Although I make no pretense at being strictly a science blogger, I really don’t like to blather about political issues, not only here but anywhere. There are a lot of reasons for this, chief among them that I don’t like arguments that cannot be factually settled, especially when an inevitable result is the creation of emotional or interpersonal tension. I’m happy to get riled and rile others in turn, but only as a by-product of “getting somewhere.”
The current presidential regime is unique for two reasons, both of which erode any science-minded person’s resolve to steer clear as often as possible. One is the obvious, well-documented, and systematic way in which the Bush administration has squashed science in favor of its rigid, screwball messages. This is not a new tactic, but it’s been lowered to a new level under GWB. The other is the fact that America has been at war for a long time, with progressively worse results by any sensible measure. We should all care about this, not as science bloggers or current-events bloggers or sous-chef bloggers, but as citizens.
People with a yen for science are by definitions fans of the truth, of right, reasonable thinking. Also by definition, people who still rabidly and unyieldingly support President Bush are not logical. To hear them screech, you’d think the war was being waged stateside instead of in some superbaked shathole.
Babbling with no pretense at coherence that the surge is working, that our prayers are working, that all opposition to present policy in any guise is a by-product of denial or communism or a flat-out desire to see terrorists conquer America — this is as piss-poor as demanding that inscrutable sky-wizards be given dominion over our judicial, legal, and educational systems. If there are sensible arguments to be made favoring the status quo — a stance which requires ignoring absolutely everything that’s happened in the past four-plus years — they are no match for the far-flung battle cries of Fuddbloggers.
Enough on that. Here’s to some beautiful people I know. I’ve gotten out more lately than I usually do and am feeling the kemibe version of gratitude, or something.
Big people: Dad, sister Shelley, yours truthily; small people: nephews Josh, Hayden
Yeah, my friends win stuff
From the Floridiocy Files
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