Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2004

Fisking Hovind Too

The Church of Critical Thinking has a pretty good couple of posts up fisking my old pal Kent Hovind and his followers. Hovind is a marvel to behold, a one stop shop of stupidity. Naturally, he has thousands of followers.

Phillip Johnson and AIDS

Kevin Keith has written an absolutely devestating fisking of Phillip Johnson’s latest bit of nonsense. In addition to being the Grand Poobah of the Intelligent Design movement, Johnson is also on the lunatic fringes of the AIDS issue (though as a law professor, he is profoundly ignorant of both subjects and therefore makes extremely silly…

Draft and Duty

One of the most irritating things to me about the shallow patriotism that is so pervasive in America, especially these days, is the notion that refusing a military draft is intrinsically a bad thing. We hear it all the time in regard to those who refused to go to Vietnam, despite the fact that most…

Anyone Got 6000 Candles?

Happy Birthday, Earth! Yes, folks, today is the Earth’s 6000th birthday, according to the famous Bishop Ussher. In 1650, he famously calculated the age of the Earth using the biblical timeline based upon the ages at which various people were begat and came up with October 22nd, 4004 BC. At around 6 pm. Technically, the…

Anti-Halloween Idiocy

First a town in the south bans halloween because it’s satanic. Now a town in Washington has banned it because the witch costumes might offend Wiccans. Can we please, all sane people, rise up and with one voice tell both groups to sit down and shut the fuck up? Thank you.

To Old and Funny Friends

So last night was a blast. The show was held at a place called the Crazy Horse Saloon, and it was just like what you’d expect from a place with that name. It’s a redneck bar, the kind of place where men wear cowboy hats without a hint of an attempt at irony. There was…

Advice for Aspiring Comedians

Tachyix asked, in a comment, if I had any advice for aspiring comics. I thought I’d move the answer up here to its own post. The most obvious answer is “don’t do what I did”, since I obviously didn’t make it as a comic, but that answer would conceal an important truth. I didn’t make…

Another Old Friend Reunion

I got a phone call a little while ago from one of my comedian buddies, Don Reese. Don is a very funny stand up comic and he’s coming to perform here in Michigan for the next couple weeks. Tomorrow night he’s going to be about 40 minutes from where I live, so I’m gonna go…

Hindsight and Foresight in Iraq

Much has been written about the incompetence with which the Bush administration has pursued the war and post-war occupation in Iraq. I’d like to add to our understanding of that situation by looking, in hindsight, at what was predicted with foresight before the war. Many of the people who were deeply involved in the situation…