This is why we had to have the change we've had in government. America can't go forward in any honest way if the facts are being kept from the American people.
By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer Wed Nov 1, 11:43 PM ET
[OPEN QUOTE] In February, House Science Chairman Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., and other congressional leaders asked NASA to guarantee scientific openness. They complained that a public affairs officer changed or filtered information on global warming and the Big Bang.
The officer, George Deutsch, a political appointee, had resigned after being accused of trying to limit reporters' access to James Hansen, a prominent NASA climate scientist, and insisting that a Web designer insert the word "theory" with any mention of the Big Bang.
A report last month in the scientific journal Nature claimed administrators at the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration blocked the release of a report that linked hurricane strength and frequency to global warming. Hansen had said in February that NOAA has tried to prevent researchers working on global climate change from speaking freely about their work.
NOAA has denied the allegations, saying its work is not politically motivated. [CLOSE QUOTE]
GODLESS’S ANN COULTER
(Haggard, skinny and pinch-faced—look at the frown lines between the eyes, the heavy partying bags under the eyes? Way too young for that. Cover either of her eyes, and stare into the single eye glaring back at you. Lot of anger in that face. Wonder what lies in her past, what happened to her to make her so unattractive to herself and, thus, to others. You can see why conservative men find that look attractive. Her face reminds me of the faces of dominatrices.) (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)
Twice in the last couple of months, I’ve come across people reading Ann Coulter’s book, Godless. One I can guarantee is several dogs short of a sled team. The other seemed an entirely harmless religious bumbler who was buying a used book from the store where I sell used books to help support the library.
Still, something about the title bothered me. What was it? Why did it get under my skin! Then I realized what it was. Coulter is using that title as a curse, as if there is something wrong, in America, with not believing as she believes. Someone ought to explain to her that, in America, every citizen has the right to believe or unbelieve as he or she pleases. Coulter’s viscious attacks on people who don’t believe as she does prove that she doesn’t understand a basic American premise about freedom of belief in this country. If, according to American law, all people are guaranteed freedom of conscience, then those whose beliefs are different from hers are not unlawful believers, open to contempt, but perfectly legitimate, law-abiding honorable citizens. So what’s wrong with being godless in America? Eh?
Coulter is probably one of those who put their Bible above the Constitution and their religion above their country. So, if moderate American religionists wonder why we of a different belief keep defending ourselves against Xtians like Ann, all they have to do is understand what a danger people like Ann Coulter are to basic American protections and to us. For if they put the Bible above the Constitution and their religion above their citizenship, then, you can see, that they have no respect for the Bill of Rights which they believe is subordinate to their personal belief system as expressed in their book of fairytales. They would, if given half a chance, dispense with Constitutional protections that prevent one religion’s dominating all other religions.