Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2005

Statements from Two Behe Reviewers

There is an update below the fold with much new information Last week I wrote about the fact that Michael Behe claimed last week under oath that his book, Darwin’s Black Box, received even more thorough peer review than a scholarly article in a refereed journal. Now more and more facts are coming to light.…

Political Prediction

Now that indictments are about to be handed down, let me take this opportunity to predict yet another of those epic partisan flip flops that so afflict our political system. Here are my predictions. 1. No one will be indicted for actually outing Plame, but one or more people, including Rove, Libby or both, will…

More Thoughts on Miers

Two of my favorite thinkers weigh in on the Miers nomination. So sayeth Radley Balko: On Monday, the Washington Post ran excerpts of a 1992 article Harriet Miers wrote for Texas Lawyer. I’ve read the thing several times, now. I haven’t the foggiest idea what it’s actually about. Or advocating. Or why it was written.…

With Friends Like These…

The Ku Klux Klan has received permission to hold a rally in Austin in support of the proposal to outlaw same-sex marriage in the Texas Constitution, and the planned demonstration has managed to unite forces on both sides of the debate heading into the Nov. 8 election. “I hate to say that we don’t need…

Sports Break: Basketball Predictions

Okay, let’s take a momentary break from the serious stuff and talk a little basketball. The NBA season starts next week and the college basketball season a couple weeks later and, as everyone knows, basketball is my favorite sport. I’m gonna make a few predictions for both the college and NBA seasons, starting with the…

Denyse O’Leary’s Latest Absurdity

For those of you who don’t know of her, Denyse O’Leary is sort of the ID movement’s demented, spastic little cheerleader. She’s a Canadian journalist who spends most of her time making profoundly silly claims in support of ID. Her latest bit of loopiness is to claim that Stephen Jay Gould would not have signed…

Another One Bites the Dust

Yet another expert witness has pulled out from testifying in the Dover trial. Warren Nord, a philosopher from the University of North Carolina, has been withdrawn as a witness. Out of the 8 experts that the defense lined up for this trial, 5 of them have pulled out. Of the three left, Behe and Fuller…

Ill-Advised Law Against Vile Protests

Josh Claybourn passes along this link about a proposed law in Indiana that would make protesting at a military funeral a felony. There’s some background required to understand it though. It involves the infamous Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, the cretins behind God Hates Fags. You will find no more loathsome people…

Defense Witness Helps Plaintiffs

The Thomas More Law Center’s defense of the Dover school board is beginning to resemble a Keystone Cops sketch. After having yet another witness drop out, they presented Steve Fuller, a British sociologist, to defend the teaching of ID in public schools. And you’re gonna love the rationale he offered for why it should be…

Let the Wilma Lunacy Begin

And naturally, let the Worldnutdaily lead the way. Their crack reporting staff is hot on the trail of the story of Hurricane Wilma forcing a “homosexual party” to be postponed. We’re talking about Key West here, folks. There’s a “homosexual party” going on pretty much every night. I’m sure the hurricane also postponed a few…