random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  His humor is the humor of the mob against the victim, of sword against the pen, of six sleazeballs on a street-corner in Bensonhurst yelling at passing cars. P. J. O'Rourke is precisely the kind of ignorant pinheaded loudmouth political pimp Mencken boned and gutted for breakfast. He's Babbitt with attitude.

tagged: P. J. O'Rourke, jerks, comedy, Mencken, conservatives, insults
  —Tony Hendra (on P. J. O'Rourke), quoted in Fighting Words, p.140.

attack ads turn surreal

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Wow, the Alabama Education Association has hit a new low: shelling out half a million dollars to a Republican PAC to run attack ads against a gubernatorial candidate … for supporting evolution. Yikes.

Tech Coed

Friday, June 6th, 2008

My father-in-law (in Massachusetts) was in town for his fiftieth MIT reunion — class of 1958! He took my partner and me to a couple of events, and we noticed among the red-jacketed men a few red-jacketed women. By various accounts, there were nine to fifteen women (out of a thousand students) in the Class […]

universities and copyright

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Suddenly there’s a lot of press about the rights enforcement companies and their P2P notices — this Washington Post article and this AP story are just two of the recent press. How timely — I just finished a report on exactly this issue. I spoke with representatives from 25 different educational institutions and online service […]

ID advocate admits it ‘has no content’

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

”I’m not pushing to have [ID] taught as an ‘alternative’ to Darwin, and neither are they,” he says in response to one question about Discovery’s agenda. ”What’s being pushed is to have Darwinism critiqued, to teach there’s a controversy. Intelligent design itself does not have any content.” The evolution of George Gilder Boston Globe, 7/27 […]

New Yorker on ID: the Unseen Urban Planner

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

The New Yorker has an article evaluating the <cough cough> science of intelligent design. Most amusing (and insightful) quote (from discussion of Behe’s “irreducible complexity” argument): It’s true that when you confront biologists with a particular complex structure like the flagellum they sometimes have a hard time saying which part appeared before which other parts. […]

raise your hands if you’re glad you’re not raising a kid in kansas

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

I’m just so sorry for the kids in Kansas, because their education is being screwed up by a bunch of not-quite-as-fully-evolved-as-the-rest-of-us folks with their heads up their nether regions. [The Kansas state board of education is holding hearings again on whether & how evolution should be taught in schools, and to what extent the religious […]

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