Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2008

On Friday, the marketing company for Expelled held a teleconference “press junket.” I got an invitation to my personal email and they sent an invitation to the entire Panda’s Thumb crew. So some of us took part in the call; after all, they explicitly invited us (I listened for about 15 minutes and it was…

Here’s an interesting story. Longtime Dispatches reader Jeff Hebert emailed me this story of the Clinton campaign trying to get pledged delegates to change their votes at the convention. Full story below the fold:

Howard Friedman points to a new decision from the 9th circuit that allows a Ten Commandments display on public property in Everett, Washington to remain in place. The ruling notes that the circumstances are very similar to those in Van Orden v Perry, which the court considered the controlling decision: this monument bears a prominent…

Study Shows Poker a Game of Skill

Science Daily reports on a study out of Case Western Reserve University that shows that poker truly is a game of skill rather than being entirely based on luck. Every poker player already knew that, of course, but it’s nice to have data to back it up. The study took students with no experience playing…

Florida Committee Passes ID Bill

The Tampa paper reports: Despite her argument, religion kept coming up anyway, as Storms pressed for her “academic freedom” act. Her bill would allow public school teachers to present science-based alternatives to Darwin’s theory of evolution, a theory written into Florida’s curriculum standards and one that is held as a fundamental concept of biology by…

Stein Rewrites Mein Kampf

Here’s another great photoshop mocking of Ben Stein and Expelled, this time from Quidam at After the Bar Closes (see original here). And here’s a popup of the image.

Here’s a Youtube video of Howard Shaffer, director of the Division of Addiction at the Harvard School of Medicine, discussing recent research that shows that addiction to gambling has actually gone down while the availability of gambling, especially online, has skyrocketed. Video below the fold:

McCain Adviser Tied to Rev. Moon

David Neiwert offers some of the information from John Gorenfeld’s new book, Bad Moon Rising, about ties between McCain’s chief political adviser, Charlie Black, and Rev. Moon. Turns out that Charlie Black helped organize the Moon coronation ceremony at the Senate office building in 2004 and sent out invitations. Ain’t that a coinkydink.

Ugh. I’m still fuming about this. I host a poker game on Thursday nights and last night one of the regular players invited a new guy to the game that no one else knew. In the middle of the game, someone brought up politics (not me; I don’t talk politics with most of that crew,…

I’ve written about this in more detail for the Michigan Messenger, but here’s the Cliff’s notes version: the ACLU of Michigan is threatening to sue Ann Arbor Pioneer high school because they are refusing to grant recognition to a student club formed to oppose the school’s plan to put 53 surveillance cameras around the campus.…