Saturday, May 06, 2006

Beautiful Smackdown on some Clueless Creationists

If there's a better word, I'll use it, by the way. I don't object to people who believe a god created the universe, per se, I object to their insistence that such blind belief be taught in schools as if valid scientific theory.

A theory in science has a predictive capacity enabling you to test and refine it.

Has anyone made predictions based on "creation theory" or "intelligent design", that can then be tested?

How many fallacies can [Intelligent Design] pack in one article?

"I Never Said There Were WMDs" "Yes, you did. Here."

Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD (includes transcript)

Speaking in Atlanta today, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was sharply questioned about his pre-war claims about WMD in Iraq. An audience member confronted Rumsfeld with his 2003 claim about WMD, “We know where they are.” Rumsfeld falsely claimed he never said it. The audience member then read Rumsfeld’s quote back to him...

when he spoke quite clearly about them at the time:

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, weapons of mass destruction. Key goal of the military campaign is finding those weapons of mass destruction. None have been found yet. There was a raid on the Answar Al-Islam Camp up in the north last night. A lot of people expected to find ricin there. None was found. How big of a problem is that? And is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?

SEC. RUMSFELD: If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

Second, the [audio glitch] facilities, there are dozens of them, it's a large geographic area.

Secretary Rumsfeld Remarks on ABC "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"

Monday, May 01, 2006

Ex-Head of F.D.A. Faces Criminal Inquiry

Ex-Head of F.D.A. Faces Criminal Inquiry

This is the guy who sat on Plan B.

Dr. Crawford resigned in September, fewer than three months after the Senate confirmed him. He said then that it was time for someone else to lead the agency.
The next month, financial disclosure forms released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed that in 2004 either Dr. Crawford or his wife, Catherine, had sold shares in companies regulated by the agency when he was its deputy commissioner and acting commissioner. He has since joined a Washington lobbying firm, Policy Directions Inc.