Archive for October 19th, 2010

O'Donnell: "That’s in the First Amendment?"

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | October 19, 2010 2:59 pm

Eye-opening video of the exchange described in the previous post when during a Senatorial debate Christine O’Donnell asked Chris Coons “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” (At 2:50)

It’s important to note that the Tea Party is NOT synonymous with the Republican party.

* As Phil explains:

I suspect some people in the comments will want to get pedantic, and point out that..O’Donnell was trying to be clever, talking about the literal expression “separation of Church and State” not being in the First Amendment. That is true (although the expression was first used by Thomas Jefferson). However, her opponent then goes on to quote the First Amendment more or less correctly, saying “the government shall make no establishment of religion”, to which O’Donnell asks, “That’s in the First Amendment?”. If she was trying to be clever, she failed.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science

Creationism in the Classroom and The Separation of Church and State

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | October 19, 2010 11:37 am

More nonsense from the Mad Tea Party at WashPo:

PH2010101903304WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.

The exchange came in a debate before an audience of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, as O’Donnell criticized Democratic nominee Chris Coons’ position that teaching creationism in public school would violate the First Amendment by promoting religious doctrine.

Coons said private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that “religious doctrine doesn’t belong in our public schools.”

“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked him.

When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O’Donnell asked: “You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?”

I remind you this was a real Senatorial debate–not an episode of  Saturday Night Live. Read the full and embarrassing story at The Washington Post

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science

Apple is Almost Worth As Much as ExxonMobil–And That's Good News For the Planet

By Chris Mooney | October 19, 2010 9:14 am

apple-store-nyc4It’s corporate earnings season, and yesterday Apple  reported another stunning quarter–although iPad sales were a bit lower than expected, and shares declined after hours nevertheless. But who cares: Apple shares have careened to over $ 300 in value in recent months, and there are just under a billion of them out there.

What that means is that as of now, Apple (AAPL) is flirting with being a company worth over $ 300 billion. And what’s more, some analysts suggest there is still quite a lot of upside.

This shouldn’t only be of interest to investors. It’s of far broader political and cultural significance. You see, Apple is currently the second most valuable private company in the world–second, that is, to Exxon Mobil (XOM), which is currently worth about $ 338 billion.

There couldn’t be a more stark contrast between the new economy and the old than the comparison of these two companies–a sleek tech giant versus a dirty fossil energy monster. Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Energy, Environment

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