Senator Dan Foreman (R, Moscow, ID)

We Get the Government We Deserve: Senator Dan Foreman


Every nation gets the government it deserves. — Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre Idaho Republican State Senator Foreman represents – for a given definition of “represents” – the citizens, of Moscow, Idaho.1 Senator Foreman is a former fighter pilot and law enforcement officer. Whatever his education, it didn’t include science. Or common courtesy. Senator Foreman has gained…

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The Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly…


David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the misleadingly named “Center for Medical Progress” mounted an attack on Planned Parenthood. The two created a heavily edited, seriously misleading video suggesting that Planned Parenthood traffics in medical materials from aborted fetuses. The videos were recorded secretly, without the consent of the other participants. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt pretended…

Former Rep. Steve Stockman. Photo credit Gage Skidmore

Sometimes You Have to Wonder About Texas: Steve Stockman


Sometimes you have to wonder about Texas. The latest reason to make you shake your head is the indictment of former Texas U.S. Representative Steve Stockman. Stockman was first elected to the U.S. House in 1994, defeating 21-term Democratic Rep. Jack Brooks, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Stockman quickly made his mark by publishing an article accusing…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Fixing Things That Aren’t Broken


President Trump issued an Executive Order on March 13, 2017. It’s something like the 19th of his presidency, if anyone is keeping count. It’s grandly titled, “A Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” It’s not a plan, it’s not comprehensive and it doesn’t reorganize anything. But it is potentially very dangerous, and worth a look.…

The Argument for Federal Research: the Oleo Sponge


The late Senator William Proxmire (D, Wisconsin) used to belittle pure research, handing out “Golden Fleece Awards” to federal-subsidized researchers whose work he thought had no scientific value. Eventually, his name became a verb, meaning to unfairly obstruct scientific research for political gain, as in “the project has been proxmired”. Senator Proxmire was accused of recklessly attacking…