Scientific Literacy

An important short video of astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson discussing the importance of scientific literacy.

Hat tip to Larry Moran of Sandwalk.


A Classic Response

Christopher Monckton is a climate denier and a contemptible human being in general. For some time now he has been traveling the globe giving climate presentations that distort the science, misrepresent the positions of scientists and otherwise mislead the public on a serious issue. Fortunately, a professor engineering, John Abraham, put together a devastating critique of Monckton's slideshow, carefully rebutting point by point. Monckton responding in typical fashion, full of bluster and ad hominem attacks, but short on substance. Abraham has in turn replied. I'll leave it to the readers to determine who makes the more convincing case.


How Laws Are Made

Here's a great graphic that illuminates how laws are made in our country. Honestly, its amazing anything gets passed at all.


Via Jesus & Mo


Supreme Court

I've been spending a fair amount of time lately reading about the history of the Supreme Court and two articles appeared that provide some insight on the current Justices. One is an argument that John Paul Stevens is the most important Associate Justice in Supreme Court history based on his jurisprudence and the significance of his opinions in important cases. Another observes a recent commencement address by the retired David Souter whereby he generally characterizes his approach to the law as opposed to those who take an originalism philosophy (like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas). Both are interesting, especially if you've read Jeffery Toobin's The Nine.

OMB - Blog Post - The Affordable Care Act and the Deficit

Peter Orszag, Director of the OMB, presents some reality regarding the new law:

OMB - Blog Post - The Affordable Care Act and the Deficit

Something to keep in mind.


Republican Strategies

Here's how the Republican's plan on winning:


I'm going to see if I can get myself to start writing again. I've relied on Facebook to bring up issues that I find of interest or important, but I think that annoys people who are mostly expecting news about family and friends. So, here goes!


Pre Game Joke

This morning a Gary, Indiana kindergarten teacher explains to her class
that she is an Indianapolis Colts fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they are Colts fans, too. Not really knowing what a Colts fan was, but wanting to be liked by their teacher, their hands flew into the air.

There is, however, one exception. Susie has not gone
along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be
different. "Because I'm not a Colts fan" she reports.

"Then," asks the teacher, "what are you?"

"I'm a Chicago Bears fan," boasts the little girl.

The teacher asks Susie why she is a Bears fan. "Well, my Dad and Mom
Bears fans, so I'm a Bears fan, too" she responds.

"That's no reason," the teacher says. "What if your mom
was a moron, and your dad was an idiot. What would you be then?"

Susie smiles and says, "Then I'd be a Colts fan."