Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2007

NFL Draft 2007

The NFL draft is the only good day of the year for a Detroit Lions fan. It’s the one day when we manage to delude ourselves in to thinking that the Lions have a shot at a winning record before we shuffle off this mortal coil. So I paid some attention to the draft this…

Frank’s Gambling Bill Submitted

Barney Frank’s bill to legalize and regulate online gambling has been submitted as HR 2046. It has 11 co-sponsors, 9 Democrats and 2 Republicans. The full text is available here. The bill would establish a licensing and regulatory scheme for online gambling sites. It will be interesting to see how this legislation progresses.

Attractive Female Science Bloggers

ScienceBlogs seems to have become the focus of a couple of controversies lately, one spawning the other. The first occurred when Shelley Batts of Retrospectacle was threatened with legal action by Wiley publishing for reproducing a chart and a graph from a paper published in one of their journals. That was absolutely absurd as her…

Over at Pam’s House Blend, Pam Spaulding writes about the predictable story of yet another moralist – this time the abstinence-only State Department official in charge of global AIDS policy – caught with his pants down. Quoting an ABC story: Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming…

ID and Junk DNA

Pim Van Meurs has an excellent post at the Panda’s Thumb about junk DNA and ID. As he notes, many IDers like to crow every time an article appears that concludes that some portion of non-coding DNA has a previously unknown function. They do this to make one of two arguments: either that it shows…

Government Subsidizing Obesity

Here’s a very important article in the NY Times Magazine about how the government spends over $25 billion of our tax money to subsidize the worst food we can eat and artificially inflate the prices of foods that are good for us. It begins with a description of how much cheaper crap is than good…

Why Polls Don’t Matter

Jonah Goldberg makes a valuable point in this essay about why ignorance in the populace eliminates any reason to take polls seriously. He starts by going over some recent surveys on what Americans don’t know: HUGE NUMBERS of Americans don’t know jack about their government or politics. According to a Pew Research Center survey released…

Giuliani Panders to Religious Right

Mitt Romney isn’t the only Republican presidential candidate snuggling up to the religious right and pretending to be against gay rights to win the nomination; Rudy Giuliani, who has a long track record of support for gay rights, is now in full pander mode as well. Pam Spaulding is on the case. This post reports…

This story is a bit dated, but in the wake of this week’s hearings on the Pentagon’s bucket full of lies and cover up of Pat Tillman’s real cause of death, it’s worth revisiting. Stan Goff, a former Rangers and Delta Force officer, fills in a lot of the details on some of his former…

Balko’s Johnston Case Update

Remember the Kathryn Johnston case, the elderly woman gunned down by the Atlanta police department in her own home during a raid that was later found to be fake when the informant that the police forced to take part in the cover up ratted them out? As Radley Balko reports, the reality is far worse…