Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2007

More Huckabee Absurdity

Every time Huckabee starts talking about religion he comes off looking like an ignoramus. MSNBC reports on a conversation Huckabee had with reporters on his campaign bus that included this gem: “The Ten Commandments form the basis of most of our laws and therefore, you know if you look through them does anybody find anything…

Chuck Norris Sues Over Jokes

You’ve all seen the ubiquitous internet lists of Chuck Norris “facts” and probably laughed at them. A year ago, Norris said he was flattered by them; now he’s suing over them for using his name and likeness. Here’s my favorite part: Norris, who rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s as the star of…

Dumbest Anti-Evolution Screed Ever?

This idiotic diatribe by Joseph Grant Swank, who would need at least one promotion to get to be an idiot, may be the single dumbest anti-evolution screed ever written. I know, that’s like picking the most annoying Baldwin brother; the competition is so close that it seems impossible to pick a winner. But read it…

Youtube Gems: Johnny Hartman

Johnny Hartman is a jazz singer who has, sadly, been too often forgotten. He had an incredibly smooth baritone voice that is really unmatched in that genre. He did some classic work in the 60s with John Coltrane. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot on Youtube, but there’s a couple classics. Video below the fold:

Huckabee’s Ties to Reconstructionists

The Cato Institute’s blog reports on Mike Huckabee’s ties to Christian reconstructionists. Not exactly a shock, but worth noting.

More War on Christmas Idiocy

From Pat Boone, predictably: Has it not become insufferable, inexcusable, for any of us to feel cowed and almost forbidden by some notion of “political correctness” to even exclaim “Merry Christmas!” to shop clerks, airline stewardesses, delivery men, even passersby on the streets and in the stores? How long will we let this go on?…

Christmas as a Pagan Holiday

There’s an interesting report out of Italy that they may have found a Christian church that was important in the Roman empire’s transition from paganism to Christianity. That transition included co-opting traditional pagan holidays and replacing them with Christian holidays, including Christmas as a replacement for the feast of Sol Invictus, a yearly celebration of…

The Sheer Chutzpah of Bill Dembski

Dembski is actually whining about “manipulation” of reviews of The Design of Life on Amazon. Let me repeat that: Dembski, of all people, is whining about manipulation of reviews of his book on Amazon. Why is it notable that Dembski is the one doing the whining? Well, there’s a bit of history here, which you…

Youtube Gems: James Taylor, Part 2

Yes I know, I’ve already done a James Taylor youtube post. That was before I discovered that they have several cuts from the Beacon Theater DVD there, which is a really great show. For those who have never seen him live, this is a great chance to see why some of us return to see…

CA Teacher Gets Support from Students

Remember the teacher in Capistrano Valley being sued for making anti-Christian statements during class? He got a huge rally of support from former students, around 300 of them, who said he’s a great teacher. The LA Times reports: About 300 former and current Capistrano Valley High students rallied Wednesday in support of a teacher accused…