Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2010

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund A little over four years ago, Ed blogged about a possible new explanation for how the dinosaurs went extinct (a second impact, in this case). A month later, in late December 2006, a guy named John L. posted a link to a crackpot alternative explanation (the author is a…

Later

I see Ed is back so my services are no longer needed. Many thanks to him and you for the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Check out my regular blogging at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen and American Creation. If I can get one last plug in. I was going reboot this post on…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Barry Farber, writing — inevitably — at the Worldnetdaily: All through history, heterosexual male soldiers have chased skirts and bedded them down, willingly or otherwise. In the military today, sexual activity between men and women is off the charts. Try to get the honest pregnancy figures from any branch of the military. In the…

Dumbass Legislator of the Day

Gary Siplin, a Democratic state senator from Florida: State Sen. Gary Siplin filed a resolution this week that would recognize “Merry Christmas” as the state of Florida’s official greeting for Dec. 25. In the resolution, the Orlando Democrat wrote that Christmas is a holiday of “great significance to most Americans,” and that “many Christians and…

Newsweek commissioned retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to interview recently retired Justice John Paul Stevens. While the whole relatively short interview is interesting, as an ex-Republican it made my gut twinge to confront one more example of how the recent domination of the Republican party by conservatives cannibalizes the party’s best legacies, from President’s Lincoln’s…

George Washington v. Fundamentalists

On the Swedenborgs. From a modern fundamentalist website:

To What Extent the Appeal?

- guest-blogged y W. Kevin Vicklund The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just heard arguments on the Prop 8 trial, i.e. Perry v. “da Guvernator.” The DoJ keeps appealing challenges to Bush-era laws. What do these have in common? The issue of how far the executive branch is obligated to go in order to uphold…

Debunking Beck University

One of the historical revisionism highlights of 2010 was the launch of Glenn Beck’s online university, Beck U. Teaching the history courses in the first semester at this esteemed institution of higher learning was, of course, none other than Beck’s new BFF “Professor” David Barton. Barton’s first class, “Faith 101,” led to me being a…

Buy this magazine!

One of my favorite Holiday season traditions is purchasing Discover magazine’s year-end issue which traditionally features their “Top 100 Science Stories” of the past year. When I first started purchasing this edition several years ago I was astonished we’d made so much progress in a decade, let alone a year. It’s very inspiring to go…

Vegas, Day Five

I’m only now getting to writing up a report on the last day in Vegas, for reasons that will become obvious. Friday was the last day and Terry and Tiffany were changing over to the Aria from Paris for the last two days of their vacation. Mickey and I dropped them off at Aria and…