Weekend Open Thread — “He Blinded __ ____ Science”

 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. 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. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.