Family funerals combine bitter and sweet. A long life well-lived, the grief over loss, getting together with family and friends from eight decades — and then it’s back to work in a jolt.
Trying to stay caught up:
Outrageous insult to Darwin and Constitution in Missouri: Were the parents concerned about the quality of the brass section in the band, or did they really object to a humorous depiction of “the evolution of brass” in 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth?
They deserve to have their brasses kicked, but the innocent kids don’t.
P. Z. Myers caught the grossest tragedy:
Band parent Sherry Melby, who is a teacher in the district, stands behind Pollitt’s decision. Melby said she associated the image on the T-shirt with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
“I was disappointed with the image on the shirt.” Melby said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”
She doesn’t want her school associated with evolution? How about associating the school with the Taliban of Afghanistan? How about associating her school with Homer Simpson’s stupider brother? How about associating her school with backwards thinking, 16th century bad science? How about associating her school with the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and the sort of stupidity that leads religiously-based violence?
Ray Mummert probably got the call to help Sedalia out, and he’s organizing to fight the forces of smart and intelligent people. Comments from residents of Sedalia are shocking in their lack of information, and depressing.
Kids, pay attention in science class: A proud science teacher in Minnesota, and probably some proud parents, too. Tip of the old scrub brush to Pharyngula on this one.
Anybody who complains about this deserves to get their tail kicked with Tom Delay and every Republican who redistricted Texas last time around. (Sen. Ted Kennedy suggested the Massachusetts legislature should allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement to represent the state in the U.S. Senate in the event of a vacancy, until a special election can be held.)
First Amendment wins again: Kentucky had a law that said the state could be safe from al Quaeda attack only by the grace of God. A judge, noting that it will take a lot of work by a lot of dedicated Kentuckians who deserve credit, and that it’s illegal to make such a claim in law, overturned the law.
Private insurance failed this woman; Medicare would pay for the treatment under some circumstances, but there is no lie opponents to health care reform won’t tell in order to scare people away from the facts. They claim the woman couldn’t be treated under government care, but Medicare pays for the expensive drug in question. Can’t they at least tell the truth?
This is getting depressing. I’m going to go look at mountains.