Thursday, August 31, 2006

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

C, A, N, A, D, eh? Does going to Yale guarantee intelligence?

From the BBC:
Lakehead University in northern Ontario set up in a bid to attract potential new students.

Of course, in Canada they still have a democracy, so it's funnier there.


Monday, August 28, 2006

The Morning after Pill for Pat Strachota's Morning after Bill.

Hi folks,

Looks like banning the Morning-After Pill did not work out so well for the moralist mullahs in Washington this week. The FDA has "approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning after” contraceptive pill to those 18 and older," according to the NY Times.

But over a year ago, while all that noise was beginning to happen on the national level, our own Kettle Moraine mullahs -- in the persons of Glenn Grothman and Rep. Pat Strachota -- were busily attempting to correct the morality of the University of Wisconsin by introducing Assembly Bill 343:

An Act to create 36.11 (49) of the statutes; relating to: prohibiting
the University of Wisconsin System from advertising the availability of,
prescribing, and dispensing certain hormonal medication or combination
of medications and prohibiting persons from advertising, prescribing, or
dispensing the medication or combination of medications on University of
Wisconsin System property. (FE)

Birth control is legal in this country and is not even a matter of Constitutional debate. Abortion is also legal in this country and has been certified as such by Supreme Court decisions -- and by a majority of perfectly moral Americans. For Glenn and Pat to introduce legislation like this that affects not only the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Americans but the academic freedom of one of America's best universities is... well, it's just too weird.

  • By sponsoring this legislation they are, in effect, arguing that they have the right to legislatively finish the rapist's work by forcing a woman to allow implantation of a fertilized egg after that same woman has been forced, violently, to have her egg fertilized. -- but I also know Pat and Glenn a little bit and find it hard to imagine they would do something like this on purpose. It seems more likely they simply hadn't thought it through very carefully.
  • Oh, and they are also arguing that the Legislature has the right to impose it's own political agendas on the University. Plato, in his famous text, The Republic has a lot to say about politics, and a lot to say about politicians like Glenn and Pat -- should the Legislature have the right to keep me from teaching Wisconsin college students about the history of democracy?

I notice that Rep. Strachota claims she has a BA in Government so presumably she should've known better -- but introduced this legislation anyway.

How does that make any sense?

It doesn't.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

ChristiaNet Poll Finds That Evangelicals Are Addicted to Porn

Hi folks,

Something we could have guessed. From Marketwire:

Recently, the world's most visited Christian website,, conducted a survey asking site visitors eleven questions about their personal sexual conduct. (
"The poll results indicate that 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography," said Clay Jones, founder and President of Second Glance Ministries whose ministry objectives include providing people with information which will enable them to fully understand the impact of today's societal issues. 60% of the women who answered the survey admitted to having significant struggles with lust; 40% admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past year; and 20% of the church-going female participants struggle with looking at pornography on an ongoing basis."

Whatever you repress comes back as a monster.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

God didn't make the little apples Green.

Hi folks,

Well, there is a LOT more of this sort of thing available on the Representative, but what is there to say?

  • In late November of 2003, Congressman Green took two votes to benefit the big drug companies, voting against importing prescription drugs from Canada and voting against allowing the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower drug prices. [Sources: HR2673, Vote 624, 11/18/03; HR1, Vote 668, 11/21/03]
  • Less than a month later, on December 12, 2003, drug company Glaxo Smith Kline rewarded Green with a $2,000 campaign contribution.


Tiddly pum.


Monday, August 21, 2006

Banning Marriage in Wisconsin?

Hi folks,

Fair Wisconsin [a post-Enlightenment group formed to oppose the attempt to ban civil unions in Wisconsin] is getting guff from The Family Research Institute of Wisconsin [a pre-Enlightenment group formed to return Wisconsin to a Disney soaked fantasy world that never existed].

To wit: the pre-Enlightenment group is insisting that *everyone* in the state of Wisconsin fall in line with their own narrow religious views about what marriage should be.

I had a problem understanding some of the FRIoW's thinking here:

Marriage, as a religious institution, is not something a civil state should recognize. My copy of the US Constitution actually prohibits the government from establishing laws concerning religious practices. It does that because government shouldn't be in the business of enforcing one group's religious beliefs on another's. They're doing that in Iran right now and while you might argue that, well, they don't mind... it really isn't us, is it?

America isn't a religious dictatorship; not yet anyway. Shoot, we're not even a single culture... we're a bunch of people from different worlds all trying to live together. You don't do that by insisting that only your personal religious views are right for everyone else.

One of their arguments is that the traditional definition of marriage is limited to one man and one woman and that it is sanctioned by our religious heritage. Um, right. What if I insisted, for instance, that the correct Biblical view of marriage was Soloman's? He was famously wise. God said so. On those grounds any marriage that doesn't include 1000's of wives and concubines should be outlawed, since they do not meet the proper Biblical definition of a proper marriage.

Jesus would've had to make a LOT more wine for that reception at Cana. [here it is, btw.]

Anyway, I'm not convinced that they're real Christians anyway. They quote Hosea 4:6 in their literature: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." I see remarkably little compassion or mercy in their version of Christianity, much less in their version of Christian marriage.

Why is it Christian fundamentalists so often take refuge in the Old Testament whenever the New Testament asks them to do something they don't like?

Always wondered about that.