Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Harvard's Got My Back

A New Harvard Study show that it IS black males getting in the way of black males as I said a few days ago.
Going to School in Racine Unified School District, I've witnessed this. It doesn't take a Harvard sociologist to figure this out. Problem is, everyone is too afraid to hold the victim accountable. The victim is the black community.

Thank you Kanye, 50 cent, et al. Your millions are being made by telling young blacks that it's ok to drop out and be a gangsta.

Turn off the TV and the radio, pick up a book, and drop that masculinity complex that you have.

That's the fix. But how do you get people to actually do it? That might take a Harvard sociologist.

Mad props to my bro Elliot for the link.

Surprising Lunch Attributes

My lunch meat says that it is "PC Hard Salami."

Does that mean that it won't offend liberals?

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Oh the Hypocrisy!

Eugene Kane is at it again. I've only started to read this guy, but he never ceases to amaze me. Today it's criticizing a blogger when he decided to call it quits due to too many ad hominem attacks.
"Don't they realize blogging is a contact sport?

STOP whining. I think these folks need to start posting feedback to their blogs and maybe do a web chat now and then where they answer questions. The way they do it now is similar to right-wing radio talk shows that screen callers to prevent any dissenting voice from being heard.

Some of these wimps who are so freaked out by real criticism seem to think their side doesn't also engage in rough-and-tumble rhetoric.

My advice? Get some backbone or get out of the blogosphere."

Here's the great part, Kane doesn't allow comments!!

Talk about no backbone.

H/T to Sean.

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Cause of the Plight of Black Males

Blame the government, blame the cycle, blame the system, blame the culture; it doesn't matter who you blame, it matters what you do. My English teachers put this article up in class the day it came out. Eugene Kane says "it's a real eye-opener." I agree with him, but I don't think I agree on what this made me see.

After reading this article, (and a few reactions to it) I noticed one thing slapping readers in the face that no one seemed to pick up on.
"Dropout rates for Hispanic youths are as bad or worse but are not associated with nearly as much unemployment or crime, the data show."

What does this say? It says that not having an education is not as much of a detriment to Hispanic males. They are also a minority so I doubt racism will work for an explanation here.

If there is one thing I got out of this article it is this: The thing standing in the way of young black males is, well,young black males.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Something Seems Backwards Here

The Airport
-Better scrutinize grandma, she might have a bomb in her walker. You know her radical view on pureed foods in nursing homes.
-Go ahead young Middle-Eastern males,so what if only people in your demographic participated in 9/11. The Great Satan wouldn't want to hurt you feelings with extra screening!

-Cracker want a scholarship? Sorry, you're white and therefore must have money. You don't need it.
-Racial Minority? You'll contribute to our diversity! It doesn't matter that you are of a liberal ideology just like everyone else on campus. Nevermind that true diversity arises from people with different ideas, not different skin colors. Furthermore, you are probably poor. Here's a list of scholarships that only people of your skin color can apply for. Pay no attention to the broke whitey over there. Maybe we should look at income to determine financial need. Nah! Skin color is way more indicative of financial need.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More Cruel than Capital Punishment? The Case for Castration

I left a comment on The Badger Blog Alliance about what to do with violent sexual predators.

That got me thinking, why don't we castrate violent sexual offenders? Cruel and unusual punishment? Capital punishment must be more cruel at the very least.

I can see how we wouldn't want this done if there was the chance of castrating the wrong person. Fine. Require DNA evidence or other conclusive evidence that shows 99.9% certainty that the party is guilty.

Is it the unusual factor that makes it not used? I don't think it's that unusual. Perhaps no one has brought it up since we gained the technology to do DNA testing.

If someone is an expert of sorts on the history of "cruel and unusual punishment" cases, please let me know where this falls as far as precedent.

It seems like the perfect solution, castrated, the individual will be impotent and have no sex drive. While I'm no expert on this, I ask you, why not castrate violent sex offenders?

Iraq Study Released; Hostage Taken

AP- In a study released today by the Institute for Bogus Studies (IBS), data shows that an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would have many unintended consequences. Some such consequences may include(but are not limited to): civil war, beheadings, Iraqi Dinar devaluation, liberals finding new things to whine about,spontaneous human combustion, insurgent confusion as to who to fight now,tooth decay, gingivitis,male pattern baldness,drowsiness, headaches, upset stomach, nausea,dry mouth and erections lasting longer than 4 hours.

In related news, a humanitarian worker was taken hostage by an Islamic extremist group. The group has announced on their website that it intends to execute the worker unless the U.S. troops are immediately withdrawn. Below is a screen shot of the hostage bound and naked taken from the groups website.


According to the US embassy, the identity of the hostage is one Snuggly T. Bear. Mr. Bear's mission in Iraq was to go door to door and put smiles on Iraqi children's faces. He planned to do this with hugs and by allowing them to pull his cord which causes him to say common phrases for Arabic-speaking people like, "Shalom (a greeting) and "Twenty-five dollars for gas and $1.76 for the Mt. Dew. Thank you, come again."

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Poor Misguided Soul

A little while ago I saw my cousin who is a Staff sergeant in the Air Force. I'm proud of his service and figured that he would have the inside scoop on the war with Iraq.

Man was I wrong. He told me that we should be out of there because the Iraqis were trained and ready to defend themselves. He said the motives were all wrong. He said the troops didn't have the proper equipment. He spoke of links between Bush and Bin Laden.

Then he revealed his source to me.

Fahrenheit 9/11.

I just about fell over. A member of the U.S. military and he can't get better information than THAT?!

If he doesn't know any better I am truely disappointed. I think I'll do a public service and help you guys out a little bit. Here is a link to a few documents that reveals how Michael Moore deceives you over and over to fit his agenda. That should be no surprise to anyone, but I'm not going to take that for granted anymore.

Go here.
Or , here, here, or here.

Friday, March 17, 2006

My New Favorite Website

See more science information that you won't normally find in mainstream media.

Since February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol has cost US$ 162,226,547,445 while potentially saving an undetectable 0.001682349 °C by the year 2050.

Malaria cost US$ 142,133,653,958 in lost GDP and 2,920,077 lives over the same period.

Interesting, maybe I should send this to my prof...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Russ Takes His Case to the People

Washington DC- Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Caves of Afghanistan) has found his attempt to censure the president to be a failing endeavor. Democrats are abandoning the Senator faster than Jesse Jackson plays the race card.

Undeterred by his lack of support from moderates and moonbats alike, Russ has decided to appeal to the people. Any people at this point.
It is reported that the senator almost had support from some of Miss Libby's 1st grade class until Timmy Johnson (pictured 2nd left)swayed the class back by reminding everyone that the senator "smells like grandpas."

Russ has yet to find a single supporter of the measure.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Intended Innuendo?

I'm down here at Depauw University doing some hard-hitting investigative journalism. I noticed a flyer in the union/cafeteria/bookstore/administration building (it's a small school.)

I noticed this flyer because it advertised "Free Food!" Anyone who is or has ever been in college knows that free food is the key to attendance. People will go to a Coallision for Nuclear War Now meeting or even an Al Sharpton rally by just being offered free food.

The flyer was attempting to get students to "get acquainted with the Women's Center" by serving tacos.

Get acquainted with the Women's center, eat a taco.

Anyone else find this humorous?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Intersection of Politics and Science

What is the proper relationship between science and politics when it comes to the classroom? I believe that some science may be taught in a political science classroom to understand the policies that stem from it. I also believe that politics should never be taught in the pure science classroom. Biochemistry I feel is one of those pure sciences.

That is why I was taken aback when a biochem professor decided to show quotes from President Bush, Scott McClellan and others reguarding global warming. What does President Bush's stance on global warming have to do with learning evolutionary biochemistry? I don't know either. I do know that the material seemed to be a pretty strong stance on one side of the issue. The actual comments and google seaches printed on the exam will be posted when I get back to madison.

Here is the actual dialogue that we had over email regarding the matter. The name of the professor has been removed out of respect for the individual.

Sorry about the >>>> crap. I've taken them out where they make it harder to read, otherwise you'll just have to deal with it.

Me, email 1:
Professor xxxxxxx-
I am a student in your biochem xxx (course number) class and I think I speak for the class when I say that you did a> very good job teaching section two of the course.> >> >> >> >That being said, I would like say that I feel> it> >> was >in very poor taste that you decided to take it> upon yourself to make political statements in class> and on the exam.

Politics depends upon science, not the other> way around as I am sure you are aware. Therefore, in teaching science you should never feel> compelled to> >> >refer to politics. I have reviewed your carefully crafted google> >> searches> >> >and realize that this is a thinly veiled excuse> for> >> >pushing your personal political opinions. While I would vociferously defend your right to> >> free> >> >expression of your personal political views in> an> >> >appropriate setting, I feel that we both know> the biochemistry classroom is not such a place. I look forward to your response and any> comments> >> you> >> >may have.
Scott Mehring

Professor's reply, email 2.
Thanks for the kind comments on teaching. I wish> >> part two could be at> >> least twice as many lectures so that there was> more> >> time to develop> >> these concepts. Biochem is in most places a two> >> semester course - and> >> we offer a two semester course as well.> >>> >> Re the other comments, the goal of science is of> >> course to understand> >> how the natural world works. As a science major> you> >> will hopefully have an opportunity to contribute to this> endeavor> >> in the future. It> > > is a privilege to be able to do so; a privilege> for> >> which I am deeply grateful. I am not sure what you meant by "Politics> depends> >> upon science."> >> Perhaps you meant that accurate scientific> >> information and an> >> intellectually honest assessment of that> information> >> should> >> contribute to many important decisions that we> need> >> to make as a> >> society, and as members of the world community.> >> Perhaps you also> >> meant that a scientific approach is critical in> >> politics; a> >> scientific approach involves careful analysis of> ALL> >> of the data to> >> derive, in an intellectually honest manner, the> most> >> rational> >> conclusion, as opposed to cherry picking data to> >> support a particular> >> point of view. If so I fully agree.> >>> >> The foundation of a democracy is that people> have> >> access to accurate> >> information, including of course scientific> >> information. I did not> >> view noting the suppression of scientific> >> information as a a personal> >> political opinion, but rather a phenomenon about> >> which I think> >> science majors should be aware. The google> searches> >> have to do with> >> the suppression of scientific information, and> some> >> interesting> >> developments about how some states are at odds> with> >> the federal govt.> >> I did not intend for them to be at all "veiled"> -> >> but rather to give> >> students "hits" to articles that are in the> public> >> domain in a way> >> that does not involve typing a lengthy URL. My> hope> >> is to get people> >> thinking and talking about these issues. > >

Professor again, email 3.
Turns out Scott Mehring is not enrolled in the class (although I
suppose possible he could be sitting in or using a pseudonym for his


sent beofre [sic] I knew this.

YAY! Looks like I've got another loyal reader. lol.

Me, email 4.
Professor xxxxxxxxxxx,> >> >I agree it would be nice to have two semesters for> >this course so that materials could be fully> >developed. Unfortunately, most of us are just> trying> >to meet requirements for graduation and don't have> >time for courses that do not contribute to> graduation.> >> >> >To clarify what I meant when I said "politics> depends> >on science" is that politics uses science to> further> >an agenda. Politicians may use some or all of> solid> >data or junk science to do this. I think you said> it> >best when you said,"a> >> scientific approach involves careful analysis of> ALL> >> of the data to> >> derive, in an intellectually honest manner, the> most> >> rational> >> conclusion, as opposed to cherry picking data to> >> support a particular> >> point of view." This is a perfect example of> what> >politics is, "cherry picking data to> >> support a particular> >> point of view." I assume that everyone in class> is> >intellegent enough to understand this about> politics.

Science on the other hand is complely independent> of> >politics. Scientists never need to rely on what> >politicians say to determine the outcome of their> >work. The data collected determines the outcome.

In regards to your stated objective, "noting the> >suppression of scientific information," I do not> >believe that you showed scientific information> being> >suppressed, what you showed was a refusal to accept> >results in a political arena (i.e. politics). Had> the> >information been suppressed it would not be> available> >to the public (which is it) and such supression> would> >be unconstitutional.

>Disemination of scientific information is not the> job> >of the politicians. It is your personal obligation> to> >seek the truth.

To conclude so that my argument may be clear:> >Politicians cherry-pick data to futher agendas. I> >feel all students of your class are intellegent> enough> >to know this. The outcome of science does not> depend> >upon what politician say. Therefore, in teaching> the> >suppression of informaion by politicians, you are> >teaching politics (And a quite one-sided version)> not> >science. Thus, being politics, the topic has no> place> >in the biochemistry classroom as biochem is not> about> >politics.

Also, yes, it is a pseudonym. Of course I would> want> >to stay anonymous if I disagree with you on any> topic> >that involves politics (in this case, the teaching> >of). I don't know what information you were> looking> >for when you checked the class list(or when you googled "scott mehring madison"), but I feel it was> a> >wise decision by the very fact that you did attempt> to> >gain personal information.



Professor's reply, email 5.
Thanks for the response. Re "I would want to stay> anonymous if I > disagree with you on any topic" I assure you that> any comments on > class on any topic would never affect a grade, but> of course you have > no assurance of that in advance unless I were to> announce it in > class or note it on the xxx (course number) handout which perhaps we> should do next > time. The only reason I looked up the name was that> our class > assistant handed copy of the grades to me the same> day. I like to > receive comments of any nature by email or in person> - they cause me > to think further about a topic. Most student> comments result in > clarifying something like hydrolysis in the notes> for next time I > teach; your comments have caused me to think more> about the interface > of science and politics. If you ever want to discuss> such issues > further and in person feel free to do so.

My final reply, email 6.
I appreciate your open-mindedness about this. I will consider discussing it after the course has been completed.

I notice that he didn't actually address any of my concerns in his second reply (labeled email 5.)

Also, I don't know if I buy the excuse given for seeking personal information, but I'll give the professor the benefit of the doubt.

Like I said above, I'll post the google key words handed out later.

Until then I would really like your comments.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Global Warming or Junk Science?

Found this link at the Anti-Iditarian Rottweiler.

He's right, you sure won't find this on CNN.

Now I am not against conservation, as I believe in wise use of non-renewable energy sources. However, I’ve had it up to here with the sky-is-falling-global-warming-Chicken-Little crowd. I will concede that it is quite likely that the earth’s climate is warming, as is that of our nearest neighbor, Mars. However, I am totally fed up with the moronic theories that insist the earth is warming because we are living too well.

I do not believe that climate change is due to an increase in so-called "greenhouse gasses". And while the neutered scientists working for the UN are warning us of impending doom if we do not change our lifestyles, there are scientists who challenge their findings. Problem is, because these challenges run counter to the accepted politically correct orthodoxy of climate change, many rebuttals don‚’t often see the light of day and many scientists whose findings challenge those of the conventional climate wisdom are frozen out of research funding.

Climate catastrophics appears to have become a new religion, replacing Marxism and Christianity as the arbiter of acceptable belief. Anyone who questions the accepted climate-change theories currently in favor is considered a heretic.

There are many so-called scientists who claim that Greenland‚’s ice fields are melting. But satellite measurements conducted by the European Space Agency offer evidence to the contrary- the ice fields are actually growing. A report by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research issued in October 2005 stated that,

"Greenland's ice cap has thickened slightly in recent years despite wide

predictions of a thaw triggered by global warming. Recent growth in the

interior regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet is reported by a Norwegian-

led team of climate scientists. The growth is estimated to be about 6 cm

per year during the study period, 1992-2003. They derive and analyze the

longest continuous dataset of satellite altimeter observations of Greenland

Ice Sheet elevations by combining tens of millions of data points from

European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, called ERS-1 and ERS-2, and NASA."

Similarly, assumptions made concerning the supposed rise in sea levels that will ultimately inundate the worldÂ’s coastal cities with water have been called into question by scientists studying the problem. It’s tough, however to get the liberal news media to cover stories that are at odds with their agenda. A recent article by Dr. Patrick Michaels, a research professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia Cato Institute Senior Fellow on TCS Daily (TCS Daily article) questioned the findings of a paper written by two climate research scientists who concluded that the Antarctic ice cap was melting and ocean levels were rising. Dr. Michaels wrote, "So, all the‚… results really demonstrate is that there are short term variations in the amount of ice and snow covering the Antarctic continent. Other data indicate that over the course of the past several decades at least, that the ocean-land system of Antarctica has been experiencing a growth in the amount of snow and ice there."

Those are some damn good points. Futhermore, people don't seem to realize that water is a greenhouse gas. So whenever it's humid, rains, is foggy or cloudy, there is an abundance of greenhouse gas.

The most popular greenhouse gas that liberals talk about is carbon dioxide. Volcanos, ocean vents, forest fires and a whole lot of other natural phenomena produce a whole lot of carbon dioxide. But the earth always heals. And dont give me that "we're cutting down the rainforests" B.S. Most of the carbon dioxide is converted back to oxygen from bacteria in the ocean, not the rainforests. When you increase the amount of nutrients (carbon dioxide) for the little guys, you increase the amount of bacteria that convert the carbon dioxide back to oxygen. It's in an equilibrium, and it always shifts back to equilibrium. The earth always heals. After forest fires, floods, and volcanic erruptions, the Earth fixes itself. So whenever someone screams the sky is falling and says global warming will kill us all, I just roll my eyes, and sigh. It's only a theory, and there's evidence against it, let's not treat it as fact.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Some Links You May Enjoy

Here are a couple of links you might enjoy. I sure did.

If you think that PETA should stand for People Eating Tasty Animals, you will enjoy this one.

Found this one while looking at how people got to my blog. TheReligionofPeace.com

I find this particularly interesting:

Who is Killing Iraqis?

The Real 2006
'Iraq Body Count'

Iraqi civilians killed this year by Islamic Terrorists

Iraqi civilians killed collaterally by Americans

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Indian Chemist Threat

I feel that I am unlike many in the cheddarsphere. They taught me in kindergarden that I am, in fact, unique. But it's not that touchy-feely garbage that I am referring to. I am referring to the fact that I am not a journalism/other sort of humanities major. I am a science major, chemistry to be specific.

This is why I think this story was largely ignored by other bloggers.

Friday, February 24, 2006; State Department officials said yesterday that the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi has granted a visa to a prominent Indian scientist who said he was accused of deception and potential links to chemical weapons production when he applied to a U.S. consulate.

Goverdhan Mehta said he was told two weeks ago that his visa had been "refused" and that his expertise in chemistry could be a threat to U.S. national security.

The original story said that he was denied because his research while a grad student could have been used to make chemical weapons.

Here's the thing: Any chemist who can read can make chemical weapons! Myself included.

In fact, some of these chemicals can be purchased directly from chemical companies.

The U.S consulate needs to stop checking to see if Indian chemists can make chemical weapons (yes) devote thier time to better more productive things, like playing cricket,watching bollywood and eating samosas.

The only way that Indian chemists are any more of a threat than American chemists is in a Bhangra contest.

Side note: If anyone knows a place to get good cheap samosas in Madison, please pass the information on.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Religion of Peace My Ass

A newspaper editor in Yemen will most likely be put to death for his most serious and heinous of crimes. Rape? Torture? Murder? No, but you are close...Offending Islam. Because his newspaper ran the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (May peace be upon those who offend his followers), he may now lose his life.

Evidence entered against him includes a story of Mohammed being insulted by a woman, and then Mohammed praising her murderer. Yep. Sounds like a very tolerant religion to me.

Wanna know what my religion says about people who offend it? Brace yourselves, it's pretty harsh: Try to correct them, if that doesn't work, leave them alone.

Here's another current example of to further illustrate my point.
Want to "Avenge the death of Muslims around the world?" I have just the trick. DRIVE YOUR JEEP INTO COLLEGE STUDENTS! Works like a charm every time.

P.S. Any cultural relativists out there? Wanna tell me why I should tolerate intolerance because its part of their culture?

Monday, March 06, 2006

Madison's Official Snow Removal Procedure

I found this while browsing online. It is Madison's Official Snow Removal Procedure. I have copied it verbatim below.

Standard Operating Procedure for Removal of Snow

1. Let it melt.

In Light of Recent Events...

I feel I need to clarify what i meant in my last post. While I'm all for the hiring of felons in the UW system, I did not mean that we should hire a known embezzler to handle money. That's just assinine. This was published in the Badger Herald today but the only place i can find it is in the image of the printed paper.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Felons employed at UW!!

Gasp! The UW employs 40 some felons according to a new report. That's almost a tenth of one percent of employees, such scandal!

Somehow people believe that employing felons is a bad idea because it poses a public safety risk. Let's stop and think about this for a minute. Whats more dangerous than a felon working for the UW?

An unemployed felon.
Without a job, they'd probably be in the area anyways, this way they at least have something productive to do. Believe it or not, some felons have families and they need to eat too. When it comes down to it, do you really care who cleans the crappers in Van Hise or who cooks the burgers at the union? I certainly don't. Just keep 'em free from enteric dysentary and I'll make cleaning easy for lack of having dysentary and everything will be cool.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

You Pay For It!

The Wisconsin Union Directorate wants students to agree to increase the amount that we pay in seg fees so they can 1. build a brand new Union South and 2. remodel Memorial Union. I Frequent the unions and am aware of one thing. They must be making a profit. If you have ever bought anything at the unions you will realize how rediculously priced most of it is.

Furthermore, I don't believe there is anything wrong with either of the union buildings. They serve their purpose and I am totally satisfied with both. If they want you build a new Union South or redo Memorial Union, that's fine. I think we should make one thing clear; if WUD wants new unions, lets WUD pay for them.