Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2007

PZ Rips Wells

PZ and I may have our differences, but he’s at his best in posts like this one, where he justifiably rips Jonathan Wells a new rectum for one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever seen on evolution. His claim that evolution is a “science stopper” with regard to how different forms of life developed,…

DaveScot’s Ridiculous Arguments

Good ol’ DaveScot took a moment out from saying breathtakingly stupid things about evolution to say some breathtakingly stupid things about politics. In particular, he’s aimed two absurd criticisms at James Webb, whose response to the state of the union speech I didn’t watch, nor do I care to. But these two arguments from DaveScot…

Laughing at Benny Hinn

So I’m flipping channels yesterday and I come across a Benny Hinn crusade just in time to hear him warn his sheep followers about the dangers of incense. “Be careful what odors you allow in to your home,” he intoned darkly, “Candles that make the house smell good? No problem. Nice smelling perfumes and fragrances?…

Another Diebold Problem

On top of the incredible list of security flaws that have already been found in Diebold voting machines, add this mind-boggling item to the list. Not only does every Diebold machine open with the same key, and not only is that key a common one that is used in a wide range of cabinets and…

Gribbit Limits God

Bearing in mind that I do not write about abortion, I still had to laugh at the silliness of this post by Gribbit on the anniversary of Roe v Wade. The logic is staggering: What if the soul intended to cure cancer was aborted? Or for that matter, AIDS? Such a silly argument. The only…

New House Science Subcommittee

My pal DarkSyde has a post at DailyKos about a new Science Oversight and Investigation subcommittee, which will report to the Committee on Science and Technology. The new subcommittee will be chaired by Brad Miller of North Carolina, who attended last weekend’s science blogging conference. The post includes an interview with Miller. This subcommittee has…

A Brilliant Short Film

A friend showed me this video several years ago and found it again last night. It’s an absolutely brilliant short film. See if you can figure out what’s going on before it gets to the end. It took me a few minutes the first time I saw it to realize what it was really about.

Allen Asch in the Sac Bee

The Sacramento Bee has an article about Allen Asch, an attorney I know from the religionlaw listserv. Allen has been doing clever youtube videos on politics for quite some time and they’re becoming very popular. He’s also the guy behind the ACLU Fights for Christians website, which provides innumerable examples of the ACLU defending the…

Steve Fuller’s Strange Arguments

Perhaps the strangest part of the Dover trial was the testimony of Steve Fuller, a sociologist and philosopher of science from the UK. His testimony frankly left a lot of us scratching our heads and wondering A) why the defense called him as an expert witness and B) whether he actually believes much of what…

Virgin Mary Was Frigid; Film at 11

Crowds Pray To Frozen Virgin Mary In Store Freezer An ice formation inside a Morton, Texas, grocery store’s freezer is prompting tears from people who see it and has apparently answered the prayers of some visitors, according to a Local 6 News report… As more and more people began to hear about the Virgin Mary,…