Language Log addresses the question of what language will most effectively relax Welsh cows in order to make their meat tastier after they are slaughtered. I would suggest looking to GWB and his famous New-Englander-from-Texas mock-drawl, which seems to work wonders in the US. In the same post, Bill Poser notes the errors committed by the professional journalist who reported the original story, then writes, “This is why many scholars won’t talk to reporters.” And after I learned that a few years ago, I did not want to become a newspaper reporter anymore.
Stephen Barr at First Things discusses the new book by Richard Dawkins, pointing out that reductionism cannot lead to a theory of origins because the process of increasing material complexity is best accounted for by a priori rules. I don’t really like Plato’s theory of forms and I don’t understand Kant, but I agree that reductionism explains nothing about universal constants or laws. I believe that anyone who diligently seeks the truth will find God, but sometimes they are afraid to call it by that name. Moreover, many people who find God are afraid to explore the implications. That’s why I don’t believe in atheists.
Despite the evidence Kuo presents in Tempting Faith, liberals simply don’t believe him. They’ve spent so much time fear-mongering about American theocracy that a book illustrating the opposite simply makes no sense to them. In fact, the real revelation of Kuo’s book is not that the Bushies don’t care about evangelicals; it’s that liberals are too wedded to their views to capitalize on it.
Painting the world in the primary colors of politics is misguided because politics is not reality. It is fictitious and ephemeral. Get your priorities straight and renounce the political parties. Bill Kauffman, a Front-Porch Anarchist, is a good example of someone who does this effectively.
Vox leads us to this article by Jeffrey Zaslow, about the new direction of fame, from blogger to commentator. I have heard one of these idiots on my local NPR station in the morning. I change the channel when he comes on, because bloggers are really obnoxious to listen to. I mean, the reason I blog is so that no one I know will have to listen to me. Or maybe it’s because no one I know will listen to me when I talk about this stuff.
What’s been going on in Naples? Some “operations in support of the international campaign against terrorism”? Well, maybe in Vox’s backyard in Italy, but not in Daniel Hopsicker’s backyard in Florida, where, he alleges, the US federal government has worked to cover up ties between terrorists and government agents, despite evidence known to the US Attorney’s Office in Ft. Myers. I didn’t even know there was an airport in Naples or a US Attorney’s Office in Ft. Myers. This may, however, relate to Operation Zapata (also known as the Bay of Pigs invasion), since it was planned in Florida. Moreover, Antonio Zapata was once a viceroy of Naples (Italy), right after Gaspaking Borgia! No, not Zapata the Texas ranchero, Zapata the archbishop of Burgos, Spain. Get it straight, please.