John Scopes, Convicted Evolution Teacher

A Profound and Willful Ignorance


An American football field is 6,400 square yards. That’s 8,294,400 square inches. But a Creationist who subscribes to Bishop Ussher‘s calculation of the age of the earth would focus exclusively on about 11 square inches in one corner of the football field – about 3.3 inches on a side – and absolutely deny that the rest of the…

Rep. Lynn Gattis, Scofflaw

Tales from Wasilla: The Gattis Easement


The ill-gotten gains of Richard and Lynn Gattis have come to the attention of CREW, the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The Gattises granted the Mat-Su Borough an easement, since withdrawn, for a temporary road, that was never built, across property they didn’t own. And received $65,225 for the easement. Nice work if you…

One of a Dozen Ways the NSA Infiltrates Computers

Your Tax Dollars at Work: U.S. Sponsored Computer Malware


Recently, outgoing National Security Administrator Gen. Keith B. Alexander, in a speech at Georgetown, claimed Edward Snowden’s leaks of NSA snooping on Americans had slowed the effort to protect the country against cyberattacks on Wall Street. If that seems like a non sequitur, it is. General Alexander’s reasoning, such as it is, goes like this: the disclosure of…

A Disgrace to His Uniform, via Eidard.com

Hello, Congress? This Is Reality Calling


The United States Senate failed to invoke cloture on a bipartisan bill that would have forced the armed forces to alter the way in which sexual misconduct charges against members of the military are handled. Because the motion to close debate only got 55 votes, five short of the 60 required, the proposed changes won’t…