Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2007

Public School Foot Washing

Lauren Smith has a post at the Americans United blog about a case in South Carolina they’re involved with. AU sent a letter to two school districts there who were allowing a Christian group called Laces 4 Love come in and distribute new shoes to needy kids. No problem there, of course, but they would…

Gary Shumway Makes a Fool of Himself

Remember Gary Shumway, the clueless dolt from redpills.org? Well he’s back with yet another idiotic attack on me based primarily on his own ability to think and observe. He’s all upset about my post on Ron Paul and evolution, particularly about a comment that he falsely believes was written by me. Quote below the fold:

Domestic Terrorists Still Bombing

With our current obsession over Muslim terrorists abroad, let’s not forget that there are domestic terrorists operating right here within our borders. Here’s a story of two men in New Mexico who firebombed an abortion clinic just a few weeks ago. They’ve now been arrested. And they are applauded by Christian terrorist groups like the…

US Mint Dawdles on Trusting God

The Worldnutdaily reports that the US Mint will take as long as a year to get “In God We Trust” moved from the edge to the front of the one dollar presidential commemorative coins. Personally, I’m terrified. That gives God a whole year of wondering whether we trust him, and you know how irritable God…

Fact and Theory in Science

After 3 days of being inundated with ignorant creationists and others spouting incredibly popular but absolutely wrongheaded claims about the meaning of “fact” and “theory” in science, I think it’s a good idea to post what I think is the clearest and best explanation ever written of what those words mean in science. It comes…

Jon Rowe is linking to some of his old posts and this one is one of my all time favorites. It’s about Robert Reed, who played the father on the Brady Bunch. Reed was a classically trained actor and, it turns out, a bundle of neuroses. Rather than just accepting that he was on a…

Barry Crimmins: The Year That Was

The brilliant and legendary Barry Crimmins, one of the great political satirists in the country, has an end of year retrospective in the Boston Phoenix. As always, it’s full of little gems. Like this one: The Dems took their seats with specific instructions from voters to get us the hell out of Iraq. They responded…

Oh Yeah, I Get Email

The links to the Ron Paul evolution post not only brought the ignorant out of the woodwork in the comments section, they also prompted an amusing email exchange with someone named David Gondek. Here’s his first email to me: Mr. Brayton, A scientific theory is simply a tool to be used only as long as…

Best Political Quotes of 2007

Glenn Greenwald has a list of them and some of them are pretty funny. He includes one from 2006 from the terminally invertebrate Arlen Specter: “What the bill seeks to do is set back basic rights by some 900 years” — Sen. Arlen Specter on the Military Commissions Act, in a speech he delivered on…

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Remember that little tempest over the $1 presidential coins having “In God We Trust” on the edge rather than on the front or back? Some in the religious right threw a hissy fit about it and now Congress has stepped up and bravely returned the phrase to its more prominent place. They inserted a provision…