The art of the Weekend Open Thread in part involves picking up ideas that would have made good posts had one decided to put the effort into them — and then not putting the effort into them and using them in a Weekend Open Thread instead. This is one of the stories I really regret not writing about — but then again, what can one really say? It’s not that I want to scream from the rooftops that Republicans are buffoons — we have many that aren’t right here — but, well, some things demand to be noted with goggle-eyes followed by ridicule.
And the worst thing about it is that, among the three generally presumed candidate for the position, he may actually be the least anti-science — although more likely that’s a three-way tie between people intent on scoring last.
Rohrabacher’s advantage in the competition with Jim Senenbrenner and Lamar Smith — now that former Rep. Todd Akin is out of the picture (and no I am not making that up), is his personal experience with the way that technology can improve people’s lives. Check out, for existence, this 2005 New York Times story on stem cell research:
Among them is Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, whose wife gave birth last year to triplets conceived through in vitro fertilization. Mr. Rohrabacher said in an interview that while he had a “very strict pro-life voting record,” his experience convinced him it would not be immoral to conduct experiments on leftover embryos.
“Those leftover eggs will have no potential ever of becoming a human being unless they are implanted in a woman’s body, so I don’t believe that experimenting on those fertilized eggs is the equivalent of an abortion at all,” he said. “I think that is wrong thinking.”
Good for Dana, I say, along with the dope and the surfing and the no longer supporting the Taliban (I think). Then again, there’s this on climate change: “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?” But, again, the other guys are no better!
As you contemplate dinosaur flatulence and Dana Rohrabacher and turkey trimmings and whatever else grabs you this holiday week, we hope that you’ll start things off with a very happy Weekend Open Thread. Talk about what you will.