Weekend Open Thread — “He Blinded __ ____ Science”

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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.

The prospect of appointing Dana Rohrabacher as the head of the House Science Committee is among them.

Dana Rohrabacher kisses wife Rhonda while they hold triplets

Dana Rohrabacher slips his wife (and campaign manager) Rhonda some tongue as they lovingly celebrate the triple technological triumph of producing their progeny.

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.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)