Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2008

Youtube Gems: Genesis

Genesis has really been three entirely different bands, in my view. The Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett days were a bit too strange for me. Musically brilliant and complex, but the music never really grabbed me (though I’ve absolutely loved almost all of Peter Gabriel’s solo stuff). Then they had what I think is their absolute peak…

The Isiah Thomas Experiment

A couple people have emailed me and asked why I haven’t written about the firing of Isiah Thomas as coach and GM of the New York Knicks. I told one that I had to stop laughing first, but the Onion made that more difficult with this article, which reveals that Thomas’ tenure with the Knicks…

Bizarre Lawsuit Dismissed

This has to be one of the strangest lawsuits I’ve ever heard of. A woman named Joyce Marie Edwards filed a lawsuit in Federal district court in Connecticut – representing herself – against the Federal government, and specifically the Supreme Court, claiming that the Court’s ruling against mandatory school prayer violates the Declaration of Independence…

Fargo, ND Sued Over Monument

The Red River Freethinkers have filed suit against the city of Fargo, North Dakota over their refusal to allow a monument citing the Treaty with Tripoli to be placed near the Ten Commandments monument on city property. The Treaty with Tripoli, negotiated under George Washington and signed by John Adams in 1797, includes the statement…

Youtube Gems: Keb Mo

Keb Mo is one of the most unjustly overlooked artists in the country. He’s just a great blues guitarist and singer who really deserves a lot more attention. A few gems below the fold.

A Friend Leaves the AIDS Closet

One of the best things about my work with the Michigan Messenger has been meeting and becoming friends with Todd Heywood, one of my colleagues there. He is a man of enormous passion and commitment to his ideals and I have come to admire him a great deal. And though he’s long been out of…

Texas Denies ICR Accreditation

The Institute for Creation Research wants to move its operations, including it’s grad school, to Texas from California, but it’s just hit a snag: the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has rejected their request that they be allowed to issue graduate degrees in that state. This is not the first time the ICR has had…

Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies

Something tells me this guy isn’t going to win the nomination: A congressional candidate is defending his speech to a group celebrating the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birth, saying he appeared simply because he was asked. Tony Zirkle, who is seeking the Republican nomination in Indiana’s 2nd District, stood in front of a painting of…

Matt Staver, truly one of the most ridiculous legal minds in the country (what else would you expect from the dean of Falwell’s law school?), is now borrowing idiotic arguments from one of the few men who matches his incompetence and incoherence, David Gibbs. Gibbs, you may remember, is the Florida lawyer who tried to…

Last week Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic, released electronically my article debunking the claims about Richard Sternberg on the eSkeptic mailing list and on the Skeptic webpage. This week they continue with two more articles looking at two other alleged examples of persecution from the film. The first, written by Carrie Sager and Andrea Bottaro,…