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Closing Up Shop

After a couple months, it’s become obvious to me that there’s little point in keeping this blog going. It’s been a great run here at ScienceBlogs, I’ve enjoyed my time here and it’s been a great boon to my career, but Freethought Blogs has taken off beyond my wildest dreams and there’s no point in…

AIG and Wingnut on Wingnut Crime

You’d think all the fundies would love Answers in Genesis, but apparently there are people who are so crazy that they think even AIG is too liberal. Don Elmore, pastor of a church called Fellowship of God’s Covenant People, appears to be one of them. I am aware of the forces supporting “Answers in Genesis”,…

Behe and the Contingency of History

Before I was born, my dad turned down a chance to do graduate study at Harvard. He mentioned this to me a few years ago and said that while he now regrets not having taken the opportunity in one sense, if he had done so he would not have met my mother and therefore wouldn’t…

Congratulations, Vic Hutchinson

My friend and longtime Dispatches reader Vic Hutchinson, a retired biology professor at the University of Oklahoma, has been honored by the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association with the Jack Renner Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Science Education Award. It is certainly well deserved. Here’s why he got it:

Big Bad Bob Enyart

PZ writes about a guy showing up at his blog challenging him to debate Bob Enyart, a completely whacko evangelist from Colorado. I first encountered Enyart when he had a TV show syndicated on Christian stations, including one on the cable where I was living about 15 years ago. It was endlessly amusing. I used…

The Madness of Ron Wyatt

I’m sure you’ve noticed an amusing commenter by the name of Elijah Saatori recently. He showed up in the comments of my post about Nick Matzke and displayed some serious crazy and stupid. Turns out he’s a Ron Wyatt acolyte, leaving a link to this post about Wyatt discovering the real Noah’s Ark. And he…

Ellis Washington Projects About Projection

Here’s one of the funniest things you’ll read this week. Our old friend Ellis Washington writes about Richard Dawkins, the wingnuts and their ignorant stance on evolution in his latest column. Dawkins, in ablog entry, attacked Perry: There is nothing unusual about Gov. Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every…

Creationism on Dallas School Website

The Dallas Observer reports on creationist material found on a teacher’s online bulletin board in the Dallas public schools: Turns out, Rick Perry was right after all. What you see at right is a slide I received last night from a fellow Dallas Independent School District parent. It was, until this morning, available on the…

Hovind Crony Blathers About Attenborough

While Kent Hovind serves time in the big house — and no, I don’t mean U of M’s football stadium — he has others continuing his perfect track record of saying things that are either utterly dishonest or mind-numbingly idiotic. One of them is Paul Taylor, who is now attacking Sir David Attenborough in the…

Not So Pyrrhic Victory in Texas

My friend Dan Quinn, who does such a great job as the communications director of the Texas Freedom Network, emailed me after my post the other day about the new law in Texas that allows local school boards to purchase textbooks not approved by the State board of Education. He said that while TFN shares…