Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2009

A Poetry Interlude

Jeremy Beahan introduced me to this delightful bit of beat poetry by Tim Minchin about a skeptic confronted by someone who believes in every kind of supernatural hoo hah known to man. It’s absolutely brilliant and if you’re anything like me you can recognize virtually every moment of the confrontation. It’s about 9 minutes long…

I Get Email

I don’t get stupid emails nearly as often as PZ does, but this one is worth copying. It’s from someone named Denny: I don’t understand celebrating a birthday for a DEAD person. He is dead and probably has long been consummed by worms. All of us will either be burned or buried. So his hand…

Wisconsin Citizens for Science

My pal Skip Evans has finally gotten around to forming Wisconsin Citizens for Science, a sister group to my Michigan group and many others around the country. Those of you in Wisconsin who are interested in helping out, go to the website and register.

So we went back on Saturday to give the Michigan Republican Party an opportunity to change their decision and grant us credentials to cover the convention. They did not. The full story is at the Michigan Messenger. We spoke to two different people today, the new media coordinator and the same media coordinator we spoke…

A Fun Night of Poker

So while I’m in Lansing, I wanted to play some poker at Tripper’s, one of the largest and nicest charity poker rooms in the state. I’ve had good success there in the past and it’s a fun place to play. I was gonna go Friday night, but since I had to be up so early…

On Friday night, I went with my colleague from the Michigan Messenger, Todd Heywood, to cover the Michigan Republican state convention in Lansing. We got to the convention center and stood in line at the registration desk to find out where we got our press credentials. A lady there then told us to go over…

Youtube Gems: Live

The band Live has, for some strange reason, fallen out of favor after a few relatively successful CDs in the 90s. But they’ve continued to put out really good work, including a new CD/DVD that I just bought. This is one of my favorite bands of the last 20 years. They make intelligent, thoughtful music…

The Pew Forum has an interesting chart showing the degree of acceptance of the validity of evolution among various religious groups in the US. It ranges from very high among some groups (81% of Buddhists, 80% of Hindus, 77% of Jews) to very low among others (22% of Mormons, 8% of Jehovah’s Witnesses). I suspect,…

Obama’s Drug Czar

Much as I’d like to see the position of Drug Czar (technically, the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy) eliminated, it looks like Obama’s nominee for that position is better than most. The New York Times reports that a lot of people on the right side of the drug war debate like…

Another Classic Worldnutdaily Headline

This one cracked me up: Yes, and every time we launch a space shuttle that’s a “thumb in the eye” to geocentrists and flat earthers. And every time an illness is successfully treated by a physician, that’s a “thumb in the eye” to those who believe that illnesses are caused by curses, demons or spiritual…