#Words, with #daughter

Tonight my eighth grade daughter asked me to look at a story she’d written for class.

What do you want me to look for? I said.

Misspelled words and anything that needs fixing, she said.

And so I did.

Afterwards, I went over my comments with her and she worked on the revision.

She accepted some of my comments and rejected others. In several places she kept phrases that seemed awkward to me but which she really liked.

This is good. This is what I tell my students all the time. Listen to comments but stay true to your creative self. It made me happy when she decided to keep a phrase I suggested she cut. She liked the way it sounded. The story is hers.

Later, my wife said it was nice listening to us talk about her story. She said my daughter sounded excited.

I said, Well, it’s the only thing I’m good at. I’m glad I could help her.

My wife said, I wouldn’t say that at all.

And then she added, slyly, You’re not that good at it.

She was kidding.

I hope.

#JonHubbard, Arkansas Legislator, Defends #ProSlavery Comments


Yet another example of the sort of extreme right candidate that the Americans for Prosperity (the Koch Brothers’ TeaParty squad) support. Here is the link:


Apparently, two state legislators think slavery was a blessing in disguise and one feels disobedient children should be killed. How are they elected again and again?

If this concerns you, then please pass the information along to your friends. The country is doomed if people like this continue to get into power. The logic he uses is simply and utterly astounding and depressing.

Jon Hubbard should be recalled and his seat awarded to a sane individual.

#PaulBroun #Science? #Farce #HouseScienceCommittee

How is it that congressman Paul Broun (R, GA) remains on the House Science Committee? Watch this video and explain to me how this man, an M.D. no less, is qualified to sit on any panel where science is the subject:

Hurray for his faith. I have no problem with people professing a deep faith. But this man claims that he’s found evidence in the scientific record that says the Earth is only 9000 years old. There are several possibilities here:

1. He’s a faithful man with good intentions. Fine. Good intentions should not land you on any committee with “science” in the title. You should have some chops to back up your placement on the committee.  In that case, he should be removed from the committee.

2. He’s not a good man and his placement on the committee is a bit of cronyism designed to hinder any significant advancement of our country’s scientific agenda.  In that case, he should be removed from the committee.

3. He’s suffered some sort of mid/late life brain spasm that causes him to mix-up the worlds of faith and science (or perhaps he’s always been this way). My suggestion would be to put him on a “faith” committee where he seems to want to be anyway. Science is evidence driven. His belief that “evolution and the big bang” are lies straight from hell–well, that’s just about as far from evidence driven as one might get. In that case, he should be removed from the committee.

Please pass along the word to your friends. Congressman Paul Broun should not be serving on the House Science Committee unless he can thoroughly explain his comments in this video to the scientific community’s liking.

If voices like his are to lead us into the scientifically complex decades to come, our country is doomed.

Here is a link to the House Science Committee’s Website. It is clear from my reading of this site that Broun has no place voting on issues of scientific concern.