Archives for November, 2007

Mistakes all around

Their mistake was messing with the writers of the Daily Show: They made a mistake messing with the occupant of this desk: (Images from NOVA’s Judgment Day, I’m the desk’s current occupant.) Alas, their only mistake was living in the path of this monster: Now’s a good time to donate to your favorite aid organization.…

Hurray for Kismet

I’ve had Jesca Hoop’s stunning “Intelligentactile 101″ stuck in my head for months, ever since an mp3blog posted it. It came up in iTunes today, and I checked to see if the album is out yet and it is. Awesome. “Intelligentactile 101” by Jesca Hoop from the album Kismet (2007, 4:20). Fingertips introduced the song…

Judgment Day rocks

You can see the NCSE’s official stance on the NOVA documentary about the Dover trial at our website, but I want to add to that. The official stance is that it is “accurate,” which skips the part about how ID got its ass handed to it in Dover. The thrill of that victory was getting…

There’s a Simpsons episode where Bart manages to make tons of cash off of Homer by betting on the outcome of (IIRC) the chariot race in Ben Hur. “He has to lose eventually,” is roughly Homer’s response when asked to explain why he’d keep betting on the losing horse. I keep thinking of that scene…

Ben Stein can’t get anything right

One of the frustrating things about reading creationist claptrap for a living is that they get so very much wrong. They get their facts wrong, they draw conclusions from those erroneous claims which would not be valid even if their factual claims were correct, and then they weave it all together by citing people in…

The Salem Hypothesis explained!

In Creation/Evolution circles, the Salem Hypothesis suggests that “In any Evolution vs. Creation debate, A person who claims scientific credentials and sides with Creation will most likely have an Engineering degree.” Surveys of the phenomenon suggest that it is a very real phenomenon. Explanations vary, with some proposing the corollary that “An education in the…

Michael Behe: Cunning linguist

In an interview with Point of Inquiry, the host asks Behe if he’ll clarify whether, “just to be clear, you think the young earth creationists are completely wrong.” “Uh, yes I do,” Behe confidently replies. He pauses, the interviewer gathers himself for the next question, and Behe (reaching deep into his rhetorical bag of tricks)…

Surely the Disco. Inst.’s Rob Crowther doesn’t want to cast ID in the role of a murderer or a pedophile, but the parallel is inescapable in his latest whinge about NOVA’s Judgment Day (airing next Tuesday on PBS): First they dramatized the O.J. Simpson trial. Then they acted out Michael Jackson?s courtroom drama. This time…

The 83 year-old author of the song which made Mr. Clean a household name died a few days ago. Cadden was a graduate of the KU journalism school; he still has family in the area. He worked in advertising from the 1950s through the ’70s, and worked as a freelance composer and writer after that.…

Jim Ryun responds to the Interwebs

When told that Jim Ryun’s fanboys have established a Second Life outpost for the former track star and ex-Congressman: Ryun?s campaign spokeswoman was downright wary. ?We don?t condone or support it. I don?t think we?re going to look at it anytime soon,? said Jackie Harrison. ?It?s intense. You have to download something.? Once upon a…