Monday, March 31, 2008

12 years ago, I thought girls were gross

And aparently, 12 years ago, Barack Obama held positions so liberal that they "won’t even fly with a large number of Democrats, let alone in a general election"


The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.

Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.

They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize(d) his position.”

But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago non-profit group that issued it. And it found that Obama – the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes adding to one answer.

emphasis mine. So Barack Obama filled out a questionnaire twelve years ago, then forgot that he filled it out. Perhaps they might follow up with whether he might have, you know, changed his mind since then?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Barack Speech

The Clintons are elated because Barack Obama is being forced to give a major, very well covered and publicized speech about race, religion, and his personal connections to Rev. Wright.

What they don´t know is that Barack Obama gives an outstanding speech, and that the three things Barack Obama speaks about best are race, religion, and Barack Obama.

Wait... they don´t know that?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Bit of Veiled Conceit*

Quick, what is Michal Kleinlerer (the woman)´s profession?

If you looked at that toothsome smile and guessed ´toothpaste model´ you´re exactly wrong! She´s an orthodontist. As in the old joke about the barber with the worst haircut in town, if you need some molars out, you should look at the competition.

I was originally going to make fun of her for padding her dental school application with one of those ridiculous Masters in Medical Studies,** when I glanced at the photo and BAM!

Speaking of dpp target genes (of which BAg of Marbles is one), Dr. Kleinlerer has a hit on Google Scholar, where she studied the role of the activin receptor III in skull development. I suppose one peer reviewed abstract isn´t bad for a year of masters work. And the abstract is from ´07, which means she did it after her ortho school.

Shenkin, the groom also has some research chops, and I was able to dig up this study on cavities and second-hand smoke.

So I´ve completely failed to make fun of these people, while simultaneously distracting myself from plant development for an hour.


*:The idea of making fun of people in the NY Times Weddings section is from Zach at Veiled Conceit on hiatus for the last 3 years.

**: Many people who are not accepted to medical school on the first go-around because of a lack of research experience or a low college GPA apply to these programs. Some teach the first year of medical school, with the possibility of transfering into the second year, some are serious research programs (though I am suspicious of any research whose pace is controlled by the clock and not the internal logic of the data), and some are an expensive waste of time. I frequently assume the latter case.