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Don McLeroy–no longer head of the SBOE

Posted in Education, Evolution, politics, religion, science, Texas with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by airtightnoodle

It’s a sad day in Texas.

No, wait…I’m sure it’s a sad day somewhere, but not in Texas.

On Thursday, the reappointment of Don McLeroy as head of the state board of education was blocked by Democrats of the state senate.  You may recall that McLeroy is one of the creationists on the board and has given science education a difficult time by supporting “strengths and weaknesses” and “academic freedom” movements. 

Now, don’t go crazy rejoicing just yet.  He is still a member of the board. 

It’s not often that I agree with Democrats (I realize that may shock some of you, being that at least on this one issue I do agree with them more often than the more conservative of the political arena), but I think Kirk Watson, a Democrat of Austin, summed it up nicely here:

“People have a right to be confident that the State Board of Education is putting the interests of our children above ideology, politics and everything else, including the so-called good fight.  Whether they agree with McLeroy or not, Texans simply cannot have faith in this board when it is led by a man who has so enthusiastically embraced his role in these endless culture wars.”

As a Christian, there are many things that I have a firm personal opinion on.  However, I don’t always think that those things are of the utmost importance in the political sphere, and I don’t always agree with people forcing such issues simply because they are Christian.

But I digress.  Governor Rick Perry now has the responsibility of naming someone else as chairman of the board.  Since he fully supported McLeroy, it won’t surprise me if he simply nominates another creationist on the board.  Only time will tell.

To read more about this, visit the Houston Chronicle’s article here.

Obama names picks for top science posts

Posted in environmental science, politics, science with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by airtightnoodle

John Holdren (physicist) and Jane Lubchenco (marine biologist)  have been named to top science posts by president-elect Barack Obama.  Both are considered to be experts on climate change. 

Read more here.

Decision 2008: Their views on evolution

Posted in Education, Evolution, politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by airtightnoodle

The Curmudgeon gives an excellent and concise breakdown of both McCain’s and Obama’s views on evolution and teaching intelligent design/creationism in school.

Barack Obama and John McCain

Barack Obama and John McCain

To sum up: both candidates claim to “believe” in evolution and are opposed to teaching intelligent design/creationism in science class.  Of course, there’s a little more to it that that.

Go here to read the rest.

Sarah Palin isn’t ready, but I can’t say why I feel that way

Posted in politics with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by airtightnoodle

*Updated

That’s a summary of what I read on a political blog earlier this morning.

At First Door on the Left, Len posted a clip of Palin’s interview with Charlie Gibson and stated:

Talk about a deer in the headlights. The McCain people clearly have a lot more work to do here before they turn this lady loose in public. She clearly is not ready. Perhaps in another twelve years or so, but not now. Let her run for Congress and spend a little time learning and gaining a bit of national and international experience. She just got her first passport a year ago. Give the lady some time.

I chose to ignore the glaring inconsistency that if one subscribes to this thinking, then Obama would certainly need several more years experience in Congress as well.  Instead, I asked one question–a rather simple one, in my opinion.

Airtightnoodleon 12 Sep 2008 at 09:23

I’m seeing a lot of insults to Palin in the post, but nothing to really back them up. Can you possbily explain why you think she’s not ready?

Len’s next response didn’t really answer the question at all:

For my right wing friends who are now pleading ignorance, the Bush Doctrine, first stated by George W. Bush in October of 2002, states that the United States has the right to preemptively wage war against any country which it believes may be plotting against it. It has also been called “The Right of First Strike.” And, no, Sarah Palin is not ready for either the vice presidency or (gods forbid) the presidency. Sorry.

So we have a reiteration of the earlier opinion–Sarah Palin is not ready for either position.  Again…why?

So naturally I had to reply again.

Still not seeing WHY she isn’t ready.

Actually, at first the phrase “Bush doctrine” was used to describe the policy that the U.S. had the right to treat countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups as terrorists themselves. Later people started using it to refer to preventive war. It’s a phrase that’s been used to apply to a lot of things Bush has said in relation to the war and terrorism.

Len’s brilliant response came quickly (notice there is no mention of what I stated about the Bush Doctrine and still no explanation for WHY Palin isn’t ready):

When it comes right down to it, that is a decision each of us is going to have to make for ourselves. All I can say is… Listen to her, hope the media has the cajones to ask her the tough questions, study her positions and policies. Do the same for the other candidates. Then, if you believe that she and John McCain are the leaders you want for our country and that they will take it in the direction you think it needs to go (basically the direction in which it has been going for the past eight years), by all means vote for her and Johnny.

My mission here is just to have a bit fun, present the facts as I see them, and if along the way I help one or two people to see the light… well, so much the better.

I thought to myself–How are you going to help people see the light if you can’t answer a simple question: why do you feel Sarah Palin isn’t ready for this position?

So, of course, that’s what I posted next.

I don’t really know why I keep posting to the thread.  If you have to keep asking the same question over and over again and the person can’t answer, at some point you just have to chalk it up to incompetence, right?

*Update:

I received a humorous reply from Len:

For heaven’s sake, Airtightnoodle, that’s practically all I’ve been talking about since Senior Citizen McCain announced she had been picked for him. Go back and read in the archives a bit. You’ll forgive me if I don’t really feel like repeating it all here. (You might also read the post on which you have been commenting. Also, watch the video embedded in the post.)

Thank you.

So I replied:

1. I’ve read the post.
2. I’ve watched the video.
3. It took you several replies to finally say something somewhat useful (go back and read the archives).
4. You can expect people to comment and ask questions on something you have already talked about in previous blog posts since often posters find your blog through one particular post.  Don’t be surprised when people don’t want to read all your previous entries to get a quick answer–which, in reality, you still haven’t given.

And…now I’m done with that blog, I suppose.  🙂

Obama and McCain at Saddleback Church

Posted in politics with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Recently I just do not have much to say about evolution, religion, etc. 

But here is something interesting to share that definitely has an impact on those issues: the upcoming presidential election.

As you may have heard, Rick Warren at Saddleback Church hosted a forum for the presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain.

Rick Warren with Barack Obama and John McCain
Rick Warren with Barack Obama and John McCain

You can watch the forum on the CNN website located here.  I highly recommend doing so.

I have to say that I personally am not overly enthused about any of the candidates that have been involved in this current race.  I do not think this forum clearly outlined any ideas, goals, plans, etc, from either candidate, but it is certainly very interesting to watch as it is a much more personal side to the candidates than we usually get to see.