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A gene from wild Indian rice plants can significantly raise the yield of common varieties in nutrient-poor soils.

On 11 August, Mitt Romney stirred excitement in a dull election by announcing that he would share the Republican ticket with Paul Ryan: a seven-term congressman, chairman of the House Budget Committee and intellectual guru of the congressional Tea Party. The choice was not altogether surprising. The moderate lawmakers whom Romney might have picked were without popular appeal, and it must have seemed possible that Ryan’s extreme proposals for federal budget-cutting and lowering taxes on the rich could be presented as evidence of a manly concern with principle which any impartial spectator ought to admire.

The good news from 44 different genetically-modified crops’ chemical fingerprinting studies (including work on maize, soybean, wheat and barley) is that the chance of unintended changes with transgenic crops is less than the risk of unintended changes occurring in new crop varieties created by conventional breeding.

“I grew up reading Ayn Rand, and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.” -- U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, in a 2005 speech About Michael Kinsley

Paul Ryan laughed. He stood naked on top of the vice president’s desk in the Senate chamber, scanning the crowd of sniveling politicians below him.

He flexed his muscles, the result of hours spent in the House gymnasium. Look at these pathetic specimens, he thought. Not one of them could do a one-armed pushup if his life depended on it. Not one was worthy of so much as co-sponsoring one of Ryan’s bills. Every single one of them had been elected by appealing to the average citizen in his (or her -- Ryan snorted at the thought) district. It occurred to him, and not for the first time, that of all the men and women in this room, only he, Paul Ryan, had been selected for his current office by the president himself.


 

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I think its funny that Paul Ryan, a conservative Christian, puts so much stock in Ayn Rand, a vociferous atheist. I find this a lot on the right. They don't seem to know the details of their own ideology whether it be Christianity or conservatism. Its as if everything runs through the emotional centers of the brain and they are lacking a pre-frontal cortex all together.

Kinsley does a great job of bringing Rand to the Ryan/Romney dilemma. If everyone would just do P90x, they'd see how taking personal responsibility for one's well-being could heighten their intellects as well as put a 6-pack where it belongs: on the abdomen!

I'd like to see the men of such minds move to the Colorado desert and do nothing for the same time span that Rand's men of the mind piddled their time away, talking about lofty privatization projects and Dagney in that absurd tome. Bachmann could join in as the lusty Taggert. That'd give us all at least 4 years of a respite from bat-shit crazy "conservative" legislation, and maybe the reasonable members of the GOP would assert themselves again, while the Dems could re-grow their spines.

re: smug nastiness....

"Read it and marvel at the depths to which the human mind can sink, when its moral sense is sufficiently disabled by religion."

Oh my.

Like, fer instance, "Bear that child of rape. Had it truly been 'forcible rape', you'd not be pregnant." God made you that way.

Yup. Lets hear it for home schooling. Made us what we are today... and with leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney.

Re: smug nastiness

Whew. Introduce Tony to Jesus? Really? Jesus has control over paralysis?

It is difficult to imagine how such a colossally stupid asshole can gather any kind of sustained audience. My mind can't help asking questions like, "So, when the Black plague ravaged Europe, the dead were people who failed to turn it over to Jesus? Jesus coulda fixed 'em right up!" Would Mr. Carvath be just as twisted without religion or is religion twisting into the grotesque caricature of human being that he is?

It is difficult to imagine how such a colossally stupid asshole can gather any kind of sustained audience.

Well, the RNC has a distinct lack of empty chairs... let me rephrase that. The empty chairs at the RNC were completely in the wrong side of the stage.

Made us what we are today... and with leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney.

Fuck yeah! They're true-blue 100% 'mericans - no one's gonna ask to see their birth certificates!

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