Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2007

Cordova Tries Again

The old saying is that when you find yourself in a hole that you can’t get out of, the first rule is to stop digging; Sal Cordova appears not to have heard that rule. He left this comment on one of my previous posts addressing him, in which he appears to be compelled to duck…

The Texas State Board of Education has long been a key battleground in the evolution/creationism controversy and the Discovery Institute and their allies have long advised the board on how to handle the issue. This article in the Houston Chronicle looks like good news on the surface, but it really just shows what the next…

The AP reports: One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted. Or worse. For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound…

Haggard Needs Money

Ted Haggard is asking his former victims followers to send money to support him and his wife as they pursuit degrees in counseling and psychology. And it looks like he has his next scam in the works: The couple and two of their sons planned to move Oct. 1 to the Phoenix Dream Center, a…

Great Article About Ellery Schempp

The Associated Press has a terrific article about Ellery Schempp, who 50 years ago as a high school student bravely stood up against mandatory Bible reading in his public school and paved the way for an important court ruling that helped to break the Christian hegemony that so clearly existed at the time (and for…

Agreeing with STACLU

Okay, I bash them enough so let’s point out an agreement: I agree with JonJayRay when he says that the refusal of many newspapers to print this Opus cartoon out of fear of offending Muslims is beyond absurd. Editor and Publisher reports that at least 25 newspapers out of the 200 that run the cartoon,…

Speaking of Ted Nugent…

Take a look at this video of Ted on stage brandishing machine guns and telling Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to “suck on” his guns and calling them all sorts of fun names:

Vitter Visits Iraq for a Quickie

Louisiana Senator and renowned ladies man David Vitter paid a whopping 10 hour visit to Iraq – popping in for a quickie, in his parlance – and declared that the surge is working. He told his constituents: With an upcoming congressional debate in September over the impact of the surge, I believe it is vitally…

Youtube Gems: Rainbow/Deep Purple

In 1974, Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore left Deep Purple and formed Rainbow; those two bands would swap members back and forth for a long time after that. The singer was Ronnie James Dio, who would later go on to join Black Sabbath, replacing Ozzy Ozbourne. Ironically, Ian Gillen, the original lead singer of Deep…

Good Science Reporting

I’ve bashed bad science reporting in the mainstream media, so to be fair I should also praise good science reporting when I see it (and for yet another example of atrocious science reporting, see this post by PZ about one more breathless “this changes everything” story full of nonsense). So today, I come to praise…