Another Smackdown: Derbyshire Puts Ben Stein in Short Pants

Greg Swann quoted the best part. I'll take on the second best. And now here is Ben Stein, sneering and scoffing at Darwin, a man who spent decades observing and pondering the natural world — that world Stein glimpses through the window of his automobile now and then, when he’s not chattering into his cell phone. Stein claims to be doing it in the name of an alternative theory of the origin of species: Yet…Read More


This is just too good to quote any of it. You'll just have to go read the whole thing, as Peter -- the very smart UK veterinarian -- ridicules the "calories in / calories out" oversimplification. Stephan has commentary, and Mark, looking great at 54, has prescient insights into exactly what Peter is talking about. Read it all. Then, consider being of some help to your family and friends who've suffered too long under the…Read More


Well, David Cook made it through, which is good, because I think he's got the most edge and talent. I could definitely get along with he and Syesha in the final, but it'll probably be Archuleta and one of the other two. David A. has a great voice and all, but he seems to have only one game, and I really dislike the phony coy humility. I'm much more a solemn nod kinda guy, like…Read More


I've been neglecting email. For two, I've got Adam, my cousin, and Ronny over in Japan (Ronny: I lived in Hayma in Honshu for five years; '84-'89). They both want to know about the working-out aspect of EvFit. The truth is, I'm not the person to ask. This is the one aspect of the thing I've surrendered. By happenstance, I've got a trainer who knew short, intermittent, variable, and intense. I see him twice a…Read More

The Vote is In

And apparently, nobody is buying shares in the Republican Party. And in a closed-door session at the Capitol, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told members that the NRCC doesn’t have enough cash to “save them” in November if they don’t raise enough money or run strong campaigns themselves. On a plain practical level, I can't understand why a person in the world would give a hoot about the Republicans, when they can…Read More


Wanna know how stupid they think you are? "Global warming may 'stop', scientists predict" Global warming will stop until at least 2015 because of natural variations in the climate, scientists have said. Researchers studying long-term changes in sea temperatures said they now expect a "lull" for up to a decade while natural variations in climate cancel out the increases caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Yeah, uh-huh. Until 2015. Right. Got it. This is how…Read More

Voluntary Transparency

My company, Provanta, begins releasing it's weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly results for its clients. Not often mentioned, but a hearty round of applause for the major credit card banks who recognized financial hardship, and voluntarily agreed to these settlement agreements in lieu of more forceful options at their disposal. Later: Monthly results for April are now posted.Read More

My Wonderful Sweet Land of Liberty

...Where self-sufficient entrepreneurs serving a market of mutually-voluntary trade now find it necessary to kill themselves rather take in all that American can be. Well, I guess if you did the "crime," but can't do the time...right folks, you freedom-loving people, you?Read More

Religion Masquerading as “Science”

Here's an email out to a friend, who thinks he's not religious. I beg to differ. J: In reference to our discussion of religion yesterday... In the Telegraph UK: In view of what is now at stake, such quasi-religious incantations masquerading as science are something we can no longer afford. We should get back to proper science before it is too late. [emphasis added] ... Climate Audit, by Steve McIntyre, the guy who in 2006/7…Read More

Can Cosmic Carlos Save Us?

How to begin? Mi Latina, Beatrice, loves Cinco de Mayo. It's rooted in family and memories -- nothing else. She shopped (we have Patron, for tomorrow; entertaining, again). On the heals of a great dinner last night in the Oakland hills, in a house rebuilt after the fire (the only thing left was the big iron thingy of a piano on which strings are mounted), and a fabulous brunch this morning for eight close friends,…Read More


Karen De Coster contrasts the 'Andy Taylors' of yesterday with the Pigs of today. ...many years ago, a cop was a guy who strolled the neighborhood on his "beat," chatted up folks at the barber shop, and was thought of as a friend by many of the locals. Generally speaking, cops used to be guys who really did want to do some good for the community, and bring peace through a little neighborhood security. Good…Read More

Let’s Get a Move On

The fun begins. In minutes, we make our way to dinner at a friend's house (significant other of one of my favorite relatives -- "Big George") in the Oakland Hills above Berkeley. The view will be spectacular. I've shopped...this afternoon, and tomorrow at 10 a.m. we'll have Sunday Brunch for about 8 of our dearest neighbors in the 350 N. 2nd Lofts. Frittatas shall prevail; along with fried potatoes, a fruit salad of berries and…Read More

Note to Robert Lawrence

Just received in email, forwarded from a "Robert Lawrence," along with a linked graphic. Dear Friends: Texas has declared the ICR Graduate School Science Education program unsuitable for Higher Education in the state! The following ad will be distributed through Texas newspapers on Sunday, May 4. Please pray with us that many will "see" and understand the significance of this action in "The Long War Against God." Thank you. Dr. Henry M. Morris III, CEO…Read More

Punctuation Bleg

I was fortunate to learn very early on (maybe first year HS or even before) the rule that but for a single exception, all punctuation always goes inside quotation marks -- that sole exception being a question mark, when the sentence as a whole is a question but the quoted material is not, in itself. I see this -- "This is an example". -- all the time and it drives me crazy. Please, people.Read More