Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2006

Ouch

A Thai Buddhist monk cut off his penis with a machete because he had an erection during meditation and declined to have it reattached, saying he had renounced all earthly cares, a doctor and a newspaper said on Wednesday. The 35-year-old monk, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, allowed medical staff at Maharaj hospital,…

The Descent Into Personal Attacks

You know, I was about at the point where I thought it was best to drop this. And though I wasn’t going to respond in kind to Myers gratuituous personal insults, I’m also not going to let blatant lies go unresponded to. And after reading through the comments after his post, I am even more…

For the Record…

I have been very careful in my posts about the various disputes among the anti-ID folks not to make the issue a personal one. These are disagreements, clearly, and they’re not going to go away. But I have kept my focus exclusively on the validity and wisdom of our respective positions, not on the personalities…

Via Balko I found this NY Times op-ed piece by Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy restaurant in New York. Hoffman goes into enormous detail about government regulations on food handling that have, in the name of public health, effectively destroyed culinary traditions that managed to sustain whole civilizations for thousands of years. This…

Luskin Gets It Wrong

At the DI Blog, Casey Luskin is, oddly, citing me as evidence for something I actually got from him. He writes: Darwinist blogger Ed Brayton is reporting about a conversation with Robert Pennock, where it seems Pennock confirmed that all first quarter UCSD freshmen were required to attend his anti-ID lecture at UCSD last week.…

David v Goliath on Online Gambling

As some of you may know, the tiny island of Antigua has brought charges with the World Trade Organization against the United States over its anti-online gambling policies. Under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), an international agreement that the US championed a few years ago and got passed, all signatories must engage…

Clarifying the Moran Debate

Pat Hayes at Red State Rabble put up a post agreeing with me on the whole “two teams” controversy, which brought a response from PZ Myers, which Pat then put up top on his blog in its own post and answered. That brought an additional response from Myers that points up the need for a…

Dispatches on the A List

I was told to go to this webpage and plug in my blog name to see if I’m on the terribly important “A List” of blogs. And wouldn’t you know it, I am indeed an A lister. Unfortunately, that means I get this ugly pink sticker. But I do get to party with Paris Hilton…

Bush’s Latest Brownie

In a legacy of appointing unqualified people to government posts, Bush may have hit the jackpot with the appointment of Eric Keroack as head of the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. What does that job entail? It entails overseeing the entire Title X family planning program, including 4500…

Good News on Online Gambling

The passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has, I think, brought about some positive things. It seems to have spurred serious action from both gambling companies and gamblers to get serious about protecting their interests. The AP reports that a powerful casino management company is lobbying to have the bill reversed. MGM Mirage…