rock had yet eluded the teenage Grothman:
"Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975? I don't remember any discussion about that at the time. There were a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys," he said, "but that's a different thing than homosexuality."Ah yes, that was good clean fun. Lawd a-mighty, what an ignoramus. It's precisely the intent and the goal of these proposals to mitigate exactly that sort of cruelty. Why do they keep voting for this guy?
Appealing to the 'thousands' of other creationists out there doesn't add anything to your argument; at best, you're simply appealing to the popularity of an idea as proof of its validity. If you believe that, then you must also believe that hundreds of years ago, when people thought the world was flat, it actually was flat, and only became unflat once people started to believe it was round.Sorry, Dr. Neeland, but you're a kook.
The Allen motion ... has been followed by nine additional recusal motions against members of this court [seven of which are "against" Gableman]. The Wisconsin State Public Defender's office has invited the entire defense bar to file recusal motions against [Gableman] in criminal cases. The number and savagery of these motions is unprecedented and amounts to a frontal assault on the court. The court should have denied Allen's motion quickly, without comment. This would have avoided exposing controversy within the court.Or, alternatively, Gableman should have anticipated the controversy that he engendered by engaging in scurrilous political subterfuge.
Sometimes, in preparing for class, I'll write down four topics. It's not because I can't remember them or don't understand them.Analogously thus:
So, really, the point is not what was on her palm, but what she had to say.Tellingly, the apologetic ends there, as there is nothing to discuss.
An increase in surface air temperature causes an increase in evaporation and generally higher levels of water vapor in the atmosphere. In addition, a warmer atmosphere is capable of holding more water vapor. The excess water vapor will in turn lead to more frequent heavy precipitation when atmospheric instability is sufficient to trigger precipitation events.Pretty dumb.
[Obama] doesn't have any credibility since he's flip-flopping, you don't know where he stands. And John McCain actually have author campaign finance reform with Feingold, a Jew.But of course, that's a relevant factor. If you're certifiable.
— Fox News "political analyst" Angela McGlowan
David Weigand: I would like to see "rationale" included in agenda items brought to/from the [West Bend school] board and/or administration. By including rationale, we can understand the reasons behind agenda items and have better discussions while working towards meeting the needs of the community.h/t Wacked Out West Bend.
Just last night, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) lifted a blanket hold he'd placed on all of the President's executive branch picks.Emphasis in original.
The Green Bay Press Gazette noted that Justice Mike Gableman criticized then-Justice Louis Butler, his opponent in the election, for accepting a $4,500 campaign contribution from a lawyer representing someone in a case before the state supreme court.Sheboygan Press.
"I think reasonable people would look at $4,500 from a lawyer who's representing a litigant in a case that a justice is currently taking under advisement would be a matter of some concern," Gableman said.
Yet now that Gableman is a Supreme Court Justice, his position suddenly changes and he now says no contribution, regardless of the amount, could influence a judge and cause him or her to withdraw from hearing a case involving the contributor.
It's incomprehensible that Gableman can hold such conflicting positions.
A western Wisconsin diocese and Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki are being criticized for not reporting to law enforcement sexual assault allegations against a visiting priest who was later arrested.Chicago Tribune
A 47-year-old West Salem woman told the Diocese of La Crosse in September that the Rev. Edmund Donkor-Baine allegedly touched her breasts and placed her hand on his pants over his genitals while counseling her for a divorce, according to a sheriff's department report.
Listecki wrote her a letter dated Dec. 22 stating that her complaint was the first the diocese received against the priest* and that Donkor-Baine, 47, denied the allegations.** The letter also said the diocese had not been able to conclusively determine what happened.
A study for the U.S. Conference of Bishops found that the La Crosse Diocese sided with priests over victims in 64% of cases, compared with the national average of just less than 10%.At least one law enforcement official lacks confidence in Listecki.
The "What’s the Evidence?" booth began five years ago when Weigand and a friend brought a PhD Biologist to the West Bend School District hoping that with his help the district would see that they were teaching information that was not scientifically sound.This event was mentioned here recently. The individual Weigand "brought" to West Bend was apparently David Menton of Answers In Genesis fame and wouldn't you know it: David Menton is a liar.
Her hand reads, "Energy /Or remember to "lift American spirits."
BudgetTax Cuts / Lift American Spirits." She couldn't even remember, in the moment pre-speech with Bic in hand, that the important cuts are tax cuts, not budget cuts.
Brethren — Hail AidsIt takes courage to say something like that. On the other hand, we routinely praise Richard Wagner, who was viciously anti-Semitic,* although his lyrics in that regard were less overt than Brethren's.
This is a very bad song. The context of the song and the mission statement of the artist is incredibly insular and bigoted. It is hard for a lot of people to get past that when listening to Brethren. But his songs are so passionate, so intense, so brutal and raw, and you know what he’s saying he means with such conviction. It is frightening but at the same time kind of empowering that someone can make music like this. Almost like a testament to America’s freedom of speech. I don’t agree with the context of his project but I respect that he has the freedom and certitude to do this. And this song is so powerful. It’s really moving.
But I felt [World Nut Daily dot com publisher Joseph] Farah start to lose the room when he entered a long digression on how, in his view, there was more proof that Jesus Christ was born than proof that Obama was born in Hawaii.At the 600-strong national convention, comparing apples to saviors. Only problem is there's not any proof that Obama's papers are forged or that he was born anyplace other than the U.S. And if Farah takes seriously the competing genealogies recorded on the anonymous papyri, he may very well be a young Earth creationist to boot.
At least three of the four large high schools participating in the private voucher program have pre-admission screening, allowing them to reject students, unlike public schools, which thankfully accept all students.Where measuring achievement, it's always handy to be able to pre-select based on the stronger likelihood of that achievement.
In his speech Thursday to Tea Party convention attendees, former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo invoked the loaded pre-civil rights era buzzword, saying that President Barack Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country."Wonder who he had in mind.
Rush Limbaugh, while going through the transcript of a recently-released tape from Osama bin Laden, paused during his reading of bin Laden's remarks about climate change to ask, "Does this not sound like an average Democrat? It sounds like this could easily be Russ Feingold, the Senator from Wisconsin."You know who else enjoyed a macrobiotic diet? Hitler, that's who. Does this not sound like an average Outpost Natural Foods shopper?
I support creationism being taught in the classroom, however, I don't want to stop there. I'd like to see alchemy taught alongside the theory of "chemistry," astrology alongside "astronomy," magic alongside "physics" and phrenology alongside "neurology."Via Mpeterson.
The film that started it all shows several geologists testifying that [human] footprints had been found in the same piece of stone in Texas' Biloxi River as dinosaur prints, a discovery that would change the generally accepted picture of man's beginnings.That old Milwaukee Journal item, by the way, is a typical example of a reporter placing ludicrous creationist assertions alongside scientific evidence as if both are equally legitimate and valid. They aren't.
Kids should know that there are alternate theories out there if they are to have a well rounded education. But I don't think it's appropriate for teachers to drill down on any particular creationist theory.The author appears to be desperately unfamiliar with the issues. Science is neither a partisan pursuit nor is there any such thing, by definition, as a "creationist theory." And accusing one of zeal for her defense of evidence and reason is not a particularly effective insult. But, yeah, kids should know there are dissembling crazies out there.
A second panel will convene to determine whether Mann's behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change, the university said Wednesday.An affirmative answer is all but assured, with the caveat, one hopes, that public "faith" can be fully based in circumstances entirely divorced from the behavior of Prof. Mann (e.g., The Glenn Beck Conspiracy Hour). Which may provide reason enough for climate denialists to crow, but says nothing of the science. It was the other allegations which spoke to the science and the methodologies of science and Mann was exonerated completely on those accounts.
On the morning of 6 May 1933, a group of vans pulled up outside Dr Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute of Sexual Science in the smart Tiergarten district of Berlin. Out of them leapt students from the Berlin School for Physical Education, members of the National Socialist German Students' League. They drew up in military formation, then, while some of them took out their trumpets and tubas and started to play patriotic music, the others marched into the building. Their intentions were clearly unfriendly. Hirschfeld's Institute was well known in Berlin, not only for its championing of causes such as the legalization of homosexuality and abortion, and for its popular evening classes in sexual education, but also for its comprehensive collection of books and manuscripts on sexual topics, built up by the director since before the turn of the century. ... The Nazi students who stormed into the Institute on 6 May 1933 proceeded to pour red ink over books and manuscripts, played football with framed photographs, leaving the floor covered in shards of broken glass, and ransacked the cupboards and drawers, throwing their contents onto the floor. Four days later, more vans arrived, this time with stormtroopers carrying baskets, into which they piled as many books and manuscripts as they could and took them out onto the Opera Square. Here they stacked them up in a gigantic heap and set light to them. About 10,000 books are said to have been consumed in the conflagration. ... Told that the 65-year-old Hirschfeld was abroad recovering from an illness, the stormtroopers said: 'Then hopefully he'll snuff it without us; then we won't need to string him up or beat him to death.'— Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich, pp. 375-76
Ordinarily, calling for a new government program "to protect consumers" would be extraordinary popular.Can you think of some words to describe Frank Luntz?
We [five judges] now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to the appearance of corruption.The law can be such a ass.
Esenberg, of course, makes his living off the students who are sinking into ever-deeper pits of debt.Bruce Murphy
"[President Obama] doesn't understand economics at all."Funny, I thought the Bolsheviks understood it pretty well.
— Rick Esenberg
Intelligent Design simply allows that religious beliefs are not necessarily incompatible with known science.No, "intelligent design" is simply creationism on a molecular scale. And in fact its best known proponents accept that humankind is descended from non-human ancestors, which is ultimately what offends the more traditional creationists the most.
This has been brewing in West Bend for some time. About 4-5 years ago there were parents petitioning the school board for a review of the curriculum, because there was too much evolution. They recommended a biology book by Merrill [Publishing] whose main distinction was its "least unfavorable" rating by the Institute for Creation Research because it said the least about evolution. When Laurie and I reviewed textbooks for our article "Why Teach Evolution," the Merrill text scored a 0 (out of 40) for inclusion of contemporary thinking about 10 concepts in evolutionary science (the average was about 8 and the best books close to 18 — books got a 1 for a mention and a 4 for a detailed explanation).Link.
The science department and administration were firm and united in opposition; the school board stood its ground, despite a long, rambling, and poorly informed presentation by David Menton (who was in town on an [Answers in Genesis] junket). Even after the loss, the parents kept coming to school and sitting in on classes, critiquing the lessons. Still, the school held firm; evolution is one of the fundamental themes in the WI State standards, which means that it is to be woven into ALL life sciences lessons: it is not a separate, pull-out unit (a fact that has confused critics and, IMHO, unjustly condemned WI's treatment of evolution).
So, this is just another episode in the continuing saga of anti-evolutionism in Wisconsin. And it is everywhere!
Asked by Fox's Megyn Kelly what motivation the U.S. Attorney would have to make such an effort, Breitblart responded: "Well, it's tied to the Justice Department. And we've been very aggressive in asking Eric Holder to investigate what's seen on the ACORN tapes, and he's ignored it."America's decadent bastards fearful of top blogger in tinfoil fedora
The British center admitted it threw out its original data on which it pinned its predictions of disaster. Other researchers, thus, cannot check the claims.P-Dendro, Zen master of the premiseless conditional
I couldn't tell from Owen's [Boots and Sabers] column whether he thought that the case law is so clear that even the wingnuts wouldn't waste taxpayer money on attempts to teach creationism or that he didn't care about the Constitution.Even assuming the former, my question had to do with how the case law made Peterson's "entire column a massive moot point."