Posted by: brian | April 3, 2009

Iowa court rejects same-sex marriage ban

The Iowa Supreme Court has declared that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Iowa, of all places, is the third state where same-sex marriage is now legal.

Now we wait for the backlash.

Posted by: brian | April 3, 2009

Holy cola!

Magic Invisible Sky Man can make ANYTHING magical.

A Norwegian church used lemon-flavored cola instead of water in a baptism ceremony after its taps were temporarily turned off because of freezing temperatures, daily Vaart Land said Tuesday.

Posted by: brian | March 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”  – Socrates

Posted by: brian | March 30, 2009

Reform necessary but unlikely

Chris Farrell suggests A Smarter Way to Set CEO Pay: treat CEOs the same as other employees.

[GASP!] Could something so sensible actually be implemented? I doubt it.

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Posted by: brian | March 27, 2009

Anti-anti-evolution arguments

If someone confronts you with the standard creationist arguments against evolution, here are some good points to share with them:

  1. Evolution is not a theory that explains the origin of the universe, that field of study is referred to as Cosmology and it is a field of study not covered by Charles Darwin’s, The Origin Of Species.
  2. Evolution is not a theory that describes the first origination of life on this planet, that field of study is called Abiogenesis. While Darwin might have remarked his feelings about the theory in a letter to a colleague, it is not part of the scope of evolution, which by definition describes the change in species over time and natural selection.
  3. Evolution is not inherently atheistic, the theory describes nothing regarding the existence of god, it is a scientific theory confining itself to prediction and observation of the natural world.
  4. The theory of evolution does not say, “humans came from monkeys”. The theory shows clear evidence supporting the hypothesis that at some point around 6 million years ago, humans, the great apes and primates diverged from a common ancestor.
  5. The theory of evolution does not say dogs come from frogs, a rock will turn into a duck or as some former TV personalities like to claim, will produce a half crocodile, half duck (crocoduck).
  6. Evolutionary theory is the best supported scientific hypothesis we have for describing the diversity of life on Earth. It is not a religion, a belief system, a faith or any other ambiguous religious term sometimes attached to it by YECs.

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Posted by: brian | March 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

Posted by: brian | March 25, 2009

Here we go again

From MPR:

St. Paul, Minn. — Republican Norm Coleman’s attorney told a Twin Cities radio station this week that Coleman will probably end up with fewer votes than Al Franken when the three-judge panel rules in Coleman’s election contest.

Joe Friedberg told KFAN radio that Coleman’s legal team has been trying the case with an appeal in mind:

“Our whole argument was that it was a constitutional argument. It’s an argument that’s really suited for the Minnesota Supreme Court, but not for the trial court. So we’ll see whether we were right or not,” Friedberg said.

So basically, their approach is: we’re going to lose, but that’s okay, because we’ll keep appealing until we win. Morons.

Posted by: brian | March 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

“Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.” – George Burns

Posted by: brian | March 24, 2009

The modern way to lose a job

Use Twitter!

Posted by: brian | March 23, 2009

Dr Manhattan’s penis

Ben & I went to see Watchmen a week or so back. We’d both read the graphic novel on which the movie is quite faithfully based, and we’d heard a fair amount of the buzz leading up to the film. So we weren’t surprised to see the full frontal male nudity that is featured throughout both renditions of the story.

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the reviews, but I saw one where the reviewer acted a bit offended by the sight of dr manhattan’s penis in the film, and made comments to the effect of “I wouldn’t let my kids watch this.” What strikes me as ridiculous about that comment is that it is based solely on the presence of genitalia, not on the frequent graphic violence that is also integral to the story. Once again, the [violence|nudity] double-standard rears its head. It’s okay for kids to watch a graphic, bloody fight scenes, but heaven forfend they see a penis! That would scar them!

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