Craig Sticking It Out (GOP Freaking Out)

Larry Craig is going to try and finish his term.

Remember this?

The Washington Post is reporting that the GOP is threatening to drag Craig through public hearings if he doesn’t resign:

Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is a tough guy to run out of town.

Not that his Republican colleagues aren’t trying. Worried that the disgraced lawmaker intends to remain in the Senate indefinitely, they are threatening to notch up the public humiliation by seeking an open ethics hearing on the restroom scandal that enveloped Craig last month.

Its go time GOPpers.  Start up those hearings.  I’m sure they’ll do wonders for your party’s popularity.  LA Times Top of the Ticket:

His decision will not please Republican colleagues who wanted the latest scandal distraction gone. Just the other day, as Craig continued serving beyond his own Sept. 30 deadline, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he still felt resignation was the “right choice.” McConnell cancelled a media availability in Washington this afternoon to avoid talking about the Craig situation.

Right now the GOP is in a bad place.  Yet another hypocrite Republican homophobe is dominating the headlines, and now there is no easy way out for the Republicans.


Science, Religion, Reason and Faith

Onwards and Forwards writes:

Alonzo Fyfe wonders about scientists waxing eloquent (pro and con) about faith:

It would be quite interesting, I think, if the scientific-minded people in this dispute were to actually call forth their expertise to look for the evidence for and against their various positions and examine that evidence critically, just as they would do so for a paper written in their chosen professions.

Very true. But what if those scientists didn’t only try to justify their positions for or against faith, but actually investigated the matter at hand? They might find out that faith is not quite what meets the eye: and figure out how to “fix” faith-related problems, or discover that it isn’t faith after all that is causing the problems, but some co-occurrent “something”. If only the scientists would stop preaching about religion and start studying it!

Its kind of like asking English teachers to start studying Mathematics.  Well, why should they?  Why do scientists need to study the belief systems of any given religion?

The difference between Science and Religion is the use of Reason vs Faith as justification for belief.

So if we were to imagine a systemic study of Religious beliefs and Faith, we’d have to see them as two separate things.

Given the non material nature of many religious beliefs, how could one possibly come to any empirical decision?  In other words, aspects of religion might be outside the purview of the scientific method entirely.  How does one find empirical evidence for God?

Faith, on the other hand, is ripe for study.  What are the sociological effects of holding vital beliefs because you believe in them?  How does the substitution of faith for reason impact scientific research, peace, and social values?  That would be an interesting study.


Rally for Children’s Health Care

In the DC Area (MoveOn):

Rally for Children’s Health Care
Friendship Heights Metro Station
Wisconsin Ave & Western Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
04 Oct, 6:00 PM
A demonstration the day after Bush vetoes critical child health care legislation.
Address: Wisconsin Ave & Western Ave (Map)
Location: Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Directions: Red Line Metro or any bus heading to Friendship Heights…look for us on the street corners there. Parking at the AMC theatres at Mazza Gallerie, inside Chevy Chase Pavillion (entrance near the Embassy Suites Hotel), or behind the Giant Food.
Host: George Gaines
Status: Public, open for RSVP, 72 Guests (Max 100)

Find a rally in your area.

Disturbing Murder of US Soldier

This isn’t good (ABC News):

Top lawmakers have gotten involved and are seeking answers from the Pentagon about Ciara Durkin and the details surrounding her death. She was killed by a gunshot wound, inside the tightly secured Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

Massachusetts Army National Guard Spc. Ciara Durkin, 29, on home leave in early September, gave her siblings what now seems ominous advice. She told them that if anything were to happen to her while she was serving to investigate.

“We need answers. We’d like answers. We want to know how our beloved Ciara spent the last moments of her life and why was she taken from us,” Ciara’s sister Maura Durkin said.

Ciara was part of a National Guard Finance Unit and her siblings say recently she had told them that she was uncovering some things she didn’t like — and that she was making enemies.

What did she find?