Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

I apologize…

… for the idiot from Madison Wisconsin who has been commenting on this site on a very regular basis for a long time and has recently taken to writing a comment several times a day, using different names, and quite often, using YOUR names. His regular use of the names of regular commenters on this site is very annoying and destructive, the kind of thing only someone with his mental illness/political orientation would do.

The way commenting is handled on this site, Scienceblogs.com, makes it almost impossible for me to stop him from doing this. All I can do is delete the comments as I identify them, and frankly, I don’t have time for that.

I assume that he will continue doing this and will probably even ramp up his efforts after reading this post admitting that there is not much I can do about it. In which case, 1) yes, a right wing asshole Republican/Libertarian who respects each and every one of you, and me, as much as he respects a piece of dog shit on the bottom of his shoe, will have won. And, 2) I’ll either turn off commenting on this site, and move most of my blogging to The X Blog, where I can control commenting, or simply stop managing comments alltogether and let you’all sort it out among yourselves (let me know your preference on that).

The only reason I’m telling you (and him) this is the following: In a few weeks, this site is going to change. We are getting an upgrade in technology which will allow for a normal, modern, system of commenting. You see, the Movable Type system we have in place here was specially designed for Scienceblogs.com many years ago, and modified further over time, and the software engineers that did this were all killed in a tragic bus accident in Peru. Or, at least, one hopes. In any event, they don’t exist any more, and we are stuck with a piece of technology that simply does not work and that can not be fixed. When the new system goes into place, all of these problems will end and the gentleman from Madison Wisconsin will have to go back to biting the heads off chickens, because he will not be able to operate here.

Lugar Loses, Tea Party Gains, will Democrats win?

The Republican Party in Indiana will not be sending Dick Lugar into the fray this year. His candidacy for the US Senate has been put aside in favor of a Tea Party activist Richard Mourdock. Mordock won handily with 60% of the vote.

This could mean a shift in the Senate, as Murdock probably has a much lower chance of defeating the Democratic nominee, Joe Donnelly, than did Lugar, who has held that seat since shortly after Indiana became a state. Or at least some think so:

The polling has long shown that moderate Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly, a former small business owner and House member from the South Bend area, had no shot against Lugar but does stand a chance against Mourdock, a tea party favorite with big-dollar support from the Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association and FreedomWorks.

This could be a game changer. There are only 10 Senators. Remember last election?

Right Wing Coalition to Attack Windmills

… and it is starting to look like they are mainly tilting at windmills, but still:

Confidential memo seen by Guardian calls for climate change sceptics to turn American public against solar and wind power…

A network of ultra-conservative groups is ramping up an offensive on multiple fronts to turn the American public against wind farms and Barack Obama’s energy agenda….

A number of rightwing organisations, including Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, are attacking Obama for his support for solar and wind power. The American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which also has financial links to the Kochs, has drafted bills to overturn state laws promoting wind energy.

Why. WHY?????

Here’s the story at the Guardian.

Tom and Shane’s Story: It is up to you to stop this.

Vote against gay marriage bans. Vote for gay marriage. Legislate and agitate.

There are two related events currently happening in two different states.

In North Carolina:

North Carolina’s voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether the state would become the 31st in the country, and the last in the South, to have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

In Colorado:

Civil unions are close to passing in Colorado, but there’s only a few days left before the legislature adjourns. We’re getting down to the wire on Amendment One in North Carolina. The Prop 8 play is getting new legs as an audiobook. And the guys behind “We Are Young” have some strong words for marriage equality.

Watch this (you will cry), then get off your ass and do something.*

Continue reading Tom and Shane’s Story: It is up to you to stop this.

Tool Time: Heartland, Ted Kaczynski, and Education

The Heartland Institute is tonight’s tool time for putting out insane ads attacking the theory of climate change. The Heartland Institute is a deep pocketed conservative organization that counts Koch industries, Phillip Morris and Microsoft among its well-heeled donors. The Institute is funding a school curriculum to question the theory that carbon emissions have caused global warming and recently funded billboards in Chicago highlighting the fact that a handful of unhinged individuals believe in the theory. The billboards read “I still believe in global warming. Do you?”