Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2008

A New Record

I wanna say a big thanks to my readers for helping Dispatches set a new record. For the first time, this blog passed 400,000 hits in a month and even did it with a day to spare. Now I just need to increase that by 1.6 million hits to catch the PZ juggernaut. Seriously, thanks…

My friend Andi sent along a link to this study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, which found that those who are homophobic are much more likely to be aroused by male homoerotic imagery than those who are not. The abstract is below the fold:

Ilana Mercer Responds

Ilana Mercer has responded to my criticism of her calling Barack Obama by his middle name in order to give the false impression that he’s Muslim (scroll to the update at the bottom). And I have a feeling you’re going to find her answer rather amusing. She did it because it rhymes: So why did…

Happy Anniversary, Freespace

Happy 5 year anniversary to Sandefur and his blog, Freespace. His was one of the first blogs I found and the first friendships I formed when I discovered blogging about 6 months after he did. He’s written enough brilliant essays there to last 10 or 15 years and I’ve learned a great deal from him…

Hagee Rewrites Past Statements

The New York Times has an interview with John Hagee, who seems rather eager not to discuss some of his controversial past statements, or to distort them and claim he said something entirely different. Like this: What about your observation in a recent book that “most readers will be shocked by the clear record of…

The Texas state legislature voted last year to encourage public schools to teach Bible courses, but they left it to the State Board of Education to create guidelines for those courses. The SBOE is working on them now, but apparently aren’t doing much: But Kathy Miller of the Texas Freedom Network said the board is…

Crazy Poker Hand

Here’s one of the crazier poker hands you’ll ever see: 5 pocket pairs in the same hand, including aces, kings and queens. Video below the fold.

Youtube Gems: Incubus

Incubus is one of the best new bands of the last few years, in my opinion. A very versatile lead singer with inventive musicians behind him and an ethos that takes inspiration from a wide variety of musical styles makes for a fascinating mix. A few live gems below the fold.

I’m sure this will come as a surprise to no one. Ilana Mercer has a column in the Worldnutdaily and on the commentary page the link to it looks like this:

Amateur War Profiteering

The New York Times has an article about a Pentagon contract given to a fly by night company run by a 22 year old (and his faithful VP, whose major credential is being a licensed massage therapist) to supply ammunition to our military and the Afghan military. The company provided aging, mostly useless ammunition purchased…