Quote of the Moment, October 29, 1941: Churchill, ‘never give in’

April 11, 2007

 Churchill speaking at the Albert Hall in London, 1944, at an American Thanksgiving Celebration.  Churchill Centre image

Churchill speaking at the Albert Hall in London, 1944, at an American Thanksgiving Celebration. Churchill Centre image

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense!

Winston S. Churchill, address to the boys of Harrow School, October 29, 1941.

 


Schoolyard politics from Discovery Institute

April 11, 2007

Case in point: Lee Cullum is not my favorite journalist, and I think her voice often takes on a scolding tone (my wife thinks I worry about voice too much) — but Cullum has a long and very distinguished career in print and broadcast, especially at our local KERA-TV, channel 13. You’ve probably heard her on PBS’s “The Newshour” or on NPR’s news shows, and if you were lucky, you got to read the Dallas Times-Herald’s editorial pages when she edited it. In addition, the Cullum family in Dallas is big power from wayback. Cullum is well connected in Texas politics. If one doesn’t like what she says, one is obligated to listen. (Here’s a PBS biography of Cullum.)

A bit over a week ago she had a column in the Dallas Morning News discussing the flap over intelligent design at SMU. In the past she’s favored letting ID people get a place at the academic table, but she’s learned, and basically she sorta supported the scientists who warned against ID.

How did the Discovery Institute react? Childish schoolyard taunts. No kidding; go see here, “‘Intellectually confused’ journalist.”

If this is how they treat people of great distinction, it becomes clear why they are so stridently insulting about great science by great people, including great dead people like Darwin. If it was meant to be entertaining, it isn’t; if it was meant to be enlightening, it isn’t that, either. At best it’s rude, at worst it’s a demonstration of the slash-and-burn tactics that an ethically challenged political group uses in desperation.

Somebody call the Discovery Institute and tell them no one is looking to replace “Imus In the Morning’s” stupider insults.


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