Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Michael Heath

Gallup published its biennial creationist poll last Friday. The biggest change is a 9% drop in Americans who believe, “God created humans in [their] present form“. That rate dropped from 44% to 40%. That’s the lowest result since Gallup began publishing a trend on this poll. In 1982, the first year reported, the result was…

Yesterday I posted on how Ted Nugent sells out his diminishing credibility as a hunting advocate to suck-up to Sarah Palin. The second delusional position by Ted Nugent that also reeks of hypocrisy is his position on anthropogenic global warming. Mr. Nugent has become one of the few credible conservationalists who can reach conservatives on…

This new tool from Google Labs graphs the usage rate trend for words used in books that have been scanned into the Google Library. You can graph multiple words by inserting a comma between them. H/T – The Daily Dish

I think it’s safe to assume a policy battle between the incoming House and the Obama Administration regarding mitigation efforts due to global warming will be both incredibly ugly and ultimately harmful to U.S. and global interests. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science…

Correction: I believed I had downloaded real GDP data in 2005 dollars to graph. It appears that is not what I orginally downloaded but instead GDP that was not chained. I’ve updated the graph. Since I was commenting on the old graph below, I’ll strike-out that which is not true and emphasis in bold what…

The Montreal Gazzette reports: This year’s winter solstice — an event that will occur next Tuesday — will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn’t been seen in 456 years. [...] The eclipse will start just after midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday, with the main event starting at 1:30 a.m. ET…

Here’s one short video clip of thirteen of Mr. Nugent discussing the Palin TLC series; it also provides an illustrative example of his overtly-florid rhetorical style in promoting hunting. He goes completely off the grid at about 1:35 when he refers to Sarah Palin (and her family): What a perfect, mystical lifestyle. Davey Crockett, Daniel…

Here’s a trailer promoting a 12-DVD series titled, Resisting the Green Dragon, which is almost exclusively comprised of slanders against science, scientists, and environmentalists. Some of the biggest names of the religious right are promoting this video: Tony Perkins, David Barton, Wendy Wright, and Richard Land. Some of the most absurd quips:

Hello All, Ed asked me to blog for him for this week and I was honored he asked. Yesterday was a historic day for the country. It’s also revealing and to some extent befuddling. I was going to publish some observations looking at the roll call and geographical map of the vote results; but I…